October 26, 2013 |
We all have our own rituals for fall Sunday afternoons. Some guys sit around and watch football; for me it takes only about a quarter before I need a nap. Others feel inspired to take up household projects; the less said about my ability with a hammer the better. Instead, I cook. Well, I cook all year round, but when the days start to cool and the light turns golden, I get more ambitious. Rather than 30 minutes at the grill, I throw myself into hours-long kitchen projects. This year, it's been lasagna.
October 10, 2013 |
A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video - - all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards, which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods.
October 9, 2013 |
Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates. Five of the more promising words on offer to the American television audience, and reason enough for even those put off by the absurd amount of sexual violence, sadistic brutality, extreme gore and downright silliness that marked the first two seasons of FX's "American Horror Story" to gather 'round for the third. With "American Horror Story: Coven," which premieres Wednesday, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk seem to be choosing the more traditional elements of a deliciously scary campfire story over the hyperbolic elements of comic book horror (Nazis!
September 27, 2013 |
When I tell people I'm taking a canning and preserving course, they often say they're afraid to make jams or pickles because of botulism, a paralyzing and sometimes fatal illness that can be food-borne. Our teacher, Ernest Miller, took that fear head-on in our second class. I think we all were wide-eyed when he said that with two small jars of the botulinum toxin , we could rid the planet of all its humans. OK, then, time to listen carefully to the rules and regulations about making things safe.
August 13, 2013 |
People who are learning to eat gluten-free could always just have an apple for a snack, but sometimes a cookie is really what's needed. And now I have an oatmeal bar that fits the bill. I asked readers to send in gluten-free recipes they like, and Lisa Cantkier of GlutenFreeFind.com sent in one for Gluten-Free Fruit and Nut Bars. They are full of good things like nut butter (I used peanut, crunchy), dried fruit and nuts. They are dense, not far from the consistency of packaged bars, but super-delicious.
July 11, 2013 |
Revenge tales don't come more hard-boiled than Chan-wook Park's “Old Boy.” Unless, perhaps, it's Spike Lee's “Oldboy,” the 2013 remake of the Cannes-decorated 2003 hit. At least that's how it seems in a new trailer just released by distributor FilmDistrict. (You can watch it above.) “Oldboy” follows a similar arc to the original. A man (Josh Brolin, in the part Choi Min-sik made famous) is inexplicably held hostage for nearly two decades -- in this case images from the outside world, from Clinton to Obama, coming to him sporadically through a TV set tuned to television news.