The High Cotton

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Category: Out and About

Better late than never

We went to see The Lion King at the Kennedy Center last night.  It was so amazing.  I can’t believe I waited 17 years to see it.  The night before the show, Tom and I were chatting about it, and I found out for the first time that he’s never even seen the Disney movie.  WHAT?!  You think you know a guy….

Anyway, I totally understand why the show is still running, and won about a gazillion Tony awards.  The costumes and set design were beyond cool.  They were so creative and technically impressive.  We spent several minutes discussing how the articulated lion masks worked.  We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the show, but I grabbed some official photos from the internet to show you what I’m talking about.

When the actors bent down a little bit, the lion masks would be positioned in front of their faces.

But when they stood up straight, the masks would kind of float to rest on their foreheads.  The transition was barely perceptible, and once on the actors’ foreheads, the masks seemed very stable.  They didn’t flop around at all.

The movement of the masks, the use of people as grass, the lighting, really everything, was so so good.  I highly recommend this show if you have been living under a live theater rock like me, and haven’t seen it yet.

Besides the show, we enjoyed visiting the Kennedy Center.  It is so close to us, and we don’t go nearly enough.  It’s such a nice venue, and Tom remarked how the building has held up well.  It’s still really pretty and impressive.

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Lowcountry Produce Bloody Mary

I was wandering around my local Fresh Market awhile back and spotted Lowcountry Produce products on one of the shelves.  Because the label had the word “lowcountry” on it, you know I had to take a closer look.  It turns out that Lowcountry Produce stuff comes from Lobeco, SC, about 10 miles from where I grew up.  I couldn’t believe it!  I had to come all the way to Annapolis, MD to discover a fantastic product that comes practically from my parents’ backyard.  Crazy.

I’ve tried several of their products now and highly recommend all of them.  Everything tastes so fresh (because it is!).  My favorite thing so far has been the Dilly Beans.  They are basically pickled green beans that are perfect for a vegetable platter or salad.  But I must confess that my favorite use for them is in a bloody mary!

I feel like people either love or hate a bloody mary.  I’m obviously in the “love” camp, but a friend of mine is not a fan.  At least she wasn’t until Tom made her one using his very own recipe.  Now she’s a convert, and you will be too if you’re not into them already.  Dilly Beans are technically optional, but Lowcountry Produce ships everywhere so get your hands on some.  You won’t be sorry.  Here’s the recipe:

1 c. ice

2 oz vodka

1 t prepared horseradish (not horseradish sauce)

1/4 t Tabasco

1 t worcestershire sauce

6 oz tomato juice

lime wedges

Dilly Beans

Old Bay

salt and pepper to taste

Take a rocks glass and rub a lime wedge around the edge.  Roll the edge in a shallow plate of Old Bay to coat.  Set that aside to dry for a minute while you make the drink.  In a cocktail shaker, mix the ice, vodka, horseradish, Tabasco, worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, salt, and pepper.  Add a squeeze of lime juice.  Shake and strain into the glass.  At this point, you can either add the ice you used in the shaker to the glass or drop in one of the fancy giant ice cubes that are everywhere now.  Since the drink will be cold from the shaking, you can also leave the finished drink sans ice if you want to.  Garnish with a lime wedge and as many Dilly Beans as you’d like.  Drink up!

PS – if you are in a pinch and need to use store-bought bloody mary mix, try Mr. and Mrs. T’s Spicy.  It’s not like homemade, but it’s passable in an emergency.

PPS – Yes, I have a sterling silver holder for my Tabasco.  What about it?