Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I spent the whole day baking cookies, decorating gingerbread, and getting in touch with MERYL STREEP about a very special event--which has a little something to do with things culinary. I will keep you posted so you can BE THERE!

But while we are on the subject of Streep--and who isn't these days, I will say--and I said it this summer as soon as I saw her performance in JULIE & JULIA--that she WILL win the Oscar for Best Actress this year. She's brilliantly funny in the part, and luminous in the about-to-be released IT'S COMPLICATED which I have seen and will review soon--along with NINE (yes) AVATAR (yes) A SINGLE MAN (yes).

I am also getting ready for our big traditional Polish Christmas Eve with Polish relatives (yes, "Kulhawik" is Polish and is actually pronounced "kool-HAH'-veek") arriving from Connecticut. We'll be sitting down to the whitest dinner west of Bialystok--no meat--just fried fish, herring, boiled potatoes, pierogies (like Polish ravioli), sauerkraut with mushrooms, and maybe some "oplatki" and white bean soup to kick things off; there'll be enough gastro-combustible foods at that table to blow a new tunnel through the big dig. I can't wait.

And before I go, here's another sneak peak at a trailer for SHREK FOREVER due out next May. I like the fat pussycat. I have one just like her. Go to

and stay tuned!

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