Tuesday Tidbits | Cooking Tips & Ideas

As fall settles in, I find myself interested in home cooked meals more than ever. We do a pretty good job of cooking most of our dinners at home, but the cooler weather is a great excuse to break out the crock pot and try some new ideas. This week’s Tuesday Tidbits is a round up of cooking related links, recipes, news, and ideas.

Happy cooking!

Tuesday Tidbits | Cooking Tips & Ideas

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Photo from Bon Appetit

→ One of my favorite food magazines, Bon Appetit, published an interesting piece this week on cooking myths you can let go of. I found several on the list that I incorporate and use frequently!

→ One of my recent favorite dinners is a from scratch baked ziti that only needs one pan. It’s nice, warm comfort food when the weather turns cooler. The gluten free noodles I use hold up well, and it makes a TON of food!

→ Living in Oregon, we are able to visit our local farmer’s market through November. This means we have access to some awesome fresh, seasonal produce that is best in fall! Cooking Light has a useful guide to what’s in season, like pumpkins, apples, and sweet potatoes.

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Photo from Fine Cooking

→ I have a growing interest in learning to make my own soup, and recently made a successful batch of chicken noodle from scratch. Fine Cooking has a collection of recipes that are fall ready to try your own.

→ I dream of having my own Kitchen Aid mixer one day, and recently found a shop that does custom paint jobs on mixers. What a great (if pricey) idea! It’s also great inspiration for your own at home paint job ideas.

Have a great week!

 

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Book Review | Leave Your Mark – Aliza Licht

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Book Finished: August 2015

Rating: 5/5


This book was a breath of fresh air, right when I needed it the most.

Written by one of the most influential women in fashion and social media, Aliza Licht, this book covers how to launch your career, what challenges to expect along the way, and how to utilize social media platforms to their full capabilities. Licht was the voice behind the well known Twitter account @DKNYPRGIRL, which provided an anonymous look into the world of fashion public relations. The account was a major game changer in terms of what it means to be a brand on social media, and set the standard for engagement and interaction techniques.

As a PR girl myself, Licht is someone I greatly admire, even if my main interests aren’t in fashion. I’ve interacted with her on Twitter before, and she is approachable, kind, and engaging. She mentions in the beginning of the book that she is very interested in being a a mentor, and publishing her book was a major part of that goal. In my current job search, I’ve been able to network with some wonderful women in the Portland area, and was able to add Licht to my list of mentors after finishing her book.

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Reading List | September 2015

Welcome to September – my favorite month of the year!

Not only is this month home to my birthday, it’s the kick off for fall, the holiday season, and a fantastic time to focus on reading and books. September 27th is the start of this year’s Banned Books Week, an event I’m particularly passionate about.

Banned Books Week was created by the American Library Association to draw attention to (and hopefully prevent) literary censorship. Each year, the event encourages you to read books that have been challenged or banned and includes a list of the previous year’s most challenged books. The purpose is to ensure the future of free exchange of ideas, and remind us that censorship can be dangerous.

I fully support your right to read whatever you choose. Reading opens new worlds to you, boosts your creativity, and makes you a more understanding person. There may be books out there that I don’t have any interest in reading because of the content, but that certainly doesn’t mean I should be able to keep others from reading them. Parents should put age-appropriate limits on what their kids read (based on research of the books in question), but they should never have the ability to keep others’ kids from reading whatever they and their families choose.

The challenges to books on the ALA’s list each year include complaints that the books are “anti-family,” not age-appropriate, “satanic/include witchcraft,” and “anti-authority.” Again, if someone doesn’t want to read books of this nature, that’s fine – but it should scare you that people out there want to make sure you can’t read them either. Typically, the challenges seek to remove the books from libraries or schools. Even worse, this list frequently includes books you probably consider classics; the Harry Potter series, Catcher in the Rye, Grapes of Wrath, and To Kill a Mockingbird have all made the list previously.

I challenge you to read a banned book or two this month. Whether it’s Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Grey, or the Anarchist Cookbook (actually a book I plan to read when I’m able to find it), read away! Encourage the youth you know to read and read frequently. Stand up against book challenges in your community, and support your local library. Books represent the voices of all of us, even those we disagree with. My reading list this month includes a few books on the ALA’s list, as well as some new releases (and maybe this will at long last be the month I get to read Girl on a Train!)

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