For me, one of the best remedies for writer’s block or artist’s block is cooking. Particularly if I’m cooking something I know how to cook already: it relaxes me, lets my mind wander. But I often want to try to cook up something new. And then of course there are days when I simply don’t know what to cook. One of the best remedies for cook’s block is opening the front door and going outside. (This is actually an all-purpose remedy, I've found.) My version of “heading for the hills” is the river and the woods, but sitting on the porch for five minutes will do. Sometimes I order delivery [...]
Instant cups of soup — the kind that often come in a Styrofoam cup full of noodles — send children to the hospital every day.
"I don't have them in my house," says Dr. Warren Garner, director of the burn unit at University of Southern California's County Hospital in Los Angeles. "I would say that we see at least two to three patients a week who've been injured by these products."
These soups are dangerous because of the way the cups are designed. The cups are tall, lightweight, and have an unstable base that makes them tip over easily.
Every fall I start to crave this soup again. It’s one of my go-to cold weather comfort dishes, which I think has something to do with the fall colors — the pale orange lentils, the red and ochre and green gold of the spices, the red-hot Sriracha and cool sweet tomato. The heady smell of curry rushes through the house, infiltrating every corner of every room. You can’t escape it. But why would you want to?
Although this soup tastes complex, it’s almost unfairly easy to make. What, you don’t have cumin, curry, paprika, or turmeric in your home? Just add another swirl of Sriracha, no one ever needs to know. [...]
Happy National Chili Week, y'all. I didn't know that was a thing but then Sandra Lee keeps talking about it, so it must be for real.
Once upon a time, I knew a girl named Jen. Jen smoked Marlboros. One night she got a pack of cigs that had a little piece of paper attached to it. It was a call for entries to Marlboro's best chili recipe contest — or whatever it was officially called. Jen didn't even have a best chili recipe, but she went into her kitchen and just started throwing a bunch of stuff together, wrote it all down, and sent the recipe in. [...]