2020 Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions

Oscar nomination day is one of my favorite days of the year. When I lived in LA, I used to get up at 5 am to prepare for the early morning announcements – an UNHEARD of hour for me, as someone who had just graduated college and was way more used to going to bed…

Top 10 TV Series of 2019

Top 10 TV Series of 2019 10. Harley Quinn Harley Quinn is the story of what happens when a woman’s ego happens to be as inflated as any mediocre man’s. In 13 zippy, violent and irreverent half-hour episodes, we’re introduced to lovesick Harley (Kaley Cuoco), a minor sidekick who soon breaks free from her toxic…

Top 10 Films of 2019

Top 10 Films of 2019 10. Good Boys There’s something to be said for laughing your ass off in the movie theater. My number 10 slot could have easily gone to Sam Mendes’ sensorial WWI masterpiece 1917 or Alex Ross Perry’s Shakespearean Riot Grrrl drama Her Smell, but I wanted to honor one of the few films…

Smoky Chermoula Chicken with Roasted Carrots, Cauliflower and Feta

Last month my husband attended a business dinner with colleagues, and because the out-of-towners didn’t want to take home a doggie bag, he was able to snag half of someone’s roasted chicken dinner for me from Harvest in Cambridge. Score! The herbaceously pungent chicken and garlicky side of romanesco, as it turns out, was delectable….

Top 10 TV Series of 2018

Top 10 TV Series of 2018 10. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat A friend recently described chef Samin Nosrat to me as “The New Anthony Bourdain”. I disagree. I don’t think we need a “new” Anthony Bourdain and I don’t want to reduce Nosrat’s contributions to foodie television to the confines of someone else’s brand. She…

Top 10 Films of 2018

Top 10 films released in 2018 10. The Tale There’s a moment in Jennifer Fox’s The Tale that is so real and so startling, I’ll never be able to think of memory the same way again. In the film, Jennifer (Laura Dern) reexamines a “relationship” she had with an older man when she was a…

Recipe: Garlic-Lime Spatchcocked Chicken with a Honey-Soy Glaze

There’s nothing more comforting than a roast chicken. You salt the skin to crisp it up, you stuff it with some aromatics, and you set it in the oven for an hour or so. It’s probably the easiest prep you can do for the amount of deliciousness you get. My go-to roast chicken is all…

Witches to Love: A Bibliography

Not everyone loves witch stories, but many people do. They’re characters who can right injustices with ancient magic or psychic abilities. They can fly or talk to animals or entice romantic interests. They can transform. Audiences are drawn to their power and their powers, their wisdom and their knowledge. They are women who are respected…

On the 10th Anniversary of the Day That Changed Everything

April 5, 2006 was supposed to be the best day of my life. Early that morning, before my first class, I headed up to my high school’s library to check my e-mail. I was probably one of the few kids left who didn’t have Internet access at home, so I took advantage of any chance…

Spanx Spanx Revolution

Last May I found myself in what many women would consider a living nightmare: I forgot to bring Spanx. TO MY COLLEGE REUNION. Look, we all know Spanx are a joke writer’s dream. They’re stretchy, they make the wearer look like Mrs. Doubtfire in her underwear, and they seem to encapsulate every single insecurity that’s ever…

Final Oscar Predictions 2019

This was a busy year for me and the Academy Awards! First, I started prognosticating for Movie City News’ Gurus o’ Gold series and then was interviewed by BBC radio this past Friday about my predictions for the telecast. (Check out my segment at 52:18.) I think race relations will be this year’s overarching political…

Recipe: Peach-Raspberry Custard Pie with Streusel Topping

Is there anything more summery than the combination of juicy peaches and tangy raspberries? I make this tart, creamy pie once a year in the hotter months and adore the sunset-like blended colors it creates. Feel free to buy a pre-made shell, but I prefer to make my own shortcrust base, tightly adapted from Mark…

Recipe: Pomegranate-Rosé Pulled Pork

There’s nothing quite as versatile as pulled pork. Once a shoulder or butt has been braised on low heat for several hours, the meat becomes tender and juicy, and easily shreddable for a number of dishes: sandwiches, quesadillas, pizza, pasta, soup. You name it. This recipe came about like many of my other creations: I…