“This dish is good when made with beet greens of any size, whether small bunches from a thinned row or the tops of mature beets that you will be storing in the cellar. Teaming them up with scallions, bacon, and maple syrup has won over many a greens-hater. They are especially tasty when served alongside a hearty piece of meat, but if it’s pork, omit the bacon. Keep in mind that beet stems bleed just the way the roots do, and will color pale foods such as fish.”
Megan Nicolay of Generation T has more than scissors up her T-shirt sleeve! Here are four spring craft projects that you can do right now in time for the Easter egg hunt. Just click on each image to follow along with the video tutorials.
Most cheery sign that spring is in the air? The Washington Post Magazine‘s seventh annual Peeps Show contest has named its winning dioramas. Among the honorees are a recreation of Life of Pi, pointillist-style Peeps a la “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” The Shining as reinterpreted in marshmallow, a glimpse into the Peep-Pope’s retirement… and a whole lot more.
“How she would laugh when she would see chicken soup recipes from famous cookbook authors calling for two carrots and a stalk of celery. My mother used two POUNDS of carrots in that soup.
Most chicken soup recipes instruct you to add water to cover. No, no, no, said my mother. Two-thirds is plenty. The vegetables cook down and will be covered soon enough, because what you are looking for is that deep, dark, richly flavorful brew. Resist the temptation to add a cup of water to get another cup of soup, she advised.
Even if you’re not Jewish, you must use kosher chickens. The jury is still out on why they taste so much better. Is it the method of killing? The freshness? The salting? The blessing? Who knows, but there really is a difference.”
A posse of subversive librarians (revolutionary hearts under wooly cardigans) encouraged me to read books above my grade level, like all the Vonnegut ever published, tons of Updike, Cheever (and Naked Lunch!), textbooks on art history and anthropology, and amazing anthologies of short stories and essays on everything from feminism to uranium mining.
This week, in celebration of Easter (or at the least the commercial version with bunnies, eggs, and chirpy little chicks) and in anticipation of spring (sweet, sweet springtime!), we’re back to our Live By the Book series with some egg-cellent offerings from The Fresh Egg Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson.
Egg potholders, egg flower pots, a chicken purse (I saw someone wearing this bag — twice! — in the past week), the egg barbecuing machine (shaped like, not for), a heart-shaped egg frying “stencil,” and the best in farm-to-sidewalk fashion: a pair of good, old-fashioned rubber galoshes. Could we be any more egg-cited?!?
Leave a note in the comments (your best egg-themed pun, please) to win a copy of the book!
With recent statistics showing that close to 20 percent of the over-65 population is working (where 25 years ago, that number was closer to 10 percent), it’s clear that job-hunting is no longer the sole province of sweaty-palmed first-timers. For those looking to reinvent themselves and do good in the second part of life, here’s a list of organizations excerpted from Marci Alboher’s soup-to-nuts opus, The Encore Career Handbook.
1. Work Reimagined: A project of AARP and LinkedIn, WorkReimagined.org is a social community and talent exchange for people with twentyplus years of work experience.
2. WorkSearch Information Network: An online employment guide to the job search process from start to finish. Offers assessments and résumé-writing tools. Sponsored by the AARP Foundation.
3. PivotPlanet: A service from the creators of Vocation Vacations that matches people exploring new careers, thinking about starting a business, or seeking to hone skills with expert advisors working in various professions for affordable, one-on-one video or voice-over-IP mentoring sessions.
Sandra Boynton’s piggie knows how to celebrate with style.
You guys, it’s finally here! The most beautiful, mathematical time of the year: March 14th (3.14), otherwise known in the coolest circles* as Pi Day. Extra fun fact about this year? The date, 3.14.13, is also a palindrome. (We know. Mind blown.)
On this geekiest of holidays, fans of constant numbers like pi (which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter**), celebrate the awesomeness of this magical number in, well, lots of different ways. Since we here at Workman love learning, math, and celebrationsof allkinds, we’ve got some suggestions for how you can honor this very special day.
Those of you who down-right love math can take a page out of Sean Connolly’sThe Book of Perfectly Perilous Math and solve some of the most entertaining word problems ever (seriously). You want math-based stories about vampires, zombies, spy missions, and evil, scheming dukes who force you to play a do-or-die version of Let’s Make a Deal? Of course you do! Well, this book has got ‘em.
This week in Wednesday Cute: slippery seal babies!!
Here is a seal pup trying to wriggle its chubby little body up onto a surfboard! It’s almost four minutes of baby animal goodness. (via)
A highlight begins at 0:37 (did someone grease the board?!), and it only gets better when the little guy gets its face all up in our business (1:28, 2:16, 3:24!!). We’d say we wish the poor pup’s buddies would be more helpful, but then we wouldn’t get to watch him slither and wiggle all over the place.
And hey, if you’re feeling down or frustrated, just take your inspiration from this resilient fellow: He didn’t give up in the face of adversity, even when it looked like the whole world (or at least the surfboard) was conspiring against him. Go get ‘em, champ!
–Avery, whose feelings about baby seals can be summed up as follows: <3