What is “food shaming?”

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Most of us have heard the term, “Keep your eyes on your own lane.” Food shaming is the act of taking our eyes off of our own lane to make someone else feel bad about what they’re eating.

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Fail-proof Instant Pot polenta grits

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Let me preface this post by admitting this: I am not from the southern United States. According to my Ancestry DNA, I am less than 7 percent Italian. But hey, I have this piece of paper (from a UC-accredited culinary school) hanging up on the wall of my bedroom that says that I am a pretty decent cook. I crave cheesy polenta grits, but sometimes I just don’t have the energy to stand in front of my stove constantly stirring.

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Soft honey white bread

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This week something very rare happened: we ran out of sandwich bread. I know, I know, this sounds unbelievable coming from a bread-a-holic. I’ve been busy working on my latest A&E story for the Weekly, and I needed a fairly easy homemade white bread recipe that not only tasted better than store-bought bread, but could be made with my KitchenAid stand mixer with very little hands-on time. I adapted this recipe from Fun Cheap or Free:

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Foolproof French Macarons

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French macarons are delightfully crispy-yet-chewy almond meringue sandwich cookies, not to be confused with coconut macaroons. Anyone who is fond of macarons knows that these little delectable cookies can cost up to $5 per cookie. WHY?! Because they can. And they’re adorable.

It has taken me THREE YEARS to fine-tune the process of making my own. I am now boldly calling my vanilla French macaron recipe foolproof, because every single cookie in this batch was perfect. I’ve decided to share this batch with one of my very best friends when we get together today to swap gifts. Read on for the recipe!

P.S. They’re gluten free!

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Get $10 off your first Imperfect Produce order!

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I find beauty in all vegetables and fruits. This is why I get excited every Friday morning when I receive my Imperfect Produce box!

America wastes 40% of our food. 20% of America’s produce never makes it off the farm due to small cosmetic imperfections. This is a company I support, because it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Everything tastes just as good as what I find in markets, if not better, and it is equally as nutritious! I have made carrot cake, fajitas, frittatas, sheet pans full of roasted vegetables, stir-fries and numerous other recipes using Imperfect Produce and I can personally vouch: it’s all delicious. Check out their FAQ page if you’d like to find out more.

For the past month, I have been posting photos of my roasted Imperfect vegetables, and decided to share the love: I have decided to post a promo code so that my readers can try a box and receive $10 off!

It’s easy! Just sign up at Imperfect Produce, select which box you’d like to try and customize your box to suit your tastes — my favorite Imperfect items are the carrots and sweet potatoes. They are a fraction of the price I have paid in stores.

At checkout, there will be a box labeled, “Friend’s name.” Input my name as MILKANDMADELEINES and you will be credited $10.

Currently, Imperfect Produce delivers to areas throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Customers can also pick up their produce free of delivery charge from their Emeryville location. Check your zip code to see if they can deliver to your area. Let’s “go ugly!”

No-knead English muffins

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This past spring, I took a trip to Napa Valley and experienced the most incredible English muffins from a local bakery in the area. I’m serious about my bread. This English muffin made all other English muffins look silly. The outside was slightly crisp and the inside was fluffy and full of nooks and crannies. It’s all about that texture. If you know me, you know that I love any bread full of nooks and crannies.

Nooks and crannies = little pockets to hold butter!

When I got home, I was inspired to re-create my English muffin experience at home using the same recipe as my no-knead herb slab ciabatta, sans the herbs.

This recipe is just as easy as the ciabatta recipe…and there’s no need to even turn on your oven! I’ll show you how to make your own English muffins, full of nooks and crannies…

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Herb slab ciabatta

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Ciabatta is basically the most perfect bread ever. Why? It has a crispy wispy crust, hearty chew and BIG air bubbles.

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Why do I love the air bubbles? They are basically pockets to hold butter, mashed avocado spread…or whatever you love to slather onto your bread.

My herb slab ciabatta recipe has all of the characteristics of a great ciabatta loaf, the subtle flavor of rosemary and most importantly…it is SO EASY. There is no kneading required.

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