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The Black Apple

5 Sep

Emily Martin’s The Black Apple is one of my longest-running blog loves. Her art is part wistful, part spooky, and part cute. And recently her circus-inspired works have been reminding me of Geek Love. Emily’s recipes/crafting/fashion/decorating skillz inspire me.

This is Emily:

Here are some of her paintings (inexpensive prints, lockets, diaries and things available at her shop)!




Alison Cross’s Supermarket Dreamz

30 Aug

Good asked readers to redesign the supermarket and Alison Cross won the contest with this:

I already like grocery store trips, but I would REALLY like the experience if my grocery store looked like that! Much fresher and healthier too! I love the tables for community use and the bike racks. I’d definitely go here to buy a quick lunch and study, maybe meet with friends!

Read more about Alison’s design here.

Hungry for Korean?

29 Aug

Bibim Guksu (from eatingandliving blog)

Last week, I was making bibim guksu when rudely interrupted by THE EARTHQUAKE! Those spicy cold Korean noodles make the earth shake.

I was so happy to find eating and living: a Korean-American mom’s home cooking. Since returning to the U.S. after living in Korea for two years, I sometimes get those unshakable specific food cravings. When I was in Korea, I missed fajitas and now I crave bibimbap! I miss my favorite dishes, but haven’t been able to find recipes of everything I like. Or I have, but the recipes have been complicated with many many hard-to-find ingredients and confusing instructions. I’ve had mixed results with other bloggers’ recipes.

Hyosun Ro does a great job presenting things clearly and simply. I love that her children inspired her to start this blog with their dinnertime phone calls home asking for instructions on how to make the Korean foods they missed. I couldn’t have been happier with how this cooking process went and I have Hyosun Ro to thank for it! My bibim guksu tasted great (even though its spiciness made my dinner companions gulp down the water!) and was cheap and easy to make. I can’t wait to try some of her other recipes!

A Ladymade Recipe for Snax

1 Aug

via (not my hand!)

I made granola bars for the first time last weekend.

They were good. Even if slightly crumbly!

Be creative – put anyyyything in there! Poprocks anyone? Healthy.

Here is the recipe, but feel free to play with it, as long as you don’t take out the honey as a binding agent.

Suggestion: peanut butter instead of butter!

Thanks, Barefoot Contessa! I’m kind of behind on my celebrity chefs. Does anyone have any suggestions? Any Food Network favorites?

The Contessa

The Runcible Spoon

25 Jul

Aw, guyzzzzz, check out the adorable Runcible Spoon site. It makes me hungry and inspires me to cook instead of heating foods up.

Zinesters Malaka Gharib and Claire O’Neill describe their zine, which you can also find online at the above linked site! (Lucky you!):

The Runcible Spoon is a tiny food zine based in Washington, D.C. It is a free, print publication distributed in cafes and boutiques all over the District. Our goal is to capture the pleasure of eating food and present it to you in a half-collage, half-illustrated, half-magic little magazine. Our community of offbeat writers and bloggers cover everything from restaurant reviews to family recipes with the hope of one thing: to get you daydreaming about food, glorious food — and cooking, of course!

We encourage you channel your inner 90s child and print out a few of our zines at home. Distribute a stack at your favorite record shop, cafe or bookstore. There’s nothing more lovely than a free zine. 

True. Free zines are very very nice surprises.

Issue 4

Also Issue 4!

If you don’t live in D.C., poor you, you can’t get this from a coffee shop or go to the zine launch party like I did and get the chance to be thoroughly charmed by the ladymakers of this great and inspiring DIY offering. You probably should move here.

Or make a zine of your own!

Do you have any nice zine links?