slow cooked pulled mexican beef

If there’s one thing I worry about as I get older, it’s my memory. I’m just over 30 and already have a horrible memory. Not about everything – I tend to remember completely random (and mostly useless) facts and info, but I forget important information that I need to know ....more

the ebola virus

The E-word has finally reached Penn. We received a university-wide email informing us that Penn is one of the hospitals prepared to deal with the Ebola outbreak....more

Organic Lip Balm Giveaway!

Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? It is also...more

An Adorable Children’s Book That Tackles the Color Complex

Tackling the color complex for the kiddos. Hi Meltingpot Readers, I think you all know I’m working on a book about colorism in families and right now I’m in the research phase. That means I’m deep diving into all thing colorism related, specifically how colorism manifests in African-American families (I’ll be moving on to colorism in Latino families next.). So, imagine my great delight in stumbling upon this wonderful children’s book called, Same Difference by Calida Garcia Rawles ....more

Sesame-Soy Green Bean Sauté

I wanted a light and healthy side dish to pair with the Asian style chicken I was making for dinner. I grabbed some green beans and simply sautéed them in sesame oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Once they were crisp-tender, I tossed in some minced garlic and soy sauce ....more

Roasted Chicken with Grapes and Shallots

I can’t explain to you how much I love this recipe. ...more

Sometimes We Choose the Fun

We run in circles trying to get everything done. ...more

Chicago International Film Festival: ‘A Dream of Iron’ Rewards the Patient Viewer

For a country that is 15th in world GDP, South Korea does not get a lot of international fanfare. This intellectual blind spot makes A Dream of Iron‘s meditation on Korean industrialism over the past 50 years a vital contemporary commentary. In astrology lore, a “dream of iron” is one where the dreamer fears sitting judgment of others and whoever controls the iron has control of the situation ....more


No goodies in the house. Absolutely nothing! No chocolate. No cookie. Not even a crumb. Because let’s face it, I shouldn’t eat sugar. Such a shame that is. Especially considering that Christmas came early today, which means I get to escape into my own little world after what seems like an eternity of errands, school nights, appointments, and the like. I could really use a little something for the sweet tooth. I should bake a cake. A very small cake. Yes, definitely small. Give me a minute…...more

Everything is AWESOME!

See? Now that wasn’t so hard, was it? Only 6 months of repainting and cleaning, followed by selling the house, followed by a quick move while finishing a PTA Presidency and treating a little pesky cancer, followed by 6 months in 2 haunted apartments, followed by a 3 day move into our dream house ....more