DISH: Making Food from What Breaks Us
A bone of contention. Bare bones. A bone to pick. Most idioms about bones have negative connotations. And I can’t help but think about many of them when I reflect upon this year, which has certainly stripped the juicy meat from our lives. For Betsy and me, a good portion of that meat was our vocations. The pandemic’s carving knife went straight for our businesses, and it didn’t stop slicing until it hit, well, bone.
There's more than just dinner in there – there are ingredients for your next marinade, potential crafts, and gardening tools, too!
If you loathe throwing away the extra packets of soy and duck sauce that line the bottom of your Chinese takeout bag, or feel guilty for trashing the ketchup and mayonnaise that accompany an already-dressed fast-food burger, you're not alone. I keep bags full of such items in my pantry.
But I don't do it only because I'm a condiment hoarder (I cheerfully confess t...
Chamomile tea has many benefits, including improving heart health, supporting bone health, relieving menstrual pain, and calming anxiety.
Chamomile can help with sleep and anxiety because it contains apigenin, a compound that has some of the same effects as benzodiazepines, an anti-anxiety medication.
The tea can also relieve involuntary muscle spasms that may occur before menstruation.
On the evenings that you sip a cup of chamomile tea after dinner, you might feel more relaxed and ready for...
Bananas have many benefits for your health because of their high potassium and fiber content.
Potassium helps to balance sodium levels in your body, which regulates blood pressure and may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Eating bananas may also help with weight loss because they contain pectin and resistant starch, which can help you feel full for longer.
Bananas have long been a lunchbox and brown bag staple. And that's not just because they're an easily portable food item. They'...
Whether on Instagram or at the local farmers' markets, many foodpreneur businesses are operating without proper licensing. But what does that mean for the consumer?
During the pandemic, foodpreneurs have been popping up by the dozen, seemingly daily. Log onto Instagram, type in a product – say, cookies – and you'll come up with hundreds of home-baked options. In fact, such virtual vendors quite literally sell everything from soup to nuts. They get paid virtually, too, by Venmo or PayPal or Ze...
As we transition from summer's freewheeling days to the cool, collected autumn, the world around us remains quite different. To paraphrase the well-known Gershwin song, the living this year has certainly not been easy.
That's true for everyone, but especially for home cooks. Many of us have been creating less from joy and more from responsibility. If the never-ending cycle of chop, cook, feed, rinse, and repeat has you ready to abandon the kitchen altogether, take a page from what coastal che...
The best time to get a flu shot is in the early fall, particularly in late September or early October.
Your body takes about two weeks after the shot to build up enough antibodies to protect against infection, so it's best to get the shot early in flu season.
But one study found that the vaccine decreases in efficacy by about 16% every 28 days, so the earlier you get the shot, the less effective it will be towards the end of flu season.
This article was reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, ...
Flu shots are the most effective way to keep yourself safe from the flu and the dangerous complications associated with a serious case of influenza. …
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My stay at Islander Resort in the Florida Keys wasn't perfect, with many guests and staff not following COVID protocols, but I'd still return — here's what you should know before booking
Florida still has a high positivity rate for COVID-19, but in places like the Florida Keys, mandatory mask laws in place make it a good option for locals, if you're careful.
I live in Miami and decided on a road trip and staycation at the Islander Resort because it has no interior hallways or elevators; all rooms and suites open directly outside.
Rates begin at $189, and while my stay wasn't perfect, it did impart key takeaways on travel during the novel coronavirus.
I saw it coming from a mile away. Okay, that's an exaggeration. It was from a foot away. The young mother was inspecting my table filled with the jams and salsas that I made with the fruit from my fourteen mango trees. Her one-year-old baby, who she was holding, was clearly teething, gnawing on his fist and drooling profusely. As she leaned over, so did the baby, whose saliva began to drip in one long stream — straight into my sample bowl of vanilla-lime-infused mango jam. Then, to finish it off, he dunked his fist into it, sending sticky mango flying everywhere.
DISH: Zucchini Intrusion, Both Blessed and Rude
I may be the only failed zucchini gardener in the history of zucchini gardeners.
Most people can’t grow just one zucchini. The Octo-mom of gourd vines, blessed by a holy grail of fertility goddesses, this summer squash variety even has a whole 24 hours devoted to those trying to desperately get rid of the things: National Sneak a Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day, which was just celebrated this past August 8.
Plenitude and ease of care are two reasons why you often see zucchini in school gardens
Plain, with franks or meatballs – I've been eating SpaghettiOs since I was just a couple of years old, which was about five years after they were invented in 1965. Back then, I liked them in a shallow bowl, so that the top cooled quickly, congealing like tomato soup. I preferred a teaspoon, not a soup spoon, to separate the rings more easily. A slice of the softest kind of white bread, spread so thickly with butter that your teeth left clear impressions, was the perfect sidekick.
These days, when times get tough, I still get myself a can of SpaghettiOs.
Almost six months into the pandemic, many are still working and learning from home — and eager for a change of scenery.Hotels are helping out by offering WFH — work-from-hotel — deals that offer beautiful views, socially-distant amenities, childcare, high-speed Wi-Fi, and reduced rates.Some properties require a minimum number of nights for a "work-cation," while others offer remote office ...