Film (with rating): Glee: The Complete First Season (NR)
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Contains all 22 episodes in the groundbreaking first season of the hit
television show focusing on an optimistic high-school teacher (who wants to
revamp the glee club) and all the antics, obstacles and hilarity he faces each
plot for this show sounds so simplistic: a guy teaching glee to a bunch of
students. But it is so much more than that, thanks to the amazing
skill of the writers and wonderful talent of the actors who flesh out their
characters perfectly. We’ve got Matthew Morrison, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch (my
personal favorite) and Lea Michele, just to name a few. The show is a unique
and unforgettable look at high school, bullies, budding talent, love, misfits,
staying true to yourself and going after what you want, all wrapped up in
The tagline says it all: A biting comedy for the underdog in all of us.
I wasn’t in glee club in high school (even my toddler plugs her ears when I
sing), but I can still relate–that in and of itself is a huge strength of
“Glee:” viewers like and relate to the characters and situations. I
find it impossible to stay cranky after watching a “Glee” episode.
While the show’s writers do touch on very known subjects (the jock with a
hidden love of music, the snotty cheerleaders), they do it with such a unique
voice, the situations seem fresh, not pass.
To those who have not yet converted to full
“Gleek” status, now is a perfect time to do so, since the second
season begins this Tuesday. Don’t think this series is a cheesy 21st
century “Fame” redux or an even cheesier “High School
Musical” made-for-TV series. It’s got its own fingerprint, and it’s so
worth watching. Just the one-liners spewed by Lynch are worth the price of the
So give the series a try. I would bet that by the end of the third
episode, you’re singing and dancing your way around the house or office
cubicle. Just know you’re not alone; lots of fellow Gleeks are doing the exact
So many! Try the behind-the-scenes look at “The Power of Madonna”
episode or the sing-along karaoke feature. Oh, and don’t forget the “Sue’s
Corners” one, either.
What to serve for dinner: High school food! Let’s go with a cafeteria
favorite, Sloppy Joes, but with a grown-up flare. For dessert, serve up dishes
based on the “Cheerios” gals: Cheerio Treats and (to branch off of
Sue Sylvester’s slushie love) a cereal milkshake.
Turkey Sloppy Joes on Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 1/2 lb ground turkey (not labeled “all breast meat”)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (28- to 32-oz) can whole tomatoes in juice
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons molasses (not blackstrap)
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons Tabasco, or to taste
Cheddar buttermilk biscuits
Heat oil in a wide 8-quart heavy pot over moderately high
heat until hot but not smoking, then saut onion, celery, bell pepper and
garlic, stirring occasionally, until golden (10 to 12 minutes). Add turkey and
saut, stirring occasionally and breaking up large lumps with a wooden spoon,
until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.
Pure tomatoes with juice, ketchup, molasses, vinegar,
Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco in a blender until smooth. Add to turkey and
simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened, 25 to 30
Serve on split Cheddar buttermilk biscuits (recipe
below, also from Epicurious.com).
* 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup cornmeal (preferably
stone-ground; not coarse)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
6 oz extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (2 cups)
3 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 1/3 cups well-shaken buttermilk
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450
degrees. Butter a large baking sheet. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking
powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, then blend in butter with your
fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in
cheeses and scallions with a wooden spoon, then add buttermilk and stir until
Drop dough in 8 equal mounds about 2 inches apart on baking
sheet. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool to
warm, about 10 minutes, then cut in half horizontally.
Cooks’ notes: You can use two small baking sheets instead
of one large. Bake biscuits in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching
position of sheets halfway through baking. Biscuits can be made one day ahead
and cooled completely, then kept in an airtight container at room temperature.
Reheat in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Cheerio Treats (cooks.com)
1/4 c. butter
8 cups Cheerios
1 10 oz bag of marshmallows
In large saucepan, melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir
until melted and blended with the butter. Remove from heat and add Cheerios.
Mix until evenly coated. Scoop into 13x9x2 greased pan. Cool for an hour or
two, cut into small squares and enjoy.
Cereal Milk Shake (cheerios.com)
1 cup milk
cup Cheerios cereal
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
In blender, place all ingredients. Cover and blend on high
speed 10 seconds. Scrape sides; cover and blend about 20 seconds longer or
until smooth. Pour into glass and serve.
What to talk about over dinner: Were you in glee club? Why or why not? Can you
sing? Did you ever perform on stage? Were you a high school misfit? A
cheerleader? A brain? A jock? Popular? Prom queen? Invisible? Did you have
teachers like Sue Sylvester or Will Schuester? Are you a teacher like them now?
Which “Glee” character are you most like and why? Which one were you
most like back in the day? What was your favorite episode? Your favorite guest
star? Neil Patrick Harris anyone? What new ground do you want Season Two
covers? Any new plot twists you’re hoping for? Does “Glee” make you
remember your high school years fondly, or with anxiety? Who do you think is
the show’s biggest star?