You may know Col. Chris Hadfield best for his zero-gravity rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” that went viral last year, but he has a few other accomplishments. Hadfield has flown three space missions, spent a total of 6 months in space, conducted two space walks and most recently served as commander of the International Space Station.
We, the editorial staff, are getting pretty good at predicting which pieces of web content you’re going to like. Even before we post them on Facebook, we know that rankings and numbered lists are usually a hit; Lynne’s taste-tests of canned tomatoes and chicken broths are evidence of this. We know you’re going to like recipes that involve alcohol (see: Guadalajara Punch) and things to eat after you’ve consumed that alcohol (see: the Sussman brothers’ collection).
- 2 1/2 oz rye whiskey
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz rich brown sugar simple syrup
- 1 tsp Cynar
- 1 egg whiteCombine all ingredients, shake, add ice, then shake again. Strain into a coupe glass, and garnish with grated allspice berry.
In the third issue of her e-book series, Lynne Rossetto Kasper teaches you about the true Italian holiday meal.
The book isn’t available until Nov. 5, but if you sign up now for a reminder, we’ll send you one of the recipes from the book: this Sicilian Cauliflower.
The southern food master explains his Key 3 recipes to Lynne:
I’m going to fly into the face of some people’s opinions — I’m going to produce a batter with lots of crust. People say, “Oh, this is all bread. You can’t taste anything but the crust.” I fry chicken that way, too. People see crust as sort of a mine field to get around on the way to the food.
The art is final.Pre-orders are available. A Summertime Grilling Guide from The Splendid Table will start shipping June 1. Donate now at the $7/month level and we’ll set one aside for you.
Tea expert Bill Waddington is on the show this weekend, and he brings a 20-pound log of compressed tea into the studio. It’s from western China, where it was used as travel currency on The Silk Road.
He also reclassifies tea into these five categories: black, Oolong, green, white and dark. Puerh, formerly considered the fifth category, is now a sub-sub-category of dark tea. Here’s an extended interview:
Fashion designer, Project Runway judge and self-taught cook Issac Mizrahi carefully chooses his three essential recipes. He goes simple and versatile with tomato sauce, chocolate souffle and his family vinaigrette.
Now, a little tiny secret: I always do just a little pinch of sugar. That’s cheating, I think, because you’re supposed to be able to get the proportions right. But this corrects that. Like, I always find lemon really hard to work with, because I always end up just tasting the lemon. Whenever I leave the sugar out, I go, “Oh, that’s bitter,” or, “That’s too lemony,” or, “That’s too much vinegar,” or something’s wrong with it. And the minute I add that magic — a little teeny dram of sugar, it really does a trick. It’s funny.
Andrea Nguyen, author of Asian Tofu, is on the show this weekend with a step-by-step tutorial for making creamy, subtly sweet tofu that “is as precious as homemade bread.” She also delivers this recipe for Silken Tofu and Edamame Soup.
Soy sauce tasting with Lynne Rossetto Kasper
For an upcoming taste-test segment, we presented Lynne five soy sauces with masked labels.
All the useful, practical information about the products can wait until the radio piece airs. For the sake of this video, just enjoy a random string of reactions.
You like us for our Pizza Margherita … again
So maybe try something else in 2012? It’s the third straight year this classic has been The Splendid Table’s most popular recipe.
THE TOP 6 RECIPES OF 2011
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THE TOP 6 RECIPES OF 2010
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THE TOP 6 RECIPES OF 2009
As a companion to The Splendid Table’s Thanksgiving call-in show, Turkey Confidential, we made a Twitter robot to answer common questions. Here’s how @Lynnebot, the cyborg version of Lynne Rossetto Kasper, did.
Fewer than 48 hours remain. Count down to Thanksgiving with The Splendid Table’s to-do timeline.
If you’re still stuck on Thursday morning, give Lynne a call on Turkey Confidential.
Why to shop at a butcher
The first step for those interested in expanding their meat buying options, says Rossetto Kasper, is to become familiar with the parts of the animal. A basic understanding of animal anatomy will not only will make it easier to talk to the butcher, but will also help you know how to use the meat.