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Jadium – June 29

Mon, 6/29/2015 6:00 AM

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A Brainbending Challenge for Readers

Mon, 6/29/2015 5:00 AM

Tom Moore in Ojai, California, writes:

Say you have four specially-marked dice. Two players each select one, and the player who rolls a higher number wins. The faces are: 1-1-1-5-5-5, 2-2-2-2-6-6, 3-3-3-3-3-3, and 4-4-4-4-0-0. You’re given the first choice. Which die should you choose? 

Marilyn responds:

The strongest die (meaning the one that will score more wins overall when played against all the other dice) is the one with 2-2-2-2-6-6 on its faces, but  it doesn’t matter which die you choose! Why? Because each single die is still weaker than one other die. So your opponent can simply use your choice to select that one other die.

How can this be? Each die, when played against another die, has 36 combinations of numbers that may appear when the dice are rolled. So when you roll one die against each of the other three dice, 108 (36 x 3) combinations are possible. When you roll the 1-1-1-5-5-5 die against the other three dice, it will score a total of 54 wins. When you roll the 2-2-2-2-6-6 die against the others, it will win 56 times. When you roll the 3-3-3-3-3-3, it will win 54 times. And when you roll the 4-4-4-4-0-0, it will win 52 times. So the 2-2-2-2-6-6 die is the strongest (and 4-4-4-4-0-0 is the weakest), but in this dice game, that doesn’t help. 

Why? Because when pitting one die against the other three dice, the total wins are not distributed equally among the three opposing dice. For example, if you try 1-1-1-5-5-5 against the other three, you’ll find that 2-2-2-2-6-6 will win 2/3 of the time, 3-3-3-3-3-3 will win 1/2 of the time, and 4-4-4-4-0-0 will win 1/3 of the time. But when you try 2-2-2-2-6-6 against the other three, you’ll find that 1-1-1-5-5-5 will win 1/3 of the time, 3-3-3-3-3-3 will win 2/3 of the time, and 4-4-4-4-0-0 will win 4/9 of the time. The same thing happens with the other two dice. Each die is vulnerable to one other die, which will win 2/3 of the time. 

1-1-1-5-5-5 is vulnerable to 2-2-2-2-6-6
2-2-2-2-6-6 is vulnerable to 3-3-3-3-3-3
3-3-3-3-3-3 is vulnerable to 4-4-4-4-0-0
4-4-4-4-0-0 is vulnerable to 1-1-1-5-5-5

So your opponent can always use your choice–whatever it is–to then select the one die that will have a 2/3 chance of beating it. In short, the player who chooses first is at a disadvantage

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Mayim Bialik: Out To End the Crazy Cat Lady Stereotype

Fri, 6/26/2015 4:16 PM

Mayim Bialik wants to change everything you think you know about crazy cat ladies, those much-maligned, mythical, antisocial types who wear weird clothing and live with a creepy collection of kitties. The Emmy-nominated actress, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, recently welcomed cat Frances to her family. The experience has been so positive, Bialik is partnering with PetSmart Charities to share her support for cat adoption and to encourage others to unleash their inner cat person.

I spoke with Bialik earlier this month after her appearance at the first ever CatConLA (“like Comic-Con… but for cat people”), which featured about 100 exhibitors showcasing everything from cat-centric fashionwhich included cat wizard hats for the feline Harry Potterart, toys, jewelry, and furniture to cat-themed manicures (no, really). But lest you think contemporary cat people are all quirky as well, a recent PetSmart Charities survey reveals that the new breed of cat person is intelligent, independent, friendly, active, and trendy. Sort of like Mayim Bialik.

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Have you ever been referred to as a crazy cat lady?
You mean the stereotype of the crazy lady by herself with the rocking chair? Not really, and it’s unfortunate that there are so many negative stereotypes of cat people—that’s one of the reasons that so many cats go unadopted. I’m a huge cat lover. I read books on cats. I spend time with my cats. I post a lot on social media about my cats. I also post pictures of them. Cat people really do a lot with their cats! And some of it is pretty amazing, so we’re really encouraging people to send in pictures of themselves doing interesting things with their cats.

What are the amazing things you do with your cats?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the type of cat that I can take mountain climbing or on a bike. My cat is adopted. We think she was feral. She has a different personality than most of the cats I’ve had. And I think that she’s taught my kids a lot. And despite the reputation that most cats have, when no one’s around she’s happy to cuddle with me.

How do you choose which charities to partner with?
I’m a long-time animal lover. I’m vegan. I’ve adopted many cats my entire life. For me, adopting pets is a natural choice for promoting animal welfare and I think it’s really sweet that PetSmart thought of me. And I think it’s a good idea for us to team up to present this new image of a cat person. It’s a nice way to do serious things and fun things.

This partnership combines a lot of things about me. I do a lot of fun things. It’s a great combination of my more cerebral side and my more fun side. I get to do things to make the world a better place, like encouraging cat adoption, which is statistically less than dog adoption.

You seem incredibly grounded and down to earth. How do you manage your professional and personal lives?
I have a really neat and smart team of people I work with in my business world; most of them are really close friends who guide me and rein me in at times. It’s not something I do alone. Like most women, there are a lot of different sides to me. I’m grateful to have a different side to me other than the dress I’m wearing.

You’re pretty outspoken about your views on mothering, faith, politics; are there any topics that are off-topic?
There are things I won’t talk about. I’ve famously come under attack for discussing my belief that Israel has the right to exist. I feel that I should make the world just and fair, but I have to choose things to discuss publicly. I have to choose which beliefs to mention. Like all famous people, you hear what they choose to talk about or not talk about, but you don’t hear everything.

I’ve read a lot about your upbringing as a Reform Jew and some of your evolution in belief. What part does faith play in your own life?
There are lots of things I align with, but there’s a reason that I don’t wave that banner. I don’t live a life or schedule where I can observe the traditional Jewish calendar. I like to think of myself as post-denominational. I’m a strange smattering of tradition and belief. My social media goes silent on Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) and holidays.

How do you explain that dichotomy and your particular belief system to your children?
I instill in them the traditional values of Judaism. We do the things that we can the best that we can. The world is a lot more complicated than we plan.

What’s up next for you?
I have a couple of projects and things that I’m working on, both in my writing and in my role as a scientist [Bialik has a Ph.D. in neuroscience]. It will be a big autumn for me. Not so much on the acting side, but I hope to also act. The truth is that you never know, as a woman in the industry who are character actresses…you cannot count on work.

Want to show off your own cat antics (catantics?) and prove that you’re an evolved cat person? PetSmart Charities and Mayim encourage you and your adopted cat to break cat stereotypes with their #MeowOUT Yourself contest. Until July 3, you can enter the contest by submitting a selfie with your adopted cat using hashtag #meowOUT on the contest landing page or via Instagram or Twitter.

Mayim will choose five of her favorite selfies; the winners and their adopted cats will be the face of today’s cats and cat people featured in PetSmart Charities’ promotional materials.

Now go ahead and declare your cat pride!

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Celebrities Tweet About the Supreme Court’s Ruling to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Fri, 6/26/2015 3:12 PM

Just hours after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution guarantees the nationwide right to same-sex marriage, there have been more than 6.2 million Tweets, averaging around 20,000 Tweets a minute. Here’s what celebrities and other notable people had to say about the groundbreaking decision.

Proud! https://t.co/QSnBsKhD23

— Ted Allen (@ChopTedAllen) June 26, 2015

Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins

— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015

#MarriageEquaility!!!! A giant step towards our country being a better place to be!

— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 26, 2015

America's continuing journey toward a more perfect union just took another very important step. #SCOTUSMarriage

— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) June 26, 2015

Today is a beautiful day.. #LoveWins pic.twitter.com/6vQY3aKMPc

— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) June 26, 2015

Love WINS!!!!!!!!

— P!nk (@Pink) June 26, 2015

Hooray for Marriage Equality!!!!

— Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) June 26, 2015

Hugely emotional that marriage equality has finally come to the U.S. History! Love ALWAYS wins. ❤️❤️❤️

— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2015


— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 26, 2015

#LoveWins !!! My heart sings today. I am elated and proud -more than ever to be an American.

— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) June 26, 2015

Wow. So moved to hear such amazing news. What a beautiful day. Grateful to those who have worked so tirelessly for equality. #lovewins ❤️❤️

— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) June 26, 2015

LOVE WINS!!!!!!! WE ARE EQUAL!!!!!!!! Ps. Somebody marry me, quick!!!!!

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) June 26, 2015

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ PROUD to be American today.

— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 26, 2015

Supreme Court rules 5-4 that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. YES!!!!!!!

— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) June 26, 2015


— alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) June 26, 2015

It's a great day for America!!!!!!!! For love!!!!! Did you ever think you'd see this day????? I didn't! But it sure is beautiful. ☀️

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) June 26, 2015

US Supreme Court backs gay marriage YES! http://t.co/gzglj5Ptfa

— Kate Walsh (@katewalsh) June 26, 2015

Very happy about the SCOTUS rulings this week! Marriage Equality, Fair Housing and Affordable Health Care!

— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 26, 2015

— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) June 26, 2015


— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) June 26, 2015

#lovewins pic.twitter.com/xgEvPqvF63

— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) June 26, 2015

Wow! What a historic day! Gay marriage is legal nationwide!!! Can't wait to marry @GaryJanetti #SCOTUSMarriage

— Brad Goreski (@mrbradgoreski) June 26, 2015

We are so proud to be American today! All of our #LGBT brothers and sisters can now love freely! TY #SupremeCourt! pic.twitter.com/RO10N8knfj

— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) June 26, 2015

So proud of our country & grateful to all who worked so tirelessly on behalf of equality. #SCOTUSMarriage

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 26, 2015

It's a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know. #huzzah

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2015

GO AMERICA! pic.twitter.com/xKv7gL0Jg8

— J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) June 26, 2015

#LoveWins https://t.co/0i7qMIQGvH

— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) June 26, 2015

Equal. pic.twitter.com/OJLd1eEgmn

— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) June 26, 2015

It's a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know. #huzzah

— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2015

Homesick for my country today! I want to sing from the rooftops & dance in the street! Same sex marriage is legal in US today! #LoveWins ❤️

— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) June 26, 2015

Really encouraged to be an American today… Love should live beyond labels & intolerance! #LoveWins #EqualityForAll ❤️

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) June 26, 2015

Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality—& the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible. -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 26, 2015

Finally And at Last! The Revolution Of Love has Begun! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#livingforlove ❤️#rebelheartsunite pic.twitter.com/nK9TH96Df8

— Madonna (@Madonna) June 26, 2015

Races don't fall in love, genders don't fall in love–people fall in love. #SCOTUSMarriage

— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) June 26, 2015

#SCOTUS decision recognizes the equality, dignity, & essential humanity of our gay & lesbian brothers & sisters.

— AG Loretta Lynch (@LorettaLynch) June 26, 2015

Big moment for our country. Thank you, #SCOTUS. https://t.co/DcITVs3Zkh

— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 26, 2015

While today’s decision is historic, we can’t stop working until we’ve outlawed discrimination in every corner of our country. #LoveWins @HRC

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 26, 2015

All people – no matter who they love – should be treated with dignity and respect. #LoveWins pic.twitter.com/ynEcOmlwcd

— Vice President Biden (@VP) June 26, 2015

Can't stop smiling. Today is truly a day in history! #LoveWins

— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) June 26, 2015

BREAKING: #SCOTUS has just announced that love is equal across the nation!!! #MarriageEquality #LoveAlwaysWins #Loveislove

— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 26, 2015

#Lovewins over prejudice. pic.twitter.com/llLfOMTgYu

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 26, 2015

PHEW! #LoveWins ❤️

— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) June 26, 2015

Love is love, is love. Is love. Wonderful news. Equality & love for all.

— Dianna Agron (@DiannaAgron) June 26, 2015

Sometimes history crawls forward, moving agonizingly slow. And then there are times when history leaps and soars, with swift, blissful joy.

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 26, 2015

#LoveWins pic.twitter.com/RJeMN63ERt

— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) June 26, 2015

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! #equality #equalityforall #LoveWins #MarriageEquaility #SCOTUSMarriage #sooooooooooproud #Finally #beautiful

— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 26, 2015

Extraordinarily moving day for the United States. Dignity, dignity, dignity. #LoveIsLove pic.twitter.com/JRgSvocSrV

— Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower) June 26, 2015

It’s simple… Love always & all ways #LOVE #EqualityForAll #LoveWins pic.twitter.com/Vc5u8r8Qyl

— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) June 26, 2015

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Queen Elizabeth Visits Former Nazi Death Camp Where Anne Frank Died

Fri, 6/26/2015 3:03 PM

Queen Elizabeth II has ended a four-day tour of Germany with a visit to Bergen-Belsen, one of the most notorious concentration camps to have existed during the Nazi regime.

More than 70,000 people died at Bergen-Belsen, including the wartime diarist Anne Frank and her sister Margot. Anne, whose diary was published posthumously and is perhaps the most famous piece of writing to come out of the Holocaust, was 15 when she died of a typhus epidemic in the camp, just a short time before British troops liberated Belsen on April 15, 1945.

The queen and her husband Prince Philip visited the mass graves where the camp’s victims, including Anne and Margot, are buried, before laying a wreath together at the memorial wall. Mostly Jews, Roma gypsies and Soviet prisoners of war were imprisoned in Belsen, dying in their thousands from starvation and disease.

“It must have been horrific,” the queen said to Captain Eric Brown, who was part of the British forces who liberated the camp 70 years ago, and who told the queen that they had been confronted with “a field of corpses” on arrival.

“She was listening very carefully,” Brown said later. “I would say she was quite affected by the atmosphere here. You can’t avoid it, can you?”

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen and who at 89 years old is the same age of the queen, told the monarch, “It was more like dying, not living.

“There was nothing, it was the end, there was no food, nothing. The only reason anyone survived was because the British came in time.”

The queen and Philip also spent some time in the House of Silence, a building with a glass roof that is intended to provide a place of contemplation for visitors to the site.

During her visit the queen also met with the UK’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, who later said, “I told the queen that the Jewish world appreciates enormously her gesture in coming here, because it shows her solidarity with our pain and suffering.”

Brown said he saw the visit as being in the “spirit of reconciliation” and as a message to young Germans to “not to feel too much guilt about it now, it didn’t happen in their generation.”

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The Daily Cute: Your Weekend Adorabundle

Fri, 6/26/2015 1:35 PM

Yep, it’s that magical time again. The weekend looms gloriously in front of us as do these fifteen ridiculously adorable photos. Launch the gallery to see them all.

Click here to see “9 Dressed-Up Pets” and check back every weekday for a new Daily Cute!

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Jadium/Notice – June 26

Fri, 6/26/2015 6:00 AM

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From now on, Jadiums will be posted only M/W/F, with Nexus4′s posted other days.

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Party Like ‘The Chew’ Crew

Fri, 6/26/2015 5:00 AM

Throwing the perfect summer party is a serious task, and the best place to start is with a theme.

Luckily, the cast of The Chew has helped out and provided some ideas, but following through and making it happen is the next step. Here are a few items that can help fill in some of the blanks for that dinner party you’ve been dying to throw.

Party of Five: Summer Party Themes and Recipes from ‘The Chew’


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Champagne Cocktails

Fri, 6/26/2015 5:00 AM

Nothing sets a festive tone like bubbly, and this simple cocktail is perfect for The Chew’s Clinton Kelly’s grown-up party theme. “After a couple of these, it’s not hard to imagine yourself partying at Studio 54 with Liza Minnelli and Andy Warhol,” he promises.

Add to Kelly’s fantastic cocktail to create the perfect classy dance party
Champagne Cocktails

  • Serves


  • 6 sugar cubes
  • Angostura bitters
  • 3 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle Champagne, chilled
  • 6 orange twists
  1. Place 1 sugar cube in bottom of each of 6 Champagne flutes.

  2. Add a few dashes of bitters and ½ oz Grand Marnier to each.

  3. Fill evenly with Champagne, and garnish with orange twists

Kitchen Counter

Serves 6.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Ted 2 Star Amanda Seyfried

Fri, 6/26/2015 5:00 AM

Les Misérables star Amanda Seyfried, 29, is going for laughs in the just-released Ted 2—a long way from her 2004 film debut in Mean Girls. Here’s more about the Allentown, Pa.-born actress.

1. She is appalled by bad grammar and corrects people’s poorly composed texts.

2. Three words she uses to describe herself are controlling, loyal and eccentric.

3. In addition to starring in Dear John (2010), she wrote “Little House,” one of the songs on the soundtrack.

4. She began modeling at age 11 with jobs for The Limited Too and on the cover of three Sweet Valley High books.

5. The Twitter account @finn_seyfried belongs to her Australian shepherd, Finn.

Amanda Seyfried: Linda Lovelace’s Children “Were Really Grateful”

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Party of Five: Summer Party Themes and Recipes from ‘The Chew’

Fri, 6/26/2015 5:00 AM

It’s summertime and the living is easy—especially with these summer party ideas from the Emmy Award-winning hosts of ABC’s The Chew, a popular daytime cooking-themed talk show. We asked Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Daphne Oz, Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly to cook up their dream summer celebration for you-—from food to tunes. Try out one, two—or all five.

We promise your friends will be dazzled with whatever Chew-worthy bash you throw this summer.

Carla Hall’s Southern Soirée

“Summer reminds me of family reunions, get-togethers with friends, being out of school and living in Nashville,” says cookbook author Hall, who was a Top Chef finalist. To create a party table that feels welcoming and warm, she thows on a rustic printed tablecloth, loads up a galvanized-steel tray with glasses of iced tea, serves baked beans in a cast-iron skillet and coleslaw in a crock, fills crates with cookies, uses bandanas for napkins and tucks wildflowers into Mason jars wrapped with twine. She rounds out her Southern Soirée theme with a soundtrack of old-school R&B.
“It’s music that makes you feel like it’s a lazy day.”

On Carla’s Table

Barbecue chicken
Baked beans
Sliced tomato and cucumber salad
Lavender Berry Slab Pie
Sweet iced tea

Michael Symon’s Family-Friendly Clambake

“Food is all about interaction, so I always try to do something that can be served family-style,” says James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Symon, who is a regular on Iron Chef America and is the chef/owner of several Cleveland restaurants. His signature clambake is dumped right on a picnic table covered with a disposable tablecloth, along with plastic lobster bibs, rolls of paper towels and bowls filled with lemon water. “People go at it with their hands,” he says. “This is a food you want to eat when you’re wearing shorts and flip flops and you don’t care if some shrimp juice falls on your shirt. When you’re done, you can just pull up all four corners of the tablecloth and throw it out.”  The backdrop is Symon’s soundtrack, which ranges from Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” to Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” and the Lumineers’ “Flowers in Your Hair.”

On Michael’s Table

Cleveland-Style Clambake
Seasonal tomato, pepper, fresh basil, olive oil and feta cheese salad
Summer shandies (Beer and lemonade)

Mario’s Michigan Beach Party

James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Batali and his family head to the Michigan coast every year. “To me, it’s not only summer; it’s freedom, tradition and a time to unplug,” the Iron Chef, author and chef/owner of several restaurants says. Batali sets a simple table. “There are always these amazing finds at the beach, and that’s what we use as décor.” Sand, driftwood and shells become the centerpiece atop a simple oilcloth tablecloth. Music is always playing in the background: “Early in the day, I’ll play Bach cello concertos with Yo-Yo Ma, then Dave Brubeck and the Allman Brothers. From there it’s Jack White and Detroit Motown.”

On Mario’s Table

Lake Michigan Whitefish al Cartoccio
Romano and green bean salad with local goat cheese
Cherry pie
French rosé or Cabernet Franc

More Party Themes: Clinton Kelly’s Disco Dance Party and Daphne Oz’s Jersey  Picnic

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Lavender Berry Slab Pie

Fri, 6/26/2015 5:00 AM

Hall likes to serve this rustic sheet-pan pie as a portable treat wrapped in waxed paper. We use refrigerated pie dough, or look below to find Hall’s crust.

The easy dough is a keeper for all your summer pies. You’ll need to double the below recipe to make enough dough for Carla’s Lavender Berry Slab Pie. The key to making a tender, flaky crust is keeping everything cold and not overworking the dough. You can refrigerate this dough up to one day or freeze it up to 3 months.

Put this together with Carla Hall’s other ideas to make the perfect southern soirée 

Lavender Berry Slab Pie
  • Serves


Ingredients Lavender Berry Slab Pie:
  • 2 (15-oz) pkgs refrigerated pie dough (or from recipe, below)
  • 2 pints blackberries
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Coarse sea salt [optional]
Carla Hall's Perfect Pie Crust:
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ lb cold unsalted butter, ½-inch cubed
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling)
Lemon-Lavender Sugar:
  • Zest of 1 lemon, dried overnight
  • ¼  cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp dried lavender
Directions Lavender Berry Slab Pie:
  1. Line bottom of oven with a sheet of foil. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease an 18 x 13-inch sheet pan.

  2. Combine all dough and roll into a 24 x 19-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface (dough will be very thin). Cut in half crosswise. Line bottom of sheet pan with 1 piece of dough.

  3. Gently toss berries, sugar, cornstarch, zest and juice of 2 lemons in a large mixing bowl. Pour filling into sheet pan.

  4. Cut remaining dough crosswise into 5 (13 x  ½ -inch) strips and lengthwise into 4 (18 x ½ -inch) strips. Arrange strips in a lattice pattern.

  5. Whisk together egg and cream. Lightly brush egg wash over top of lattice crust. Combine Lemon-Lavender Sugar ingredients in a blender or spice grinder. Pulse to combine; sprinkle over top of pie. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, if desired.

  6. Cool slightly before serving.

Carla Hall's Perfect Pie Crust:
  1. Dissolve sugar and salt in water in a small bowl. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until very cold. Also refrigerate mixing bowl and stand-mixer paddle.

  2. Combine butter and flour in chilled bowl. With your hands, toss butter in flour until each cube is lightly coated. Beat on low speed with chilled paddle to break up butter, about 30 seconds. Add water mixture all at once and increase speed to medium-low. Beat just until dough comes together in big chunks. Divide dough in half and gently pat each into a 1-inch-thick disk. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour, before rolling.

Cook's Note

Save some of the pie filling and puree it for a base for lemonade, sweet tea or a Tennessee whiskey cocktail.

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Kitchen Counter

Serves 8-10.

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Roasted Tomato-Peach Tart

Fri, 6/26/2015 5:00 AM

“People don’t know how well peaches and tomatoes pair— especially with the cheese in the filling,” says The Chew’s Daphne Oz. Using refrigerated dough helps this tart come together quickly, but it’s even better when you make her Tart Dough recipe, added below.

See how this recipe compliments the rest of Daphne Oz’s ideas for a Jersey picnic
Roasted Tomato-Peach Tart

  • Serves


Ingredients Roasted Tomato-Peach Tart:
  • ½ (15-oz) pkg refrigerated pie dough (or homemade, with recipe below)
  • 3 peaches, pitted and each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 small heirloom tomato, thickly sliced
  • 2 large shallots, quartered, skin on
  • 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp chopped thyme leaves, divided
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • Salt, to taste
  • 6 oz goat cheese
  • 2 oz ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • Black pepper, to taste
Daphne Oz's Tart Dough:
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp cold water (plus more if needed)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
Directions Roasted Tomato-Peach Tart:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Press dough into bottom and sides of a 9½-inch round, removable-bottom tart pan. Use a rolling pin to press down on top of pan to remove any excess dough. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Prick dough all over with a fork. Place piece of parchment paper on top of dough and fill with baking beans. Place pan on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until crust is golden. Remove beans and set aside to cool.

  3. Spread peaches on baking sheet. Spread tomato and shallots on second baking sheet. Drizzle peaches with vinegar. Divide 2 Tbsp thyme evenly over both baking sheets. Drizzle both trays evenly with oil; season each with a pinch of salt. Roast 15 minutes or until tender.

  4. Combine cheeses, cream and eggs in a food processor or blender; blend until smooth. Peel shallots and add to processor; blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour into prepared crust. Bake 15 minutes or until custard is set. Cool slightly.

  5. Top tart with roasted tomato and peach wedges, arranging in a spiral pattern until the top of the tart is covered. Finish with a drizzle of oil. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Daphne Oz's Tart Dough:
  1. Combine flour, butter and salt in bowl of a food processor. Pulse 10 times, until butter is size of peas.

  2. Whisk together yolk, water and honey. Pulse dough while slowly adding egg mixture through food chute. Stop pulsing when dough comes together. (Add more water, a tablespoon at a time, if dough is too dry.)

  3. Turn dough onto a clean work surface. Gently pat into a 1-inch-thick disc.

  4. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Yields 1 (9 ½-inch) tart crust.

Kitchen Counter

Serves 6-8.

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Lake Michigan Whitefish Al Cartoccio

Fri, 6/26/2015 5:00 AM

Al cartoccio translates to “in paper,” or in this case, foil. Sounds fancy, but “this recipe is so easy it’s like mailing a letter,” says Mario Batali. A julienne peeler makes quick work of cutting up the squash, carrots and fennel. Take care not to burn yourself on the hot steam when opening the packets.

Combine this recipe with Batali’s other suggestions for a classic Michigan Beach Party
Lake Michigan Whitefish <em>Al Cartoccio</em>

  • Serves


  • 8 (6-oz) whitefish or walleye filets
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 small yellow squash, julienned
  • 4 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 2 fresh fennel bulbs, julienned
  • 20 leaves Swiss chard, trimmed and chopped
  • 8 sprigs fresh oregano
  • ½ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 24 Gaeta olives
  • 2 cups white wine
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemon, each cut into 4 wedges
  1. Preheat grill or oven to 450°F.

  2. Cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil into 12-inch squares.

  3. Season each filet with salt and pepper. Combine vegetables in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Divide vegetables evenly in center of each piece of foil. Top each with 1 filet and 1 oregano sprig. Divide parsley, olives, wine and oil over each. Fold up each packet, tightly sealing edges by folding them over several times.

  4. Place the packets on hot part of grill and close lid, or place in oven, 8-10 minutes. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Kitchen Counter

Serves 8.

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Cleveland-Style Clambake

Fri, 6/26/2015 5:00 AM

“I promise this is super easy,” says The Chew‘s Michael Symon. “Put a bunch of stuff in a pot, simmer it, then just throw it on the table.”

See what else Symon pairs the dish with for the perfect family-friendly clambake
Cleveland-Style Clambake

  • Serves


  • 1 lb smoked kielbasa, thickly sliced
  • 2 ears corn, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3½ lb littleneck clams
  • 1 lb shell-on medium (16-to 20-count) shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp coriander seeds, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 head garlic, cloves peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 Fresno chiles, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lemon, cut in thirds
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle dry white wine
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  1. Layer sausage, corn, clams and shrimp in a large pot with a lid.

  2. Distribute coriander, cumin, salt, onion, garlic, chiles, red pepper flakes, bay leaf and lemon over top.

  3. Add wine, cover and cook over high heat 15 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and clams open.

  4. Discard bay leaf and any clams that don’t open.

  5. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Kitchen Counter

Serves 8.

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Will Glen Campbell Record New Music Again?

Fri, 6/26/2015 5:00 AM

Q: Will Glen Campbell be touring or recording again?

—Kathy Albert, Hempstead, N.Y.

A: Unfortunately, no. The five-time Grammy-winning singer of “Gentle on My Mind,” “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” 79, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, now lives in a memory-care facility in Nashville, Tenn., and has lost the ability to carry on a conversation. But he can still say, “I love you,” says his wife of nearly 33 years, Kim. His struggle with the disease was chronicled in an acclaimed 2014 documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which will make its worldwide television premiere June 28 on CNN.


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Kids Get Kicks Dancing Beside Broadway Performers

Tue, 6/23/2015 1:12 PM

From the time she was a little girl growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Lainie Munro loved every single thing about Broadway musicals. Taking dance class since she was 4, she adored her teacher Lodzia Heath, a former Rockette from the 1930s and ’40s who played Broadway soundtracks in class at her tiny Satellite Dance Studio. “She way my star and so passionate,” says Munro. “There’s a mural of a Rockettes line from this era at the Top of the Rock in New York and Mrs. Heath is the second from stage left in the picture.” Munro always got to the studio early so she could go through  albums like “The Tap Dance Kid,” “The Act” and “My Fair Lady.”

Dave Cross Lainie Munro (Dave Cross)

In fact, it was a really big deal to be selected for one of Mrs. Heath’s performance groups which had space-themed names. “When I was chosen to be a Starlite I was given a blue cape to wear over my costume and I never wanted to take it off. I even slept in it,” says Munro. “Satellite was the tiniest dance studio you ever saw. But inside it was magic.”

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Munro’s father who was on the radio at WKTZ in Jacksonville also brought home many show albums from the station. So after dance class Munro choreographed every number on the records in her bedroom. “I made my little sister Alicia be in the numbers. My poor sister wanted to go outside and play but I’d say, ‘no, you’ve got to do that dance again, five, six, seven, eight,’” says Munro. “I was a task master dance captain even then and made her practice over and over with me until it was perfect. To this day, she’s my favorite person to dance with.” Munro even typed up programs, handed them to her parents and charged 5 cents to view the show as the young Munro sisters performed in the living room. “Yes I charged them!,” she says. “My parents loved it. I don’t know about my sister.”

At 8, she was cast as Gretl in a production of The Sound of Music at Alhambra Dinner Theater. The show’s Maria was a very young Paige O’Hara, who voiced Belle in the movie version of Beauty and the Beast. Munro idolized her. “She is a great and beautiful actress and has the voice of an angel. I thought, I want to be like her one day,” recalls Munro. And she remembers planting herself in O’Hara’s dressing room asking myriad questions about her life in New York and performing. O’Hara gave all the children in the show a silver ID bracelet engraved with their character’s names. “It’s my good luck charm,” says Munro. “It reminds me of when I started and I think of Paige all the time.”

After college Munro moved to New York, began performing and also taught at the esteemed Broadway Dance Center. “As a teacher I get to be a “Mrs. Heath” to my students and pass on my love of dancing and theater to them,” she says. She saw how talented the kids were and how they all wanted to perform. And she realized that they needed mentors. “They get their training, but they need somebody to say, “Here’s how I did it.” I remember when I was younger thinking ‘I want to do that, but how do I get into this business? “I wanted somebody to say, “Hey kid. Here’s how I did it and kind of be my friend.”

So Munro got inspired. She thought, imagine if I could give these children the opportunity to rehearse and perform side by side with a Broadway performer?

And in 2001 she created the Broadway Big Brother/Big Sister Program where kids perform with a dancer in the Broadway community. The young students who range in age from 10-16, are matched with Broadway cast members from a number of shows including On the Town, Pippin, Jersey Boys, Shrek The Musical, the Lion King, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and more. Working side by side with their Big Brother or Sister, the children rehearse a production number and get to dance before a large audience. The kids gain an invaluable life changing experience learning about the joy, hard work and discipline it takes to be a professional performer. Just last month they performed “Put on a Happy Face” at the Broadway Dance Center Student Showcase to a wildly enthusiastic crowd.

Outside the studio, the youngsters have an instant role model and mentor. The dancers invite their young siblings to their shows, give them backstage tours, and even coach them for auditions. And now the program has come full circle. Gabrielle Salvatto, once a little sister, grew up to become a professional dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and returned to the program as a Big Sister to mentor and dance with a young person. “When I started the program I thought one day they’ll grow up, become professional dancers and maybe come back and be a Big Sister or a Big Brother,” says Munro. “It really is how we pass all this on, so that the current generation of performers can train the next generation.”

For one little sister who lost her mother to cancer, her Big Sister was like a surrogate mother, attending school play performances and helping with homework. “Some children start out very shy but they completely come out of their shell,” says Munro. And the big siblings benefit from the experience too. As one Big Sister and Broadway vet shared, “You can perform in show after show, but this program made me feel as if I made a difference in someone’s life.”


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The Daily Cute: You Do Know Jack

Tue, 6/23/2015 12:00 PM

Jack Russell Terriers are my second favorite Jack after Nicholson and top Russell ahead of Brand and Kurt—so all put together, Jack Russell Terriers are hard to beat. Launch the gallery for a dozen terriers doing their best to win your top spot.

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Gender Politics Get Sticky on The Bachelorette

Tue, 6/23/2015 11:39 AM

Before I dive into any sort of discussion on last night’s controversial episode of The Bachelorette, this is a bonafide spoiler alert!

Ever since the previews for the entire season of The Bachelorette aired last month, an entire viewing audience had been waiting for this episode. The tear-filled footage showed that our leading lady would do things behind closed doors with one contestant that are implied to only happen in the Fantasy Suite. Except this wasn’t the Fantasy Suite — not even close.

Last night, Kaitlyn made an adult decision — one that as a grown woman she is 100 percent qualified to make — to invite Nick Viall to come back to her hotel room. Their hot and heavy lust throughout the date left no doubt in viewers’ minds what they intended to do once behind closed doors. Unfortunately, in case we weren’t completely aware of what was happening, producers kept the mics on for all of America to hear what should have stayed firmly between the two of them. And that’s not the worst part of how the situation was handled.

See, Kaitlyn isn’t the first person to have intimate relations with a contestant prior to the Fantasy Suite date. If memory serves, in the last few years both Ben Flajnik and Juan Pablo Galavis got to know one contestant better than the others earlier than expected. You’ll notice, however, that Kaitlyn is the first bachelorette to make this “mistake” (her words, not mine).

When Ben and Juan Pablo were intimate with contestants on their respective seasons (Ben with winner and ex-fiance Courtney Robertson and Juan Pablo with runner-up Clare Crawley), the men and the show handled things much differently. First off, neither bachelor felt particularly guilty afterward, and neither felt as though they had made a mistake. In fact, they woke up the next morning and moved on — the show did the same. But when a woman makes the same decision, it gets a whole different treatment.

Coming back from commercials, we saw Nick making his walk back to the contestants’ hotel and Kaitlyn mulling over the evening’s activities on her balcony. At first she’s happy and feels like her relationship just reached some great new level. Then reality hits her and she realizes that what she did with Nick could impact her relationships with the other men. She is clear in saying this is why she feels guilty. Thankfully, she doesn’t feel guilty for actually sleeping with him. And she shouldn’t. She’s been very open about how she is treating her relationships with the men on the show the same way should would if this was real life. Some may think that’s just a flippant defense for getting to kiss as many men as she wants, but Kaitlyn should be applauded for trying to make the process (yes, of dating 25 men at once) her own. Instead she feels guilt for how the guys might take the news should they find out. Funny that Ben and Juan Pablo didn’t seem overcome by the same sense of guilt.

Yes, the construct of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette dictates that, in most seasons, the leading man or woman stays pure (on the show at least) until host Chris Harrison offers a key in case the couple wants to forego their individual rooms for some privacy in the Fantasy Suite. The show has a number of reasons for setting things up this way, not least among them that come Fantasy Suite dates, the remaining contestants are no longer sharing a living space. Therefore, they can’t go gloat about how their night went. Unfortunately for Kaitlyn, Nick did go back to the hotel room full of her other boyfriends. At first it seemed like he might keep their fling to himself, but then he started dropping hints and bragging. When Courtney and Clare returned to the group of women after their romantic excursions, they kept the news to themselves. Courtney was inwardly beaming, but kept fairly quiet among her peers. And with Clare, she was so ashamed of what happened, she could barely articulate it to producers in her private interviews. So it’s not just the show that treats sex on reality TV differently, it’s the gender. And that’s just not right.

From the looks of the preview for next week’s episode, Kaitlyn isn’t even close to putting this behind her and moving on. And while that may result in great ratings and millions of viewers, it also perpetuates this disparity in how women and men are treated differently by network television (and society) when it comes to their sex lives.

Do you agree? Share your thoughts on last night’s episode of The Bachelorette in the comments!

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National Treasure: The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble

Tue, 6/23/2015 8:19 AM

There are many dancers who come to mind as “national treasures”—including Martha Graham and Gene Kelly. Add to the list the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble (TCDE), a group of young people, ages 8 to 18, whose mission is “Children Helping Children.”

These dancers are young but they move like seasoned professionals, and perform with the fluid ease that comes from years of polishing a studio floor with sweat, tears and insistent feet. They are committed, passionate and joyful as they work, and they are bonded by a common commitment to create art, help each other, reach out to their community and encourage children to achieve.

Founded 35 years ago by modern dance pioneer Dr. Dorothy Floyd, a psychologist and dancer, the nonprofit Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble is an official Goodwill Ambassador for the state of Tennessee. The group has danced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., across the United States, and internationally in tours of England, Scotland, Norway, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore/Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Canada and Jordan.

The Ensemble actively pursues ways to use their craft to help children and families in crises on a national and international level. Their mission of “movement with meaning” translates into the dances that make up the repertoire for TCDE. Evoking themes like war and peace, and life and death in a child’s world, their dances aim to change the lives of all who experience the dance.

“We, as the rising generation, must be the igniting force,” says Ensemble dancer Lexi Rebmann, 16. “The one thing that has most changed me [since being in the Ensemble] is my desire to be an influential leader in the world.”

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In 2013, the group of young dancers’ “mission of meaning” took them to Newtown, Connecticut, where they performed and volunteered in collaboration with Healing Newtown Through the Arts, and to Union Beach, New Jersey, which was rebuilding after hurricane Sandy.

“We are honored to represent Tennessee,” says Irena Linn, artistic director. “We want to show that Tennessee, in addition to our rich heritage of folk dance, has pioneered modern dance as a way to reach out to children and the educators who teach them. Each time we dance, we leave people with a higher expectation of what children can do.”

This year, the group heads to Washington, D.C., to join young performers from nearly 70 countries at the fifth World Children’s Festival, June 30 to July 3, at President’s Park South, better known as the Ellipse. The festival purpose is to create empathy and build world peace. There, the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble will be doing what they do every day, dancing to make a difference.

TCDE at fifth World Children’s Festival in Washington, D.C.

As director of programs, Festival of Children Foundation, Eileen Daniher has worked in the nonprofit community for the past 12 years, collaborating and getting to know more than 450 youth serving organizations all around the country. “Every once in a while, an organization stands out as truly exemplary, and Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble is just such an organization,” she says. “Their tireless dedication to bringing top quality dance education and life skills to their students, and top level performances to their community and the communities around the world, are indeed commendable. In addition, the outreach they do with their Children Helping Children program is a model that should be duplicated everywhere. They show the world that with children like this, our future is in good hands.”

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—Nominated by Gracie Corapi, Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble alum, 2003-2011

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