Chocolate Truffle Cake

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Cake layer: 1 cup flour 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 stick butter, melted 1 1/4 cups brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup hot water Truffle layer: 1 pound bittersweet  chocolate, chopped 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 1/4 cups […]

BA ’63 alumni socialize year-round

BA ’63 alumni socialize year-round

By Shari Goldstein Stern East Dallas may not have beautiful vineyards, but it is home to some top, would-be wine caves. Bryan Adams (BA) ’63 alumni have designated Ozona Grill & Bar on upper Greenville as the class’ own wine cave — not to be confused with a “man cave,” an entirely different phenomenon. Every […]

Checking the list for local sports teams

Checking the list for local sports teams

By David Mullen Santa has checked the Christmas list of area teams and sports personalities. He now has the daunting task of trying to provide multi-millionaires with gifts that they can’t buy. Wikileaks released Santa’s list from Dallas local franchises, so while we can’t determine its authenticity, we can run it as a public service. […]

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ falls flat, but still fun

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ falls flat, but still fun

By Chic DiCiccio “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” starts out with such promise. It begins with a prologue featuring the most interesting of the new characters, Kylo Ten (Adam Driver), on the hunt for a believed deceased character. It’s done with little to no dialogue, and Driver conveys evil determination and drive with nothing […]

Waya perfects izakaya, a casual neighborhood restaurant

Waya perfects izakaya, a casual neighborhood restaurant

By R. H. Lannen Until recently, Japanese food in Dallas has not extended far beyond a selection of hibachi and sushi restaurants, leaving many craving for a more diverse representation of what Japanese cuisine presents. Simple and cozy, Waya Japanese Izakaya is in no way pretentious in its offering of an authentic Japanese menu and […]

Consider bringing fosters home for holidays

Consider bringing fosters home for holidays

By Dr. Beth Leermakers As you wrap up your holiday preparations, there’s still time to help make the holidays brighter for homeless animals. Support Animals with Your Holiday Gift Shopping Animal calendars make terrific gifts. In-Sync Exotics’ calendar features the stunning big cats who reside at their Wylie sanctuary (isecalendar.com/home). Proceeds from sales of Arlington […]

Corny dog heiress a survivor helping others

Corny dog heiress a survivor helping others

By Shari Goldstein Stern As of this writing, it is only 282 days, 16 hours, 52 minutes and 53 seconds until the opening of the 2020 State Fair of Texas. Make that 51 minutes.  In pondering how many of the three million visitors to the Fair each year have “Fletcher’s” on their mind for the […]

(Relatively Simple) Bolognese Sauce

(Relatively Simple) Bolognese Sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 onion, diced 2 carrots, thinly sliced 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 bay leaf 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 pound ground beef 2 tablespoons tomato paste   1 cup whole milk 1/2 […]

Oscar-bound ‘1917’ testament to bravery, sacrifice

Oscar-bound ‘1917’ testament to bravery, sacrifice

By Chic DiCiccio The finest moment of “1917” occurs while Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) hides inside a bombed out French building. It’s nighttime, he’s injured, and hiding from German soldiers who are aware of his presence. He stumbles across a French woman, also hiding out, who helps him, feeds him and it’s all done […]

DTC gives new spin on old tale

DTC gives new spin on old tale

By Shari Goldstein Stern What will happen when Tony Award-winning Kevin Moriarty runs out of innovative adaptations of Charles Dicken’ 1843 classic, “A Christmas Carol?” (CC) He won’t. Regular patrons know Moriarty sets a high bar for himself, and look forward to his fresh take every year, like his 2019 production which opened last week […]