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May 2012 (135 posts)
Author and food writer Cheryl Sternman Rule, who writes the blog 5 Second Rule, is here with inspiration. She's matched seven of the most popular ways to serve chicken--from barbecued to marsala--with sides from her new cookbook, Ripe, that are anything but snooze-inducing.
Rule has a hang-up, you see, that's a powerful defense against boring salads or pilafs: color. She and photographer Paulette Phlipot are so obsessed, they arranged their book into sections on red fruits and vegetables like beets and pomegranates, orange ones such as apricots and yams, and so on. Check out this Oprah.com slideshow for her creative ideas (the fried chicken go-with, Honeydew Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing, is reason enough). And next time you feel like chicken (tonight?), you can make an accompaniment that just might steal the show.
4 glorious potato dishes for any occasion
More non-boring sides
11 healthy ways to make chicken
Every Monday, we'll be letting you know about new releases the editors at O and Oprah.com couldn't stop reading. This week, we're in love with the intricate, sensitive historical novel:
By Jo Baker
What is the legacy of four generations of loss? For Americans without a direct link to the current conflicts overseas or who get their war news from TV and Twitter, the question can seem like a distant concept. Oddly enough, however, this tightly crafted English novel, tracing a family from World War I to Iraq, brings it to life. Jo Baker's story begins with William, a young factory worker, on the eve of the Battle of Gallipoli, and then skips forward in time to his now-adult son, Billy, who serves on D-Day. The action, though, focuses less on the battlefield and more on the parallel lives of their two families—the everyday hunger (when the men go missing, so does the paycheck), the undiscussed loneliness and extramarital affairs, the overwhelming desire of wives for something both as mundane and luxurious as a tube of red lipstick. In the '50s, Billy's son, Will, grows up in the peacetime and succeeds as an academic at Oxford, only to fail as a husband due to his penchant for coeds. "You know what your problem is, boy?" says his now elderly father. "You never had a war to go to." Out of context, this may sound like a callous comment, but considering the layered perspectives throughout the narrative, which include everyone from mothers-in-law talking to the ghosts of their dead husbands to an 8-year-old boy aching for the love of his father, but unable to get it, it reflects what has been handed down in this family—grief and silence and private forbearing, as long-past violence stains every present-day interaction. Hope arrives at the end of the novel with Billie—a daughter named after the preceding William, Billy and Will—an artist who is unable to keep her little half brother from volunteering in Iraq. While in Malta (the last place her great-grandfather was seen alive, though she doesn't know it), looking at a painting of the beheading of Saint John the Baptist, she says about the dying man on the canvas (and perhaps about the difficult, defining moments in all our lives): "You can't switch it off. You can't walk away. You have to look."Read More
Thrillers to make you think, love, dream and scream
"Unless you love what you do, you can't really be good at what you do." Advice for the Class of 2012 (and the rest of us, too).
Sometimes you just have celebrate your right to say "whatever" to makeup and contacts. Even if you're famous.
Keep that Mother's Day glow going with these amazing, and yes, adorable, animal mothers.
Maya Angelou with a muppet, anyone? Silly photos of serious writers.
Strive to be a vessel of love...and other ways to infuse your every day existence with spirituality.
The Life-Lifter: “It’s just been a rough struggle to make ends meet...I may have been fated to find it.” An unemployed man makes a life-changing thrift store find: a signed Picasso.
When my three-year-old niece is in an independent mood, even the simplest task -- pouring a bowl of cereal -- can take 20 minutes. I recently watched her struggle triumphantly to open a new box of Lucky Charms, then stop when she spotted the plastic bag nestled inside. She shot me a look with more exasperation than I thought a toddler could muster. "Why does it need both?" she asked.
Great question, especially when you consider the natural resources that go into manufacturing all those boxes and transporting them to the breakfast table. Each year, roughly 345 million pounds of paperboard are used to make 2.3 billion cereal boxes in the U.S. That's the paperboard equivalent of three great pyramids, or the weight of nearly 750,000 jumbo jets.
Buying bagged cereal isn't just a smart cost-saving strategy; it can have an eco-impact as well. Three Sisters Cereal -- including yummy takes on shredded wheat squares, marshmallow oats, and cocoa rice crisps -- use 75 percent less consumer packaging than boxed brands. Even better, the electricity used to make the resealable cereal bags is powered by wind energy. Think of that next big bowl of cereal and milk as one small way to help the planet, before you've even finished your morning coffee.
Artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has created an auditory experience that's also a powerful antidote: an antidote to the digital-everything world; an antidote to alienation from nature; an antidote to the life of constant earbuds. Here is his record player that plays pieces of wood. I love how he's taken two growingly-obsolete objects, paired them, and created something we never knew was there: the song a tree sings.
Kinda makes you want to listen to, well, everything, doesn't it?
Flemish Portraits in Airplane Bathrooms
A New Old Way to Make a Portrait
The Fine Art of Folding Air
Today's Thank You Game challenge is to thank your mom, or someone who has been like a mom to you.
Thank you to my mother, Vernita Lee, for doing the best she knew and could do in raising me. Thank you to Maya Angelou who has stood in the gap, as a mother, sister, and friend. Thank you to Gayle King. I've never seen or heard of a better mother than she--such RESPECT and of course love she has for her children. She has treated me the same; 100% always in my corner cheering me on!
Today's Thank You Game challenge is to thank someone who introduced you to something or someone you love.
I'd like to thank Adam Glassman who constantly introduces me to new and beautiful things: objects, clothes, places, and design. He has an an eye for beauty that I so appreciate. Thank you, Adam.
Hello again, Friday! We're looking forward to the weekend and looking back on the things that made our week
This might be the classiest flash mob ever
Taking get-well bouquets to a whole new level
Looks like the world won't end on 12-12-12 after all
Fictional moms: the good, the bad and the terrifying
Who knew? Mark Twain's letter to his friend Helen Keller (Via The Hairpin)
Admit it. You've yelled at the television before. "Don't marry her!" or "Don't go into the BASEMENT!" or "How could you do this?!" -- getting a wee bit more emotionally involved than a glowing screen probably deserves. And you've probably cried at a novel, knowing the characters were fictional. And you've certainly heard a song and passionately sang along and felt inexplicably moved, even though it was telling a love story not your own, recounting drama you hadn't yet encountered, because, well, you're in kindergarten.
Enter: these kids, rocking out in the backseat to Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." I could watch this video eighty-thousand times. They are FEELING this song, they really are. And as Lauren Yapalater points out over at BuzzFeed, they run the gamut of emotions, from ferocity to indifference to heartbreak:
I love that these six-year-olds are feeling this song so intensely, full as it is of raw emotion that they have, surely, not yet experienced for themselves. But isn't that what art is to kids (and maybe to us adults too, really) -- emotional practice? I think this must be why toddlers insist on hearing the same scary story over and over from the safety of a parental cuddle, why kids love the parts of picture books where everyone cries, why tweens rock out to endless love songs: they know on some level that these are experiences they are destined to have, and that the pop-song-version is an easy, safe tutorial for how to deal when the trouble comes. From the looks of things, these ferocious, passionate, hilarious kids will be just fine.
The Song Guaranteed to Make You Sleep
The Empty Coca-Cola Bottle Way to Multitask