November 29, 2012 |
You know your parody worked brilliantly when someone -- ideally a big someone -- doesn't have a clue that it's a parody. The Onion did not, in Lincoln's phrase, fool all of the people all of the time. But it evidently fooled more than a quarter of a billion people for some of the time -- the subscribers and Web readers of China's Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily, with more than 3 million subscribers worldwide and tens of millions of daily hits to its website. This organ of well-scrubbed “information” reported as sober fact the Onion's parody of People magazine's “sexiest person alive” listing of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as its own sexiest man alive.
December 6, 1997
In Morning Report of Nov. 29, you reported about a spoof in the Onion, a Madison, Wis. publication, about plans to re-release "The Big Chill" in a "newly contextualized, digitally re-zeitgeisted format." One example you cited stated, "In one new scene, Glenn Close and Mary Beth Hurt discuss menopause." This is where I got confused. Since Mary Beth Hurt was never in "The Big Chill" (Mary Kay Place was), was this statement part of the parody, a mistake by the Onion (which means they should research better before attempting a parody)
January 23, 2000 |
In exchange for great pay, TV comedy writers face one giant occupational hazard--the inability to say whatever they want. Go ahead and bemoan how cruddy sitcoms are, but you try writing something genuinely funny with the network notes and the advertisers and the star egos to contend with. Interviewed recently on National Public Radio, Alan Ball noted that much of the juicy vitriol in his Golden Globe-nominated screenplay for "American Beauty" grew out of the frustration he was feeling as a comedy writer in a far more confining context--on the sitcoms "Grace Under Fire" and "Cybill."
September 11, 1986 |
Dear SOS: Neiman-Marcus in Beverly Hills serves the best popovers I've tasted or seen just about anywhere, with one or two rare exceptions. These are beautiful, gargantuan globes that remain crisp. Most others pouf out. --STELLA Dear Stella: It so happens we had the same ecstatic experience after tasting these wonderful popovers. For best results, use traditional popover pans that have been well seasoned.
April 9, 2003 |
Dear SOS: Some years ago you published Ismail Merchant's lemon lentils. In the mess of installing a new refrigerator, my copy has come up missing. William Teagardin Manhattan Beach Dear William: This is from a 1994 story about Merchant, the film producer. Vegetable stock can be substituted. Look for masoor dal at Indian markets and specialty stores. Lemon lentils Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 5 to 6 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil, divided 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 (2-inch)
April 26, 2013 |
Chef Emeril Lagasse will bring his passion for seafood to three of his Las Vegas restaurants during a celebration of soft shell crab May 6-12. Delmonico Steakhouse , Emeril's New Orleans Fish House and Table 10 each will feature three to four soft shell crab dishes, with different offerings for lunch and dinner. Prices will range from $20 to $40. The evening menu at Delmonico Steakhouse, which is inside the Venetian , will feature a crispy soft shell crab Louis salad.
December 19, 1987 |
At the market, green onions sell for about 29 cents a bunch, with about six to a bunch. At a nursery, a one-pound bag of onion sets (a "set" is a small onion bulb) costs about $1 and contains nearly 200 sets and each set equals one green onion. So, for $1 you can grow almost $10 worth of green onions, and they, of course, will be fresher and tastier than the ones you buy in the store. If you are looking for a good investment, this is it.
November 17, 2012 |
Dear SOS: On our anniversary we had dinner at Flavor del Mar in San Diego County. I had an amazing butternut squash soup. I asked our waiter what the spices were. He said the chef did not give out information and recipes. I am wondering whether you can get me the recipe. I have tried various ones and cannot duplicate the flavors. My mouth waters just thinking about the soup. Lynn Whitehouse San Diego Dear Lynn: A perfect fall dish, roasted butternut squash is combined with onion and garlic and finished with rich cream in this soup, a touch of fragrant nutmeg and cinnamon rounding out the flavors.
January 29, 2003 |
Dear SOS: Can you get the recipe for the calamari appetizer served at Mr. Pickwick's at Ye Olde England Inne in Stowe, Vt.? It's wonderful! Christy Miller Laguna Beach Dear Christy: This recipe from chef Sam Pamasano has a few components but isn't difficult. Just have everything ready to go. You could also try the orange-sesame glaze on grilled whitefish or shrimp, which could then be tossed with the pepper and onion mixture. Cornmeal-encrusted calamari Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes Servings: 4 Orange-sesame glaze 6 tablespoons orange marmalade 1/4 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons sesame seeds Dash dried red pepper flakes 1. Combine the marmalade, orange juice, vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds and pepper flakes in a mixing bowl, blending well.
November 18, 2009
Stuffed acorn squash Note: This recipe is adapted from "Cooking From Quilt Country" by Marcia Adams. She says some families enrich the stuffing with some chopped ham. Total time: About 2 hours Servings: 4 to 6 2 acorn squash 1 tablespoon oil 1 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons minced parsley 1 slice dense textured brown bread 2 tablespoons butter, melted ...