Julia Child’s Suprêmes de Volaille aux Champignons

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2 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts (a.k.a. suprêmes)
5 tbsp. butter
1 shallot, minced
1/4 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 c. beef bouillon
1/4 c. dry white vermouth
1 c. whipping cream
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
Big pinch white pepper
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Lemon juice to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Rub the chicken breasts with drops of lemon juice and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the butter in a heavy, oven-proof casserole, about 10 inches in diameter until it is foaming. Stir in the minced shallots or green onion and saute a moment without browning. Then stir in the mushrooms and saute lightly for a minute or two without browning. Sprinkle with salt.

Quickly roll the chicken in the butter mixture and lay a piece of buttered wax paper over them, cover casserole and place in hot oven. After 25 minutes, press top of chicken with your finger. If still soft, return to oven for a moment or two. When the meat is springy to the touch it is done.

Remove the chicken to a warm platter (leave mushrooms in the pot) and cover while making the sauce (2 to 3 minutes).

To make sauce, pour the stock and wine in the casserole with the cooking butter and mushrooms. Boil down quickly over high heat until liquid is syrupy. Stir in the cream and boil down again over high heat until cream has thickened slightly. Off heat, taste for seasoning, and add drops of lemon juice to taste. Pour the sauce over the chicken, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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Le Tigre – After Dark

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I met Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, and J.D. Samson in Tucson, AZ in 2001. They signed autographs and even took the time to chat with me for a few minutes. I showed Kathleen my drawing, and she signed it “Born in Flames.” I matted and framed it. I would have loved to meet the other members of Bikini Kill. They were my favorite band in high school. And I immediately checked out “Born in Flames” from the library. You should watch it if you haven’t already.

I was starstruck, as it was my first time meeting a celebrity. Kathleen said she was impressed by my drawing and that I was a good artist. I’ll have to scan it sometime; it’s in my closet. Then she said something about having a hoarse voice and needing health insurance. I was too busy gazing adoringly at her to remember much else. Oh, and she was wearing Built By Wendy jeans.

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And make no mistake: iron…

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And make no mistake: irony tyrannizes us. The reason why our pervasive cultural irony is at once so powerful and so unsatisfying is that an ironist is impossible to pin down. All U.S. irony is based on an implicit “I don’t really mean what I’m saying.” So what does irony as a cultural norm mean to say? That it’s impossible to mean what you say? That maybe it’s too bad it’s impossible, but wake up and smell the coffee already? Most likely, I think, today’s irony ends up saying: ‘How totally banal of you to ask what I really mean.’

– David Foster Wallace

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Martha Wainwright – You Cheated Me

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Someone should write a biography of the Wainwright-McGarrigle dynasty. I’m sure they’d make a fortune. Their family history is fascinating.

I met Martha and her husband Brad Albetta at SXSW in 2008. I had never met a celebrity before and was completely starstruck. I was a nervous wreck, but she was an absolute doll. She was ill with the flu, but still took the time to sign my record sleeve. x

 

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The world is so huge that…

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The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it. There are too many ideas and things and people too many directions to go. I was starting to believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size. It makes the world seem not huge and empty but full of possibility.

– Susan Orlean