WBEZ | Martha Stewart http://www.wbez.org/tags/martha-stewart Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Internet couples, fess up to your friends http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/internet-couples-fess-your-friends-106914 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tdy_martha_dating_130429.jpg" style="height: 210px; width: 280px; float: left;" title="Martha Stewart on Today. (NBC)" />In a recent <a href="http://www.today.com/news/martha-stewart-date-online-seeks-man-bed-breakfast-6C9659426" target="_blank">interview</a> with the <em>Today Show</em>&#39;s Matt Lauer, home and garden guru <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_stewart" target="_blank">Martha Stewart</a>&nbsp;admitted to (gasp!) dipping her toe into online dating.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="">Stewart went on <a href="http://www.match.com" target="_blank">Match.com</a>&nbsp;to find a potential date, but didn&#39;t get far in filling out her application.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&quot;I started to laugh halfway down the page. It was, like, impossible.&quot; she said.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="">&nbsp;</div><p style="">And then, lo and behold, Stewart made a live&nbsp;<em>Today Show</em> appearance Monday and agreed to <a href="http://www.today.com/news/martha-stewart-date-online-seeks-man-bed-breakfast-6C9659426" target="_blank">formally join</a> the online dating world.</p><p style="">&quot;I&#39;d like to have breakfast with somebody,&quot; Stewart admitted to the chief executive of Match, <a href="http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/sam-yagan/" target="_blank">Sam Yagan</a>,&nbsp;&quot;I&#39;d like to go to bed with somebody. Sleep with somebody.&quot;</p><p style="">These words may seem shocking coming from Stewart. But really, isn&#39;t that what everyone wants? Companionship is a basic human need, and the desire for intimacy without judgment is universal.</p><p style="">Perhaps that is why so many people have turned to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/dec/29/online-dating-christmas-romance" target="_blank">the magical world of online dating</a>&nbsp;in hopes of finding &quot;the one.&quot; &nbsp;By searching through detailed lists of potential partners, online daters can screen out the &quot;definitely nots&quot; and contact the &quot;definitely maybes&quot; at their discretion.</p><p style="">This process is far superior to meeting someone at a bar, realizing they are a drunken mess and not being able to get rid of them for the rest of the night.&nbsp;</p><p style="">We do almost everything online now: from banking to shopping to intense social networking via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.&nbsp;So why do we hesitate to admit (and sometimes, outright&nbsp;<a href="http://itsnotamatch.com/2012/08/31/when-you-dont-want-to-admit-you-met-online/" target="_blank">deny</a>) our forays into online dating?&nbsp;</p><p style=""><em><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/notre-dame-football-star-manti-teo-dead-girlfriend/story?id=18232374" target="_blank">Catfish</a></em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://deadspin.com/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-an-5976517" target="_blank">Manti Te&rsquo;o</a>&nbsp;have not&nbsp;helped the continued stigma surrounding Internet romance; but thankfully, instances of extreme deception are few and far between. For the most part, the people whose profiles you see on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.okcupid.com" target="_blank">OkCupid</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eharmony.com" target="_blank">EHarmony</a>&nbsp;are just as &quot;normal&quot; as the random people that you encounter in your everyday life, if not more so.&nbsp;</p><p style="">Unfortunately, the appropriate answer to the question &quot;How did you guys meet?&quot; is often discussed ad nauseum by Internet-joined couples (&quot;Should we tell them or not tell them?&quot; &quot;I guess we wouldn&#39;t be <em>lying</em>&nbsp;if we said that we met at a coffeeshop...&quot;) when a simple &quot;We met on <a href="http://jdate.com" target="_blank">JDate</a>&quot; would suffice.</p><p style="">For the sake of future headaches and lots of unnecessary backtracking, it&#39;s best to be honest the first time around.&nbsp;</p><p style="">According to this helpful&nbsp;<a href="http://ansonalex.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Statistics-Online-Dating-2013-Infographic-Large.png?d5aadb" target="_blank">infographic</a>&nbsp;from StatisticBrain, 40 million Americans have tried online dating. Even more encouraging:</p><ul><li style="">20 percent of current committed relationships in the U.S. started online</li><li style="">17 percent of couples married last year met on an online dating site&nbsp;</li></ul><p style="">Online dating is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kennesawcommunication.com/2013/04/22/online-dating-the-new-norm/" target="_blank">the norm</a>&nbsp;for millenials in the digital age. If you&#39;ve found happiness with someone that you met via the Internet, then by all means, &quot;come out&quot; and tell your story! Maybe your positive experience will reassure others as well, reminding them their perfect match could also be just a click away.&nbsp;</p><p style=""><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/internet-couples-fess-your-friends-106914 Downturn Dish: Put down the bottled dressing and step away from the salad http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/04/downturn-dish-put-down-the-bottled-dressing-and-step-away-from-the-salad/7312 <p>With summer on the way--it is, I promise!--you'll soon be able to capitalize on the season's cheapest staple: salad. Salads are never at the top of my list in winter, but I come around in May when the wool turtlenecks find their way to a box under my bed. Plus, since I have finally given up on bottled dressings, it gives me a chance to flex my seasoning and oil/vinegar muscles. Below are some of my favorite dressings, which are sure to make anyone a lettuce convert. I trust you to add your favorite nuts, fruits, proteins and veggies to make it a complete meal. <strong>Ginger Dressing (courtesy of Martha Stewart Everyday Food)</strong> <em>Ingredients:</em> <em> 1/4 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower</em> <em>3 tablespoons fresh lime juice</em> <em>1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped</em> <em>1 tablespoon coarsely chopped peeled fresh ginger</em> <em>4 scallions, whites only</em> <em>Salt and pepper </em> <span>In a blender, combine scallion whites, oil, lime juice, carrot, ginger, and cup water; blend until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.</span> <strong>Citrus Honeybutter Dressing</strong> <em>Ingredients</em>: <em><span>1/4 tsp. lemon zest</span></em> <em><span>1 tbsp. lemon juice</span></em> <em><span>1 tbsp. honey</span></em> <em><span>1/2 cup buttermilk</span></em> <em><span>1/2 cup mayonnaise</span></em> <em><span>Salt and pepper</span></em> <span>Whisk together zest, lemon juice and honey until well combined; whisk in remaining ingredients.</span> <span><strong>Mighty Miso Dressing (courtesy of chef Heidi Swanson) </strong></span> <span><em>Ingredients:</em></span> <span><em></em></span><em>2 tablespoons miso</em> <em>1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard (or a bit of whatever mustard you have around) </em> <em> 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or honey or agave) </em> <em> 1/4 cup (brown) rice vinegar </em> <em> 1/3 cup mild flavored extra-virgin olive oil </em> <em> 1 teaspoon pure toasted sesame oil (optional)</em> Whisk the miso, mustard, and brown sugar together. Now whisk in the rice vinegar and keep whisking until it's smooth. Gradually whisk in the olive oil, and then the sesame oil. Two pinches of fine grain salt. Taste and make any adjustments if needed.</p> Mon, 13 Apr 2009 02:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/04/downturn-dish-put-down-the-bottled-dressing-and-step-away-from-the-salad/7312