Growing, Baking, Painting, and Trading

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Gerard Lordahl, of the Council on the Environment’s Open Space Greening Program, discusses gardening and takes your calls! Then, Rose Levy Beranbaum, who wrote the revolutionary The Cake Bible, talks about her latest book on baking. Also, celebrated painter James Rosenquist explains the ideas behind some of his major works. And we’ll hear the story of a hedge fund manager who made what’s been called “the greatest trade ever.”

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Gerard Lordahl Answers Your Winter Gardening Questions

Gerard Lordahl, Director of the Open Space Greening Program of the Council on the Environment of New York City, discusses eco-friendly gardening, winter gardening, and botanical vocabulary. He also answers listener questions!

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Heavenly Cakes

Rose Levy Beranbaum, who revolutionized baking with The Cake Bible, one of the bestselling cookbooks of all time, talks about her new baking book, Rose’s Heavenly Cakes. It includes over 100 foolproof recipes for cakes for every occasion—from butter cakes, sponge cakes, and cheesecakes to elegant wedding cakes.

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Painting Below Zero

Painter James Rosenquist discusses his life as an artist and his work. His memoir, Painting Below Zero: Notes on a Life in Art, recounts his childhood in the Midwest, his move to New York in 1955, his time as a sign painter for movie and theater billboards, the art ...

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The Greatest Trade Ever

Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman describes how one man foresaw the financial crisis and outwitted Wall Street's titans to make financial history. The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History gives an account of how our economy ...

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Whipped Cream Cake

Serves: 8 to 10

Baking Time: 25 to 35 minutes


This unusual old-time recipe was sent to me by chef Anthony Stella, a restaurateur in Delaware, who asked if I could perform a makeover on it. What intrigued both of us about the recipe was that at first glace ...


Swedish Pear and Almond Cream Cake

Serves : 8 to 10

Baking Time: 50 to 60 minutes


This unusual cake was inspired by one I tasted in Sweden.


During baking, a layer of almond cream and pear sinks almost to the bottom and becomes the top when unmolded. The pear adds luscious moisture to ...


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