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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Salmon on Herbed Rice with Black Bean Relish and Creamy Basil Dressing

Submitted to MasterChef by delishytown

The ingredients in the MasterChef at Home Mystery Box this week were: Salmon filets, bacon, black beans, balsamic vinegar, rice, fresh basil, fresh mint, and Plain Greek yogurt. I knew that the salmon had to be the star of the show, but I definitely wanted to use the bacon. I decided to break out the electric smoker for this dish, & wrap the Salmon in bacon. I finished it under the broiler to crisp up the bacon. It was soooo good! Every bite was heavenly and smoky and fresh. This was one of the best dishes I’ve ever made.

Here’s how I made this delicious Smoked Salmon:

Rinse 1 cup of rice a few times until the water runs clear. Add to a pot with 4 cups water and a pinch of salt. Simmer until al dente, drain and add back to the pot. Add 1 tsp chopped basil, ½ tsp chopped mint, sprinkle of celery salt, a grind of black pepper and a pinch of dried dill. Toss together with a fork, then cover and set aside to steam.

Drain and rinse black beans. Add to a bowl with 1 small chopped Persian cucumber, 2 tblsp balsamic vinegar, ¼ tsp minced garlic, ½ tsp fresh chopped basil and ½ tsp chopped mint, and season with celery salt and pepper.

Turn the smoker to about 180 to 200 degrees. Soak apple and mesquite chips in water. Remove any bones from the salmon. Rinse and pat dry. Drizzle the salmon with some of the balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with a little brown sugar, season with salt and pepper. Smash and chop 1 large garlic clove, (reserve ¼ tsp of this garlic for the dressing) spread the rest of the garlic on the fish. Slice a lemon very thin, you need about 4 thin slices of lemon depending on the size of the filets. Place basil leaves on the fish, top with the lemon slices, wrap with the bacon. Crisp up the remaining bacon for garnish. Place the fish in a shallow foil pan and into the smoker. Smoke the fish about 25 - 35 minutes. When it comes out, it should be most of the way cooked. Turn the broiler to high, sprinkle a little more balsamic vinegar and a pinch of brown sugar on top. Broil a few minutes until the sugar bubbles and the bacon crisps up.

While your Salmon is in the smoker, make the creamy basil dressing. In a small bowl add 10 - 15 basil leaves, 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, celery salt and pepper, ¼ tsp smashed & minced garlic, juice of ½ lemon, 1 tblsp balsamic vinegar, and a tiny pinch of brown sugar. Blend with a stick blender.

Serve the Smoked Salmon on a bed of Herbed Rice with the Creamy Basil dressing and a side of Black Bean and Cucumber Relish with Crispy Bacon Crumbles. Yum!

This music box is supposedly haunted. The box was bought by a woman at an estate sale, and put it in a cabinet in her home. After going outside to do yard work, four birds flew into the window and died on impact. The woman told her husband of the incident, which he jokingly said the music box was possessed,and responsible for the activity. Over the next few days, birds kept flying into the windows, and the woman and her family heard music from the box even when it was closed. One night the family heard footsteps, and after investigating, her husband said no one was there and the cabinet holding the box was wide open. The family eventually sold it to a paranormal investigator, who said they heard malicious voices saying “Death” with a spirit box. The investigator also reported the house swarming with flies, and their goldfish mysteriously dying after bringing the box into their home. The music box is currently on eBay, and it is recommended that people with small children and pets do not purchase the item.

13 Reasons Why 

Netflix announced a brand new original series last week, based on Jay Asher’s best-selling novel. 

“13 Reasons Why follows Clay Jensen as he returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Will Clay be one of them?”

The show is set to drop on March 31st! Check out the trailer below


When the war is over, they return to Earth.
shallura. post-Zarkon. achronological. // also on ao3.

fifty words, fifty scenes — adopted from a list that @dragonshost challenged me to way back when. (i don’t have the link anymore, haha.) 

the exercise was to write a single sentence containing each word, and i attempt to make a haphazard achronological story out of each sentence, and then an entire world out of fifty of those.

  • Nothing means frisky more to him than when she waltzes into the kitchen as he’s making breakfast, wearing nothing but her thin nightgown and a mischievous smile that stretches past the magenta marks of her eyes. She comes forward to kiss him good morning and he’s not sure if his heart jumps because of the sudden pop of the toaster or because of her wandering hands.
  • Ever the natural athlete, Allura quickly picks up all the sports that Earth can offer her — easily throwing the furthest pass, scoring a goal from the most acute angle, finishing a marathon with barely a sweat — but Shiro still thinks she’s best at catching his eye.
  • Shiro thought she would have a natural affinity for cats after spending ages with the Lions, but ten scratches and four bites later, he decides — as he wraps a bandaid around her finger — that maybe his plan to adopt the stray cat isn’t such a great idea after all.
  • She still misses her planet dearly — the pink-tinted sunrise of the second sun rising over the fuchsia horizon of blooming juniberry flowers — but when the soft white Earth sunlight stirs him quietly awake, the first thing he sees is her brilliant smile, and she thinks she can see the same morning in the rose of his cheeks.

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Pumpkin Fettuccine, Roasted Chicken and Spicy Corn Purée

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By the late 1980’s, Americans had already become completely enthralled with the glamour and simplicity of Italian Cuisine. Fresh pasta was something of a national obsession as a new generation of gourmands were introduced to the old-world array of pasta-bilities that Italy had to offer. Also popular in the late 1980’s was a leaning toward low-fat, recipes that relied far more on olive oil than the copious amount of butter called for in the 1960’s and 70’s. Grilled chicken breast became not only a restaurant staple, but an oft featured item on home menus from decadent dinner parties to weeknight whip-ups at home.

With a nod to both of these well held trends of the 1980’s, The Way We Ate offers a dish that would have easily been found in an American dining room or restaurant in the era of big hair, big shoulder pads and even bigger egos.

Pumpkin Fettuccine, Roasted Chicken and Spicy Corn Purée

Prepare the Spicy Corn Purée:

2 - Fresh, whole Jalapeño Peppers

1 - Can of Baby Corn

½ Cup - Heavy Cream

Salt and Pepper

Heat a heavy cast iron skillet over high heat, and dry roast the peppers on the skillet.

Press the peppers occasionally into the skillet using a large heavy spoon, turning the peppers frequently to blacken and char them on all sides. Once fully blackened (about 10 minutes) remove peppers and allow to cool. Slice peppers in half, removing all stems, seeds and ribs. Using a small knife, remove the dried blackened skin to reveal the charred flesh. set aside.

In a food processor, combine drained corn, jalapeños and spices. Process on high for about 1 minute with a tablespoon of water, until smooth. Restart Machine and add heavy cream in a stream to processor, and process until combined (about 30 seconds). Set aside at room temperature. 

Prepare the Pumpkin Fettuccine:

1 Cup - All-Purpose White Flour

1 Cup - Semolina Flour

1 Teaspoon - Kosher Salt

¼ Teaspoon fresh ground pepper

2 tablespoons - Olive Oil

2 - Egg Yolks

2/3 Cup - Canned Pumpkin Puree 

2 Cups - Grape Tomatoes

10 to 12 - White Pearl Onions

1 Tablespoon - fresh rosemary

¾ Cup - Tinned Chicken Broth

1 Cup - Sliced Black Olives

1 Cup - Fresh Chick Peas (Casing Removed)

Preheat oven to 450.

Combine the flours, salt and pepper in a large bowl and stir with a whisk. Add egg yolks and pumpkin, combining the mixture with hands until fully incorporated. If necessary, add more flour or pumpkin to obtain a consistency that’s solid and moist, but does not stick to hands. roll dough into a tube and cut in four pieces. Press each piece into a disc, and wrap well in wax paper. Place discs in refrigerator to rest. 

Meanwhile, slice tomatoes in half and add to a bowl. Peel pearl onions, slice in half, and add them to bowl with rosemary, olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Combine to coat with the olive oil and pour them into a rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven on center rack for 20-30 minutes until well roasted, but not blackened. Set aside to cool.

Add cooled ingredients to food processor, and purée well. place mixture in small sauce pan and add tinned broth stirring to combine. over very low heat, reduce mixture by 1/3. (about 30 minutes)

in another small saucepan, Steam chick peas in a vegetable steamer over medium heat, with water in a small saucepan for 15-20 minutes. Place in a small bowl and allow to cool.

Remove 2 discs of pasta from refrigerator (reserving other two for another meal).

On a well floured surface, roll pasta out to about 1/16” thickness in a large rectangle, using a straight or “french” rolling pin.Dust pasta sheet liberally with flour and starting with the shorter end of the rectangle, roll pasta into a tube (as you would a Jelly Roll), and slice tube using a large kitchen knife at 1/2” intervals.  Unroll each noodle and hang on plastic hangers. Repeat with second disc and allow both hangers of pasta to dry slightly.

Prepare The Chicken Breast:

2 - Bone-in Chicken Breasts

1 - tablespoon olive oil

pinch of salt 

pinch of pepper

Rinse chicken breasts under cold water and pat dry. Coat breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Prepare a charcoal grill and roast the breasts over medium hot smoldering coals. Turn chicken frequently and roast on all sides for 10 minutes, or until the breasts read 165 Degrees on a thermometer. Remove from grill and tent with tin foil.

Combine and serve the dish:

Prepare a pot with about 1 quart of salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Boil pasta for 30-60 seconds until done and strain, reserving a few tablespoons of the water, if needed.

In a large bowl combine the pasta, the reduced tomato mixture, the chick peas, and the sliced olives. Toss and add a few teaspoons of the pasta water if needed to loosen the mixture and coat the pasta well. Plate the pasta with one chicken breast per person, and add about ¼ cup of the spicy corn puree over or alongside the chicken. 

A Study in Pond

Today I’ll be addressing a subject that repeatedly crops up in fandom and that is the work and times of Amelia Pond.

An argument that is repeatedly trotted out against Amy is that she’s “unrealistic” for having so many “unrelated” professions.

First of all, even if this were true, it would not be unrealistic. A lot of people jump from job to wildly different job throughout their lifetimes, especially when they’re young and are just trying to establish work experience and pay their bills. Later in life they may find something suited to them and get into that field, while still others never stop jumping from job to job without any link except the fact that it provides a paycheck. That is life and that is realistic.

But it is not Amy Pond. The ancestry of every single job Amy has ever held can be traced back to her first episode, “The Eleventh Hour.”

When we first meet Amelia, she is alone in her bedroom on Easter, praying to Santa in her Scottish accent to send help to fix the crack in her wall that she can hear things from, a story nobody believes. When she hears the TARDIS, she looks out her window and runs outside in the dead of night to check it out and when a sopping, strange man climbs out of it, she engages in conversation with him.

This relatively short amount of time gives us crucial information about Amelia. From her praying to Santa, we glean that she is a believer in magic and the impossible. From her sleeping every night next to the crack and then running into the darkness to confront the TARDIS and the weird man inside of it, we know that she’s daring and brave even in the face of her fear which she masks expertly. We also note that she’s keenly observant.

The Doctor deduces the same later, when he learns of the crack in her wall. Before that, she invites him into her house and puts up with the trial and error of cooking for him. She reveals that despite her Scottish accent, she’s in England because she “had to move” and “it’s rubbish.” She has no parents, just a neglectful aunt.

From this we learn that she’s fiercely independent, she’s not afraid to speak her mind, she’s already made a giant geographic and cultural transition in her young life and is unsatisfied, and when she puts her mind to something she works until she succeeds.

When the Doctor returns twelve years later than promised and Amy finds him intruding in her house, she hits him over the head with a cricket bat and handcuffs him to the radiator. She then comes up with an impromptu performance, including using an English accent, about pretending to be a policewoman and suspects him in the disappearance of Amelia Pond.

From this see her resourcefulness and her storytelling abilities.

And finally, at the end of the episode, the camera pans across Amy’s room revealing handmade dolls of herself, the Doctor, and an impressively accurate TARDIS.

This tells us Amy is not only creative, but a creator.

Kiss-o-gram (“The Eleventh Hour”)

The first job Amy holds is as a kiss-o-gram. She’s nineteen and she describes it as going around in different costumes and kissing people, “It’s a laugh.” This is a job for someone who’s unafraid of walking into a room of random people, under any number of circumstances, and kissing a random stranger.

We already saw that as a child, Amelia was unafraid of walking outside in the dead of night and approaching a random man who just climbed out of a mysterious box in her front yard and inviting him into her home. Check.

Model (“Closing Time,” “Asylum of the Daleks,” and “Imaginary Enemies”)

Later in her life, after the Doctor has decided to stop traveling with Amy and Rory following the events of “The God Complex,” he discovers Amy’s larger than life photograph on an advertisement on a mall wall in Colchester. By the time of her impending divorce with Rory, she’s immersed herself in photoshoots. This is a job that requires a person to be in the public eye and where people are always weighing their opinion in on a person’s appearance. A high amount of self confidence in one’s own image is key in long term success for this career.

Amy’s previous job as a kiss-o-gram establishes that she is confident in her sexuality and has no problem showing her body off to a lot of people, especially those she doesn’t know, even when she knows she will be judged on these choices. Check.

Business owner (“Closing Time” and “Imaginary Enemies”)

Amy is not just a model for a perfume line, she created and marketed the perfume line. We know this because of the name, Petrichor, and the perfume’s tagline, “For the girl who’s tired of waiting.” Both of these are unique to Amy. Both the product and the marketing are part of multi-billion dollar industries, meaning the name and especially the tagline did not occur by random happenstance. Amy was directly involved in the branding and marketing decisions for this perfume. There is no way, as a random model, she would have been allowed such enormous decisions. If she was just a pretty face for their perfume, the product would’ve been had a name and tagline long before she was hired to pose for their ad. The name comes from “The Doctor’s Wife” and the tagline is a play on one of the nicknames the Doctor gave her, The Girl Who Waited. It’s successful, too, because when little Allie sees Amy in the mall, she doesn’t think twice about asking for Amy’s autograph. To run a successful business, you need a sharp mind and a strong capability for leadership. To market, you need to be highly creative and very observant of your consumer base to know what will appeal to their sensibilities. You must be prepared to fail and try again, over and over.

As far back as her childhood, Amy has been inventing things. The moment we meet her, she thanks Santa for bringing her pencils. On her dresser we see those pencils, along with drawing paper and drawings and paintings plastered all over her room. Remember the dolls and TARDIS toys she handmade, inspired by her meeting with the Doctor? She carries this love of inventing into her adulthood and uses it to create her own products inspired by her own life. In this case, she draws inspiration from her experience on the TARDIS in “The Doctor’s Wife.” Check.

Amy is ripe with determination. When the Doctor says he loves apples, Amelia gets him an apple and calls him on it later when he says he hates apples. She does the same with yogurt. She isn’t discouraged when he throws a fit about bacon, beans, or bread and butter. She takes the Doctor’s nitpicky setbacks in stride. Later, when her parents send her to four psychiatrists, she never gives into them; she never stops fighting because someone, several someones, told her she was wrong. Check.

If you want observant, you want Amy Pond. As a child she saw “Police Box” on the Doctor’s TARDIS and when he told her he was a doctor, she called him out because his box said “police.” After the Doctor fails to come back for her as promised, she makes a stunningly accurate toy TARDIS from memory. On Starship UK, she noticed that the monster didn’t eat the children and in fact played with them instead. She made a critical connection between the Doctor choosing to help her as a child and the Star Whale coming to the rescue of the UK’s most innocent subjects. After meeting scheming Prime Minister Churchill and seeing his obsession with procuring the TARDIS, she doesn’t miss a beat when he pickpockets the Doctor’s TARDIS key and demands it back. While trapped with a Weeping Angel emerging from a television screen, she noticed a blip in the footage and disconnected the power on the blip, stopping the Angel from fully materializing. In 1969 she encounters a Silent in the bathroom and realizes that when you look away from it, you forget it. She get around this problem, she takes a picture of it on her cell phone. She remembers that the TARDIS operates through telepathic circuits and realizes that the password must be thought, not spoken. On her first day in Apalapucia, she saw the handbots knock themselves out with their anesthetic hands and learned to escape them by turning them on each other. Over and over Amy demonstrates exceptional skills of observation and problem solving. Check.

Travel writer (“The Power of Three”)

Still later in her life, when she and Rory have begun to settle down for a second time and try to establish a little stability in their “non-Doctor lives,” Amy begins writing travel articles for magazines. This is job that requires A) the desire and means to travel and B) the ability to tell a good story. In order to sell a location (or heavily advise against it), you have to be masterful with your words.

Amy has always been a storyteller. As a child, she recounted vividly what happened when the Doctor came to town. She roped Rory into games where he had to dress up as the Doctor and much of Leadworth knew about her fanciful tales. She was eventually sent to psychiatrists to talk her out of her “delusions.” When she encounters the Doctor again as an adult, she immediately concocts a fiction about being a policewoman and the mystery of missing Amelia. To her father-in-law, she and Rory come up with a story about how they went traveling to Thailand when they first got married. Amy experienced an evolution in her ability to tell stories. She went from screaming the unabashed truth to realizing that however true something might be, it also has to be believable. In order to write successful articles for a contemporary travel magazine, she had to be adept at abridging her stories for exciting yet believable travels and honing her skills to curb the truth, such as traveling to Venice and leaving out the part about it being 1580, is something she’s had to perfect so people see her as believable instead of delusional. Check.

Of course, she did travel. She traveled with and without Rory, all over space and time. But she was a traveler long before she met the Doctor. She was forced to travel from Scotland to Leadworth and yearned to escape Leadworth her entire childhood. Check.

Publisher (“The Angels Take Manhattan”)

In the latter part of her life, her post-Doctor life, Amy chooses to be sent back to 1938 New York City to be with her husband. This is where she lives until she dies, an immigrant in another country. Once again, she’s forced to start her life and career all over again and this time she does it by becoming a publisher. We know this because A) River sends her book, Melody Malone: Private Detective in Old Town New York, back in time to her mother to be published, B) Amy writes the afterward to the book, and C) the publisher stamp on the spine of the book says “Pond Riversandwiched between two wavy water symbols. Becoming a successful publisher is hard enough on its own, let alone becoming a successful female publisher in the face of the sexist 1930s and the decades that follow. But Amelia Williams did.

Amy is no stranger to starting her own business from the ground up. Her experience with her Petrichor perfume line primed her for this. She did exactly the same as she did before and put her determination, creativity, ability to invent, and inspiration from her own life to use to create Pond River and ensure it thrived. Check.

Moreover, Amy was a survivor. She landed in 1938 with nothing but her husband and the clothes on her back, but Amy has always made the most with little to nothing. When the Doctor arrived in her house twelve years after he said, she was caught off guard, but put to use the things she had: a cricket bat and her kissogram police uniform. When she she needed to get through a locked street on Starship UK, she picked the lock with a hair pin. When she needed to leave a message for the Doctor and Rory on Apalapucia and didn’t have a pen, she left it in lipstick. When she had to survive for four decades on a deserted planet against an army of robots attempting to kill her, she tricked the robots into disabling one another and disassembled them, using their spare parts as armor. She even had the genius to hack the computer system to use in her favor and build her own sonic screwdriver out of scraps. When she wanted to get one final message to the Doctor with no way to talk to him, she left it in a foreword of her daughter’s book. Surviving and thriving for the remainder of her life in a well populated foreign country was nothing by comparison. Check.

Children’s author (“The Bells of Saint John” and Summer Falls and Other Stories)

Not only did Amy write afterwards, forewards, and publish for others, she began writing children’s literature and became famous for it.

After serving as a travel writer and being inundated with stories for Pond River, not to mention her childhood of storytelling, it was no surprise Amy eventually began writing for children herself. She was a child with a vibrant imagination, steeped in fantasy enough to pray to Santa, and she intimately knew the needs of children to escape unsavory lives. Check.

As she did with her perfume line, her travel writing, and her publishing company, she used her life experiences as inspiration to fuel her work such as modeling Kate Webster and the Caretaker off herself and the Doctor and deciding to write a story about a little girl with special powers, lost on the streets of New York, after her daughter. Check.

To say that Amy Pond didn’t do anything, to say that she flitted from job to job with no rhyme or reason, is not only baseless, it’s blatantly dishonest. As dissected above, every one of Amy’s jobs are rooted in carefully constructed characterization established in seven-year-old Amelia Pond during “The Eleventh Hour.” Furthermore, each job builds off of the skills and requirements from the job(s) that came before it. Amy’s skill sets were demonstrated time and again in her “Doctor life” and “non-Doctor life.” She was a literal technical genius, on par with the likes of Torchwood’s resident tech genius, Toshiko Sato, who corrected faulty blueprints for another sonic device with far more resources at her disposal than Amy possessed on Apalapucia. Amy was creative, she was observant, she was an inventor, she was a businesswoman.

America was lucky to get her in her latter years, because she is the epitome of our “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” success narrative. Amy Pond was able to do it more than once because that was at the core of who she was.

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mintycess14 said to quoted-books: Hiii :) Do you know the book “All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven? I really love this book and I was wondering if there is also a book similar to it and also a Young adult book :) Thanks :) xxx

I loved that book! Here are some others that you may enjoy- all of them involve dealing with some sort of physical or mental disorder - most of them depression since that fits with Niven’s novel! Let me know if you need any others. 

All of the summaries are from Goodreads! 

1. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang - Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

2. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson - Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit. Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery. 

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

4. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini - Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself. Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

5. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern - Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected. 

6. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira - Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven?
It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.

Thanks for the question! Happy reading! 



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When I got this week’s mystery box, I found myself a little stumped. The only non-animal-based ingredients were yellow squash, corn on the cob, onion, green beans, and a variety of apples. But the longer I thought about it, I realized that all of these ingredients are a part of all of my favorite fall meals. And what’s my favorite fall food of them all? (Besides pumpkin chai?) Hand pies!

This hand pie is savory and sweet, like Thanksgiving stuffing & cranberry sauce. The black beans add a much needed bite and give it another great fall flavor as well. Try these out for a burgeoning-September-weeknight meal and enjoy!

This filling recipe makes enough for about a dozen hand-sized hand pies.

1 medium white/yellow onion, diced
1 cup diced yellow squash
1 corn cob, kernels shaved off
1 handful green beans, 1 inch pieces cut on a bias, ends trimmed
1 granny smith apple, diced small
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
salt, pepper, ½ tsp each cinnamon, cumin, paprika
2 tbsp coconut oil

Dough recipe can be found here.

1. Put the onion, corn, oil, cinnamon, cumin, and paprika in a hot sauté pan and cook down until the onions are translucent, stirring to prevent burning.
2. Add the squash, apple, green beans, and black beans, and mix together. Cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes and pour in about ¼ cup water.
3. Let it cook down for 5 minutes, then mash it up a little with a potato masher or fork. Toss on some salt & pepper to taste.
4. Preheat the oven to 425°F. If you don’t already have the dough prepared, do so now. Spread out the dough into a rectangle, about ¼ inch thick. Top half the dough with the filling, then fold the dough over and crimp the edges with your fingers. (Be gentle or the dough may break.) Slice a couple of holes in the top to let some of the air out during cooking.
5. Place the hand pies on a greased baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. Eat them while they’re still warm!

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BTS Suga, Jimin, and Jin as your brothers while respectively dating Jungkook, J-Hope, and V | Where you haven’t come home yet (for why?), a mysterious box is left in your house, and you’re at a crowded mall with your boyfriend and overprotective brother

imurfreakingfairygodmother asked: Hey ! Really love your blog :D Could you please recommend me some books like All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven ? I really loved it and want to read more such stories

I loved that book as well! Here are some that I think you may also enjoy. I believe I have quite a bit more that would also fit, so if you’ve already read most of these, just let me know. That last one is one of my personal favorites. Gorgeous book and gorgeous cover! 

I included the summaries from Goodreads below to see if you were interested in any of these! Hope this list helps!

1. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang - Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

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Submitted to MasterChef by sayattheexplorer

My desire to highlight all the ingredients was really stumped by the mystery box at first. I had extremely pungent  ingredients such as balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, blue cheese, mustard, and Kosher dill pickles. Bringing these flavors out to the same plate and have them not fight each other is no easy task. Drunk Quebecois food and a refreshing Thai salad to balance the weight of the blue cheese gravy made so much sense! I went all out and got intoxicated to test the recipes!

Larb with an international profile

Instead of the traditional fermented fish and lime elements, I used soy sauce, mustard, pickles, and balsamic vinegar. Rice, beef, nuts and the overall flavor profile remain true to the traditional dish that is both Laotian and Northern Thai. Bright and deep in umami, satisfying and flavorful! 

Poutine with blue cheese

Poutine is a specialty of Quebec, typically served as fries with cheese curds and brown gravy. I used blue cheese curds, soy sauce, and beef broth to make mine. It was not surprisingly phenomenal when sober and divine when intoxicated. 

Go to my blog for the detailed instructions to execute this great plate — bon appetit, have fun and stay tuned for the next challenge!

jerryjamesstone’s Breakfast “Panna Cotta”

Inspired by the Italian dessert panna cotta, this breakfast recipe is pure indulgence.

The bottom layer is a “salted” caramel made using soy sauce and brown sugar;  it’s as tasty as it is weird. The middle is stuffed with creamy coconut and vanilla bean grits. And it’s all topped off with a thin layer of grapefruit-fennel marmalade. This dish can easily be made ahead for a breakfast on-the-go or just as a healthier dessert.

Soy Sauce Caramel
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon cream

1. In a small saucepan gently combine the brown sugar, butter and cream. Warm over a medium-low heat until combined, then bring to a simmer over a medium-high heat.
2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and soy sauce.  

Coconut & Vanilla Bean Grits
1 13.5oz can coconut milk
1/3 cup grits
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 tablespoon sugar
pinch of salt

1. Add the coconut milk to a small saucepan and warm over a medium-low heat.
2. Add in the sugar, salt and vanilla bean seeds.
3. When mixture begins to simmer, add in the grits and cook on a low simmer for about 10 minutes, until the grits are tender.
4. Remove from heat and let stand.

Grapefruit-Fennel Marmalade
½ grapefruit, juiced
1 cup sugar
2 ounces shaved fennel

1. Add the fennel to a small saucepan and sauté over a medium-low heat until just tender and aromatic.
2. Add in the grapefruit juice (I added the pulp too) and the sugar and bring to a boil. Cook until fennel is translucent.

Breakfast “Panna Cotta”
1. Using 8oz widemouth mason jars, cover the bottom layer with Soy Caramel, then the grits, and top off with a thin layer of grapefruit marmalade.
2. Cover and store in the fridge until you’re ready for the most amazing breakfast ever!

Grilled Asparagus with a Poached Egg, Served Over a Rosemary & Parmesan Grit Cake

Submitted by jerryjamesstone

It wasn’t until the first MasterChef Mystery Box At Home Challenge that I cooked with grits. I have eaten them before but being a vegetarian and living in California, they’re tough to come by. One of my favorite things about this challenge between MasterChef, Tumblr, and Plated, is that I am forced to do sh*t I would never do. From Basil Lassis to Hummus Jalapeno Poppers, as a food blogger… this challenge has been hella sweet. It has me thinking outside of the box!

When grits made a second appearance, I had to use them! What better way to bring it all home for the last challenge, right? Thank you, MasterChef!

So let’s get to it so you can eat the hell out of this tasty dish!

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary (1 minced)
  • 1 cup grits
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 5 asparagus spears
  • olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp white vinegar

1. Add 3 cups of milk, 1 tsp of salt and 2 sprigs of rosemary to a saucepan and bring it to a boil over a medium-high heat.

2. Remove the rosemary sprigs and slowly add in 1 cup of grits, stirring while adding. Reduce to a medium heat and cook covered until grits are tender; about 20 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and mix in 1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon minced rosemary.

4. Pour mixture into a 9x9 baking dish and let cool, til grits are firm and can be cut like cake. About 30 minutes. Cut into 3” squares. Wrap cake(s) in tinfoil and place in the warmer. Depends on how many servings you are making.

5. Grill 5 spears of asparagus (more for more than a single serving), by trimming them, tossing them with enough olive oil to coat, and grilling them.

6. Fill a small sauce pan with about 4 inches of water, bring to a simmer. Add in 1 tsp of white vinegar and while stirring the water in a circular motion, slip in the egg. Cook the egg for 3 to 5 minutes.

7. Plate the grit cake, grilled asparagus and top with a poached egg. Salt and pepper to taste.


Submitted by Notions and Notations of a Novice Chef

For the final MasterChef mystery box challenge at home we have: Chorizo, Rosemary, Asparagus, Orechiette, AP Flour, Ground beef, Grits, Canned baby corn, Garlic powder, White rice and Butter.

It’s my personal favorite basket, since the ingredients are all pretty versatile and don’t have the tendency to point to one specific cuisine. My submission is pretty simple and uses three of the above as its main components. Let’s get started:


  • 1 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter

Bring water and water to a boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Add in all the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until a smooth dough forms. Reduce heat to medium low and cook while stirring until the dough pulls away from the sides of the saucepan.

Remove pot from heat and add in the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition to prevent the eggs from curdling. Add in the chese and chopper parsley. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a ½ inch tip.

Let mixture rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a simmer. Have a rimmed baking sheet ready on the side. Holding the bag over the boiling water, squeeze the mixture out and cut it off with a knife or scissor into 1-inch lengths and let them fall into to water. Continue cutting as many as you can in 1 minute, then stop.

When all the gnocchis have floated to the top, continue cooking for about 3 more minutes. Fish them out with a metal spider and transfer to rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Repeat with remaining dough. Set aside to cool for another 30 minutes.

Trim and blanch the asparagus in salted water. Cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.

Heat the unsalted butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add in the gnocchi and cook until brown and toasty. Add in the blanched asparagus and season to taste.

Grate some parmesan cheese or any cheese you like on top before serving.


Hipsterfood highlighted the fragrant fennel in this veganized homage to fettucine alfredo.

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Fennel & black pepper cream sauce

  1. Chop the fennel bulb into a small dice.
  2. Put a tablespoon of coconut oil into a large sauté pan on high heat. Toss in the fennel and let it sear for a minute, then turn the heat to medium-low. Squeeze in about a tablespoon of the grapefruit and let the fennel brown & cook down for about five minutes, stirring every so often so that it doesn’t burn.
  3. Remove about 1/3 of the cooked fennel and set aside. Pour the coconut milk into the pan with the fennel, stirring to remove any coconut clumps, then also add in 3 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 heaping tablespoon cornmeal, a pinch of fine salt, and about 2 teaspoons of freshly cracked pepper.
  4. Stir everything together, turn the heat to as low as possible, and let it heat until everything else is ready, stirring occasionally. If it isn’t thickening up, add in cornmeal 1 teaspoon at a time until it thickens into a cream sauce.

Lentil “meat”balls

  1. Cook the lentils until tender, about 10 minutes on medium-high heat.
  2. Strain and pour into a mixing bowl with the reserved cooked fennel, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, two heaping pinches minced fresh fennel leaves, 5 tablespoons cornmeal, and salt and pepper.
  3. Using a potato masher, mash everything together until the lentils are broken down and everything is combined. Form them into golf ball-sized pieces. Keep adding in corn meal, one teaspoon at a time, if they’re not sticking together.
  4. Heat a pan with a tablespoon of coconut oil, letting it get very hot. Add in a few meatballs at a time, turning them as they brown on each side. Let them cook until all crispy on the outside.

Cook the linguine until tender, then serve with the sauce and meatballs. Enjoy!

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Asian Mushroom Meatballs with Rice and Toasted Peanuts

Submitted to MasterChef by Plated


10 ounces Ground Beef

1.5 tablespoons Soy Sauce, divided

.5  tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

8 ounces Button Mushrooms

.75 cup White Rice

.25 cup Peanuts

canola oil

salt and pepper

Prepare Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350[degrees]F. Pat beef dry and season with salt and pepper. Wipe mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel. Discard stems and roughly chop caps.

Roughly chop peanuts.

Cook Rice

In a small pot, bring rice, 1.25 cups water, and a pinch salt to a boil over high heat. Stir once, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 12 minutes. Remove pot from heat and allow to stand, still covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork, and set aside.

Saute Mushrooms

Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add mushrooms to pan and cook until softened and slightly browned, about 5 minutes.  Add .5 tablespoon soy sauce and .5 tablespoon balsamic vinegar to pan, and cook until absorbed, about 3 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Set aside.

Make Meatballs

Combine sauteed mushrooms with the ground beef, mustard, and remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce in a medium bowl. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake until browned on outside and no longer pink, about 12 minutes

Toast Nuts

On a baking sheet, arrange peanuts in a single layer. Toast until golden and fragrant, 6-8 minutes.

Plate dish

Divide rice evenly between two plates, and top with meatballs. Sprinkle toasted peanuts on top.


Pumpkin Curry
submitted by cookingwithleftovers

This is a meal for a cold winter night. It just happens to be the dead of summer, but the pumpkin in this Master Chef Mystery Box beckoned for this dish to be made. The power is in the spice mixture. It is spicy but creamy and rich..

1 pound chicken, cubed
½ cup pearl onions, peeled and sliced
½ jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 can chicken broth (2 cups)
½ can pumpkin puree (1 cup)
1 cup fresh garbanzo beans, shelled
10 grape tomatoes, quartered
5 baby corns, halved
Spice mixture- 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/3 teaspoon chili powder
The chicken was on the bone so I cut it off and then into large cubes. Coat it in the spice mixture. Sweat the onions and jalapeno in some oil for a few minutes, then add the chicken and sear on medium high heat for 5 minutes.

Add in the pumpkin, stock, tomatoes, beans, corn, turn down the heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes until thickened up a bit. Season well with salt and pepper to taste.

Either eat in a bread bowl (me) or over a bit of rice (Meg). Either way, garnish it with avocado and it will blow you away..

Box 2 items: chicken, pearl onions, grape tomatoes, jalapenos, garbanzo beans, black olives, pumpkin, baby corn, and chicken stock.

We just ate the olives for dessert.