With so much elaborate cooking for the holidays it can be a relief to have simple recipes on your roster. And I personally like to avoid any breakfast recipes that require a food processor or a stand mixer. Who wants to deal with all that whizzing and whirring and clutter first thing in the morning? About as non-fussy as a baked good can get, these Blueberry Maple Oatmeal Muffins from the "Cooking with Blueberries" feature of the July 1995 issue of Gourmet make for a hearty, subtly sweet breakfast for Christmas Eve morning, Christmas Day morning, Day After Christmas morning, or basically any morning all winter long.Read More
Autumn can mean many things to many people: Halloween, back-to-school, or an ever-expanding selection of pumpkin spice products. For us, the countryside was always the best expression of the new season, abundant in colors and textures. More than just changing leaves, one observed fields of goldenrod, soft grasses draped over stone walls, the pale amber of dried hydrangeas and the deep aubergine of prunis trees.
So it comes as no surprised that our favorite fall fashions reflect this aesthetic. For me it's expressed in earthy tones and textured tweeds, while for Julia it can mean a tailored plum dress paired with delicate hammered-gold jewelry. And while we're in the city most days, these clothes are best worn against the backdrop of an elegant estate or a country lane.Read More
Since 2007, the National have been one of our favorite bands. Together, we’ve seen them perform live at least eight times, playing to hundreds of people in a park to fifty in a small room in the Hudson Valley. We’ve posed for photos with the singer, Matt Berninger, and spent one evening in a giddy haze after he passed us one of his (many) half-consumed bottles of white wine from the stage. As siblings, the band has been one of the things we’ve bonded over the most, and something we’ve enjoyed sharing with each other. For us, they are a band for real New Yorkers: their songs capture the beauty and frustration of being liberal city dwellers, sharing tiny spaces with other people while feeling strangely removed from most of those around us. We really did grow up with them -- ten years is a long time to like anything -- and because the band has had such a pronounced role in our lives individually, but also as sisters, we thought it only made sense that we write about them together.
Last month the National released their 7th studio album, which is one of their best, and are now performing it to sold-out shows around the world. The National are one of the most beloved bands but most people have never heard of them, or at least couldn’t identify them by name. Considered to be “critical darlings” after their release of Alligator in 2005, they have a devoted fan following and success that has dumbfounded the corporate music industry. How could a group of middle-aged men who perform “sad sack songs” about very grown up things sell out arenas and pull in a fan base that includes teenage girls and rock and roll dads? How could any band get a stadium of artists, bankers, tech geeks, fashionistas, and parents to sing together, “I was afraid, I’d eat your brains.”Read More
Are these drumsticks from the July 1980 Gourmet better than fried chicken? I'm tempted to say yes. The sour cream marinade makes for remarkably juicy, pull-off-the-bone meat, while the toasted saltine cracker coating is uniquely airy and crisp.Read More
As a relatively inexperienced baker, I tend to gravitate towards uncomplicated recipes like clafoutis and bread puddings: just mix up the ingredients, pour it all into a baking dish and turn on the oven. So I was pleased to find this recipe for Deep-Dish Blueberry Pie in the August 1980 issue of Gourmet, namely because it didn't call for parchment paper and pie weights. I was doubly pleased when the recipe resulted in some of the best blueberry pie I've ever had.Read More
If you’ve watched an American movie recently, there’s a good chance that the script was derived from already published material. For big studio productions, those odds jump up to somewhere between 75 and 90%. Oscar ambitions for Best Original Screenplay aside, the adaptation market is the most lucrative for film, and as a VP of Literary Affairs at Legendary Entertainment, Deborah Kauffmann is at the center of the action. She was joined by acclaimed French director Benoit Cohen at a March 21st French in Motion discussion on adapting stories into films and TV series.Read More