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As we officially enter the dead zone, that long and sometimes brutal stretch of winter that is a hallmark of life in New England, Jared Bowen and Jan Saragoni share some tips to help battle back the winter blues over the coming weeks.
Jared Bowen's winter recommendations
Saturday, Jan 26 at 7:30pm at the Paramount Theatre
In anticipation of ArtsEmerson’s upcoming The Merchant of Venice (3/29-4/10), ArtsEmerson and the New Center for Arts and Culture host a panel discussion on Shakespeare’s Jewish characters with panelists Oscar winning actor F. Murray Abraham, theater vet Jeffrey Horowitz, and Shakespeare & Company founder Tina Packer. The discussion is moderated by A.R.T. Founder/Scholar/Playwright Robert Brustein. Tickets are for panel or both panel and a reception.
Now in local theaters
Jared recently caught a screening of Blue Valentine, the Ryan Gosling/Michelle Williams Oscar-bait film about falling in love, falling out of love, and dining in. Among the many reasons to see this movie, pay special attention to the amazing job they do aging these characters.
Jan 21-Feb 20 at the SpeakEasy Stage Company
SpeakEasy Stage Company celebrates its 20th anniversary season by staging this musical based on Federico Fellini’s classic film 8 1/2. It's SpeakEasy Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault’s favorite musical and the 1st he saw on Broadway. He directs.
Tommy Tune ‘Longnecks’
Through Thursday, June 30 at the Intercontinental Hotel
The legendary song and dance man is celebrating his 50th year in show business. He comes to Boston with his show Steps in Time in June, but right now his artwork is on display at the Intercontinental Hotel.
The Complete Series
DVD or Netflix streaming
I’m going to add myself to the list of people who love to watch television series on DVD (or via NetFlix streaming) allowing you to span months of episodes in one week or years in a month. Jared loves the HBO series Rome, while Jan is in the midst of watching Six Feet Under. Viewing this way allows a whole new appreciation of writing, dramatic arcs, etc. It’s also a great winter hobby.
Ashmont Grille and Deuxave
Since we’ve last played I’ve dined at Ashmont Grille (recently voted by the Globe Magazine as 1 of 10 restaurants to change the city of Boston) in Dorchester and Deuxave in the BackBay.
Jan Saragoni's winter recommendations
Carlo’s Cucina Italiana
131 Brighton Ave In Allston
Classic mom and pop operation. Fabulous, high-quality, low-cost, regional Italian cuisine that’s NOT in overcrowded, touristy North End. Specialty is pasta, and also fresh soups. The owners are Carlos & Irene Barone (she cooks).
Bacco’s Wine + Cheese Shop
31 St James Ave, Back Bay
Brand New! Superb array of affordable wine and craft beers, as well as Italian meats and European and domestic cheeses.
New Somerville Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays through March 16, 10am–2pm, at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
Credit and debit cards accepted.
1634 Beacon Street, Brookline
Fireside Chats with food and wine experts every other Saturday beginning at 3:pm, $25-$30. Chef/owner Jim Solomon serves complementary dishes during the chats.
Rachel Perry Welty
Jan 29-April at the DeCordova Museum
Boxers Workout with former competitive boxer Kostas Argiropoulos
114 Paul Gore Street. Jamiaca Plain
Beginners are welcome
Jared Bowen is an Emmy-winning reporter with WGBH TV’s nightly news magazine program, Greater Boston with Emily Rooney. He is also a regular contributor to the J-Squared segment on 89.7 WGBH's The Emily Rooney Show.
e is also a regular contributor to the J-Squared segment on 89.7 WGBH's The Emily Rooney Show.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Chris Kimball is best known as the host of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook Country, both watched on WGBH television. Produced locally, America’s Test Kitchen, and its companion magazine Cooks Illustrated, have become one of the most recognized and beloved food brands in public media. On Saturday, Jan 8, Kimball makes his radio debut when America’s Test Kitchen’s weekly radio program premieres 89.7 WGBH, 2-3pm.
In an interview with Callie Crossley on The Callie Crossley Show, Kimball talked about bringing the television show to radio.
“It’s the same concept as the TV show, which is exploring why certain things work and certain things don’t. But we are applying it to a much broader palette.”
What can listeners expect to hear?
“We’ve figured out a way to do food tasting and equipment tests, and that’s about all we took from the TV show. On radio, we’re taking calls. As we’ve been doing this for awhile, we can answer most of the questions people have.”
“We’ve also gone out on the road. We found one guy who describes the olive oil business as being just like the drug business. The profits are about the same, and it’s about as honest.
“We also ask question like, how do you make money in the restaurant business? So we left Boston and traveled to New York, LA, Chicago, San Francisco with an accountant who works in the restaurant business.”
On making radio versus television:
“I look better on radio. Everyone has told me that for the past 10 years.”
“On television, it’s really about the food. Ninety percent of the time you are watching somebody make something. You can’t really cook on the radio, so you have to do something else.”
“I didn’t realize how much time 55 minutes was. You have to say something the entire time, otherwise you have dead air.”
On the advantages of talking about food on the radio
“The benefit of radio is that you can get to how cooking works. It’s a real blessing. Radio is the smartest medium because you have time to share all this information on the science of cooking. It’s a challenge, but it’s a lot of fun.”
“I have a co-host Bridget Lancaster, and you get to hear all the funny report with her on the radio, where as on TV it gets cut out. You can now listen to all our arguments. Cooking is all about having a lot of different opinions.”
On the America’s obsession with cooking
“We go through cycles when people stop cooking. In the 1970s and 80s, people stopped cooking because so many women left home to work. That trend ended around the year 2000, when a lot guys started spending more time in the kitchen.”
“All of a sudden, there is a whole generation of kids out there who love cooking. People typically do the opposite from the last generation.”
On what Chris Kimball cooks at home
“I just made a New England boiled dinner for Christmas. You just take a piece of brisket, you put some salt and spices on it, put it the fridge for five days, simmer it in water for four hours, throw some veggies in for half an hour, and you’re done. “
On food trends
“Cupcakes are in. They’re expensive, but they’re in… thumbs down on pies.”
“I think the next big think will be people getting into gourmet cooking… what we were doing in the 70s when Julia Child came. The whole notion of spending time a lot of time to make something… making stocks and those other things.”
“I’d like people to understand that if you know the principles of cooking, you can go into the kitchen without a recipe and within an hour produce good food at a very low cost. You can quickly cook healthy, cheap food if you understand cooking… but you have to spend to the time to learn it.”