On 17 Million Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage

Senator Warren is the best. That's really all I have to add here.

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 9:51 am 1

On What One Food Item Would You Eat for the Rest of Your Life?

@garli I can't even imagine. I went on a couple of dates with a dude who turned out to barely eat vegetables (like, picked the green onion out of fancy ramen) and it drove me nuts.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 4:43 pm 0

On The One Percent of Battery Life on Our Phones

I just bought one of these at Duane Reade last week http://www.amazon.com/Chromo-2600mAh-Lipstick-External-Battery/dp/B0094JCZ5G Probably a different brand, but same idea. Little lipstick-sized portable battery that can live in my purse. I've already used it a couple of times, and it's so useful for those moments when you're running around and no where near an outlet, or don't have time to get to an outlet.

Posted on February 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm 0

On Calculating the Costs: 'Pan-Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas'

@cuminafterall I'll add to the "use up your harissa" recipes with this one! Carrot salad with harissa, feta, and mint. Delicious. A little more spring/summery though, don't make this one until it's warm out.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 8:56 am 1

On Calculating the Costs: 'Pan-Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas'

@Marge Um, I wouldn't do that if I were you. Bell peppers have basically nothing in common with the flavors of the chiles in harissa. Pureed roasted bell peppers will be sweet. Harissa is killer spicy.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 8:55 am 0

On The Cost of Skiing

@terrific So I've been skiing since I was three or so... and I've never worn a helmet. They started to become a thing for kids when I was a teenager and my family no longer had money for annual ski vacations out west like we had done in my childhood. They became an all-ages thing more recently, and since I've only skied twice since 2006 (and one of those times was dreadful Vermont skiing) I just have never worn a helmet? Basically, the ski school at Steamboat, CO didn't make little kids wear helmets in the early 90s. So I just never have.

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm 0

On Let's Start the New Year With Some Small Wins

I've been saving for a while with a plan to buy myself an iPad when I hit a certain savings goal. I'm SO close - if I save a little more above my automatic deposits, I could do it by the end of January. So that's the goal!

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 10:28 am 0

On I Don't Know About You But I'm Feeling Like Doing 1 Thing

My one thing: go to Bed Bath & Beyond on my way to tonight's holiday party (progressive politically-oriented people in NYC throw a LOT of holiday parties) to buy a cheap set of twin sized sheets. At work, we're donating to a local homeless shelter's Christmas wish lists, and apparently they need a lot of sheets, so we're all doing either cash to buy sheets or sheets, and I have a BB&B coupon.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm 0

On Kitchen-related Gifts

@jquick Nutmeg goes in a lot of baked goods - it's one of the items blended into pumpkin pie spice, and it's also standard in gingerbread. I grate a little fresh nutmeg into french toast batter. It's also called for in some savory applications - I've seen mac & cheese recipes that call for a touch of nutmeg in the sauce. Nutmeg is in a lot of curry blends, too. It's WONDERFUL.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 11:59 am 0

On Staying Rather Than Going

@EvanDeSimone But Americans are mostly monolingual, which limits their access to those opportunities. What countries are you thinking of where employment opportunities are more plentiful AND business is done in English? Because I think the fear of foreign languages is one of the biggest deterrents to living abroad for most Americans.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 11:15 am 0