Opinion

Minimalism Is Just Another Boring Product Wealthy People Can Buy — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

I think it's probably no secret by now that I hate minimalism. I hate it as the incredibly tedious piece of personal performance art it has come to be in our society, but I also hate it as an aesthetic: your white-on-white-on-white life and meticulously crafted wardrobe of only the most wispy products Everlane and Aritzia have to offer are, frankly, a saltine cracker's idea of what a Cool Girl would wear.

In terms of its visual merits, or as a capital-S Style, the hyper-curated minimalism really only conveys one thing: "I wanted to take the very safest route to chic, cut away every possible misstep or risk. I saw the French Girl Chic articles and I was like … that's pretty damn homogenous, but smoking tests poorly in focus groups and those occasional striped shirts are too bold. Time to reduce my look even further until literally every item I purchase tells people 'I could get something more interesting, but I have enough money to choose not to.'"

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Why I Like Canned Peaches Better than Fresh Ones — Strong Opinions

My parents came very close to moving our family to Atlanta when I was in middle school. Apparently, my father had been given a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity and he thought it'd be good for us. I, however, did not. I was only 11, but I knew I wouldn't fit in down there and that I'd be better off in South Jersey.

My social concerns had nothing to do with my unfortunate purple glasses, my awkward sense of humor, or my lack of athletic abilities. My worries stemmed from the fact that I knew I would have a very unpopular opinion down there in the Peach State: I thought (and still do think!) that canned peaches are better than fresh. That's right — I said it! Now, hear me out.

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8 Reasons the 4th of July Is the Best Holiday of the Year — Strong Opinions

Sorry, Christmas, you are not the best. Same for you, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Flag Day, and all the other holidays. The 4th of July is America's best holiday of the year. And it should be — it's the country's birthday for crying out loud!

I like to tell people that the 4th of July is like my Christmas. I get so excited about it, I have a hard time falling asleep the nights leading up to the long weekend. I start a Google Doc in early June to start planning the food I want to make, the games I want to play, and the sundresses I want to pack. (Yes, I've done these things for years — even before I earned the honor of hosting the holiday at my house!) Why do I get so darn excited over the holiday? There are a ton of reasons!

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It’s Totally Weird for Summer, but I’m Obsessed with Sweet Potatoes Right Now — Kitchn Obsessions

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Summer is synonymous with cold salads, Popsicles, and grilled food. It's the time of year when you're supposed to say goodbye to your oven (unless you're making pie), and opt for simple, fresh meals. It's the time for weekly trips to the farmers market, tons of seasonal vegetables and fruits, and lazy beach days. It should be all about lazy cooking.

So why, all of a sudden, am I obsessed with roasted sweet potatoes?

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PSA: Being Healthy Isn’t a Contest, So Stop Trying to Win It — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be healthy — if it's a word I qualify for, or a word I even aspire to. I think it's a word that is generally more useful than things like "normal," in the sense that it allows for varying definitions based on goals and needs, but it also feels like an increasingly loaded word, full of judgment and constantly moving goalposts.

I know (vaguely) what it means for me to be healthy, from both a mental and physical standpoint, but I also know that it's not a constant state, or a mountain I will one day climb to the top of and sit upon for the rest of my life. My life, like anyone else's, is made up of millions of little individual choices, some better and some worse for me, and the battles are won much more along the averages than they are on any individual choice. And yet this sensible, how-am-I-doing-on-the-whole approach seems to have almost entirely disappeared from our culture, replaced by a violent pendulum swing that is always pushing us to indulgence or deprivation.

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In Defense of Bleach in the Kitchen — Strong Opinions

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Not too long ago, I succumbed to all the talk about how all you really need in your cleaning kit is some vinegar, Castile soap, and baking soda. I used up or threw out my chemical cleaners and replaced them with "natural" alternatives. And I will say that, for the most part, they got the job done.

But bleach (and if I'm being 100 percent honest, a few of those other chemical cleaners) has made its way back into my kitchen. Here's why.

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