Final Oscar Predictions 2018

2017: The year I was never so happy to be so wrong. When Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced La La Land  Best Picture, no one in the Dolby Theatre blinked an eye. It was just par for the course, the film having racked up a bunch of major awards, including Best Actress and Best…

Recipe: Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic, Almonds, and Parmesan

Growing up, my perception of green beans was grim: they came from a can looking a sickly dark green and flopped when you touched them. Don’t even get me started on the smell. And in casseroles, they were even worse. I didn’t fall in love with green beans until my early 20s, during a meal…

Recipe: Garlic-Lime Grilled Chicken for Salads

We all know how it happens when we “Add Chicken” to our salads at a restaurant or lunch joint. Out comes an anemic-looking flop of tasteless protein that resembles a sliced-up breast implant. I’m here to change that. This recipe comes from my husband, who is typically in charge of putting together our lunches for…

2018 Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions

Tomorrow is my version of Christmas. I get up early in the morning, giddy with excitement, and I wait for catharsis after a year’s worth of anticipation. Will I get what I want? Will my heart break into a thousand pieces if I don’t? Arguably, Oscar nomination day is better than the awards show itself….

Recipe: Turkey Thighs with Cranberry-Mustard Glaze

I’m used to turkey being a once-a-year event. These birds are large, unwieldy, and difficult to get right in the oven. Typically, a whole-roasted turkey seems to end up in only two textures: dry or raw. However, when they’re done right, they can be wonderfully delicious, with crispy skin and juicy, slightly gamey meat. It’s…

Top 10 TV Series of 2017

Top 10 TV Series of 2017 10. I Love Dick Jill Soloway’s brilliant micro-series about art, desire, and aging simply scorches: from the dusty desert setting to the searing sexual chemistry, you can practically feel heat emanate from your screen. Failed filmmaker Chris (Kathryn Hahn, indispensable) follows her older academic husband from Brooklyn to Texas…

Top 10 Films of 2017

Top 10 films released in 2017 10. Battle of the Sexes Can we just pretend Emma Stone won her Oscar for this one instead of Blah-Blah Bland? Stone is warm and understated as feminist tennis legend Billie Jean King, who faces off against Steve Carrell’s frustrating/charming Bobby Riggs in the famed 1970s tennis match of…

Recipe: Bubby’s Wine-Braised Brisket

Okay, the title of this post is a bit misleading. We never called my grandmother “Bubby” and this was not her particular recipe for brisket. (Now, if I ever did find her barley soup with flanken recipe, that would be a different story.) But this is a bubby’s recipe for warm, comforting brisket and as…

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…

Recipe: Butterscotch Pecan Bread Pudding

Butterscotch is what I always imagined ambrosia would taste like. The smooth, rich combination of sweet butter, crumbly brown sugar, and thick cream – not to mention vanilla and salt – is truly the  nectar of the Gods. I love it better than fudge or caramel. Last week I was wracking my brain trying to…