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Squashing Pumpkin Spice Expectations: Spiced Pumpkin Beer Bread

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor October 6, 2014

“What we talk about when we talk about pumpkin spice isn’t really pumpkin. Nor is it spice. It’s the simulacra; it’s the marketing juggernaut; it’s the manufactured essence of childhood nostalgia, of crunching leaves, of hayrides and brisk weather and pumpkin patches. And most of us are falling for it, every single time.”

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Why Do I Own This Food Mill Rig Thingy?

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor September 22, 2014

“Various expensive appliances can do versions of this same task—a Cuisinart food processor, a Vitamix, the food grinding attachment for a KitchenAid stand mixer—but they are loud and lumbering, and they don’t strain and puree in one handy step. My rig is just as efficient, and the clockwise motion of the wooden pestle rolling in its groove is both cathartic and hypnotic.”

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A Brew Lover’s Tour of the Lehigh Valley

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor August 18, 2014

“Lehigh Valley residents are equally appreciative of good food and great beer. We have farmers who populate the country’s oldest continuously operating open-air farmers’ market and chefs who want a less stressy change of pace. And we’ve got brewers and entrepreneurs who, enticed by all the affordable industrial infrastructure just begging to be rehabbed, want to breathe new life into the historic spaces.”

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Class Up Your Summer BBQs and Picnics with Wine Pairings

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor July 31, 2014

“Wine pairings aren’t just the provenance of high-end restaurants and tasting menus. In my mind, there’s no better way to complement those steaks and sausages. And a wine pairing menu gives you an added hook for your guests to choose your affair over anyone else’s, a new twist that elevates the usual grilled meats and cold salads.”

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Hammin’ It Up: An Ode to an American Classic

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor July 21, 2014

“Hamm’s tastes like freedom. Freedom to get a good buzz after work on a Tuesday evening when daylight lasted until 9-ish. Freedom to be constantly broke-all but still buy decent brie. Freedom to squander time on hopeless crushes and aimless solo hikes.”

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Why Do I Own This? Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Guest Contributorby Guest Contributor June 3, 2014

“In the seven moves since our marriage, my husband and I have ditched a rice cooker, a panini press, a waffle iron, and a quasi-functional immersion blender. The ice cream maker is a frivolity that earns its keep.”

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