Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night!

When Saturday Night Live premiered, I was just about to my sixth birthday, so due to good parenting, I didn’t see much of the first four or five seasons.

My first real memory was when my parents too my brother and I over to another couple’s house sometime around 1980 and while the adults were busy talking and drinking all evening, we were left to hang out with the children of the other couple. Their kids were more than five years older than we were and while they made good-hearted attempts to play with us, things started to drag as the night went on. What is a teenager to do? Turn on the television.

We soon sunk into the couch and fighting off sleep, heard a phrase that I’ve heard quite a bit in the following 35 years, “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night!”

In February, Mashable came up with a list of their top 28 SNL catchphrases. Here are a few favorites of mine from the list:

  • “Buh-Bye” – In a skit where two flight attendants are making fun of passengers as they deplane, they accompany each insult with a “buh-bye”. I use this when I just want to dismiss someone with a little fun.
  • “Makin’ Copies” – Rich, the guy whose desk is near the copier can’t help but comment on everyone and when he just can’t come up with something he notes they are “making’ copies”. When I find I am spending a lot of time at the copier, that catchphrase runs through my mind.
  • “Daaaaaaaa Bears” – One of the greatest collection of big guys on the stage at once, the immortal Bears fans discussing everything Ditka. Every NFL season brings “Da Bears” to mind.
  • “Living in a van down by the river” – Chris Farley as a bad motivational speaker talking about his living situation. I have slept more than one night in a van down by a river!
  • “More Cowbell” – No one could have delivered that line and made it as funny as Christopher Walken. My default answer to the question “what does it need?”

Check out the list and accompanying videos here.

Pineapple-Chicken Stir-Fry

Photo Apr 01, 5 28 43 PM - Featured SizeThis dish is “mah-velous”!
Photo Apr 01, 4 33 09 PMFresh pineapple or canned? “Talk amongst yourselves”.
Photo Apr 01, 5 08 46 PMI love red onions. It will make you want to “consume mass quantities”.
Photo Apr 01, 5 15 04 PMThe pineapple will “pump….you up”.
Photo Apr 01, 5 21 20 PMFry the chicken…”yeah…that’s the ticket!”
Photo Apr 01, 5 28 30 PMThe flavor? “Schwing!”
Photo Apr 01, 5 28 25 PM“Well, isn’t that special.”

Pineapple-Chicken Stir-Fry

cook 25 mins ∙ source


  • 4 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 1 medium red onion, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1/4 of a fresh pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3/4 cup zucchini cut into thin bite-size strips
  • 3/4 cup trimmed fresh pea pods
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (12 ounces total), cut into thin bite-size strips
  • 3 tablespoons bottled stir-fry sauce


In a wok or large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Stir-fry red onion in hot oil for 2 minutes. Add pineapple pieces, zucchini, and pea pods. Stir-fry for 2 minutes more. Remove mixture from wok. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to hot wok. Add chicken. Stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Return onion mixture to wok. Add stir-fry sauce. Cook and stir about 1 minute or until heated through. If desired, serve with fresh pineapple wedges. Makes 4 servings.


Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 181, Fat, total (g) 6, chol. (mg) 49, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 11, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 21, sodium (mg) 440, Carb Choice () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Categories: Chicken2, Chinese, Fruit 2, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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2 Comments on “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night!”

  1. October 23, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    This looks delicious! I love SNL!


  2. October 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

    Sounds delicious and east to make gluten e.


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