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Monday, August 13, 2012

PINK ROBOTS and LEGS IN TRASH CANS is what NY city is all about...

as Lou Reed said in the song "New York City is the place where they said:
Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side"

(my new pink robot tee...and pumpkin chili.....check below for THAT recipe....and story)
So, as you remember, we were down in NY city this weekend.  The weather report was stinko, but the ACTUAL weather was perfect, because I schlepped my umbrella around in my bag all day...Murphy's Law:  bring the umbrella to guarentee perfect weather!
OK, the story goes, we were in Grand Central for lunch with a sister and a couple other stops, then took the subway downtown to Greenwich Village when......
It was a miracle, really, we were walking down Broadway to the Strand Bookstore (8 miles of books! red awning in pic below) and HUZZAH! next to the Strand, Forbidden Planet comics! Comics and STUFF! Good golly, one of my favorite places on EARTH had just moved to a new storefront....
On the trip down I was thinking "I really need a new heavy metal tee for my collection and I bet I find one in NYC....." And I found SPINAL TAP!!!!!  and of course, the bonus, considering my work lately, was finding a PINK ROBOT tee also!
Forbidden Planet's mascot, of course, is MY FAVORITE ROBOT, from the 50's sci-fi movie of the same name, Robby Robot!  Here he is in the window with me!!!!! More adventures Tuesday....

this is painted IN the street at 6th ave and Radio graffiti, hmm?

I am adding this:  we found an old Oprah magazine in NY and were poking through it on the bus home, and saw a pumpkin chili recipe and we were so intrigued by it and had all the ingredients at home by some miracle, so I made it Sunday.  It is INCREDIBLE and easy!

pumpkin chili


  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked bulgur
  • 2 serrano chili peppers, chopped (seeded if you prefer less heat)
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt, plus more to taste


Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions and sauté until soft, about 4 minutes.

Add all other ingredients, plus 4 cups water, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30 minutes, until bulgur is soft. Serve immediately.

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smartcat said...

A leg! Across the street from Foot Locker no less! But I am most reminded of the lamp in A Christmas Story (one of my favorite Christmas movies)

The TEES...robots and Spinal Tap! Now there's a combo for you....hint, hint....

I'm not always a huge fan of curry but this one sounds yummy! BTW your scones are DELICIOUS!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

This is not curry, tis chili :)
The wife tells me "you need to wear that robot tee EVERY DAY this week..."

Barbara Rogers said...

I agree with Penny...your new duds are great! So much fun for your inner child! Super pics of your trip.

smartcat said...

OOPS! Meant to write chili....suffered a brain f*rt! At any rate it sounds good!

smalltownme said...

Excellent choice of shirts.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

LOVE the pink robot shirt! The pumpkin chili looks great too. I have a black bean pumpkin soup that I'll have to dig up the recipe for once it cools off a bit down here. Looks like you had a great time in the city.

Knight said...

I KNEW the city felt extra awesome this weekend. Now it's all clear.

Stacey B said...

I would seriously be the crazy one checking that leg on the plane with me when I flew home.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I know. I wanted that leg! I stuffed it back in the trash and one second later another dude was grabbing it, of course!

Unknown said...

There is no other rain-dance so perfect as a bag without an umbrella. As my Mum always said (and this is rainy south west England)- Even if the sky is blue; never leave the house without a cardi and a brolly. Good advice!

I am glad to see you had a good time.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Robots??? I think you started something Gary...they are everywhere now. :)
The leg is so darn funny. I would have been tempted to keep it too....would make a great prop for Halloween.
Love Lou Reed. Of course my fave song from him is the one where he professes my love over and over.

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