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Weekend links, Feb. 6


Picnic by the reservoir in the middle of a Sunday afternoon bike ride. 

Coconut oil is a versatile, versatile item. Evidence A: So many non-culinary uses! (And indeed, it is my new favorite shaving cream … when it’s warm enough inside our house that the jar isn’t completely solid). Evidence B: Looking forward to trying this change to my standby granola recipe.

Oh boy, I want to make a stovetop smoker. Particularly to make this.

In actions of politics and activism, food can be a symbol and a weapon.

It says something about our fascination with everyday life and about the power of food that something as simple as photographs of people eating dinner has been making the rounds on the internet this week.

A culinary training program and restaurant where the knives are tethered to the counters … because it’s in a prison.

After you make yourself some cajeta, you should probably use it to make some of this. It’s on my list for later this week.

On a completely different topic: If we didn’t already have plans, I’d force Brett to take me to this for Valentine’s day. Timeless, that woman is.

Eating sweets, spending money, watching TV … if you’re going to do it, make it count! I once read a similar article that argued that everything you do should be either intensely pleasurable or intensely productive. Don’t waste your time on anything in between.  I need to remember all of this a little more these days, as I’m more in charge of how I spend my time.

The next few weeks are pretty hectic: lots of teaching (Valentine’s Day classes from here until eternity), a big dinner party next weekend, and two weeks of puff pastry in my baking class.  There will be at least one post coming this week – at the very least, a recipe for my favorite everyday salad vinaigrette. Until then, have a great week!

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