Homemade Beef Bone Broth and Dog Food Recipes

Homemade Beef Bone Broth and Dog Food Recipes

Bone stock It’s all the rage nowadays. People tout its ability to heal the gut (and thereby increase nutrient absorption), revitalize the skin, and support healthy teeth, hair, and nails. They gulp the stuff by the mugful. Beyond its current trendiness, though, it’s got staying power. Some version of bone stock (fish, lamb, beef, chicken, etc.) exists in pretty much every food culture, usually with some healing properties attributed to it. Good cooks and bon vivants love bone stock for its rich texture and flavor and the richness it adds  to sauces, soups, and stews. And it is all of these things to all of these people--it's full of collagen (which gives us gelatin once it’s broken down), amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. It is nourishing, richly textured, and deeply flavored. Whether you are making a mind blowing demi-glace (I know, I know, technically that’d be veal stock) or sipping it straight up with some lime juice and sea salt,...
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How to Work Towards Fulfillment, Happiness, and Wellbeing for Free

How to Work Towards Fulfillment, Happiness, and Wellbeing for Free

I don’t watch TV much, but I’m familiar with a car commercial trope: a couple zooms through pristine scenery, enjoying all of the thoughtful and ergonomic features of their sleek new car. They pull into an enchanted parking spot in a magical redwood forest, just next to a babbling stream. They climb out, breathe the fresh air, and look fulfilled to be in the wilderness thanks to their brilliantly designed new car. As a philosophy teacher of mine pointed out, “they need technology and industrial products to get them away from technology and industrial products.” This is one example of how consumerism has to try to convince us that wants are actually needs, and that once we have that new car, we'll be fulfilled, happy, and content--just like that photogenic young couple in the commercial. We could stand in almost any product for the car--things are presented as the answer to a stressful life (stress caused largely by working to buy things). And...
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Build a Timeless Wardrobe for Less

Build a Timeless Wardrobe for Less

This article is meant as a framework for buying the clothes you need to buy and not overspending--not for amassing a vast wardrobe meant to impress others with brand names or trend awareness. I understand the ethic of not caring what others think and wearing the cheapest possible clothing, but the reality is we are products of a culture in which clothing and dress communicate meaning. Whether you’re wearing bespoke Givenchy or a tattered find from the thrift store, you’re communicating something about your view of the world. I guess you can care about that message or not. My view is that I want to remain out of the trendy, disposable clothing loop, show respect for others and the planet, and show that there’s no reason to constantly chase trends. At some point in my late twenties (after years of being clueless about style), I began noticing magazines like GQ and Esquire in which most of the guys were wearing suits....
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