Monthly Archives: August 2014

Decade Recap – The 1920s and 1930s



After seeing the first 12 Best Picture Winners from the 1920s and ’30s, we have yet to have a Double Gobble rating (a perfect 5 star movie), but there were still some very enjoyable films.  All Quiet on the Western Front and It Happened One Night were our favorites while You Can’t Take It With You was the surprise of  the bunch.  Here are the rankings for the first 12 movies:

1) All Quiet on the Western Front – 4.5 stars

2) It Happened One Night – 4 stars

3) You Can’t Take It With You – 3.5

4) Gone With the Wind – 3 stars

Mutiny on the Bounty – 3 stars

Wings – 3 stars

7) Cimarron – 2.5 stars

Grand Hotel – 2.5 stars

The Great Zeigfeld – 2.5 stars

10) The Life of Emile Zola – 2 stars

11) Broadway Melody – 1.5 stars

12) Cavalcade – 1 star

What do you think about our list? Tell us in the comments!


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Gone With the Wind – Best Picture Winner; 1939


The Basics – Gone With the Wind (1939) – Director, Victor Fleming; starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh; Run Time – 238 mins. – Drama, Romance, War – “A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.”

Prior Knowledge

Kristy – I had watched bits and pieces of this film before but never sat down to watch it in its totality.  I am obviously aware of its theme as well as some of its more popular lines.

Koob – This is my mom’s favorite movie and we saw it together on the big screen around 14 years ago.

Fun Facts from IMDB

Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to be nominated for, and win, an Academy Award.

Vivien Leigh worked for 125 days and received about $25,000. Clark Gable worked for 71 days and received over $120,000.

The movie’s line “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” was voted as the #1 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).

1,400 actresses were interviewed for the part of Scarlett O’Hara. 400 were asked to do readings.

Viewing Source – we own this on DVD but it is available for only $0.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Post Viewing Responses

Ratings (with 1 star = the worst and 5 stars = the best)

Koob: 3 stars

Kristy: 3 stars

Double Gobble Score: 3 stars


The Takeaway: A beautifully shot movie with great acting but with an outdated worldview that glorifies the Old South and slavery.

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Georgia Peach Chili with Southern Biscuits for “Gone With the Wind”



In an effort to keep up with our easy and (somewhat) healthy at-home recipes, we decided to make a hearty chili featuring fresh peaches along with homemade biscuits and mint juleps.

GEORGIA PEACH CHILI – serves 6-8 bowls


2 lbs. of your favorite chili meat (turkey, beef, or veggie “meat” are all acceptable)

3 cans of red beans

2-3 peaches

2 small jalapenos

2 cloves of garlic

1 large can of diced tomatoes

4 oz. cream cheese

chili powder

red pepper flakes

Montreal steak seasoning (substitute with salt and pepper if you do not have on hand)

Olive oil

1/4 cup bourbon (or whiskey)

Also needed: medium to large crockpot



Dice up your peaches, jalapenos, and garlic and mix them all together in a large bowl with the bourbon.  Place to the side for later.

Heat a large pan with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat

Once pan is hot place your meat or “meat” in pan while sprinkling in 2 tablespoons of chili powder and 1 tablespoon of Montreal steak seasoning making sure to stir meat consistently until it is browned.

Bring your meat to low heat and then rinse beans and place them into the crockpot with 1 tablespoon of oil and your can of tomatoes.

Set the crockpot to medium heat and stir cooked meat into the crockpot.

Take out another large pan and set to medium heat adding your peach mixture.

Cook your peach mixture for approximately 6-10 minutes until the mixture is cooked through.

Add peach mixture into the crockpot along with the cream cheese and stir.

Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and leave the chili cooking on low heat for approximately 2-4 hours returning regularly to stir.

Add chili powder to taste throughout the cooking process.

Serve hot and remember that chili always tastes better the next day!




We decided to go simple and authentic and went with the following buttermilk biscuit recipe to go with our chili:



  • 6 cl Bourbon whiskey
  • 4 fresh mint sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water

In a highball glass gently muddle the mint, sugar and water.
Fill the glass with cracked ice, add Bourbon and stir well until the glass is frost.
Garnish with a mint spring.

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