Foodiesphere: Artichoke Chicken, Sriracha Black Bean Burgers, & Tuna Fish Melt

So this week I didn’t make it to the grocery store and needed to make space in my cabinets. A slew of canned goods were demanding my attention. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share three easy, quick recipes that are healthy and tasting pretty good. The first is perhaps my favorite in no small part because it requires the least amount of prep and ingredients. The second is recipe makes for some excellent lunch fair. Finally, the third is perhaps the best tasting. All of these recipes are no more than 40 minutes total, including prep and cook time.

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Casual Drunk: How Untappd Helped Create a Mild Beer Obsession



It’s been just over a year that I’ve been using Untappd, an app that describes itself as “a new way to socially share and explore the world of beer with your friends and the world.” I’ve become more than a bit obsessed with it and as we’re in the midst of Oktoberfest, I though this would be a good time to take stock of the ramifications of this app. What does this entail? Over 900 beers and nearly three hundred unique brews. It’s also led to me looking into home-brewing and acquiring various accouterments.

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You Are Not an Athlete

I never played soccer as a kid. It wasn’t an option when & where I grew up (western Wisconsin). But then again, my father was an ‘outdoorsman,’ which means that he hunted (ambushed deer) and fished (sat in a tin boat on a fetid lake rather than spend time with his family), so I never had anyone to actually prod me into athletics or foster what interest I did have. I had more catches with my mother. I was never an athlete and I’ve lately been reminded of this thanks to a mild injury.

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“The lake looked like a poem today.” –Allison Gruber (pic Gruber)

There was a time when I wrote poetry pretty much  daily, those days have gone away. I think the last sustained real writing that I did was back in 2010 or 2011, when I did a poem-a-day during April. Since then, my writing has been almost entirely soccer related…or these ridiculously unreadable blog posts.

However, an actually talented poet–Dena Rash Guzman–invited me to InkNode, a platform for writers to share work. Sometimes it only takes a push to get things going. Today I dug out an old poem, re-titled it, and threw it up. A small move that hopefully leads to more substantial content.

Altering Vegan Food for Normal People

Once again, I present you with recipes. The food I’ve been making lately has been more than a little bit vegetarian and, more often than I would like, vegan. Here’s the thing though, I tend to take the vegetarian/vegan recipes and make them for normal people. Simple fact is, I’ve lived my whole life eating garbage. Typically, it’s expensive garbage (at least, over the long term). As a piece-of-shit nearly 40 year-old, I can’t keep eating like a 20 year-old. Fortunately, as a house spouse I have nothing but time to make something that doesn’t taste like paste and is easy to throw together.

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“I’m Not a Feminist, But . . .”: Marxist and Socialist Feminism

Originally posted on The Bookshelf of Emily J.:

We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I can explain the different types of feminism according to Rosemarie Tong’s book Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2009). There are many types of feminism, and we know that “all feminists do not think alike” (p. 1). However, labeling different schools of thought help us to “mark the range of different approaches, perspectives, and frameworks a variety of feminists have used to shape both their explanations for women’s oppression and their proposed solutions for its elimination” (p. 1).

This series will outline and define the many feminisms. Maybe you’ll be able to identify where you agree and disagree with feminist thought.

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Today’s focus…

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