Game of American Thrones – Political Doppelgangers


Just in case you’re one of those people that hasn’t gotten into the show Game of Thrones yet (you need to catch up, we’re all desperately waiting for Season 4 to premiere next April), this is a hilarious chart of the super intense characters on the show and the lovable politicians they remind us of. Enjoy!

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What your cocktail says about you


Thanks Kevin Alexander and Ben Robinson at Thrillist!

What your cocktail says about you

Like it or not, the drink you order when you go to a bar tells a lot about you. So, after years of exhaustive research going to bars and staring at people and judging them, we’ve compiled this shorthand list detailing traits most commonly associated with certain drinks. Be afraid, mojito-drinker. Be very afraid.

Vodka Soda: You’re in it for the booze. Without the calories. Or the taste. Drinking is a means to an end for you, and you once kept track of exactly how many calories you’d eaten in one day and then burned exactly that amount off on a treadmill. Worse still, you might be a guy. You definitely own a Nike FuelBand.

Champagne: What is this, New Year’s? And what are you, a model? There is no raspberry gelée tart amuse-bouche from the tasting menu to pair it with at this bar. And we don’t care if you once did some “brand modeling” for Midori — that doesn’t count.

Cosmo: Remember that time when those fun-loving, independent ladies from Sex and the City started a national trend by ordering this drink on the show, and it was all awesome and sexy and freeing? You know that was 1998, right?

What your cocktail says about you

Mojito: Oh, right — you. A bartender’s worst nightmare. You had this drink once outside at a Cuba-themed cookout, and it was awesome. And you’re right, it was awesome. But IT IS WINTER NOW AND THE MINT LEAVES AREN’T FRESH AND THE BARTENDER HAS TO SIT HERE AND MUDDLE THIS SH*T WHILE EVERYONE AROUND YOU SHOOTS YOU IN THE FACE WITH THEIR EYES. You also own many Jodi Picoult books.

Rum and Coke: You are a college kid. Or maybe you’re just a college kid at heart. Either way, you should stop wearing those cargo shorts outside your house.

Mai Tai: You are a party animal. You own three ironic Hawaiian shirts, and one non-ironic Hawaiian shirt that just says “Hawaii”. Okay, so that’s actually a pretty decent shirt. It’s a nice fabric. You only change the radio station when Jimmy Buffett comes on if other people are in your car.

Gin and Tonic: You own eleventy polo shirts and secretly believe they look better with the collar popped. You first met a Jewish person in college, at Williams. You have several pine-scented candles in your apartment, but only use one, and the wick is getting dangerously long.

Whiskey Ginger Ale: You want people to see you drinking whiskey, but you don’t want to deal with actually drinking whiskey. Your Twitter account divulges too much information about your co-ed softball team.

Scotch on the Rocks: You somehow have two days’ worth of stubble, every day. You own a nice watch, but get nervous wearing it to places that don’t valet. You bought an expensive axe to chop firewood over the Internet, even though you don’t have a fireplace.

Scotch, Neat: Someone once told you that the best way to drink scotch is the way YOU like it, even if that means there’s a ton of ice in it… and you fired that person.

What your cocktail says about you

Bourbon, Neat: You love whiskey, but don’t want to spend $14 on a Macallan, even though you just got talked into spending $15 on a Michter’s. But hey, it’s a single barrel!

Bourbon on the Rocks: You are totally okay with the Bourbon, Neat guy making fun of you, because you just drank a whole glass of whiskey in 45 seconds, and that was the point, and you don’t really even like whiskey.

Long Island Iced Tea: You are either in college, or didn’t start drinking until you were 27. You own a long sleeve t-shirt that advertises a fake surf shop in a place you’ve never visited.

Bloody Mary: Dude, it’s midnight and that is 100% Mr & Mrs T mix. Also, stop telling everyone you drink it because it’s “good for you”.

Margarita on the Rocks: You buy sweet-and-savory snack mixes. You tried to kite-surf once, and you were startlingly bad at it.

Rosé Wine: You listened to Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” long enough to get past the bottles of red and white that he also drank, while getting super-sloshed in said restaurant. You also sometimes call it “rose”, like the flower, just to see how it feels.

French 75: You probably just told the uninterested person next to you that this drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris, and was so named because it’s got a kick like the old French 75mm field gun. You’re also wearing non-prescription eyeglasses and brought your newest Lucky Peach to the bar. Sigh.


PBR: You swear it’s only because it’s cheap, even though it’s really not that cheap.

White Russian: You own The Big Lebowski on LaserDisc, and at one point attempted wearing bathrobes in public just to be HILARIOUS. You’ve gained 37lbs since that movie came out.

Jell-O Shots: Hahahahahahaha. Wait, why is that even a possibility? Where ARE you?!

19 Totally Ingenious Ways To Use Empty Food And Drink Containers


Thanks BuzzFeed!

1. Make “Bottom of the Mustard Bottle” Vinaigrette

Here’s is a great tip from cookbook author Dorie Greenspan: When there’s just a smidgen of mustard left in a jar, build your own vinaigrette in it.

To make hers, Greenspan adds a tablespoon of vinegar (you can use white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, anything you like), plus some salt and pepper. At that point, you could also add some chopped fresh herbs, minced garlic, and minced shallots, as Martha Stewart recommends. Close the jar and shake it up. Then add three times the amount of olive oil as the amount of vinegar you used. (So if you added 1 tablespoon of vinegar, add 3 tablespoons of oil.) Screw on the top of the jar and shake again. If necessary, add more oil and vinegar, salt and/or pepper little by little until you’re happy.

2. Use an empty yogurt container as a measuring cup.

This great tip comes from Real Simple: If you fill a standard 8-ounce yogurt container with flour or liquid, that’s about 1 cup. Fill a quart container and you’ve got about 4 cups. You can also use 4-ounce size for a ½-cup and a 6-ounce size for a ¾-cup measure.

3. Make “Bottom of the Honey Jar” Lemonade…

When you have a bit of honey left in the bottom of the jar, make like New York Times food writer Melissa Clark and use it to make lemonade. Her instructions: Squeeze fresh lemon juice in — it helps break down that hardened leftover honey. Give it a good shake and refrigerate. When you’re ready to drink it, mix in a glass of water or club soda until it tastes right.

4. …or “Bottom of the Honey Jar” Simple Syrup.

...or "Bottom of the Honey Jar" Simple Syrup.

Olga Massov sassyradish.com

Melissa Clark’s idea was inspired by this one from Sassy Radish blogger Olga Massov: Instead of squeezing in lemon juice, just add the same amount of hot water as there is leftover honey. Give the jar a shake and use it as simple syrup in cocktails.

5. Use an empty 20-ounce soda bottle to portion out single servings of spaghetti.

The opening of an empty 20-ounce soda or water bottle fits just enough uncooked spaghetti for a single serving. If you need four servings, just use the bottle to measure it four times.

6. Turn a bottle of whiskey into a soap dispenser.

Turn a bottle of whiskey into a soap dispenser.

A standard dispenser top will screw onto a 200-milliliter glass bottle of Jack.

7. Turn baby food jars into a spice rack with chalkboard paint.

Directions here.

8. Use a glass Mason jar as a blender jar.

19 Totally Ingenious Ways To Use Empty Food And Drink Containers

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19 Totally Ingenious Ways To Use Empty Food And Drink Containers

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19 Totally Ingenious Ways To Use Empty Food And Drink Containers

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9. Turn a peanut butter jar into a cookie cutter, a vase, or storage for toys.

Turn a peanut butter jar into a cookie cutter, a vase, or storage for toys.

10. Clean and save your favorite liquor bottles for drinking water.


11. Repurpose empty, clean milk cartons as storage containers.

Repurpose empty, clean milk cartons as storage containers.

12. Or turn it into a scoop.

Or turn it into a scoop.

13. Seal an open bag of snacks with this cool bottle-cap trick.

Seal an open bag of snacks with this cool bottle-cap trick.

14. If you buy something in bulk a lot, save the containers to create your own bulk storage set.

15. Turn an old maple syrup container into a thumb-controlled watering pot.

16. Repurpose coke bottles to hold cooking oils and dish soap.

Repurpose coke bottles to hold cooking oils and dish soap.

17. Use an empty tomato paste can as a biscuit cutter.

It’s the perfect size. Be sure to remove both ends of the can.

19. Turn screw-off wine-bottle caps into candles.

Turn screw-off wine-bottle caps into candles.

Here’s how.

35 Facts About Mr. Rogers


Thanks MentalFloss!

I used to love watching Mr. Rogers and, turns out, he was just as nice in real life 🙂

Free Days At Chicago Museums 2013


Thanks to The Local Tourist!

Free Days at Chicago Museums – 2013

Chicago’s museums are some of its top attractions, and for good reason. They’re world class, but seeing them all can put a big divot in your budget. Fortunately, there are several free days at Chicago museums throughout the year. While general admission is free on those days, special exhibitions usually require a paid ticket.

Adler Planetarium:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January: 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 28, 29, 30, 31
  • February: 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
  • March: 5, 6
  • June: 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

Art Institute of Chicago:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Thurday nights from 5pm to 8pm
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

The Arts Club of Chicago

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

Brookfield Zoo:

  • Neighborhood: West Suburbs
  • Free Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through February 28
  • Always free for Military Personnel

Chicago Children’s Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • 1st Sunday of every month free admission for children 15 and under
  • Free Thursdays 5pm to 8pm for everyone

Chicago History Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • January 21
  • February 4 – 28
  • March 4
  • July 4
  • August 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

City Gallery:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile/Streeterville
  • Always free

DuSable Museum of African American History:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays

Field Museum of Natural History:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 28, 30
  • February: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28
  • March: 6, 7
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

International Museum of Surgical Science:

  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Free on Tuesdays for 1st two floors

Jane Addams Hull House Museum:

  • Neighborhood: University Village
  • Always Free

Lincoln Park Zoo:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Always Free

Loyola University Museum of Art:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art:

  • Neighborhood: North Suburbs (Evanston)
  • Always Free

Museum of Contemporary Art:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents

Museum of Contemporary Photography:

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Always Free

Museum of Science & Industry:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • January 7 – 11, 14 – 18, 21 – 25, 28 – 31
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • March 4
  • April 22
  • May 6
  • June 3 – 7, 10
  • September 9 – 13, 16 – 20, 23 – 27, 30
  • October 1 – 2
  • November 4
  • December 9

National Museum of Mexican Art

  • Neighborhood: Pilsen
  • Always free (donations accepted)

The Oriental Institute

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free (donations accepted)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Free on Thursdays (donations suggested)

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free

Shedd Aquarium:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • February 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26
  • March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 29, 25, 26
  • June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Smart Museum Of Art:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always Free

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

Swedish American Museum

  • Neighborhood: Andersonville
  • Free on second Tuesday of every month

Mutants need friends too.



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Simple Fixes for Common Appliance Problems


Thanks FamilyHandyman!

Appliance not working? Try one of these simple fixes before you call the repair service!


Look for a reset buttonTurn the blades to loosen a jam


Look for a reset button

If your disposer won’t start, push the reset button and give it a spin.

Turn the blades to loosen a jam

Don’t put tea bags or too many potato peels all at once into your disposer. That’s a sure way to clog it.

All disposers have an overload feature that automatically shuts off the power when the motor becomes overloaded and gets too hot. Once the motor cools, simply push the reset button on the side of or under the unit.

On the other hand, if it hums but doesn’t spin, it may have something stuck in it. Switch the disposer off, then try working through it by turning the blades with a special disposer wrench (sold at home centers) or by turning a bottom bolt. Many disposers have an Allen wrench for that purpose, inset on the bottom of the machine.

If the circuit breaker hasn't tripped, look for a GFCI.


Hit the reset button

If the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped, look for a GFCI.

When a light goes out or a switch doesn’t work, you should first check the main electrical panel for a tripped circuit breaker. But don’t stop there. Before you change out light bulbs and switches, see if a GFCI outlet (which may be upstream from the troubled light or outlet) has tripped. Sometimes all the bathrooms or the outside lights are powered through a single GFCI located in one bathroom or elsewhere, such as in a basement. Simply push the reset button on the GFCI and you could be back in business.

Clogged coilsCoil brushes are sold at appliance stores and home centers.


Clogged coils

Clean the coils if your refrigerator isn’t cooling or conks out.

Coil brush

Coil brushes are sold at appliance stores and home centers.

If your refrigerator conks out on a hot day and you have a cat or a dog, immediately check the coils for pet hair. Service pros find this problem on half of their refrigerator calls. The coils are the black tube-and-wire grid that cools the fluid in the compressor. A buildup of hair will cause the compressor to overheat and trigger the overload switch. On many fridges, you get to the coils by opening the grille at the bottom of the refrigerator. Then push a coil cleaning brush (sold at home centers) into the coils, pull it back and vacuum it clean.

If the coils are located on the back, pull out your fridge (it’s often on rollers) and brush them off. Bonus: The clean coils will cool more efficiently and save you money on your utility bill!

Once the overload switch is tripped, you may have to wait a few hours for it to cool. It will reset itself and turn the refrigerator back on.

If the burner won't light, try cleaning the igniter.Igniter closeup

Gas stove

Clean the igniter

If the burner won’t light, try cleaning the igniter.

Igniter closeup

Dirty igniters are the most common problem. It takes only a minute to clean them.

If your stove burner won’t come on, the likely culprit is the spaghetti sauce that boiled over a few days ago. Use a toothbrush to clean off food spills from the igniter. On an electronic ignition stove, it’s a little ceramic nub located either on the stovetop or under the ceramic seal strike plate. Also make sure that the round ceramic seal strike plate is properly seated on the burner.

Burner prong problem

Electric range

Burner prong problem

Spread the burner prongs a little to create a better electrical connection.

If your electric stove burner won’t heat, turn the burner off and pull it out from its socket. Then plug it in again and wiggle it around. If it feels loose, remove the burner again and gently bend the burner prongs slightly outward for a tighter connection. Easy does it. You could end up pushing the whole socket out of its bracket.

Try cleaning the pilot hole, then relight.

Standing pilot gas range

Pilot light hole

Try cleaning the pilot hole, then relight.

To access the ignition system in an older-style standard gas range, pop the lid. It’s usually hinged on the back side. If the pilot flame is out, poke a needle into the pilot hole to clean out soot (be careful not to ream it wider). Brush off any debris and clean the tube that leads from the pilot to the burner. Then relight the pilot.

Programming snafu

Electronic oven controls

Programming snafu

Oven won’t heat? Check the clock and the timer setting. It doesn’t always do what you think you told it to do.

Blame it on the technology. It so happens that if you set the “time cook” function, the oven, much like a programmed VCR, won’t turn on until the appointed time. You may have done this inadvertently, but if your digital display reads “hold,” “delay” or “time cook,” then the timer is engaged. You’ll have to clear it first by pushing the “off” button. On ovens with dials, be sure the knob is turned to “manual.”

Quiet a noisy washer by leveling it.Leg adjustment


Level the front

Quiet a noisy washer by leveling it.

Leg adjustment

Turn the leg up or down, then lock it in place by tighting the locking nut.

When a washing machine cabinet rocks, it makes a horrible racket during the spin cycle. The solution is to simply readjust the legs. Screw the front legs up or down until the cabinet is level. When both legs are solid on the floor, tighten each leg’s locking nut. In most washers, to adjust the rear legs, gently tilt the machine forward and gently lower it down. The movement will self-adjust the rear legs.

Wrong setting?Dryer sheet residue


Wrong setting?

Before calling the repairman, check the dryer settings—just in case.

Dryer sheet residue

If your clothes are still damp after a normal cycle and you use dryer sheets, check the filter.

Our expert repairman responds to many “dryer-not- heating calls” only to find that the machine is set to “fluff air”—a non-heat setting. Avoid the embarrassment. Check the settings first.

Another common cause of poor drying is a clogged lint filter. The filter may look clean, but it may actually be covered by a nearly invisible film caused by dryer sheets. This film reduces airflow and forces the thermostat to shut off the heat before your clothes are dry. Test your filter by pouring water into it. If the filter holds water, it’s past time to clean it. Pull out the filter and scrub it in hot water with a little laundry detergent and a stiff kitchen brush.

Also check the outside dryer vent for any lint that may have built up there. The louver door–style vent covers are notorious for lint buildup, which traps heat and turns the heat off in the dryer. Pull the cover completely off to get to these clogs.

If your AC won't come on, the thermostat
may be saying no.
Fuse block

Air conditioner

Check the fuses

If your AC won’t come on, the thermostat may be saying no.

Fuse block

Pull the fuse block and have them tested at a hardware store.

If you turn your central air conditioner on, off and then on again in rapid order, chances are you’ll blow a fuse or shut off a circuit breaker or the air conditioner simply won’t respond. That’s because the compressor (in the outdoor condensing unit) may have stopped in a high compression mode, making it difficult to start until the compression releases. Older condensing units may switch the compressor on anyway, which causes the circuit to overload and blow a fuse. Newer, “smarter” condensing units will prevent this blunder by delaying the AC’s “on” function for a few minutes. It’s easy to mistake this delay with a faulty air conditioner. Be patient and give the air conditioner about five minutes to come back on.

To determine if you have a blown fuse, locate the special fuse block near the outside unit. Pull out the block and take the whole thing to the hardware store. A salesperson can test the cartridge fuses and tell you if you need to replace them.

Another simple reason your AC might not come on: You’ve signed up for a cost discount with your electric company in exchange for limited air conditioning during high-demand periods, and you’re in an “off” period. If you can’t remember, call your electric company to find out. You don’t want to pay the repair technician to drive out and explain this program to you!

Clean out debris


Clean out debris

Clean the filter and float switch if the dishes don’t come out clean.

When your dishwasher no longer gets your dishes clean, a food-filled filter is most often to blame. If it’s clogged, water can’t make it to the spray arms to clean the dishes in the top rack. The fix takes two minutes. Simply pull out the lower rack and remove the filter cover inside the dishwasher. (Check your owner’s manual if you can’t spot the filter.) Then use a wet vacuum to clean off the screen.

While you’re there, slide the nearby float switch up and down. If it’s jammed with mac and cheese, you won’t get any water. If the cover sticks, jiggle it up and down and clean it with water.

Julia’s Peanut Shrimp Fettuccine


This is a new pasta dish I made up the other night, bon appétit!

Prep Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 Box of Fettuccine Pasta
  • Half bag of frozen cooked Shrimp, deshelled, devained, no tails (about 35 medium sized Shrimp pieces)
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Garlic Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of Sriracha Hot Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of Thai Peanut Sauce
  • 1 pinch of Curry Powder
  • 1 cup of freshly chopped Parsley

Boil and cook pasta as directed, drain and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil to keep moist and set aside. In large frying pan on medium heat, combine 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil, add all Shrimp, sprinkle with Garlic Salt, Curry Powder and add Sriracha and Peanut Sauce. Stir and cover, let simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Plate pasta and add Shrimp mixture, top with a generous helping of fresh Parsley. ENJOY!

10 Items That Are Cheapest In The Summer


Thanks DivineCaroline!

Summer’s all about swimming pools and sunshine … so why would you even think about buying a winter coat?

Because they’re incredibly cheap this time of year.

It’s true—certain items are more expensive at certain times of year, and less expensive than others. For example, if you buy a new car in October, you’ll probably end up paying far more for it than if you buy it close to Christmas, or the following September. Because of fluctuating demand, new models, and pressure from holidays, there are great deals to be had all year long, as long as you’re not tied to buying the latest, greatest version. If you’re not, summer’s here, and the time is right to buy these ten items.

Early Summer:
During wedding season, dishes and kitchen accessories are popular gifts. Luckily, cashiers don’t ask to see invitations to prove you’re not “gifting” yourself.

A Gym Membership
Many exercisers would rather be outdoors when the weather’s nice, and by June, the pressure from New Year’s Resolution-makers is long gone.  Gyms are sparsely attended, so it’s a great time of year to get a deal.

Inexplicably, new mattress models hit stores mid-summer, so it’s easy to bargain for a good price on last year’s model sometime around May. If you suspect that you’d never be able to tell this year’s mattress from last year’s, you’re not alone.

Have you ever resorted to giving your dad a new hammer for Father’s Day because the price was so good? In early June, tools tend to go on sale in anticipation of lots of people looking for alternatives to ties and golf accessories. This might feel counterintuitive—with demand high, shouldn’t the prices be, too? Not necessarily, because with so much competition for shoppers, stores try to out-do each other with sales.

Carpet and Paint
Venture into any hardware or home supply store, and you’ll see fanciful displays showing all the neat things you can buy for your garden, yard, deck, patio, and swimming pool. With all the focus on a home’s outdoor space, few people are interested in making improvements indoors. That means low demand, which usually translates to low prices.

Sports Apparel
With the exception of baseball, pro and college teams are on break for the season. Athletic apparel stores know that they can charge more money for items sold during games or wile a team is on a hot streak. If you’re a die-hard fan of one particular team, stock up on hats, t-shirts, jackets, and other items between seasons.

Bathing Suits
This one feels counterintuitive as well. The fashion industry debuts new seasonal merchandise far before it’s wearable—bathing suits hit stores starting in February—by July, stores are trying to unload swimwear so that they can start making way for fall apparel soon. Sure, the selection isn’t as great now as it was around Spring Break time, but if you’re not picky, now’s a great time to find a cheap suit.

Did you know that furniture has seasons? It’s true. New collections are usually released twice per year, in February and August. July, before the new collections come in, is a great time to get a discount on the previous collection.

Late Summer
Grills and Grilling Accessories
This one comes with a catch: Outdoor cooking equipment doesn’t usually go on sale until after July 4th, when barbecuing demand peaks. If you can hold out until then, you can get a good price on grills, since retailers don’t want to be stuck with them much longer.

Outdoor Equipment
If it’s big, bulky, and only used in the summer, chances are good that it’ll be going on sale some time around late July. That’s the time to score camping equipment, swingsets, kiddie pools, trampolines, lawnmowers, and anything else lawn- and garden-related.

3 New Kale Recipes For A Summer Detox


Pizza is my fave so I’ll definitely be trying the Kale Pizza 😉


Ah, the mighty kale. Is there any produce that has rocked our world harder than this super-green? We’ve put it in soups for winter cleanses, blended it in smoothies for glowing skin, and told it all our hopes and dreams and secret crushes. It is truly a miracle food. Kale is seasonally a winter vegetable — but forget you, winter. We want all those antioxidants, vitamins, and detox benefits now, when we need them most. Raise your hand if you’ve over-barbecued, ice creamed, or margarita’d this month? It’s cool — our hands are up there, too.

Here’s where a little mid-season break comes in handy, and our old friend kale is here to see us through, once again. We’ve taken the cold-weather green and revamped it for summer with three healthy recipes that will rock your August. Grab yourself a big bunch and get to know the other side of kale. Then, have another marg. It’s still summer, after all.

Kale Slaw
A lighter spin on the summer classic, this kale slaw is possibly our new favorite summer salad/side dish. It’s more crisp and crunchy than the white gloppy stuff that usually comes on the side of your burger. This recipe serves a whole table, or you can keep a batch in the fridge for days without the leaves wilting. Such is the power of kale.

1 head kale
1/2 head purple cabbage
4 large carrots
2 tbsp sesame seeds
Juice of one lemon
2 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp olive oil

Wash, dry, and tear kale into large but bite-able pieces. Throw into a large salad bowl.

Slice cabbage into thin strips (about 1/4-inch). Slice carrots on an angle into thin pieces — or use a mandolin to make it super easy. Toss with kale.

In a small bowl or cup, whisk together lemon juice, mustard, mayo, and olive oil. Drizzle lightly over the slaw mixture and toss.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds, toss once more to combine, and serve!


Low-Fat Kale Pizza
Listen, salad is great, but sometimes a girl needs a pizza in her face. As it turns out, hearty kale leaves make the perfect topping — they crisp up in the oven and add a hearty flavor to this dish. If you’re worried about turning on the oven in the dog days of summer, fear not. This baby is in and out in 10 minutes, ready to satisfy your junk-food craving without actually being junk food.

1 ball pizza dough*
1 small sweet potato
1 red onion
5-10 large kale leaves
1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese

*Dough can be purchased from virtually any pizza shop for five bucks or less. This stuff will roll out better than frozen dough; though, that’ll work in a pinch (just let it defrost on the counter for a few hours). If you’re feeling really basic, just grab a prebaked crust from the supermarket. No judgment here.

Preheat oven to 500. Roll out the dough and lay on a pizza stone, cookie sheet, or tinfoil, lightly oiled and floured (or lined with parchment paper).

Distribute half of the cheese evenly over the dough. Cut onion in half and slice into thin crescents, and lay on top of the cheese.

Wash sweet potato and cut into quarters. Slice each quarter into thin, bite-sized pieces and add to the pizza.

Wash kale and cut into small pieces (about 2 inches across). Lay kale onto the pizza and top with remaining cheese.

Pop it in the oven for 10 minutes or until the crust starts to brown and the cheese is melted. When it looks like a pizza you want to eat, take it out.

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Grilled Kale
So, you like those kale chips, huh? Well, meet their sexier, smokier cousin — grilled kale. As simple as it sounds, we can’t believe it took us this long to try this genius summer recipe. It takes about two minutes to complete, and these large crispy leaves make the perfect shareable appetizer or table snack. You can whip up a large platter in minutes and let guests pull off bite-sized pieces to nibble on. Or keep ’em all to yourself and enjoy a healthy and utterly addictive new nosh.

1 large bunch of lacinato kale (aka, dinosaur kale)
Olive oil for brushing
Sea salt to taste

Wash kale leaves and dry completely. Lay them out on a large platter or cookie sheet.

Brush each leaf lightly with olive oil. If you don’t have a brush, just get a little messy and use your fingers. Your cuticles will thank you later.

Lay each leaf on the hot grill for about 45 seconds per side, or until they get brown and crispy (you can use a grill pan on a stovetop, too). You may have to turn a couple times to check that they’re ready. Don’t freak out if you get some burned spots — they actually add a great hit of flavor.

When done, stack leaves on a large plate, sprinkling each with flakey sea salt (like Maldon), and serve!

Thanks Refinery29!