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Weekend Meditation: It Doesn’t Always Have to be Fabulous — Weekend Meditation

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Blogging about food is a tricky thing. In order for something to be post-worthy, it usually needs to be a pretty wonderful and delicious thing to eat. If it's not, then there has to be some kind of story about that. Or it should be a new discovery. Or have some meaning in our lives and culture. But we seldom write about ordinary, everyday food or eating. We don't sit down at the table to an ordinary PB&J lunch, and then move over to the computer and blog about it

Everyday food isn't always fabulous, or revelatory, or new. It's often not worth writing home (or a blog) about. It's usually just lunch or breakfast or dinner, plain and simple. And that's just fine.

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What’s Cooking This Weekend? — Weekend of March 29-30, 2014

Happy weekend everyone! What's cooking? We're celebrating weather that actually feels like spring (if you close your eyes and ignore the wind) plus the conclusion of our first-ever Cooking Cure! How did it go for you? Even if you didn't follow along all month we hope it was fun and refreshing for some of your cooking routines.

And what's cooking in your kitchen? I'm making a big family lunch for my mother and grandmother and all my siblings; I'm making deviled eggs and torn between these, these, and these. What about you? What are your spring cooking plans?

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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites, Curry-Roasted Pistachios, Oatmeal Nutella Mug Cake, & Peach Lambic Sangria — New Recipes From The Kitchn

Three square meals are important and all, but let's get down to the fun stuff: snacks! This weeks we covered all your daily nibble needs. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try the raw chocolate chip cookie dough bites or the frozen chocolate-dipped banana bites. If you're more of a savory person, try the curry-roasted pistachios or whipped feta dip. Whatever you do, make sure you try this peach lambic and rye sangria. Seriously –– it's kinda important.

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James’ Beautiful Brooklyn Kitchen — Kitchen Spotlight

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We stopped in our tracks when we saw James' kitchen. His Clinton Hill, Brooklyn apartment is only 540 square feet, but despite the limited space, it feels spacious, efficient, and organized — particularly in the kitchen!

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Is There Any Way to Use Steel-Cut Oats to Make Oatmeal Cookies? — Good Questions

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Q: I would like to substitute steel-cut oats in place of old fashioned oats in an oatmeal cookie recipe. I have been experimenting with this myself and am not totally happy with the result. Can your readers help?

Sent by Dawn

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30 Years at Ballymaloe by Darina Allen — New Cookbook

The angle: A celebration of the Ballymaloe cookery school through recipes, chef profiles, anecdotes, and gorgeous photos.

Recipes for right now: Wild Garlic Custards; Marcella Hazen's Penne with Cauliflower, Garlic, and Oil; Baked Trout with Spinach Butter Sauce; Vegetable and Red Lentil Broth; Ardsallagh Goat Cheese and Thyme Leaf Soufflé; Fava Bean, Blue Cheese, Parsley, and Lemon Pizza; Penny's Kraut-Chi; Crab and Asparagus with Thai Mayonnaise on Sourdough

Who would enjoy this book? Culinary school nerds (you know who you are!), anyone who knows and loves Ballymaloe, culinary history buffs

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