Why One Reader Has Made This Dinner for 6 Years

Trader Joe's Warm Lentil Salad

Next up in our Trader Joe’s month is a recipe for warm lentil salad from reader Karen. “My husband and I started making this six years ago and we still do,” she says. “It’s a perfect Sunday night dinner, and reheats beautifully as leftovers during the week. I’ve recommended this recipe to many family and friends, and they continue to make it, too.” Sold! Here’s how Karen does it…

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A Week of Outfits: Jodi Levine

Week of Outfits: Jodi Levine

I first discovered Jodi Levine through the pages of Martha Stewart Living, where she was the crafts editor for almost two decades. In addition to being one of the nicest, most creative people I know (check out her website Supermakeit), the author is also the most stylish — it’s impossible to run into her without asking “Where did you find that fill-in-the-blank?” And invariably, the answer is Old Navy, Target or Uniqlo. Here, the mother of two boys talks about creating original looks from larger stores…

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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Whimsy and Spice

What are you up to this weekend? We’re going to visit Alex’s mom, and the boys are looking forward to sneaking some candy (she always has candy) and showing her their new tricks (running very quickly, doing division!). Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

What is the nuttiest thing you’ve done in the name of love? (The comments are so compelling.)

What a pretty sweater.

Do or don’t: Eating off your date’s plate.

Some American kids are developing slight British accents from watching Peppa Pig.

Start with frozen beans.

On being a woman in America while trying to avoid being assaulted. “Sometimes, I’ll read a novel written by a man in which a woman walks home alone, late at night, in America, without having a single thought about her physical safety, and it’s so implausible that I’ll put the book down.”

Cool bowls for work lunches.

Remember this funny skit? I just re-watched it and laughed so much.

A married name that looks nothing like us.” (NYT)

Oh my gosh, this poem.

This Swiss building!

Plus, two reader comments:

Says C. on a poem that took my breath away: “Tracy K. Smith, the current poet laureate, has a beautiful daily podcast called The Slowdown that offers a window into some incredible poetry. The episodes are all super short — around five minutes a piece. Definitely worth a daily listen.”

Says Ceridwen on four fun things: “My 10-year-old daughter has been choosing my outfit every day, for five days. The criteria: must be work-appropriate, and she has to get it ready the night before. It has bought a sense of playfulness to my whole day. Others at my workplace have been excited too and comment on her choices of colors or fabrics. I get butterflies before each outfit reveal! But I’ve rolled with it and it has made me realize how I nitpick too much when I dress; it’s been so freeing to just go with it. For the last outfit, I was a bit concerned because I had a meeting (the top was really cropped but she switched it for a rainbow tee and blazer), but she said, ‘Well, if anyone comments, just tell them your daughter dressed you.’ Now she wants to do it every Valentine’s week. I’m in!”

P.S. We’re on Instagram, if you’d like to hang out there, too. xoxo

(Photo by Jenna Park. Mirage Gstaad via Tina.)