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Turkey day is around the corner, and this year why not dish up some extra holiday cheer by infusing your favorite holiday dishes with everything from bourbon to beer. From whiskey-spiked biscuits to framboise-infused cranberry sauce and even a white wine-roasted turkey, here are six recipes to help you splash a little extra sauce into this year’s celebrations.
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Grill-Roasted Turkey with Chardonnay Gravy
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Grill-Roasted Turkey with Chardonnay Gravy
Chardonnay and turkey is a match made in holiday heaven, and this recipe takes the twosome further for an extra rich and delicious gravy. Click here for the recipe.
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I can’t remember a time in my life when fashion and art were not a part of it. That’s not an exaggeration, and may or may not have something to do with my short-term memory loss issues. When I was three, I was supposedly telling my mom what to wear (how I did this, I don’t know) and had a pretty darn good sense of color too, also according to my mother. At age six, I used my first sewing machine, and my friend Lola and I started hand-sewing shirts on the weekends, just for
Three weeks ago a peaceful Occupy protest was disrupted by the Oakland Police!
On that Tuesday night Oakland and neighboring police departments turned Frank Ogawa Plaza into a war zone.
More than 300 officers from the Oakland Police Department and 18 local departments, in full battle gear, surrounded Frank Ogawa Plaza prepared to evict 100 people from the Occupy site.
Oakland PD, in a press release, cited health and safety concerns as reasons for removing the protesters. It was to be closed for cleaning and vector control then reopened to the people.
So, why were they dressed in riot gear when what they needed was HazMat gear?
Did Oakland’s finest overreact, or was it planned?
Pictures depict a force far greater than was necessary; a presence that raised tensions and almost certainly indicated violence. An operation that took a lot of planning and coordination with so many departments.
And… the amount of tear gas deployed far exceeded what would be necessary for cleaning and vector control.
The same show of force was evident in Denver on the following
Pop quiz: what do the United States, Papua New Guinea, Liberia, and Swaziland have in common? Answer: they are the only four members of the United Nations that do not legally require employers to guarantee paid maternity leave.
I am a high school student in New York City and I first discovered this issue last year when my teacher took leave to give birth to her daughter, then returned to school four weeks later. I was shocked. The US Department of Health and Human Services cites the average childbirth recovery time at six to eight
What we saw with Jerry Sandusky’s interview was horrifying. I had a hard time watching it, so chilling were his words, his lack of remorse, and his lack of simple awareness of what he had done. And yet, this scandal goes far beyond a simple predator, to an entire system of predation and unaccountability. Before the events of the last week, Penn State University Football Coach Joe Paterno was a legend; not only a great coach, he represented a positive archetype of male
Over 200 arrests resulted from the Liberty Square raid on Tuesday. But the “I’m Getting Arrested” app was forgotten, illustrating a disconnect between online and offline activists.
At Zuccotti Park before the raid, many protestors hadn’t heard of the Android app that lets them blast friends with news that they’re getting zip-tied and thrown in the back of an NYPD bus. “I’ve only been here for two days,” said a lanky guy in line for free food. “I have an iPhone.”
They had been keeping it low-tech, writing lawyer’s phone numbers on their arms with a sharpie, in case their pockets were emptied by
If your current favorite mistake is a troubled relationship and the upcoming holiday season looms as something less than heartwarming, you can take comfort in the notion that the fall/winter holiday cycle is meant to increase lightness during the darkest days of the year. Our ancestors knew that survival requires getting through dark times, and participation in seasonal traditions can help you connect with your hidden light.
There is a harvest time in your bio-rhythms that coincides with autumn’s catch. Like the yield from the field, not all of it makes it to your table right away. If a break up is in the offing, if it isn’t your idea, or even if it is, you may feel out of
Dr. Drew’s “Life Changers” show on the CW network featured the topic of road rage on their two segment premier show in September 2011. I was honored to be a guest expert on this particular show and it inspired me to put pen to paper, sharing what I have come to know about road rage and anger management.
Experiencing anger is part of the human experience. It is what we choose to do with it that determines whether it will lead to a breakdown or breakthrough.
Those who experience and act out road rage are literally on the “road” to
Everyone’s talking about “local travel.” Staying in apartment rentals, making meals from local produce from farmer’s markets, sticking with neighborhood parks and shops and leaving the big-time museums and chain hotels behind.
Question: what comes after that?
Full immersion. Travel to become something — or someone — else.
Recently I got to spend a couple days “being” a Canadian Mountie at Regina, Saskatchewan’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police Depot Division, where Mounties have been made since 1885.
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Do we live in a corporate police state?
By that, I mean are we seeing the privatization of public authority (police, courts) and the privileging of property and capital in the prosecution of the law? So much suggests lately that our representative government doesn’t represent the 99 percent. We vote. We pay taxes. We
We hear a lot these days about “empowerment,” people looking to find someone or something to help them realize their inner strength, or reach their hidden potential. But I would like to suggest a simpler and more immediate way, a sort of short cut to empowerment: rather than looking outside yourself to find something, look inside yourself and give something — make an offering. In Greek and Hindu traditions, offerings to the Gods were a direct way of showing gratitude, of giving thanks. Of course this traditional sort of offering is not really possible or practical nowadays, living in a fast-paced, modern society where there are few temples, and even fewer who maintain genuine belief in the
In the pantheon of billionaires without shame, Michael Bloomberg, the Wall Street banker-turned-business-press-lord-turned-mayor, is now secure at the top. What is so offensive is that someone who abetted Wall Street greed, and benefited as much as anyone from it, has no compunction about ruthlessly repressing those who dare exercise their constitutional “right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” that he helped to create.
You would think that a former partner at the investment bank Solomon Brothers, which originated mortgage-backed securities, a man who then partnered with Merrill Lynch in the high-speed computerized trading that has led to so much financial manipulation, would have some sense of his own culpability. Or at least that someone whose Wall Street career left him with a net worth of $19.5 billion would grasp the deep irony of his being the instrument for smashing Occupy Wall Street, the internationally acknowledged symbol of opposition to corporate
(Pedro Almodovar and his longtime muse, Antonio Banderas/Photo courtesy Stefanie Keenan)
Kitsch. Kink. Color. Pedro Almodovar has to be one of the great masters of this filmic trifecta – and has become one of the most beloved directors of this (and the last)
Like many folks, I am embarking on this holiday season as a divorcee, post-messy breakup. And like others, I’ve heard everyone’s advice over, and over, and over again.
Thankfully, this year has been so damn busy I haven’t had time to sit down and weep for days at a time. Not
Years ago, when I was just getting started in the wedding industry, one of my best friends got engaged. The plan was to have her sister as her Maid of Honor and her brother-in-law as the Best Man, nice and simple. Then, a few months before the wedding she called and said “I think I would really like to have you and a few other girlfriends as bridesmaids… I just think the idea of being around a gaggle of girls that I love will make my wedding day that much better.”
Of course, I said yes, because that’s what you do when you are asked to be a bridesmaid, the same for the other gals in the
To those of us in the wedding industry, hiring a planner to help with a wedding seems to be common knowledge. It’s only when discussing the topic with family and friends that I realize people sometimes don’t fully grasp the importance of one.
Haven’t we all heard a story or two where something didn’t go right at a wedding? It happens all the time no matter who is in charge, but the key is how those problems are managed. When a planner is not involved, is there someone designated to solve the issue of the caterer setting up in the wrong area? Who is making sure the gifts and cards are being accounted for? Or how about someone to find the cake knife and server when they disappear just minutes before its time to cut the cake? Most of the time the answer is no. Friends and family are left scrambling to solve these mishaps while also trying to enjoy the wedding as
My wife Natalie and I met at The University of Michigan, where she was studying art history, and I was enrolled in the School of Art and Design. From early in our relationship, it was established that the way things looked mattered to us both. So, it didn’t take long into our engagement for the sketchpads to come out, the color swatches to start flying, and the visual themes of our wedding to begin to take shape.
While I’d like to claim that our involvement in designing the wedding was 50/50, that wasn’t entirely the case. It’s true that we put in about equal parts work, but we also had a secret
Last month, tragedy struck in the suburbs of New York City. The Friedlander family was in the middle of a divorce, and like many in these tough economic times, the couple was living together. Things took a turn for the worse, and the father, a respected attorney, is reported to have killed his wife and kids, before turning the gun on himself.
The Friedlander case is an example of what I call a “malignant divorce.” In a malignant divorce, spouses do things to people who they once loved that no one would
What hasn’t yet been written about Detroit?
Essays and articles abound about our city these days (go ahead, add this one to the pile). We pontificate and celebrate with an eye on business activity, an artistic renaissance, and land-use challenges.
But how often do we take a human perspective? I’m not talking about human-interest stories a la the Today Show. I’m wondering, how often do we consider Detroit as a collection of people, a set of human stories and social networks that collide and connect with one another? In my experience, not often enough.
Take a few minutes and look across town with this in mind. What do you see?
I see a town where everybody’s running for mayor (note the lowercase “m”).
It’s a beautiful thing,
You may know this already, but the one thing I’ve learned since I moved here is that many, if not most, of the people who identify themselves as being from “Detroit” have really no idea what Detroit is like. That’s because they really live in, say, Novi, Warren, even neighboring Redford, and haven’t explored downtown in years. Holding onto mythologies perpetuated by a hysterical press over the past quarter century, they cling to the belief that there are no grocery stores in the city (we actually have 115) and still ask me where I get my dry cleaning done (for the last time, I get my dry cleaning done at the dry cleaners.) They’ve been to the Fox, to Comerica Park, and maybe waited in line at Slows, but they haven’t been to MOCAD, Astro Coffee, D’Mongo’s, Good Girls Go to Paris, Le Petit Zinc, Supino’s Pizza or any of the other places that have popped up over the past half-decade.
People will say, “Oh it’s not like it was,” they’ll say they can’t bear what happened to Detroit, but they’re simply blind to the possibilities of the
These days, Detroit is considered a pretty cool place to be artwise. Most recently, W magazine and the LA Times have run feature stories extolling the virtues of the erstwhile Motor City as a place where aesthetic entrepreneurs can set up shop with minimal capital investment. (Christian Landers’ book Whiter Shades of Pale sardonically notes that Detroit is an especially agreeable place for artist-posers with modest trust funds.) While the grassroots efforts at creating aesthetic community are an important part of what’s happening in the city, the average media representations are still those of abandonment and ruin.
Locals know the genre of photography that revels in Detroit’s devastation as “ruin porn.” These images, often taken by outsiders, present the idled factories and dissolute neighborhoods as monuments of melancholy, constituting a romantic dystopia of a failed civilization returning to the state of nature. Among the recent masters of the form is New York-based photographer Andrew Moore, whose book Detroit Disassembled (Diamani/Akron Art Museum, 2011) has been favorably reviewed, among other places, in the New York Times.
The cover image from Moore’s book is one of the featured photographs in the current exhibition Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000-2010 at the Detroit
Institute of Arts, put together by DIA Associate Curator of the Graphic Arts
Department Nancy Watson
The African-American community thrives on the arts. It is one thing that has always been accessible. The ability to create, interpret and reinterpret remained with us even through slavery.
During the Harlem Renaissance, visual artists joined their counterparts in literature, music, theater and dance to create images of the New Negro. They created bold, stylized images of African-Americans and African-American
In Detroit, you quickly learn to be resourceful. You rely on your neighbors and celebrate them. It is easy to look around, feel overwhelmed and plug in to the tired narrative of how downtrodden we are. The folks that are changing that dialogue and their communities are able to look at the same environment and see