January 17, 2014 |
LA RIOJA, Spain - "I'll only be a minute," says Juan Muga of Bodegas Muga as he heads off to a whitewashed building next to a vineyard. I walk along the vineyard, taking in the idyllic view of Tempranillo vines stretching across the Ebro river valley, framed by the Sierra Cantabria and Demanda mountain ranges in Spain. Just days before the harvest in October, blue skies, big vistas and bees, dive-bombing wildflowers between the vines. Smelling smoke, I turn to see that Muga, U.S. marketing director for his family's estate, has rolled out a grill and set grapevine cuttings alight.
October 17, 2013 |
For her first stint in the director's chair, "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit. "Paradise" follows a home-schooled, Jesus-loving Montana lass who loses her faith and heads to Sin City to experience the corrupting power of real life. The not-so-wild ride is essentially sappy, however much of Cody's self-consciously barbed dialogue its characters are forced to utter. As the symbolically named Lamb, Julianne Hough is sweetly intent on a firsthand encounter with "your basic abominations.
October 14, 2013 |
Mysterious British street artist Banksy, infiltrating New York with "Better Out Than In," on Friday introduced "Sirens of the Lambs. " It's art in motion. A slaughterhouse delivery truck is filled with plush animal toys, squeaking through the slatted boards of the truck. This display on wheels will be "touring the meatpacking district and then citywide for the next two weeks," according to the Banksy website . The "Sirens" video was pushing toward 3-million views on YouTube as of Monday morning.
August 16, 2013 |
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Servings: 6 Note: Silky stuffed eggplant is a wonderfully satisfying dish for casual late summer and early fall entertaining. It can be made in advance and reheated just before serving. 3 (about 1 pound each) round dark purple eggplants 2 medium onions 1/4cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 ( 1/2-pound) lamb shoulder chops, or 3/4 pound lamb stew meat 3 1/3cups crushed tomatoes 1/4cup toasted pine nuts 1/2cup chopped parsley 1 ounce Pecorino Romano cheese, grated 1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
June 22, 2013 |
The stunning Côtes du Rhône "Petit Ours Brun" (little brown bear) tastes like a youthful Cornas. The grapes come from a parcel that winemaker Matthieu Barret calls "no man's land"; it lies just between the official boundaries of Cornas and St. Joseph. The wine is 100% Syrah from 40-year-old, low-yielding vines. Oh, and it's also certified biodynamic. The taste is cool fruit, earth, bruised blackberries and that indefinable wild quality that makes Syrah from this part of the Rhone pure magic.
May 20, 2013
Active work and total preparation time: 20 minutes 1 pound lean ground lamb 1 recipe Sephardic charoset Salt Freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon oil * Combine lamb, charoset and salt and pepper to taste in large bowl. Knead into ball, divide into 8 pieces and shape into patties. * Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat, and fry patties until crisp and brown on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. 8 servings. Each serving: 237 calories; 64 mg sodium; 30 mg cholesterol; 15 grams fat; 18 grams carbohydrates; 9 grams protein; 0.97 gram fiber.