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In Defense of Weeds

19 Jul

Earlier this summer I wrote a post in defense of weeds. Slate Magazine has just published a similar piece with more history and an excellent slide show. Be sure to check out the slide show, it has lots of fascinating information. While you’re there, also check out one of my favorite podcasts, the Slate Culture Gabfest, a thought provoking discussion on everything from MOMA exhibits to Lady Gaga.


Favorite blogs

23 May

Keeping up with three jobs has recently left little time for blogging, but one of my jobs has afforded me time to catch up on my favorite podcasts. This week’s A Splendid Table, an NPR foodie show, featured frequent contributor Sally Schneider, who also runs The Improvised Life, one of my favorite blogs. This week Sally discussed some of her favorite blogs.


7 Mar

Gastronomista: a delightful little blog on design and food. heard about on the Food Seen, a podcast I just started following.

also…Gastronomista / (gas trän ome sta) / n. / a savvy woman who turns blogging about what she ate last night into a mini-industry. from NY Times Magazine

Mark Bittman’s “The Minimalist”

6 Mar

I just finished watching Mark Bittman’s new TV show, The Minimalist on the Cooking Channel. I am a fan of his podcast, but unfortunately, rarely remember to read his New York Times column. The good news is that Bittman’s half-hour show has all the dry humor and fabulous, easy recipes as his fun podcast. The bad news is that the show appears to be several of his video-podcasts smooshed together. (Although they may be filming extra segments for the TV show, I wasn’t able to find out.) The first episode was all pasta recipes, and I definitely recognized two segments from his podcast. However, the last recipe was new-to-me and fascinating. He made a risotto-style pasta, using the same technique of slowly adding stock to the pasta and veggies to create a creamy sauce all in one pot. So unless you have seen every last one of Bittman’s podcasts, I recommend checking out The Minimalist in its TV incarnation. Bittman’s recipes are fuss-free and healthy, just what we all need more of in our lives.

The Resurgence Of Knitting: On Point

16 Feb

I am a huge podcast fan, and I listen to a lot of NPR. I haven’t listened to this yet, but this sounds like it has great promise:  The Resurgence Of Knitting | WBUR and NPR – On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

Thanks to Mette on the Etsy Knitters Team for the link!

Good News/Bad News

7 Feb

Mark Bittman is no longer writing his Minimalist Column, however he will be writing New York Times op-eds on food politics and food ethics.  More on the webpage:  Mark Bittman’s new gig, struggling small farms, and more | Grist.

Check out Bittman’s Minimalist video-podcast for a laugh and great recipes.

CraftyPod Reality Check

22 Oct

CraftyPod is one the best crafting podcasts out there (in my limited and humble experience). I recently discovered it and have been catching up on some back issues. (Can I can call podcasts issues?)

Episode #117 is the podcast to which everyone in the handmade business or contempting the handmade business should listen. Sister Dianne interviews craft-business blogger Megan Auman  about and the concept of a “pro-am community” (or professional-amateur). This conversation is a serious reality check on the joys and tears of having your own business. A valuable, but not depressing, comversation.

Good Food

11 Oct

I adore the KCRW show “Good Food“. (KCRW is the NPR affliate in Santa Monica, CA.) Each week, Chef Evan Kleiman delights with interviews, restaurant recommendations, and fabulous recipes. This week, she interviewed Chef Rene Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen, which was recently named the best restaurant in the world. (no pressure). Listen to the interview on their website here. The fascinating part for me was listening Redzepi talk about his own version of freestyle fashion- he insists that his chefs cook a spontaneous dish once a week to keep their creativity flowing.

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