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Witches’ Night 2013

Tonight is Witches’ Night, or pálení čarodějnic (burning of the witches) in Czech; you can read all about it in this article from The Guardian. We’re just about to take a nap (strolling picturesque squares and eating lunch in a pub can be so tiring!) to get ready for tonight’s festivities: witch parade across the Charles Bridge to Kampa Island, beer and sausage, Roma bands, and a... read more

Grocery Shopping in Prague: A Story in Photos

Note to self: If you want to make deconstructed hamburger salad (p. 38 in Well Fed) with ground beef, it’s best to learn the Czech words for beef and pork before heading out to the Tesco to buy groceries, lest you learn, midway through cooking (thanks, translate.google.com), that the reason your “hamburger” looks so pale isn’t that Czech beef is light-colored but, rather, is... read more

Remember Who You Are

We’re safe and sound in Prague after several airport adventures, involuntary fasting, and jetlag exhaustion; details coming soon. For now, I want to share this super-cute, awesome mural we saw while strolling through the Mala Strana neighborhood of Prague... read more

Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining

I don’t know about you guys, but until recently, it felt like “healthy” cookbooks were the embarrassing second cousins of “real” cookbooks. That’s why when we designed Well Fed, we  included full-page photos and a funky design that are as much fun as the recipes. With their new cookbook Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining, Hayley Mason and Bill Staley  have upped... read more

Where in the World is Mel?

We’re off! Dave and I have packed our bags and are heading over the Atlantic tomorrow for six weeks of adventure. I’ll be blogging, Tweeting, and Facebooking while I’m there, so you can keep up with our shenanigans. Aside from the usual holiday-inspired rest and relaxation while in Prague, we have plans to try kundalini yoga (Czech and Gurmukhi!)… to hit the grocery store and cook... read more

The “Best Chicken” Throw Down

Dig this cover from Men’s Health: Harumph, I say. I’ve got The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat right... read more

Rants & Raves 4/24/13

Oh, the webbernet! It gets me all riled up with dire news and mainstream idiocy, then blammo! it hits me with something so awesome, it must be shared. Welcome to a new collection of Rants & Raves! Rants There is no shadow without light, no sun without rain, no celebratory Raves without head-shaking Rants first. Ew, seriously. So gross. Remember back in 2010 when Serious Eats tested how long a... read more

The Egg Foo Yong Story

A few months ago, I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Nom Nom Paleo and FitBomb on a magazine piece about egg foo yong. The magazine went kerfluey and the story never got published, but I wanted to share it with you. Dig in! Things weren’t often exotic in rural Pennsylvania. I was seven years old, and my family lived in Orwigsburg, a small town tucked in the mountains between Amish farm... read more

Reminder: 7 Day Real Food Challenge

 Quick reminder: The 7 Day Real Food Challenge starts Sunday, April 21 — that’s tomorrow! If you have no idea what I’m on about, you need to check out my previous post with all the info you need to eat delicious, nutritious, real food for one glorious week (and beyond, I hope!). This is an excellent opportunity to re-commit to good habits or to give this whole “real food thing”... read more

Strong is Beautiful: Mikaela Mayer

I know I’m kind of preaching to the choir here, but in case you needed a reminder that there is nothing more beautiful than a strong, confident woman, I’d like to introduce you to Mikaela Mayer. Unlike my other “You Really Gotta Meet…” posts, I don’t personally know Mikaela (more’s the pity!), but when I was contacted with an opportunity to do a Q&A, I... read more

Vote in the Saveur Awards

Two of my favorite bloggers are finalists in the Saveur Food Blog Awards. As you probably recall, the almost-too-fabulous-for-words Nom Nom Paleo won in the Best Special Diets category last year. This year, I’m excited that another paleo blogger is a finalist in that category — Yay, Domestic Man! — and my glamorous cocktail friends over at Gastronomista are in the running for Best Cocktail... read more

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