car·riage re·turn

n. the lever or mechanism on a typewriter that would cause the cylinder on which the paper was held (the carriage) to return to the left margin of the page

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Pretty Good Polenta

One of the things I’ve gotten back into during my recent long absence is cooking. To my own mind I feel extremely rusty in the kitchen,fumbling around,burning roux (or worse,melting plastic spoons into it while stirring),generally being the opposite of who I used to be Read on…

Regulatory Indigestion

The recent ban of trans fatty acids (commonly known as “trans fat”) by the City of New York is such a mockery of the American public and our system of government that it would require more space than I Read on…

Pirates of the Kitchen,Comrades in Arms

I first read one of my favorite books,Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential,when I was working pastry at a restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. In the book,Chef Tony used the term “pirates”to describe a particular band of cooks he once worked with in Providence,Rhode Island,and that particular comparison Read on…

Heroes of the Blog:Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson came into my life about a third of the way into my time at Le Cordon Bleu. At the time,all I knew about Nigella stemmed from her show on the Style Channel –she was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous,very witty,well-educated,and the kind of cook I wanted to be (and Read on…