THE DAY’S FEATURES BLOGS


SPILLING THE BEANS

Inching toward a plant-based, whole grain life.

To end up with a rich broth, no need to marry a millionaire

To transform a good stock into a soulful broth, the hallmark of any respectable matzo ball soup, you need to add vegetables.

On the road to matzo ball soup, the first stop is poached chicken

This crazy recipe from Jeff Smith, known as The Frugal Gourmet, involves leaving a chicken in hot water for an hour until it's gently and perfectly done.


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.



TUNED IN

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

‘Mad Men’ podcast: A shadow falls over SC&P, and we don’t mean the blue stuff over Megan’s eyes

Day staffers discuss the latest episode of "Mad Men" on their TV Takeout podcast

'Mad Men' recap: Because 'the sleep of reason produces monsters'

"Mad Men" experts discuss the beginning of the end of the AMC series.


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.

Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream -- so THAT'S what God's Voice Sounds Like!

 As clueless as it still seems all these years later, I enrolled at Baylor University without giving much thought to the fact that it’s a Baptist college and, as such, there would be a lot of attention paid to, well,...



POP BLOG

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.



JUST LISTEN

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.