the joy of cooking
Vegetarians -- and anyone else squeamish about raw meat -- might want to skip this one.
Sweet, sour, whole-wheat, white, nutty, cinnamon-raisin, gluten-free, and everything between. Bread is amazing.

Jun 8, 2014 at 3:00pm | 38 comments

Butternut squash soup is one of my favorites, and it comes together really quickly. Plus, if you use homemade stock, it's just that little extra bit of amazing.
While it does require a couple of hours to supervise as it cooks, stock provides a great excuse to hang out around the house watching bad television -- I mean, reading, and unwinding over a weekend day.

Apr 19, 2014 at 12:00pm | 42 comments

If you like chai and you tend to drink it at coffeehouses, you know it's expensive per cup. Brewing it at home is way less expensive, and way more satisfying, because you can tweak tea, sugar, and spicing levels to make a chai you love.

Apr 12, 2014 at 12:00pm | 27 comments

How do you remind yourself to not compare your relationship to other people's? Probably starting by not reading stupid surveys about romance, I guess.
dating advice
I am a firm believer that we are our truest selves when dining at a restaurant. The way someone behaves when they have their public face on gives you a pretty clear indication of many important things.
I can’t be the only woman, parent, or being on Earth that thinks we should totally move past requiring baking and cooking as some part of group or togetherness activity
Many spices have amazing health benefits, and sprinkling them into things seems like a simple source for preventative medicine. Health care for the lazy, perhaps?
thought catalog
I live alone and it is definitely a learning experience.
It’s really more science textbook than cookbook. I don’t even own a third of the equipment I would need to execute the recipes.
While homemade pizza dough is the bomb-diggity and so easy to make, using store-bought pizza dough (usually about $2 at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods) is totally legit and a great timesaver.

Sep 28, 2013 at 12:00pm | 43 comments

“Sure, but how many salads could xoJane possibly want to hear about?” The answer is an INFINITE AMOUNT OF SALADS.
Recognizing when you’re in over your head and embracing the humility is way more important than proving that you can do it all.
Making tomato sauce always reminds me of college -- hearts, obsession, all-nighters, thigh high boots and The People's Court. Here's why.
The following items have ridiculously high profit margins and are a terrible value. I am often stupefied at the ridiculous cost of some of these items when you and I know what they cost to make yourself.
Do you guys have any kitchen annoyances you would like to vent about?
unpopular opinion
Peering into the grocery carts of the women that surround me I wonder, how lazy or busy does one have to be to not be able to cook your own oatmeal without the help of a microwave?
Can't get enough tomatoes, garlic, basil and CARBS? Then this post is for you.

Jun 8, 2013 at 9:00am | 106 comments

Friends, I have drunk the green Kool-Aid. No, not Ecto-Cooler. That's good, too, though.
PUT DOWN THAT BLUE BOX RIGHT NOW. Here's my go-to recipe for perfect, gooey, delicious homemade macaroni and cheese. (With a bonus gluten-free option that's just as amazing.)

I have FIVE different kinds of blenders, and a juicer. I have a tofu press, a slow cooker, and a rice cooker.