A new essay collection explores two cultures of American fiction, M.F.A. creative-writing programs and working in New York.
Fiction writer Andrew Martin reflects on his own experience and argues that both cultures have their merits: http://nyr.kr/1hiTKN2
Editor Barry Harbaugh wonders why the book editor is absent in the anthology, and addresses the longstanding rumor that editors don’t actually edit: http://nyr.kr/1hiVOVe
Illustrations by Jordan Awan.
Zucchini and Carrot Salad
with mixed buckwheat-quinoa-brown rice & avocado sauce
Ingredients (serves 1)
1/2 head of lettuce, sliced
1 small carrot, grated
1 small zucchini, grated
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
herbal salt and cracked pepper to taste
(*hint mix well by shaking in a small jar)
1. Combine the herbed buckwheat-quinoa-brown rice mix (see instructions here) with the grated zucchini and carrot
2. Drizzle with dressing and mix through.
3. In a bowl, layer lettuce with remaining ingredients, top with avocado sauce (recipe here) and extra fresh avocado
Ready or not, here I come—with my favorite links of the week!
Someone’s In The Kitchen with Mini-Michelle
When I first started eating according to a Paleo template, the biggest challenge wasn’t removing ”heart-healthy” whole grains or beans from my diet—it was the prospect of having to cook ALL THE TIME. I didn’t want to spend my entire life in front of the stove—especially when I could be catching up with The Real Housewives on TV.
But now, having logged thousands of hours in the kitchen, I no longer feel like pulling out my hair in clumps when faced with dinner prep. Of course, it also helps that I’ve continued to learn and employ time- (and sanity-) saving tips and tricks that streamline the cooking process.
Case in point: I love this post in The Kitchn about 18 Daily Habits that Make Life in the Kitchen Better.
And thanks to this HuffPo article, I’ve eliminated a number of bad kitchen habits, too.
My favorite new shortcut in the kitchen? I’ve been keeping a large stainless steel bowl filled with warm, soapy water in the sink so I can chuck dirty utensils and dishes into it as I cook. Presto! Washing dishes just got a lot easier!
I just need to keep reminding myself not to toss any knives into the suds. (Because “Surprise! You just lost a finger!” ain’t my idea of a good time.)
Still Whole30in’ On?
For all of you who soldiered through the KILL ALL THE THINGS phase of the Whole30 (like my super-awesome sister Fiona!), welcome to the home stretch!
It’s been a while since my last Forky Friday, and in that time, our first cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, was published! I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to see our labor of love out there in the real world, and to see the reviews that have been posted around the web. We love the comments and photos that so many of you have posted on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Keep ’em coming — we can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up!
In the meantime, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled links from around the web…
Back on Track
As much as I’d like to report that I’m still eating my way through northern Thailand, I’m not. We got home from Asia earlier this week—just in time for me to don my gay apparel (a.k.a. hospital scrubs) and start another week of graveyard shifts on Christmas night. I missed the usual holiday feasting…but it was probably for the best. I’d already enjoyed my fair share of incredible meals (and dietary off-roading) in Chiang Mai, and was glad for the chance to avoid further gastronomic temptations.
If, like me, you took a nutritional detour over the holiday season, don’t freak out. An occasional indulgence won’t derail you from your journey down the Paleo superhighway.
I can’t stop laughing!!!
Cats defense mechanisms make so much sense to me.
Warning: Lizards may cause your cat to malfunction in new and unexpected ways.