Bruni lists and discusses GG's choices for restaurants that mattered most. The Quilted Giraffe, yes, Ducasse/Boulud/hell even Chang like he says, no? Should we be surprised that Delmonico's is not on the list?
I know they mean well, but I am not confident that being able to have almost 300 dollars worth of cheese shipped to me for only $21.99 is not quite the same thing as feeling like you are out of the woods. *Enough to pay Tim Wakefield's 2008 salary for 175,000 years.
I was looking for something different on the KFC site -- deets tk -- but did find this. KFC* as a sponsor of an event for HBCU**s? WTF?***
*Kentucky Fried Chicken. **Historically Black Colleges and Universities. ***Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: There is a long, and not intended to be flattering, association between black people and fried chicken. You may remember Fuzzy Zoeller putting his foot in it on this subject not so long ago. So to have The Artist Formerly Known as Kentucky Fried Chicken sponsoring an event for HBCUs is a surprise. Has that stigma eased? Or has KFC's brand moved past what the F and the C stand for? The Cod wants to know.
Cuisinary? Nice to meet you. Nothing wrong with inventing words when there is not one that will do. Justsk Uncle Grambo, or Shakespeare. But when a perfectly cromulent word like "culinary" exists, is it worth effing with "cusinary"? Don't print publications have editors to keep an eye on this kind of thing?
*If you were hoping that the answer would be "Sonic drive-in+ romp w/ Burt Reynolds in the back of his Impala, ca. 1978," you are far from alone.
I know. Old dog, new tricks. But this bastardization of a favorite Zuni receipt is tasty, and an excllent source of olive oil.
Preheat oven to 450.
Grind up some stale bread to make bread crumbs.*
Split and core a cauliflower. Slice, discarding thicker portions of fibrous limbs, and indifferently crumble the florets.
Toss cauliflower with generous slug of olive oil.
Mince some garlic. How much depends on you. Grind some fennel seed. Toss garlic, fennel seed and dried red pepper flakes with cauliflower, spread in 1 layer on olive oiled cookie sheet, and put in oven.
While this happens, gather about 1/3 cup capers, and pit about 1/2 cup oil cured olives.
After about 15 min, when cauliflower is looking brown, remove from oven, mound up and redistribute in single layer. Return to oven.
Slice up some peperoncini or bananna peppers. Put 1 lb pasta (rotini or something) in the boiling water.
Drain the pasta when it is ready. Toss pasta with cauliflower, olive caper mix.
Toast breadcrumbs with some olive oil on the stovetop.
Just before serving, toss pasta with peppers, and garnish with crumbs. Serve at once. The orig Zuni calls for anchovies, but I forgot, and then realized as I was eating, there was no dairy, meat, or egg involved, which is rare for meals I cook. As the AG observed of his take on this receipt, it probably ain't good for ya, but it tastes good. The peperoncini are a kind of FHMish touch, but they really make this debased version of the Judy Rogers original work.
*I discovered that the grater works much better than the chopping blade for this. Do I win the trip to Cozumel with Chris Kimball?