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Recipe Redo: Rosemary-Orange Ricotta Muffins v2.0

Plenty of food bloggers redo their own recipes after a couple years, but has anyone redone one after two months? I was making a double-batch of Rosemary-Orange Ricotta Muffins for Saturday-morning Fannibal (rewatching with an old friend). I didn’t have my oranges yield enough juice, so I substituted soy milk for half of the orange juice; used full-fat ricotta instead of the skim kind (hooray, reading the labels) and stumbled onto the fluffiest muffins ever.

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Heirloom Tomato Sauce | I'll Make It Myself!

Slow-Cooker Heirloom Tomato Sauce

I really missed my Crock Pot while I was in Japan. You can definitely buy a reasonably-priced slow cooker (surô kukkâ, スロークッカー) online or large homegoods stores. A rice-cooker can double as a slow cooker for many recipes, but since the purpose of the rice cooker is to get the moisture out, it may not work well for sauces.

I got a lot of heirloom tomatoes on sale at the farmers’ market, so I decided to try to make my own tomato sauce.

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A Message from the Feminist Jar-Openers Association

If you haven’t see the responses from Vice and Fit and Feminist response to the women of Women Against Feminism who don’t need feminism as it would deprive them of the men who open their jars for them, you’re in for a treat.

Via Vice

“Also how the f*@k am I supposed to open jars + life heavy things without my husband? I am grateful for our differences!” Detail from Women Against Feminism. Via Vice.

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The Mushroom Hunt and Vegan Masculinities, or How Not to Report on Food and Gender

Content note: some misogynistic language.

I had such high hopes for the NPR Food article “For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet” by Neda Ulaby. Finally, I thought, a piece about not only food and masculinities, but one in which the gender binary would be broken down, showing that caring about food politics or, as the title suggests, about the environmental impact of our diets, can be divorced from gender identity and expression all together. And yet, for whatever reason, just like that mess of an article on bento and mothering, which I might add, there has been plenty of research on since the ’90s and that even a quick Internet search will turn up with resources, NPR manages simultaneously to perpetuate gender stereotypes while attempting to reinvent them.

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Double Coconut Brownies | I'll Make It Myself!

Double Coconut Brownies (Dairy-Free)

Darlingsan had a special request for her birthday “cake”: brownies, not heavily frosted, possibly Sailor-Moon themed. I’m really glad, too, because apartments in Seattle don’t have AC, which is a helpful thing to have to dealing with butter-based decorations.

This recipe is dairy-free if you are using vegan baker’s chocolate. If you want to glaze or frost it, you can use non-dairy milk for a glaze or my favorite vegan buttercream, but the brownies are rich and moist without it.

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To make it the brownies into an homage to the locket, I made a very basic glaze to give the pink color; a little leftover yellow buttercream to make the moon; and halved cherries to stand in for the gems.

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Vegan Rhubarb-Raspberry Crostata

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a stress-free and safe Independence Day! I brought this crostata to a barbecue over in Redmond.

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A few notes:

  • Olive oil: not only is this recipe vegan, but you don’t have to worry about the butter in the crust getting too warm while rolling it out. (Seattle = no AC! It’s great until you try working with buttercream in the summer)
  • One crust, rustic-style: way easier to put together than a normal pie.
  • Rhubarb and raspberries: in-season, delicious, and maybe even better than strawberry-rhubarb!

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Feminist Foodie: Vetting Food Blogs

In light of my recent photo contribution to Sociological Images #pointlesslygenderedfood, I’d like to talk about how I navigate food/recipe blogs as a feminist. You’d think this wouldn’t be so hard, and yet I live in a world surrounded (literally) by such gendered products as:

100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know--but only if you're hetero, amirite

Found this in a used book store. I did not spontaneously combust specifically so I could snark on this ridiculous book later.

But I did flip the table.

And Mr. Darcy has 10,000 a year, Mr Bennet. Ten. Thousand. A. Year.


Skinny Girl Wine: god why

Go home, marketers, you’re drunk. FYI: white wine has 120 cal. per glass.

When I’m home and looking for recipes to make, I don’t want to run into casual sexism or support companies and blogs that promote gendered eating. Here’s how I avoid these blogs.

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