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On The Flower-Loving, Bomb-Dropping "Night Witches" of World War II

@keristars Yep. Code Name Verity is amazing. And I'm anxiously awaiting the next book's release in North America (I think it's already out in the UK). I think I read that one of the Nigh Witches is a secondary character in the new book.

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 1:59 pm 1

On What Is Amaranth

@OhMyGoshYouGuys I actually like Super Natural Cooking better and use it way more than SNED.

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm 0

On What Is Amaranth

Heidi Swanson has a couple of amaranth recipes in her first cookbook 'Super Natural Cooking'. I've made the ginger-amaranth shortbread and the seed crusted biscuits and, while they were both good, I didn't think they were super special and haven't made them in a few years.

The cookbook as a whole is great though and I highly recommend it. It's one of my top 3 most used cookbooks.

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm 0

On Grab Bag: Avocados, Flawless Plans

I can vouch for the NYT dal recipe! I made it last night and am eating the leftovers right now. And I think I’ll make enfrijoladas tonight since I have a bunch of beans in the slow cooker that will be ready when I get home, but I’ll probably just use my regular old (non)recipe. As a vegetarian, I eat beans, tofu or lentils at least 5 days a week (the rest of the time I eat bread or pasta).

Posted on January 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm 0

On The First Holiday Negotiating In-Law (or Almost-In-Law) Needs and Wants

@Emby I treat both Thanksgiving and Christmas as “his holidays” and basically leave up to him what we do and where we do it. Last year we went to his parents’ house for both holidays. This year, we skipped Thanksgiving (scheduling issues on his end) and his parents will be coming here for Christmas as his sister and her fiancé, who also live in this city, just bought a house and will be hosting for the first time.

I don’t feel that sharing in my partner’s traditions makes me any less Jewish so I have no issues doing the Christmas thing. But that’s in part because I genuinely like his family and am happy to celebrate with them, and in part because they are very respectful and accommodating of me. His mom says grace, but she talks about god, not Jesus. I’m vegetarian and there’s always a ton of food I can eat. Plus, my parents are moderately observant (i.e. they keep kosher at home, but will eat a vegetarian meal at a restaurant that also serves meat,) but my mom converted when she married my dad and we’d often do some sort of Christmas thing with her parents. Even as a kid it was very clear in my mind that Christmas was grandma and granddad’s holiday, not ours. We gave them Christmas presents and they gave us Hanukkah presents. It all made perfect sense to me, though I’m sure there was a ton of adult negotiation between my parents that I wasn’t aware of at the time.

tl;dr; I celebrate Christmas w/his family and it’s nbd, but that’s mostly because we all like and are respectful of each other.

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm 1

On RIP, Maeve Binchy

@Steph Oh God, The Glass Lake. I read that book to pieces when I was 15. Like, it literally came apart into 3 coverless pieces that I continued to re-read for years.

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 10:15 am 0

On Ask a Clean Person: What's Cookin'? Oh. Ew.

@Porn Peddler The for reals only reason I don't have a menstrual cup is that I don't want to clean it. I do almost no cleaning, ever, and don't want to be responsible for maintaining level of cleanliness required for something designed to be inserted inside me. My boyfriend laughed so hard when I joked that I was turning into a clean person that I thought we'd have to re-wash the mattress cover.

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm 4

On Ask a Clean Person: What's Cookin'? Oh. Ew.

This is probably more suited to an earlier column (Make Your Bed Month? Laundry School?) but last weekend I finally got fed up with sleeping in my own filth and decided to clean my pillow top mattress cover for the first time ever. In almost 5 years (yes, I am revolting and should probably get rid of myself). It was sooooo gross! Some of the period stains were so huge that they'd soaked through the 3 inch mattress cover and into the mattress itself. It took all weekend to wash and dry the cover and spot clean the mattress, but I felt the hugest sense of accomplishment. I even joked to my boyfriend that I'm finally becoming a Clean Person.

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm 5

On Kale's Comeuppance

@olivebee Sauteed kale and beans or lentils is one of my go to meals as well, but I serve it on quinoa for some extra bulk. Love me some kale and quinoa.

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm 1

On Canadian Heritage Moments

I know that technically the Log Driver's Waltz isn't a Heritage Moment, but it feels like it should be. Plus, it is awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ekqsHP9Sck

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 9:32 am 2