What Do I Do with Ramps?

Spring PizzasIf there is a niche vegetable that garners more controversial attention from the foodie set, it would be hard to name. Still cool? Yesterday’s news? Please.

 

Ramps are a wild member of the onion family (though they are not wild leeks or scallions, as they are often erroneously called), and during their fleeting season they are wonderful in all sorts of dishes. Ramps cannot be cultivated, and therefore must be foraged in the wild. They’re found only in the Eastern part of the United States and Canada. Overharvesting threatens to be a problem, so if you are lucky enough to find them, don’t clean out the whole patch – leave some bulbs behind so they can re-propagate. They look somewhat like scallions, but have nice broad and long green leaves on top of slim white stalks (sometimes with a bit of purple.) Ramps are more potent than leeks and scallions, with a distinctly pungent, garlicky flavor.

 

Ramps can be quickly sauteed and used in risottos and other rice dishes, in sauces, pastas and potato dishes, with eggs and on top of crostini. Use both the white bulbs and the green leaves (the leaves are milder in flavor). They can also be used uncooked – in a pesto, for instance. Raw ramps are very strong, so be judicious.

 

Spring Pizzas from Food Network Magazine (pictured above)

 

Seared Shrimp Salad with Sauteed Ramps

 

Green Olive and Ramp Tapenade

 

Spring Ramp and Pea Risotto

 

Ramp Chimichurri Crostini

 

Have you ever tried ramps? Tell us in the comments below.

What Do I Do with Ramps?

This Couple Had the Star Wars Wedding of Your Galactic Dreams

Star Wars fans aren’t known to hide their love of the franchise – especially when it comes to their wedding. Some people might just include tiny details into their wedding, but Krystel Ciocon and Earle Doudera are not those people.

 

When Krystel and Earle tied the knot, their wedding photographs became the centerpiece on how to include Star Wars. Their wedding party all wore Jedi robes and the couple even had a bit of a lightsaber battle. For both of them, Star Wars is a big part of their lives – so much that it had to be part of the wedding. “I wanted a wedding in Star Wars,” said Ciocon to BuzzFeed. “I wanted to be a part of this fantastic universe, and all the ideas just fell into place.”

 

Check out their wedding photos ahead and maybe plan on taking some notes. This couple totally nailed the dream of having a Star Wars wedding.

This Couple Had the Star Wars Wedding of Your Galactic Dreams

Behind the bright lights of Vegas: how the 24-hour party city is greening up its act

Las Vegas opened its first green space last month – is it further proof that Sin City is turning over a new leaf?

Taking shade under a Mesquite tree shouldn’t seem exotic in the Mojave Desert. Nor should catching the aroma of sage flowers, or brushing past spiky yucca and tongue-limbed agave plants. But on the fabled Las Vegas Strip, the very notion of a park is novel.

Vegas still prides itself on selling unfettered indulgence. Round-the-clock gambling, high-end nightclubs and decadent restaurants are not going away. Yet the opening of the Strip’s first green space last month is further evidence that, regarding its relationship to the environment, Sin City is turning a new leaf.

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Behind the bright lights of Vegas: how the 24-hour party city is greening up its act

Instagram Announces a New Look For Its App Icon and Feed

 

 

Your Instagram feed is about to look very different – along with its app icon. The company announced its first redesign in five years, with a cleaner, crisper look in the feed and a more colorful app icon.

 

Say goodbye to the cute little camera icon you used to know. The new app icon is still a camera – just in a white outline with a rainbow gradient. Instagram’s other apps, Layout, Boomerang, and Hyperlapse, also got a similar redesign. You can take a look below.

 

 

 

But you probably most care about what your feed looks like. Don’t fret – it has nothing to do with the proposed chronological timeline change but instead focuses on design. Gone are the blue header at the top and usernames in blue. Instead, everything but the photos and videos are in black and white. Whenever someone follows you or “likes” a post of yours, a brighter, pinker notification is its place. A before-and-after photo is above, and what it looks like on iOS and Android is below.

 

 

 

The change comes as the company starts to realign its values and understand how and why people use the app. “When Instagram was founded, it was a place to easily edit and share photos,” wrote Ian Spalter, head of design at Instagram, in a Medium post. Now with other apps like Boomerang and Layout entering the Instagram sphere, the company wanted to reflect that. It’s why the company changed how your feed looks – Instagram didn’t want to pry your eyes from it with the blue colors. ” . . . we believe the color should come directly from the community’s photos and videos,” Spalter wrote.

 

Though the changes are pretty minimal, people weren’t exactly happy with it. Many took to Twitter to complain and stress what they didn’t like about it.

 
 
 

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Personally, we’re not too upset about it. Instagram chose the right time to update its look and feel. We won’t be talking about it in a few days anyways. The update ris out for both iOS and Android – it’s your call whether to accept it or not.

 
 
 

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Instagram Announces a New Look For Its App Icon and Feed