ARTS ^NTFRT A TNMFNT A DIY Gift Guide for Your Favorite Feminist Amy Hruby, Editor Combine a biog book and a binder fui of women with this Feminist Ryan Gosiing post. Image via Every knows that the holiday season is hard on your budget, and DIY gifts are more popular and well-accepted as friends choose to spend time rather than money on each other. For your favorite friends who want something a bit spunkier than the traditional cook ies or kerchief, here are a few DIY gift ideas with the feminist female in mind. Blog Books Is she the friend that always shares great articles and photos on Twitter/ Facebook/Instagram? Share the love by making a book of printed articles from your favorite blogs. Crowd- pleasers for the contemporaiy feminist include Jezebel, Thought Catalog, and — of course -- Feminist Ryan Gosling. Edgy Embroidery What crazy chick wouldn’t want a pillow embroidered with a few rainbow skulls, cats or female . heroines? All it takes are a few fabric scraps from old tshirts at the thrift store, a needle and 50 cent embroidery thread from a sewing store. Extra points for inside jokes and ironic catch- phrases. * Man Mugs Pick up a mug at the dollar store, a porcelain marker from the craft store and a list of your friend’s favorite hunks. Write their names all over the mug or make an attempt to sketch a portrait. Definitely a better wake-me-up than those too- small, cracked mugs she stole from the dining hall. Antagonistic Aprons Eveiybody knows that women love to cook, right? The feminist might not agree with the gender stereotyping “ but she also might love baking from time to time! Pick up an apron and some puff paint at Michaels and cover that apron in your favorite snarky quotes — think something like “Make your own sandwich.” It’ll solve all of her ideological woes in the kitchen! Binders Full of Women For your favorite feminist who’s a fan of a political joke, grab an Avery binder at Office Max, hit Wikipedia for an afternoon, print out the pro files of your favorite female icons and make yourself a Binder Full of Wom en. Make sure the receipient of the • binder’s in it! Parsnips Please Even Picky Eaters Shanna Alley, staff writer Embroidering embroidery! A meta-gift. Image via I^ooking for a different winter veg etable to cook up? How about trying parsnips, which are a root vegetable that are related to carrots: Even though parsnips are similar to carrots, they are sweeter than carrots when cooked. Parsnips are not a vegetable that I eat often, but 1 felt it would be interesting to learn how to cook differ ent vegetables than the same ones I eat all the time. As a vegetarian I find that it is important to eat as many vegeta bles as possible and to eat a wide variety of them. What health benefits are found in pars nips? They are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as Potas sium, copper, manganese, iron and calcium. Also they are a good source of dietary fiber. Vitamin C, folic acid, B-vitamins, Vitamin K and E. Roasted parsnips is one dish that is popular during Christmas in most English speaking countries and if you have never cooked them before, then perhaps think about cooking something new. Parsnips can also be used as a substitute for potatoes in a mashed potato recipe. The cook-. ing process is the same, but parsnips would be put in place of using po tatoes. While trying a new dish, you would also be getting a good source of vitamins and minerals. Preparation and serving methods: —When preparing parsnips, wash them in cold water and scrub the skin very well; —Trim off the ends and cut into the size you wish. —Be careful when cooking as parsnips have more sugar than starch so they cook pretty quick. —Parsnips can be served in various ways, such as used in breads, pies, casseroles, cakes and in a variety of savory dishes along side fish and meat (for those non-vegetarian family mem bers). Winter is upon us and warm yourself up with this Creamy Parsnip Soup recipe. Check out this recipe and consider making it this holiday season. I have slightly changed the recipe to make it vegetarian friendly. Click on the recipe title and follow the link to where I found this recipe for future reference or to pass the recipe along to Parsnips - Image via — Leek garnish Directions family and friends. Creamy Parsnip Soup Serves 4; Prep time 20 minutes with total time 50 minutes. Ingredients — 2 tablespoons butter -1 pound prepared sliced leeks (2 - cups) — 1 pound parsnips, trimmed, peeled, and cut crosswise into i-inch pieces — 2 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into i-inch pieces 1 medium baking potato (about 1/2. pound), ■ peeled and cut into i-inch pieces -1 can (14.5 ounces) veg etarian broth —1/2 cup heavy' cream — Salt and pepper Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add leeks (reserving 1/2 cup for garnish). Cook, stirring, 5 minutes: Add parsnips, apples, potato, broth, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially cov ered, until vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in a blender until smooth. Return it to pot; stir in cream. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with Leek Garnish. To make leek garnish, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium- high. Add reserved 1/2 cup leeks; cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Want to expand your knowledge on parsnips and what other recipes parsnips can be used in besides just roasting them? Check out this book by Andrea Chesman entitled “Recipes from the Root Cellar: 270 Fresh Ways to Enjoy Winter Vegetables.” This book has other recipes for other root vegetables so it is perfect for the winter season.

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