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NYT: “A ‘Whey’ with Words”

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It's Complicated: A Movie Garden Review

Rhonda Fleming Hayes The six of us sat around the table eating post-Christmas pasta discussing the movie we had just seen; who we wanted to end up with Meryl's character and what she should do with her life, and then my husband reminded us back to reality, "It's a movie". Yeah it's movie, but when you plop down in that plush seat there's an agreement; you will suspend disbelief for two hours or so, long enough at least to be told a story. And if it's good, the disbelief doesn't end at the door. ...more

Monday Dose of Market: Pumpkin Pie Results and More from the Denver Indoor Farmers' Market

I didn’t do much shopping this week as we were so well fed by our Denver friends who graciously shared their holiday with us.  The real pumpkin pie got a thumbs up.  One comment was “that’s the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had.”  Though when I made an apple pie at Thanksgiving and reminded my Dad that yes, he had had this pie before, and don’t worry he told me it was the best apple pie he’d ever had.  He asked, “was it really that good, or was I just saying that?” ...more

Thriftmas dinner

Here is a top tip if you don't want to spend too much on food over Christmas: don't go to the supermarket, go to the market. So far, so obvious, no? But here is the genius bit: do it on Christmas Eve, just before the stallholders are about to go home. Actually, this top tip comes from my mum, who is an inveterate bargain-hunter. It is what we did today and just look at the veritable cornucopia we returned with:...more

Vegetable Dessert: Real Pumpkin Pie

First things first.  Do not try and make a pumpkin pie with a Halloween pumpkin.  Halloween pumpkins are bred specifically for carving – thick skin, hollow inside.  Taste and consistency were not factors in the development of these varieties.  Since it’s December, there’s probably little chance you would try this….but I thought  I’d warn you just in case....more

Monday Dose of Market: Finally, I am a Farmer!

Lots of things made me smile at the Denver Indoor Farmers Market this weekend.  First were the tomatoes.  I’ve said goodbye to tomatoes several times over the last few weeks, thinking I’d seen my last fresh local tomato until next summer.  I never considered frozen tomatoes.  Berry Patch Farms picks ‘em when their the ripest and pops ‘em in the freezer. Brilliant. ...more

From Sotomayor to The Cost of Being Female: Feminism in 2009

The end of the year is for reflection.  I like to take a look back at all the feminism & gender issues I covered for BlogHer.  Since it's hard for me to remember what happened an hour ago, let alone in July or, heaven forbid, January, this is an important exercise for me. It reminds me what feminists accomplished, what still needs to be done, and what I'll can only laugh about or else I'll be curled up in the fetal position whimpering.  This year, I sorted stories by topic. 1sts ...more

Given how much I missed and my own personal biases on the issues, I would love if people ...more

Tender Tales of Cannellini Beans

Words you don’t want to hear from your taster after working eleven hours on a meal: “That’s going to be awesome.  Tomorrow.”  The meal was Cannellini beans with tomatoes, garlic, and sage.  The taster was my husband. ...more