December 26, 1985 |
View has revisited some of the people and places it reported on in the last several months. Among them: --Hollywood's Masquers Club, which because of declining funds sold its building and moved. --Jimmy and Ricky Sperry, blinded in an accident 11 years ago, who received cornea transplants in August. --Balu Natarajan, who triumphed over 167 other youngsters to win the National Spelling Bee in June.
November 24, 2005 |
It's springtime on this green, hilly island, and the pungent, sweet smell of cloves spices the air. Zaharan Salim's father, who crossed the turquoise water from Oman to settle here nearly 100 years ago, taught him as a boy that the annual bouquet signaled harvest time. His father planted a small grove of clove trees to support the family, and Salim expanded the plantation into one of Pemba's largest, with more than 2,000 of the tall evergreens sprouting from the fertile soil.
July 3, 2000 |
Intensely fragrant and flavored, cloves were the riches that drew the dhows and clippers of the colonial era to Zanzibar, giving the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago economic influence and resonance far beyond its size. Once upon a time, the wizened, never-opened buds of the stunted evergreens were worth more than their weight in gold. European powers went to war over them in the 17th century; Zanzibari rulers made smuggling them punishable by death.
December 4, 2000 |
I'll never forget the time a temporary crown fell out of my mouth on a weeklong trip 3,000 miles from home. Ah, memories: the gross feeling against my tongue of the little stump of tooth; the jolting pain whenever I forgot for a moment and chugged back an ice-cool gulp of water; my futile attempts to push the crown back into place in the hope that this time, this time, it'd stay put--even though it had instantly fallen back out the prior 25 times. . . .
March 1, 2013 |
SouNo matter how hard you try, you can never be prepared for everything that might go on in a kitchen. And when something takes you by surprise, you have to think quickly. We've compiled a few random quick tips that might help you out if you find yourself in a bind. Please feel free to share your tips with us in the comments below. We'd love to learn more! Need to cover a pot or pan fast but can't find the lid? Use a baking sheet or cookie pan (the "lid of choice" in most restaurant kitchens)
April 14, 2010
Green cilantro sauce (mojo verde) Total time: 10 minutes Servings: Makes a generous half cup of sauce 2 cloves garlic 1 jalapeño pepper, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon oregano 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup water Place all ingredients in a blender container...
January 16, 1992 |
Big news? The biggest--possibly a permanent change in how we bake. Last year we read a story by Washington Post writer Sally Squires that struck us as totally bizarre: A paste of prunes, vanilla and water, she claimed, "is replacing high-fat shortening in a variety of commercially baked goods." She suggested cutting the fat content of brownies 75% by using this prune goop in place of butter. What crazy things health-foodies will eat, we thought. We passed the story around and snickered.
February 24, 1994 |
Almost every recipe in every cookbook you've ever read says you must soak dried beans before you cook them. In almost every case that advice is wrong. Letting dried beans sit overnight in a bowl of cold water does nothing to improve their flavor or their texture. In fact, it does quite the opposite. While soaking shortens the unattended cooking time of beans somewhat, the time saved is marginal and there are no other labor-saving benefits.
January 5, 2012
Sometimes it takes somebody new to make you fall in love again with an old friend. In this case, it was British author Yotam Ottolenghi's twist on the familiar Moroccan carrot salad from his wonderful new book "Plenty. " Spiced with serrano chiles and perfumed with an exotic blend of cloves, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, paprika and cumin, the salad is finished with what seems to be an impossible amount of chopped cilantro — 2½ cups. Impossible, that is, until you taste it. Spicy Moroccan carrot salad Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time Servings: 4 Note: Adapted from "Plenty" by Yotam Ottolenghi 2 pounds carrots 1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra to finish 1 onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon sugar 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 serrano chile, finely chopped (and seeded, if you want less heat)
January 6, 2010
Neapolitan-style ragu Total time: About 6 hours Servings: 6 to 8 Note: From Russ Parsons. The pork butt cooked in this recipe is not part of the final dish; it flavors the sauce as it cooks and is to be served separately. 2 pounds boneless pork butt, in 1 piece 2 teaspoons salt, divided, more to taste Pepper 2 tablespoons finely minced parsley 1 pound onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic 1/3 cup chopped pancetta 1/4 cup chopped prosciutto 1/4 cup olive oil 2 cups dry red wine 1 (6-ounce)