FREE RECIPE FROM CHEF CHITRA AGRAWAL PART II

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Vangi baath is a South Indian rice dish that’s made with eggplant and a really fragrant spice mixture made from urad dal, chana dal, coriander seeds, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, dried coconut, dried red chili and curry leaves. I’ve written the recipe down that my mother had from her Aunt below, but if you don’t have these ingredients, you can buy the spice mixture at the Indian store. MTR brand makes a good one. I had these little eggplants from my farm share, but you can use the regular Italian or Chinese eggplants for this dish too.

I actually made this for my Brooklyn Winery supper earlier in the year and it was a hit. This was a rice that my family would make when we’d go on long car rides or on picnics.  It’s quite hardy and since it’s so flavorful, you can just eat it as is.  Traditionally, vangi baath is made with eggplants, but I like the combo of onions, eggplant and green pepper and I’ve also made it with cauliflower too.  My mom recently made this rice for Thanksgiving and added fried peanuts to the mix which was really good.  I usually serve it with plain yogurt, raita or majjige huli.

I made vangi baath for my friend Mia when she came to visit from LA and she took this pic of it in the pan. Even though I really hate using a non-stick pan, I recommend it for this dish when frying the eggplant and rice so it doesn’t stick!

Vangi Baath (Eggplant Rice)

Ingredients
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon mustard seed
pinch of hing or asafoetida
2 fresh curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 small eggplant, cut into 1 inch long strips (can use different varieties)
1 green pepper – same size as eggplant
1 small red onion
2 teaspoons vangi baath powder (recipe below)
1 cup cooked and cooled rice
juice of 1/2 lemon (or tamarind extract)
fresh frozen coconut – optional if not in powder

Method
In a frying pan or wok under medium heat, add oil, mustard seeds and hing.  Wait for the mustard seeds to pop and then add in the curry leaves and coat with oil.  Add in the onion and fry until translucent.  Add in the eggplant and green pepper and the turmeric and stir well.

Cook the vegetables until the eggplant is half-cooked.  Add in the vangi baath powder and stir fry thoroughly so that the spice mixture is on all of the vegetables.  Turn the heat down to cook through and stir periodically.

Once the vegetables are cooked, add in the rice and stir well.  Turn off heat. Squeeze lemon and mix together.  Top with coriander leaves and serve with yogurt, raita or majjige huli.

Vangi Baath Powder RecipeDry roast –
3/4 cup chana dal
1/4 cup urad dal

Fry in ghee –
4 1 inch size cinnamon
4 cloves
10 pepper corns

Fry in oil –
2 cups coriander seeds
1 cup dried red chili
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
3-4 strands of curry leavesCool and grind all of the above. Mix in 1/2 cup of dried coconut (optional as you can add fresh frozen when you are making the rice itself).

To find out more about Chef Chitra Agrawal visit her at her website The ABCD’s of Cooking!

CHEF CHITRA AWGRAWAL and FOUR CELEBRITY CHEFS

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This week The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is all about food. The guests on Wednesday’s show were four of the top chefs in the world. First up was the delightful Alex Hitz, whose new book, The Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with A French Twist is a must for any foodie’s library. Alex is FUN! Next I talked with “The Founding Father of New World Cuisine,” Norman Van Aken, the man who introduced “Fusion” into the lexicon of modern cookery. Norman’s new book is a delightful romp through the place where he started his cooking career, Key West. The book, which he co-wrote with his son Chef Justin Van Aken, is My Key West Kitchen. What fabulous recipes. I want to try them all! Following Norman was the delicious Raquel Roque who has written a great many books on Cuban Cuisine including The Cuban Kitchen and her soon to be released Cocina Latina. Have you ever eaten Cuban cuisine? If not, you will love it. And love not all the wonderful recipes in the book but also learning about all the divine drinks that the Cuban people contributed to Happy Hour, many recipes for them included in Raquel’s books. Did you know that Bacardi Rum is a product of Cuba as are Daiquiri’s, Mojitos and Batidos (Cuban milkshakes)? Last, but not least, to talk about her new cookbook, Hiroko’s American Kitchen, was chef Hiroko Shimbo. Chef Shimbo is considered one of the foremost authorities on Japanese cuisine with worldwide recognition. She was absolutely charming!

In keeping with our food theme, our friend and food consultant to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Chef Chitra Agrawal is, in the coming days, going to share a few of her fabulous recipes. Chef Chitra is an authority on Indian cooking. Here is Chef Chitra’s recipe for Kosambri (Carrot Salad) and a few words from her.

“Kosambri is a traditional South Indian salad that I love. Whenever I go to a South Indian restaurant I always scan the menu for it, but rarely does it ever appear. So if you want to try it you will most likely have to make the recipe or come to my house? I remember that this dish was made for special occasions and picnics, but when my mother figured out that I really liked it she would make it more often. She mixes all of the ingredients up with her hand and now so do I. I’m convinced it tastes better that way.

This salad has many variations, but most popularly it is made with grated carrot. Kosambri has such a unique, tangy flavor, which comes from the combination of coconut, lemon, chili and seeds fried in oil. You can also add soaked moong or chana dals to it. I forgot to soak the hard lentils the night before I made it for my friend’s birthday picnic, but I will include the preparation with these dals in the recipe below.

This salad is so good for vegetarians not only because of the veggies, but because of the protein in the dals. I learned that the beta carotene in carrots is healthful in reducing the risk of cancer, but this recipe is actually doubly good because the nutrition in carrots is best absorbed when it is consumed with some oil. I had no idea how good kosambri was for me, but now I am really happy that I ate so much of it growing up. Thanks Mom and Aunties!”

Ingredients:
1/8 cup yellow moong dal (optional) – soaked from night before
3 large carrots – shredded
1/2 cucumber – peeled, seeded, chopped small
little plum tomato chopped
1 shallot – chopped small
handful fresh coconut
juice of half a lemon
cilantro chopped
salt to taste (I find that putting a good amount brings out the flavor well)
1-2 green chilis chopped (optional if you like it hotter)

Vaggarne (Oil mixture)
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon mustard seed
pinch of hing (asafoetida)
3 fresh curry leaves (or dried curry leaves)
1 dried red chilis – broken in two

Method:
Wash dals until the water is clear and soak overnight. Drain dals next day and place in bowl with carrots, cucumber, tomato and shallot.

In a little pan, fry oil with mustard seed and hing. When the mustard seed starts to spurt, add fresh or dry curry leaves and dried red chili. Stir for few seconds until coated with oil.

Pour this oil mixture over ingredients in bowl and mix.

Add lemon, coconut, cilantro and salt and mix well. Taste and if you want more more spice, add some chopped green chili (I use the small green chilis you find in the Indian store).

To find out more about Chef Chitra Agrawal visit her at her website The ABCD’s of Cooking!

FOR MY LOVERS OF DANCING WITH THE STARS FRIENDS

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A photographer friend of mine just sent me photos of  Dancing with the Stars Tony Dovolani and I thought I’d share one with you. I don’t know about you but I love Dancing with the Stars! Don’t you think this season is fabulous?!

In this photo released by Capezio, “Dancing With The Stars” professional dancer Tony Dovolani, decides which Capezio ballroom shoes to wear for rehearsal on Friday, October 12, 2012 in a dance studio in Texas. Dovolani designed his namesake shoes with the brand this year. Photo credit: Photo by Brandon Wade/Invision

 

FOOD ART

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So this week’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is all about food, glorious food. Eating is high on my list of favorite things to do, but so is reading recipe books and trying out new recipes. By the same token, as many of you know, I love photography and all kinds of photographs. This week in getting out the word about Wednesday’s show at 3 pm ET, HAUTE CUISINE WITH FOUR CELEBRITY CHEFS, I’ve been posting on our Facebook page some of the great food photography you will ever see. I’d love it if you’d take a look at the show’s Facebook page, and while you’re there exploring, how ’bout “liking” our page?!  Posted on this page the genius of food photographer Pornchai Mittongtare.

BURLESQUE ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW 3 pm ET TODAY!

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Dixie Evans "The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every show that I do is special! It’s the guests that make it so. But today’s show is something very special and I thought I’d let you know why. My good friend writer, performer, historian Trav S.D. is on the show. You might remember him from my show on The Hammerstein’s. Trav S.D. is always fun and informative. He’s going to talk to us about the history of burlesque. Also on the show is Liz Goldwyn whose book “Pretty Things” and film of the same name explores Burlesque from the costumes to the Queens of the show. Liz is the granddaughter of Sam Goldwyn the founder of Paramount/MGM Studios. She inherited all of her grandfather’s style and grace.  Also with us is the current reigning Queen of Burlesque, Angie Pontani. You will adore Angie. She’s smart, sexy, strong-minded and strong-willed and a force to be reckoned with.

But here’s the reason today’s show is EXTRA special. Her name is Dixie Evans. Dixie was one of the great Burlesque Queens of the 1950s. Then she was billed, her name given her by the great impresario Harold Minsky, as “The Marilyn Monroe of  Burlesque.”  Dixie is 86-years-young with a lifetime of memories to share with us, and memories Dixie does have. And heart. I’ve spent the week getting to know Dixie personally and I have made a new friend. Dixie Evans is dynamic! And you are going to love Dixie,  just as I do.

Today’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs 3 p.m. ET and you can listen right here on this page. In the meantime, here’s a TEASE of Dixie’s style and showmanship and proof that don’t make ’em like they used to.

See you on the radio at 3 pm. ET.

 

THE HC-J SHOW LOVES OUR FANS

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Self-Portrait in Blue

Honestly, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show has the BEST fans! I love hearing from you, and learning all about your lives, just as much as I love learning about the lives of my show’s guests. So, I was thrilled when one of my listeners, Alan S. Kleiman, contacted me and sent me a link to some of his work that had recently been published. Wasn’t I surprised to find that Alan is a fabulous poet and painter!  Talent is different from celebrity, as I’m sure many of you know. Acquiring the name “celebrity” often has little to do with talent. So, when a non-celebrity sends me his work and it touches me, I want to share it with my audience. So, that is what I am doing. Here are two of Alan’s poems that touched me, as well as one of his paintings. Thanks Alan!

DANCING WITH VARESE

I’m having a total Varese night of it
Sad your peels are closed
but happy to know
we are in the same alphabet
and always inundated with sweetness
at the sound of your footsteps
in the opening paragraph.
Not content at slithering
I relish hot dogs mustard and petards
when men are men
and girls go to the bathroom
giggling hoping for friendship
when it may be just noise
or not
because society craves invention
Progress peaks at postal hours
and men who carry doors with them
at every turn open them
extend an arm and say
Slap me five Cucamonga
I just married your brother.

Tales like that and alphabet soup
occur strangely in peach filled bowls
except when the cream is loose and
you can taste it on your lips
like tonight I hope I pray I fear
Kiss the cat Margaret.

LISTENING

Nobody looks at my body
Nobody sees my face
Nothing about me is apparent
I am hidden
Not by myself
But by my observers
Who see through me
Like glass, like water
Transparent and empty
Missing the moisturizing
Nourishment
That comes like rain
Making the grass grow
Even at night

Reprinted with permission of the artist.

TOP POLITICAL CARTOONISTS — GUESTS FOR THE HOUR – THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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It’s silly season on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, Wednesday, September 19 at 3 pm ET when four of America’s top political cartoonists will be Halli’s guests for the hour.

Halli will be talking about the political cartoons of cartoonist, Jim Morin, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist and winner of the prestigious Herblock Award. Morin is the internationally syndicated editorial cartoonist at the Miami Herald; with Ann Talnaes who in 2001 became only the second woman cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning; with Chan Lowe, internationally syndicated cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize finalist whose work appears in the New York Times, The Washington Post and has been featured on 60 Minutes, Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and The Rachael Maddow Show. The political cartoons of Lowe appear in the Sun Sentinel where Mr. Lowe is a senior member of their editorial board; with Jeff Danziger who went from serving in the United States Army as an intelligence officer and linguist during the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal in 1970, to being listed on Bernard Goldberg’s list of “100 People Who Are Screwing Up America” even if he won the esteemed Herblock Award.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is Talk Radio for Fine Minds and lovers of Political Satire.

Since its debut in March 2012, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, has reached well-over 600,000 listeners and thousands of podcast downloads. Top shows that have been favored by listeners and by the show’s production team have explored everything from chocolate to the 2012 presidential election to the life of Georgia O’Keeffe and the talent of literary titan Kristin Hannah.

“Our premise is Talk Radio for Fine Minds, and with that aim, my team of producers and I work diligently together to find thoughtful, provocative and interesting topics to discuss every week. We’re appealing to an educated audience who don’t want to listen to the soundbite of the moment — our listeners want in-depth discussions on a number of topics, subjects that matter to them. As soon as a show ends, we’re back to researching and discovering material, coming up with alternative angles to shape the following week’s discussion into something unique, engaging, and informative. It’s always our goal to give our audience the kind of programming they’re just not finding anywhere else,” said host and executive producer Halli Casser-Jayne.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com. Podcasts are available on multiple networks including iTunes, and via apps in multiple formats. For additional details and to download previous interviews, visit www.hallicasser-jayne.com.

ABOUT THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

Halli began her radio career on “The Dick Summer Show” on WYNY in New York City and has also worked as a reporter and photographer; actress and documentary producer; radio personality; author, editor and publisher. Her radio show, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, features stellar guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity. Recent guests have included Deputy Chief of the Knesset, Danny Danon, Gloria Feldt, author-activist and former CEO of Planned Parenthood, actress Linda Evans, suspense and mystery author Iris Johansen, Star of Broadway’s Jersey Boy Russell Fischer, Representative Betty Sutton, and political journalist Matthew Cooper. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, a production of RESSAC, LLC, airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com. For more information, visit www.hallicasser-jayne.com. Like her page on Facebook, http://www.fb.me/hallicasserjayne, and follow Halli on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/HalliCJ.

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S WILLY WONKA FOREIGN POLICY

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Read and weep:
http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=285034

My thoughts…
♪♪♪
Come with me
And you’ll be
In a world of
Pure imagination
Take a look
And you’ll see
Into your imagination
We’ll begin
With a spin
Traveling in
The world of my creation
What we’ll see
Will defy
Explanation
If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
To it…
♪♪♪

:yrics to Pure Imagination From Willy Wonka’s Imagination

Israel Leader Danny Danon Taunts President Obama on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

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MK Danny Danon

The Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and chairman of World Likud, Danny Danon, went chastised President Barack Obama in a candid interview with Talk Radio Host, Halli Casser-Jayne on her show The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds.

Danon, on tour to promote his new and highly-controversial book ISRAEL: The Will to Prevail, taunted the American president in a riveting interview with the show’s host, Halli Casser-Jayne. Danon candidly expressed his disgust with Barack Obama’s “lack of leadership” in dealing with Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon. Accusing the president of “wanting to avoid direct answers” and going so far as to call the American President “a dictator,” Danon passionately pled for President Obama to stand by Israel as the Jewish state, the U.S. and the world face the ramifications of a possible nuclear Iran. Taking a jab at the president’s well-known oratory skills, Danon said, “It takes more than a speech to achieve peace.”

Since its debut in March 2012, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, has pulled more than 600,000 listeners and thousands of podcast downloads. Top shows that have been favored by listeners and by the show’s production team have explored everything from chocolate to the 2012 presidential election to the life of Georgia O’Keeffe and the talent of literary titan Kristin Hannah.

“Our premise is Talk Radio for Fine Minds, and with that aim, my team of producers and I work diligently together to find thoughtful, provocative and interesting topics to discuss every week. We’re appealing to an educated audience who don’t want to listen to the soundbite of the moment — our listeners want in-depth discussions on a number of subjects, subjects that matter to them. As soon as a show ends, we’re back to researching and finding material, coming up with alternative angles to shape the following week’s discussion into something unique, engaging, and informative. It’s always our goal to give our audience the kind of programming they’re just not finding anywhere else,” said host and executive producer Halli Casser-Jayne.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com. Podcasts are available on multiple networks including iTunes, and via apps in multiple formats. For additional details and to download previous interviews, visit www.hallicasser-jayne.com.

ABOUT THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

Halli began her radio career on “The Dick Summer Show” on WYNY in New York City and has also worked as a reporter and photographer; actress and documentary producer; radio personality; author, editor and publisher. Her radio show, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, features stellar guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity. Recent guests have included Gloria Feldt, author-activist and former CEO of Planned Parenthood, actress Linda Evans, suspense and mystery author Iris Johansen, Star of  Broadway’s Jersey Boy Russell Fischer, Representative Betty Sutton, and political journalist Matthew Cooper. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, a production of  RESSAC, LLC, airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio.com. For more information, visit www.hallicasser-jayne.com. Like her page on Facebook, http://www.fb.me/hallicasserjayne, and follow Halli on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/HalliCJ.

BOXING…THROUGH THE EYES OF PHOTOGRAPHER GEORGE BENNETT

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This week has been about boxing. Wednesday, September 5th The Halli Casser-Jayne Show featured Jay R. Tunney author of the fabulous book The Prizefighter and the Playwright.  On the show Tunney, the son of legendary boxer Gene Tunney, talked about his book  that chronicles the unlikely friendship between the champion boxer and world-famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw. Tunney’s book offers an extraordinary insight into the World Heavyweight Champion – and even tells a love story! He gave an insightful interview that explored the mindset of his father, a Renaissance man as comfortable in the boxing ring as he was with the great writers of his day: Shaw, Hemingway, Wilder, Fitzgerald. Also on the show was the recently retired Light Heavyweight Champion, Glen Johnson, nicknamed “The Gentleman and the Road Warrior.” Johnson was a delightful guest and when you listen to the show, you will understand why he is called “the gentleman” and  why he is known as the “road warrior.”  You’ll learn why he chose boxing for his career and not, for instance, some other sport such as golf. You’ll also gain incredible insight into the mind of a champion — I promise fascinating listening. Rounding out the hour was Rick Encinosa. Rick is an author and boxing historian, considered one of the top ten boxing historians worldwide. Rick doesn’t pull a punch. He had some pointed comments on the  current state of boxing in America. You can download the show from iTunes (its free) or listen to it here at the top of the page.

In the meantime, enjoy these images from my friend photographer George Bennett, whose book Fighters with text by Pete Hamill is a must-have for every fan of boxing, and every fan of fine photography. *(Reprinted with permission of George Bennett)

Don King

 

 

 

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