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Chinese Proverb Of The Day

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

The Thorn Birds

Marisa Sung

Billy Crudup Is An Amazing Actor!

I have to admit that I have a "schoolgirl crush" on Billy Crudup. I have met many actors and I never get excited to meet them but Billy Crudup is the one exception! Forget Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt-this guy has serious talent! Broadway trained actors have so much more substance than the rest. I have never met him because I am afraid that I will get too nervous. My friend knows him but I am too scared to meet him. Crazy right? Lucky for me, he is not Asian so I will never interview him. Anyway I have been following his career for years and I saw him in "Arcadia" 5 times and I was still looking for more tickets! He was awesome in "Arcadia", "Bus Stop" and of course "Almost Famous"! I have a part in my screenplay that he was born to play - my love interest! LOL A girl can dream can't she??

Trust The Man=Great Movie

Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Delicious Ratatouille

1 medium eggplant
1 tbsp. salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 large onions; sliced
3 crushed garlic cloves
1 medium red pepper, cut in cubes
1 medium green pepper cut in cubes
4 medium zucchini; sliced 3/4 inch thick
3 medium tomatoes peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp. chopped parsley

Cut eggplant into 1/2 inch thick slices, then into chunks
Sprinkle with 1 tbsp. salt
Dry thoroughly
Heat oil in large frying pan
Saute onions and garlic for 2 mins.
Add both the red and green peppers and cook for 2 mins.
Add eggplant; brown lightly on both sides for appx. 3 mins.
Add zucchini, tomatoes and seasonings
Simmer gently; uncovered for 30-40 mins.
Baste vegetables often
Cover and reduce heat if necessary
Remove the bay leaf and chill
Garnish the dish with parsley
Serves 8-10; May be served either hot or cold
Bon Apetit!


Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Rules Of Etiquette For The Modern World Number 22

When a host/hostess is kind enough to invite you to a dinner party or a soiree, always bring a gift as a nice gesture regardless. When you bring that "small token of your appreciation" know enough not to take the leftover wine/dessert/appetizer home with you! I cannot tell you how many times I have witnessed a guest taking the item that they brought to the party home with them. It doesn't occur often but enough to make a mark. It makes one appear to be cheap and/or an "Indian Giver" which is incredibly unattractive.

I Want You to Want Me To Keep My Gift and Not Take It Home With You
Cheap Trick

Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Delicious Diabetic Dessert

Baked Orange Custard with Strawberries

3/4 cup of cholesterol free egg substitute
1/4 cup of Agave or Raw White Indian Honey
1 can of non-fat evaporated milk
1/4 cup of light cream
2 tbsp. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp. grated orange peel
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries; sliced
2 tablespoons of sugar substitute or Agave/Honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine egg substitute, honey, evaporated milk, cream orange juice, orange peel and vanilla in a medium bowl until well blended
Pour mixture into 6 ounce custard cups/ramekins
Place ramekins in 13 X 9 inch baking pan
Fill with hot water halfway up to the side of the ramekins
Bake 30-35 minutes
Remove from oven; leaving ramekins in hot water till they reach room temperature
While custards cool, toss with sliced strawberries; add sugar substitute/honey/agave set aside
Serve at room temperature or cold topped with the strawberries

Calories 180, Total Fat 3g, Protein 10g, Carbohydrate 26g, Cholesterol 14mg, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sodium 125mg

Orange is the New Black

Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Rules Of Etiquette For The Modern World Number 21

Do not scratch or touch your private parts in public and then immediately afterwards attempt to hand something to me or touch me in any way, shape or form! That is absolutely disgusting not to mention highly unsanitary. I have witnessed and been a victim to this behavior in the Corporate World of Madhattan. Just because you are a high ranking individual and/or a business owner does not give you the right to behave in this manner.

When you see that I have sanitizer, foot spray, eucalyptus hand crème, air freshener and other similar toiletries at my workstation out for every person to see that should give you a clear idea that I am a germaphobe!!

Remember that we always wash our hands thoroughly after a trip to the loo also! Granted I am OCD but this is just normal everyday sanitary behavior.

Don't Touch Me

Marisa Sung

Chinese Proverb Of The Day

“There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.”

Mountain Mississippi Queen

Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Healthy Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin

1 cut 4 lb. chicken
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cognac
2 medium onions, quartered
1 minced garlic clove
3 cups of Burgundy Wine1/4 tsp. thyme
1/2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup of organic drained button mushrooms, quartered
1 tbsp. smart butter; softened
1 tbsp. soy flour
2 parsley sprigs

In a large Dutch Oven brown the chicken in hot oil
Drain all of the fat
Pour in cognac; carefully ignite
When flames subside add onions, garlic, wine, thyme, tomato paste, bay leaf, salt and pepper
Bring mixture to a boil; simmer; covered for 1 hour
Skim off all of the fat
Discard the bay leaf
Blend butter and flour together to form a paste
When chicken is done; add the paste to the hot liquid
Stir and simmer for 2 mins.
Arrange the chicken in a casserole dish; baste with the sauce
Garnish with mushrooms and parsley

Serves 4

This dish is perfect for a dinner party. The recipe is a variation of what I learned from a class at the French Culinary Institute where they used bacon. I do not like bacon and believe the recipe to be much healthier without it. Instead of bacon, I add baby carrots on the stem for taste. If you prefer bacon, you may add regular cooked bacon or turkey bacon. Next week I will share my recipe for Cheese Fondue; also from the French Culinary Institute. Bon Apetit!

Red Red Wine

Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Delicious Diabetic Dessert

Peach Cobbler


6 cups of ripe Georgia peaches
1 tbsp. fresh lemon or orange juice
1 tbsp. soy or almond flour
2 tbsps. raw Indian white honey

1 1/2 cups of soy flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tsp. raw honey
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 egg
2 tbsp. smart butter; melted
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
No Sugar-Added Ice Cream (Optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9 inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
For filling, mix all filling ingredients in medium bowl; spread into prepared pan.
For topping; combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup honey. and baking powder in medium bowl. Combine almond milk, egg and smart butter in a small bowl. Add to flour mixture; stir just until flour is blended. Droop batter by tablespoons on top of peach filling. Combine 2 tsp. honey and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle on top.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until fork inserted in center comes out clean.

Serve warm with no sugar added ice cream if desired.

150 Calories, Total fat 2g, Protein 5g, Carbohydrate 40g, Cholesterol 18g, sodium 95g, Dietary Fiber 4 g

Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind

Marisa Sung

Chinese Proverb Of The Day

A nation's treasure is in its scholars.

Neil Diamond - Coming to America

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