Cookies and the Kitchen

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

TV personality and cookbook author Sara Moulton shares her favorite holiday recipes...and talks to some of our listeners about their favorites! Then, we’ll examine the evolution of the modern kitchen, and what it says about design and the role of technology in our society. Also, photographer Robert McCabe reflects on photographs he took at the South Pole 50 years ago! Plus, the Gurus of How-To, Alvin & Lawrence Ubell, answer your home repair questions!

Sara Moulton on Cookies

TV host and cookbook author Sara Moulton talks about the ins and outs of baking holiday cookies, as well as what makes the recipes in the new Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe from Each Year 1941-2009 so reliable and delicious. She’ll also pick her favorite recipes from our listener holiday cookie recipe swap, and we’ll speak with some of those listeners about what makes those recipes their favorites.

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Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen at MoMA

MoMA curator Juliet Kinchin and Davin Stowell, founder and CEO of the design consultancy Smart Design, discuss the exhibition “Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen,” on view at the Museum of Modern Art through March 14. They’ll look at how kitchen design has changed in the last century, and examine the kitchen as a barometer of changing aesthetics and technologies.

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A Photographer's Antarctic Odyssey

Photographer Robert McCabe describes going on an expedition to the South Pole in 1959, when he was a 24-year-old photojournalist on assignment. DeepFreeze! A Photographer's Antarctic Odyssey in the Year 1959 includes a narrative of his journey and 87 of his black-and-white photographs, including the Antarctic landscape, aerial shots, young adventurers, and the wildlife.

An exhibition of Robert McCabe's photographs will be on view at James Cummins Bookseller
699 Madison Avenue, between 62nd and 63rd Streets
December 9—January 14

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Our Gurus of How-To

A winter wind is blowing and the Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on winterizing your home, fixing your furnace, and tackling other home repair issues! Call 646-829-3985 with your questions or leave a comment.

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Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards was many things: an accomplished lawyer, a mother who had lost her oldest son, and a political wife. But it wasn't until she announced that she had been diagnosed with cancer that she became a public figure in her own right.


Favorite Recipes from Our Cookie Swap

Check out these recipes submitted by our listeners: Almond Squares (submitted by Diane Taros),  Italian Sprinkle Cookies (submitted by Kara Lawlor), and Diamants or Diamond Studded Circles (submitted by Simone Mogul).

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Mocha Cookies from the Gourmet Cookie Book

The nineties were the chocolate decade in America. This recipe—from the Bakery on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles—has no subtlety: it revels in its rich chocolate decadence.

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Moravian White Christmas Cookies from the Gourmet Cookie Book

Although most Moravian cookies are dark, this one is very pale. We particularly like its lovely flavor of mingled cinnamon, nutmeg, and sherry. While it is stable and strong enough for decorating, it remains light, crisp, and very delicious.


Trios from the Gourmet Cookie Book

The classic thumbprint cookie gets a modern makeover. By using three different flavors of jam, you not only offer your guests a variety of tastes, but also create a cookie that looks like a miniature holiday ornament.


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