Happy Pi(e) Day!

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March 14 (3/14) is celebrated annually as Pi Day because the date resembles the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — 3.14 for short. But here at Workman, we can’t resist the urge to share a delicious pie recipe. Follow the instructions below to make Petsi Pies’ Sweet Potato Pie from Teeny’s Tour of Pie!

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This was one of my favorite pies to make while I was at Petsi Pies because it meant roasting tray after tray of sweet potatoes in the large commercial ovens. The tubers’ sweet, earthy smell filled the small space as they baked, and they were especially fun to peel and plop into large plastic containers, where they sat before being mashed and combined with different spices and poured into the waiting pie shells.

The crust recipe below makes enough dough for three 9-inch pies, so you can use one dough disk right now and refrigerate or freeze the other two for later. The dough will last up to two days in the refrigerator and up to two weeks in the freezer.

Prep Time: 30 minutes – Bake Time: 1 hour – Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes – Makes: One 9-inch single crust pie (6 to 8 slices)

Ingredients for the Crust:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus up to 3 tablespoons extra for rolling out the crust
  • ¾ cup cold shortening
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 2 cups peeled, mashed cooked sweet potatoes (from about 2 large potatoes; see note)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups evaporated milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

1. Make the crust: Place the 3 cups of flour, shortening, and butter in a large bowl and gradually work it together with a pastry cutter until it resembles a coarse meal, 3 to 4 minutes

2. Beat the eggs with a fork in a small bowl. Pour it into the flour mixture. Add the cold water, vinegar, and salt and stir together gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated.

3. Separate the dough into 3 equal balls and place each into a large plastic bag or wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Flatten the balls into disks about ½ inch thick. Seal the bags or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or longer—see headnote). (If you will be using the dough immediately, you can put it in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to chill, instead.)

4. Meanwhile, preheat the over to 375°F with a rack in the middle position.

5. Make the filling: In the bowl of a food processor or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sweet potatoes, eggs, evaporated milk, sugars, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, and butter and blend on medium speed until smooth. Set aside while you roll out the crust.

6. Remove one disk of dough from the refrigerator or freezer and allow it to thaw until it’s cold but malleable. On a floured surface roll the dough, starting at the center and working your way out. (Sprinkle some flour over the top of the dough if it’s a bit too moist.) If the dough is sticking, use a metal spatula and carefully scrape it up and flip it over and continue rolling until it’s about ½ inch larger in diameter than your pie pan and ⅛ inch thick.

7. With the plastic scraper or spatula, life the dough carefully from the surface of the counter into the pie pan. Gently press the dough into the pie pan and crimp the edges. Set the lined pie pan on a rimmed baking sheet.

8. Give the sweet potato filling one final stir and pour it into the unbaked pie shell. Bake for 10 minutes at 375°F, then reduce the heat to 300°F and bake until the filling is firm and a knife inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean, 50 minutes more. Let cool for 10 to 12 minutes, until the pie firms up a bit and won’t be hot to the touch, before serving.

Note: To bake the sweet potatoes, scrub them, prick the skins all over with the tines of a fork, and place them in a 375°F oven until they are soft when pierced with a fork, about 1 hour.

Teeny’s Tour of Pie is available wherever books are sold including the following online retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powell’sWorkman

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Happy National Potato Chip Day!

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To celebrate National Potato Chip Day (and what’s not to celebrate about that holiday?), we’re sharing one of our favorite projects from the book Potato Chip Science.

And hey, if you snack on a couple of chips while you’re working on this project, we won’t mind!

Potato Chip Sciene CSI Detective Kit

 

 

 

 

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Humans of Workman

Categories: Behind the scenes, Guest post, In the office

Memories and Observations

Photos and interviews by Maddie Williams
8th grade student intern

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Lisa Hollander | Art Department

“It was Peter Workman’s fiftieth birthday, and the publicity person, Andrea, came around to everybody and asked each of us to wrap up a golf ball. I had just started here; I had only been working maybe two or three weeks. I looked at the golf ball and I said, ‘What do you mean wrap the golf ball?’ She said, ‘Just wrap a golf ball. Do it creatively.’ We were only about fifty people at the time. I said to myself, ‘What am I gonna do here? I have no idea.’ So I went home and I wrapped the golf ball. I didn’t give it a whole heck of a lot of thought.

“The day of the party, we all went into the lunch room and there was a big pile of gifts on the table. Peter came in and he started to unwrap the presents, and the first one he opened was a beach bucket that somebody had filled with sand and put a golf ball inside, like it was in a sand trap. He unwrapped it, and he proceeded to unwrap more presents and more presents and more presents, all of them decorated golf balls. Finally, he opened up one and it was an avocado, so he said, ‘This can’t be a golf ball; it’s an avocado.’ He showed it to everybody, and he was looking at it and looking at it. He opened it up, and where there should have been a pit, there was a golf ball. I said to myself, ‘Wow, this is a really creative company: everybody!’ It wasn’t just the art department–normally I’m used to just the art department being creative, but that gift was from someone in editorial. It was very interesting, because I said to myself, ‘This is a company I want to associate myself with. This is someplace I want to be.’”

 

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International Sales Department Meeting

 

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Elisabeth Scharlatt | Publisher, Algonquin Books | 26 years

“In our old office there was a sign at the reception desk that said ‘Workman Publishing: Books, Calendars, Parties,’ and I remember that before the company got so big and the industry got so complicated, we had a lot of parties. It was a much more informal company. As the business has grown, we’ve had to keep up with the digital world and the different ways that books are read and distributed. But we still have parties.”

 

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Our Chicken Relaxing in the Relaxshack

 

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Erica Moroz | Algonquin Books | 10 days

“It’s a very nice work atmosphere. Everyone’s very friendly and helpful, and encourages you to ask questions. We get bagels on Mondays. I think the most important thing for a new person to know is that everyone is ready to answer your questions.”

 

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Brain Quest Display

 

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Mike Vago | Art Studio | 10 years

“The biggest thing that we do all year in the studio is BEA, the industry’s biggest trade show. We set up this gigantic booth. We make big posters, we make giant books, huge displays, and all kinds of other things. Every year, there are always one or two little things that go wrong and I always think, well, next year we will get it right. The biggest, most complicated thing we ever did was put together a show and a party at the same time. I rented a pickup truck to drag posters and things back and forth between our office and the Javits Center. It all went off perfectly: Every sign was in the right place, nothing was missing, everything was great. It was all perfect. I walked outside to get back in the truck. I reached into my pocket and discovered that I didn’t have the keys. I ran to the truck and it was unlocked, with the keys in it, running, right in front of the convention center with like 50,000 people streaming past, and nobody noticed. I got in the car and it was fine.”

 

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Special Sales Meeting

 

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Marilyn Barnett | Gift Sales | 8 years

“The offices are painted all these bright colors, and when you come down the steps you don’t get a really good idea of the layout. So when I first came here, I got lost every time I left my office. The first week I found myself visiting people that I never met again! That’s an amusing memory, looking back, since I never get lost anymore.”

 

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 Workman Entrance

 

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Phil Gerace | Credit Department | 33 years

“Carolan Workman used to work late a lot, and I used to work late a lot, and the office had been broken into a few times. So we hired night guards. One night I was showing them how to use the phone PA system. I picked up the phone and I projected it through the whole office and said, ‘This is security! Don’t you move! We’ve got you covered!’ Well, Carolan heard this and called 911 and said to them, ‘I’m really scared, would you stay on the phone with me?’ and they said, ‘Absolutely.’ She was hiding under her desk with the phone when the police came. There was a lieutenant, a sergeant, and about ten cops. I’d gone back to my desk and didn’t know about any of this yet. I heard a buzz at the front door, so I ran upstairs and there was a long hallway–probably a quarter mile, maybe a little less, I may be exaggerating. I saw about a dozen cops at the glass doors and I ran all the way to the front to let them in. By the time I got there, because I’m out of shape, I couldn’t breathe. I buzzed them in and I tried to talk to them but I was huffing and puffing, and they said to me, ‘Who are you?’ and I said, ‘Well, I work here.’ I was telling them the story and they said, ‘Well, we have a call from Mrs. Workman. You guys were broken into and the robbers are here, she heard the announcement.’ Now I burst out laughing. I thought, I’m probably gonna get fired for this. I said ‘Come on, I’ll show you where she is.’ They said, ‘She’s under her desk.’ I turned white because now I was thinking, oh my god, Carolan crawled under the desk. But we laugh about it now. It’s a great memory.”

 

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 What a Great View!

 

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Lauren Southard | Marketing Department | 1 year

“The Christmas party is a lot of fun, with a lot of cookies and food.”

 

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Suzanne’s Office

 

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Ian Gross | Contracts Department | 10 years

“When we published the book Take a Nap, Change Your Life we did a napping study, and a bunch of us got to roll out yoga mats under our desks and take a nap in the middle of the day to see if it affected our work in the afternoon.”

 

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Story Blocks

 

 

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Shirley Ortiz | Customer Service Department | 20 years

“My very first week working at Workman–I started in October– I remember coming in after school to report to work, and it was right around Halloween, so everyone was in costume. I thought it was just the coolest company, because in the middle of the day everyone was in a costume. That left an image in my mind of what the company was like and I haven’t been disappointed.”

 

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Children’s Editors Testing Out Story Blocks

 

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Nancy Murray | Production Director, Artisan | 27 years

“I used to go on press in Japan. When I go on press, I’m making sure that whatever we’re printing looks as good as possible. After sort of a stressful time on press, the printers took me out for dinner and then to a karaoke bar, and they all sang, ‘I love, I love, I love my calendar girl.’ It’s an old song. And that was pretty funny.”

 

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Washi Tape

 

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Jenny Mandel | Special Markets and New Business Development | 23 years

“At my first interview with Peter Workman, we were sitting at the round table in his office. He was talking to me about the books, and he was so excited that he knocked his glasses off his face as he was gesturing. His glasses went flying across the room. But he kept talking about the books and I thought, ‘Should I go pick up his glasses? Why isn’t he getting his glasses?’ But it was all about the books, his focus was on the books, and I loved that he never wavered from his focus on the books.”

 

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Workman Books on Display

 

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Justin Krasner | Editorial Department | 4 years

“I met with an author two weekends ago, and he asked us to get under a tarp–a giant tarp, actually it was a garbage bag–so he could show us some ideas for his book. What are some crazy things that I’ve done? Oh, well, I had to dress up as the Brain Quest mascot once for the Boston Book Festival, which was great, wearing a dog suit, head and all. Lots of weird stuff, wonderful stuff, wonderful weird stuff.”

 

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International Editions

 

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Colleen Venable | Kids’ Art Department | 7 months

“I always joke around and say that I have Tom Hanks’ job from Big: It’s like, ‘Here’s a random crazy thing, lets see if we can make it!’”

 

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Birthday Celebration

 

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Kylie McDonald | Editorial Department | 9 years

“I really love all the retirement parties and Christmas parties, and also the parties where we celebrate people’s anniversaries. It’s really nice to hear stories from people who have been here for so long.”

 

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Washi-Taped Bike

 

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Maisie Tivan | Editorial Department | 8 years

“There were some problems with a Scanimation book, and it was troublesome; a lot of the images weren’t right. So four of us went to the warehouse in Wisconsin. It was really amazing because most of us don’t get to see the warehouse, and it was cool to go out there. We went through 15,000 books or so–it was some crazy number like that–and we checked all of them. It was cool. We were there for a couple of days and it was a lot of work, and it was really hard. It was really different from what I usually get to do.”

 

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Evening View

 

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Walter Weintz | Sales Department | 11 years

“I used to take trips up to Storey Publishing with Peter Workman. It’s a long drive, about three and a half hours from New York City. Peter and I would go up there two or three times a year, and it was always just so much fun. Talking about books, talking about authors, talking about music–and the meetings that we had at Storey were fun, too. It was nice to be out of the office. It was always interesting and stimulating being in Peter’s company.”

 

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Book to Come…

 

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Peggy Gerak | Credit Department | 23 years

“I can remember us all climbing up on the roof at 708 Broadway (a former office location). There must have been 200 of us. We all got on the roof and they took our picture for Publishers Weekly magazine. It was amazing how we all got up there together.”

 

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“I have a fear of dying in a car, and I realized that six out of my eight novels include someone dying in a car.” –Gabrielle Zevin, Author of the Bestselling Book The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

 

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Bobby Walsh | Photo Department | 2 years

“The Christmas parties are always really fun.”

 

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Endless Cups of Coffee

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Evan Griffith | Editorial Department | 6 weeks

“On my first day here, all the editorial assistants took me out to lunch. That was really nice, it was a cool, welcoming thing.”

 

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Meeting About the Upcoming List

 

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Chris from Customer Service

 

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Publishers from Finland

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Workman Washi-Taped Coffee Cups

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Millie and Rachael from Customer Service

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#TravelTuesday — British Columbia, Canada

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Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is British Columbia, Canada, courtesy of the 1,000 Place to See Before You Die Page-A-Day Calendar.

Top Attractions:

1. The Rocky Mountain Parks: Spanning the crown of the majestic Canadian Rockies are Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks, collectively known as the Rocky Mountain Parks. Banff was Canada’s very first national park and is now a 2,656-square-mile giant and Canada’s No. 1 tourist destination.

2. The Gulf Islands: The rock-faced Gulf Islands lie sprinkled between the mainland city of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, in the Strait of Georgia. These deep-forested islands are a haven for celebrities, eco-farmers, artists, and travelers seeking gorgeous nature, classy country inns, and top-flight culinary outposts.

3. Museum of Anthropology: Rising from a cliffside meadow above the Strait of Georgia, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia houses phantasmagorical carvings by British Columbia’s indigenous artists: towering totem poles; squat tree-trunk sculptures of ravens, sea wolves, and bears; and intricately painted masks of cedar and feathers.

4. Stubbs Island Whale-Watching: Separating Vancouver Island from the cedar-flanked coast of British Columbia, Johnstone Strait near Telegraph Cove is home to the world’s largest concentration of orcas.

5. The Inner Harbour: Replete with beautifully preserved Victorian-era architecture, British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, has always enjoyed its reputation as being “more British than Britain.” The Inner Harbour is Victoria’s centerpiece, a pocket-size inlet flanked by historic buildings and bustling with sea-going vessels.

Read more on 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and the calendar line here.

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Workman Publishing Instagram Sweepstakes Official Rules

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Instagram Sweepstakes Official Rules

NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN.

  1. Eligibility: INSTAGRAM SWEEPSTAKES (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States (and the District of Columbia) 18 years and older. Employees, officers and representatives of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee, officer or representative are not eligible to participate. The Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations. Odds of winning in the Sweepstakes will depend on the number of eligible entries received for the drawings. VOID IN PUERTO RICO AND WHERE PROHIBITED.
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  1. How to Enter: Enter by reposting the photo associated with these rules with the hashtag #99problems and following both @WorkmanPub and @ye_lil on Instagram between Tuesday June 30, 2015 and 5 PM ET on Tuesday July 7, 2015.
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#TravelTuesday — Arequipa, Peru

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Today’s Travel Tuesday destination is Arequipa, Peru, courtesy of the 1,000 Place to See Before You Die Page-A-Day Calendar.

Top Attractions:

Monasterio de Santa Catalina (pictured above): Known as La Ciudad Blanca (the White City) for the pearl volcanic stone called sillar used to build its elaborate 16th- and 17th-century Spanish homes and churches, Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city. It was founded in 1540 and retains a small-town charm that is set against a backdrop of three majestic snow-covered volcanoes: El Misti, Pichu Pichu, and Chachani, each nearly 20,000 feet high.

  • Where: 632 miles/1,020 km southeast of Lima.
  • Best Times: Weather is springlike year-round; August 15th is the city’s founding day, with parades, celebrations, and concerts.

Colca Canyon: Just a few bumpy but highly scenic hours from Arequipa, at the heart of what writer Mario Vargas Llosa described as “the Valley of Wonders,” lie two of the world’s deepest canyons: Colca and Cotahuasi. Both measure more than 11,000 feet deep—over twice the depth of the Grand Canyon!

  • Where: 102-133 miles/165-215 km north of Arequipa.
  • Best Times: April-November for dry season, with April-June the lushest; June-August for spotting condors.

Read more on 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and the calendar line here.

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Christy Jordan’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

Categories: Cookbooks, Crafts and hobbies, Recipes

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Spring is just around the bend, but this last stretch of winter still has us craving warm, hearty meals to keep the cold nights at bay. And that’s where this Chicken Tortilla Soup from Come Home to Supper comes in!

CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

Serves 4 to 6

Don’t let this long ingredients list fool you into thinking this recipe is complicated. Just trust me—the first line of the directions reads, “Combine all of the ingredients. . . .” Yup. That’s my kind of recipe. Bursting with flavor and easy as can be. I like to serve this with loads of cheese on top. And it keeps well, too—whip up a batch a day or two before a get-together to make your party prep easier!

Ingredients:

1 can (14 ounces) chicken broth or 2 bouillon cubes dissolved in 1K cups water
1 can (29 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can (11 ounces) red enchilada sauce
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves
1 heaping teaspoon minced garlic or 1 clove garlic, minced
2 to 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken (or more, if you’d like)
2 cups frozen corn or 2 cans (15 ounces each) whole kernel corn, drained
1 small onion, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
4 to 6 corn tortillas (6 inches each)
Shredded cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and/or chopped scallions, for serving

Instructions:

1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the tortillas and toppings with 2 cups of water in a large stockpot. Place it over medium-high heat and bring it just to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the soup is heated through, 30 minutes.

2. Using a pizza cutter or kitchen shears, cut each tortilla into thin strips. Place the strips in the pot and cook 10 minutes more.

3. Serve the soup in bowls with the desired toppings on the side.

 

 

Come Home to Supper is available now wherever books are sold including the following online retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powell’sWorkman

 

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Wednesday Cute: Capybara Edition

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This post was written by editorial intern Rachel, who is really, really, really cold.

We are deep in the throes of winter here in New York. Being outside for more than a couple minutes is unbearable, which is rough for those of us who walk to and from the subway on a daily basis. To keep our minds off the bitter cold, let us visit an animal that is found in the Southern Hemisphere, where it currently glorious summer.

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That’s a baby, but capybaras are actually the largest rodents in the world.

Baby Capybara and mama

Don’t let that fact make you think that they can’t be really cute anyway!

Multiple Baby Capybaras

Here’s to warmer weather!

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Get Ready for the Oscars!

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You can’t possibly cheer on your favorite movies and stars during the Oscars this Sunday without some delicious snacks! We’ve got you covered with Honey Caramel Corn from The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook.

Honey Caramel Corn

Makes about 20 cups, 8 to 10 servings.

Homemade caramel corn is a really easy way to impress your friends. Even people who don’t like caramel corn like homemade caramel corn; it’s crunchy, buttery, salty, sweet—all those things that make a treat inherently munchable. It also lends itself to endless variation (we’ve given you a couple ideas to start with); see how many different things you can add before sinking into a sugar coma!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cooking spray or vegetable oil 18 cups popped popcorn (about 2/3 cup/65 g unpopped kernels)
  •  8 tablespoons (1 stick/110 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (85 g) honey
  • 1/4 cup (85 g) light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) kosher salt

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Extra-large (6- to 8-quart) bowl (with enough room to toss popcorn)
  • 2 heatproof spatulas and/or wooden spoon
  • Candy thermometer

DIRECTIONS:

1. Lightly coat the bowl and the heatproof spatulas with cooking spray. Place the popped popcorn in the bowl and set it all aside.

2. Melt the butter in a medium-size (4-quart) saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sugar, honey, and corn syrup, and using one of the oiled spatulas, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, and insert the candy thermometer. Stirring often and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent scorching, cook the mixture to 300°F/150°C (hard crack stage), 5 to 8 minutes.

3. Remove the caramel mixture from the heat, add the baking soda, and stir thoroughly. Careful: This will cause the mixture to foam slightly.

4. Pour the caramel carefully and evenly over the popcorn and, using both spatulas, toss it constantly—like tossing a salad—until all the popcorn is coated with caramel, 8 to 10 minutes. (The more you toss, the less the popcorn will clump and the more even the coating will be.)

5. When the popcorn is coated but still warm, sprinkle the salt evenly over it and toss a few more times to distribute. Allow the popcorn to cool completely in the bowl, about 15 minutes. Immediately store the popcorn in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag; it will keep at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Wednesday Cute: Our Favorite Toy Dog Breeds

Categories: News, Pets, Wednesday Cute

Today’s Wednesday Cute was written by editorial intern Perry, who fell into a cute coma while researching this.

Earlier this week, the Westminster Dog Show was held, with thousands of dogs and their breeders coming to prove themselves the best of the best. To commemorate this event, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of our favorite breeds in the toy category (in no particular order).

Affenpinscher

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This German breed was originally created to work as ratters, keeping kitchens and farms free of rodents. In 2013, a dog named Banana Joe (no, we’re not joking) was named Best in Show at Westminster.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

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These cuties were named for King Charles II of England, who famously loved these dogs so much that he decreed they be allowed in every public place, including the House of Parliament. They are one of the most popular breeds in America.

Havanese

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The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba, where they were once used as chicken herders! I dare you not to giggle at the image of this little guy rounding up hens.

Italian Greyhound

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This is one of the derpier-looking dogs on our list. Seriously, just take a look at these guys in sweaters. However, back in the day, Italian Greyhounds  were very popular amongst royalty and were featured in many paintings. In fact, artistic renderings of dogs looking very similar to Italian Greyhounds have been found in Pompeii!

Papillon

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This dog gets its pretty name, which is french for butterfly, from its unusual ears. Another variety of the Papillon has dropped ears and is called the Phalène, which means moth.

Pug

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Pugs (who are also derpy-looking) originated in China and became very popular in the European courts. During the French Revolution, Joséphine de Beauharnais (who would later become Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife) was imprisoned and used her pet pug to send secret messages to her family, as he was the only one granted visitation rights!

Pomeranian

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Queen Victoria loved these little powder puffs and actually significantly affected the way they look today! Pomeranian used to be a lot bigger, but Queen Victoria had a puppy that was usually small. Once she showed off her cute little dog, small Pomeranians became very popular and breeders had to meet demand. As a result, during Queen Victoria’s life, Pomeranians as a breed shrunk to half of their original size.

And because we just can’t resist, here is a bonus puppy, the teacup Pomeranian:

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Don’t stare directly at it! It’s like the sun, you’ll go blind from all the cute.

 

We hope you enjoyed these delightfully adorable breeds! To check out who won the toy group at Westminster, you can check out their website here.

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