Chad Johannesen

Recipe: Stovetop Pesto Macaroni and Cheese — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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A few big spoonfuls of bright, herby pesto make mac and cheese a weeknight dinner suitable for summer. The creamy, nutty flavors of sharp cheddar play nicely with the herby pesto, which brings a vibrant contrast to the cheese's richness. Store-bought pesto is always a back-pocket shortcut for us, but during the summer fresh become our first choice. So when considering this for dinner, include homemade pesto in the plans too.


These Easy No-Bake Brownies Are a Summer Must — Delicious Links

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When it's too hot to turn on the oven, baked goods are out of the question. But that doesn't mean you can't satisfy your brownie craving! These no-bake brownies are rich and fudgy — and there's not an ounce of flour or drop of butter in sight.


This Is What Portland, Maine Tastes Like (in Case You Can’t Go) — Bite-Sized Guide: Portland, Maine

When you think of the food of Maine, your mind might land on lobster. But Portland, Maine's largest city, has so much more to offer than mayo-dressed lobster meat piled into a hot dog bun. The city's close proximity to the ocean and local farms means the inventive chefs who call Portland home have a wealth of fresh ingredients at their fingertips. If you look past the stereotypes and avoid the tourist traps, the food of Portland is creative, sophisticated, and downright delicious.


How To Completely Clean a Microwave Quickly & Easily — Apartment Therapy

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From Apartment Therapy → How To (Steam!) Clean a Microwave Quickly & Easily


Amazon Has Already Stepped into the Meal Kit Market — Food News

Amazon is the Jack of all trades: It's an online marketplace, has its own video and music streaming service, owns upscale organic retailer Whole Foods, and has a popular home assistant (Hi, Alexa!). Now the company is slowly dipping its toes into the meal kit market.


Why James and the Giant Peach Could Never Be About Cherries — Peachy Keen

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Fruit will always be ripe for children's literature — "A is for apple" graces the first page of almost any self-respecting alphabet book, after all — but a peach is a particularly rich fruit for this job, conveying a sense of sweetness around its dark stone center, or its regional and cultural connections. It's just unusual enough to be slightly left of the more typical fruits.

Take, for example, Roald Dahl's fantastical novel James and the Giant Peach. With Roald Dahl's talent for storytelling, there's no question that James and the Giant Cherry (actually a real consideration according to Dahl's private diaries) would have been successful, but there's something about James and the Giant Peach that evokes the story itself — the kind that will leave juice running down your chin, the kind with a hard center that will surprise you if you're not careful.

This is Dahl's trademark, after all — mixing the sweet with the sour and the downright dark. What else besides a peach, with its complexities and contradictions — a fuzzy exterior, juicy interior, and hard stone in the middle — would suffice as the vehicle for magical and twisted adventures with a cast of fantastically large insects?


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