Tara McCaffrey

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Seeking Haiku History on the 100-Mile Basho Trail in Japan

The historic pilgrimage passes mountains and temples and into the realm of poetry.<p>On day six of my 100-mile trek walking across Japan, I faced this—a massive flight of stone stairs heading up Mount Haguro-san to a sacred Shinto shrine complex. For a second I thought about quitting; I had already …


10 kitchen items every cooking beginner needs to buy

My cookbook came out earlier month. In the process of writing and illustrating <i>The Starving Artist Cookbook: Illustrated Recipes for First-Time Cooks,</i> …

27 Tasty Crock Pot Recipes You'll Make Again And Again

Cooked slowly; eaten quickly.

19 Tofu Recipes to Treat Your Curd the Way It Deserves

Though tofu often gets a bad rap in this country, it's <i>so</i> much more than a bland substitute for meat. Its mild flavor makes it incredibly versatile, and, in many East Asian dishes, like <i>mapo tofu</i>, it's often combined with pork or beef for an intriguing interplay of flavors and textures. Nevertheless, …

Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood, your skin and your smoking habits

It's been 40,000 years since the Neanderthals disappeared, but their lingering genetic legacy may be influencing your health.<p>If you are of Asian or European descent, about 2% of your genome came from your Neanderthal ancestors, scientists say. Now, new evidence suggests this inheritance affects a …


How To Turn Your Favorite Veggies Into Gnocchi

Italian gnocchi are one of the greatest pleasures in life. Bite-sized, cloud-like dumplings, typically made from potato, they basically taste like an edible hug.<p>While potato is the most common base to make gnocchi, it's not the only ingredient that can be used. Butternut squash, sweet potato, and …

Italian Food

Iceland Road Trip Landscape Photographs

Breathtaking landscape photographs taken by Andreas Levers during an Iceland road trip.<p>Always when I see such beautiful pictures of Iceland’s surreal …

European Travel

Indian man could be first recorded human fatality due to a meteorite | Ars Technica

Indian officials say bus driver was killed by a meteorite, pending confirmation.<p>Indian officials say a meteorite struck the campus of a private …

Tamil Nadu

Paris Geller Is Going To Be In The New "Gilmore Girls" So We Can All Calm Down

Rory's friend/nemesis was always the best thing about the show.

Luminoodle – The Flexible Waterproof USB LED Strip

Another incredible product from Power Practical, Luminoodle, the flexible waterproof USB LED strip, provides you with light everywhere you go. Made …

Crowd Funding