Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
"The ideal American woman doesn't just putter around in the kitchen or dabble in knitting. She opens a cake shop and knits scarves for fashion shows. She appears on Oprah. She follows her dreams."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The instruments of social media are well suited to making the existing social order more efficient. They are not a natural enemy of the status quo. If you are of the opinion that all the world needs is a little buffing around the edges, this should not trouble you. But if you think that there are still lunch counters out there that need integrating it ought to give you pause.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
“We basically have two bankrupt parties bankrupting the country,” said the Stanford University political scientist Larry Diamond. Indeed, our two-party system is ossified; it lacks integrity and creativity and any sense of courage or high-aspiration in confronting our problems. We simply will not be able to do the things we need to do as a country to move forward “with all the vested interests that have accrued around these two parties,” added Diamond. “They cannot think about the overall public good and the longer term anymore because both parties are trapped in short-term, zero-sum calculations,” where each one’s gains are seen as the other’s losses.
I'm all for a realistic third party candidate in the next election, and by realistic I mean someone other than Ralph Nader.
(full article here)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
amateur (noun) a person who practices something for the love of it.
here are some clothes we have made for men.
we've wanted to do this for a long time.
we've been asked to do it very often.
we've taken our time to get them right.
we've used really good fabrics.
we've done things properly.
we've approached it like meticulous amateurs - and have thoroughly enjoyed doing it.
I wonder, if I ask them a often and for a long time,
if they will make it a bit easier for US citizens to purchase....
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Balthazar was inspirational.
And since you're dying of curiosity, here's what I ordered:
A glass of Sancerre, light and citrusy Sauvignon Blanc to start the evening with a sparkle. One famous Balthazar salad, complete in its truffle-infused glory. A plate of flaky grilled branzini, sitting atop sweet onions and arugula, and a warm apple tarte tatin matched with a shot of espresso.*
Anyway, I felt inspired tonight when I got home from the gym, and whipped up an experimental salad. The results were especially delicious--crunchy, a bit sweet with a bite of spicy mustard, and a nutty follow-through.
Molly's standard vinaigrette.
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 chopped red pear
1/2 chopped avocado
1 T toasted pine nuts
1 T toasted sesame seeds
*That I managed to put away so much food between glances over Steph's shoulder at Brooke Shields and family sitting just behind us is rather admirable, don't you think?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Basically, I'm driving from Newton to Arkansas (and if you do not know that I hate this drive, you do not know me very well). Typically I am being chased by a tornado or two. (Naturally.) And when I get to Tulsa, there is a mandatory stop. I must exit my car (after placing it onto an enormous conveyor belt), check in with the authorities, and complete an obstacle course where I navigate a crowded mall, crawl through a series of tiny corridors, and then leap through a hole in the wall to meet my car at the end of the conveyor.
I think the road construction is getting to me.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Three perfect pans of Smitten Kitchen's Big Crumb Coffeecake in the oven, filled with plump red cherries which I picked AND pitted myself this summer,
sans baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
What to do now? My coworkers must have a deliciously homeade breakfast tomorrow morning and I must do my part!
screw it. i'm taking it anyway.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
A little gift from work.
It might be time that I stop complaining about my job. Sometimes they surprise me with their generosity. And for work that is not only enjoyable but also meaningful, it's really not so bad.
Now the real dilemma: what to wear to a fashion show?!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
maybe that could happen....
Monday, August 23, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Things I have starred this week in the blog Reader:
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
“O.K., you Republicans don’t believe in global warming? Fine. Forget about global warming. That’s between you and your beach house. How about this? Do you believe in population growth? Do you believe in the American dream? Because, according to the U.N., the world’s population is going to grow from roughly 6.7 billion people today to about 9.2 billion by 2050. And in today’s integrated world, more and more of those 9.2 billion will aspire to, and be able to, live like Americans — with American-size cars, homes and Big Macs. In that world, demand for fossil fuels is going to go through the roof — and all the bad things that go with it.
“If we take that threat seriously now and pass an energy bill that begins to end our oil addiction, we can shrink the piles of money we send to the worst regimes in the world, strengthen our dollar by keeping more at home, clean up our air, take away money from the people who finance the mosques and madrassas that keep many Muslim youths backward, angry and anti-American and stimulate a whole new industry — one China is already leapfrogging us on — clean-tech. Nothing would improve our economic and national security more, yet Republicans won’t lift one finger to make it happen.
“They would rather we send more Americans to fight terrorism in the Middle East, let petro-states hostile to our interests get richer and let China take the lead in the next great global industry than ask Americans to pay a little more for the gas they use or the carbon pollution they put into the air. If OPEC, China and Russia could vote, they would be 100 percent supportive of the Republicans.
“How about we stop honoring our soldiers and our military families and start helping them? Nope. The Republican view of fighting the war on terrorism is that rather than ask all of us to make a small sacrifice to weaken our foes and buttress our troops, we should ask only a few of us to make the ultimate sacrifice. And that’s called being tough?”
And yes, I do realize that I just copied and pasted roughly the entire article. Oh well. I like what he says, although I'm not sure that I would limit the blame to Republicans--and he's only doing so because he is directing his thoughts toward the Senate and those casting votes per their party. I do like his appeal to logic and to what is best for the country rather than to dumbly sticking with typical party loyalties.
Not that I really know what I'm talking about, and all this might be a bit idealistic--I can see a few problems and possible hang-ups--but it seems like a step in a better direction.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Cooks like ransacking the fridge and enthusiastically tossing random ingredients into a pan or a stockpot to make a meal; bakers come into their own only with dessert.
I considered myself to belong to the former group. This was an accident of birth: neither my mother nor either of my grandmothers was a baker (male ancestors didn't figure into this equation at all), and without a cozy nursery initiation into the rites of baking, it can seem a forbidding, arcane art.
I am here to say the truth is altogether different. Baking is a cinch. More, it is a joy. You need know nothing to be proficient. Proficiency engenders confidence. And confidence breeds an attachment that can become habitual.
reposted from m.dash
Monday, June 28, 2010
Good heavens people. Drop everything and go make this cake. It's apricot season, after all, and the cake is inspired.
I'd post a picture of my finished product--it's a pretty thing too, but you all know the limitations of my crappy camera; apparently, photographing a simple cake is asking too much.