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5:27 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Picnics That Can Make It To The Top Of The Mountain

Picnic foods that were made to move: (clockwise from left) peanuty noodles, rice with pigeon peas, chocolate cookies and kale with peaches and feta.
Deena Prichep for NPR

What is it about eating a meal outside that just makes everything seem wonderful in the world? I'm smitten with alfresco dining, hungering for the open-air charms of rooftop restaurants (less common than you'd think here in Portland, Ore.) and practically camping out at the table on my back porch (or, as it's become known, "the satellite office") for the bulk of the summer. But my favorite summertime dining experience of all is the humble picnic.

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Piano Jazz
5:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

George Shearing On Piano Jazz

George Shearing shares a laugh with his fiancé Ellie Geffert in 1976.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 12:17 pm

This week's Piano Jazz was originally broadcast in 1987, when pianist George Shearing made his second appearance on the program.

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Recipes
5:23 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Korova Cookies

Deena Prichep for NPR

While many of us favor soft and gooey cookies, for a long hike you want something sturdier. This version of Pierre Herme's chocolate sable cookies is adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry Shops (Clarkson Potter, 2002). They are sturdy enough to stand up to a hike (especially if well-packed), while still having a bit of crumbly delicacy. A good dose of salt deepens the chocolate flavor (and replenishes you after a sweaty climb).

Makes 3 dozen cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

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Recipes
5:23 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Summer Sesame Noodles

Deena Prichep for NPR

These savory, nutty noodles are delicious at any temperature, with a slick of sesame oil that keeps them nice and slurpy. I went with bright, juicy cherry tomatoes, crisp cucumbers and a handful of fresh herbs, but you can toss in whatever additions sound good. Fish sauce adds a nice savory note but may be omitted. If you'd like more protein, toss in some cubes of baked tofu.

Makes 6 servings

12 ounces noodles (you can use an Asian noodle, such as udon or bean threads, or regular or whole wheat linguini)

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Recipes
5:23 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Caribbean Pigeon Pea Salad

Deena Prichep for NPR

This recipe, adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites (Clarkson Potter, 1996), turns a traditional Caribbean combination into a tangy salad. Pigeon peas, also known as gandulas, can be found canned or dried at Latin American markets or well-stocked grocery stores. Make sure you get the mature brown pigeon peas, not the green ones. If you can't find pigeon peas, substitute an equal amount of beans of your choosing.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Rice

1 teaspoon annatto (achiote seed)*

1 tablespoon olive oil

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Recipes
5:22 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Kale, Peach, Corn And Feta Salad

Deena Prichep for NPR

While lettuce-based salads turn sadder and soggier the longer they sit in dressing, the sturdier leaves of kale just get nicer. This particular combination, inspired by a salad served at Brooklyn's Diner, matches kale with juicy peaches, briny feta and corn shaved right off the cob.

Makes 6 servings

1/4 cup olive oil

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

Dollop honey

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 small red onion, sliced into thin half-moons

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Piano Jazz
5:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz

Barbara Carroll.
Julie Skarratt

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 8:15 am

Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll is an old and dear friend of Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland. In fact, Carroll was the second ever guest to appear on Piano Jazz when the show began 30 years ago. Carroll recalls 1979 as a banner year for her, as well — it's the same year she started what became a 25 year run performing at Bemelman's Bar, at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:43 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Thanks For The Music, Mom And Dad

The Hilton family all dressed up, possibly for the John Denver show at Kemper Arena. Robin's the one in the light blue suit, with the lapels.
Robin Hilton

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 1:33 pm

How, for better or worse, has your parents' record collection shaped your own taste in music? This is a question that NPR's All Things Considered will be asking this summer, beginning tonight, with a look at how actress and singer Audra McDonald came to discover the song "Edelweiss" as a child.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
4:42 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Should Engineers Pay More Tuition Than English Majors?

I am still an idealist when it comes to college. The four years spent in higher education remain a singular opportunity for young Americans to reach beyond themselves and ask questions that will, hopefully, take a lifetime to answer. But alongside my idealism I can see the reality that this nation faces tough questions about higher education. Who can afford it? How is it paid for? There is one thing, however, of which I am certain.

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A Blog Supreme
4:39 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Different Beat Of The Same Drummer

Henry Cole (center) has assembled many of his favorite musicians across genre to create what he calls the Afrobeat Collective.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:58 pm

The drummer Henry Cole plays brilliantly in the quartet of saxophonist and fellow Puerto Rican Miguel Zenón, a band responsible for my favorite jazz album of 2011 (Alma Adentro) and one of my favorites of 2009 (Esta Plena). This year, Cole released his debut album as a bandleader, an Afrobeat record called Roots Before Branches.

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