The holidays bring out all sorts of intriguing combinations: witness the Turduken. A deboned chicken stuffed in a deboned duck stuffed in a deboned turkey sounds downright macabre. It actually tastes quite good, with the fatty duck keeping the two other meats moist and flavorful.
Jason Kessler, at Bon Appetit, got into the holiday swing last week, but veered entirely off track for a foodie magazine. Rather than recount warm delicious holiday meals, he made a list worth noting to all holiday cooks who like to dabble conjuring up new recipes. Warning: Do Not Attempt these at Home.
Beware! The Thanksgivukkah Meal
Turkey Maccaburgers: Yup, you guessed it. Maccabee shaped turkey burgers.
Noodle Kugel Stuffing: Eggy noodle stuffing.
Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie: Brisket, cream of schmaltz soup, and a mashed potato latke topper.
Gelt-Cream Pie: Unimaginably bad sounding.
Cheese Ball Sufganiyot: Traditional Hanukkah doughnuts with cheese filling.
Manischewitz Crangria: While nobody in their right mind would combine Manischewitz kosher wine with cranberries and candied pumpkin (yuck), we can highly recommend using any leftover kosher wine for a sangria of apples, oranges, and grapes. In this case, the sweet wine is perfectly fine for this Spanish comfort drink.
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Although it’s not a sovereign state, the United Nations, to our surprise, issues stamps that can actually be used to send mail worldwide. Valid only if mailed from three locations (UN headquarters in NYC, Palais des Nations in Geneva, and Vienna International Centre), the stamps are are issued in denominations of U.S. dollars, Swiss francs, and euros, respectively.
On September 23rd, the UN Postal Administration will issue six stamps on the theme Break Barriers-Open Doors. For this stamp issue, UNPA selected artists from around the world with incredible stories that highlight the positive power of full and equal participation of people with disabilities. The stamps will commemorate a UN General Assembly meeting to raise awareness about the work of the UN in ensuring the equality and inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society and development.
Have moment? Watch the Chinese troupe perform Thousand Hand Dance.
More than just art appreciation. Dive in!
Crocker Art Museum
While there won’t be any swilling at the Crocker’s SketchCrawl, you’ll be able to hone your artistic skills while strolling the Sacramento River Promenade. Thursday, June 6.
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Before photography, before Photoshop, and before plastic surgery, there was Frans Hals. The 17th century artist portrayed his subjects with an energy that other portrait artists could not match…much like the advantages of modern photography. And unlike the instantaneous capture of a camera and the era of “post-production”, the slower methodical process of painting allowed Hals to remove those pesky facial flaws, and other perceived imperfections to his clients liking.read more Posted in Musings
Each year, throngs of Americans pile their brood into the family car or motor home to embark on a pilgrimage to the natural and man-made wonders of the our great nation. For 30 years Roger Minick captured these sightseers in all their glory, reflecting back our shared experience and the “sense of being dropped into one place rather than a journey through a succession of places”. Read more.
The sold out banner Woman with Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park, CA shows a humorous but poignant juxtaposition of the natural beauty of the waterfall with the kitschy tourist interpretation of the falls depicted on the woman’s headscarf.read more Posted in Musings
Outspoken British married duo Gilbert and George, known for their “shocking” art imagery of nudity, excrement, and bodily fluids, are staunch conservatives who admire Margaret Thatcher.
Apple’s sleek, minimalist industrial design can be traced back to Harry Beck, a Brit who invented the modern day subway map by limiting drawn lines to multiples of 45 degrees and removing the streets and communities that lay above them.
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Branded “degenerative” by the Nazis for his realistic, exacting technique and jarring, acerbic satire, Otto Dix began his career by painting placid landscapes of mountains and lakes.
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