This Monstrous Machine That Chews Up Beauty And Spits Out Money

I have been teaching yoga for almost seven years now, and in that time, I’ve been lucky to be able to offer all of my public classes on a sliding scale. Sliding scale is a means of making yoga more affordable, by making it cheaper for those who need it to be, while those who can afford to pay more do so, with the folks at the top of the scale subsidizing the folks at the bottom.

This Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Family Dinners to Make Before Things Get a Little Crazy — This Week’s Meal Plan

This week kicks off what always proves to be a busy month for our family. Between Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day, and hosting out-of-town guests and finalizing summer camps, we have lots of potluck parties, end-of-the-school-year celebrations, book club meetings, and even a weekend away planned in May.

I’m relishing this week when we only have two things on the calendar as an opportunity to take it easy and stick with some of our family favorites and use up some ingredients languishing in the fridge and freezer.


Food Rituals Will Help You Bring Your Best Self to the Table — Food and Ritual

This past winter I began lighting candles each night just before our small family of three sat down to dinner. It changed the way we eat. Even now in the long-lit days of a northern spring, a reminder to take a deep breath and lower our voices before lifting our forks does the same as the candles that once lit our table.

For years we slid into our chairs, fresh from email, homework, or feeding the dogs. We arrived at vaguely different times and jumped up and down to hastily get one more thing we’d forgotten. We continued, without pause even for breath, the conversations started in the kitchen or between the top and bottom of the staircase as we rushed to dole out the food. No, we never have screens at, or even near, our dinner. Yes, a good five out of seven nights we eat together as a family at the dining table. The food is usually homemade, carefully planned, and tuned into a whole globe of culinary traditions. But our last meal of the day was still missing something.

Then we met a family who did things a little differently.


Recipe: Jacques Pépin’s Garlic Chicken Breasts — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I’ve got a thing for nuggets of crispy chicken. Not necessarily chicken nuggets — although good ones can fall in this category — but chicken that’s been cut into chunks, is cooked until crispy, and takes well to eating in one or two bites. What can I say? I’m just looking for joy in the form of a salty, meaty, crunchy revelation.

When I came across this recipe in Jacques Pépin’s book, Poulets & Legumes: My Favorite Chicken and Vegetables Recipes, I was a little surprised. I remember scanning through the ingredients and method, getting more excited as I went on. Did I just find my ideal chicken nugget? All signs were pointing to a golden, crispy yes. There was no breading step, no deep-frying, and no mess required. Instead, this recipe promised everything my crispy-chicken-loving heart desired, with the help of a bit of Wondra flour and a nonstick skillet. Garlic and parsley are added at the end for one final flourish of flavor, but it was the method behind preparing the chicken that really got me.


10 of Our Most Beloved Vegetarian Cookbooks — Everyday Vegetarian

Even if you’re not a vegetarian (or were only a vegetarian for a week in college) chances are you have a vegetarian cookbook on your shelves. Why? If done right, vegetarian food can be some of the most amazing and innovative food available. Despite being identified by what you can’t eat, the truth is vegetarian cooking is very flexible and can accommodate many kinds of diets and preferences, including (gasp!) those who want to add a bit of meat now and then.

So what are some essential vegetarian cookbooks that we always keep on our shelves, no matter what the current food trends? The ones we reach for, whether we’re pulling together a dinner party or just trying to get tonight’s supper on the table? And what about the newer vegetarian cookbooks? Are there any instant classics out there? To answer this, we gathered a list of 10 essential vegetarian cookbooks. Take a look and see if your favorite is among them.