Saturday, March 21, 2015

Kitchen Intuition: Egg drop soup

I was reading about spring soups this week, and when I saw an image of this egg drop soup with ginger, chiles and spring peas, I thought it looked pretty awesome. But I didn’t have any ginger, chiles or spring peas, nor did I have the chicken broth and radishes that are also included in the recipe. No matter—those were just minor details. I was suddenly in the mood for egg drop soup, so I made some with what I had on hand.

This is a great dish that can be made on a moment’s notice in a matter of minutes. It is a substantial and comforting soup that provides protein without a lot of fat, and it is fun to cook—pouring the beaten eggs into the swirling broth makes such pretty patterns in the pot! It also doesn’t require a recipe, as you can make just one serving or much more, using some basic proportions and your own embellishments.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Covenant College influences Chattanooga entrepreneurial scene

COVENANT COLLEGE is likely within the next 30 days to burnish further its reputation for producing entrepreneurs for the Chattanooga area, and beyond.

In downtown Chattanooga this Saturday, March 21, Covenant will sponsor a round of the faith-based Elevate business-plan competition, which is backed by Christian-oriented Telos Venture Capital of Redwood City, Calif. The winner will compete in the Telos finale in California, next month.

A month later, on April 21, the 60-year-old Christian liberal arts college at nearby Lookout Mountain, Ga., will hold its own Seed Project Pitch event, in which a student team may win a $10,000 grant.

Though the theme has periodically arisen in Chattanooga business circles for decades, these two student-entrepreneur events seem to represent fresh evidence that Covenant students are encouraged to strive, as the college says on its website, "to live out extraordinary callings" in many realms, including business.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Kitchen Intuition: Dealing with disaster

I’ve been having one of those weeks where not many things have turned out the way I intended. My ambitions were thwarted in a variety of ways. The fruit I was drying somehow turned out both underdone and stubbornly fused to some waxed paper. My new food mill didn’t work as advertised, and I had to do some scrambling to figure out how to give cauliflower a roughly puréed texture without turning it into a liquid slush. And despite the liberal use of onions, garlic and seasonings, some bean soup came out incredibly bland.

It’s a terrible thing to waste food, so even while it might be a tad dramatic to call these experiences "disasters," I was challenged to improvise, or the results of my efforts in the kitchen might have ended up in the compost heap. Fortunately, food is adaptable and flexible; if one thing doesn’t work out, it often can be adapted into another.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Has a Race Problem

“I’m pretty and tough. Like a diamond, or beef jerky in a ball gown,”

That’s the quote that first pulled me into the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtrabbit hole. I saw the line on a friend’s Facebook wall and soon followed the trail of Tina Fey’s reliably quotable lines to my Netflix account, where the first season of her new show was waiting, freshly released. Here I was, coming off an especially potent full moon feeling like a werewolf all dressed up with no bar mitzvah to attend and I’d found thirteen episodes of post 30 Rock goodness, complete with a whole new werewolf bit.

At first, I was delighted. It’s Fey’s signature approach to humor, creating a wall of jokes and references the way Phil Spector once created walls of sound. I laughed, I tweeted, and I was excited to see that Kimmy Schmidt has a refreshingly optimistic outlook compared to 30 Rock, tempered by a dark edge that provided depth. It blends New Girl’s post-Spice World girl power with a heavy dose of 90s nostalgia that references everything fromBabysitter’s Club to “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing” to the OJ Simpson trial.

Kimmy’s 13 Going on 30 approach to fashion, bedroom decor, and life doesn’t require any of Jessica Day/Zooey Deschanel’s brake-for-birds rants explaining why hair bows and feminism aren’t mutually exclusive. After all, Kimmy is still very much the eighth grader she was before she was kidnapped, a woman whose adolescence was put on pause by survival. This works effectively to propel the plot forward, but it also mirrors the way that many millennial viewers feel about their own rapid march toward thirty. Just as Liz Lemon embodied the experience of career-focused thirty something women exhausted from leaning in and never being taken seriously, Kimmy embodies women of a certain age who have yet to master the advice given in Buzzfeed articles on how to get your shit together by your early 30s.

However, my laughter soon gave way to compulsive cringing.

Kitchen Intuition: Healthy chickpea snacks

Well, we made it to March, folks. And we’ve reached that sweet spot in the year where a few of us have not yet abandoned our New Year’s resolutions, others are enduring Lenten sacrifices and the (very brief) spring preview we enjoyed this past week has some people already thinking about getting shaped up for summer togs.

If you fall into any of those categories, I’ve got a snack for you! It’s high in protein, low in fat, packed with nutrients and fiber; and it’s gluten-, nut-, soy-, sugar- and grain-free! It also can be packed with as much flavor as you’re willing to give it.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CityScope: 8 Companies to Watch

Talent is created and curated in Chattanooga, and people all over the nation have taken notice. Here are 8 local companies we’ll be watching in 2015. We think you should too.

While many Chattanoogans are settling into the new year, local companies are making their own plans for 2015. What are local startups aiming to accomplish? Nothing less than transforming the future of our city with innovative new approaches to well-established fields like medical insurance, legal counsel, and education, while revolutionizing it all with Chattanooga’s lightning-fast fiber optic internet.
It was hard to pick just 8 companies to include on our list for 2015, because there’s no shortage of successful businesses in Chattanooga’s fast-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our combination of big-city ideas and small-town community feel is prompting innovative companies like these to call Chattanooga home.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kitchen Intuition: Alzheimer's, lifestyle and food

I went down a rabbit hole this week and never did make it back out. In a matter of just a few days, I read news of Julianne Moore’s Oscar win for a movie about someone with early-onset Alzheimer’s, my sister passed along an article she’d read about how cookbook author Paula Wolfert is fighting Alzheimer’s with food, and I ran across a Kickstarter project called Bread Head about "the intersection of diet, lifestyle and brain health."

That convergence prompted me to take a closer look at the reach of Alzheimer’s and the things we can do to push back. I had assumed it was a problem that is up to the research scientists and physicians who are on the front lines, fighting Alzheimer’s and many other diseases. But after a bit of looking around, what I found out is that we’re all engaged in the battle with Alzheimer’s, especially as the disease’s impact and number of cases increases at a staggering rate. But the good news is that there is a lot each of us can be doing to reduce the chances that we or our loved ones will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and related diseases.