These tasty, savory, miniature pastries are a huge hit in Patricia Wells' cooking classes.
A quick, flavorful summertime soup.
Andre Schiffrin was a force of nature in the publishing world for 50 years. He championed the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Gunter Grass, Simone de Beauvoir, and Julio Cortazar, among many others, first at Pantheon, before founding the independent New Press. He died in Paris at the age of 78. And you can hear his interview with Leonard from September 2000, when he discussed his polemical memoir, The Business of Books.
Chico Hamilton was a triple threat – a drummer, bandleader, and composer, whose smooth, understated style led to California’s cool jazz sound. He was a charter member of Gerry Mulligan’s quartet before founding his own quintet. And he wrote the music for Roman Polanski’s 1965 film, Repulsion. He died at the age of 92. You can still hear his interview with Leonard Lopate in August of 2007 below.
A Passover cake transformed into an everyday cake, made with matzo cake meal instead of flour.
These cheese pancakes are wonderful for a midweek Passover dairy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I like them topped with sour cream, but if you have a sweet tooth, try applesauce or orange marmalade or other preserves, or a sprinkling of sugar, or top them with sour cream and strawberries macerated with some sugar so they exude their juices and form a sauce.
Besides serving potato kugel as a side dish for meat or poultry or fish, a larger portion of this egg-rich version makes a good lunch. If cut into small squares, it’s also a good finger food to go with wine or cocktails.
New York Times Dining columnist Melissa Clark gets us organized for Thanksgiving
Sweet gingerbread made with tart cranberries.
Melissa Clark's recipe for roasted acorn squash—for Thanksgiving or any time this winter.
Mollie Katzen makes a meal of Brussels sprouts cooked with potatoes, onion, garlic, and spinach and baked under a layer of grated cheese and coarse bread crumbs.
Mushrooms, spinach, and pasta bathed in a beer-cheese sauce.
Crispy potato kugel made extra delicious with schmaltz.
A bright beet salad with grapefruit and oranges.
Novelist Jonathan Franzen shares a few of his favorite science fiction books from his high-school days. He also recommends Christina Stead's novel The Man Who Loved Children and Adelle Waldman's debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. And he says the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a good place to take a walk and see some birds. Just don't ask him for hot new restaurant recommendations.
When Doris Lessing was confronted by a bunch of reporters outside her home in London one day in 2007, and was told she'd just won the Nobel Prize, she retorted, "Oh, Christ!... I couldn't care less." The outspoken, independent, and sometimes irascible author reinvented herself over the course of novels, short stories, essays and poems, whether drawing upon her childhood spent in the Central African bush, or imagining a dystopian future. It was The Golden Notebook, her 1962 novel, though, that brought her the most acclaim. She died recently at the age of 94. You can hear her distinctive voice in an interview with Leonard from 2003 below.