My husband Eric’s birthday is coming up. At work they sent him a short get-to-know-you questionnaire so that they can read it at their next staff meeting. The last question was What is your favorite movie? Instead of naming one, he listed 16, complete with genre categories.* That’s what you get when you ask people like us about movies.
It got me thinking about some of my favorite movies, and of course my favorite quotes from them. Wanna hear some?
1. Han Solo: Keep your distance, Chewie, but don’t look like you’re trying to keep your distance. [Chewie barks a question] Han Solo: I don’t know. Fly casual! This is, of course, from Star Wars. I don’t even need to make an explanation for Han Solo’s awesomeness.
2. Chunk: Mikey, Mikey, this ain’t the kind of place you want to go to the bathroom in. Mama Fratelli: Why not? Chunk: Because they might have daddy longlegs and um… dead things, Mikey, DEAD THINGS! Goonies!! I was obsessed with this movie as a tween. What, you weren’t??
3. Miracle Max: Get back, witch.
Valerie: I’m not a witch, I’m your wife!
Vizinni: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
These are from The Princess Bride, possibly the most quotable movie of all time.
5. The kid is a L7 weenie. From the Sandlot. Yes please. (Do you want a s’more? Some more of what?)
6. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! Monty Python and the Holy Grail. These are the kind of insults we throw at each other in my family.
8. Buzz! Your girlfriend! Woof! Kevin Mcallister on Home Alone. I will never get over this movie. It cracks me up.
9. Dionne: Hello? There was a stop sign. Cher: I totally paused. This is from Clueless. I think this to myself every time I roll through a stop sign, and imagine myself saying it to a cop as an excuse. But officer, I totally paused!
Okay people. Your fav’s? I know you’ve got ’em!
But before that we have to examine this soup real quick. Don’t you have leftover ham in your fridge that no one is eating because all the potatoes are gone? This soup is the answer. You can’t really go wrong with Split Pea Soup, but adding little squares of smoked Gouda? It takes the regular stuff to a whole new level. I highly recommend making this soup using ham bone from this Raspberry Chipotle Glazed Ham, because the chipotle gives the soup a nice little kick. Have a gouda day! (har har)
Split Pea Soup with Smoked Gouda
Source: inspired by Allrecipes.com
2 cups (16 oz) dried split peas, rinsed and drained
8-9 cups liquid (I used half water, half chicken broth)
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 pounds ham, still on the bone, or 3 cups chopped ham
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, chopped
3-4 medium carrots, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
6 ounces smoked Gouda, or however much looks good to you
In a large stock pot, cover peas with 4 cups of water and 4 cups of chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer the peas for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let them soak for about 45 minutes.
Once peas are soaked, bring the liquid back to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Add the bay leaves and the ham bone. You can either cut off most of the meat, chop it, and add to the pot at this point (what I did), or you can plop the whole thing in now and dice the meat later. If you choose to chop the meat first, you should still add the ham bone to the pot so you get all the flavor.
Heat the olive oil in a separate pan and saute onions for 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic, continue to sauté for 30 seconds. Add onions and garlic to the soup. Simmer on medium low for about 1 hour (until the peas are soft).
Add the celery and carrots, and continue to simmer for another 20-25 minutes, until the vegetables are just tender. Add the extra cup of water if your soup is looking too thick. Remove the ham bone (chop the meat and put it back in, if you haven’t already). Discard the bay leaves. Salt and pepper to taste. (Be conservative on the salt; ham is very salty already. I actually didn’t add any.)
*Eric’s favorite movie:
Comedies: Groundhog Day. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Classics: Casablanca. It’s a Wonderful Life. The General.
Animated: Ratatouille. Wall-E. Spirited Away.
Epics: Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Indiana Jones.
Action: Inception. The Matrix.
Others: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Cast Away. The Truman Show.