February 4, 2014 |
Ever heard of pechuga , the mezcal from Oaxaca made by suspending a chicken breast ( pechuga ) from the top of the still? Forget about the worm in the bottle. That's just folklore. But this, this is something wild and woolly from the back country. Ron Cooper, the Venice artist and adventurer who jump-started the whole mezcal craze in this country with Del Maguey Single Vineyard Mezcal almost two decades ago, was showing José André's creative director Ruben García the pechuga process at the village of Santa Catarina Minas.
February 3, 2014 |
The things people do for charity. Bestselling author Neil Gaiman promised he would read "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss if the fundraising campaign for Worldbuilders reached $500,000. With about five days left to go, it did. Calling the book "rather wonderful," a slightly rumpled Gaiman read the children's book classic. As he explains on his blog, Gaiman is "very beardy, because I am not going out in public, and am just writing. " Founded by author Patrick Rothfuss, Worldbuilders holds a different fundraiser each year for Heifer International.
October 26, 2013 |
2 hours, plus soaking time for the mushrooms and cooling time for the lasagna. Serves 12 FRESH PASTA 1 2/3 cups unbleached flour, plus extra for rolling the dough 3 eggs 1. Place the flour in the bowl of a mixer or food processor. Add the eggs and mix until a dough starts to come together. The dough should feel like soft clay; if it feels moist, add a little more flour. Turn it out onto a well-floured work surface and knead until it forms a cohesive dough, 4 to 6 turns.
September 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Speaking for more than 18 hours, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was bound to hit upon some familiar points and retread old arguments in his fight to stop spending on the Affordable Care Act . But the sprawling nature of his speech, intermittently interrupted by questions from colleagues, opened the door for some interesting references and, at times, strange rhetorical tactics. But few could expect that when Cruz took to the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. Eastern time, he would go from drawing comparisons between the fight over the healthcare law and World War II, reading tweets using the #MakeDCListen hashtag , comparing Congress to World Wrestling Entertainment and reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to his daughters.
August 10, 2013 |
No matter the occasion, my friend Rafael inevitably shows up with a platter of prosciutto di San Daniele, the sweeter cousin of Parma ham, that he's purchased at Roma Deli in Pasadena. It's always perfectly sliced, the way they do it in Italy, so thin the ham almost melts on the tongue and you can taste every bit of its salty-sweet goodness. That's an example of sumptuous minimalism in a charcuterie or salumi plate. And it used to be about the only option if you wanted to put together one at home.
June 26, 2013 |
Bastille Day Brunch: In celebration of Bastille Day , the French independence holiday, Church & State Bistro is offering a La Jour de la Bastille brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 14. The traditional French menu includes oysters, foie de volaille with toasted baguette, lamb merguez sandwiches, brochette de poulet, ratatouille, and mousse au chocolat. The brunch will be accompanied with drinks -- pastis, picpoul, panache, rosé, and mint spritzers -- and a pétanque tournament.