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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is not to be missed.  Go figure with a cast the includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tim Wilkinson, and on and so forth.  Rich lust cinematography, great writing, great plot (which I won’t give away here) and superb acting create the perfect storm for a wonderful movie.  ***** 5 stars.  Put it on the list, right away!  This is Steve R Morse in Fort Lauderdale at the movies.

Blackberry Buttermilk Cake

A real quick dessert recipe that’s sure to please everyone, this Blackberry Buttermilk Cake rocks the house.  Only takes 20 minutes to prepare, plus baking time.  This is Steve R Morse in beautiful, sunny Fort Lauderdale with another fun recipe for the weekend.  Enjoy!


1c flour

1/2 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1/4 t salt

4 T butter, softened

2/3 c plus 1 1/2 T sugar

1 large egg, at room temperature

1 t vanilla

1/2 c buttermilk, at room temperature

1 1/4 c blackberries, plus more for serving

whipped cream for serving


Preheat oven to 400.  Butter a 9 inch round cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.  Butter the paper.  In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the butter with the 2/3 cup of sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 3 minutes.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  At low speed, beat in the buttermilk and dry ingredients in 3 alternating batches, ending with the dry ingredients.; do not overbeat.  Gently fold the batter just until blended, then scrape into the pan and smooth the top.  Scatter the 1 1/4 cups of blackberries over the batter, lightly press them in.  Sprinkle remaining sugar over mixture.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Transfer the cake to a rack.  Cool 10 minutes, Invert and remove cake from pan and let cool.  Serve with whipped cream.

Voodoo Jambalaya

This ancient recipe for Voodoo Jambalaya should be taken seriously.  Every time I make it, strange things happen.  Like, full moon crazy.  However, being that we follow the tradition of “What goes on in the bayou stays in the bayou”, we are prohibited from spinning the tales of horror and mayhem that occur.  So, at your own peril, here it is:  Oh, and yes, this is Steve R Morse in Fort Lauderdale, otherwise known as the southern end of the quarter.

12 oz applewood smoked bacon, diced

1 1/2 lbs smoked fully cooked sausuage, halved lengthwise, cut into disks (semi-circles)

1 lb andouille sausage (i use ragin cajun) cubed

1/2 lb ham, diced

1 1/2 lb onions, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 red pepper and 1 green pepper chopped

3 chicken breasts (skinless, boneless) trimmed and cubed

2 T paprika

1 T thyme

1 T chili powder

1/4 t cayenne pepper

30 oz tomatoes with green chilies

2 1/2 c beef broth

3 cups long grain white rice

8 green onions, chopped

Preheat oven to 350.  Cook bacon in very large pot until brown, but not crisp, 8-10 minutes.  Add smoked sausage, andouille and ham.  Saute until starts to brown, about 10 minutes.  Add celery, onions and peppers.  Cook until vegetables start to soften, about 10-12 minutes.  Mix in chicken.  Cook until outside of chicken is white, stirring often, 5 minutes or so.  Mix in paprika, thyme, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.  Cook 1 minute.  Add diced tomatoes with chilies and broth.  Stir to blend well.  Mix in rice.  Bring jambalaya to a boil.  Cover pot.  Place in oven and bake until rice is tender and liquids are absorbed, 45-48 minutes.  Uncover pot.  Mixed chopped green onions into jambalaya.  Serve.  Enjoy!



What do you get when you cross a vibrator with medicine and 1880 London?  Why, the movie Hysteria, of course.  This English comedy is a period piece that took place in 1880 London and focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of women with hysteria.  Doesn’t sound funny, you say?  It’s actually amusing and clever, in a dry, English sort of way.  The chemistry between Hugh Dancy as Dr. Mortimer Granville and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Charlotte Darymple, the daughter of Dr. Darymple, played by Jonathan Pryce, makes this piece work.  Buy it, rent it, stream it, but don’t miss it!  This is Stephen R. Morse with another fun movie review.  Talley ho!.

Katy Perry: Part of Me

Katy Perry is a biopic about the meteoric rise of pop star Katy Perry.  I must admit i’m not part of the hip crowd and really haven’t followed her path from near homeless cafe singer knocking along until Capitol Records took a chance on her.  Label heads repeatedly turned her down saying that the public wasn’t interested in the kitschy ballads that she so effortlessly penned.  She held strong and insisted on performing the songs that were true to herself.  Her choice of “I Kissed a Girl” as her first release was considered by some to be questionable, but lit the fuse on the rocket.  She became the first pop artist to have over five songs from the same album hit number one in the charts.  All that aside, what i love most is that under all that glitter makeup and cartoonishnish, she looks like the girl next door.  Brava.  This piece is five stars.   This is Steve R Morse in Fort Lauderdale with a firework movie review.

Kientzler Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg 1997

The Kientzler Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg 1997 is a beautiful textbook example of what a mature reisling from Alsace should taste like.  With a beautiful nose of petrol and baked apples, this off-dry white wine was a perfect accompaniment to the broiled black cod we paired with it.  We reduced a bit of the same wine with shallot, a dash of soy sauce and a teaspoon of white miso for a sauce that married perfectly with the fish.  It has a long, long finish expected from a grand cru.  Although now hard to find,  other, more readily available reislings offer up an excellent choice for pairing with fish dishes rather than the same old chardonnay or sauvignon blanc.  This is Steve R Morse in Fort Lauderdale from the Geisberg side of the vineyard.

Yes, Chef

Just finished reading Marcus Samuelsson’s new memoir “Yes, Chef“.  A great read about the arduous journey of an adopted boy from Ethiopia through to becoming a celebrity chef cooking for a state dinner at the White House.  Be sure and check out the “Good Reads” panel on the right side of the blog for a list of my favorite books.  This is Steve R Morse in Fort Lauderdale reminding you to “pick up a book”.

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