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25 Mar 12:11

Apricot Dijon Glazed Salmon

by Kevin Lynch
Apricot Dijon Glazed Salmon
Easter is coming and I have been have been working on menu ideas and I was thinking about something other than ham and salmon is a great option! I wanted something fruity to represent spring and apricot was my first choice and from there I decided to go with a slightly Asian fusion theme where I combined the aspects of sweet, spicy, salty and sour. The apricot preserves provided the sweet and I went with dijon mustard for the spicy, soy sauce for the salty and lime juice for the sour and the combination created a fabulous blend of flavours that I accented with a touch of ginger and garlic. This recipe could not be easier, you simply mix the glaze, brush it on the salmon, bake and you're done. (You can optionally marinade the salmon in the glaze for a while before baking to infuse it with more flavour.) All said and done, this tasty apricot dijon glazed salmon takes less that 20 minutes to make making it a perfect weeknight meal or a meal for special occasions where you would rather be spending time with your family than in the kitchen. To complete the meal I served the salmon on an apricot quinoa salad along with some simple steamed asparagus making for a really nice Easter meal!
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23 Mar 05:06

20 Cards For Unconventional Couples

by awkward
11 Mar 17:06

Post-apocalyptic Charlie Brown and Snoopy

by Mark Frauenfelder

Original art by Max Dunbar. Inks by Vitali Iakovlev. Colors by Sean Ellery. [via]

26 Feb 14:33

Learn to cook Depression era meals

by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Clara is here to cast some perspective on that ramen noodle and Mountain Dew diet you "invented" in college, at 2am. She's 91 years old, and she's here to show us all how to cook on a budget. Read the rest

11 Feb 21:38

Headline Of The Day

by Joe Jervis
Via the Associated Press:
A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state’s indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants. Rep. David Moore on Tuesday introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee in response to a group of naked bicyclists who rolled through Missoula in August. The proposal would expand indecent exposure law to include any nipple exposure, including men’s, and any garment that “gives the appearance or simulates” a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple. The Republican from Missoula said tight-fitting beige clothing could be considered indecent exposure under his proposal. “Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” Moore said after the hearing.
05 Feb 20:40

8 Cold Remedies That Scientifically Work: VIDEO

by Christian Walters

ASAP Science Cold

I could have used this video last week when I was bedridden for a good two or three days solid.

The boys at ASAPScience have put together a rundown of the eight cold remedies that not only work but also have a verifiable scientific basis for why they do so. Chicken soup makes the cut, of course, but so do honey and garlic, and even though AirBorne is a snake oil preventative, vitamin C actually does help decrease the duration and severity of the illness that ails you.

You can start putting together your cold-buster grocery list when you watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

 

05 Feb 14:00

Some Customers Are Hard to Please

04 Feb 08:10

Chicken Marbella

by Elise
Chicken Marbella

One of the finest dishes ever to come out of The Silver Palate Cookbook, Chicken Marbella is chicken first marinated in oil, vinegar, capers, olives, prunes, and herbs, then baked with added brown sugar and white wine. Prunes are the distinctive ingredient in this famous dish. They’re actually used often in classical French cooking, and the Silver Palate recipe borrows heavily from the French traditional lapin aux pruneaux.

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27 Jan 15:46

January Cleanses & Detoxes

I find myself in the midst of strangers a lot, a lot - crammed onto buses, in line at a cafes, grabbing lunch at favorite spots, grocery shopping - and I can't tell you how many conversations I've overheard in the past week related to cleanses, detoxes, and diets. An unusually high number, even for January - month of fresh starts, clean slates, and focused intentions. And there seem to be two veins of conversation - the individuals excited about cleansing or fasting, and the debunkers (link, link). My immediate reaction is that you don't really need to be in one camp or the other. There might be something to inspire you in one of those programs, even if you're not going to get onboard entirely. It could be a single recipe you come to love, or a mantra you embrace. I like to look at lots of different cleanses and detoxes, because there tend to be so many positive aspects to them - I'm talking about the ones based in real, whole foods (versus supplements & powders). The menus and recipes often emphasize the power and promise of good, diverse, plant-centric ingredients, mindfully sourced. Participants end up shopping, eating, and cooking with intent - also important. And because they tend to last a week, or two, or four, they can help establish new habits. So, while extended detox stretches or diets tend not to be my thing, an overall commitment to treating your body well, in the best way you're able, is something I'm always trying to get/keep a handle on. That's a long way of saying, I find that wherever you fall on the spectrum of diets, cleanses, and detoxes, there is a lot of good content out there, particularly in January - and some of these programs can be a great source of recipes, reminders, and ideas. Beneficial, and health-promoting not just for January, but for the rest of the year as well. :) A few of the links that I've browsed this month:

- My New Roots' Winter Weekend Cleanse

- Moon Juice's Amanda Chantal Bacon does Nine Days Plant Based in Harper's Bazaar

- Detox your Mouth

- Bon Appetit Food Lovers Cleanse 2015 (the complete menu)

- Green Kitchen's Green & Clean 2015 E-Book (more here)

- Whole30 / Whole30 Veg / Vegan

- Goop Detox with Dr. Alejandro Junger

- Shira Bocar Eat Clean Videos (audio alert)

- Whole Living Action Plan (from 2013)

I also tend to turn to my Pinterest boards if I'm in a bit of a creative or cooking funk - I love seeing what resonates with people, and there are so many great collections of recipes people pin. Lot's related to clean eating - like Kate Baxter's board, or Michele Janezic's board.

- Full Moon Feast: Also, (a book rec) Jessica Prentice's book takes you through an exploration of ancient and modern connections of our foodways to the seasons through the thirteen lunar cycles of the agrarian year. An inspired read as we think about our connections to food as we move through our own calendars.

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29 Jan 00:43

Travel: 77 LGBT Cruises!

by Drew Wilson
Passport presents their annual Cruise Calendar, an expansive list of the world’s best gay and lesbian cruise voyages for 2015.
26 Jan 05:00

P-Values

If all else fails, use "significant at a p>0.05 level" and hope no one notices.
22 Jan 21:28

Beef Stroganoff

by Elise
Beef Stroganoff

Oh Beef Stroganoff—the ultimate comfort food! Tender strips of beef and mushrooms are first sautéed in butter, then swirled with sour cream to make a creamy sauce, and served over noodles, rice, or fries. It’s not diet food, but it will make you smile.

You will want to make stroganoff with a tender cut of beef, such as tenderloin or top sirloin. For a quick version you can use ground beef instead of beef strips. You can also substitute yogurt for sour cream and leave out the mushrooms entirely.

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23 Jan 02:11

Bourbon Maple Glazed Chicken Wings

by Elise
Bourbon Maple Chicken Wings

These are sticky. These are messy. These are the best darn chicken wings I’ve ever had. As in keep them away from me or I’ll eat them all. As in protect your wings or I’ll take them when you’re not looking. As in you’ll need more napkins because these wings really are finger-licking awesome.

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18 Jan 18:15

Does Meditation Really Work? - VIDEO

by Kyler Geoffroy

Asap

We've all heard of the calming and transformational powers of meditation, but how exactly does it affect your body from a biological perspective? Does it really do anything?

ASAPScience investigates, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

16 Jan 15:10

Salted Chicken Shreds ไก่คั่วเกลือ

by Leela
Last November marked the 6th anniversary of SheSimmers. I’ve been doing this thing for six years. And though it doesn’t feel that way to me, that’s a long time. In most relationships, this is long enough for people to feel so comfortable with each other that even certain bodily functions no longer present an issue. […]

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15 Jan 17:00

key lime pie

by deb

key lime pie

January, as far as I’m concerned, is a pretty mediocre month. The holiday party tinsel-and-bubbly frenzy of November and December is replaced with hibernation and Netflix binges. The charming first and second snowstorms pass and the ones that follow are met with more of a really? it’s snowing again? Squarely between Christmas and mid-Winter break, it’s too early in the season to be so weary of the cold, but here I am, counting down the days until the hi/bye gloves can literally come off.

butter into graham crumbs, sugar, salt
buttery graham crumbs

Fortunately, just when I’ve resigned myself to thinking it’s going to be as beige and bleak going forward as the paragraph above, January — as if implicitly understanding that it’s going to have to sell itself harder — presents us with a luminous ray of tropical sunshine packaged as citrus fruit. I become obsessed. This ridiculous thing I bought five years ago as everyone around me tut-tutted that it would never earn its keep is put into overdrive as we conduct methodical studies of the pros and cons of cara-cara vs. blood orange vs. pink grapefruit vs. tangerine juice. (Spoiler: they’re all amazing.) Citrus is as good as everything else about a biting cold sleeting day is bad.

a neatly-pressed-in crust

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12 Jan 19:58

How to Caramelize Onions

by Elise
How to Caramelize Onions

Caramelizing onions, by slowly cooking them in a little olive oil until they are richly browned, is a wonderful way to pull flavor out of the simplest of ingredients. Onions are naturally sweet; and as caramel comes from the simple cooking of sugar, when you slowly cook onions over an extended period of time, the natural sugars in the onions caramelize, making the result intensely and wonderfully flavorful.

You can use onions prepared this way on top of steak, or for onion soup, tarts, pizza, or onion dip.

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10 Jan 22:24

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09 Jan 15:30

Yeah, Because Genitals Aren't Gross

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09 Jan 16:02

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08 Jan 02:23

Grilled Beef Salad~Thai Style

by Angie Tee


It's amazing how satisfying eating a plate of this delicious Thai-style Grilled Beef Salad. Prep all the salad and dressing ingredients ahead of time. When ready to serve, grill the beef to your liking, sliced, and then toss them with the salad and dressing.




Grilled Beef Salad (Thai-Style)

Ingredients

2 (About 500 to 600 grams) Pieces Sirloin Steaks
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

3 Stalks Lemongrass, thinly sliced
4 Shallots, thinly sliced
A Handful of Mint Leaves
3 to 4 Kaffir Lime Leaves, finely sliced
3 Scallions, sliced
Fresh Coriander Leaves
1 Cup Chinese Celery
1 Head Red Leaves Lettuce, torn
1 Cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded and sliced
1 Cup Small Tomatoes, quartered
¼ Cup Roasted Peanuts

Dressing
8 to 10 Bird’s Eye Chilies, chopped
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
4 Tbsp Fish Sauce
4 Tbsp Lime Juice
2 to 3 tsp Sugar

Method

Mix all the dressing ingredients and set aside.

Season the sirloin steaks with salt and pepper.

Heat a large grill pan/skillet over high heat until hot.

Cook the sirloin steaks to your liking. Turn each steak once using a tong. Remove the steaks from the skillet, and let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

To make the beef salad: Slice the steak into thin strips. In a medium or large mixing bowl, add some lemongrass, shallots, mint leaves, scallions, coriander, cucumber, tomatoes, and the grilled beef. Mix in a couple tablespoon of the dressing, toss and mix well. Add some lettuce leaves on a serving plate, the beef mixture, peanuts, and garnish with mint leaves and kaffir lime leaves. Spoon some of the dressing, if desired. Serve immediately.

Serves 4


07 Jan 23:21

Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

by Elise
Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets

When we were kids, my mother used to make this Parmesan chicken dish that was so good we would fight for drippings, every last crumb. She would start with a whole chicken, remove the skin and bones (and use them for making chicken stock), and then cut the meat into small pieces. (She made “nuggets” before anyone called them that!)

Then she she would dip the pieces into melted butter, dredge them in breadcrumbs and Parmesan, and bake them.

My god were they good.

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29 Dec 16:40

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23 Dec 20:45

Perfect Cheesecake

by Elise
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It takes a bit of hubris to describe a recipe as “perfect”, especially for a recipe such as cheesecake, for which so many have their own personal favorite. But, this is simply the best, most wonderful cheesecake I have ever had, and have ever made. It is based on a master recipe, from the master of baking herself, Dorie Greenspan.

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20 Dec 19:30

Gay Iconography: Pee-Wee's Big Holiday Adventure

by Bobby Hankinson

Peeweechristmas

If there’s a case to be made for nurture versus nature, I’d have to cop to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special playing at least a small role in my personal little gay development. The primetime special, initially aired December 1988, is some of the greatest — and gayest — holiday TV of all time. Now, as of this week, the special (along with the rest of the Pee-Wee’s Playhouse series) is available on Netflix to delight a whole new generation.

For a children’s program, it was an incredibly unique world, blending retrofuturist glitz with absurdist humor, a richly diverse cast, and a touch of morality. “I’m just trying to illustrate that it's okay to be different — not that it's good, not that it's bad, but that it's all right,” Reubens told Rolling Stone about the series. “I’m trying to tell kids to have a good time and to encourage them to be creative and to question things.”

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special, written by Paul Reubens and John Paragon, follows Pee-Wee (Reubens) as he preps the playhouse for the holidays. The special doesn’t find Pee-Wee visited by ghosts of Christmas past, present or future, but it does feature more gay icons than the last three New Now Next Awards combined. There are appearances from Annette Funicello, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, Cher, and many more alongside playhouse regulars like Laurence Fishburne (Cowboy Curtis) and S. Epatha Merkerson as Reba.

Don your gay apparel and relax with some of our favorite clips, AFTER THE JUMP

 

In lieu of a nativity set, more people should adorn their lawn with a figurine of Grace Jones popping out of a box in a breastplate.

 

Cher filmed this short cameo in only 25 minutes due to her busy schedule.

 

The late Joan Rivers brought her acerbic wit and a bit of Hollywood Squares style to the playhouse.

 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get more campy, there’s Charo.

  

My personal favorite scene involves Pee-Wee giving Little Richard an ice skating lesson.

 

For a complete list of special guests, check out the opening musical number, above.

Happy holidays! What’s your favorite holiday special?

 

20 Dec 18:11

Cioppino

by Elise
Cioppino

“I’ll make cioppino,” my brother John announced as the family discussed what to make one Christmas eve a few years back. “Great!” said my father and I, relieved that someone else would do the cooking that night. “Have you ever made cioppino before?” Dad wisely asked. “Uh, no, but it can’t be that hard, just make a tomato base and throw in some fish, clams and crab.” Okay. Relief short lived.

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21 Dec 05:01

Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Gruyere

by Elise
Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

A few years ago my father announced to his now very grown kids that he would no longer be participating in Christmas gift exchanges and encouraged us to follow his lead. As Scrooge-like as this may sound, it has turned out to be quite the blessing. Instead of racing around the week before Christmas stressing over buying presents for our grown family members, who quite frankly are in no need of additional material possessions, we focus on holiday meal planning instead. We love prime rib for Christmas dinner and seafood for Christmas eve. All the sides are open for discussion, as well as the desserts.

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17 Dec 19:42

Cream of Mushroom Soup

by Elise
Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of mushroom soup has been a favorite of mine as long as I can remember. Of course when we were growing up it was Campbell’s and it came in a can. But even as an 8 year old I took great pride in heating my own soup, and discovered for myself how much better it was if you added milk instead of water, and how important it was to slowly add the milk while stirring so it wouldn’t form clumps.

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12 Dec 23:10

Prime Rib

by Elise
Prime Rib on Simply Recipes

Prime rib claims center stage during holiday season for a very good reason. It is the king of beef cuts. It’s called a standing rib roast because to cook it, you position the roast majestically on its rib bones in the roasting pan. Beautifully marbled with fat, this roast is rich, juicy, and tender—a feast for the eyes and the belly.

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02 Dec 22:07

Swedish Meatballs

by Elise
Swedish Meatballs

One of our most popular recipes around the holidays is this one—Swedish meatballs. They’re terrific over egg noodles for a main course, or served as individual appetizers.

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