How I Became Smarter Than Sheldon Cooper


What could possibly go wrong?
And it happened again last night!!!!!

pink pantherNo. The Pink Panther did not strike again. It was far worse than that!

The 88th Academy Awards show was on TV last night.

Is there any TV show more boring, bland, and bloated than the Academy Awards?

I saved myself the stilted yawner snooze-fest last night and read all 26 volumes of the encyclopedia instead.

And that is how I became smarter than Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory!

Why is the Oscars TV show always such a mind numbing slog?

I mean the people who produce and direct movies made some of the grandest movies ever:

Some Like It Hot

Rear Window

To Kill a Mockingbird

Singin’ in the Rain

Gone With the Wind

The Godfather


Shawshank Redemption

The King’s Speech

But enough about the Oscars and movies.

I want to talk about movie music.

Not just any music mind you.

But a special type of movie music.

music 1There are some theme songs that totally, completely, absolutely, thoroughly, and utterly capture the essence of the main character in the movie.

The top two are the James Bond theme and the Pink Panther theme.

Has any other music summed up an entire character so completely than these two?

From the pure competence, expertise and savvy of the professional spy to the bumbling, blundering, clumsy, amateurish inspector are totally and completely summed up in music.


James Bond Theme



The Pink Panther Theme



What say you?

Featured Recipe        Bow Ties with Tomatoes and Hamburger


The kiddies will really love this dish. I mean who doesn’t love ooey-goey, creamy, stringy melting cheese?



This is also a great casserole for church or school or for a pot luck.

Did I tell you it is also super delicious!!!!!

This is what you will need for 4 people:

1 box 16 ounce bowtie pasta

1 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

2-3 cloves garlic pressed

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 15 oz can stewed tomatoes

½ cup beef broth

1 teaspoon oregano

1 tablespoon brown sugar

½ cup Parmesan cheese

1 cup mozzarella, shredded

Salt and pepper to taste


Here is what you do:

Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water.


While the pasta is cooking dice the onion and peel the garlic.


In a really large skillet heat about ½ teaspoon of olive oil. I forgot to include the olive oil in the ingredient picture. Oooops!


Add the minced onions and press the garlic into the skillet and sauté until translucent.


Add the hamburger to the onion and garlic and sauté until all redness is gone from the meat. Drain grease if necessary.



Add the sauce, tomatoes, beef broth and mix well.


Stir in the seasonings: oregano and brown sugar.


Taste and if necessary add a bit of salt and pepper too taste.

Drain the pasta well and add to the skillet. Stir well.


Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until nicely melted. Then do the same with the mozzarella cheese.



Spoon some of the bow tie and hamburger on a plate.


Sprinkle more cheese on if you like.

Serve with a salad and/or some fruit.

Bon Appétite

1 box 16 ounce bowtie pasta             $2.19

1 pound ground beef                         $2.82

1 teaspoon olive oil                           $0.23

1 small onion, chopped                      $0.25

2-3 cloves garlic pressed                   $0.30

1 15 oz can tomato sauce                  $1.00

1 15 oz stewed tomatoes                   $1.00

½ cup beef broth                              $0.78

1 teaspoon oregano                          $0.28

1 tablespoon brown sugar                 $0.04

½ cup Parmesan cheese                   $1.96

1 cup mozzarella, shredded               $3.19

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $14.04
Cost per person = $3.51

Quote of the Day

Music is what feelings sound like.

Author Unknown


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10 comments to How I Became Smarter Than Sheldon Cooper

  • I haven’t watched the Oscars for years. I keep wondering if I’m just too old to ‘get it’ any more but like you it bores me to tears.

    This meal doesn’t bore me though – I LOVE this kind of comfort food.

  • We gave up on Satellite tv over a year ago, only receive 3 broadcast channels and only rarely watch one for local news. We do watch movies, documentaries and tv shows without commercials on Netflix.

    We don’t watch the Oscars, didn’t even when we could.

    One movie theme that sticks in my mind (and I rarely watch movies) from many years ago is that from the musical “Paint your wagon”.

    A favourite theme from a tv show is “Field of Dreams” composed by Debbie Wiseman for the British tv series, Land Girls.

    The food does look good.

    • Roberta

      Based on this group of good folks none of us watch TV much, if ever. I must confess, I do like to watch hockey games on TV. Glad you like the pasta recipe, Peter.

  • Cindy

    Totally agree about your choices of theme songs. Oscars? Who cares? 😉 Great phood photography!

    • Roberta

      You have good taste in movie songs, Cindy. Agree on the Oscars too. Thank you for the lovely compliment, especially since I know what an accomplished photographer you are.

  • Ooh! Yummy pasta! Will try this. I haven’t watched the Academy Awards in years. I really really, and I can’t emphasize this enough, really don’t care. I haven’t even seen any of this year’s movies.

    • Roberta

      I chuckled when I read your comment. Me too. I have not seen any of the Oscar movies either. Greta minds I guess. Glad you like the pasta recipe, Julia.

  • Emmie

    Love this, it’s total comfort food! 🙂