Food memories are funny. While I remember distinctly the first time I tasted a fried pie, I can’t really recall its flavor, texture or any particulars. More, I remember my brain darn near exploding with the idea that a pie could be fried. And it was with that fuzzy recollection that I began figuring out a sweet cherry fried pie, something I dreamed about, imagined, and just had to try to make.In my mind’s eye, that hand pie was tangy and had a shatteringly crisp crust. It was showered with confectioner’s sugar and tasted like a carnival funnel cake. The filling was sweet, intense and stuffed inside so winningly that every bite included fruit.The first three or four or six iterations I produced were just terrible. It’s a miracle I kept going. In the hot oil, the dough would develop holes, and the pies were oily and unpleasant. Fresh cherries were too saucy and wet. The liquid, and then the fruit, escaped the confines of the dough pocket and seeped into the oil, … [Read more...] about These cherry pies are buttery, crispy and tart — and they fit in the palm of your hand
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On FX's Louie, Louis C.K. plays a moderately successful version of himself, a steadily gigging comic with regular income and occasional big opportunities, but no particular clout. In real life, we all know that pound-for-pound, Louis C.K. may be one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry. Sure, a Spielberg or a Cruise or a Bruckheimer may seem to have greater reach, but they all need armies to march behind them to produce anything. Sure, Larry David's HBO deal is similar to the deal Louis C.K. has at FX — essentially, "You make something, we're happy to put it on the air" — but Larry David has Seinfeld money and doesn't necessarily seem to want to or need to work, so he often just doesn't. Louis C.K. loves to work and he loves to create and, over the years, fans and TV networks have made it clear to him that when he produces something, somebody will air it — and if he doesn't want to air it, audiences will pony up directly and pay him for whatever it … [Read more...] about Critic’s Notebook: Louis C.K. Releases ‘Horace and Pete’ — Is It Good and What Does It Mean?
It’s been an emotional year for Kate Pearson (Chrissy Metz) on NBC's This Is Us. Between her twin brother Kevin (Justin Hartley) leaving her in L.A. for a theater career in New York, her decision to have surgery and finally lose weight and her break-up with Toby (Chris Sullivan), the character has had a lot on her mind. Unfortunately for Kate, things are not going to get any easier when the NBC hit returns Tuesday with its winter premiere, "The Right Thing To Do.” When the Dan Fogelman-created family drama returns, Toby's fate following his heart attack in the fall finale will be revealed. And to hear Metz tell it, it’s going to be yet another emotional episode that, yup, requires tissues to watch. “There are some unexpected scenes, and things that no one is going to be ready to see,” Metz told press during a recent This Is Us TCA screening. “You should have some tissues ready.” Whether Toby survives and what that means for Kate … [Read more...] about ‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz on Weight-Loss Journey and What’s Next
[This story contains spoilers through the 11th episode of Survivor: Game Changers.] For many people, Zeke Smith is a new quantity. The mustachioed Brooklyn-based comedian and writer found himself at the heart of a national conversation three weeks ago, when he was outed by a fellow competitor as transgender in the seventh episode of CBS' Survivor: Game Changers. But for dedicated Survivor fans, Zeke was already front-of-mind for the better part of a year. He burst onto the scene with last fall's Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X, playing an instrumental role in some of the season's most strategically riveting moments, including an incredibly rare tie-breaking rock draw that he helped engineer. He was voted out shortly thereafter, and within 48 hours of his elimination Zeke had already signed on to return to Fiji a mere two weeks later for a second shot at the million-dollar prize, putting him in the rare tier of Survivors who have competed on back-to-back seasons, sight unseen. … [Read more...] about Zeke Smith Speaks Out About His ‘Survivor’ Experience (and That Very Public Outing)
It's a deliberately chunky sneaker that’s one part Jerry Seinfeld, one part athletic shoe. (Remember Reebok's Pump?) I was trying to explain to my friend George, who’s a private equity investment guy, about the “dad sneaker.” “Is that like ‘dad jeans?’” he asked, referring to the high-waist style made infamous by Barack Obama. Well, sort of, I answered. Dad sneakers, for the uninitiated, are the latest — and massively hot — trend in the always overheated sneaker biz. The slim Lanvin sneaker with the patent-leather cap toe that fueled numerous imitators and originally ignited the men’s luxe designer sneaker trend has waned, and dad sneakers are it. With a '90s revival in full swing in music and television, apparently the time is right now for a deliberately chunky sneaker that’s one part Jerry Seinfeld, one part athletic shoe (remember Reebok’s Pump?) and one part the fashion world’s love of … [Read more...] about Non-Dad Test Drives Dad Sneakers, Fashion’s Latest Craze