Inching toward a plant-based, whole grain life.

Hoorah for the crimson! You just can't beat beets

I prefer them roasted, which preserves all that umami sweetness and royal purple-pink color.

Two birds, one stone: Baking and freezing zucchini bread for the holidays

You're going to need hostess gifts and a little something for teachers, co-workers, friends and family, so why not turn the overabundance now into thoughtful, delicious presents you'll be so happy to have on hand later.

A cinnamon sugar farewell

I write this as I lounge on a friend's couch after an exhausting week of apartment hunting in New York City. This is my last Salt to Taste column -- I'm moving to the city for a new job.

When in doubt, sink your apples in cake

Like Pavlov’s dog, the start of fall triggers an unhinged desire to buy more apples than one person can responsibly eat, and drink gallons of apple cider, and wrap myself in cozy sweaters and read by pumpkin-scented candles.

The ups and downs of "Interstellar"

Some movies leave you with little to talk about afterward. Not "Interstellar." Christopher Nolan’s ambitious sci-fi epic is nothing if not thought-provoking, even though it’s wildly uneven as a work of art.

What about Bill? A look at Murray’s charmed career

Bill Murray might have carved out the perfect movie career. And it’s perfect in that it’s unexpected and quirky and always interesting. Like Murray himself.


Marisa Nadolny and Kathleen Edgecomb compare notes on their favorite television shows.

'True Detective' finally offers some clues to viewers

Day staffers work out the latest episode of "True Detective."

'True Detective' requires a special investigation unit

Does anyone know what’s going on in "True Detective" season 2? Are you still watching?

The deity Steven Wilson hits NYC behind "Hand. Cannot. Erase."

Steven Wilson talks with Rick Koster about his stunning new album

Kanye is a Funny and Harmless Prankster

Yes, enough of you have contacted me about Kanye’s latest award show tantrum that I will share my thoughts.


Popular Culture.

March Madness in TV-land thanks to Amazon, AMC and FX

TV blogger Marisa Nadolny reports on what shows are streaming at her house.

UPDATED: January Binge-TV report: I heart 'Gilmore Girls'

Anyone else have a steadily growing list of "shows to watch"? In this age of streaming entertainment, the queue is the thing: it’s where we stash every good intention to watch all manner of readily available content.


The Day's music writers share their playlists.

Oscars watch (or listen): Sometimes the music tells the story better than, say, Ryan O'Neal can

Since films are sounds and motion, sometimes the use of some great music does the trick just fine for story-telling.

Milton Moore: The most appealing contemporary composer that you've (probably) never heard of ...

Valentin Silvestrov is immensely popular and often-performed in his Ukrainian homeland and across the former Eastern Bloc, with haunting, meditative scores for voice and for orchestra.