Salvaging Pot Stickers

BurnedPotstickersSo do you ever have one of those days where everything goes wrong, including the dinner that you’ve made perfectly 100 times before? This happened to my roommate last night. She was in the mood for one of her quick go-tos, Trader Joe’s vegetable pot stickers. So, she prepared them how she always prepares them and for some reason, this time, they got scorched. And I mean like, open the window the smoke alarm is going off scorched. Bummer (and kind of hilarious). Even though she was laughing, the roommate was not quite in the mood for me to turn this into a blogging opportunity (which, clearly I have). So, we collectively came up with a list of things that could be done with these scorched pot stickers. After all, the starving artist is nothing if not resourceful.

Solutions for scorched pot stickers. By Dave and Anna.

1. Go f*** yourself.

2. Take a knife and attempt to scrape off the burned edges. After the third pot sticker falls apart into a messy, charred pile, dissolve into tears while realizing just how alone you are.

3. Scoop out the filling from each of the stickers and discard any burned portions of the shell. Mush all of them into a patty. Fry both sides (this time without burning) and eat with the sticker sauce. Or, instead of a patty, just simply toss with shredded cabbage, lettuce, green onion, and the sauce, and enjoy a light lovely meal.

4. After realizing the stickers are scorched, calmly turn off the heat and leave the stickers in the pan. Go to Chipotle.

The End.

Happy Friday, everyone!!

The Starving Artist Does the Oscars

GMCLA Performs at the Oscars

Click here to see me and the chorus performing at the OSCARS!!!

Happy Monday, readers! So I’m taking a small detour from food today, but for a very good reason. If you happened to catch the Oscars last night, you might have noticed someone singing with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) who looked suspiciously like yours truly. Well guess what? It was totally me! I couldn’t post anything in advance because we were sworn to secrecy, but now that the cat is out of the bag I can tell you that is was absolutely the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. The idea to have us in this number about boobs was all Seth’s and of course we love him for it. Only 24 out of the 220 members of the chorus were chosen for this event. Needless to say I am both proud and honored to represent this deserving organization on such a global stage. This was the first time an LGBT group has performed and been acknowledge at the Oscars. How crazy exciting to be a part of such history.

But here’s the really fun story.

We recorded the number at Capitol Records on Sunday Feb 17th. Seth MacFarlane was at the session and made it a point to come in, say hi, and encourage us to be completely over-the-top with our diction, vibrato, and facial expressions so as to heighten the comedy (and let’s not kid ourselves, boobs are not a topic any of us are familiar with). After we finished, Seth stood in the doorway to thank us and shake our hands while the producers stood by. I was the last one out of the room and of course, I couldn’t let such an opportunity pass without throwing something into the mix. So, in my normal tone of voice (loud and obnoxious) I said to Seth, “I’ve never been more excited about boobs in my entire life.” Laughter ensued from both him and the producers, reminding me just how lucky I am and how much I love my life.

Tune in tomorrow when we get back to food posts, including the fish and chips I found while “camping” in Malibu and my progress with bootcamp and weight loss. Hooray!

Farmers’ Market Glory

Well friends, let me tell you, John Williams at the bowl last night was the best concert I’ve been to in a long time. We saw an olympic suite set to footage from olympic games recent and in the distant past. Violinist Gil Shaham brought the house down with a suite from Schindler’s List as well as a suite from Williams’ oscar-winning arrangements of Fiddler on the Roof. A huge chorus from Cal State Fullerton accompanied Williams in a suite from Amistad, which I’ve never seen performed live, not to mention Duel of the Fates from Star Wars Episode 1, which, regardless of how you feel about the prequels, is an epic piece of music. But none of this held a candle to the end of the show when, in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, Williams conducted the entire last reel of E.T. live to picture with dialogue and sound effects tracks. There aren’t may ways to make me sob, but that sure is one of them. All in all an outstanding evening with many good friends. And of course, pound cake.

So after an outstanding evening with friends I got up late this morning and walked myself down to the farmers’ market in Hollywood, which, shockingly I had never been to. I was totally unprepared for the onslaught of fresh produce and vendor food, but I did manage to escape with what you see in the photo here. I tell you, nothing excites me more than fresh picked tomatoes. I may have eaten them already… like apples… with salt. Outstanding. But don’t you worry, I have big plans for those strawberries.

Tonight I am enjoying an impromptu cookout in Venice. Hotdogs, hamburgers, salad, potatoes. It doesn’t get any better than this. More on this soon.

Hope everyone is enjoying their labor day weekend!

Still Here!

Hello, faithful readers! Thank you for bearing with me through almost an entire WEEK of silence. Shameful! The good news is I’ve been hard at work on some music projects. You can hear one of my latest efforts in the player above. Not only have I been busy, but I have to tell you, being in the dead of summer heat has rendered me culinarily useless. Not to say I’m not still cooking for myself – the starving artist is always throwing tasty meals together. But, the truth is, you’ve seen most of them already!

Fear not, I have some new recipes coming your way in the next few days. Budget is tight for me these days, but I have managed to save up for the August beer garden at Tender Greens, which is this Sunday at 5pm. Very excited and, as always, you can expect a full report here.

Meanwhile, enjoy the music and you’ll be hearing more from me in the coming days.

Now on Facebook!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Just a quick note to announce that you can now follow me on Facebook! Click the “like” button you see to the right to get updates on both my activities as a foodie and as a composer. See my latest yelp reviews, hear my latest tracks, and read my latest tweets.

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Stay tuned for more cool summer treats!