Every recipe in my recipe album has a reason for being there. Most are passed on by family or created in our own kitchen. But a select few (some of our favorites) are from friends. On each recipe I make sure to note who passed it on to us, when they first shared it with us, and what makes it so special.
Here are three of my all-time, “Food and Friends” favorites:
- Fu-Min’s Garlic Shrimp
- Margo’s Chicken Curry
- Lubbat Family Hummus
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Did you happen to catch Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar speech?
Sure, it had your typical Hollywood elements of narcissism, divine shout-outs, and a complete disregard for larger matters that his own character brought to light.
None of that impressed me.
What did impress me, however, were the questions he posed regarding the three things a person should consider each day: Continue reading
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“What? You’re not going to find out the baby’s sex? I couldn’t do it!”
That is the single most common response I get when people ask me what I’m having.
So let me clarify: It’s not that I don’t want to know. I don’t want others to know. At least not yet.
From the moment someone’s expecting, “It’s a Boy! It’s a Girl!” is the slogan du jour—on invites, balloons, cards, baby shower decorations, onesies, you name it.
The sexy topic of pregnancy is, well, sex (or gender to be more precise). Continue reading
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I recently came across an idea-packed article on creativity rituals, which included everything from naps to bar brainstorming to frequent vacations (yes yes and yes!).
They also mentioned something called an “interesting people fund,” the idea of which was taken from an interview with entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha:
By pre-committing time and money to meeting interesting people, you increase the likelihood that you’ll actually do it… Take an hour out of your day or spend $40 buying someone lunch…. Relationships—be they romantic, friendship, or professional–take time to develop.
Okay, Ben. I’m going to one-up you on that. Continue reading
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It’s not often that I recommend a book so unilaterally. Frankly, I don’t recommend most books I enjoy because they’re usually too far in the realm of classic on the one end or fantasy on the other.
Not true with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Whether you’re man or woman, adventure lover or philosopher, page skimmer or word obsessor, it’s well worth your time.
In truth, what kept me reading was the mystery of the story. But what made it unforgettable? What so compelled me to share it? Continue reading
Warning: The situations you’re about to read are real. Third Trimester is not to be taken likely. If you or someone you love experiences any of these symptoms, enact relaxation measures immediately: sit, raise feet, and eat something immediately—preferably chocolate.
You Might Be Third Trimester If…
- You return home from a night out with friends and touch-up paint the trim of your whole house.
- Those cute little flutter kicks have evolved into a Alien-movie undulations. Continue reading
Sure, you’ve had beef stew, but not like this. Sweet and savory. Rich and tomato-free. Unexpectedly herbal.
Around these parts (i.e. our house), we call it “Brother-in-Law Stew.” Ryan first concocted it at my sister’s house for her, my parents, and my brother-in-law. Thus the name. But you can call it…
Beef Stew With Gnocchi
Ingredients for beef stew: Continue reading