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Classic t-day dishes go gluten-free I used to love devouring anything made out of flour (especially a bread basket). I’d feel great for 20 minutes, then start coughing like a cat with a furball. I met a naturopathic doctor who said, “You’re allergic to wheat.” I said, “No pizza, no pasta, no bread? Couldn’t I just be allergic to sex?” When I stopped eating wheat, I felt lighter, younger, healthier, and happier. But Thanksgiving can be particularly hard for us gluten-free folks. I can usually eat the...
  The Food and Drug Administration has given their full approval for Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, marking the first covid vaccine to receive FDA approval.  Previously, vaccines had been distributed and administered to patients via the FDA’s emergency use authorization which allows for the quick availability of medical products needed during public health crises. Vaccines administered under emergency use authorization still go through rigorous safety and efficacy testing of two months of safety monitoring data on tens of thousands of study participants, the time period in...
  Juicy summertime fruit pies: you want them, you love them, but you dread the thought of messing with a fussy, soggy pie crust on a hot steamy day. Enter the pandowdy! This old-school cousin of fruit pie embraces happy disasters and requires that oh-so-delicate pastry crust to be chopped, half-baked, and then partially smashed before returning to the oven. The result is a cobbler-like treat with a crusty top bursting with caramelized goodness. Any favorite crust recipe will do, but this recipe uses store-bought for extra convenience.  Ginger...
If you have a pet, chances are, they’ll leave this earth before you. It’s a cruel truth of nature, but it’s also a gift. My almost 17-year-old Italian greyhound Ned recently came to the end of his tenacious little life. The changes first became obvious in how he interacted with the world, then in his frailty and his neediness. Caring for him made me feel like a new mom again; my son learned to hold him delicately and the whole family became very patient—there are...
Nothing levels up a beverage like a colorful piece of fruit, veggie, herb, or flower frozen in a perfectly clear cube. Whether you want to make an extra special cocktail or just fancy up some lemonade, it’s like having a little work of art right there in your glass. But there’s more to making ice than you might think—Leslie Kirchhoff wrote a whole book about it: Disco Cube Cocktails: 100+ Innovative Recipes for Artful Ice and Drinks. Here are her clear cube tips and tricks,...
On July 30th, Jake Hoyle, Curtis McDowald and Yeisser Ramirez, members of the USA Fencing team, wore pink masks in support of sexual assault victims and in protest of teammate, Alen Hadzic. #TeamUSA men’s epee team wore pink masks for their opening match at the Olympics as a show of support for sexual assault victims. Alen Hadzic— their teammate accused of rape and sexual assault— is on the left. Kudos to the team for taking a stand. #BelieveWomen pic.twitter.com/yRI4azelKN — Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) July 30, 2021 According to...
  Norway has passed a new law which will make it illegal for influencers and celebrities to photoshop images of themselves on social media platforms, unless explicitly stating that they have done so. The move comes as part of the Ministry of Family and Children’s desire to “reduce body pressure,’ and its contribution to low self worth among young people.  According to a report from Vice, the law will crack down on any alterations made to the face and body, including the use of filters. Failure...
The Norwegian women’s beach handball team was fined €1500 (about $1765) on Monday for refusing to wear bikini bottoms. In the Euro 2021 tournament’s bronze medal match against Spain, the Norwegian women decided to wear elastic shorts in opposition to the International Handball Federation’s requirements that women handball players wear bikini bottoms “with a close fit and a cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg. The side width must be a maximum of 10 centimeters.” The men’s teams on the other hand are...
There are 4 elements of the tarot: Fire (wands), air (swords), earth (pentacles, or coins), and water (cups). Each element is lauded over by a King and Queen, who represent the most righteous form, the pinnacle, of each element’s power. Kings are great and all, but yawn, patriarchy. The Queens of the tarot channel feminine energy and are known for approaching problems with intuition and inner strength rather than the blunt force of the Kings.   In this four-part series, we feature one Tarot Kween each week...
While teaching history at South Atlanta High School in the early 2000s, T. Morgan Dixon came across a startling statistic: 50 percent of Black girls in the U.S. will develop type 2 diabetes unless diet and activity levels change. Inspired to do something about it, Dixon began taking girls hiking. At the same time, her best friend Vanessa Garrison was grappling with women in her family dying prematurely from chronic diseases. Wanting to do something more radical and transformative to combat the health crisis disproportionately impacting...
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