Hunk of the Day: Tom Frelinghuysen

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A Hunk of the Day is a being of beauty.

Sometimes, it is enough just to be beautiful, but most of the hunks featured here have more to offer than physical perfection.

Actor and model Tom Frelinghuysen is a case of this, and you should google that name to find out why.

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No Thyme for Parsley

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Another woefully-underused fresh herb is the flat leaf Italian parsley. The curly kind has given it all sorts of bad ubiquitous names, but its unique flavor, especially when used as more than just a garnish, lends a brightness that too often gets ignored because the dried kind, and the restaurant abuse of the curly kind, has made it such a pariah in home cooking. Nobody remembers to use it, but it belongs in so many dishes, chopped fresh and sprinkled on at the last minute. Give it a green whirl again.

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Sweet Summer Fantasy

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It happens the same way every year, and always at about this time.

A yearning, a longing, a memory of something that has yet to happen, but somehow has happened all before.

The dream of summer.

When the snow gets all dirty and grimy, and a few nights tease with the promise of a thaw, I think of summer and make tentative plans in my head. Right now, I’m envisioning a background of terra-cotta, with accents of colorful tiles, and plantings of penstemon to attract the hummingbirds and butterflies that make a backyard so enchanting.

The flower catalogs will begin arriving soon, further whetting the appetite and stoking the stuff of dreams. It’s not too early to indulge in such anticipation. It’s all coming.

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The Wonder of ‘Lily and the Octopus’ by Steven Rowley

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 If you’re looking for a good book to see you through this last stretch of winter, dive into ‘Lily and the Octopus’ by Steven Rowley. A work of heartbreaking beauty and love, this is much more than a story of a man and his dog – it’s a moving treatise on how we deal with loss.

Opening with a discussion on the various merits of the Ryans (Reynolds, Gosling, but not Phillippe), the Matts (Bomer and Damon), the Toms (Brady and Hardy), and the Chrises (Evans, Pine, Pratt and Hemsworth), it’s a veritable greatest hits of hunks, and an enthralling way to begin. This is no ordinary tale, filled as it is with whimsy and wit. Soon, we discover that Lily is a dachshund, Ted Flask is her adoring owner, and the octopus is an unwelcome visitor about to wreak the worst kind of havoc in their companionship.

While odd for some non-animal-lovers (Rowley anthropomorphizes Lily to such an extent that she plays board games, talks about guys, and even mans the steering wheel of a ship), for anyone who’s enjoyed the love and adoration of a pet, it’s not such a far cry from the truth. There are deeper layers of meaning at work here, particularly in the dream scenes, and an over-the-top voyage that strongly echoes the fight against one’s own nature in ‘Moby Dick’. More impressive than that, however, is the exploration of the gradual acceptance of grief for love lost. This encompasses all kinds of love – romantic, familial, unrequited and unconditional – and what happens when it ends, for whatever reason.

‘Lily and the Octopus’ reminds us that sometimes we need to break down, that it’s ok to cry, and if you love someone with all your heart, that love doesn’t ever really go away.

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Cycle of Joy

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A happy scene is achieved with a few floating cyclamen, and this sight never fails to rouse me from the winter doldrums. It is small consolation for the memory of them in their natural habitat, but any consolation, no matter how small, is a welcome one at this time of the year. We are on the right track, however, as only one more month of winter officially remains. The rotten weather may linger, but that too will eventually be wiped away. It always is.

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Scintillating Scallions

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Scallions, more commonly referred to as green onions, don’t seem to enjoy as much popularity as they deserve. I love where they fall on the onion spectrum, somewhere between a traditional onion and the chive. I also love how much color they add to any dish (it’s best to use a decent amount of the foliage for precisely this reason). Their flavor is delicate, but important. They add an onion-like touch without the harshness of the real thing. I enjoy them with eggs, and fresh dill and parsley for a bright omelet – or as a topping on kimchi fried rice or a pungent pho. Such a garnish may seem optional, but it provides an integral flavor, texture, and freshness to any savory dish. The lesson here is that the scallion should never be underestimated. A good lesson for all of our stalwart ingredients, and a testament to the power of fresh ingredients.

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Hunk of the Day: Jonathan Guijarro

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Hailing from Madrid, Spain, the Hunk of the Day is Jonathan Guijarro. If anyone is wondering why he was crowned Hunk of the Day, just scroll down. You know I’m right, it’s there i black and white!

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Joe Jonas Redux

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You may have seen the first two photos in this previous Joe Jonas post, whereby he premiered his new Guess underwear shoot. But even the additional photos from that shoot failed to include the GIFs you see below, and that’s the point of this post. Because it’s not always about Nick Jonas getting his kit off.

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Mid-Week Mayhem Squashed

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This is my Monday after a long-weekend away, so forgive me if I’m not quit as plucky as usual. Better yet, don’t bother me at all today because I just need to catch up in peace. To that end, I just want to point you to this linky post of previous moments of tranquility that have given me great joy over the years. We need more calm in this tumultuous internet zone.

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Hunk of the Day: Josh Ohl

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This vintage Hunk of the Day is a blast from the past – it’s male model Josh Ohl, who’s been showing off his stuff for well over a decade. Such longevity is rare, and worth of accolades. It’s easy to make a splash – the trick is climbing back out of the water time and time again. Most people want to simply float. Congrats to Mr. Ohl for getting wet over and over.

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Returning to a World of Magic

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Those of us wishing for another tale of Harry Potter were somewhat appeased by the release of a play billed as ‘The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later’. It picks up with the children of Harry Potter, along with all the main players of the original books, some of whom show up in memory, or in those magical picture frames where the dead still seem to live out some fragmented version of life. J.K. Rowling’s magical world was always one in which loss was inevitable and irreversible. She taught that tough lesson in as kind a way as possible. Harry’s hurt was always palpable and present even as he triumphed and gained the love and loyalty of a group of friends who became his family. The latest play, ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ is a tribute to all of that, and Rowling, Jack Horne and John Tiffany manage to recapture the enchantment, bringing our favorite characters back to thrilling life.

“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.’ ~ Dumbledore

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The Harvey Wallbanger

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My only previous exposure to Mr. Harvey Wallbanger (and the only reason we have an impossible-to-store bottle of Galliano in the house) was in this Harvey Wallbanger cake. That thing was heavenly, and in the years since I made it, I’ve been tip-toeing around the original cocktail from which the cake was derived. I finally tried it a couple of weeks ago, with some fresh Florida oranges, and I have to say that I was less than impressed. It turns out I don’t like Galliano all that much. It has a sweet medicinal property that disagrees with my palate completely. Still, there are those who will wax nostalgic for this, and if you happen to have some Galliano still hanging around from the 70’s, now’s your chance to give it a whirl.

 Harvey Wallbanger 

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce Galliano
  • 1 orange slice for garnish

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Hunk of the Day: Joe Putignano

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Every comeback story restores a little bit of my faith in humanity. It gives me hope that there is always room for a second act, always the possibility of redemption, no matter how low we may find ourselves. For Joe Putignano the comeback may have been greater than the initial flush of success, and nothing is sweeter than that. Today, he gets his first crowning as Hunk of the Day, so it looks like he is still crushing it.

His website offers a better view of his accomplishments thus far:

Joe Putignano is the best selling author of Acrobaddict, and was recently seen discussing his book on Anderson Cooper360, CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, ABC, CBS, Headlining News, Huffington Post, CTV Canada, National Brazil TV Global, Instinct Magazine, The Advocate, TheFix.com, and in talks to become a major motion picture.

Joe Putignano is also an acrobat and contortionist who has performed in over 1000 shows as the original Crystal Man in Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem.”  He has performed on Broadway in the “Times They Are A Changin” choreographed and directed by the legendary Twyla Tharp. Joe has also performed in many shows at the Metropolitan Opera House, appeared on several TV shows and has modeled in many magazines.

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Pink & Greenery

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A simple bouquet for your midday contemplation, in hot pink and evergreen.

A more colorful version of this companion study in simplicity.

As a wise woman once said, pink goes good with green.

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Unfit President(ial) Recap

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Forget that treasonous clown who used Russia to steal the last election and focus on the recap at work here. We broke the hump of February, and we are on our last full week of the wretched month. Here’s what went down over the week of love.

Andy Cohen’s latest book ‘Superficial’ was a super-fun romp through celebrity glitz.

Keeping things simple on Valentine’s Day.

Blue Valentine.

Andy in his youth. (And younger.)

A simple meal.

Our Mom’s birthday dinner.

Narcissistic memories.

Love is pain and pain is art: Madonna’s ‘Graffiti Heart’.

A tour, back in full bloom.

Another blooming installment here, and here, and here.

Our first official brunch.

A gift from the Amish.

Nick Jonas, as hot as ever.

A super-hot Hunk of the Day run included Josh MooreMauricio PlastinaKeegan Whicker & Andy Cohen.

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