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August 2011 (146 posts)
Cranberry Bean, Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Salad from La Tavola Marche
This pretty salad + crusty bread + a wedge of pecorino = your best lunch of the week.
Borlotti and Ricotta with Whole Wheat Spaghetti from Found While Walking
Barely a recipe--adjust the proportions to your liking, and toss in your favorite herbs--this pasta dish is fresh and hearty.
Cranberry Bean Bruschetta from Fresh Brioche
Simmered with garlic and water (plus bacon, a Parmesan rind and/or tomato) and sprinkled with sage, cranberry beans become a perfect topping for slices of toasted baguette.
Cranberry Bean and Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Gouda from MarcusSamuelsson.com
A no-cook salad dressed in a sweet and salty vinaigrette has an unexpected element: meltingly smooth bites of gouda cheese.
Fresh Shell Beans Over Polenta from Printer & Piemaker
This minimalist recipe allows for plenty of interpretation. The basics: gently boil the beans with some marjoram, slowly cook onions with thyme, and serve them together over creamy polenta drizzled with a little bit of good olive oil.
Cranberry Bean Hummus from The Parsley Thief
A cross between hummus and baba ghanoush (thanks to the addition of zucchini), this is a lovely spread for toasted pita bread triangles.
Halloumi with summer vegetable ragout
Mixed bean soup mix
Nuun Electrolyte Enhanced Drink Tabs, $24 for 48. Sports drinks can be too sweet, but not Nuun. Drop one of these discs into your water bottle for your next workout and get sugar-free, carb-free hydration. They come in fun flavors, too, like strawberry lemonade and lemon tea (besides classics such as lemon-lime).
VinniBag, $28. Carry anything fragile—wine, olive oil, antique tea cups—safely home with these inflatable bags that cushion breakables from airplane turbulence or less-than-dainty baggage handling.
Maybelline New York Great Lash Designer Limited Edition Collection, $5.50. The iconic pink-and-green tube gets a makeover in honor of this mascara's 40th birthday, courtesy of fashion designers Max Azria, Tracy Reese and Vivienne Tam.
Whimsy & Spice Marshmallows, $6 for 12. Husband and wife Mark Sopchak and Jenna Par make shortbread cookies, biscotti, brownies and other treats out of their Brooklyn kitchen. Their marshmallows—in flavors such as caramel, cardamom, lemongrass and maple—might just be too lovely to smush between graham crackers and chocolate...but you be the judge.
We all believe in change at Oprah.com. But when you're in jail, that change is all the more difficult—if not, in many cases, impossible (one study found that 52 percent of all offenders in America end up re-incarcerated). This summer, as the Today show originally reported in this moving, altogether inspiring interview, an organization called Hope House reconnects kids with their incarcerated fathers by offering both parties a chance to catch up at an in-prison summer camp, complete with sing-alongs and art projects.
Much of the news coverage focused on the kids and how they become more open and loving to their dads after the weeklong experience. But listen to what counselor Rachel Foley says about the fathers toward the end of this clip.
Just to recap, Foley describes how putting a child in front of his dad transforms "the man from the nothing the prison makes him believe he is to the father he knows he is."
Which serves a great reminder to all of us. Sure, not all of us are in prison. Sure, there may be big differences between our lives. But the goal is the same: getting to that split second of visible change where we become who we want to be.
1. Wine and cheese is predictable.
2. Rum is not just for Caribbean cocktails. Dark sipping rums—which are meant for drinking neat, not mixing in piña coladas—can carry the flavors of roasted nuts, smoky oak, vanilla, cocoa and spices, just like wine. Barrie Lynn, a cheese expert in Los Angeles with an online show called Cheese Rules, suggests Neisson Rhum Agricole Réserve Spéciale or Mount Gay Extra Old Rum: "I haven't met a cheese they didn't love."
3. And about the cheese. Creamy, nutty aged Goudas, superaged sharp cheddars and fresh chèvre go especially well with rum. And while the drinks may be pricey (the Neisson costs about $67, and the Mount Gay is about $38), the cheese doesn't have to be; one of Barrie Lynn's favorites is a $3.75 tub of Widmer's Aged Brick Spread.
4. A little goes a long way. One bottle of rum is more than enough for a group of eight.
5. Pirate-themed novels! Discuss the finer points of Treasure Island or Robinson Crusoe as you swill the sailors' favorite, Pusser's Rum.
6. Rum also pairs well with Dickens. The classic English writer (of whom Oprah's a fan) was actually something of a punch aficionado (here's his recipe for rum punch). Best cocktail for Great Expectations or The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Dark and Stormy.
7. Paper umbrellas. Because sometimes it is all about Caribbean daydreams. Here are O's recipes for the classic rum cocktails Cuba Libre and Mojito.
We recently reminisced about friendship bracelets and how this simple accessory can link us to those we love most in our now grown-up worlds. So when we spotted O's fashion department wearing nOir's Shaka Lanyard Bracelets ($25) we couldn't wait to share yet another fashion throwback find with you. While we recall rainbow piles of plastic string and hours spent making keychains with our bunk mates, the gold toggle clasp and sleek design of this bracelet take this arts and crafts activity to a new level. Brighten up a friend's day with one of these colorful bangles—all without having to re-learn the lanyard box stitch. Bonus: These bracelets are water-friendly, meaning the recipient won't have to worry about getting them wet while she's washing dishes or enjoying the remaining days of summer at the beach.
Would you wear this bracelet? Give it to a friend? What's your favorite summer camp memory?
Keep reading for more stylish ideas:
7 turquoise accessories to rock this summer
Get a necklace that supports your favorite charity
Check out a charity project turned big (sparkly) business
What would it take to change your life for the better? It may be less than you think—we’ve got mini-makeovers to help you upgrade everything from your workout to your weekend. #6: Customizing your candy.
30 days of makeovers
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7 decadent chocolate treats
Every week, we'll be letting you know about new releases the editors at O and Oprah.com couldn't stop reading. On sale today...
By Maxine Swann
Why we loved it: One single American divorcée, two new mysterious friends to go out with, an entire city of handsome, sexy, endlessly interested Argentine men.
What made us want to move to Buenos Aires: "Flamboyant, the Buenos Aires trees bloom not once but at several seasons. The jacaranda tree has pale purple blossoms that fall off long before they're withered, littering the ground with pale purple trumpets; the palo borracho has pink blossoms, hand-sized, the whole tree flames up with them; the small yellow flowers on the tipa trees give off a dizzying scent. ... On the lawn that falls down from the Plaza San Martin, people lie out to sunbathe or sleep, exhausted in the middle of day. ... In the evenings, in darker spots, near where there are trees, you could practically make love, and people do."
The bigger picture: Does living in a foreign country—far from friends and family—help you discover who you already are? Or help reinvent you into the person you've always wanted to be?
The guilty pleasure: Traveling through the aristocratic, glittering cocktail parties of the Argentine elite, where Europeans and Americans are elevated—for better or for worse—to the status of semiroyality.
The authentic surprise: Nobody tangos.
Achiote (ah-chee-OH-tay, Spanish)
This common ingredient in Mexican cooking can actually induce an "achoo," since it's a spicy blend of annatto (a peppery pod from the achiote tree), Mexican oregano, cumin, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, allspice, garlic and salt. Achiote often comes in a paste form, where it adds a red color and a little kick to dishes like Yucatan Pork Tacos (pictured).
Clafouti (klah-fu-TEE, French)
For the longest time, whenever I read this word, I pictured someone named Fifi wearing a frilly pink nightgown. But now I know it's an easy, pancake-like dessert, made by pouring a batter over fresh fruit and baking it until it puffs. Pop this bubbly, custardy cherry clafouti into your oven midmeal and 30 minutes later, "clafouti" will be your new favorite word.
Fregola (FRE-go-la, Italian)
Saying the word for these tiny, toothsome balls of pasta--think Israeli couscous--could sound like something you'd say to your worst enemy. But if you roll the "r," add some Parmigiano-Reggiano (roll those r's, too, just to make your dinner companions laugh), plus fresh corn, peas or asparagus, you have a lovely, light summer meal. This recipe from Elaine Louie, who writes the New York Times column "The Temporary Vegetarian," is a cinch.
Monday is too stressful. Wednesday is already hump day. But Tuesday is "you" day: a day when you have the energy to do—or plan—something fresh and unexpected that might just turn your whole week around.
Treat your family on Thursday, also known as Cupcake Day. How to make fluffy, scrumptious, strawberry flavored treats from the famed cupcake experts at Sprinkles.
Honor your inner King during National Elvis week. How to shake up a cold, sweet, smooth Velvet Elvis cocktail.
What to do with all those fresh-from-garden tomatoes that are taking over your kitchen and your life? How to make your own vat of ketchup (with a slightly spicy kick).
Treat yourself some revitalizing, life-lifting karma. How to feel good and help the world in 2 minutes this Friday, National Humanitarian Day.