the moon

MasterChef Junior: The Moon & The Sea

This title is not only relevant to the episode, but also my main interests in life… on to MasterChef Junior!

The Mystery Box comes with one big mystery box containing the judges in space suits.  Astronaut Tracy Dyson guests and impresses the heck out of both the children and me.  Since, as Tracy says, real astronauts know that the moon is made of cheese, the kids pull open their Mystery Boxes to see a bunch of different cheeses.  Their task is to make an out of this world cheese dish.  (Thank you, MCJ; so much better than marshmallows!)


Addison, Kaitlyn, and JJ have the top dishes.

Kaitlyn wins!  Before her advantages are announced, the judges take it back to earth for the elimination test– they wheel out a bunch of fish.  To tie to moon to the sea, Graham shows the kids how to filet a fish using the GIANT moon fish.

Kaitlyn doesn’t have to cook and also gets to pick a peer to go through to the next round with her.  She chooses Addison.  Kaitlyn also gets to act as fish monger, tossing the chosen fishes to the kids about to cook.


L to R, T to B: Avery, Jaeclyn, Derek, Vivian, Kya, Kyndall, Nate, Ian

Avery is so spunky.  Her decision making process for this dish seemed to be “my daddy likes it,” and that was just too cute.  Jaecelyn didn’t taste her fish because she doesn’t like it.  Derek is praised for having the best palate in the MCJ kitchen.  Vivian’s sauce doesn’t go with fish.  Kya is the cutest thing and my current favorite.  Kyndall’s veggies are uncooked.  Nate impresses with Asian flavors despite the fact that he’s “not really Asian.”  Too cute.  Ian’s dish goes well despite not needing the potatoes, but MAN this kid makes me nervous in the kitchen.  I’m not sure about his skills.

Nate is the winner!

Jaeclyn, Vivian, and Kyndall are called out for bottom dishes.  Jaeclyn is sent back to cook another day.  Vivian and Kyndall go home.

We’ve still got 18 kids in the kitchen and some still have a way to go to distinguish themselves.  Anyone sticking out in the pack to you?  I’m loving Kya and Sam!

Links for a New World [02]


  • Padma on Ellen – I love Ellen, but I love Padma Lakshmi even more.  Top Chef Boston kicked off this week (did you read my recap?!) and in prep for that, Ellen had Padma on to cook, laugh, and be absolutely wonderful.  Plus, I think I could make tortilla chips now, which is great news.
  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce – I’ve been so excited for Bravo’s first scripted show for so long for the simple reason that it combines two of my favorite shows.  We’ve got Marti Noxon of my dearest Buffy the Vampire SlayerHouse alum and another lady crush of mine, Lisa Edelstein!  The first official trailer promises raunch, so what’s not to like?
  • The Moon – The Moon (pictured above!) by design firm Nosigner is a topographically-accurate LED light created based on data retrieved from the Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft Kaguya.
  • Friends is coming to Netflix! – January 1, 2015!  I’m sorry to be controversial, but this is even better news than the arrival of Gilmore Girls.
  • Pictionary with Gillian Anderson – The gorgeous Gillian Anderson (aka Scully from the X-Files, Stella of The Fall) wrote a book!  In celebration, she’s all over the internet doing fun things like this.
  • T Map of Boston Eats – This handle map of Boston’s public transportation is marked with restaurants instead of stop names.  I’m thinking about riding my way through this one.  My friend Julia sent me this one along with the best burger per neighborhood, which is also very important.


Have a brilliant weekend, everybody!

Summer Stargazing at Frosty Drew


Frosty Drew at night

Last weekend I got to check an item off of my summer bucket list. I paid a visit to Charlestown, Rhode Island’s Frosty Drew Astronomical Observatory for some stargazing! I was fortunate enough that the night I visited happened to be the clearest view of Saturn of the season!

Every Friday night in the summer, Frosty Drew opens up for free public stargazing through their powerful telescope. The observatory opens at 6 PM to the public. A young volunteer provided some sky info and answer any questions while we waited in line. Inside the observatory, an astronomer was stationed by the telescope to point things out and answer additional questions.

We pulled up after 8:30 PM and the line was already long. The observatory itself is tiny—there were only 6 or so people inside at any given time. The sky darkened as we waited in line, and volunteers pointed out Mars and Spica in the sky. A bunch of telescopes were set up on the lawn around the observatory so there were other things to look at while we waited. We got a very up-close look at the super moon from a tabletop telescope. A man who literally just came as a hobby set up a large telescope and focused it on Mars, which through his telescope looked like a glow-y ring of fire.

It was 10 PM by the time my group got to the telescope, but man was it worth the wait! I had to gasp when I saw Saturn, small and white-ish, right in view! It was tipped on its side, its rings vertical. It looked lonely, in a way, but you could distinctly make out four other objects— at least two moons: Titan and Rhea. You could make out at least one division in the rings signifying that there is more than one. I was blown away! Saturn has always been my favorite planet, and the Frosty Drew frequent-ers all agreed it’s the most exciting to see.

76075_174151932597164_168448_nThey were showing Saturn last week, but weather conditions and the sky vary. I’d love to make another visit before the summer is over!

Frosty Drew Observatory is located in Ninigret Park in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Visit their website for directions:!


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