Jean Stites

A piano teacher by profession, I also love writing fiction and monkeying around... read more

Things a Monkey Could Cook: Fresh Peach Pie with Cinnamon Crust

Well the clock's winding down on peach season, and so I made sure to hit the Farmer's Market and grab some more so I could crank out this year's ritual pie, which turned out to contain first a cosmic accident, and then a cosmic food epiphany—and all due to creeping senility.Go figure....more
@Jean Stites It's the only way to go! I want a piece with my morning coffee!more

Things a Monkey Could Cook: Fresh Peach Pie with Cinnamon Crust

Well the clock's winding down on peach season, and so I made sure to hit the Farmer's Market and grab some more so I could crank out this year's ritual pie, which turned out to contain first a cosmic accident, and then a cosmic food epiphany—and all due to creeping senility.Go figure....more
@Jean Stites It's the only way to go! I want a piece with my morning coffee!more

I'm a few days behind on this but I found this Q&A about digital publishing simply fascinating. http://bit.ly/pMqI4x

I'm a few days behind on this but I found this Q&A about digital publishing simply fascinating. http://bit.ly/pMqI4x ...more

Thanks a bunch for this oh-so-informative link! Will book-bloggers soon rule the earth? We can ...more

Things a Monkey Could Cook: Oven Roasted Peppers

Well about six thousand years ago, when I was new to the kitchen, I ran across this wonderfully instructive Mexican cookbook written by an amazing blind woman who convinced me that taking the time to roast a pepper before you add it to your recipe is really, really, really worth the trouble....more

especially the nice touch of feta, which -- oddly enough -- I myself have been synchronistically ...more

What Do You Do With It Wednesday: Buttermilk

So you know how you have those ingredients that you buy for one thing and then have it leftover and you are wondering what the heck do it with before it goes bad? We all have them. I thought it would be fun to feature one ingredient (hopefully weekly... but you know I am better at that some weeks than others...) and crowd-source ideas for how to use it before it goes bad.

About the BlogHer Book Club

BlogHer is thrilled to be collaborating with Penguin Group USA to bring you reviews of great upcoming books, author interviews, book discussions and much more! They’re all part of our new BlogHer Book Club. ...more

I love that this is on here. I've been feeling very nostalgic about books lately...has anyone ...more

What Would You Ask Gloria Steinem? I Will Ask Her For You This Thursday!

This year, to wrap up our Month of Awesome Women, I have the choice opportunity to interview Gloria Steinem, activist and feminist icon while she's in San Francisco for an evening with Gloria and young feminist leaders, sponsored by the Women's Media Center. [Tickets still available...check it out.]...more

You can read it (and it's very thoughtful, articulate and inspiring) more

Cookbooks Are Hot at Libraries

I have a cookbook problem. I like to be surrounded by dozens of cookbooks. It used to be that I'd go to the bookstore, hit the clearance section and end up leaving with a handful of them. That's changed in recent years. Now my browsing for cookbooks happens at the my library, and I'm not alone. According to Publisher's Weekly cookbooks are the number one non-fiction category in libraries. ...more

I read cookbooks a lot. :)

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Shocking News: Second-Graders Having Oral Sex?

It's the sort of headline that makes parents want to grab their kids and lock them up, or at least stuff them into protective bubbles: Allegedly two second graders engaged in oral sex in an Oakland, CA classroom... while the teacher was present. I know that I couldn't figure out which part to be more horrified over first: The fact that kids that young are engaging in blatant sexual behavior, or that it supposedly happened while they were under a teacher's care. ...more
You want to help gather support for Erin Merryn. She is a young woman who was sexually abused as ...more

This Is Your Brain on Music

"One thing about music: when it hits, you feel no pain." This is a Bob Marley lyric from "Trenchtown Rock" that has always resonated with me, as deeply affected as I am by all different kinds of music. Now researchers at McGill University in Montreal are confirming what I believe Bob intuitively knew and what music therapists could probably tell you too. Music can make us feel -- chemically, biologically -- better. ...more

funny you should write this. One of the saddest things about being told i couldn't run anymore ...more