Adventures in the Kitchen with Cranberry Relish

As a long-time NPR listener, every Thanksgiving I’ve heard about “Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish,” and this year was no exception. Stamberg made it with her granddaughter, and the granddaughter’s verdict was, “I’m never tasting it again.” I’ve never made it, I’ve never had it (as I think I’d remember a cranberry relish made with onion … Continue reading Adventures in the Kitchen with Cranberry Relish

Frank Delaney and Scott Simon: Their Epic Radio Friendship

After writing some words on the death of author Frank Delaney this morning, I was curious — I remembered his voice appearing on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday from time to time, so how many times did he appear? I turned to Google. The answer is six times. Stories by the Fire: Frank Delaney’s ‘Ireland’ – … Continue reading Frank Delaney and Scott Simon: Their Epic Radio Friendship

Classical Music and the Personal Need for Culture

Sunday afternoon I listened to the Philadelphia Orchestra on Temple University’s WRTI. (They have a repeater here in York, and overnight it’s a jazz radio station instead of classical.) I sat in my living room, my Christmas tree plugged in, a cup of tea in hand, and listened to a number of Tchaikovsky pieces, concluding … Continue reading Classical Music and the Personal Need for Culture

On Scott Simon’s Upcoming Talk In Baltimore

My Saturday mornings are regimented. I get up. I fix a cup of coffee. I read the newspapers online. I listen to Scott Simon and Weekend Edition Saturday. (As an aside, a fun story on today’s broadcast was on the dueling atheist-Catholic billboards at the Lincoln Tunnel. Wonder American Atheists powers, activate!) There’s something about … Continue reading On Scott Simon’s Upcoming Talk In Baltimore