Baba and Gas Stoves

We could all use some more baba in our lives. When I say baba, I hope you are reminded of your grandmother, and I hope your grandmother used/uses a gas stove. The smell of matches and the soft pop that marks fire and gas meeting over a burner always bring me back to childhood days with my grandmother. The type of baba I’m speaking of here however is a little different. I’m referring to the juicy, oily, lemony, smoky, and always lovely, substance that is roasted babaganough. Just FYI, it’s called babaganough in Egypt and babaganoush in some other parts of the world. However you say or spell it, it’s always good. Why? Not only is it a mind-blowingly delicious treat (food-gasms for all!), but also 1) Tahini and 2) Eggplant.

So here’s a recipe that we can all take back to our Baba’s gas-stoves –

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Beets! They’re So Much Cooler Than You Thought

Considering how delicious they are, beets are one of the most forgotten and unappreciated vegetables of our time. When I go off on a beet rant (which happens more often than I’d like to admit) most people wrinkle their nose and grit their teeth and say things like “yuck!” or “gross!.” I then proceed to ask them the last time they ate anything with beets and the typical response is either A. never, or B. when I was a little kid. Listen ladies, throw everything you thought about beets out the window and ebrace them as the awesome Fall vegetable that they are. Beets are full of health benefits- studies show they prevent cancer, have zero trans and saturated fat, are a high source of energy, contain betaine which is beneficial to your mental health and is found in products that fight depression, trytophan which helps you relax and have a sense of well-being, is a great source of iron for women, and also are full magnesium, fiber, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B & C. While researching beets I also learned that beets are full of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. Ancient Romans used beets as an aphrodisiac. If that’s not a good reason to get on board, I don’t know what is. Beets are also super inexpensive and pretty easy to prepare! Below are a few simple ways to incorporate beets into your everyday diet:

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Great Aunt Lo’s Mississippi Mud

Do you ever feel like you need to consume an inordinate, unwarranted, ridiculous amount of CHOCOLATE?  Of course you do, don’t even act like you don’t, it’s okay — you’re not alone.  So instead of tearing apart your kitchen, searching through all of your coat pockets, and digging in all of your clutches, purses, and gym bags looking for something, ANYTHING, that could possibly take care of that chocolate craving, go to the store pick up some cocoa, nuts, and marshmallow crème and make Aunt Lo’s Mississippi Mud. BEWARE: If you make this, you will want to eat every last crumb. 

 

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Our Leading Lady Laurel

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Vagina’s Leading Ladies Brunch series continued in February at Austin’s Zocalo Café. This month we were treated to advice from personal stylist Laurel Kinney of Trophy Boutique, featured in Vagina’s Winter 2013 issue.

The weather outside was dreary but Zocalo’s floor-to-ceiling windows filled the room with light and fresh cut flowers on the tables betrayed the drizzly morning. Our February group was much more intimate with only seven gals, two of which represented our friends at F Yeah Women Artists and Farewell Books.

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A Perfect Inaugural Leading Ladies Brunch at Hillside Farmacy

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The month of January featured the premier of Vagina’s monthly Leading Ladies Brunch series in Austin. The gatherings will all feature a handful of gals, delicious food, and a local professional lady who can share what she’s learned from her work and give advice for how we can translate her lessons into our own lives. 

Our very first LLB was celebrated at East Austin’s Hillside Farmacy with music publicist Samantha Phelps of Boring Enormous. Ten great gals won a spot at the table in the restaurant’s private wine room. We chatted about our jobs, music, birth control, and the delicious food and drink at hand.

The sweet folks at Hillside Farmacy gifted us a bowl of the most incredible punch – grapefruit juice, hibiscus-infused simple syrup, gin, and cava – as well as cheese plates featuring their Blanco Bianca, Hoja Santa, and Deep Ellum cheeses! Our lovely server deserves a pat on the back for so patiently waiting for all of us to make up our minds between the different menu options. 

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