Home Cookin'

Chef's Treasure Island


Mullets are of two minds. On the one hand, a mullet is a way of life, a state of mind, a mop of hair that is short on the top, front and sides of the head and long in the back, draping down to the middle of the spine. As the mullet develops, it sprouts tentacles that burrow into the brain of the victim, adversely affecting behavior. On the other hand, a mullet is a fish whose roe is used in the creation of bottarga, or poor man's caviar. A Sardinian delicacy, bottarga is made by packing mullet roe in sea salt and pressing it before it is dried. It is then sliced and served as an appetizer or used as an ingredient. Fregula, another Sardinian staple, is pasta created by forming semolina into little balls before it is oven-toasted. While hair styles come and then become objects of ridicule, bottarga and fregula are traditional staples of Sardinian cuisine. Discover the nuances of Sardinian flavors as restaurateur Efisio Farris (of Arcodoro and Pomodoro) explores this distinctive Mediterranean island cuisine and introduces a line of Sardinian products at Central Market, Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue, during a cooking class from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $65. Call 214-361-5754. --Mark Stuertz

Double Feature


Quentin Tarantino is taking too damn long. He'd promised Kill Bill fans a special edition DVD that combines both parts of the Uma Thurman saga into a single, re-edited flick, but nobody knows when it's coming out. Then again, four hours for a single movie is asking quite a bit; our ADD-addled brains prefer the two-part version, actually, so we like this week's midnight movie double feature at the Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Watch Kill Bill Vol. 1 on Friday night and Vol. 2 on Saturday. Call 214-352-4959. --Sam Machkovech

Bunny Bribe


We can totally hook you up with a person-sized costumed bunny and it's not even Easter season. Parents, this event could keep you golden for a while--just get Polaroid photos of your knee-high bunny-lovers with Peter Rabbit when he comes hoppin' down the bunny trail for a story time visit Friday at 7 p.m. Use them as gifts, framed memories and, of course, leverage the next time Timmy says you never let him do anything fun. Barnes & Noble is located at Stonebriar Centre, 2106 Preston Road in Frisco. Call 972-668-2820. --Paul Kix



When Betty Friedan talked about promoting womanhood, she was so narrow in her approach. She was selling an idea with her book The Feminine Mystique, but where were the supplementary materials? Sales would have shot through the roof if she'd bundled it with motivational tapes by, say, Dr. Phil. In the 21st century, we're much better marketers, even with feminism. After all, what is ideology without commercial viability? Print woman-friendly quotes on sassy tees. Sell pink Kitchen Aid mixers that support breast cancer research. Design "girl power" messenger bags for 10-year-olds. VISIONS: The Women's Expo is just such a hybrid creature, described in one breath as "Dallas' ultimate event celebrating everything about being a woman" and "a shopper's paradise." It's a two-day event this weekend with 300 exhibitors and 40 nonprofit booths focusing on home improvement and decorating, health and beauty products and fashion accessories. Stages will offer culinary classes and gourmet tastings, interactive fitness demonstrations and seminars for personal growth. They'll even show you how to wrangle an ill-fitting bra and feng shui your house. Keynote speaker Marie Osmond will present "Hanging on for Dear Life Can Ruin a Good Manicure" at 2 p.m. Saturday, and all-mom garage band Frump performs at noon on Sunday. Sandwiched in between is a collection of activities and people that would make both Phil and Friedan happy campers. VISIONS: The Women's Expo will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $14 for a two-day pass and free for children under 12--all benefiting The Family Place. Visit www.adjuvantexpos.com/visions or call 972-504-6358. --Leah Shafer

Mr. T

8/28 When word began spreading about a new local movie, T'd Off, my firm grasp on the world of nostalgic, throwback sports came loose. I thought I was on top of the playground revival scene, whether racking up victories during the four-square outbreak at the end of my college days or watching the grown-up kickball league in Dallas. But when I saw that this movie followed a team through the T-Ball World Series, I was outraged. How'd I miss this craze? So I called the movie's director (and first baseman) Bert Mueller, who explained that the whole thing is a mockumentary. "A long time ago, I went to a softball game with some friends," Mueller says. "This 40-year-old played with a beer gut and stretch pants that barely fit. He had to wait to be walked because he couldn't swing." Mueller saw the out-of-shape softball player as inspiration for T'd Off, which follows the Catch 'Em Alls, a fictional grown-up team going for the world title in the childish game. The movie debuts at Lakewood Theatre, 1825 Abrams Parkway, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Entry is free. Stretch pants are optional. Call 214-693-9994. --Sam Machkovech

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