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.
July 7, 2013
Cliff Bell's, a jazz supper club in downtown Detroit, is a delightful experience. The club retains its Art Deco interior, complete with coffered wood ceiling, chandeliers and murals. The dinner menu is a mouth-watering version of Southern cooking. For a visit back to the 1930s, Cliff Bell's is worth the trip. Cliff Bell's , 2030 Park Ave.; (313) 961-2543. Entrees from $16. Leslie Soltz Highland, Calif.
June 26, 2013 |
For sheer summer escape, it's hard to beat a good zombie flick. Good, bad, always ugly, the undead are a highly amusing genre as a whole. "Zombieland" from 2009, with Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone riding shotgun and Woody Harrelson wielding one, remains my favorite. "Warm Bodies," a clever hipster twist on the old trope starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer out earlier this year, comes close. But for now, consider indulging in the campy, eco-eccentric fun of Brad Pitt's battle with the undead, their teeth-chattering and bad hygiene giving "World War Z" its bite.