Summer Projects

May 6, 2009

infusing vodkas
or, “Healthy things in jars, Boozy things in jars”
by Cat Glennon

So, a little fact about me. Growing up in California we had a garden with all sorts of vegetables, we grew our own tomatoes and carrots and corn and on and on, but my favorite were the radishes. I loved them. Then I moved to New York and discovered that when you buy radishes in the store they taste like bland crap. They only taste peppery and delicious when you grow them yourself year round in your backyard in CA.

However after years and years of suffering someone recently told me that I could grow radish sprouts in a jar, in my house, in New York, year round. This not only solves all of my radish rage, but allows me to grow food ALREADY in a jar. How convenient is that? Here’s how you do it.

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Pepper is a Fruit.

April 26, 2009

costa rican pepper farmer

By Cat Glennon

Seriously? A fruit? Yes!

Peppercorns, all the colors, are all dried berries from the piper nigrum plant. It’s a tropical climbing vine that can grow up to 15 feet tall. This is a Costa Rican man in his pepper farm.

Pepper has been around as a spice for about 4000 years. Like it’s best friend salt, pepper has been used as a currency. It’s indigenous to India and throughout the Middles ages almost all of the pepper found in Europe was imported from the Malabar region of India. It was used as a medicine to treat illnesses like constipation, diarrhea, earache, gangrene, heart disease, hernia, hoarseness, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, joint pain, liver problems, lung disease, oral abscesses, sunburn, eye diseases, tooth decay, and toothaches. But not sneezing.

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What’s the Difference?

April 19, 2009

by Cat Glennon

burt and tom

What’s the difference?
Yams and Sweet Potatoes, Whiskey and Scotch, Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck?

I know that you’ve been wondering your whole life, and I’ll tell you the difference between all of these things, but I’m also going to warn you. You will still call sweet potatoes yams, you still won’t really care what the difference is when you’re drinking and you will still think Tom Selleck is WAY hotter than Burt Reynolds. Because he totally is. No question

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Happy Hangover!!

April 11, 2009


by Cat

Happy Hangover everybody!
I thought some of you might be waking up and thinking, “what happened to me?? And who’s this boy in my bed??”
Well I’m here to tell you exactly what happened to you, with SCIENCE!

The first thing to be affected when drinking is the Central Nervous System. When you’re sober it works like this: your sensory organs, like your eyes, ears, nose and skin send information to the Central Nervous System, which reacts with the appropriate muscle response such as moving out of the way of a table, or responding in a conversation or feeling pain. When you’re drunk however you’ve impaired your CNS ability to analyze information resulting in falling on top of said table and slurring your speech, and not realizing that you’re burning yourself trying to make some ore-Ida crinkle cut fries in the middle of the night.

And why are you making ore-Ida fries in the middle of the night anyways? Read the rest of this entry »