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Sweet Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions compliment so many foods with their earthy sweet flavor but require a healthy dose of patience to make because the whole secret to making this delicious side dish is time. Onions needs to be cooked slowly over low heat to allow the moisture and sugars to release and turn slices of translucent crunchy onion into soft brown caramelized rings. Turning the heat up won’t hurry the process because caramelization requires slow, steady heat (almost sounds like a life lesson). So, when time is limited, consider buying Sweet Caramelized Onions by the Gracious Gourmet. Read more »


Humans of New York: Stories

Several years ago, Brandon Stanton was an unemployed college graduate struggling to live in New York City when he began photographing people on the streets of New York City. Posting these pictures on a blog he created (, Stanton created an exhaustive fascinating visual catalog of life on the streets of the city, which caused a sensation on the internet. Soon, Stanton’s first book was published – Humans of New York – but Stanton sensed there was more to this photographic journey, that there was a human story behind each photograph which led him to publish Humans of New York: Stories – showing and telling the stories of strangers on the street. Read more »


Alice Childress and the Wedding Band

The Negro woman has almost been omitted as important subject matter in the general popular American drama, television, motion pictures and radio.          ~Alice Childress

When I first heard the name Alice Childress while visiting Oberlin College in Ohio, my curiosity was piqued. Who exactly was Alice Childress and why have I never heard of her? The answer to the first question is that Alice Childress (1916-1994) was an American actress, activist, union organizer, playwright, director, and author. She was also a black woman fighting for her voice to be heard and her talent recognized in industries dominated by white men. Read more »


Twelve Superstars

Today is Election Day. Many of us will flock to the polls and cast our votes for the candidates we want to represent us.  Although the really big election day is a year away, the essence of leadership is heavy on many people’s minds with all the presidential debates. As we make our choices today and in the future, let us not forget about the people who are making a difference by making this world a better, healthier, and more compassionate place. Read more »


Blueberry Coffee Crumb Cake

Coffee Cake is generally meant to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea but this Blueberry Coffee Crumb Cake is delicious with any drink any time of the day.  Inspired by Thug Kitchen’s recipe for Blackberry Lemon Buckle, the recipe for Blueberry Coffee Crumb Cake is a simple variation that calls for less fruit (which makes a cake instead of a buckle), blueberries instead of blackberries, omits the ginger, and calls for the use of unsweetened cashew milk instead of any non-dairy milk.  Read more »