Little Darlin

When I wrote this recipe, several weeks ago, it was perfectly appropriate.

It was an unusually cold and rainy late spring night and something meaty and savory was my own personal golden ticket.

Beef strogonoff is one of those things that many people think they don’t like because an oddball relative or school cafeteria served them a congealed mess of gravy and soggy mushrooms. Which is… not good.

Real beef strogonoff, however, is delicious.

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A few of my favorite things. Via Vulture

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Joe Fox: Don’t cry, Shopgirl. Don’t cry.

Kathleen Kelly: I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.

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Ephemera is a word that I really love. I just like the way it sounds. I also love that it’s pretty much never used in conversation (or at least the conversations I am having - if you’re talking about ephemera with your friends 24/7, please give me a call. I feel like we have a lot in common), despite the fact that it’s absolutely everywhere. Receipts, post cards, business cards, posters, and so on. Text messages, Instagram comments or Facebook posts are even - to me - inherently ephemeral.

Do the documents, letters, emails and articles that are the backbone of the immensely enjoyable novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette technically count as ephemera? I have no idea but it reminded me of it and thus seemed like as good a way as any to start this review.

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You know, this one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration… I would go to museums and just like, the Louvre would have a furniture exhibit, and I visited it like, five times, even privately. And I would go see actual Corbusier homes in real life and just talk about, you know, why did they design it? They did like, the biggest glass panes that had ever been done.

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The eternally enigmatic Kanye West in the New York Times on the inspiration behind his new album, including modernist architect Le Corbusier.

It’s an incredibly enjoyable and highly recommended read.

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Ed Note:  Hello! I am back! I have missed you, dear readers

The 113th U.S. Open concluded on Sunday. I have nothing if not a diverse set of interests, and golf is definitely one of them. The open is one of the great grand golf traditions. Yes, a lot of people think that golf is way boring, but a lot of people – yours truly included – believe it to be among the most strategic, honorable sports in the land. The thing about golf is that there are always conditions that absolutely cannot be controlled. It’s not like a court, rink or field where things are the same every time. There is always an element of surprise that can make it absolutely anyone’s game and that is highly exciting.

As the open is generally well-watched and discussed, here are some talking points so if someone brings it up, you don’t just have to stand there awkwardly nodding your head in complicit agreement. Or, of course, you could be one of those people who mocks golf-watchers for enjoying a sport so dull, but that would be rude.

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Boston http://bit.ly/ZSxrFI

Boston http://bit.ly/ZSxrFI

The National, absolutely killing it #bostoncalling http://bit.ly/11rm2yA

The National, absolutely killing it #bostoncalling http://bit.ly/11rm2yA

Fingers basically not working, but @mattandkim was one of the best things I ever seen #bostoncalling http://bit.ly/18h9r3N

Fingers basically not working, but @mattandkim was one of the best things I ever seen #bostoncalling http://bit.ly/18h9r3N

Awesome story in today’s NYT on the new Met show. Honestly wish I liked punk more than I do… http://bit.ly/185UKPg

Awesome story in today’s NYT on the new Met show. Honestly wish I liked punk more than I do… http://bit.ly/185UKPg

Thanks for the good luck @atmorra823 :) http://instagr.am/p/RqrCAjQgpO/

Thanks for the good luck @atmorra823 :) http://instagr.am/p/RqrCAjQgpO/

She’s going to kill me. And I don’t mean softly.

prosciutto, parmesan and pepper biscuits  

prosciutto, parmesan and pepper biscuits