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Back in December, in a Christmas cookie-fueled, sleep deprived hysteria, I decided that January would be all about taking better care of myself. I would eat healthier, get more sleep, do more yoga, and spend less time on the computer. You could call them resolutions, but I don't. It always seems like making formal resolutions is a quick path to failure.

The thing about having the blues is that it comes from nowhere. It's not a feeling you can easily attribute to one cause or another, and so the question, "What's wrong," while usually asked by well-meaning folks, is irritating simply because it can't be answered.

When you come of age as a vegetarian in the South, you end up eating a lot of hummus (and bad salads, but we've already discussed that).

And, frankly, hummus has become so widespread and popular that you think once you've had hummus, that's it. Done. Hummus is hummus is hummus.


One of the many perks to being within an hour of the Oregon coast is having access to incredible seafood, especially salmon, tuna, oysters, and Dungeness crab. Knowing where to go always helps, but even tourists and newcomers can enjoy these delicacies for the right price.

I don't typically share my poetry. It's something that has always been a very private practice for me. But today for some reason, when I sat down to write this post, a poem came out. I don't expect it to mean the same thing to you that it does to me, but I do hope that you enjoy it in some way. It is a toast, of sorts, to the New Year.

I feel as if Americans have a knack for making joyous events stressful. There are television shows based on the premise that weddings are stressful (there are shows based on the premise that picking out a wedding dress is stressful for crying out loud). But the good thing about the vicious cycle of overdoing it is that you can stop at any time. Really.

My family's Christmas celebration is always over the top. Not in a Martha Stewart, homemade-calligraphed-placecards sort of way (although that sure sounds nice!), but in a crowded, smorgasbord kind of way. I tell people that I don't have a family; I have a clan. There is a distinction to be made.

Let me start this post by saying that marmalade is time-consuming. I won't give you any false hopes of "effortless" or "30-minute" marmalade. Marmalade is the jam-maker's painstaking ode to the winter fruits. It is not a process to rush along. It is, rather, the fullest expression of intensely perfumed citrus fruit.

To say that snickerdoodles have been on our mind lately is something of an understatement. Some time ago, we received an email asking if there was an error in our snickerdoodle recipe. We tested it, and as it happened, our recipe was short 3/4 cup flour. If you're a baker, you know that 3/4 cup flour can make a huge difference.


Joy of Cooking App for iPad and iPhone

After three years of collaborative effort with our friends at Culinate and Scribner, it is our pleasure to introduce the Joy of Cooking for iPad and iPhone! Please check out this full-featured, digital version of the 2006 edition. In addition to the recipes and indispensable reference information our readers know and love, the app has many features that are brand new to JOY:

  • Built-in recipe timers (you can have multiple timers going simultaneously)
  • Search for and filter recipes by key word, ingredient, cuisine, season, technique, diet, and more
  • Create shopping lists from within the app
  • Convert any recipe to metric automatically
  • Give voice commands or have recipe steps spoken to you
  • Create menus in the app
  • Share recipes from within the app
  • Color photography

Truly a JOY for the 21st century! Download by directing your browser to Don't forget to review the app!