Recipe: Nuevos Huevos Rancheros

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From Bacon Nation by Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama, here’s a deliciously brunch-worthy take on eggs and bacon.

Nuevos Huevos Rancheros

“From the American Southwest down to the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, huevos rancheros are as common a breakfast item as waffles or bacon and eggs are in the United States. Ours adds bacon to the traditional ingredients and, rather than frying the eggs, we poach them in the hot, bacony, bean and salsa mixture. For a fancier serving idea, divide the salsa among four half cup lightly greased ramekins, add an egg to each, sprinkle on the salt, pepper, and remaining bacon, and bake on a baking sheet in a 400 ° oven for about 20 minutes.  Garnish with cilantro and serve.”
6 slices thick-cut bacon, coarsely chopped
1 can (about 15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Roasted Tomato and Pepper Salsa (recipe follows), or 1 1/2 cups store-bought salsa
4 large eggs
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
4 small flour or corn tortillas, warmed

1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until lightly browned and most of the fat is rendered, 6 to 9 minutes, stirring often and adjusting the heat as necessary. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Remove and discard all but 4 1/2 teaspoons of bacon fat from skillet.

2. Reheat the bacon fat in the skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, about 1 minute, then add the black beans, cumin, and two thirds of the cooked bacon. Cook until the mixture is heated through, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally and scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet. Add the salsa and let the mixture come to a simmer.

3. Using the back of a spoon, make 4 wells in the salsa, about 2 inches across. Crack an egg into a small bowl and slide it gently in to one of the wells without breaking the yolk (don’t be concerned if some of the egg white runs out of the well). Repeat with the remaining eggs. Season the eggs with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the remaining bacon around the eggs. Cover the skillet and cook over medium heat, 4 to 6 minutes for slightly runny yolks, or as desired. Sprinkle cilantro over the huevos rancheros, divide it among 4 small bowls, and serve with warm tortillas.


Everything tastes better with bacon, the full-flavored, umami-rich ingredient that’s become the home chef’s new secret weapon of choice. With over 100 smoky, savory, crispy, meaty, salty, and sweetly sensuous recipes, Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama’s Bacon Nation is pure heaven for bacon lovers everywhere. 
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15 Ways to Unplug for Screen-Free Week! #Screenfreewk

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Are you unplugging this week? (Besides, of course, your momentary glance at this screen to get some great ideas — we’ll give you a pass, just this once.) Here are 20 screen-free activities to keep the kids engaged and having fun.

1. Go stargazing! On a clear night, go outside and see if you can identify any of the spring constellations. Here are just a few that should be visible because they are highest in the sky this time of year: Leo, Virgo, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, and Cassiopeia. The star Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, is also known as the “little king” or “lion’s hear” (Cor Leonis). –from Camp Out by Lynn Brunelle (page 188)

2. Write with sunlight! Use a magnifying glass to focus sunlight onto a soft piece of wood, like pine (don’t forget to wear sunglasses), and gradually move the beam of light over the wood to burn a message or a picture. –from Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun by Michael J. Caduto (page 88)

3. Free associate. Play this noncompetitive word game in which one person says a word, then next person calls out a word associated with that first word, the third person calls out a words associated with the second, and so on (example: love, tennis, court, supreme, Diana Ross…). At the end, see if you can recall it in reverse! –from The Games Bible by Leigh Anderson (page 105)

4. Make a “Life-Size Me”! Cut a piece of butcher paper about 12 inches longer than your child’s height. Place it on the floor, have your child lie on top of it, and trace your child’s outline. Your child can use crayons and markers to fill in the details — clothes, expressions, and any other add-ons! –from Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner (page 142)

5. Make utensil-free fruit salad and take it on a picnic. Cut up approximately 1-inch chunks of fruits like cantaloupe, pineapple, pear, apple, banana, add some whole fruits like strawberries, grapes, and pitted cherries and slide them onto bamboo skewers. Yum! –from The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman (page 295)

6. Play the ABCs of groceries! Write the letters A through Z on index cards. Shuffle them up, and place the deck face down on the floor. Your children can take turns rolling a pair of dice and selecting a card. If you roll a 4, and turn over the B card, you call out 4 grocery items that start with the letter B: beans, bananas, bread, and beets! –from Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner (page 295)

7. Make a simple rock sculpture. Collect some fist-sized flat rocks at the beach or park or in your backyard. Sort them by color or size or shape. Arrange them in a spiral or pile ‘em high! Make a stone fairy house or construct a miniature Stonehenge. –from Camp Out by Lynn Brunelle (page 264)

8. Have a cookbook scavenger hunt! Select a cookbook that includes the categories “Main Dishes” and “Desserts” (use rubber bands to close off the other portions of the book). Have your child pick a recipe, announce the category, and reveal the ingredients to you one by one. You get to take a guess after each ingredient. –from Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner (page 274)

9. Plant a tree. Did you know that one billion pounds of carbon dioxide would be taken out of the atmosphere if every family planted just one tree? Keep a pair of binoculars handy — as the tree grows over the next months and years, you might spy some visitors: birds, squirrels, tree frogs. –from Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun by Michael J. Caduto (page 68)

10. Take a hike! Lace up an old pair of shoes (don’t break in those brand new boots now, or it’s blister city!) and a fresh pair of socks. Pack a layer (it often gets colder in the shade of trees and at higher altitudes when there’s more wind and less to block it), some snacks and water, a compass and map, sunscreen (and hat, and sunglasses) and insect repellent, and a basic first aid kit. And don’t forget to pack your camera, so you can show off the sights when you get back! –from Summer: A User’s Guide by  Suzanne Brown (page 86)

11. Make chocolate covered pretzels. (You can’t say that this isn’t better than TV!) Melt a 12-ounce bag of chocolate chips, open a 10-ounce bag of pretzel rods, and put any number of the following toppings on small plates: chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, sweetened flaked coconut, crushed cookies, miniature M&Ms or other tiny chocolate candies. Dip the pretzel rod about two-thirds of the way in the chocolate, then roll the pretzel rod in a topping and place them on a baking sheet until the chocolate hardens. (Variation: Dip strawberries instead!) –from The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman (page 293)

12. Build a clubhouse. This one’s obviously a bit more involved, but start with the plans — let your children brainstorm and draw the sorts of features they’d like. Write up a shopping list together, then take a trip to the local lumber yard and pick out the materials. Go ahead and build your dream house — square the foundation, set the cornerstones, and construct walls and windows. When it’s finished, draft rules, keep an activity log, and throw a clubhouse warming party! –from Keep Out by Lee Mothes

13. Run in a back-to-back race. Here’s another game to get people moving (and not too fast…). Have kids pair off back to back and link their arms at the elbows. Then it’s a race to the finish line! –from The Games Bible by Leigh Anderson (page 321)

14. Play toddler basketball. If your kids aren’t quite 7 feet tall yet, just grab a laundry basket or other small tub and a soft, medium-sized ball. Hold the basket at toddler height — and don’t forget that part of your job as basket tender is moving the basket to help catch the ball! –from Unplugged Play by Bobbi Conner (page 54)

15. Play red light, green light. A perennial favorite, and one to really stop people in their tracks (ha!): One person is “it” and turns his/her back on the rest, who line up about 25 paces behind. “It” calls out “green light!” signaling the other players to advance, then whirls around and yells “red light!” to indicate a stop. If “It” catches anyone still moving, he or she is sent back to the starting line. First one to reach “It” wins! –from The Games Bible by Leigh Anderson (page 321)

What do you plan to do to unplug? And if you haven’t taken the screen-free pledge this week, head over to the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood to sign up! Let us know in the comments what you’re doing to unplug, and you could win a copy of one of the books mentioned above.

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How to Upcycle Your T-shirts for Earth Day

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T-Shirt Confetti Necklace from

Who says upcycling can’t be glamorous? Click here for necklace-making instructions and general T-Shirt love.


Slash a tee, scrunch a tee, sew a tee. With 120 projects for every occasion, Megan Nicolay’s Generation T: Beyond Fashion takes the humble tee in dozens of directions, from fashion to home decor.There’s a basic primer on techniques—knotting, sewing, braiding, lacing—plus a full tutorial on embellishing. Projects range from the simplest no-sew to intermediate, with easy-to-follow illustrated directions.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Augusta National

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If there was one thing Peter loved, besides books, it was the game of golf. And, now that the nation has been launched into the last two (most exciting!) days of Masters coverage, we thought we’d offer up a few morsels of little-known Augusta trivia. We want you to be the smartest fan in the vicinity of whatever electronic device you’re using to stream the action.

Every year, Masters week is the time we get bitten by the golf bug again–after the winter’s over and the frost has thawed from the greens, just early enough to make sure our game is in good less-rusty shape for summer. So, while we weren’t rewatching the Golf Boys or daydreaming about our very own Hover-mobile this past week, we did brush up a bit on our Masters trivia. Allow us to share a little of what we’ve learned:

  • The most popular sandwich there still goes for the cool price of $1.50. Ok, you probably knew that. But did you know that the famed pimento is made with both American and Swiss cheese? To be specific: “Pasteurized processed American Swiss cheese consisting of: American cheese, Swiss cheese (milk, salt, cheese culture, enzymes), water, cream, sodium citrate, salt, sodium phosphate, sorbic acid (as a preservative), lactic acid, pimento.” Mmm, lactic acid…
  • Green jackets are not the only prize handed out at the tournament. The low scorer of the day goes home with a crystal vase. A hole-in-one is rewarded with a large crystal bowl. An eagle earns you two crystal goblets. And a rare albatross will get you… wait for it… yes, another large crystal bowl. From 1955 through 1992, the winner received a silver box (originally a cigarette case) engraved with the names of all the year’s competitors. Doesn’t all of this sound like the components for the best wedding registry of all time?
  • In 1934, a full week’s ticket to the Masters cost $5.50. Ticket sales for the week of the tournament–the first one in history–added up to $8,011.
  • It’s not as flat as it looks. Because television tends to flatten out topography, nearly all first-time visitors to Augusta National are amazed by how hilly the course is. The 18th hole plays straight uphill; the 10th hole can comfortably play as a 500-yard par four because it runs so steeply down the same hill.
  • Even the bunkers are super-swank. Another feature unique to Augusta National is the nature of the sand in the bunkers. The “sand” consists of quartz from the Spruce Pine Mining District in northwestern North Carolina (it’s a very pure by-product that occurs when feldspar is mined for aluminum). The bunkers are so powdery that a ball rolling through can leave the impression of its dimples in its wake. Quartz like the kind found in Augusta’s bunkers is now a hot commodity, as it is also used to make silicon chips.a disorderly compendium

All of the facts in this post have been compiled from the delightful cacophony of wisdom, folly, rules, truths, and trivia that is A Disorderly Compendium of Golf, an obsessive little gem of a book for addicts of the game (like me).

Liz, who loves golf, too, almost as much as she loves books

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Remembering Peter Workman, “a gifted publisher and a true mensch.”

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Thank you to all of our authors, friends, and colleagues for the outpouring of well-wishes and remembrances you’ve sent our way. Here are just a few of your tweets, posts, and comments. It has meant so much to us to read them.

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Peter left a wake of good and beauty behind him. I don’t think I will ever be able to imagine him away from his Workman office. Peter had an abiding love for his profession and an artist’s eye with everything that he produced. From the smallest project to a huge series of books. He saw every aspect of publishing in a different way and he tweaked and tweaked, sometimes to our chagrin, but he had an unerring sense of style and creativity.

Peter changed my life in so many ways. I remember the day he said he would like to do some of my books. On that morning in his office, I dumped a lunchbox full of red earthworms on his table. He didn’t flinch, “Oh, you brought your ‘Girls,’” he said casually.

One night when we were walking to a dinner celebration, Peter was in the middle of a sentence when he saw a man sitting on the sidewalk. Peter stopped, bent over the man and said something to him, then emptied his pocket of cash.

I hope he knew how deeply we all cared for him.

Sharon Lovejoy and Jeff Prostovich


I was seated next to him at a BEA dinner once, as a very new bookseller, and I still vividly remember how delightful it was to talk with him, and what a gentleman he was. I have met very few people who were as happy to be in the book business as he was. And he was so EXCITED about things! Innovative, but never to show off or out of fear, it seemed—always just because it was what he liked to do, and he did it with confidence. That one meeting has stayed with me and inspired me ever since.


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Peter Workman, 10/19/1938-4/7/2013

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Peter Workman

It is with great sadness that Workman Publishing Company announces the death of its founder, Peter Workman, at the age of 74 from cancer. He died on April 7, 2013, at home in New York.

He leaves his wife of fifty-one years, Carolan Raskin Workman; their two daughters, Katie and Elizabeth; their sons-in-law, Gary Freilich and Mark Williams; and four grandchildren: Jack, Charlie, Madeline, and Charlotte.

He was, in so many ways, an extraordinary man.

He was the founder, president and CEO of Workman Publishing Company, one of the largest independent publishers of nonfiction trade books and calendars. In addition to the Workman imprint, the company consists of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Artisan, Storey Books, Timber Press, and HighBridge Audio. He served on the board of the Goddard-Riverside Community Center and the board of Prep-for-Prep; he was a member of the Publishing Committee of UJA-Federation of New York and chairman of the Board of Governors of Yale University Press. Peter was a generous supporter of the Human Rights Watch, the ACLU, and the Anti-Defamation League, among many organizations. In honor of his late brother he developed the David Workman Grant Program at Deerfield Academy, a charity to help students fund and implement their own humanitarian projects. His love of music and art prompted his support of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

He was a passionate golfer and skier and a keen poker player, and he took great pleasure in the company of friends, colleagues, and family.

Born in Great Neck, Long Island, on October 19, 1938, to Jeanette and Bernard Workman, Peter graduated from Deerfield Academy and Yale University. After a stint in the sales department of Dell Publishing, he founded Workman Publishing Company as a book packager in 1967, and within two years published its inaugural list leading with Richard Hittleman’s Yoga 28-Day Exercise Plan, a title that is still in print.

His vision and drive grew Workman into a wholly unique and fiercely independent book publisher. Among its iconic bestsellers are B. Kliban’s Cat, The Official Preppy Handbook, The Silver Palate Cookbook, What to Expect® When You’re Expecting, Brain Quest®, Sandra Boynton’s children’s books, and 1,000 Places To See Before You Die®. Also a trendsetter in the calendar business, Workman invented the groundbreaking boxed Page-A-Day® Calendar.

In 1989, Workman Publishing acquired the southern literary publisher Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, known for discovering new writers such as Julia Alvarez and Jill McCorkle, who have been with Algonquin from the beginning of their careers. Its recent bestsellers include Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, and the Bellwether Prize-winners Mudbound and The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.

And in 1994, Workman launched Artisan, a publisher known for finely produced, illustrated books, including The French Laundry Cookbook and other cookbooks by Thomas Keller, David Tanis, Frank Stitt, and Lucinda Scala Quinn; The Medal of Honor; and Design*Sponge.

Other Workman companies include Storey Publishing, based in North Adams, MA, which was acquired in 2001 and has been publishing books for the “backyard homesteader” before that was a phrase or trend; Timber Press, a leader in the gardening field; and HighBridge Audio, the Minneapolis audiobook publisher of bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles. Workman also handles distribution for Black Dog & Leventhal, Greenwich Workshop Press, and The Experiment.

Peter was moved by the beauty and expanse of nature—Yosemite, Zermatt, Patagonia, the heaths of Scotland. He was a man driven by big, innovative thoughts. And yet, when it came to bookmaking, he paid attention to the smallest detail: the size of a folio, the use of an ampersand, the quality of paper. A visionary, an inspirational leader, and true friend, Peter will be deeply missed.

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Happy Monday!

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flowerHey, everyone! Nothing to see here. Just another Monday. Early spring. Springtime Monday! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, the mice are freezing.

Wait…what?! OK. Won’t lie. We don’t really want to prank you, dear readers. We want to help you prank others on this practical jokiest of holidays. So how about learning how to make a computer mouse appear as if it’s busted? Or printing out some hilarious signs that you can attach to your car windows and confuse every passerby? Or what about a few simple computer pranks that you can pull on your friends? So many options! And it’s okay if you haven’t given today’s pranks too much thought, because these can be executed immediately.

Now get out there, pranksters, and make someone’s (your own, of course) day.


pranklopediaWant lots more of the funniest, grossest, craziest, not-mean pranks on the planet? Check out Pranklopedia by Julie Winterbottom (her real name, we swear).

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Springtime Dispatch + Sugar Snap Peas

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In which we celebrate the change of seasons with a springtime dispatch from author Crescent Dragonwagon, followed by her recipe for a salad made with sugar snap peas.

Get the ebook for only $2.99–offer runs through April 30th!

“Here in Vermont, it’s still Mud Season; we don’t get our gardens in until early May (unless you count garlic, which got planted the previous fall, when the rest of the garden got put to bed). It can be spring on the plate, however, with this lovely, bright flavored sugar snap pea salad, which uses the brand new fresh-from-the-new-season’s-ground edible pod peas (coming in now from Florida and elsewhere in the South) with the good late winter navel oranges. Mint in the vinaigrette makes the whole thing even lighter and more refreshing. We look forward to this one every year.

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Recipe: Beet Greens and Scallions with Maple Syrup and Bacon

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From The Four-Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman, here’s a beautiful way to prepare beet greens that features a welcome dash of smoke. . . .

“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.”

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4 Quick & Easy Easter Craft Projects from Generation T!

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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.

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