As a partner to the last post where we watched Thor, this time we went ahead and watched Captain America to round out the Super Hero themed movies of this year. And what else could we have but some good old fashioned Freedom Toast?
Peanut Butter Stuffed Freedom Toast
1/4 c maple syrup
2 c sliced strawberries
1/2 c creamy peanut butter
8 slices whole wheat bread
2 T milk
1 t vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Heat the syrup until simmering. Add to the sliced strawberries and set aside.
- Spread 2 T of the peanut butter on each of 4 bread slices and cover with the remaining 4 slices, making sandwiches.
- Beat the eggs, milk and vanilla in a 13×9 inch baking dish.
- Soak the sandwiches in the egg mixture, turning once. Place on a prepared baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until browned, turning once.
- Top with the reserved strawberry mixture. Makes 4 servings.
Morgan’s Take: I love French toast. It is one of my favorite breakfast foods. Unfortunately I don’t eat it a whole lot because Andy doesn’t like it. So I was totally surprised and on board when he suggested doing this as our meal for tonight! While I thought it was good and tasty, it just kinda left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. It’s basically a peanut butter sandwich dipped in a yolk mixture and cooked up. Fairly simple. I was a little surprised when I saw that the recipe didn’t call for any seasonings at all. No cinnamon, no nutmeg, no nothing. I feel that some sort of spice could have helped round the flavors out.
It was a quick fix, and like I’ve said, pretty tasty, it was just missing that something special, you know? I really did like the strawberry syrup though, which seemed more like an afterthought and not quite like a part of the actual recipe though.
Final Grade: B-
Andy’s Take: As you might have read above, I’m not really a fan of french toast. But Morgan really likes it, so I strongly suggested we do it for this meal. I was, well, I wasn’t really impressed. This was just peanut butter toast. With syrup. That’s not to say that it was a bad meal, but there was just nothing special about it. It wasn’t really much of a meal either, except that there was plenty of it. The coolest part was the strawberry syrup, because I wasn’t even really aware that all you had to do to make strawberry syrup was to add strawberries to syrup. In hindsight, it makes sense.
So yeah, not bad food, just not anything really worth writing about.
Final Grade: C
Captain America is the last of the Marvel movies before The Avengers comes out next summer, and it gives the backstory of the final member, and the leader, Steve “Cap’n” Rogers. His adventure begins when he’s but a scrawny lad who’s spunk gets him noticed by Scientist-man who then gives him super serum to make him super. He then fights the evil Red Skull, who used to work with Hitler but has since separated ways. Then he gets frozen in ice.
Morgan’s Take: This was one of those rare movies that I went into knowing almost nothing about it. I know no background about Captain America, other than he is a superhero character, and I knew nothing about the movie other than it was supposed to be the origin story of the captain to lead up to the Avengers movie.
These superhero movies have just been a huge roller coaster for me. I loved Iron Man, while I didn’t hate the Hulk, I did kinda forget about him, and Thor was just downright horrible. So I was more than a little concerned about this one. Thankfully, the movie turned out to be pretty good! I don’t usually like the whole goody goody hero type, but Captain America seemed to pull it off in a way that didn’t annoy the piss out of me.
I thought the story line was fairly solid, I liked the acting, and I was happy that the whole movie didn’t revolve around a romance. I’m also kinda happy that the ending wasn’t a “happy ever after” ending. Yes the world was saved, but it was kind of unfortunate for the Captain at the same time.
My only complaints are that some things seemed just a bit too sudden. Bucky and his whole schtick are a perfect example. At first, I just thought he was a bit character and I’d never see him again. Then in the middle he shows up and prompts the Captain into action making him a REAL hero instead of a stage hero. Then just as suddenly as he reappeared, he’s gone again! This time for good! Maybe? I’m still not convinced. The man had maybe 15 lines in the entire movie, and probably less than 10 minutes of screen time. It just seemed a bit forced to me.
This isn’t really a good or a bad thing here, just a thing, but at first, it seemed like the whole reason for Captain American was for him to go and fight nazis and defeat Hitler. NOPE! Just kidding! He’s totally about beating this other guy who’s an evil super solider who is trying to take over the world using some sort of magical Norse item of legend that allegedly belonged to Odin that is never explained or followed up on again! Honestly I’m just not sure how I didn’t see that coming in the first place. It all just seems so obvious now.
Overall, it was a surprisingly pleasant watching experience. More importantly, it makes me feel that between Tony Stark and Captain America, I might not totally hate the Avengers movie. Here’s hoping!
Final Grade: A-
Andy’s Take: So this was a really great movie. Not only was it consistently interesting, but there wasn’t anybody that made the movie unwatchable. All the characters fit their roles pretty well, especially Tommy Lee Jones as Generic Military Man. It also really seemed to capture the style of what I’d imagine an alternate 1940’s with super heroes would look like.
Steve Rogers is a pretty great character too; he starts out as a scrawny loser with a heart of gold that can’t talk to women, and he turns into a buff patriotic killing machine with a heart of gold that can’t talk to women. Even when he’s all super-ed up, he still is the same awkward Steve Rogers, which makes all the difference. Out of all the super hero people in the movies in the past few years, he’s probably the only likable one if he was a real person. To put it in perspective, nobody would ever want to hang out with Tony Stark, because he’s a raving asshole. Amusing, yes, but a total tool.
I guess I could talk a bit about the villain, Red Skull, but he’s just your typical “I’m gonna kill the world because for some reason that makes sense” type of dudes. He also has like 8 super secret bases throughout Europe and they all look really futuristic (for the time). And he has guns that disintegrate people, so that’s also pretty cool.
Captain America gives me hope for The Avengers. If the writers could keep him as consistently genuine as he was in this movie, then he could easily make up for Thor’s complete jackassery.
Final Grade: A
P.S. Sorry about missing last week, I was working all-nighters from Saturday until Tuesday.