Archive - 2015

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5 Tips for Collecting Vinyl Records
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Duet: Banana Bread / Avett Brothers “The Carpenter”
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Duet: Salsa for Canning / Lost Highway
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Duet: Strawberry Ice Cream / Prince “Purple Rain”
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5 Albums for the MTV Generation

5 Tips for Collecting Vinyl Records

Did you buy one of the 9 million vinyl records sold in the U.S. last year? If you’re among the many people who have rediscovered (or, for younger listeners, discovered) the magic of old-school albums, you may be interested in starting a collection. Before you buy, however, read these five tips for collecting vinyl records so you can avoid some mistakes we made[…]

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Duet: Banana Bread / Avett Brothers “The Carpenter”

The food: Almost every week, we buy a bunch of bananas … and almost every week we have at least a few that get too ripe before we eat them. Instead of wasting the overdone fruit, I use them in bread. After all, other than the bananas, this recipe uses baking staples everyone typically has in the pantry (cheap!). Banana bread is one of my favorite things, so[…]

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Duet: Salsa for Canning / Lost Highway

The food: This year, we planted a pretty large raised-bed garden (it’s about 6 x 18-feet) and our six tomato plants yielded a decent crop. There was no way we could eat them all while they were fresh, so we had to learn a thing or two about canning. We decided to make several batches each of salsa and pasta sauce. Turns out, canning isn’t difficult–just[…]

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Duet: Strawberry Ice Cream / Prince “Purple Rain”

The food: We were gifted a KitchenAid stand mixer with the ice cream maker about a year ago (thanks, dad!). Since then, I’ve been experimenting with recipes in hopes of figuring out the easiest way to get creamy delicious homemade custard. I think this fits the bill. Using this basic recipe, you can create almost any kind of ice cream in less[…]

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5 Albums for the MTV Generation

The MTV Video Music Awards are Sunday, Aug. 30. You read that correctly. MTV still awards music videos despite no longer playing music videos. If, like me, you were born in the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, aka “the MTV Generation,” you remember fondly when the cable channel actually played videos all day. You still have a little crush on Martha Quinn or Alan[…]

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