Submitted by Melissa on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:53
I did a stint as a guest writer at Chicagoist and wrote a couple of pieces. Most might be kind of boring if you don't live in Chicago, but there are a couple that are of more general interest.
Submitted by Melissa on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 13:40
It's here. After over a year of procrastinating I finally hit the trigger. Along the way I finally figured out one of the main reasons I procrastinate: perfectionism. I figure if I can't do something perfectly, it's not even worth doing. If I had kept to that path, I wouldn't be writing this. I forced myself to stop while I was working and think about whether or not it was really worth it to do what I was doing. To ask whether it's really truly completely necessary. Much of the time it wasn't. I let good enough be good enough. And I can always add things to the site later.
Submitted by Melissa on Thu, 11/28/2013 - 18:46
I had to improvise a Thanksgiving meal today because plans with family members fell through. Unfortunately none of the convenient grocery stores were open, so I had to use things I already had. Luckily I've been cooking a lot lately and I had a decent amount of stuff to work with. Except I had almost no vegetables and no thawed or easily thawable meat except bacon. But our meal, while slightly odd, ended up being pretty tasty.
Submitted by Melissa on Sat, 11/23/2013 - 16:22
What’s the deal with gluten sensitivity? Gluten sensitivity as a proposed disease showed up in the scientific literature in the past few years. The key here is proposed, because there was evidence it might exist, but it remained in a scientific grey area because there was not a known mechanism behind it.
But enough people had already decided or wanted to decide gluten was bad that they took the proposed disease and ran with it, producing and selling a large volume of scientifically dubious diet books featuring “gluten sensitivity”.
Submitted by Melissa on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 21:16
My travels started when I made an off-hand comment to a friend in the UK about WWOOFing in Scotland
“I really want to WWOOF in Scotland for some reason.”
For the uninitiated, WWOOF
stands for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms” and it’s a loosely organized international directory of farms that accept volunteer labor, usually in exchange for some degree of room and board.
Submitted by Melissa on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 12:43
Note: if you do not plan to read the whole post, please skip to the last section
Kale is one of those vegetables that everyone thinks is so healthy. From kale chips to kale salad, kale has become an extremely trendy vegetable. But people have embraced kale without thinking enough about the chemicals it contains and its effects on the Earth. What you don't know could kale you.
Submitted by Melissa on Sat, 08/10/2013 - 21:17
Submitted by Melissa on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 23:39
“I was always conflicted about being from the South” says Andrew Beck Grace at the beginning of Eating Alabama, a documentary about attempting to eat local which I watched while I was in Alabama.
Submitted by Melissa on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 21:41
Submitted by Melissa on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 01:01
My last name came from Scotland. I’m not sure how the McEwens ended up in the United States. The last in the line I can trace is to an overcrowded Philadelphia tenement. They seem to have been very poor. There are rumors of a murder, a flight to South America, and then somehow they ended up in Arkansas.