A delicious recipe for radish greens

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This post is about a great recipe. It’s also about the possibility of re-invention. The story begins with Sophie Morgiewicz, 71, the widowed matriarch of Morgiewiecz Farms in upstate Goshen, N.Y. Sophie and her three sons grow tons of vegetables on their 170-acre property, which has been in the family for five generations. Every Saturday, they drive down from their …

What it’s like to work at Etsy

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Have you ever heard of Etsy? After a tour of the company’s corporate headquarters in Brooklyn, I have much more hope that great jobs are possible — if we can create them for ourselves. Wait ’til you see my photos! But first some background. Etsy was founded six years ago by Rob Kalin. He was a 20-something painter, carpenter and photographer …

How to compete in a food eating contest

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You never know what skills might be useful. And since I just had the crazy chance to witness a food-eating contest up close, here are tips on gorging to win. The occasion was the 2011 NYC Dumpling Festival, held this past Saturday at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Lower Manhattan. Some 3,000 people paid $20 apiece to sample an international menu of …

Social media can be useful & fun

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Facebook and Twitter are notorious time wasters. But they can also be outrageously effective power tools. If you know how to use them, these websites can connect you with people who might share your passions, offer you job opportunities and, save you money. The best way to begin is to simply find the courage to register on these free sites. …