Tuesday, March 27, 2012


I decided to take a break from the blog for a few weeks. Check back in mid-April for current articles, fashion shots, and hopefully some new recipes. If you have any great recipes for easy weeknight dinners, please share (send an email to cm{at}wci{dot}com) and hopefully I'll have a chance to try some new things while on my self-imposed blogcation. Cheers!

Buy a Hat. Change a Life.


I just read about Krochet Kids in the New York Times Style magazine "T" (read article here) so I had to check out their site and learn more. Read their story or watch their video to learn how they're empowering people to rise above poverty by teaching them how to crochet. I love these types of movements. Another great non-profit and easy enough to support: Buy a hat. Change a life.

International Fashion Icon

Some great looks by the adorable and ultra stylish

Miroslava Duma

Article Hour

Here are some interesting articles you might enjoy. Happy reading.

Modern Love: What the Psychic Knew
The psychic's predictions were three-for-three. But what about the most important one?

Modern Love: Even in Real Life, There Were Screens Between Us
College students’ entries in this year’s Modern Love essay contest reveal a shift to technology-enabled emotional intimacy. Here is the winning essay.

We'll Always Have Darth
When preschoolers play games based on a movie they have never seen, something sociological is going on.

How My Daughters Learned to Eat Like the French
A preschool-level lesson in French food culture

A Chicken Without the Guilt
Why use the poor chicken as a machine to produce meat when you can use a machine to produce "meat" that seems like chicken?

Is a Calorie a Calorie?
A new book reminds us that weight loss isn't a simple matter of taking in fewer calories

A New Persian Empire Plants a Personal Flag
Bravo's new reality show "Shahs of Sunset" raises questions about the "Persian-ness" of modern Iranian-Americans.

The Top Man at 'Mad Men' Isn't Mad Anymore
Don Draper and hos colleagues will return on March 25 for a long-delayed fifth season, but Matthew Weiner, creator of "Mad Men," will reveal nothing about where the action will take it.

Is It Safe to Play Yet?
Some new parents are going to extreme lengths to protect their children from household toxins. But how far is too far?

Where Pimps Peddle Their Goods
Backpage.com and similar Web sites help find buyers for enslaved young girls.

The Best Nanny Money Can Buy
Why do some New York nannies earn more than doctors? Faulty economics (for starters), but also because they can groom horses and speak Mandarin.

VIEWPOINT: A Partial Defense Of Invisible Children’s Kony2012 Campaign

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

For Your Queue


Rainy weekends are perfect for documentaries. This weekend I watched Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma. It's worth adding to your Netflix queue. It's very interesting and thought-provoking. Watch a clip here.

I recently watched Ghosts of Rwanda which I also highly recommend. One of the best Frontline features I've ever seen. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Currently Listening To... (on repeat)


My friend Whitney showed me this video for the song "Somebody That I Used to Know" and it's incredible. Love the song, love the video. Watch it if you haven't seen it. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Powerful Truth

If you haven't picked up Half the Sky, click here to watch a short but powerful video by Nicholas Kristof that will give you a small picture into what the book is about. Another great reminder of how educating women or giving them a small opportunity is the greatest way to fight poverty.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekend Reading

Here's some interesting articles I've read this week. I hope these links work. Sounds like some in the past have not. If you've never read the Modern Love articles from the Sunday Styles section, give them a shot. They are always really good.

Modern Love: When the Words Don't Fit
Sometimes the love stories worthy of poetry don’t make the romances of a lifetime.

Modern Love: Out of the Darkness
I don’t miss my wife’s illness, but I miss how we talked. About love. About life.

Africa's Girl Power
A group called Camfed is bringing lasting social change to African countries by educating hundreds of thousands of girls.

When States Abuse Women
A new law in Texas requiring ultrasounds before an abortion comes close to state-sanctioned rape, and it’s emblematic of a broad assault on women’s reproductive rights at the state level.

In Sudan, Seeing Echoes of Darfur
A great humanitarian crisis is unfolding along the border of Sudan and South Sudan. Unless outside countries enforce access into the Nuba Mountains, it will only get worse.

Remember Me From Yesterday?
For those people who stay connected online, the class reunion can seem outdated.

Friending the New York Scene
Sean Parker, a founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, is a lively social presence in Manhattan.

Video from Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

Kony 2012


If you haven't seen the video Kony 2012 yet, it is definitely worth watching. It is informative, heart breaking and inspiring.

Here is an interesting article on the launch of Kony 2012, the "explosive power of social media" and the organization Invisible Children:


Brussels Sprouts Salad


My friend Ali sent me this recipe for Brussels Sprouts Salad and said it is "pretty perfect". I just served it for lunch today and absolutely agree. Three of us gobbled it up. It's easy to throw together and had great flavor. I used good parmesan instead of pecorino and it worked great as well.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy International Women's Day!

Today is International Women's Day.

Maybe today could be your launching point for making a difference on a local or global level. Be inspired to make a difference in any way you can... expand your awareness by reading Half the Sky or researching issues on the Internet, spread the word, donate, write a letter to your Congressperson, or get involved in any other way that best suits your financial situation, time or interests. What better day than today to start making a difference?!

Here's one way to help on a global level to celebrate this holiday... 

Empower people (women!) around the world with a $25 loan through Kiva. My friend Ann told me about this organization. When your loan is repaid, you can take your $25 back or reinvest in another person. Just think, the same $25 can be re-invested over and over and over. One donation and it continues a cycle of helping women and you end up with all these stories of people you've helped. A few clicks on the Internet and a small price to pay to change a life.

About Kiva

 We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Walnut Pomegranate Dip w/ Pita Bread

I took a cooking class from Maria Hines and learned a recipe for one of her delicious dips served at Golden Beetle. I've made it several times as an appetizer or snack. It's easy and delicious.

Walnut Pomegranate Dip with Pita Bread

1/4 cup water
whole wheat pita
3 T walnuts, toasted
1 T tomato paste
1 T pomegranate molasses (available at Whole Foods)
1 t harissa
1/2 t ground cumin
1 t red pepper flakes
1 t sugar
1 T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cut a pita in half and pour water on one half. Let it sit for a few minutes to soften. Place water and bread in a food processor with walnuts, tomato paste, pomegranate molasses, harissa, cumin red pepper flakes and sugar. Puree until smooth. Add water if needed to achieve a good consistency. While the machine is running, drizzle in olive oil to emulsify and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cut pita into triangles and brush with olive oil. Season with a sprinkle of sea salt and broil until warmed and very slightly toasted (a minute or two). Serve pita triangles with dip.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Weekend Reading

Here's a mix of interesting articles I've enjoyed or been inspired by this week...

Dr. Tina Strobos, Who Harbored Jews From the Nazis, Dies at 91
As a young medical student in Amsterdam, Dr. Strobos protected more than 100 Jews from capture during the German occupation of the Netherlands.

Safe at Home
Having survived a brutal sexual attack, Lara Logan remains a tenacious journalist, albeit one steeped in risk assessment.

All the Rage
Diagnosed as bipolar, Ayelet Waldman suffered the torrents of hell. Or was it just PMS?

Born to Not Get Bullied
Lady Gaga wants to put an end to bullying, which is both a human rights abuse and a hindrance to education.

What Drives Stella McCartney
Critics used to chalk up her success to her famous name. Then she outworked them all.

60 Lives, 30 Kidneys, All Linked
A record chain of kidney transplants resulted from a mix of medical need, pay-it-forward selflessness and lock-step coordination among 17 hospitals over four months.

Dealing with a Discerning Diner
Do you have a picky eater? Here's how to take the food fights out of mealtime.

A Child of Two Worlds


Friday, March 2, 2012

Guy's Chipotle Sausage Hero Sandwich


Our friend Guy used to do a food truck in New York City called "Happy Food Factory" selling vegan Hero Sandwiches as a launching point for opening up some vegan restaurants. He's been raving about these sandwiches since I met him and Thursday night he offered to come over and make them for us. These bad boys were deeeeeeeeeeelicious. I made them again Friday night because of course I had to have one again immediately.

He served a cold corn salad on the side. It was a great complement to the hot and spicy sandwich. If you make these, make the corn salad first and refrigerate so it gets cold.

I'm not highlighting the fact that these sandwiches are vegan because I think it will deter some people from making them (Jen Norris). Don't be turned off by the Vegan Field Roast Mexican Chipotle Sausage. These sandwiches are delicious, flavorful and filling. I will put these on the menu at my healthy cafe if I ever open it. My husband and I gobbled up every last bite. Well, maybe not every last. I had to leave something on the plate so I wouldn't feel like a hog.

Guy's NYC Vegan Hero Sandwich 
Serves 4

1 package Field Roast Mexican Chipotle Sausage
2 yellow onions
1 jar of sliced pepperoncinis
1 small bottle of sun dried tomato spread (I couldn't find spread so I bought sun dried tomato hummus which worked fine)
1 head of radicchio, sliced thin
2 loaves of Italian or French Bread (preferably not too narrow, wide enough to make a decent sandwich)

Cut the onion in half and then into slices. Saute in olive oil until soft, being careful not to burn. Set aside. Cut the sausage lengthwise and cook in a bit of olive oil until there are browned on the top and bottom and there is a nice crisp to it. When done, add onions to pan to re-heat. Cut the bread almost all the way through. Open and cover with sun dried tomato spread (not too much or it will get soggy). Add a layer of shredded radicchio and top with pepperoncini rings. Add two sausage halves to each sandwich along with some onions. Close the sandwich and serve warm with corn salad.

Corn Salad

2 cans of corn (organic!)
1T minced yellow onion 
1T of sesame oil 
1 1/2 T white vinegar (rice vinegar if you don't have plain white vinegar

Combined ingredients and put in the fridge.