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Dinner
 &
 a Movie

​Filet with Red Wine Sauce,
Brown Rice and Spinach Roll Up
&
“Superman: Doomsday”

By Jim Hasser
Mobile Bay Times
OK, this is a new article and concept. Every so often my wife Carolyn and I will write a review of what we had for dinner and the movie we watched, regardless of whether we go out or stay in. So, here we go with our first article.

We’ll start at home with a dvd.

Filet with Red Wine Sauce, Brown Rice & Spinach Roll Up
The filet dinner is a staple around here. We try to have it once a week if we can afford it. Filets go on sale from time to time, so we stock up and freeze them.

I usually prepare the filet and rice and my wife, the spinach roll up. The rice is prepared and cooked on the stove while the spinach roll up, with garden vegetable cream cheese and feta cheese, is prepared. For the rice, in a pot, add one cup whole wheat brown rice, one can consume and one can French onion soups, Worcestershire, seasoned salt and pepper to taste. You can add butter to taste. We use the liquid “Can’t Believe It’s Butter” to keep the calories down. Cook covered on medium about 20 minutes, stirring periodically to prevent sticking.

The filet is trimmed of all fat and gristle, coated in Worcestershire, Emeril’s, basil and oregano and pan seared in virgin olive oil. Cook on high, constantly turning over for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness. Red wine is added to taste while cooking. I wait to start the steaks until after the spinach rollups have baked at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Once the steaks are done, let sit for 5 minutes. Continue cooking the wine sauce until the sugars are boiled out. Pour over the steaks and serve. Enjoy.

The meal is quick and easy to fix and very tasty and nutritious. With prep time, it takes about 30-45 minutes. We give it 2 thumbs up!

“Superman: Doomsday”
We have a rule that we both have to agree on a movie before we order it. We typically don’t watch cartoons. I do the ordering. I’m not sure what happened on this one, but I ordered it and it was a cartoon. My wife was not interested and went to bed.

If you are a diehard Superman comic book fan, and maybe even if you aren’t, you’ll probably love this movie. Being a former Superman comic book fanatic, I was able to sit through it, and quite frankly found it interesting.

I collected comic books when I was young, having reprints of the first Superman release from way back when. I remember the Doomsday edition. It was done in either the late 60’s or early ‘70’s. This movie is an updated remake of the DC release. Warning, though, if you’re not a Superman fan or don’t like cartoons, this movie is not for you.

I will say this: the DC writers know how to write. This movie has exceptional quality content and is in written in classic epic style. I won’t give away the plot but I will tell you it’s done right and if you’re a fan, you won’t be disappointed.

Caution to parents. This is really an adult movie. As a matter of fact, it’s kind of racy. I would think twice before letting small children watch. Superman and Lois have at least one post-love scene where they are pictured in their robes.

All in all, if you’re a Superman comic book fan and you don’t mind watching a cartoon, you’ll find the movie satisfying. If you’re not a fan or don’t like cartoons, I don’t recommend it. I give it thumbs up. My wife gives it thumbs down.

(Editor's note: Jim and Carolyn Hasser's Dinner & a Movie is a brand new feature in Mobile Bay Times. Jim is an attorney in Mobile and Carolyn is a Realtor with Roberts Brothers.
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