The Recipe Files

Friday, March 20, 2009

Today on The Takeaway we talked to New York Times food writer Melissa Clark about lessons we can learn from M.F.K. Fisher's classic book How to Cook a Wolf. Catch the interview here and see if our hosts could guess the secret ingredient in the cake.

M.F.K. Fisher’s Tomato Soup Cake

Makes 1 (9- by 4-inch) loaf cake

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons shortening
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups raisins, prunes, or nuts, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Lightly grease a 9- by 4-inch loaf pan.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the sugar and the butter. Sift the flour and spices into a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together the tomato soup and baking soda. Add half the soup mixture into the mixing bowl and combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add half of the flour mixture, mix just to combine. Repeat with the rest of the soup mixture and the rest of the flour mixture. Using a spatula, fold in the dried fruit and nuts, if using.

4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with the spatula. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to finish cooling.

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Introducing the newest member of the Takeaway family: Adaora's baby Siobhan

Thursday, March 19, 2009

You've been hearing for weeks that Adaora is on maternity leave. Here's the proof! These are shots of Adaora and her baby daughter, Siobhan, who joined the Udoji-Allen family from Ethiopia.
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The Takeaway for Thursday, March 19, 2009 (Final Edition)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

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The Takeaway for Thursday, March 19, 2009 (Early Edition)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Headlines; Stopping stop-loss; AIG news
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Brand Black: Obama, Hip Hop, and Blackness as a "Mature Brand"

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Today on The Takeaway we've been talking a lot about branding. Some folks told us about the brands they missed ("Bit 'o Honey" and the "Reggiebar" candy bars each got a vote). Other folks talked about what they would rename/rebrand "too big to fail/too small-minded to give up the multimillion dollar bonuses" insurer AIG as...

amigos in gold
amateurs implementing guile
anti inflammatory geeks
a**holes invoking god
as if god
appalling in greed

(And that's just from the journalists!)

Listeners wrote, among others:
Absolutely Insufferable Greed
Angry Investor Gross

But let me take a turn here.

Yesterday, I was invited to address the US Mission to the United Nations, now led by Ambassador Susan Rice. I was part of a panel that examined how and why then-Senator Obama won the Presidency; and what lay ahead.

I spoke about Brand Black, or blackness as a mature political brand, just as hip hop is now a mature media brand.

Every product/entity/person who wants market share starts out in the experimental, spaghetti against the wall. Of all the people who start blogs, relatively few keep it up and even fewer find a longterm audience.

Continues after the jump...
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 18, 2009 (Final Edition)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Our listeners most beloved brands

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Everyone has fond memories of their favorite childhood brands and the memorable ads. As we look at the rebirth of a Woolworth's store, The Takeaway asked its listeners to tell us their favorite brands from the past. Here is a list of the brands and icons our listeners love:

The Reggie Bar
SPAM
Howard Johnson's
Pan Am
Tab
Yuban Coffee
Woolworth's
Bucky Beaver!
Jell-O Pudding Pops!
The Noid!

What brands and brand icons do you love? What brands do you miss? Add your suggestion to the list of items in the comments!
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The Takeaway for Wednesday, March 18, 2009 (Early Edition)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Headlines; News on immigrant remittances
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Recovery Act Tracking by State

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Updated March 18, 2009 The states are promising transparency on stimulus spending. Some states, not all of which have special "recovery" homepages yet, are old hands at open government 2.0. ProPublica has compiled links to states' general transparency sites, many of which have details on contracts and expenditures. View the links on the map below, or as a chart on ProPublica's Web site.

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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 17, 2009 (Final Edition)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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The Takeaway for Tuesday, March 17, 2009 (Early Edition)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Headlines; Sharia law in Pakistan
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My New American Dream

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? A home, a car and a stable job? In this time of economic despair, with record home foreclosures, plummeting car sales and rising unemployment, The Takeaway is asking, What's your New American Dream? Listener Leah Clark responded...

I am a young American, and I am fed up.

I am 26 years old and living in Michigan — one of four states with the highest unemployment. With $35,000 in student loans and making less than a bartender I know, you could say that owning a home is merely a dream for me. But I'm not alone. Two thirds of university students graduate with $21,000 in debt. Once they start working, a greater shock awaits: The average grad is making less than they were in 2001: 1.7 percent less to be exact. This, coupled with the rising cost of living, leaves my hands tied.

The good news is, I'm not asking for much. I want to live in a home 1,000 sq. ft. or smaller, or if I live in a city, 800 sq. ft. or less. I realize this is not the current trend. Since 1960, the size of the American home has doubled. Why is this, since the size of the typical American family has stayed the same?

The stilted economy, rising cost of living and concern over the environment have led me to conclude that owning a small house and not filling it to the brim with consumer goods could be my ultimate contribution to America — and a better world.

But the benefits of a small house and small mortgage don't stop there. Owning a home with an affordable payment — and one that is efficient to heat and cool — would allow me to pursue my dreams of world travel or a graduate degree. Pursuing these experiences makes me feel alive and reminds me that I am sharing this world with people, cultures, and wildlife that take my breath away — and deserve my respect.

For too long the American Dream has been "bigger and better and cluttered with stuff." In times like these, I believe it's necessary to redefine what we as Americans really need, and live according to what our consciences tell us.

I'm up for the challenge. Are you?

Leah Clark is an Associate Art Director for a publishing company in Metro Detroit by day, and writer of black-marketbooks.blogspot.com and short stories by night.

What's your New American Dream? Join the conversation.
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Greens, rice, fish...and Sean Penn: Cooking for Iranian New Year with filmmaker Marjan Tehrani

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Trouble viewing this video? Check out the YouTube version.

Marjan Tehrani is a documentary filmmaker. Born and bred in the United States, Marjan had an American mother and an Iranian father. Her latest film, Arusi Persian Wedding, takes her back to her Persian roots and tells the story of Marjan’s brother taking his American wife to Iran to have a traditional Persian wedding.

When The Takeaway’s Femi Oke went to meet Marjan Tehrani it was just a few days before the Persian New Year. So as they chatted Marjan showed Femi how Iranian families celebrate their new year, talked about growing up half Iranian and why Sean Penn is on her fridge!


Sabzi Polo Mahi (rice with green herbs and fish)
Ingredients:
Parsley
Cilantro
Scallions
Basmati rice
Coriander
Chives
Dill
Fenugreek
Saffron
Fresh white fish
Plain yogurt
Salt and pepper

Chop parsley, cilantro and scallions. Cook basmati rice. In a saucepan, add rice and mix in chopped parsley, cilantro and scallions. Dissolve saffron in water and add to rice with salt and pepper. Cook rice until the bottom of the saucepan is layered with golden crunchy rice. Don’t burn it--just make it crunchy! Steam the fish with the seasoning. Serve fish on a bed of rice with a side helping of plain yogurt.
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The Takeaway for Monday, March 16, 2009 (Final Edition)

Monday, March 16, 2009

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We have lift-off

Monday, March 16, 2009

In a majestic take-off into the Florida sky, a crew of seven was launched into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery yesterday. The shuttle is en route to the International Space Station to provide necessary supplies and replacement parts. Watch the launch in the video below.

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The Takeaway for Monday, March 16, 2009 (Early Edition)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Headlines; This week's agenda
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The Takeaway for Friday, March 13, 2009 (Final Edition)

Friday, March 13, 2009

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The Takeaway for Friday, March 13, 2009 (Early Edition)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Headlines; News on Afghanistan
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