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11 Apr 06:35

Grilled Meat With Rice Noodle Salad

by Angie Tee

This is my take on Vietnamese Bun Cha, a classic street-food of Hanoi. It is a scrumptious grilled meat patty eaten with rice noodle salad, simply amazing! Part of the recipe was adapted and inspired from a cookbook by Mai Pham, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table.

Grilled Meat Patties With Rice Noodle Salad


Rice Noodle Salad
200 grams, Dried Rice Sticks (Bun), cooked and drain well
1 Head Green Lettuce Leaves, picked
1 Bunch Mint Leaves, picked
1 Bunch Asian Basil, picked
1 Large Cucumber, shredded
2 to 3 Carrots, shredded
1/2 Cup Roasted Peanuts, chopped
200 grams Bean Sprouts (Optional)

Chili Lime Sauce (Dressing)
5 Thai Chilies, chopped
4 Tbsp Sugar
1 Clove Garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp Lime Juice
3 to 4 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1/2 Cup of Warm Water

Chili Lime Sauce: In a small bowl, combine warm water and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolved. Then mix in the chilies, garlic, lime juice and fish sauce.

Meat Patties
500 g Ground Pork or Beef
2 Stalks Lemongrass, finely chopped/minced
2 Shallots, minced
1 Clove of Garlic, minced
2 Scallions (White Part), finely chopped
1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Sea Salt


Combine the ground meat, lemongrass, shallots, garlic, scallions, sugar, fish sauce, black pepper, and sea salt in a bowl. Refrigerate the meat mixture for about 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.

Using your moistened hands, shape the meat mixture into oval (about 1 ½ to 2 Tbsp of meat) shape patty. Pan-Grill the meat patties until the meat is done and the edges are nicely charred on both sides. Remove the meat from the pan and serve immediately with the accompaniments.

19 Apr 16:01

perfect garlic bread

by deb

garlic bread

Does anyone really need a recipe for garlic bread? I mean, garlic + butter + bread = it’s impossible to imagine a bad outcome. And yet I do use one. I mean, prior to today it was in my head and did not include baguette weights because despite the impression this site might give you, I’m not that crazy upstairs. I use a recipe because like most people in the year 2016, I don’t take carb consumption lightly, and garlic bread is even more of a rare luxury. Because of this, if I’m going to make it I don’t want it to be almost right but could use a little more salt, or too much garlic and too little butter, and absolutely not pale and soggy or crouton-hard. I want each time I make it to be like the best time I ever had it, a beacon of bronzed edges, lightly drenched with garlic butter with a whiff of herbs and a kiss of salty heat.

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10 Feb 14:55

Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce

by Kevin Lynch
Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce
With Valentine's Day just around the corner I have been thinking and testing out some new recipes and this tasty Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce is the front runner this year. Steak is always a favourite and it goes so well with mushrooms and it's even better when you crust the steak with mushrooms by coarsely grinding up some dried mushrooms and pressing them into the steak before searing it, grilling it, etc. Steak done crusted with mushrooms like this is so amazingly good but I could not stop there so I grabbed my favourite mushroom sauce and I took it to a whole new level by using brie cheese to make it even creamier and oh so good! You can use any mushrooms that you like in this sauce and for this one I used a combination of button, oyster, portobello and enoki mushrooms to make it extra special! No matter how you slice it, this Mushroom and Peppercorn Crusted Steak in a Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce is perfect for any occasion and there won't be any leftovers!

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10 Feb 18:48

Bake: Cookie Monster bark

by Cory Doctorow


Melt chocolate into slabs, coat with blue candy-melts, and stud with broken oreos and edible googly eyes and voila: it's as though you blenderized a thousand Cookie Monsters, rolled them flat, and baked them. (more…)

11 Feb 14:23

Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce

by Kevin Lynch
Creamy Brie Mushroom Sauce
This creamy brie mushroom sauce from the mushroom and peppercorn crusted steak in a creamy brie mushroom sauce was so good that I felt that I had to break it off into it's own recipe. I mean this mushroom sauce is amazing all by itself on the afore mentioned steak, pork chops, simply tossed with pasta or smothering vegetables like cauliflower, mashed potatoes, green beans etc. In addition to being addictively good, this sauce only takes about 30 minutes to make so if you are serving it on pasta, steak, pork chops, etc. it's done in time to make for a nice quick 30 minute meal! The brie in this mushroom sauce makes it so nice and creamy and it lets you cut back on the amount of heavy/whipping cream at the same time. I like to add a bit of white miso paste to add some extra umami but it's completely optional. Once you try this creamy brie mushroom sauce you'll be using it on everything, that is when you can stop yourself from just eating a bowl full all by itself!

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18 Jan 16:00

No Bones About It- Their Selfie Stick Game Is Ruff

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22 Dec 17:11

gingerbread layer cake

by deb

gingerbread layer cake

For the last seven Christmas Eves, I have made the gingerbread cake Claudia Fleming made famous during her time at Gramercy Tavern. The first year, I was so excited about it that I made it twice, first, for the holiday and then so I could tell you all about it because I think we all know that a Deb-fitted torture chamber would be me making some awesome cooking discovery and not being able to run to the internet to tell you about it immediately.

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10 Dec 17:00

After E. coli and norovirus outbreaks, Chipotle founder promises new food safety practices

by Mark Frauenfelder


"This was a very unfortunate incident and I'm deeply sorry that this happened, but the procedures we're putting in place today are so above industry norms that we are going to be the safest place to eat," Chipotle founder and co-Chief Executive Officer Steve Ells said on NBC's "Today" program. He was responded this week's news that 80 people were taken ill with norovirus after dining at a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant in Boston. Earlier this year Chipotle restaurants in nine states made 52 people sick, causing the closures in some locations.

From HuffPo:

Ells said the affected Boston restaurant would reopen after being completely sanitized and having all of its employees tested for norovirus, which is highly contagious and spread easily through contaminated food and surfaces.

More than 120 people in the northeastern U.S. city reported symptoms.

Regarding the E. coli outbreak, Ells said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has still not found an exact source for the bacteria, which can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting. He said Chipotle's new food safety procedures will put it 10 to 15 years ahead of industry standards.

"We're doing a lot to rectify this and to make sure this doesn't happen again."

No wonder there weren't many people in the Los Angeles Chipotle my wife and I ate at yesterday! Above, a photo my wife took of the same Chipotle restaurant the day after reports of ChipotlE. Coli in other parts of the country. At one point, we were the only customers during lunch.

08 Dec 18:02

Sausage Breakfast Casserole

by Elise
Sausage Breakfast Casserole

What’s the one day of the year most breakfast casseroles are made? Christmas day! Christmas morning, actually. So many families are hosting family members in town from afar, a hot and cheesy breakfast casserole easily feeds a crowd.

You can assemble it the night before and just plop it in the oven in the morning. This way you, the cook, can enjoy the festivities of the morning with your guests instead futzing about in the kitchen.

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08 Oct 16:39

A symbolic fight: Jefferson Park scrape-off emblematic of Denver’s growth debate

by Carlo Davis

The two-story Victorian on Eliot St. won’t soon be featured in the Parade of Homes. Foliage conceals much of its modest brick façade from the view of passers by. But in the nine months since a developer moved to demolish the house, it has become the symbol of a neighborhood struggling to keep its character in a time of rapid change.

Thanks to the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission, the grassroots effort to save the house can continue. In a contentious meeting on Tuesday, the commission recommended that the structure receive historic preservation status.

The Queen Anne-style, 1880s-era residence, located at 2329 Eliot St., was slated to be demolished earlier this year to make way for 18 townhouses under an agreement between the homeowner, Jim Sonnleitner, and local redeveloper Adams Development.

That reckoning was put on hold after four Jefferson Park neighbors, including then-City Councilman Elect Rafael Espinoza, filed a last-minute application with the Landmark Preservation Commission for historic protection in late May.

While redevelopment has brought new businesses, more housing options, and higher property values to Jefferson Park, some residents feel it has come at the cost of the quaint, quiet character that attracted them there in the first place.

The commission ruled Tuesday that 2329 Eliot St., also known as the William W. Anderson House, has architectural and historic significance, two of the three criteria required for landmark preservation status. A City Council subcommittee will take up the commission’s recommendation later this month, and if it is endorsed, it will be sent to the full Council.

The commissioners praised the Jefferson Park home as an example of the Queen Anne architectural style, complete with asymmetrical gables and a bay window. As Barbara Stocklin-Steely, Denver’s principal planner for historic preservation, noted, such late-1800s structures are a “diminishing resource” in Jefferson Park.

“If history isn’t stories, what else do we have?” asked Commissioner Kathy Corbett. “The history of Denver, this kind of rough-and-tumble Western mythos, is a lot what makes Denver what it is.”

Much more salacious is 2329 Eliot Street’s place in Colorado history. From 1897 to 1902 and again from 1915 to 1930, the building was the residence of William W. Anderson, a prominent local attorney.

Anderson is known for briefly representing Alferd Packer, the infamous prospector charged with killing and cannibalizing his companions on a mining trip gone awry in 1874.

Through the attorney’s association with Packer, Anderson came into conflict with the then-publishers of The Denver Post, Harry Tammen and Frederick Bonfils, who were also seeking to exonerate the Colorado cannibal.

On January 13, 1900, after a meeting between Anderson, Tammen, and Bonfils at The Denver Post offices devolved into fisticuffs, Anderson allegedly shot each publisher twice with his pistol, making headlines in The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune.

Both survived, and Anderson was ultimately acquitted after two hung juries and a third trial that resulted in Tammen and Bonfils being convicted of jury tampering.

LPC Chair Martin Goldstein expressed some doubts that Anderson’s shooting saga was influential enough to Denver’s history to merit protecting the house he lived in, as is required by the city’s landmark preservation ordinance.

The commission ultimately disagreed, deciding that the historical requirement had been met, with only one opposition vote.

“If history isn’t stories, what else do we have?” asked Commissioner Kathy Corbett. “The history of Denver, this kind of rough-and-tumble Western mythos, is a lot what makes Denver what it is.”

Though the LPC’s recommendation turned on the force of events occurring over 100 years ago, the changes Jefferson Park has seen in the last 10 years loomed large in the proceedings. Many of the residents who spoke in support of the landmark designation on Tuesday expressed fears that the neighborhood’s historic character could soon be obliterated altogether.

Jefferson Park has yet to match the level of new residential construction seen in its trendy northern neighbor LoHi, but its relative affordability and proximity to downtown dictate a similar path.

Condo complexes have gradually replaced humble bungalows and cottages since the 1990s, guiding the median home sales price from $75,000 in 2000 to $388,000 today, according to Trulia. Once 80 percent Hispanic, the neighborhood is now 44 percent Hispanic and 45 percent white.

“I don’t believe every structure built in the last 150 years should be saved simply because it’s old,” said Northwest Denver resident Jan Stice at Tuesday’s meeting, “but neither do we have to lose all of our history to satisfy the great God greed and leave us with block after block of characterless cubes.”

To opponents of the Anderson House landmark application, these concerns reveal the political nature of the effort. “We have heard arguments about Anderson and architecture,” said Lisa Porter, a broker with Adams Development, “but one thing that the supporters of designation have pretty much clear—they are against development.”

For his part, Jefferson Park resident Jerry Olson, one of the four applicants behind the Anderson House petition, denies categorically opposing new development.

“We like sound development, in keeping with the character of the neighborhood,” said Olson, citing Zocalo Community Development and Allied Realty as two developers who have pursued such a vision in Jefferson Park.

Even if preventing all new development in Jefferson Park was the goal, designating individual structures as landmarks would be an clumsy way of doing so.

According to the city’s own professionals, the vast majority of the structures demolished in the city are not worthy of protection. Landmark Preservation staff review every demolition proposed in the city of Denver, and only around 30 of 1,000 each year are flagged as potential landmarks, according to Stocklin-Steely, the preservation planner.

Even if the City Council ultimately approves landmark status for the Anderson House, 10 other multi-unit developments are currently under review in Jefferson Park, according to Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department.

According to Olson, the deeper issue lies in the municipal zoning code, which was amended in 2010 to allow more residential density in growing neighborhoods like Jefferson Park. Until those changes are reversed, he said, no amount of history can save his neighborhood from an unrecognizable future.


Photo credit: Carlo Davis

09 Oct 13:00

Goodnight Full Moon-y

Goodnight Full Moon-y

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21 Sep 16:24

oat and wheat sandwich bread

by deb

oat and wheat sandwich bread

It’s a shame bread has taken a beating over the last decade or so, because there’s little on this earth — I mean, save the obvious stuff, babies in hippo onesies, world peace — that makes me happier than the aroma rolling off a slice from a freshly baked loaf. So when I went on my bender of frenetic-nesting-by-way-of-freezer meals this summer, I also made a couple loaves of sandwich bread to stash away.

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18 Sep 13:30

This Hero Dog Watched Over His Trapped Friend for a Week Until They Were Found and Rescued

cute dogs rescue This Hero Dog Watched Over His Trapped Friend for a Week Until They Were Found and Rescued

For a week dogs Tillie and Phoebe went missing. Phoebe, the basset hound in the picture, was stuck in a concrete cistern where both dogs were found. During that time Tillie stood watch over Phoebe, leaving only to look for help and return. Both dogs were cold and hungry but otherwise in good shape. Thanks to Tillie, they were both safely rescued.

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Tagged: dogs , cute , rescue
10 Sep 04:01

Shrimp Fried Rice


Recipe from Bon Appétit

03 Sep 17:00

What are You Going to Do When Google Shows You Your Real Photos of Lucas With the Pumpkin?

04 Sep 05:57

Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic

by Elise
Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic

September always catches me unawares. It seems that one day we are wilting in the heat while neighborhood kids shoot hoops well past dusk (how can they see in the dark?). The next day a cool breeze comes in, the block is eerily quiet, the kids back at school.

Even though summer isn’t officially over till later in the month, for all practical purposes, it’s gone. Playtime has passed. We put on our worker bee wings and get ready for the fall.

This baked chicken dish is made for busy days.

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29 Aug 22:24

Tzatziki Sauce (Greek Cucumber Salad)

by Kevin Lynch
Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki is a Greek meze or appetizer that is made from strained yogurt, cucumber and garlic. Optional ingredients include herbs such as dill, mint and/or parsley and lemon juice is also common. If you are feeling daring you can even hit it up with a splash of ouzo. In addition to being served as an appetizer it makes a great dip or condiment especially when served in gyros or with souvlaki.

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20 Aug 14:44

Science is really f*cking hard

by Cory Doctorow

The rash of high-profile journal retractions, revelations of systematic frauds in peer-review, and journals publishing deliberately bogus papers (e.g. "Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List") -- are we experiencing a crisis in science? Read the rest

10 Jul 21:43

16 Gelatin Molds That Will Make You Nauseous

by Kailee Graves
16 Gelatin Molds That Will Make You Nauseous - Awkward Galleries

The end of World War II ushered in a time of peace for much of the world… so it should be no surprise that people decided put anything and everything into a gelatin mold. Our tribute the most unappetizing food ever.















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The end of World War II ushered in a time of peace for much of the world… so it should be no surprise that people decided put anything and everything into a gelatin mold. Our tribute the most unappetizing food ever.















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12 Jul 18:41

Chicken Piccata

by Elise
Chicken Piccata

Sometimes it amazes me how a simple combination of basic, on-hand ingredients can yield such delightful results. Chicken piccata is nothing more than chicken breast cutlets, dredged in flour, browned, and served with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers, and either stock or white wine.

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30 Jun 05:41

Apricot Cherry Galette

by Elise
Apricot Cherry Galette

What I look forward to most in the summer? Stone fruit! We have trees, our neighbors have trees, and when the fruit on a tree ripens, it usually ripens all at once, setting up a flurry of activity. We eat (more like gorge on) the fresh fruit, make pies and cobblers, and freeze, dry, and can whatever’s left.

Apricots and cherries come into season about this time, early summer, which is a great excuse to pair them in a rustic tart such as this one.

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16 Jun 05:26

Grilled Ginger Sesame Pork Tenderloin

by Elise
Grilled Ginger Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Looking for something quick, easy, and spectacularly delicious to grill? I recommend this pork tenderloin. Tenderloin is a little finicky, in that you do have to pay attention so you don’t overcook it. There’s not much margin for error with this cut.

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09 Jun 12:30

Pesto Zucchini Tomato Gratin

by (K. McLean Allrich)

Fresh and beautiful- zucchini tomato basil gratin on gluten-free penne.

A Garden Fresh Gratin

Midsummer plans are heating up. Have you noticed? June (in all its promise and glory) is one busy month. So today's post is short and sweet. Or should I say, blessedly brief and deliciously savory.

Do you love the classic combo of zucchini and tomatoes? Penne and basil?

You're in for a treat.

Here is a favorite summer-inspired recipe updated from the archives- a basil and garlic laced gratin featuring sliced zucchini, artichoke hearts and fresh tomatoes. Use your favorite gluten-free crumbs on top (my current favorite crumbs for a crunchy golden topping are these cornbread crumbs). 

Serve it as a delicious side dish with grilled chicken, fish or grass fed beef.

Vegetarian? Spoon it on top of pesto penne pasta.

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10 Jun 03:49

Grilled Chili Lime Crabs

by Angie Tee

Dungeness crabs are aplenty and are well priced over here in Vancouver now. I bought 2 large size crabs for this fantastic Grilled Chili Lime Crabs recipe. I had the crabs prep by the fishmonger to save time. Back at home, I simply coated the crabs lightly with some peanut oil and off they went to the hot grill. Then, the crabs were taken off the grill, tossed with some chili lime dressing, and placed back on the grill until they are thoroughly cooked. Easy and delicious!

*This is an updated post with a video tutorial guide.

Grilled Chili Lime Crabs


2 Large Dungeness Crabs, cut into 8 pieces for each crab
1 ½ Tbsp Peanut Oil
1 Disposable Aluminum Pan

Chili Lime Dressing
4 Tbsp Lime Juice
3 to 4 Thai Bird’s Eye Chilies, finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
4 to 5 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro
2 Tbsp Fish Sauce
5 Tbsp Peanut Oil


Prepare the grill on high heat for direct cooking.

Combine all the chili lime ingredients and whisk well.

Brush the crab pieces lightly with some oil. Grill the crab pieces over high heat for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove the crab pieces from the grill and place them into the aluminum pan. Toss the dressing all over the crabs.

Return the aluminum pan to the grill over direct high heat and gently turn the crab pieces with a tong to coat them with the chili lime dressing. Cook the crab pieces for about 3 minutes or until the crab is fully cooked. Serve immediately.

05 Jun 17:42

Perfect Lemonade

by Elise

Lemonade: sugar, water, lemon juice. Easy, right? Well, the problem is that if you just stir all of these together the sugar will sink to the bottom. So the best way to make lemonade is to make a simple syrup first, by heating water and sugar together until the sugar is completely dissolved, and then mix that with the lemon juice.

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02 Jun 16:24

Communities across the country join in celebration of Men’s Health Month

by Drew Wilson
In addition to being Pride Month, June is also Men’s Health Month and communities across the country and around the globe are joining Men’s Health Network in celebrating this special awareness period.

The goal of Men’s Health Month is to encourage men and boys to take care of their health and to heighten the public’s awareness of the many preventable health problems that affect them.

“These efforts reach men where they live, work, play ...,” said Ana Fadich, Vice President of Men’s Health Network, which organizes Men’s Heath Month events nationwide. “They’re a great way for healthcare providers, policy makers, the media, and individuals to educate men, their families, and the public on a wide range of men’s health issues, including cancers, hypogonadism, cardiovascular problems, sexual and mental health concerns.”

During Men’s Health Month, health care professionals, private corporations, fraternal organizations, government agencies, and other interested organization plan activities and events which focus on the health and well-being of men and boys.

“As a urologist, prostate specialist and Men’s Health Network advocate, I feel this is a critical time to encourage men and their families to focus on Men’s Health,” saidJudd W. Moul, MD, Professor and Director, Duke Prostate Cancer, Durham, NC, and Advisor to Men’s Health Network. “Many men do not like to go to the doctor and do not like to think about their own health. This is one time a year when we can get the word out that men need to take time for themselves, to think about their health, and take action to improve their health!"
03 Jun 12:03

Kalamata Olive and Feta Vinaigrette

by Kevin Lynch
Kalamata Olive and Feta Vinaigrette
Here is my new favourite salad dressing, a kalamata olive and feta vinaigrette that is sure to make any salad pop! This dressing is based on some of my favourite Greek and Mediterranean flavours with the kalamata olives and feta being the stars of the show. The base of the dressing is extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar and the accompanying flavours include tangy red onion, garlic, honey to add a touch of sweetness and oregano. In addition to being great ad a salad dressing you can also toss grilled or roasted veggies in it and turn them from ordinary to extraordinary!
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29 May 02:25

Steak Nachos

by Angie Tee

I made these mouth-watering nachos with some of the saute steak and vegetables from the Quesadilla. These Nachos are great for sharing, and it's easy to make too. All you have to do is layer the toasted tortilla chips with cheese, salsa, meat, and vegetables. Then bake in the oven until the tortilla chips are crispy and the cheese has melted. Make sure to serve it with some salsa fresca and guacamole.

Steak Nachos


125 grams Lightly Toasted Tortilla Chips
1/3 Portion Steak & Vegetables Recipe
100 grams Monterey Jack/Tex-Mex Blend Cheese
1/4 Cup Pickled Jalapeno
1/3 Cup Salsa Fresca
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
Salsa Fresca


Preheat the oven at 400˚F. Line a medium-sized pizza with parchment paper, or use a baking dish.

Then assemble a layer of the tortilla chips. Toss some cheese on top of the tortilla chips. Then scattered some salsa fresca, pickled jalapeno, steak & vegetables. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up.

Bake in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately with additional salsa fresca and guacamole.

Serves 4 as an appetizer

02 May 13:00

Dan Savage Makes A Compelling Argument Against Sexual Monogamy on StarTalk: WATCH

by Charles Pulliam-Moore

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In his many years of doling out frank and sex-positive relationship advice, there’s one idea that Dan Savage has repeatedly revisited in the hopes of making his fans’ love lives better: human monogamy just isn’t all that natural. So many couples struggle with the fact that sexual desire for other people doesn’t just go away once they enter into committed monogamous relationships. The issue, Savage reasons, stems from the fact that most societies have failed to differentiate between social monogamy and sexual monogamy. In the latest episode of Neil Degrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, Savage outlines how historically we’ve held human sexuality up to unrealistic standards that have done more harm than good.

“All of these birds we used to look to and think ‘why can’t we be monogamous like birds,” Savage lays out. [We assumed] they would mate for life and we would measure our failure as humans to live up to the standards set by these damned birds. Well along comes genetic testing and we find out that these birds are screwing around with each other constantly.”

Listen to more of Savage’s interview with Neil Degrasse Tyson and get Bill Nye's take on the evolution of human sexuality AFTER THE JUMP...

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24 Apr 02:50

Stir Fried Spicy Water Spinach (Goreng Kangkung)

by Angie Tee

This is a simple stir-fry vegetable, slightly spicy and the saltiness from the salted soy beans. It's delicious with steamed rice.

Stir Fried Spicy Water Spinach (Goreng Kangkung)


1 Bunch ( about 350 g) of Water Spinach, cleaned and cut into 1 inch in length
6 Thai Bird's Eye Chilies, chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, coarsely chopped
1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 Tbsp Salted Soy Beans, coarsely chopped
1 tsp Chicken Powder
1 Tbsp Peanut Oil
Sea salt to taste


In a large wok over high heat and add the peanut oil.

Add the garlic, chilies, salted soy beans and give them a very quick stir. Then add the water spinach, oyster sauce and have a quick stir again. Mix in the chicken powder and sea salt and continue to cook for about a minute and a half or until the vegetables are cook. Serve immediately.