A handful of years ago, one of you readers paid this column a great compliment by saying that the recipes here call for ingredients that “normal” people have in their kitchens. My kitchen is probably a “normal” Yankee kitchen with a few specialty ingredients thrown in so I can make the occasional Indian or Thai dish. So when I read a recipe for Mushroom Bread Pudding from Ina Garten, the cookbook author and television cook known as the Barefoot Contessa, my substitutions popped up automatically for her various sophisticated ingredients: bacon for pancetta, cheddar for Gruyere, sturdy white bread for rustic loaf, bouillon for homemade chicken broth, plain old white mushrooms for cremini.

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  • Trump’s idea of executive power is also impeachment defense
    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has always been a man of absolutes. Something is the best or the worst, a person is a winner or a total loser, an event has never happened before, even when it has. Absolutism was the unwritten credo of his career in business and is the guiding light of his presidency as he makes an assertion rarely heard from an American president: that he can do as he pleases. More
  • Wuhan bans cars and Hong Kong closes schools as virus spreads
    BEIJING — The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scrambled Saturday to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government has declared the outbreak an emergency and will close primary and secondary schools for two more weeks on top of next week’s Lunar New Year holiday. More
  • More wet than white this weekend for parts of Maine
    The weekend storm is looking more wet than white for parts of Maine. However, the mountains should get some snow. Saturday is looking mainly cloudy with rain arriving during the early nighttime hours. The weekend storm continues to show a warmer trend. More
  • South Portland police chief retires after 45 years on the force
    Congratulations are in order for veteran police officer Ed Googins, who served the South Portland community for decades. What began during his first year of college as a police cadet turned into a career in law enforcement spanning more than 45 years, 26 of those years spent leading the South Portland Police Department. “Officers can never underestimate the impact that they have in the quality of someone’s life or literally in their worst moment,” Googins said. More
  • ‘This is huge’: Locust swarms destroy crops in East Africa
    KATITIKA, Kenya — The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious insects from feasting on their crops in this rural community. The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the bugs swarm into the East African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia. More
  • The Best Breakfast in Every State
    But where this restaurant really shines is with their meats—like the breakfast tacos and burritos ... a zucchini pancake with candied bacon and lemon zest; and a bread pudding-style salted caramel ...
    01/10/2020 - 11:41 am | View Link
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