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Kitchen Window
6:58 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Trifle: A Grand Dessert With A Humble Name

Rina Rapuano for NPR

The first time I can remember eating trifle was after a birthday meal in college. My good friend Russell Cook, a Richmond-based chef who also happens to be a fellow trifle fan, sent me home from his restaurant bearing a take-out tin layered with cake, strawberries, custard and whipped cream. I sat on my bed in the wee hours eating every bit of it. It was just about the most decadent ending to a birthday night that I could imagine.

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Recipes
6:54 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Tropical Rum Trifle

Rina Rapuano for NPR

Traditionalists might scoff at this version of trifle, adapted from Southern Living (April 2003), but this was one of my family's favorites. Irish-born chef Cathal Armstrong doesn't have a problem with his childhood dessert getting an exotic makeover, saying this combination is now one of his favorite ways to make it at home. "Usually I do tropical fruits, things not necessarily available when we were kids," he says. "I like pineapple, mango. Strawberry is always going to be high on the list." Note that custard must be chilled for 1 hour before assembling trifle.

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Recipes
6:54 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Chocolate Cherry Trifle

Rina Rapuano for NPR

The original of this Nigella Lawson recipe, from her cookbook Feast (Hyperion 2004), yielded enough to feed 16. This is adapted for a smaller crowd, while upping the custard ratio and swapping devil's food cake for chocolate pound cake. The result is a stunning Black Forest twist on the classic. Note, this is an overnight preparation.

Makes 8 servings

12 ounces purchased or made-from-a-box devil's food cake

1/4 cup black cherry jam

1/4 cup cherry brandy

1 cup jarred sour cherries, drained

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Recipes
6:53 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Raspberry, White Chocolate And Almond Trifle

Rina Rapuano for NPR

This wonderful recipe, adapted from Bon Appetit (December 2005), would work just as well in summer as in winter. Mixing the white chocolate with cream mellows its intense sweetness, and the light hit of almond extract really adds to the balance of flavors. And with no custard to make, it's one of the easier trifles to whip up.

Makes 16 servings

3 1/2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream

12 ounces high-quality white chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

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Recipes
6:53 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Lemon Curd Trifle With Fresh Berries

This recipe, adapted from a Tyler Florence Food 911 episode, is the perfect Fourth of July trifle. Similar to the traditional version, it gains a refreshing modern edge from the addition of limoncello and lemon curd. As with any trifle, it can be made and chilled in advance — but it loses its appeal once broken into, with leftovers often turning into a watery mess the next day.

Makes 6 servings

6 large egg yolks

1 cup sugar

4 medium-size lemons, zested and juiced

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut in chunks

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The Two-Way
6:34 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

LIVE NOW: Venus Transits The Face Of The Sun

Handout image courtesy of NASA shows the planet Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun, on June 5. One of the rarest astronomical events occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday when Venus passes directly between the sun and Earth, a transit that won't occur again until 2117.
NASA Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 8:55 pm

You couldn't get welding goggles with No. 14 glass? Or is it cloudy where you are?

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The Two-Way
6:20 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Equal Pay Measure Fails To Move Forward In The Senate

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Lilly Ledbetter, right, the woman who has become the symbol for the workplace equality movement, face reporters at the Capitol as the Senate considers the "Paycheck Fairness Act," on Tuesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

With a vote of 52 to 47, today, Republicans in the Senate succesfully blocked a Democratic-backed bill that called for equal pay for women.

But, as the AP reports, passing the bill was not the only intent of Democrats. The bill was obviously intended to draw attention to schism that have developed between the two parties on women's issues.

The AP reports:

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The Record
5:31 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Herb Reed, Singer For The Platters, Dies

Portrait of the Platters with Herb Reed (left), 1950s. (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images)
Frank Driggs Collection Getty Images

The last original member of vocal group The Platters has died. Herb Reed was 84; he died after a short illness in a hospital near his home in Massachusetts.

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It's All Politics
5:22 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

SEIU President: 'Future Of Working People ... At Stake' In Wisconsin

Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU.
Liz Halloran NPR

If there was any doubt about the importance of Tuesday's gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin to organized labor, look no further than here:

That's Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, which bills itself as North America's second largest labor union, helping Latino activists on Milwaukee's south side get out the vote Tuesday for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. He's the Democrat seeking to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
5:15 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

How Uncertain Was Heisenberg?

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 6:06 pm

I want to continue our little expedition into the world of quantum weirdness by turning to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

The Uncertainty Principle basically states there's an intrinsic limit on the accuracy of simultaneous measurements of certain pairs of variables. If, for example, you want a perfect measurement of an electron's position and its velocity at the same time, you can't get them.

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