November 29, 2013 |
Technically Thanksgiving was over when Jimmy Fallon, Rashida Jones and Carrie Underwood performed their ultimate Thanksgiving song medley on Thursday night, but all is forgiven. Chances are you'll be hearing some of these new lyrics around the dinner table next year. Jones, who is departing NBC's "Parks and Recreation" sometime this season, was a guest and is apparently a longtime pal of Fallon's. Inspired by the holiday, Jones and Fallon decided to sing some popular songs with the lyrics refashioned to reflect the convergence of Thanksgiving and Hannukah.
November 23, 2013 |
There are a number of things I've learned hosting my own Thanksgiving and holiday potlucks. Whether you're planning for a large gathering or small, indoors or outdoors, I hope some of these tips are helpful to you this holiday season: Invitations--Send online invitations so people can respond at a common site, such as Evite, Pingg or Crusher, and indicate which dish they'll be bringing. This is a great way for both you and your guests to keep a running tally of what you will have and what is still needed.
November 23, 2013 |
With millions of turkeys thawing and piles of stuffing waiting to be prepared, Thanksgiving is one of the riskiest times of year for food safety. Bacteria can be lurking anywhere in crowded holiday kitchens, spread by cross contamination or undercooked food. That's why epidemiologists see a spike in food-borne illness in November and December. Companies such as poultry producer Butterball join government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in stepping up efforts to educate consumers about the potential dangers of the annual fall feast.
November 22, 2013 |
Depending on who sits at your Thanksgiving table, you may already have figured out how to serve vegetarians or people allergic to nuts. But gluten-free is another matter. Increasing numbers of people are choosing to forgo gluten (or learning they must do without it), and the holiday - with its pie crusts and dinner rolls and stuffings - poses a challenge. Turkey is generally gluten-free, but as many diners will tell you, the turkey is mostly a delivery device for dishes like gravy and stuffings that often have wheat - the primary source of gluten in our diets.
November 18, 2013
Petula Clark was a frequent guest on musical variety shows as well as the star of her own network specials. "The Dean Martin Show" Clark was one of Dino's favorite musical partners, appearing 10 times on his NBC show. "Petula" The legendary Harry Belafonte was Clark's guest on her 1968 NBC musical variety-special. "The Ed Sullivan Show" Clark performed her hits in the 1960s on the long-running CBS series.
November 12, 2013 |
On the weeks when the Los Angeles Philharmonic puts on a Casual Fridays concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall, it leaves something out of the full program, usually the first work, so the concert can proceed without intermission. Last Friday, Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" got the ax, probably without much regret. The chestnut might have seemed too much like kids' stuff when targeting an audience of young urban professionals. So the bill was guest conductor Bramwell Tovey's own trumpet concerto, "Songs of the Paradise Saloon," inspired by, no kidding, a mass murderer - followed by Shostakovich's blockbusting Fifth Symphony.
November 8, 2013 |
So, a French restaurant group seats guests according to how good looking they are, according to a report in the U.K.'s Daily Mail . "Guests at Le Georges, a restaurant at the top of Paris' Centre Pompidou with stunning panoramic views of the French capital, and Café Marly, near the Louvre, are given tables following a strict appearance policy - the better looking they are, the better the table," the story suggests. Quoting from the French newspaper Le Canard Enchainé, the articles goes on to say "As for the non-good-looking ones, it is imperative that they be dispatched to the corners of the room.
November 3, 2013 |
NARENDRA NAGAR, India - I am a dharma disaster, a chakra calamity. I cannot meditate. My inner hamster is a maniac, and my legs refuse to cross for that long. So when the saried woman with the serene kohled eyes tells me that I have a private meditation session scheduled, I inform her that I would prefer another herbal bundle massage - my third for the week. She laughs. "You are a vata dosha ," she says in her lilting Indian accent. "We know you do not like sitting still.
October 26, 2013 |
Don't call "Unvarnished," Joan Jett's first new album in seven years, a comeback: The queen of noise has been here for years. For an artist whose first band was laughed off as a novelty act and whose first solo album was rejected by a couple dozen labels, Jett has shown remarkable staying power. With her black shag and husky snarl, the woman born 55 years ago as Joan Larkin ranks among the most iconic of rock stars. This summer, the Sunset Strip Music Festival acknowledged her legendary role in L.A. history by making the former Strip denizen its first female honoree.
October 14, 2013 |
Rose McGowan is a now a Mrs.! The "Charmed" alum married artist Davey Detail in Los Angeles on Saturday, her rep told People, in a "romantic and ethereal" ceremony on the lawn of the Paramour Mansion. McGowan, 40, and Detail were wed by a rabbi in an outdoor ceremony under a chuppah. Sixty guests were in attendance, the mag said. The bride wore a corseted strapless gown from Monique Lhullier. The A-line silk confection was draped with Chantilly lace and tulle. She also wore a chapel-length tulle veil and Jimmy Choo shoes.