Chad Johannesen

Jazz Up Your Summer Cocktails with These Ice Cube Trays on Sale Now — Amazon Deal of the Day

Before you say anything, I know — these aren't exactly the coolest-looking ice cube trays to stock in your freezer. Aesthetics aside, these things are great!

And they're on sale right now!


When Food Is Just Numbers, I Never Win — Personal History

Our Personal History series invites cooks and eaters to tell the stories of their lives through food. Arianna's journey is one of learning (and relearning) food through the lens of numbers.

I know there was a time in my life when food was simply food and not just a bunch of numbers, but getting there requires some memory mining. I'd just turned 13, and was starting a new school in the fall. June through August were set aside for crafting a better version of myself — more mature, more outgoing, more popular — and the key to becoming this better self, I knew, was losing weight. This wasn't a new endeavor. I'd been unhappy with my body for as long as I'd been conscious of it, but I'd never had success in changing it.

I knew if I wanted to shrink my tummy, which had only expanded as I got older despite my mother's regular assurances that it was "baby fat," I'd need to get serious and regimented about what I ate. I needed a reliable system.

And then, as if by magic, Atkins happened.

I discovered Atkins maybe six months before it would become ubiquitous, during my family's annual summer vacation in California. Each year, we'd spend a week visiting my parents' longtime friends, whose family mirrored my own (parents from the Bronx having settled out West, two daughters, two sons), and this year I was especially fixated on Sandy, who was a week older than me. I saw her the way I saw most girls in my orbit, which is to say she was the personification of everything I wasn't: energetic, unrestrained, happy, and, most importantly, thin.


Martha Stewart’s Life Is Getting the Musical Treatment, Because of Course — Pop Culture

After giving the lives of Anna Wintour and Andy Cohen the Broadway treatment, Ryan Raftery is slated to take on Martha Stewart in a play this summer in New York City. Titled The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart, the third installment of the "Titans of Media" trilogy reportedly took nine months of research and preparation.


10 Things We Want from the Major Anthropologie Sale, Happening Now — Shopping

Our staff was supposed to be working this morning — just like any other Thursday morning — but instead, most of us were shopping. We couldn't help ourselves: Anthropologie is having a tag sale and so many things are up to 50 percent off.

So, instead of writing, editing, and cooking, we've spent the better part of the morning Slacking each other links to all the things we want to buy. Here are the highlights. If you were needing to be productive this afternoon, we apologize in advance.


5 Ways to Keep Flies Away from Your Patio Picnic — Patio Perfection

Eating outdoors is one of the best parts of summer — but once you get beyond the safety of your screened windows and doors, flies can be a real pain. They're mostly annoying (all that buzzing around and landing on your arms!), but they're also kinda gross considering how much time they spend flying from surface to surface (raw hamburgers to fruit salad ... ), trailing any bacteria they encounter from place to place.

Here's how to minimize outdoor flies so you can enjoy dining al fresco.


Help Planned Parenthood by Purchasing This Gorgeous Cookbook — Pop Culture

There are many ways you can help or get involved with Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit organization that gives people affordable access to reproductive and sexual care around the country and globe. You can donate money once or on a monthly basis, and you can give your time as a volunteer. And now, thanks to Leela Cyd and Anne Parker, you can buy a beautiful cookbook where 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the organization. It's a delicious deal.

Leela Cyd, a cookbook author and photographer (who has shot many things for Kitchn!) explains that the motivation behind Cooking Up Trouble: Recipes to Nourish Women is political. "In a time when the President and his administration are systematically threatening women's access to reproductive health care and the ability to independently make decisions regarding our bodies, our families, and our lives, we have created this mini cookbook as an act of resistance, " explains Cyd.


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