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A little bit of heaven & a whole lot of hell

You tell us, dude. When a band this massively popular, this risk-averse, this patently un-weird takes heartfelt shots at the “norms,” it’s hard to decide whether to laugh, barf or weep for the future of rock-and-roll itself.

Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’: Still devoid of wit, subtlety and danger, now with bongos - The Washington Post

31 Yummy Yeast Breads To Bake This Fall

They may need to rise for a few hours, but making any of these breads is a sure fire way to impress friends and family.

Yeast breads can be intimidating, but they’re friggen amazing.

Keep in mind these basic tips:

Temperature is everything!
When starting a yeast dough, your water needs to be between 105 and 115 degrees fahrenheit to activate the yeast. Also, make sure to use room temp ingredients, and always run eggs under warm water before using them in a dough.

Follow recipes closely
Baking is science, and with yeast breads you need to be especially careful about measuring and following instructions.

Use the correct type of yeast
Yes, there is a difference between dry active and rapid rise.

Now that you’ve got the basics covered, here are some awesome breads to bake:

Now that you've got the basics covered, here are some awesome breads to bake:


1. Fresh soft pretzels that will ruin you for their frozen cousins

1. Fresh soft pretzels that will ruin you for their frozen cousins

The secret to a good soft pretzel is boiling them in baking soda water before baking. Get the recipe and instructions here.


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27 Brussels Sprout Recipes That Want To Celebrate Thanksgiving With You

No one deserves a place on the table more than Brussels, the tiniest and tastiest cabbages in all the land.

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Chanterelles

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Chanterelles

If it’s too cold to bust out the grill, a skillet will still get the job done. Get the recipe.


Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and Lemon

Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and Lemon

Get the recipe.


Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts with Chili Fish Sauce

Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts with Chili Fish Sauce

Fish sauce may not be an obvious casting choice for your Thanksgiving show, but trust that it’s always got a place on Brussels. Get the recipe.


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I have observed that male writers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel," Catton says. "In my experience, and that of a lot of other women writers, all of the questions coming at them from interviewers tend to be about how lucky they are to be where they are — about luck and identity and how the idea struck them. The interviews much more seldom engage with the woman as a serious thinker, a philosopher, as a person with preoccupations that are going to sustain them for their lifetime.

Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton targets literary sexism - latimes.com

An Old, Hilarious Ad Series for Panda Cheese


We recently rediscovered an ad series that we fell in love with a few years ago because of its unusual sense of awkward violent humor. If you haven’t seen this series from Panda cheese yet, you’re welcome.

"Never Say No" Panda Cheese

10 (Female) Movie Characters You’d Like to Drink With

I love 21+ internet, I really do. The wealth of knowledge, the cocktail recipes, the inspiration! Once in a while though, a lass stumbles upon something that just doesn’t sit well. Enter slideshow: “10 Famous Movie Characters You’d Like to Drink With.” I click through and heartily agree–The Dude? But of course. Let’s go find […]

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A few interesting projects

13th Venice Architecture Biennale
Line and space used to lovely effect.

Kofi Awoonor Memorial Reading

Iowa City, which is one of six UNESCO Cities of Literature, will honor renowned Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor with a memorial reading this Monday, October 14. Awoonor was among those killed in the attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The reading, which will be hosted by Awoonor’s nephew, Kwame Dawes, will take place on […]

5 Fall Must-Make Mac and Cheese Recipes

5 Fall Must-Make Mac and Cheese Recipes

We turned on our heat for the first time last week. I generally like to try and hold off until the latest possible day in the season, when I can no longer tolerate chilly feet in the early mornings or evenings. There are many things I’m not overly frugal with, but utilities (and heat in particular) are something I watch like a hawk. The good news? On these crisp fall evenings, heat or no heat, mac and cheese pretty much always hits the spot.

I’ve made a few different mac and cheese recipes in the past few weeks and we had a killer acorn squash mac and cheese at a little lunch spot in Portland last weekend. In addition, my good friends just released their first cookbook, a collection of recipes from Homeroom, their fantastic Oakland-based Mac and Cheese restaurant.

Find it → The Mac and Cheese Cookbook by Allison Arevalo and Erin Wade

So suffice it to say, it seems the creamy, hearty comfort food is having a moment right now and I’m happy to be along for the ride. For cool nights when I’m too far away to visit Homeroom in person, here are a few recipes I’ve turned to recently or am looking forward to baking this fall. Do you have a favorite mac and cheese recipe?

(Images: Joy the Baker)

10 Hearty Casseroles That Welcome Fall — Recipes from The Kitchn

In terms of sheer comfort, casseroles are high on the list of our favorite autumn cooking. Double points if they have a good amount of cheese and triple if they also contain pasta. I am so happy that the chilly evenings of fall have brought casseroles back into my weekly meal rotation. Big batches of tuna noodle casserole or shepherd’s pie make the kitchen cozy on Sunday and then become easy lunches and dinners all week long. And if company stops by, no problem — there’s plenty to share.

Here are 10 of our favorite hearty casseroles — filling and nourishing, and all homemade. Not a can of cream of chicken soup in sight.

Lentil, Mushroom & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Casseroles and other hot bakes are definitely one of the most serviceable dishes in a cook’s repertoire. They can feed a crowd, be carried to a neighbor’s, or simply go back in the fridge after dinner for leftovers all week long. They can be easily vegetarian, as our much-loved Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie and All-Vegetable Lasagna can attest. They can be the main dish or the side dish or just one of many potluck dishes. Casseroles, in short, are the best.

Casseroles also don’t deserve their reputation of being overly-heavy and loaded down with cream and cheese. Oh, they’re certainly delicious when they are (I’m looking at you, King Ranch Casserole!), but they’re also just as warming and satisfying when we pack them with veggies and ease up on the dairy. Look no further than our Big Hearted Macaroni and Cheese for evidence of this.

Do you have a favorite casserole? What are you making right now?

King Ranch Casserole


(Images: See linked recipes for full image credits)

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