August 3, 2013 |
Had someone asked me before a performance of Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday night what I thought about Scott Simon's live tweeting his mother's death, I would have answered that I am not among the multitude of moved twitterati. I interpreted an NPR newscaster's employment of sympathy as a form of emotional self-aggrandizement, a warm bath of pathos. You could, however, level the same complaints against Pergolesi. He sugarcoated as sorrowful a text as you'll find in the liturgy.
August 2, 2013
Total time: 1 hour, plus overnight chilling Servings: Makes about 5 1/2 dozen Note: From test kitchen director Donna Deane 1/2 cup pine nuts 2 1/2 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped thyme 1 cup finely chopped dried apricots 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Toast the pine nuts on a baking sheet in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until very lightly browned.
July 16, 2013
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) plus 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise 1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup brown sugar 6 to 8 ripe plums or 6 nectarines or peaches 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1 1/4 cups cake flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cut one-fourth cup butter into pieces and add it to a small saucepan or skillet. Heat over medium heat until the butter browns but does not burn.
July 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Considering that Steve Ballmer has been chief executive of Microsoft Corp. for more than a decade, it might sound strange to say this, but the company may finally be his. Whether that's for better or for worse remains to be seen. But in announcing a sweeping reorganization Thursday, Ballmer sought to distance Microsoft from its historic identity as the company that Bill Gates created. He emphasized that although the Windows operating system continues to be its bread-and-butter business, it's no longer how the Redmond, Wash., company wants to define itself.
June 13, 2013 |
Did someone at Fox mix up the nights? Did someone sub in "Hell's Kitchen" for an episode of "MasterChef"? It was hard to tell the difference at times as four challenges rolled out in rapid-fire succession. A steak challenge! An eggs Benedict challenge! A poached lobster challenge! And a burger challenge at chef Gordon Ramsay BurGr in Las Vegas that put four of the competitors through a hell that only the competitors over on "Hell's Kitchen" could truly appreciate. PHOTOS: 'The Big Bang Theory' cast at Griffith Observatory When the smoke cleared, Kathy Prieto was sent home to the Bronx, but not without a Kleenex-worthy pep talk from the judges -- and what sounded like a possible job-offer-tryout-kitchen-tutorial from chef Ramsay.)
June 12, 2013
Note: New York chef Larry Forgione says that when James Beard first tasted Forgione's strawberry shortcake, the food guru pronounced: "There can be no dessert better, only fancier. " After tasting Forgione's shortcake for ourselves, we had to agree. Most of us said we'd never tasted a better shortcake. The secret: hard-boiled egg yolk mixed into the dough. The recipe comes from Forgione's cookbook "An American Place" (William Morrow: 1996, $30), which was chosen as one of our favorite cookbooks of 1996.
June 11, 2013 |
On India.Arie's new song, "Cocoa Butter," she sweetly sings of a love that nourishes past scars. It's a signature Arie track with a positive message wrapped in a tender groove that made news of a backlash over the single - her first in more than four years - disturbing. The controversy? The single's artwork. On it the 37-year-old poses with her tresses in a towering head wrap, legs peeking from a short dress, and her skin, possibly glistening from the song's titular product, glowing.
June 5, 2013
Total time: 30 minutes, plus 2 hours standing and 8 hours chilling Servings: 18 dinner rolls 2 ( 1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast 1/4 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees) 2 eggs, at room temperature 1 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons coarse salt 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried) 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 cups flour, plus up to 1 cup more Olive oil, for greasing bowl 2 tablespoons melted butter 1. Sprinkle the yeast over the water in a large mixing bowl and stir to dissolve.
May 22, 2013 |
If you were among the group of people who said a GIF, the popular animated images file, is pronounced like the word "Jif," then give yourself a pat on the back -- you were right. The creator of the image file format, Steve Wilhite, settled the long-running debate Tuesday, telling the New York Times he gets frustrated by those who pronounce the name of the file like the word "gift. " “The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Wilhite told the New York Times.