by Laura B. Weiss
Ditch the quinoa and get to know farro. It’s an ancient grain with a delicious nutty flavor. Here’s my post for NPR’s Kitchen Window on how to shop for and cook farro. Plus, some fabulous recipes.
It goes without saying that immigrants have contributed mightily to America’s melting pot of culinary traditions. Take my Grandma Binnie. Her matzoh balls will surely go down in culinary history as the closest food equivalent to cannonballs. To celebrate America’s immigrant heritage, you can dine in the Great Hall at Ellis Island Nov. 4 with culinary luminaries like cookbook author Molly O’Neill and New Yorker food writer Calvin Trillin.
The event will include:
For more information you can visit: The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy.
Looking for Rosh Hashanah cooking ideas? Check out this “Today” show video featuring Julie Negrin, director of the NewYork JCC culinary program. Negrin teaches Al Roker how to make challah for the Jewish New Year.
What’s challah taste like? Just ask “Today” anchor Ann Curry.
“It tastes just like brioche, doesn’t it, really?”
If you want a glimpse of how chefs buy at the Greenmarket, these two farm-to-table tours with Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter and Peter Hoffman of Savoy may be just the ticket. Afterward, you get to eat a meal at each chef’s restaurant prepared from what they’ve gathered at the market that day. Here are the details for these two events:
What did I think? I loved it! Julia Childs flutters around Paris, then hacks away at that duck. Topping it it all off, she spoons with her devoted hubby–in a bubble bath, yet!
Any quibbles? Sure. Meryl Streep, as everyone knows, totally channels Julia Childs. Streep’s a dead ringer for the famous chef, so much so that it’s downright spooky. (The actress really had to display her acting chops for the cooking scenes. She told Glamour Magazine she isn’t much of a cook herself.) And the Julie Powell story can’t compete with the powerful Julia Child scenes.
If you’ve had enough of the Julie & Julia hype, try this double J movie at Symphony Space–the classic Truffaut film, Jules and Jim playing Aug. 16 and 30.
Tell me what you thought of Julie & Julia.