Great Detective TV Shows

bridgeBron/Broen – This show has been remade multiple times but it is the original in Danish and Swedish which rocks

Prime Suspect – Helen Mirren plays a detective in a field fraught with misogyny.

The Fall – Jamie Dorman is a serial killer and Gillian Anderson is the DCI after him. This BBC series has depth and mystery.

Broadchurch – Olivia Coleman is a detective and shows great range, conflicting states of being and depth. This is a twisting mystery over two seasons.  The cinematography is breathtaking as is the score.  . David Tennant also stars.  

The Night Of – This HBO series is beautifully acted in it’s dark and moody NYC setting. The feet of John Turturro alone make it a classic.


Films with Fantastic Food

The Godfather – This 1972 class will have you craving spaghetti and meatballs ala Mafia captain Clemenza.

Tortilla Soup – This film has so many recipes and food scenes, you’ll be running to the kitchen or grabbing delivery in no time.

Goodfellas – Paulie’s razor blade garlic technique is almost as famous as the movie is.

Julie and Julia – Any movie about Julia Child you know is going to have good food. Watch Julia chop onions and the Beef Bourguignon is a new classic.

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman – This Ang Lee directed film has dish after dish after dish of extrodinairy Taiwanese cuisine.

Cheap Kitchen Tools

Deiss PRO Zester – Fresh Lemon Zest of the right grind to bring out the flavor is a must for lemon cake. This is the one.

Plastic Flexible Cutting Boards – cheap and great, easy clean.  Can bend and use to funnel food into the pan

Silicon Spatulas – High heat resistant, dishwasher safe.  From stir fry to sauces, good to the last drop in the jar.

Egg Whisk – A small stainless steel thick 8 wire egg whisk is not just for eggs.  Sauces, whipped cream, pancakes, this little devil does the task.

Zyliss Knives – These are cheap, dishwasher safe and have covers. Mostly they are sharp

Yummy Chocolate Sauces

Godiva Chocolate Liquor  – This technically isn’t sauce but add this to any chocolate cake or brownie recipe and you will inhale the results.

 Ghirardelli Black Label – Versatile and thick, this sauce can be used in drinks and deserts.

Torani Dark Chocolate – Another sauce commonly used in coffee but oh so much more including brownies.  This sauce is vegan too.

Monin Dark Chocolate Sauce – Another verstile vegan sauce, this one is very sweet. Monin in general has incredible sryups.

Hollander Dutched Chocolate Sauce– Dutched means a darker chocolate and that’s yummy. This one is also vegan.

Chilling Films

Rosemary’s Baby – Roman Polanski directed this classic. Ruth Gordon as the nosey neighbor devil worshipper is a frightening delight.

Deliver Us From Evil – This 2006 documentary about a Catholic priest is bone chilling

The Shining – Stanley Kubrick’s mastercraft of the incongruous and lurking evil.

Psycho – Classic Hitchcock changes one’s view of the shower forever

M – Fritz Lang’s 1931 German film with Peter Lorre holds up to this day.  

Funny Movies For Thinking People

Monty Python and the Holy Grail – This is the funniest film of all time and no, that’s not a herring!

Harold and Maude – Ruth Gordon is a treasure as an 80 year old free spirit. Bud Cort courts death and the two make a most interesting pair. Should be a tutoiral on

Meaning of Life – Monty Python’s classic teaches us about gluttony, death, and the differences between religions.

Being There – Hal Ashby directed and Peter Sellers plays Chance the gardener. It is how the powerful are so self centered they project whatever they want to believe onto others.

slim pickins rides bomb

Dr. Strangelove– Stanley Kubrick directed this farce about the cold war and nuclear insanity. Nothing beats watching Slim Pickin’s Bronc riding a nuclear warhead.