Tagged ‘Best of the Web’

  • Best of the Web: 4th of July

    Can you believe it’s July already? Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like this summer has just been flying by! Anyone know where June went…?

    July means that my summer classes will be starting, but it also means time to celebrate America! If I’ve learned anything from watching the World Cup these past couple of weeks, it’s that Americans love showing off that red, white, and blue pride. And what better way is there to commemorate tomorrow’s holiday than by sporting those colors while serving up an outdoor BBQ followed, of course, by some fireworks? So don your American flag t-shirts and shorts, paint little flags and stars on your face, or dye your hair red, white, and blue– whatever it is you need to do to express your patriotism! I know that I’ll be showing it off through my food. Last week I put together a list of drinks that would be perfect complements to any 4th of July parties you might be having or attending, and today I rounded up some particularly patriotic appetizers, entrees, and desserts to accompany your feast… here are my choices for 4th of July’s Best of the Web!

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  • Alternative Party Desserts

    Everybody loves a party. But what’s a party without dessert?

    It’s not. It’s not a party at all. Parties must have dessert, be it brownies, cookies, cake, cupcakes, or something else sweet. My friends and I don’t mess around when it comes to planning a dessert menu. We always end up with more than enough, and everyone eats themselves sick on chocolatey brownies, gooey cookies, and decadent truffles (they’re so small and harmless…until you eat five of them).

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  • The Versatility of Coconut Oil

    If you’ve followed any blog or website at least somewhat related to beauty within the last month, then you’ve probably heard of this new trend–or, rather, age-old trick experiencing a comeback–of oil pulling: the swishing around of coconut oil in one’s mouth for upwards of 15-20 minutes, to improve oral health– specifically, whiten teeth and strengthen gums.

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  • Best of the Web: St. Patrick’s Day!

    If you’re anything like me, you’re astounded that St. Patrick’s Day will be here on Sunday. How is it mid-March already? Where is 2014 going?! Yeah, if you’re like me, you’ve allowed it to sneak up on you, and you’ve forgotten to get excited about it.

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  • ChChCh Chia Seeds!

    source:: someecards.com

    How could one forget the catchy Chia Pet song heard during Saturday morning cartoons as a child? Chia Pets, for anyone living under a rock [or under the age of 20], are clay pots shaped like cats, dogs, pigs, and other animals (Tweety Bird even), used to sprout chia. The green leaves would bloom all around the figurines, resembling some sort of grassy “fur”. In the commercial, the at-home gardener would then sprinkle the grown chia over salad greens or even on top of pasta. It looked so delicious and easy in my six-year-old eyes, but, sadly, I never did end up owning one.

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  • Thin Mint Madness

    What to do with leftover thin mints

    Happy National Chocolate Mint Day! What a refreshing topic for celebration. And how convenient is it that Chocolate Mint Day falls during Girl Scout Cookie Season? Coincidence? I think not.

    In my opinion, Thin Mints are one of life’s greatest pleasures, but I always feel bad about sitting down and eating half of (or all of…) a sleeve in one go. Then it occurred to me that there might be better ways to get my fix: why not start using Thin Mints as an ingredient instead of treating them as a stand-alone dessert?

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  • Best of the Web: Valentine’s Day Edition

    When it comes to Valentine’s Day, you either love it or you hate it. More often than not, people disown the day and write it off as another “Hallmark Holiday” (ie. a day that was made up in order to sell to the masses). I had mixed feelings about the “holiday” growing up, but I have realized that it can be whatever you make it, so why not make the best of it? Many women have started to celebrate the day as “Galentine’s Day,” in which they take out their female friends and celebrate the bond they each share. I love this– it shows that just because you’re single doesn’t mean your Valentine’s Day date has to be Netflix. Celebrate life and love and friendship! That’s what holidays should be about, anyway, right?

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  • Soups for Spring

    Just when the weather had risen to a promising 45 degrees, it just had to dive bomb back down to 32. Being a southern California native, I have done everything in my power to keep the idea of mid-70s and sunshine on the front lines of my thoughts. However, in an attempt to embrace my northeastern surroundings, I have been dabbling in the world of soups and stews. One of my favorite things about them is that no matter the recipe, they are always so easy to put together. As long as you have a good broth, your pantry is your wonderland!

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  • World Nutella Day

    Today is the day we celebrate a sweet condiment that is very close to my heart: Nutella! This creamy, chocolatey, nutty spread has been one of my favorite add-ins since my friends fed me my first spoonful back during my junior year of high school. I will eat it in pretty much any way imaginable… on fruit, on toast, in brownies and cupcakes, and (my favorite) in cups of hot chocolate. Then there are those occasions that require you to eat it straight out of the jar (that’s what I was doing when the Red Sox won the World Series last October…).

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  • Home for the Holidays – One Last Recipe Round Up

    It’s definitely the end of the semester. The food supply in my school’s dining hall is dwindling. My sleep schedule has been obliterated by two weeks of finals. The Christmas buzz has started and I am more than a little excited to go home for winter break. Since my time is almost up at The Harvard Common Press, I thought I’d share some recipes I’ll be taking home with me to try out during my time at home.

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  • Best of the Web: Thanksgivukkah

    Happy Thanksgivukkah! This is the first time in over 100 years that the first day of Hanukkah falls on the same day as Thanksgiving. It’s an event that won’t happen again for more than 79,000 years! Needless to say, everyone seems excited about the upcoming celebration. Mayor Menino even declared Thanksgivukkah an official holiday in the city of Boston.

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  • Vote + Celebrate Election Day with American Favorites

    It’s Election Day again folks, and while it’s not a presidential election year,  it’s still important to get out there and to the polls! And after you drop off your ballot, in the spirit of the day, why not reward yourself to a dinner made up of American classics? It’s not always easy to describe traditional American food— with a country made up of so many different cultures, it should be hard to pinpoint exactly what American food is! But there are a few dishes that jump off the list immediately; here’s a sampling of  some quintessentially American dishes that the internet has to offer…

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