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For my first poetry show ever, one of my best friends offered to bake a super simple shortbread cookie for the audience. I was so nervous, but it was the perfect thing to add a calming and almost familial atmosphere. I endlessly appreciate this gesture because, since then, I have made ALL THE COOKIES! This recipe combines two of my favorite things, tea and baking. I hear time and time again that baking is a very exact science and that straying from the recipe can lead to trouble, but I think I kind of like trouble, especially when it results in a soft, flavorful and elegant cookie. Read More
Yesterday I went to Hannah Hart’s book signing at the Housing Works Bookstore on a whim and had my mind blown. I’m honestly still picking up the pieces.  I first watched Hannah’s Youtube series “My Drunk Kitchen” in 2011, after just moving away from my parents for the first time to start college. I remember feeling so awkward and insecure as I tried to adjust to my new environment and all these new faces and names that all had already become a blur. Read More
Planning a hike, or just a stroll through the park? Either way, a picnic is the original cheap date, and we’ve got the perfect sandwich to bring along for the ride. Caponata is a Sicilian sweet-and-sour eggplant salad that’s laced with olives and finished off with fresh basil. This salad is ideal for a picnic, since the touch of vinegar gives it a pickled, summer-y appeal, and because the taste may even improve after it’s been toted around at room temp for a few hours. Here, we stuff the caponata into sturdy bread and top it with chickpeas. Read More
The next time someone asks who you're knitting that sweater for, say your brain.  It's long been assumed that creative types like Sylvia Plath are somehow more susceptible to depression, when in fact the opposite might be true; writing poems may have been her brain's way of fighting depression.  "When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life," says Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. "You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. Read More
  My grandmother was an artist, and throughout her career, she’d make abstract sculptures and embroidery that I’d stare at for hours as a child: “oh, that looks like a face, and that there? That’s an animal.” Our play was art-making, and I was always amazed at how different her aesthetic would become when she was with me. Her paper dolls weren’t abstract at all; I’d make an abstract shape, and she’d magically transform it into a dragon. Her work around my childhood self was whimsically cartoonish, otherworldly and yet completely familiar. Read More
Of all the glorious corn-based creations on Earth, tamales—steamed cornmeal cakes filled with protein or vegetables—are my fave to eat. Though they take forever to make, you can whip up a few dozen of these at once, freeze them, then reheat as you want to eat them. Makes: 3 dozen tamales Total Time: 7 hours for pork, 3 hours for vegetarian You’ll need a slew of cornhusks, a steamer, and plenty of time. Buy the dry husks from a Mexican grocery store and soak them in warm water for at least an hour. (You can cut thin strips from them to use as ties later on. Read More
Some say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith took that as gospel truth, and she set the Internet abuzz yesterday by revealing herself as the author behind 300sandwiches.com. The blog came about after Smith made her boyfriend a sandwich one morning. After finishing the meal, he told Smith that she was “300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring.” Her blog chronicles her journey (and recipes) towards that proposal—today’s sandwich, the “Baked at Halftime” Fried Green Tomato BLT, is number 177. Read More
Are you ready to take your love of salty snacks to the next level? Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites by Cynthia Nims (Ten Speed Press) includes seventy-five recipes for salty (and healthful!) snacks from potato chips to duck jerky to chickpea cake. Below are the recipes for the delicious-looking bacon-chive bread with goat cheese and kale chips with lemon and ginger. Read More
  Forget tasteless tofu dogs: this collection of plant-based recipes proves backyard barbeques need not be dominated by meat. Better yet, the ingredients here are found at any grocery store—no specialty vegan pantry required—and the recipes are so simple it’s easy to make several courses on a single grill. At a recent barbecue, friends devoured the scrumptious slip-n-sliders, garbanzo-bean-based burgers flavored with spices and soy sauce. Read More
  Want to make healthy, pizzazz-packed meals, but you're strapped for time? Look no further than this practical, innovative guide by Indian-American chef Ruta Kahate. Even if you only have the most basic of kitchen skills, you can make Indian staples in around 30 minutes or less. Just stock your spice shelf with a few basic seasonings like cumin powder and curry leaves, and follow Kahate's straightforward, step-by-step instructions. Read More