When British chef Jamie Oliver took a road trip in search of quintessential American food, his biggest discovery was that there was no such thing. He visited American families to gather a diverse and delicious group of recipes that make up his new book, Jamie's America.
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Jamie's America: Easy Twists On Great American Classics, And More By Jamie Oliver Hardcover, 360 pages Hyperion List price: $37.50
Depending on where you live, you may know these bronze-shelled little nuts by a number of names. And their uses are just as varied. From the nation's hazelnut capital, Oregon, come recipes for nut-studded salad, pasta and more.
By Laura McCandlish/NPR
Get recipes for Sweet And Spicy Roasted Hazelnuts With Rosemary, Oregon Bounty Salad, Dukkah and Pappardelle With Hazelnut Cream below.
Native Americans and pilgrims agreed on at least one thing: Cranberries were good medicine. Nearly 400 years later, scientists are only beginning to unlock the antioxidant and other medicinal benefits of this gorgeous berry.
By Allison Aubrey/NPR
If you've ever bitten into a raw cranberry, you know it's as bitter as a lime. Native Americans embraced that acidity to fight infection, and pilgrims believed there was something in the red skin of cranberries that fought scurvy.
Unlike Marvin Gaye or James Brown, Johnson never had massive success, in spite of a prolific career. A new box set, Syl Johnson: The Complete Mythology, compiles more than 80 recordings from the late 1950s through early 1970s.
The meals we prepare and eat with our families growing up become synonymous with home. Food writer Monica Bhide says she loves to get recipe advice from her dad. But she rarely cooks her creations for him when they're together -- because she misses his cooking so much.
For the first time in its history, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City is presenting Bellini's tragic bel canto opera "Norma." It's the story of a woman who betrays her sacred vows for love; she's then betrayed by her lover's infidelity.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – Before a recent rehearsal, KCUR's Laura Spencer met up with soprano Brenda Harris who's tackling the title role of Norma, one that's been described as both "grueling" and "vocally tortuous."
The Kansas City Ballet is the first of the resident companies to announce its inaugural season at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – When the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opens in 2011, its three resident companies will include the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet.
The creative minds behind Buena Vista Social Club have guided an effort by Cuban and African musicians to create a new album, AfroCubism. Deep history underlies the musical interplay on the record, as well as a surprising number of similarities.
A choral group known for its early-music repertoire and a saxophonist steeped in the art of improvisation may not be the most likely musical partners. But the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek have worked together since 1993. Officium Novum is their latest collaboration.
The Grammy-nominated singer has just returned with an album reflecting her new outlook on life.
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A lot has changed in Tracy Bonham's life since the release of her last album in 2005.? She moved back to Brooklyn, N.Y., married Rolling Stone executive editor Jason Fine and even picked up yoga. All of those changes are reflected on her latest full-length album, Masts of Manhatta.
This time of year, supermarket shelves are overflowing with apples ? and not much else. But if you're mourning the loss of summer fruit, Top Chef finalist Carla Hall has the perfect dessert to take your mind off your troubles: Apple Cranberry Frangipane Tart.
For more than 500 years, African cultures have responded to European contact with a range of emotions - from admiration to resentment.
Kansas City, MO – An exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, "Through African Eyes," tells the story from the African point of view, through more than 90 artworks: bronze sculptures, photographs, wooden masks, paintings, and other objects made of ivory, metal and textiles. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Just because food writer Nigella Lawson loves to cook doesn't mean she always has the time to cook. Her latest book, Nigella's Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home, is filled with quick, homey recipes for even the most harried cook.
Just because food writer Nigella Lawson loves to cook, doesn't mean she always has the time to cook.
It's been twenty years since the Unicorn Theatre staged the play "Beirut," a dark love story set in a future America where people are quarantined for a sexually transmitted disease. Though it sounds like science-fiction, the drama's plague was meant to imply AIDS.
Kansas City, MO – In 1990, AIDS was relatively new to Kansas City, and accompanied by rampant fear and misinformation. The downtown theater space The Living Room is reviving the play, aware that AIDS is much better understood but, for many, no less provocative.
If you've had enough of the seemingly ubiquitous butternut squash soup, have no fear. Butternut and acorn squash are making way for varieties like kabocha and jarrahdale. Yes, squash is the latest "it" fruit, so it's time to go beyond butternut.
In Around My French Table, cookbook author Dorie Greenspan revels in the idea that French home cooks take shortcuts just like Americans do -- they just don't talk about it as loudly. She demonstrates how people can make a French version of shepherd's pie -- with and without shortcuts.
Marc Swanson's "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" is on view to the public at the northeast corner of 9th and Broadway, in downtown Kansas City. Here, Swanson talks about his influences and process.
For more than two decades in Kansas City, Paul Mesner has presented puppet shows, primarily for children. Many of the productions are based on classic fairy tales and modern children's literature, but with enough humor and sarcasm to also appeal to adults.
Ceramic artwork is on display across Kansas City. Three installations at the H&R Block Artspace, the Belger Arts Center, and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, celebrate the Kansas City Art Institute's 125th anniversary with work by faculty, students and alumni of the renowned ceramics department.
With her signature pompadour and futuristic tuxedoes, singer Janelle Monae is breaking out of Atlanta's alternative hip hop scene.
By Susan B. Wilson
Kansas City, MO – Janelle Monae's recent album The ArchAndroid was produced by Outkast, along with Sean "Diddy" Combs. She's performed across the US and Europe, but at age 24, Janelle Monae has yet to play in or around her own hometown of Kansas City, Kansas. That's until this weekend. KCUR's Susan Wilson recently caught up with her over the phone.
British ceramic artist Clare Twomey's interactive installations have been known to "produce feelings of surprise, wonder, joy, and introspection."
Kansas City, MO – Twomey's new exhibition, "Forever," at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, features 1,345 objects, authored by the artist; it's an interpretation of an 18th-century salt-glazed stoneware caudle cup from the Museum's Burnap Collection of English Pottery. There's also an interactive dimension: visitors can apply to be the owner of one of the cups.
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has announced its opening weekend plans for September 16 - 18, 2011.
Kansas City, MO – Opera singer Placido Domingo and violinist Itzkak Perlman will headline the inauguration of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 1,600 seat Helzberg Hall and the 1,800 seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre. The resident companies - the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet will also perform during the opening festivities.
A new sculpture, "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" was unveiled Wednesday morning at the corner of 9th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City. The work pays tribute to the American buffalo or bison of the American West.
Kansas City, MO – Brooklyn-based artist Marc Swanson has been described as a social provocateur and alchemist.
Many of Swanson's works combine animal forms with light from mirrors or cut glass. His sculpture, a towering bronze skeleton called "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" was inspired by a photograph.
A cool summer along the West Coast has made for a hurried harvest in the nation's top winemaking regions as growers rush to beat the first frost. But vintners are hopeful that the late grapes will make great wine.
A cool summer along the West Coast has made for a hurried harvest in the nation's top winemaking regions as growers rush to beat the first frost. Vintners, however, are hopeful the late grapes will make great wine.