Holy guacamole! Make perfect guac every time

About the time that I was old enough to start going to dinners at friends’ houses and was old enough to start asking what I should bring to said dinners, I started to get good at making a few key dishes that I could contribute to the party and be reliably duplicated. Though now I’m…

Fast, “fancy” appetizers, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Appetizers are one of my favorite things. That is, perhaps, misleading. Appetizers in a restaurant are often, I feel, named incorrectly. For example, if you’re going to plow through 2,000 calories in beer battered cheese curds before your meal (and I’m not judging if this is you!), then you probably shouldn’t call that an “appetizer.”…

4 Christmas playlists to spark your holiday cheer

Currently at work, students are trying to raise money for the ALS Association. Of the many creative ways they’ve cooked up to try to get funds, they’re playing music over the intercom system during the passing time between classes. If students can raise $400, the music will stop. This may sound counterintuitive. Christmas music during…

Making friends with winos, hosting the perfect wine night

Let’s talk about friend groups. When I was in high school, I had a core group of friends. If we had something in common it was band. Four of us played the clarinet. What is it about clarinet players that makes fast friends? Among my friends today, many of them have revealed that they played…

I should have given this toast at my thirtieth birthday party

Saturday is my birthday. I’ll be 31 years old. Somewhere around the age of 25 my birthday started to feel less like a momentous occasion to celebrate, and more like one more day in the inevitable march towards old age. Of all my birthdays, I took 25 the hardest. I saw myself as halfway to…