Recipe: Sheer Berenj (Rice Pudding)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The familiar sweet creaminess of rice pudding, made extra special with fragrant rose water and cardamom.

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Guest Picks: Will Eno

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Playwright Will Eno was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about "The Realistic Jonses," his play on Broadway. He also told us about his baseball allegiances and his questionable favorite comfort food. 


Guest Picks: Willie Randolph

Friday, May 16, 2014

Former Yankees second baseman and former Mets manager Willie Randolph was on the Leonard Lopate Show, talking about his life in baseball. He also told us about his love of fishing. Find out what else he's a fan of!


Guest Picks: Michael Mayer

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Director Michael Mayer was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," along with the show's star. Neil Patrick Harris. Mayer also told us what he's been reading, watching, and eating lately. 


Tributes: Malik Bendjelloul

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The musician from Detroit known as Rodriguez had produced only 2 albums in the early 1970s before he vanished from the music scene. Many assumed he was dead. But meanwhile his music went on to inspire many in South Africa, where he became something of a superstar. On a trip to Cape Town in 2006 the Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul uncovered Rodriguez’ story, and eventually, he found Rodriguez – and the result was what would become the Oscar-winning documentary, "Searching for Sugarman." Malik Bendjelloul was recently found dead in Stockholm.  He was 36.  You can hear his 2012 conversation with Leonard and Rodriguez.


Guest Picks: Eric Asimov

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New York Times chief wine critic Eric Asimov was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about wine and food pairings, along with his collaborator Florence Fabricant. He also told us about his love old country music and cream biscuits. Find out what else he's a fan of!


Guest Picks: Florence Fabricant

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New York Times food writer Florence Fabricant was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about food and wine pairings with her collaborator Eric Asimov. She also told us what she's been reading recently and her somewhat unusual favorite comfort food. 


Recipe: Chimichurri Hanger Steak

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Terroir, or sense of place, helps to define character and flavor in food as well as wine. Malbecs from Mendoza pair perfectly with Argentinian steak on a grill. The meat echoes the density of the wine—a mix of sweetness, earthiness, and minerality.


Recipe: Lobster Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spaghetti with lobster is a dish that either red or white wine will complement, but rosé is recommended.


Recipe: Fettuccine with Mushroom Ragù

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This rich pasta sauce, made with  cremini mushrooms, goes well with barberas, which tend to have an earthy profile, with dark, fruity chords, sometimes with notes of black truffle.


Recipe: Hearty Split Pea Soup

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This thick, rib-sticking soup is the perfect cold-weather complement for Châteauneuf-du-Pape or other wines from the southern Rhône.

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Guest Picks: Kara Walker

Monday, May 12, 2014

Artist Kara Walker talked about her sculpture installation in the Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She shared a few of her favorite things with us.


Guest Picks: Ruth Reichl

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Former Gourmet editor-in-chief and best-selling memoirist Ruth Reichl was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about writing her first novel. She also told what her favorite comfort food and the one thing she couldn't live without. 


Guest Picks: Mona Simpson

Monday, May 05, 2014

Writer Mona Simpson was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her novel, Casebook. She also told us about what she's listening to -- on the radio, in the car, at home. 


Guest Picks: Santino Fontana

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Santino Fontana was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his role as Moss Hart in "Act One." (A role he shares with Tony Shalhoub.) He also told us that he's a fan of soup. Find out what else he's a fan of!


Guest Picks: Tony Shalhoub

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Tony Shalhoub was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his Tony-nominated performance as Moss Hart in "Act One." (A role he shares with Santino Fontana.) He also told us what he listens to when he's feeling nostalgic. 


Recipe: Melissa Clark's Pan-Fried Asparagus with Scallions, Lemon, and Fried Eggs

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Makes 2 to 4 servings

If you can find ramps, use those in place of the scallions.

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 bunch scallions (about 4 ounces), whites and greens separated and thinly sliced

3 thin lemon slices, each round cut into eight wedges

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, for seasoning

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional, for seasoning

1 bunch asparagus (about 1/2 pound), trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

4 large eggs

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Recipe: Quick-Braised Pork Chops with Spring Greens and Anchovies

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Makes 2 servings


2 center-cut bone-in pork chops, about 1 1/2 inches thick

Kosher salt, for seasoning

Freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot

3 anchovy fillets, finely chopped

1/4 cup chicken stock

1 large bunch of arugula, Swiss chard, or watercress, stems trimmed, about 5 ounces

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Tributes: Paul Robeson, Jr.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Paul Robeson, Jr. had the deeply resonant voice of his father, as well as the tall build of the former actor, singer, and civil rights activist.  And he spent a lifetime working to preserve that legacy.  He not only wrote two books about his father, but created an archive of his writings and films at Howard University, and accepted a Grammy on his behalf in 1998.  Paul Robeson, Jr. died at the age of 86. Leonard last spoke with him in August of 2001. 


Tributes: Alistair MacLeod

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Herald of Glasgow called Alistair MacLeod was “one of the greatest living writers in English.”  That’s despite the fact that the Canadian’s output was relatively small.  He only published one novel, No Great Mischief, (which he wrote over the course of 13 years), and fewer than two dozen short stories (which were all collected in the volume, Island). Rugged Cape Breton was his emotional heartland, and where he set most of his fiction.  A perfectionist, he explained, “I take a lot of time thinking about what I’m writing.”  He died recently at the age of 77.  And you can hear Leonard’s interview with him from January, 2001.