It's nice to get back to the Dining Section in the NY Times after a two-week break. A bit light on juicy content, but nonetheless, still more satisfying than a People magazine at the dentist's.On the Half Shell or, Better Yet, Tucked Into a Tiny Pie: Florence Fabricant follows up Asimov with a pairing suggestion for his Muscadet: Oyster Pot Pies. Plus... Slicing, Dicing and Much, Much More: Fabricant gives a sweet little review of all the NYC-area culinary schools offering non-professional courses this spring. Food Stuff: Fabricant definitely worked overtime this week: a new wine shop in Tribeca called VinoVino what to do with and where to find fresh sardines, and a new product called Blood Orange Bitters gives the non-drinkers a frisky new cocktail to hold in their hand.
Idealism For Breakfast: Serving Good Intentions By the Bowlful: Marian Burros, ever healthful, gives a skeptic's review of "alternative" cereals.
Rice, Lies and Videotape: A Celebration of Darkness: Bittman gets a half-page to tell us that rice that sticks to the bottom of the pot is a good thing. We're now converts.
Take an Oyster by Surprise: Eric Asimov sings the praises of the oceanic, briny quality of Muscadet and the oysters that go with it.