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Excerpt from: Peace Meals

Dec 15, 2017

Chapter Four -- Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs

Lynne's favorite tools for the kitchen

Dec 15, 2017

Lynne Rossetto Kasper is a self-proclaimed "equipment junky.&quot. In her many years spent teaching and entertaining in the kitchen, she's worked with a wide array of pots, pans, peelers, scrapers, knives and gadgets. In this Splendid Table video, Lynne discusses and demonstrates her must-have list of tools for home cooks.

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Jason Richmond

When Dom Flemons set out to make his 2014 release Prospect Hill, he knew he wanted it to be an eclectic record. For variety, he assembled two different bands, each one a fantasy line up of top players. 

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano
Courtesy of 'Brunch is Hell' / Brunch is Hell

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano are experts at hosting dinner parties, or at least virtual ones. As the hosts of the podcast and radio show “Dinner Party Download,” they guided audiences through 400 conversations about culture, history, arts and food – all packaged in segments that represented different phases of a dinner party, like “small talk,” “cocktails,” and “guest of honor.” 

Sound Opinions: 2017 Holiday Spectacular

Dec 14, 2017

It's time again for the annual Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.

Favorite Blogs by Sally Schneider

Dec 13, 2017

A good blogger is like really a great editor who has selected things for you to view and think about. My favorite blogs run the gamut, but all go toward fueling interconnected ideas about lifestyle, work, home design, cooking and food.

On the 'improvised life's homepage, there's a drop down menu called "Blogs We Like", that has about 50 great blogs.

Kottke: Jason Kottke's miscellany of interesting things, much to do with innovative thinking.
Similarly: Neatorama

Cover of 'The Spark' by David Drake
Courtesy of David Drake

Society is split apart into nodes, tucked into different corners of the world and connected by a common road. It is a land where chaos rules, but with the help of the ‘Champions,’ civilization is taking hold once again. 

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections seems to yield a new bombshell every week. Amid such high-profile revelations, we revisit a decades-old story that echoes to this day among the powerful in the nation’s capital. This episode of Reveal tells the story of Daniel Ellsberg, a former government strategist responsible for leaking the Pentagon Papers – thousands of classified documents that called into question America’s war in Vietnam.

Mahatma Gandhi
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From a young age, humans receive messages from school, religion, and society about developing a strong moral compass and learning how to do “the right thing.” But according to expansive psychological research, there is a gap between how good we are and how good we think we are. 

Cover of Issue 3 of 'I Don't Do Boxes'
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The Greensboro-based magazine “I Don’t Do Boxes” features the narratives of LGBTQ youth living in the American South and beyond. 

An image of musician Anne-Claire Niver
Kendall Atwater

The music for the live program in Greensboro was written and performed by Anne-Claire Niver. The Durham-based singer-songwriter was joined by Dan Faust on percussion and Charles Cleaver on the keyboard. She currently has a Kickstarter to help fund her upcoming album. Listen to her perform the song "Mosquitoes" below: 

Wedding Dress, Prison Choir, and a Hotdog

Dec 10, 2017
Theo Welling

Jessi Klein tries to find the perfect wedding dress without getting sucked into the modern bride cliché.
Al Letson travels to Malawi for a job and finds unexpected human connection in a prison.
Marco Huertas is haunted by a time he didn’t give his extra hotdog to a hungry kid.
Mary Archbold must decide between "appearing normal" and caring for her infant.

John Besh: The Key 3

Dec 10, 2017
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The Splendid Table

Award-winning chef John Besh is the force behind nine acclaimed restaurants. In this installment of The Key 3, the author of My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking shares with Lynne Rossetto Kasper the techniques behind three of his favorite recipes: Fried Egg Sunny-Side Up, Cream of Any Vegetable Soup and Risotto.

Here are John's keys, as told to Lynne:

Bill Smith: The Key 3

Dec 10, 2017
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The Splendid Table

Chef Bill Smith of James Beard award-winning restaurant Crook's Corner is known for his classic Southern dishes. In this installment of The Key 3, he shares with Lynne Rossetto Kasper the techniques behind three of his favorite recipes: Fried Oysters, Banana Pudding and Collard Greens. 

Here are Bill's keys, as told to Lynne.

Making kombucha, an excerpt from 'The Art of Fermentation'

Dec 10, 2017

Kombucha: Panacea or Peril?
The Art of Fermentation

10 ways to flavor whipped cream

Dec 10, 2017

As much as I adore plain whipped cream, I also love that it can be flavored. It loses its marvelous neutral character and becomes a flavor component in its own right, and sometimes that is exactly what you want.


Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts

Andrea Reusing: The Key 3

Dec 10, 2017

Andrea Reusing is the creator of the restaurant Lantern in Chapel Hill, N.C., and author of the book Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes. In this installment of The Key 3, she shares with Lynne Rossetto Kasper the techniques behind three of her favorite recipes: Turnip Soup, Overnight Braised Short Ribs and Tomato Salad.

Here are Andrea's keys, as told to Lynne:

Sally Schneider: The Key 3

Dec 10, 2017

A former chef who has won numerous awards for her books and magazine writing, Sally Schneider is the creator of the lifestyle blog The Improvised Life. In this installment of The Key 3, she shares with Lynne Rossetto Kasper the techniques behind three of her favorite recipes: Tuscan Herb Salt, Fool-Proof Roast Chicken and Essential Bittersweet Chocolate Cake for Improvising.

Here are Sally's keys, as told to Lynne:

How to improvise a vegetable pasta

Dec 10, 2017

On our show May 19, 2012, I talked about how one of those improvised waste-not-want-not suppers came about -- a pretty good one at that. So here's the story and a shorthand guide to improvising your own recipes from what's on hand.

What ended up becoming Spring Linguine began late, as in 8 p.m., with no time to shop. "Use up what is in the fridge because it's a sin to waste" was the mantra.

Isaac Mizrahi: The Key 3

Dec 10, 2017
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The Splendid Table

Isaac Mizrahi is the award-winning international designer and Project Runway judge. He's a self-taught cook who doesn't waste time. He goes straight to the masters and has a critical eye for whose recipes to trust. In this installment of The Key 3, he shares with Lynne Rossetto Kasper his methods for preparing a basic tomato sauce, a family vinaigrette and Jacques Pepin's chocolate souffle.

Here are Isaac's keys, as told to Lynne:

The Final Exam: Peter's Wine Quiz

Dec 10, 2017

Excerpted from Educating Peter by Lettie Teague. Copyright 2007 by Lettie Teague. Reprinted by permission from Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What to know before buying a Thanksgiving turkey

Dec 10, 2017
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When you talk turkey, you're talking money and what is on the bird's label makes all the difference. Depending on what it says, you can spend anything from 79 cents to a whole twelve dollars a pound (plus shipping) on your Thanksgiving masterpiece. So here's a short take on what those labels mean, and what they deliver for the money.

A Turkey Label Brief:

Andy Ricker: The Key 3

Dec 10, 2017

Andy Ricker is an expert in Thai cuisine. He owns restaurants in Portland, Ore., and New York under the Pok Pok umbrella. In this installment of The Key 3, he shares with Lynne Rossetto Kasper his recipe for steamed fish, as well as his techniques for perfect jasmine rice and boiled eggs.

Here are Andy's keys, as told to Lynne Rossetto Kasper:

Vampire Turkey

Dec 10, 2017

What do you say to someone who optimistically decides to develop a recipe with 80 cloves of garlic? I mean, is there ever enough garlic?

Well, surprisingly, the answer turns out to be yes. As we were dreaming up this year's Thanksgiving menu— one rich with spices and aromas — Lynne decided to do the turkey in a French-inspired take on the classic chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. Since turkey is kind of a giant chicken, it makes sense, right?

4 wine pairings for Halloween candy

Dec 10, 2017
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1. With Twizzlers and gummy bears: A malvasia nera from Italy.

2. With Snickers and Heath bars: A PX sherry like Osborne PX 1827.

3. With Pop Rocks and Pixy Stix: An Asti Spumante or Moscato d'Asti.

4. With Hershey's Almond Kisses or anything milk chocolate: A tawny port.

[Related: Wash down Doritos with Lambrusco: 5 wine pairings for junk food]

What to drink with your Thanksgiving meal

Dec 10, 2017
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No matter how hard we may try to be ecumenical, our heritage usually shows up at the table on this day. This is ours. Certainly bring yours into the mix as well.

[Find more drink recipes here.]

Starters

  • Sparkling wine and cider

Main

  • Red wine (Dolcetto d'Alba, Valpolicella, Nero d'Avola, or Salice Salentino)
  • White wine (Arneis, Soave Classico, Friulano, Pinot Bianco, Fiano di Avellino or Etna Bianco)
  • Pear Cider

Dessert

Grass Fed Beef

Dec 9, 2017

New York Times columnist Marion Burros says these are currently the most reliable sources for grass fed beef. Visit the Web sites for where to buy and online ordering information:

Tallgrass Beef Company
www.tallgrassbeef.com

Laurel Ridge Grass Fed Beef
www.lrgfb.com

Faygo Pop

Dec 8, 2017

Faygo Beverages, Inc. recently celebrated their 100th anniversary. Started in 1907 by two brothers, the beloved and quirky Detroit company was the one that turned soda into "pop." Today, the company produces approximately 40 flavors of soda pop, Ohana non-carbonated beverages, and a new energy drink called Rip It. Take a look at their website for more information.

Faygo Beverages, Inc.
3579 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
313-925-1600
www.faygo.com

Produce That Should Not Be Refrigerated

Dec 8, 2017

Russ Parsons, food and wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), says never refrigerate these fruits and vegetables:

Wine Picks for Thanksgiving

Dec 8, 2017

Heather John Fogarty, writer of the blog The Foodinista, shares her wine picks for Thanksgiving.

These wines would beautifully accompany our Spice Scented Thanksgiving Menu.

Thanksgiving Wines Under $20:

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