Archive for April 2019

‘The Highwaymen’ on Netflix

Only at a time when Game of Thrones is barreling toward its final episode on HBO and Avengers: Endgame is closing out a 20-plus-film blockbuster franchise in theaters would anything starring Kevin Kostner and Woody Harrelson weigh in as a small art film. Yet no one watching The Highwaymen on Netflix can quite shake the…

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Green, Green Peas of Home

Thanks to global agriculture, and especially to a giant who happens to be green, we’ve forgotten that peas have always been a springtime delicacy. In cuisines that have retained a more seasonal approach than our own, fresh peas as green as that laughing giant on the can are a symbol of the end of another…

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Brave Spirits’ ‘As You Like It’

When William Shakespeare wrote a “romantic comedy,” as he understood the notion in his day, everybody onstage, of every class and station in society, ended up falling in love with somebody. Indeed, in plays like As You Like It, the dish would run away with the spoon had Mother Goose not beaten the Bard to…

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Sicilian Easter Lamb Pies

Even in its Easter celebrations, Sicily is culturally and culinarily a world apart from every other square inch of Italy. The fact that so many impoverished Sicilians left the island for America gives us a false impression that the foods we grew up eating in “red sauce Italian” restaurants, from spaghetti and meatballs to pizza,…

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How Pad Became Pad Thai

In last week’s column, we looked at the long history of fried rice, born of a Chinese culture that had limited proteins and vegetables but a seemingly endless supply of rice. The recipe – little more than a flexible idea, really – spread throughout Asia by way of conquest, trade or any combination thereof. This…

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NYCB’s Legacy Night

By the time New York City Ballet made its first, now-annual pilgrimage to the nation’s capital in 1974, the company had become a kind of America’s Team on the shoulders of the 20th century’s two most significant American choreographers – George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. So it seems only fair that last night’s opening at…

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Fried Rice Festival

It is often said, as with most things that are mostly true, that traditional Chinese cooking stretched whatever meats, seafoods or vegetables were available with lots and lots of rice. In that case, fried rice must by the absolute poster child for traditional Chinese cooking. And it’s actually been that way for a long time.…

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