- Sauerkraut Bread from Manresa Bakery - I want to try my own version of this!
- English Muffins from Stella Parks on Serious Eats - Stella's recipe looks so dang easy and so dang good. Good thing the weekend is almost here, right?
- The Best Plants for Bedrooms and Bathrooms from Parachute - I texted my husband when I saw this article: "Think I can keep any of these low-water, low-care plants alive for longer than a month?" He texted back, "Probably?" I think I'll give it a go.
- Relax, Have a Homebrew! Poster from the Brewer's Association - Excellent advice. Cool poster.
- Two Dope Queens on Feminism from NPR: Really fun and interesting piece on how podcasting as a woman is a feminist act. I was also really struck by how similar podcasting right now is to what blogging was 10 years ago -- the host of this show talks about how liberating it felt to start podcasting after years of hardcore professional reporting and finally getting to use her own voice and say her own thoughts. I remember a very similar vibe from the early years of blogging when all of us struggling young writers realized there were no gatekeepers on the web. I also remember how quickly our scrappy blogs started polishing themselves up in order to stand out and be successful (DSLRs for all! Designer Wordpress templates! Banner ads! Put a bird on it!), and I see that happening now with podcasting. It's getting harder to stand out as a podcaster if you don't have a producer, good sound equipment, and a network that's boosting your podcast to the top. I wonder how closely the evolution of podcasts will follow the evolution of blogs in the next few years. (P.S. For fun and giggles, here's a look at my very first blog from 2006.)
- Carbonara Purists Can't Stop the Revolution by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker: This fairly short article jumps from the recent "French Carbonara" scandal to Martha Stewart's one-pot pasta to the chef-ication of what are, in truth, simple everyday peasant dishes. I love this quote: "If in truth exactly the same dish with the same flavor can be produced by a blindfolded child, then a crucial sustaining myth of the kitchen will fly with it."
- Interview: After 11,000 Posts, This Blogger Reveals All the Problems With the Media from Ryan Holiday for Observer.com: John Biggs sounds SUPER jaded in this piece, but there are some really interesting observations from someone who's been blogging and creating web content almost since there was a web to publish such things.
- Meet the Man who Rejected Advertising and Still Runs a Profitable Site by Ryan Holiday for Observer.com: An interesting interview with the founder of The Wirecutter and The Sweethome, particularly when it comes to running a company with integrity, creating a loyal audience, and funding your site without sacrificing core principles.