Melissa Roberg

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How This Ugly Fruit Will Cut Down on Food Waste + Save Money

So much food goes to waste simply because it’s nonstandard. That means that perfectly delicious fruits and veggies that aren’t as pretty as their food porn, Instagram-worthy relatives get tossed before ever making it to supermarket shelves. WHAT?! Intermarché, a chain of supermarkets in France, is …

Agriculture

Why You Need to be Outcome Independent | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Just as it sounds, outcome independence is learning to be independent of the outcome of a situation, whether that situation is a date, a job …

27 Things Happy Girls Have

1. The ability to put themselves first without feeling as though they’re being “selfish.”<p>2. The knowledge that the sentiment, “you can be anything,” …

Basic Nut Milk

Makes 3 to 4 cups<p>No matter how fanatical you are about straining the milk, some sediment will settle as it sits. Shake or stir before using.<p>January 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup raw almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, cashews, or peanuts<p>4 teaspoons agave syrup (nectar)<p>⅛ teaspoon kosher or …

Food

10 Smart Choices to Heal the Pain of Your Past

“Where the heart is willing, it will find a thousand ways. Where it is unwilling, it will find a thousand excuses.” – Arlen Price<p>If your past still …

10 Ways Your Battle Scars Help You Find Love

1. You learn what your deal-breakers are.<p>We all have them, and to try to diminish them for fear of sounding too high-maintenance is to sell yourself …

I’m Sorry You’re Not The One

I know this is going to be hard for you to understand, but you are not the one for me. If you had told me three years ago that I’d be saying this now …

37 Things I’ve Learned By 33

1. We live the life we design. I mean this absolutely.<p>2. Sometimes no matter how rational, right, calm, emotional, or justified you are, you can’t …

How to Brine Meat -- And Why You Should Bother

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Why you should start brining your meat -- and how to start.</i><p>Have you ever suffered the travesty that is a dry, tasteless chicken breast? Or tried to cut …

Dan Barber on Sustainability and the Future of Food

<i>We're sitting down with our favorite writers and cooks to talk about their upcoming cookbooks, their best food memories, and just about anything else.</i><p><i>Today: Dan Barber is about to rock your world! Read what he has to say about the future of food and cooking, then pick up a copy of his new book.</i><p>Chef …

17 Things People Who Love Their Lives Do Differently

Not someone who <b>always</b> loves life, just an observer of those who seem to.<p><b>1. They don’t respond with a job title when asked “what they do.”</b> Their lives …

Baked Pasta Risotto with Peas, Mascarpone + Spinach

<i>Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.</i><p><i>Today: A quick springtime risotto -- that isn't really risotto at all.</i><p>This risotto isn’t a risotto at all, even though it conjures the same warmth and fullness of the …

How to Make Your Own Pickled Ginger from Scratch

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: With help from Molly Yeh of My Name is Yeh, pickled ginger is stepping out of wasabi's overbearing shadow.</i><p>I feel sorry for pickled ginger.<p>It’s …

8 Love Lessons Women Should Learn From Mistresses

To really benefit from this article, you’ll first have to get down from your high horse this instance. Stop bashing the mistress, the “other” woman, …

45 Things I Want My Future Daughters To Know

I have no way of knowing if I will ever have children. However, I do have five nieces, and I would hope that this advice reaches them eventually …

A Lesson in Tightliner: Eyeliner That Actually Makes Your Eyes Look Bigger

Raise your hand if you've been here before: You stand in front of the mirror in the morning, liner in hand, ready to make your eyes look as dazzling as possible. You use a light touch and a steady hand—you're an <i>Allure</i> reader, after all—but when you step back, you realize the skinny rings have …

Sunday Food Prep For The Healthiest Week Ahead

My weekly grocery trip leaves me with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, but if I haven’t prepped for a busy week I’ll often come home and open my …

Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette

<i>When she has the kitchen all to herself, Phyllis Grant of Dash and Bella cooks beautiful iterations of what solo meals were always meant to be: exactly what you want, when and where you want them.</i><p><i>Today: A simple, comforting salad for those days when dinner feels out of reach.</i><p><b>Husband:</b> <i>I'm going to</i> …

Reinvent Yourself

Back in 2002, Steve Silberberg was a software programmer for an investment firm, earning a comfortable six-figure salary. But he wasn't happy. "I was …

Self-improvement

A Few Bunches of Spinach, 5 Dinners

<i>Put time into dinner now, and you can make it last forever -- or at least the whole week. Welcome to Halfway to Dinner, where we show you how to stretch your staples every which way.</i><p><i>Today: Lindsey Love of Dolly and Oatmeal gives spring's most enduring green its due -- and us five dinners to make,</i> …

23 Completely Reasonable Things A Woman Should Be Able to Check Off Her Bucket List By 30

1. Learn how to be friends with yourself. Self-hate and insecurity are terrible for you, and you’ll look back, inevitably, and say, “I had no reason …

Knife Skills: How to Cut Citrus Fruit Into Wedges, Slices, and Suprèmes

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>This week, we're gonna show you how to cut citrus fruits into slices (rounds), wedges, and <i>suprèmes</i> (a.k.a. fancy-pants segments). Seems like simple stuff, right? And it is, but doing it right can make a world of difference in how your finished dishes look <i>and</i> taste.<p>…

How to Make Homemade Dog Biscuits

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Our test kitchen assistant Erin McDowell shows us how to make dog treats -- from scratch.</i><p>The first time I cooked for my dog was, not surprisingly, …

Scallions and 4 Ways to Use Them

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: More than simply a garnish, scallions are just as versatile as your other favorite alliums.</i><p>Scallions are alliums (along with garlic, shallots, leeks, and ramps -- which are wild …

Caramelized Onions Common Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

It's surprisingly tricky to make caramelized onions. Here's what most people get wrong when cooking them.<p>Caramelized onions are good on pretty much…everything. The only problem? They're surprisingly tricky to make. They take time to slowly brown and caramelize. It's easy to burn them—and it's easy …

Onions

All About Emulsification

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Grab a whisk; we're teaching you everything you need to know about emulsification. Which means more creamy, silky sauces and dressings for you.</i><p>To …

Why We've Become So Obsessed with Judging Others' Food Choices—and Our Own

Something similar has almost certainly happened to you at one point or another. Maybe taking a free cupcake from your office's break room has earned you a less-than-friendly glance from your dieting colleagues. And health-minded eating choices don't make you immune, either—maybe you've ordered a …

How I Became Unstuck & Took a Giant Leap Forward In My Life and Business

A few months ago, I was really starting to gain momentum in my life and business.<p>At least that’s what I thought.<p>I had just finished re-branding my …

Seven Common Mistakes That Can Ruin New Friendships

Finding meaning makes us healthier and more fulfilled. Here's how to look.<p>They are tempting to overlook, but toxic over time.<p>Here are the first steps …