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Dishing On Next Year's Food Trends

Dec 18, 2016

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We met up with pastry chef Aggie Chin again this past week to bring you her recommendation for a family-style dessert perfect for a holiday dinner: pear upside down spice cake.

She cooked this delectable one in a kitchen with NPR's Ailsa Chang.

Listen to their conversation at the link above, and check out the recipe here.


Pear Upside Down Cake Recipe

2 pears

2 oz sugar

Water

1 oz butter

1/4 tsp Vanilla

2 oz butter, at room temperature

4 oz brown sugar

4 oz sugar

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On-air challenge: Every answer is an anagram of a geographical feature.

For example: PACE --> CAPE.

1. KALE
2. SAME
3. LIES
4. SPAS
5. ROOM
6. ALLOT
7. DEALT
8. CANOE
9. HARMS
10. DIRGE
11. LAPIN
12. RESTED
13. MASTER
14. ARTIST
15. SOFTER
16. NO GOAL
17. SECTIONAL
18. REAL FORCE (2 words)

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The term "celebrity chef" term doesn't quite fit for Anthony Bourdain — after all, as he says, most of the restaurants where he's worked have closed. But he achieved celebrity chef status writing funny, profane books about his life in the kitchen and his travels around the world. He's hosted several TV series, including Parts Unknown, and his latest cookbook is called Appetites.

We've invited Bourdain to answer three questions about the world's most famous bored Dane, specifically, Hamlet.

Do The World's Oldest Jokes Still Hold Up?

Dec 17, 2016

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A few weeks after Christmas every year, pets who were surprise gifts end up in animal shelters, already in need of another new home.  It's traumatic enough for an animal to be in a shelter the first time, but doubly so to end up there again so soon.  If you want a new pet, make a commitment to take home a pet you love, and to love (for its lifetime) the pet you take home.

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Wait, don't reach for another slab of peppermint bark just yet. We're back with a new holiday recipe from another one of our colleagues here at NPR. Kim Bryant works in the digital media department. Thanks very much for being with us.

The Unsung Holiday Candies

Dec 17, 2016

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Author Jeanette Winterson has wrapped up a holiday present between two covers. Christmas Days is a book of 12 stories and just about the same number of recipes.

They Told Us So: Fantagraphics Turns 40

Dec 17, 2016

Arrogance — embattled, victorious and punch-drunk on its own steamy brew — positively billows around Fantagraphics' 40th anniversary tome. There is, of course, the title. You can't get much more self-congratulatory than We Told You So, unless maybe you subtitle it Neener Neener.

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It's the season of cozy sweaters, festive gladness, winter cliches and giving.

SELENA SIMMONS-DUFFIN, BYLINE: Or, Audie, I would venture to say it's the season of gifting.

What do Pablo Neruda and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have in common? Not much. He was a Chilean poet and Communist politician; she was the first lady at age 31 and a widow at age 34, when JFK was assassinated.

Barbara Massaad was watching a TV news program about the plight of Syrian refugees from her apartment in the suburbs of Beirut when she decided to visit a refugee camp herself.

"I just wanted to go and see what was happening," she told me. "So I went and started taking photographs and talking to people about food."

Noah's Lark

Dec 16, 2016

Why buy a fog machine when you can get a frog machine that covers the stage with amphibians? In this game, contestants add a letter to a common name, title, or phrase to turn one of the original words into an animal.

Heard on Tim Gunn: Make It Smirk!

Tim Gunn: Make It Smirk!

Dec 16, 2016

Project Runway mentor and fashion guru Tim Gunn owes his signature look to Hollywood costume designer Rita Ryack. Gunn shared the story on the Ask Me Another stage with host Ophira Eisenberg. Ryack was tasked with dressing Gunn for the 2011 film The Smurfs. "She pushes me into the dressing room, and I start looking at the labels of things and I see a shirt that's $450 and a suit that's $4,000, and a tie that's $250 and I shriek at her, 'I cannot wear these things! I'm not going to do it.'" She wasn't having it.

Dash To Victory

Dec 16, 2016

What's that French phrase for a two-person meeting where you put your heads together? If you said "tete-a-tete," then you'll enjoy this final round where every answer contains at least two hyphens.

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Jumbled Plots

Dec 16, 2016

Chris Pratt stars in "Disco Walrus Jr.," a movie in which he runs around a theme park whose genetic engineering produces a funky sea mammal. That's the gist of this game, where titles of recent movies are anagrammed to make new titles.

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We Are Families

Dec 16, 2016

This music game is fun for the whole family! Jonathan Coulton sings a parody of the Sister Sledge song "We Are Family" rewritten to be about real and fictional famous families.

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Meet The Expert: Jason Porath

Dec 16, 2016

Jason Porath, author of the book "Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics," joined Ask Me Another in our "Meet the Expert" segment. The former Dreamworks animator told host Ophira Eisenberg that the book was born from a lunchtime discussion of Frozen's female characters.

In this installment of This, That or the Other, it's the age-old question--who is Beckett Fogg? A James Bond villain, fashion designer, or pro golfer?

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We're in the time of year where not only do potentially popular movies hit theaters, but so do potentially Oscar-winning movies. We brought Daoud Tyler-Ameen of NPR Music to our fourth chair this week for a chat about two of the biggest releases in a while.

On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn blasted off into space and became the first American to orbit Earth. Behind the scenes, thousands of engineers and mathematicians worked tirelessly to make NASA's Friendship 7 mission a success. Historical photos show them as white men in crisp white shirts and ties — but we now know there's more to that picture.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — a slightly longer time ago, actually, than usual — there's a little girl named Jyn. She has a dad who was an important cog in the Empire's war machine until he went on the lam. As Rogue One starts, his Imperial overlord (Ben Mendelsohn, sneering up a dust storm) has caught up with him, and it's Jyn who must go on the lam.

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