This fresh, fleeting delicacy, harvested through March, softens the harsh blow of winter. One or two large, plump scallops — raw, seared or tucked in crisp, maple-roasted bacon — can serve as the crowning jewels of a dish.
Representatives from dozens of countries are set to open peace talks today to try to find an end to the bloodshed in Syria. Arend Van Dam thinks the international community is gathering too late to solve the crisis, while Tom Janssen sees irony in negotiations that involve Bashar Assad's regime.
January 21, 2014 Americans have been suffering through a winter that's had both record high and low temperatures. Aislin thinks it's been so tough that even the forecasters are scared, while Fred Curatolo points out even when warms up, it doesn't necessarily get better.
January 20, 2014 Today begins the first step in ending Iran's nuclear weapons capability. Chuck Legge thinks congressional interference could blow up the whole process, while Lisa Benson doubts President Obama's ability to enforce the agreement.
January 19, 2014 Tomorrow is the official holiday commemorating the birth (Jan. 15, 1929) of the inspirational civil rights leader. Nate Beeler thanks Dr. King, for bringing our nation closer to living "out the true meaning of its creed," while Jeff Darcy reminds us that economic justice for all was always in the forefront of the reverend's struggles.
January 18, 2014 Many more Target shoppers had their credit card security compromised than originally thought. Steve Sack (from Target's home state) discounts the safety of "big box" shopping, while Joe Heller wonders if the damage from the plundered cards can be fully repaired.
January 17, 2014 Today President Obama is scheduled to announce what he will and will not do in response to criticisms of NSA surveillance programs. Chip Bok reacts to the latest revelation about monitoring devices physically implanted in computers, while Mike Smith wonders if any American has any privacy left.
January 16, 2014 Linguist Geoff Nunberg lives in the Mission and says young tech employees have been pouring into the neighborhood. But what to call these new residents? He says the term "techie" used to suggest a computer whiz with no social skills; now it suggests one with no social conscience.
January 16, 2014 The rollout of Healthcare.gov continues to suffer from problems, particularly with the long-delayed Spanish language version. Lisa Benson notes that frustration with the Affordable Care Act's implementation has gone bilingual, while Steve Sack thinks Republican obstructionism is impeding the progress of Obamacare.
January 15, 2014 While service is being gradually restored following the Freedom Industries chemical leak into the Elk River, thousands in West Virginia are still without clean water. Joel Pett questions the safety measures that were in place, while Jen Sorensen doubts the Obama administration's commitment to cleaner energy.
January 14, 2014 The breakfast staple makes a move to the grown-ups' table, punching up a pork roast and veggies, pecan pie and a cocktail.
January 14, 2014 Fresh off apologizing for "Bridgegate," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing questions about how the state spent federal storm-relief aid. Christopher Weyant recommends stepping lightly in the Garden State, while Lisa Benson thinks "Bridgegate" represents a style of governing that crosses party lines.
January 13, 2014 Everyone is announcing their pregnancy on Facebook these days. That means it's important to consider your social media strategy, and NPR's Melody Kramer mines the tech startup culture for some humorous ideas.
January 13, 2014 Excerpts from Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by former Secretary of Defense Robert L. Gates contained sharp criticism of President Obama's support of the 2009 Afghan surge. Chip Bok thinks the president would rather talk about anything else, while from 2009, John Deering reminds us that most Americans did not support sending more troops to Afghanistan.