Ali Rosen’s sensational Ginger Beef

Ali Rosen loves potluck entertaining. Not the seat-of-the-pants “bring whatever” variety that can result in a 12-desserts-no-entrees spread, but a casually organized affair with good friends and good food.

Rosen, the creator and host of the Emmy-nominated TV series and website “Potluck with Ali Rosen,” says one key ingredient is having a repertoire of recipes that can be made ahead and served at room temperature. Her new cookbook, “Bring It!” (Running Press, $25), includes this sensational Ginger Beef recipe, complete with “how to bring it” tips for transporting and serving.

“Any time you serve meat at room temperature, you need a sauce that makes people forget they could’ve eaten something right out of the oven,” Rosen says. “You can use this sauce on a lot of different proteins — I’ve yet to find something that doesn’t go with it — but it marries particularly well with steak. The bold, bright sauce perfectly complements the robust nature of beef.”

Headed for a tailgate or picnic?

“Trying to cut a steak with plastic cutlery is my greatest pet peeve!” Rosen says. Her simple fix: Serve the steak in bite-size slices.

Ali Rosen’s Ginger Beef

Serves 4 to 8


1/3 cup finely chopped fresh ginger

2 cups finely chopped scallions

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Dash of salt

4 pounds sirloin steak

¼ cup vegetable or canola oil


Make the sauce: Combine the ginger, scallions, soy sauce, vinegar and olive oil. Set it aside. (I think the sauce gets better the longer it sits, but at least let it sit while you cook the steak so it has time to settle together.)
Then make the steaks: Generously salt the steaks on both sides. Place a cast-iron or nonstick pan on very high heat and add the oil (only use half if you are making the steaks in two batches to keep …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


Proposition 12: Cage-free eggs, more room for farm animals on ballot

When California voters go to the polls in about two weeks, they’ll decide a wide range of issues, from governor to U.S. senator, and a host of state ballot measures from housing assistance for veterans to repealing the gas tax to changing daylight savings time.

They’ll also decide the fate of a far-reaching food and agriculture issue that affects millions of animals and is being closely watched by farmers and animal welfare groups across the nation.

Proposition 12 would tighten California’s laws on cages for farm animals, requiring more space than many large farms currently provide. It would ban the sale of meat in California from calves raised for veal or breeding pigs unless the farms that raise them — both in the state and in other states — meet minimum standards for pen size. It also would ban the sale of eggs from hens that are kept in cages that don’t meet minimum standards. And by 2022, it would require all eggs sold in California to come from cage-free operations.

“Chickens are put in barren, wire cages the size of your microwave oven, with six to eight other chickens,” said Josh Balk, vice president of the Humane Society of America, which sponsored the measure. “Mother pigs are put in pens so small they can’t turn around for up to four years. I think most Californians believe we have a moral obligation to ensure that all animals are protected from cruelty.”

The measure is endorsed by the Humane Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Sierra Club, the California Democratic Party, the United Farm Workers, the Center for Food Safety, and a variety of veterinarians and religious organizations.

If passed by a simple majority, the law would require 43 square feet of space for each calf raised …read more

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Carolyn Hax: I’m worried a party would stress this introvert

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m a borderline extrovert married to a definite introvert. I used to enjoy hosting parties/social events before we got together, but I know he’s not a fan and haven’t done anything for ages. I also didn’t try because we lacked space when we first moved in together.

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Still, I’d like to host something occasionally. Any advice on how to organize something that doesn’t completely stress him out or cause him to check out midway through? I’m looking for ways to discuss this with him — not to spring a party on him, just to be clear.


DEAR HOST: Wait — you can’t even say to him, “I’d love to have people over sometime. I know that’s not your thing, but I’m wondering if we can find a way to make it work for both of us”? Introversion isn’t the problem, if that’s true — it’s something else. Bigger.

As it always is if you don’t feel you can even talk about certain subjects with your own life partner.

And once you do suggest a party, don’t be so quick …read more

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Miss Manners: He keeps screaming but I can’t hear him

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I moved into a house with two stories. When he calls to me from the other floor, I frequently can’t understand him, so I

Judith Martin

have taken to calling back, “Honey, I can’t hear you. If you’re trying to ask me something, you need to come into this room.”

He thinks that if I can’t understand him, then I should just come to where he is. I say that it’s the onus of the original bellower to come to the bellow-ee.

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I hate repeatedly calling back, “What? WHAT?” and then putting down whatever I’m doing just to go upstairs and learn I’ve been summoned to tell him, for example, that “Yes, I did buy toothpaste.”

GENTLE READER: With some exceptions, the responsibility for being in a position to be understood lies with the person initiating the communication. In other words, the bellower. In saying that there are exceptions, Miss Manners is thinking of the bedridden — not those who lack patience, empathy or volume control.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: While I was shopping in a store, a patron entered wearing a T-shirt …read more

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