Friday Flotsam


I love Meryl Streep. (<–just jumping in.)

We all love Meryl Streep. The world loves MerylfreakingStreep.

But I have a confession to make. And this just may alter the course of our relationship. I need you to go easy on me when I admit what I’m about to admit. Don’t damage me, guys. I’m fragile.

Here goes:

I’ve not seen every single Meryl movie there is to see.

AH KNOW! Ah know. I’m a societal disgrace to us all.

And this is where my confession takes an even more disappointing turn.

I’ve not seen her OLDER CLASSICS. I’ve not seen what made Meryl Meryl!

Besides Heartburn! (desperate for her style) And Death Becomes Her. (desperate for some advil.)

But like, okay: I’ve not seen OUT OF AFRICA. (<–that was a gut punch, wasn’t it?) I’ve not seen SOPHIE’S CHOICE. (please try and breathe) I’ve not seen BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. (lie down if you need)

And then when you get up, give me a list of the best Meryl movies.

To help, here’s what I have seen and adore of hers.

Julie and Julia, Devil Wears Prada, Little Women, Into the Woods, Poppins Returns, The Hours, Hope Springs, Heartburn, Death Becomes Her, and Adaptation. Oh! and of course Manhattan. But it’s been forever. She’s such a style icon in that movie. That hair.

Show me the way, you guys. Where do I start?

Wait . . . did you just light a match to your laptop?

Also, I have a weird question.

You’re like, here we go.

I need a good red wine vinegar. A really, really good red wine vinegar. I need one because in a recent cookbook I was reading (I can’t remember which one. Maybe this one?), it (David) was telling me to get a really, really good red vinegar for dressing. Oh! Maybe it was Heartburn. And Nora Ephron was telling me. OR ACTUALLY I THINK IT WAS GWYNETH telling me from her cookbook. I can’t remember. Maybe it was all three of them. But still, the message was RED.WINE.VINEGAR. And a good one.

I don’t have a good one. My red wine vinegar is embarrassingly cheap. And old. I know, I’m chock-full of letdowns today.

Give me a good brand! Your favorite, go-to red wine vinegar brand that makes the most outstanding vinaigrette. (you should have seen me trying to type that word just now.)

This is what I think about:

Imagine all the productions back in March that were mid-filming these little kids in shows, movies, whatever. And now we’re over two months into everything being paused. And we have no idea (er, I have no idea) when all that will kick back up again. GUYS THOSE KIDS ARE GONNA GROW UP DURING THE PAUSE. (In my head I said it like Rachel Green – “You were gonna drink the fat!”)

They’ll be taller. They’ll look slightly different. Depending on the age their voices may drop! GUYS.

I have no solution. I’m clearly looking for something to stress about.

Look, I’m just going to go ahead and say what we’re all thinking: Robin Hood is still hot. Yes you are correct, the cartoon fox. I am talking about a c a r t o o n f o x. He’s a good looking cartoon fox and that’s just the way it is.

Weekend plans?

Will and Nat “graduate” from Kindergarten this morning on Zoom and I’m already a complete mess. To be truthful, I’ve been sad a lot this week. I suppose it’s grief. In mourning, perhaps? I’ve really tried to keep a positive outlook over the last 12 weeks for them, for me . . . but this week snatched me up in its jaws and barred its teeth straight in. And I’m not looking for pity here, we’ve all lost dear things to us, but I have to remind myself that it’s totally okay to sob watching the teacher videos. (yeah, and more than once) It’s okay for them to cry, too. It just sucks. But we’re making it. We will make it. I suppose a stylish playhouse doesn’t hurt the situation. (listen, I hope you’re all okay, and crying when you need to.)

Okay, from this week! BLT Shrimp Hoagies that aren’t just crazy simple, their flavors will knock you DOWN, son.

And a Breakfast Pizza Quiche for Memorial Day brunch! It’s like a tomato pie deep-dish pizza hybrid love child. Make her happen, bruh.


Just try and love.

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32 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Colleen May 22, 2020 at 8:16 am #
    Out of Africa will leave you spent, stunned and lying on the floor wondering what just happened to you. And it will make you want to change your wardrobe into a wonderful safari look like the old Banana Republic used to sell. And do the book afterwards, it is equally glorious. I remain a changed person by the words and experience.
  2. Juliette May 22, 2020 at 8:32 am #
    Don't forget Kramer VS Kramer. I love both Meryl and Dustin in this movie. I will not shame you but I really, really, really can't believe you've never seen Bridges of Madison. Its the best although old man Clint kinda makes me yucky cringe.
  3. Meryl May 22, 2020 at 8:53 am #
    The River Wild! Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon!
    • Dee May 26, 2020 at 10:27 am #
      Yes, I second The River Wild. LOVE that. Meryl so awesome. And of course, Sophie's Choice. But not when you're in a vulnerable mood.
  4. Maria Fisher May 22, 2020 at 9:04 am #
    Ok here are my two Meryl Streep picks: Music of the Heart and Ricki and the Flash. So, these are hardly as critically acclaimed as TBOMC or Sophies Choice (both excellent, of course!), BUT -- but -- they are really very good!! And honestly, as a musician yourself, I think you will enjoy them as much for her acting as the music storyline. Rickie and the Flash also stars her daughter, and is just a fun romp. It's directed by Jonathan Demme with the screenplay by Diablo Cody -- so total chick flick fun. And she is just so good in Music of the Heart. And it's music. And kids. So you will need your kleenex. And a glass of Rosé. Just sayin'. Last but not least, another oldie but goodie is Postcards From The Edge. So soo good!! Thanks for the pizza crust / cheese / tomato / egg quiche. It's MY LIFE!!! There you go! Have funnn! And thanks for that
  5. Mary May 22, 2020 at 9:32 am #
    You will Love Out of Africa! Here are my other Meryl favorites: Kramer vs Kramer Sophie’s Choice (so heavy, but she is Amazing) Silkwood (with Cher) bonus Mama Mia (pure fun) It’s Complicated (one of my newer favorites- Santa Barbara scenery lots of laughs and Food! - so up your alley)
    • Melissa May 22, 2020 at 2:48 pm #
      Into The Woods, she played a witch - very good. And so long ago The Deer Hunter - don’t watch just before you go to bed. OMG she’s been in 38 movies!!
  6. Gary weidner May 22, 2020 at 9:42 am #
    Meryl’s big break was in The Deer Hunter. But I’m not sure you want to watch it. Maybe you can skip the rough parts.
  7. Sue H May 22, 2020 at 10:14 am #
    Try "O Cabernet Vinegar". I use it to make speedies - a Binghamton NY kabob specialty. GREAT flavor!
  8. Jenn P May 22, 2020 at 10:17 am #
    I HATE The Bridges of Madison County. I cried and cried and cried at that book, and then was so terribly let down in the movie version. So I don't think you have to watch that one. Watch Mamma Mia instead because it's so hilariously terrible and Meryl wears overalls. But Devil Wears Prada is my favorite Meryl movie. Full stop.
  9. Ashley May 22, 2020 at 11:59 am #
    Well then I’ll admit something even worse: not only have I not seen all the old Meryl classics, but I dont actually even love her all that much. I’ve never understood what all the fuss was about. Maybe it’s because I haven’t seen her classic films? But Devil wears Prada etc just leaves me ‘meh’. And I hated Mamma Mia. ? it was so cringey and my second hand embarrassment for all of them was so high. Whew! Glad to have that off my chest
    • Dee May 26, 2020 at 10:30 am #
      Ashley, I agree with you about Devil Wears Prada and Mammia Mia. But watch Sophie's Choice and The River Wild. It'll change your mind about Meryl!
  10. Andrea May 22, 2020 at 1:03 pm #
    Kramer vs Kramer and Sophie's Choice. But not in the same day.
  11. laura May 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm #
    If you're talking old school Meryl, you must see A Cry In The Dark.
    • Christy May 23, 2020 at 9:23 am #
      Yes this!!!!
  12. Deana May 22, 2020 at 1:55 pm #
    All the ones you haven’t seen you need to see!! Actually, my hubby doesn’t like Meryl. I know I know he can’t help it!! Love the new playhouse she shed!!
  13. Shannon May 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm #
    It’s Complicated!!! Streep, Martin, Baldwin....hard to go wrong. It’s a feel good Streep movie!
  14. Dana May 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm #
    I loved Julie & Julia. Mainly because I love food, but even more I adored the story of Julia and Paul. They seem to be the perfect match for each other. Julia’s personality is so entertaining, I can’t image there was ever a dull moment when someone was in her presence.
  15. Jess May 22, 2020 at 2:47 pm #
    Besides what others have mentioned, you should definitely watch Defending Your Life! I don't know if this is controversial, but I didn't like Sophie's Choice that much except that last half an hour or so is stunning. You watch the whole movie for that last half hour and it pays off.
  16. Diana May 22, 2020 at 3:48 pm #
    I absolutely love The Deer Hunter
  17. Maria Brownmiller May 22, 2020 at 3:52 pm #
    Favorite Meryl movies are It's Complicated and Mamma Mia! They're both so good and she's so good in them. Happy Friday!
  18. Meg May 22, 2020 at 4:06 pm #
    Bridges of Madison County is my all time favorite!! But I pretty much love Meryl in everything. She's amazing all around! Julie and Julia is probably my second favorite.
  19. Deanna May 22, 2020 at 4:44 pm #
    You’ve already seen my favorite Meryl movie (Death Becomes Her), and I assume you’ve seen Mamma Mia, so I have nothing to add. BUT the best trick for delicious red wine vinegar is one I learned from Orangette in Delancey (I think)... add a splash of red wine to your red wine vinegar. It makes cheap vinegar taste delicious, and definitely works with white wine vinegar too!
  20. Diane May 22, 2020 at 5:44 pm #
    You have to watch It's Complicated - it's delightful! I actually like her more recent movies (as in the last 10 years) than the earlier ones, but she's a one in a million.
  21. Amy May 22, 2020 at 7:25 pm #
    Obviously this is a light-hearted one but she is so good in It’s Complicated with Alec Baldwin. Fun to watch!
  22. Andrea May 22, 2020 at 7:25 pm #
    I have also not seen that many Meryl movies but for some reason keep trying to find and watch Kramer vs Kramer. Is it good? I don’t know! I read once that it’s good. And the Fox is very hot. He’s confident, he’s good at archery, he has an accent, he’s foxy. I actually used this personal opinion as an ice breaker fact about myself during college, and I still stand by it.
  23. Robin May 22, 2020 at 8:38 pm #
    I want Meryl Streep’s house, garden, and cafe/store in It’s Complicated. I like it better than Julie/Julia
  24. Valerie W. May 22, 2020 at 8:44 pm #
    Loved Bridges of Madison County so much. Oh! And MAMMA MIA! Sooo good ??
  25. Leslie Degenhardt May 23, 2020 at 10:45 am #
    "It's Complicated" which I've watch at least a zillion times and it never gets old. "Kramer vs Kramer".....a classic must see. I could just listen to her talk forever!!!!!
  26. Tina May 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm #
    Another great Meryl Streep movie is Fantastic Mr Fox, she plays Felicity good , and It's Complicated is one of my favourite films of hers too .
  27. Christi May 27, 2020 at 3:10 pm #
    I really like the Sherry Vinegar I bought from Williams Sonoma (never like their prices though) it makes all the difference in finishing things like tomato soup and seared dishes. I assume their red wine vinegar would be comparable.
  28. Judith May 27, 2020 at 5:28 pm #
    The Deerhunter is by far one of the most compelling and poignant movies ever made! It will break your heart, but it is about an important time in our history. This is my favorite Meryl movie...this movie will stay with you for a long time. I rewatch it every 3 or 4 years, and I always take away something new from this masterpiece.

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