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Gumbo is a New Orleans treat that is hard to match. Due to National Gumbo Day approaching fast (yes, it's a thing!), this Sunday, October 12 to be exact, I have complied some recipes to try if you can't make it to the soulful NOLA. Before you begin, know that there are two types of Gumbo, and that it is a Creole dish, not a Cajun one. Type one is based on okra the African vegetable, and two, is thickened with gumbo file, which is powdered sassafras leaves, which has a Native American descent. Read More
Mustard isn’t rocket science, and after you’ve seen how easy and fun it is to make, you’ll want to give Gulden’s the middle finger and go DIY forever. Ingredients: 1/3  cup yellow mustard seeds 1/3  cup vinegar (try white wine, rice, or red wine vinegar) 1/4  cup white wine (or water) 1/4  tsp. paprika 1 tsp. turmeric 1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup (or 1 1/4 Tbsp. light brown sugar) 1/2  tsp. Read More
There is no certification required for becoming a Youtube “beauty guru.” It’s fine when young beauty aficionados share tips on clothing, confidence and how to apply makeup, but they embark on shaky territory when they start pretending to be dermatologists. Whether it’s an urban myth like using toothpaste as a spot treatment, or rubbing half a lemon covered in sugar directly on your face, don’t trust advice from anyone who doesn’t have any sort of professional certification, because HELLO, duh. Read More
Unicorns, rainbows and cookies, oh my! But seriously, GET IN MY BELLY. I do not care how much food dye you require— you are perfect. Yes, I do talk to all of my cookies… Maybe I spent too much time discussing My Little Pony with my little campers, but I am convinced that “friendship is magic” and anything rainbow and unicorn-themed should be praised. YouTuber Rosanna Pansino could be a Disney Princess. Seriously, watch her ‘Nerdy Nummies’ baking series and tell me that you cannot picture little woodland creatures prancing at her feet. Read More
Maybe it's the end of a grueling work-day, if you have a work-day. If you're on the East Coast, there's a sporting chance you'll be caught in a tepid drizzle-storm the next time you leave a building. Hey, maybe there's nothing in the fridge! Maybe you've got to invoice or read the ever-traumatic newspaper or do something else taxing with your evening hours, when all you really want to do is curl up in the deepest part of the deepest couch and ignore all the phone calls. In the off-chance that you see yourself in any part of this equation, I have some ideas to ease your troubled mind. Read More