52 Ingredients: Parsnips

Posted on September 30, 2014
Parsnips and carrots in a bowl

Parsnips are cousins of carrots and are also closely related to parsley. In fact, the three hang out a lot in stews and at family reunions. Learn more about the wild life of the common parsnip.

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The Heavy Metal Guide to Halloween Cocktails

Members of Strangled by Strangulation Enjoy a Daiquiri Noir

As a fan of heavy metal since my rebellious teen years, and an even bigger fan of booze for about the same amount of time (like I said, rebellious), I felt that I was qualified enough to write a blog about both. With Halloween, and all the spooky, face-melting, terrific fun that comes along with it fast approaching, I thought now was the perfect time to talk shredding riffs and killer cocktails.

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What We’re Reading This Weekend, or: Phylliidae-Mageddon

Posted on September 26, 2014
weekend leaf bug

All my life, I don't believe I've ever seen a leaf bug. Until today, that is. My day began like most others--by turning on the coffeepot and shuffling my way to the dumpster to throw out the trash. And that's when I saw it. A perfect green leaf with legs resting on my bicycle seat (pictured top). I hate bugs and was a little creeped out, but I thought it was cool and so I took a picture of it anyway.

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Treasure Hunting: Matfer Sugar Work Blow Torch

Posted on September 25, 2014

“Never play with fire. Ever.” My mother’s words still echo in my head, even 20 years after I nearly singed an eyebrow off with a burning log I was swinging around like a lightsaber (ironically, I would accidentally shave one off in the summer of 2012). But with the Sugar Work Blow Torch from Matfer, I can honestly say that no, mom—I’m not playing with fire. I’m using it to caramelize sugar to make delicious and aesthetically pleasing desserts.

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5 Coffee Varieties that Keep Us from Going Insane

Coffee Beans

Coffee is part of a sacred morning ritual for a lot of people. In fact, it’s the one thing that keeps most of us from telling our employers to shove those TPS reports and go back to sleep. But with so many varieties, how do we choose which blend will keep us employed and sane enough to deal with the outside world at 6am? Read on...

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