Today is the traditional day when a President pardons a Turkey. No, not himself, that will come later. The names of this year's birds are Peas and Carrots. I think he should Peas a chance but actually I don't Carrot all. Happy Thanksgiving to come soon... As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and … Continue reading President to pardon Turkey
Mike Birbiglia is an actor, comedian and monologuist who has had several off-Broadway shows in New York. But I had never seen one of his highly regarded performances. When his new one transferred to Broadway, I took the opportunity to see it. His "New One" is his new child. This is hilarious and Mike is … Continue reading Review – Mike Birbiglia’s The New One
Actually TOMORROW (Saturday, November 17, 2018) is National Homemade Bread Day. So why am I telling you today? Simple. Homemade bread takes time and you need to plan ahead to make really worthwhile bread from scratch. Believe me, it is well worth it. I primarily make sourdough bread from a starter I have nurtured for … Continue reading National Homemade Bread Day
That time of year again. Magic time! As we wait for the old fat man with a white beard (no, I am not referring to me) to arrive, many youths wish to send a direct request to the jolly fellow themselves. While the young'uns wish to text, Santa is much too busy overseeing his slave … Continue reading Have your child write a letter to Santa!
Today is National Pickle Day and it seems this ancient food is more popular than ever. Last month I visited a New York City Pickle Day on the Lower East Side and it was so crowded with such long lines I couldn't get close to the actual pickles. There are a number of vegetables that … Continue reading National Pickle Day
I LOVE King Kong. Not the musical, mind you, but the articulated title character at the center of it. The astounding puppeteers (named the King's Company) work out in the open, making many of the creature's moves in plain sight. They jump from heights with ropes connected to pulleys to make him stand using their … Continue reading Review – King Kong
Last Wednesday I attended a live taping of KCRW's Left, Right & Center post election special edition at The Town Hall here in New York. It is a radio show but I consume it as a podcast. It was up within 12 hours and is on their feed now if you wanted to listen to … Continue reading Live Podcast taping and my favorite political podcasts
Today is National Scrapple Day. Scrapple came to be when butchering communities sold off the valuable cuts of an animal and used the remaining parts with a filler like flour and cornmeal and added spices. After letting the mixture solidify, they sliced it and fried it to create a nutritious and filling and delicious meal. … Continue reading National Scrapple Day – for me that means Goetta!
Some plays I rave at, some plays I cringe at, other plays are comfort food for my soul. Bernhardt/Hamlet is just such a play. Steeped in history, theater lore and examinations of playwrights and plays - it felt nourishing just to be in the theater to watch it. Though it strays a bit in the … Continue reading Review – Bernhardt/Hamlet
Audible continues its run of solo works and I have seen all of them so far. Sakina's Restaurant, written and performed by Aasif Mandvi is one of the best to date. It was first presented 20 years ago and it is refreshing to see a pre-9/11 and pre-Donald Trump work on immigrants to the US. … Continue reading Review – Sakina’s Restaurant
In the United States we have federal elections every two years and today is that day for 2018. I work hard to keep my political beliefs out of this blog. I respect every belief that is based on careful consideration of the facts. It can seem daunting to be a single citizen with a single … Continue reading VOTE
Today is National Donut Day and perhaps for the last time. You may have heard that the largest chain, Dunkin' Donuts, has decided to drop its second name. In addition to saving on sign costs they are trying to focus on other products like their coffee and sandwiches. Who will speak for the poor forgotten … Continue reading National Donut Day – for the last time?
Today is National Deviled Egg Day. You know, when you hard boil an egg, peel the shell, scoop out the yolk, mix with mayonnaise and mustard and spices and scoop back into the white half. Maybe even dress it up like this: It is called deviled because that was a term for spicy or zesty … Continue reading National Deviled Egg Day
November is National Banana Pudding Lovers Month. It is also National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. I wondered if I could find a recipe to combine the two and I did! You can find the original post for Peanut Butter Banana Pudding by Elizabeth Heiskell at the Today Show website here. https://www.today.com/recipes/peanut-butter-banana-pudding-recipe-t108088 Have a delicious November! … Continue reading Special November Month Recipe