A Taste of Summer in the Winter


I am something of an accidental foodie. I realized this when I found myself picking up INGREDIENTS instead of carry out. I think everything tastes better when I cook it, plus I don’t worry about the expiration date on the chicken at the local greasy spoon. So, yes, the foodie thing may have its roots [...]

Fresh Bread: Just Don’t Screw it Up

Beautiful, glorious, simple-ass bread.

Bread sounds hard. It seems complicated. Like something only our war-time grandmothers could do after milking the cows and before riveting an airplane together. But I assure you: fresh-baked bread is still within our realm. And it is the Aiming Low secret weapon. People go apeshit over fresh-baked bread and the only thing, THE ONLY [...]

7 Lazy Tricks to Tackle Holiday Baking


I love the holidays, and I love baking. No lie; I just might have a problem. As much as I love to bake, it can be such a time-suck. Along the way, I’ve found great tricks to make holiday goodies completely kick ass, without much effort. Intrigued? You should be! Boxed is OK! Boxed cookie or [...]

Homemade Ricotta Really is Idiot-Proof


Every food blog and magazine in the world has already talked about how easy it is to make homemade ricotta. These publications also promise that canning is quick and everybody has hand-harvested sea salt, so you know, whatever. But they say it’s foolproof. My acid test for the idea of a foolproof recipe is if I, [...]

Bread Therapy


Bread is good therapy. Three cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Two and a quarter teaspoons of yeast. Two and a quarter cups of warm milk and a tablespoon and a half of butter. Mix. Add 2-3 more cups of flour. Mix again. Then knead. Get your hands [...]

It’s So Easy, It’s EZ

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I’ve made a startling discovery. There are approximately 8,942,637,001 businesses and services in America that have “EZ” in their title. EZ Pass. EZ Up. EZ Bake Oven. EZ Abs. EZ Smoker. EZ Peel Shrimp. EZ Bed. EZ Blog. EZ TV. EZ Euthanasia. EZ Frisk Earthquake Ground Motion Estimation. Obviously, we like things that are EZ. [...]

10 Tips for Fake Cleaning Your House


If you have time to clean your house thoroughly, hooray! If you’ve put off serious housekeeping until you have a spare weekend and are faced with last-minute guests, read on. Quickly! 1. Create no-fly zones: Decide which rooms guests can visit and use the other rooms as storage for the clutter that typically lives on countertops [...]

Don’t Be the Banana Hammock Guy

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The other day my kid and I passed the Speedo guy as we were driving to the playground. “Is that the guy who wears the Speedo?” I said. My daughter started to laugh. “Hheh, yeah mom. Eww.” “Mr Creeps,” I said, “that’s what we should call him.” Mr. Creeps is, well, creepy. He clears the [...]

Fake It Till You Make It Wine Tasting Tips


I once took a wine class titled “How to Be a Wine Snob in Under Two Hours.” It should have been titled “How to Get Tanked in Under One Hour” because I don’t remember much. Since then, I have muddled my way through enough tastings to teach my own class.

Real World Yoga


Like everyone else who is an American, I need to de-flab and de-stress.  Those yoga people always look super serene and lithe, and not that I hate them with a Gwyneth Paltrow level of despising, but I do hate them just enough that I want to be like them. (To clarify, I do NOT want [...]

Is it Too Soon For a Titanic Joke?

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Last week I plunked down a cool $27 to see Titantic in 3D. This is a movie that I already own and have seen three times in the theater. And also watched in Spanish on Telemundo. Just in case: it still sinks, and I don’t even speak Spanish. Too soon?

5 Reasons Lois Lane’s Ditching Superman for the PlayBook


Sorry, Clark Kent, Superman and maybe even Jimmy… Lois Lane is going solo. In a fascinating turn of events, the veteran journalist of Metropolis’ Daily Planet is rumored to have booted both Clark Kent and Superman, who incidentally are never seen together but that doesn’t mean anything, from her tight circle of confidantes. The upgraded [...]