29 Ideabooks by Mariko Jackson

Guest Picks: Eating Cool on Hot Days
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Cooking in summer is nothing like cooking in any other season. I look for ways to chill out, cool off, stay outside, hydrate and eat foods that match the season, like a creamy snack or a smoky barbecue sandwich. I try to stay away from long-simmering...
Guest Picks: A Summer Salad
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My priorities for summer cooking are all about avoiding the heat. Salads mean no cooking, fresh and cool dining, and quick preparation — and as a bonus, you’ll be taking care of yourself by eating more fruits and veggies! Expend your energy on making...
Guest Picks: Picky Picky: 20 Tools for Raising a Healthy Foodie
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I’m a foodie, and the fact that my son refuses to eat most of the food I cook is devastating. I always thought that my good food choices would automatically trickle down into my children’s taste buds. But when he chooses to go to bed...
Guest Picks: Pi Day + Pie Stuff = Yummy Fun
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Thanksgiving, Christmas, July 4 … now let’s add another reason to eat pie: Pi Day! On March 14 folks the world over will celebrate the mathematical constant 3.14. I’ll also be celebrating any pastry that can serve as a dessert or meal, that is sweet...
Guest Picks: Two for Dinner
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Eating out in a restaurant is a lovely way to spend time together, but sometimes it just can’t happen when there are kids, work schedules, procrastination and babysitters to figure out. Even so, eating together is a basic human social interaction, and...
Guest Picks: Tidy Kitchens
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If you’re like me, you have a few too many resolutions and need a little more willpower to accomplish them. I want to keep a clean, organized house this year, and the place I want to start is the kitchen. It’s the central space where my family and...
Guest Picks: Pretty Packaging for Homemade Holiday Treats
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With Christmas coming up, I know I’ll be spending plenty of time in the kitchen preparing gifts for friends and family. Still, I’m not as great with presentation as with taste, so I need some help making my gifts look especially fancy and cute. Depending...
Guest Picks: Be Your Own Artisanal Chef
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Working with hands in the kitchen is nearly becoming a lost art. Much of the food you find in the store these days has all been prepared for you, and you hardly need more than a microwave and a plate to make dinner. But food is more than just convenience,...
Guest Picks: Delicious Decoration
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The daily attention we pay to preparing and eating food is naturally immersed in our lives. I like to see images of and words about food incorporated into the details of the space around me. They inspire me. We all want the material pieces that surround...
Guest Picks: Cooking for One
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Even though I'm married and have kids, I often find myself making single portions, whether for a lunch for the kid who is home or a dinner for me because of a current diet. I have so many kitchen tools that are only made for family-sized cooking that...
Guest Picks: Back-to-School Products to Ease the End of Summer
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It's back-to-school time for tots, teens and teachers. As an English teacher, I'm always excited to meet the new batch of freshmen, even if they're not as happy to meet me. For students, there's a feeling of dread accompanied with excitement about seeing...
Guest Picks: 19 Stands to Dress Up Your Cake
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I think everyone needs a cake stand (or three), even if you can't find much other reason for one. The cake is the star of so many parties that it seems like it should have a few cute "outfits"! Although I'm a sucker for vintage, ruffly edges...
Guest Picks: Inspired by Ice Pops
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Anyone who knows me knows about my affinity for cold summer desserts. I am looking forward to a long summer of dripping, melting ice pops in all possible flavors and forms. It's such a universal dessert that can encompass pretty much every possible taste...
Guest Picks: An Arsenal of Tools for Healthy Eating
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As someone who has been subscribing to the Paleo diet for a while, I find that I'm often asked by people who are trying it out for the first time what they should eat on a day-to-day basis. When I think about it, I realize that it's much harder to find...
Guest Picks: Spring Has Sprung: 20 Ways to Warm Up Your House Again
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I just had a peek at my winter wardrobe and realized that it is almost entirely without color. If you're like me, it takes a while to even notice that I've lost a little vibrance during the colder seasons. I'm preparing for summer by living this spring....
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