JANUARY 11, 2011 4:34PM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: Grilled cheese

Last week, we asked you for your best soup recipes now that winter is in full swing. The winner was Felisa Rogers with her magical piece about her beloved godmother and an ever-evolving minestrone soup recipe. We also had two category winners: Felicia Lee with her spicy Florida clam chowder and… Read full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2010 10:53AM

Announcement: I'm going on vacation!

I will be off Open Salon and out of the country for two weeks (12/27/10-1/09/11). Salon friend and former Editorial Fellow Michael Humphrey has kindly agreed to fill in for me before beginning his new position at Colorado State University. I showed him the ropes last week, and I'm sure he'll… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2010 12:10PM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: New Year's

Last week, we asked for your favorite holiday snacks. The winner was Cathy Elton for her piece on addictive crispy chickpea recipe. We also had two category winners: Linda Shiue with her devils on horseback and Lucy Mercer with her ranch snack mix. Be sure to check out Francis Lam's full… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2010 11:09AM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: Holiday snacks

Last week, we asked for your favorite winter cocktail recipes. The winner was Meg Whitlock with her story about and recipe for her Grandpa Pete's famous glogg. We also had two category winners: Trish Rainbow with her Christmas boilo and Zul with her sweet milk punch. Honorable mentions went to the… Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2010 5:04PM

Open Call: Holiday from hell

Despite what those commercials have been telling you, the most wonderful time of the year can also be one of the most stressful. Concentrated together time coupled with the pressure to make everything "perfect" is a recipe for disaster, liable to open up old wounds even in the happiest of families.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2010 4:30PM

Apparently, I'm the Grinch

Let me preface this by saying that our office lobby really goes all out for Christmas. To be fair, I should say for the holidays at large. After all, a flashy 12-foot-long blue-and-silver "Happy Chanukah" banner graces the wall across from the elevator bank and one of those ubiquitous -- at… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2010 11:36AM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: Winter drinking

Last time, we asked you for favorite holiday cookies. The winner was Linda Shiue with her piece on sweet corn cookies and her Mexican neighbor who inspired her recipe. We also had three category winners Felicia Lee with her coffee hazelnut biscotti, Coyote Old Style with her citrus cream cheese cookiRead full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2010 2:37PM

Technical issues (updated)

As many of you have noticed, the "Most Recent" and "Most Popular" feeds are both frozen. We are aware of this problem and the product team is working on the issue. We hope it will be sorted out soon.

Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE: Should be all fixed now.… Read full post »


The first time I asked you to tell us about a con you'd pulled, I clearly struck the wrong tone. I didn't mean to suggest that we condone cons -- we just think that there's some strange universal lure that leads people to stoop, at one time or another, to… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 3:37PM

Spam and Salon.com rumors

As you may have noticed, there was a significant decrease in spam over the long holiday weekend.

This was not a fluke! As part of our efforts to reduce spam, especially on nights and weekends, we have given a very small number of Open Salon users the ability to delete… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 11:25AM

Open Call: Dissecting the WikiLeaks cables

Some 250,000 classified American diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks have already brought the US to the brink of an international diplomatic crisis. The documents brought to light a number of stunning revelations, including a Saudi Arabian push for the US to bomb Iran, secret Americana attacks o… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2010 5:06PM

Open Call: Sarah Palin's book tour

There are lots of amazing things we get exposed to here in New York City -- but a glimpse of Sarah Palin on book tour isn't one of them. That's right, Alaska's former governor -- and current reality TV star -- is passing over the Big Apple once again, this time… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2010 4:02PM

Open Call: Thanksgiving oddities

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. We've already featured a number of great stories about and recipes for delicious -- and unususal -- dishes served at this food heavy holiday. We've also seen a number of great posts reflecting on various Thanksgiving memories.

Now, we'd love to hear about the unique, s… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2010 6:21PM

Open Call: Salon's Men on Top

After much soul searching (and collective brainstorming), we would like to introduce you to our renamed Sexiest Man feature: "Salon's Men on Top."

We've come up with our rankings of the men who embody real sexiness -- but we know we missed some. Let us know who you think should have… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 16, 2010 11:03AM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: Holiday cookies

Last week, we asked for your best recipes for your favorite unconventional Thanksgiving dishes. The winner was Rebecca Farwell with her piece on her family's careful culinary compromises over the holidays and her delicious recipe for sage-roasted chicken and pumpkin risotto. We also had three  c… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2010 2:00PM

Salon's Week in a Tweet contest!

We're about to launch an exciting new contest on Salon, but we wanted to give our Open users the first crack at it.

Each week, we get bombarded by hot news, ridiculous YouTube clips and crazy celebrity antics. But come Monday, most of it will be forgotten, relegated to the… Read full post »

The following dispatch comes from Salon Culture editor Sarah Hepola:

Over at big Salon next week, we're kicking off one of our most popular annual features: Our collection of the 15 sexiest men, selected by a hair-pulling process of rigorous debate and slammed doors. The feature first beganRead full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2010 1:45PM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: Thanksgiving

Last week, we asked for your favorite travel snacks to stave off the insanity of road/air/sea rage. The winner was Kate Couch with her witty post about how to survive plane travel and her delicious recipe for chocolate-covered trail mix. We also had two category winners: Paul Hinrichs with his hotRead full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2010 12:27PM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: Travel snacks

Last week, we asked for your favorite squash and pumpkin concoctions. The winner was Grace Hwang Lynch with her pumpkin curry chicken pot pie to combat the urge to order in that the business of autumn brings. We also had four category winners: Lisa Barlow with her pumpkin curry soup in… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 3:50PM

Open Call: Polling place reports

UPDATE: On the subject of photos, we know you can't take pictures inside your polling places, but feel free to post pictures of the scene outside and around your station.

I'm looking forward to casting my first Brooklyn ballot tomorrow -- and I know all you American bloggers will be… Read full post »

Last week, we asked for your best Halloween candy-inspired recipes. The winner was Linda Shiue with her recipe for using up all that teeth-rotting loot: candy recycler blondies. We also had two category winners: Lucy Mercer with her chocolate-drizzled poached pears and Theresa Rice with her rich chocRead full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2010 3:59PM

Open Call: Real Scary Stories

At Salon, we're running a personal essay series leading up to Halloween that we're planning to call *Real* Scary Stories and we'd love to have some Open Salon pieces in the mix.

The emphasis here is on "real" because so often we share cooked-up, corny tales as a kind of campfire… Read full post »

Last week, we asked for your best apple recipes. The winner was Felicia Lee with her piece recalling how becoming a pastry chef made her change her strict childhood ideas about apples and enabled her discovery this delicious recipe for a bacon-apple-onion tart. We also had three category winners: Dia… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2010 3:59PM

Open bloggers on Salon: Year in Sanity!

UPDATE: We've had some great nominations for the Year in Sanity, but we're still in search of more non-crazy behavior (I know, I know, it's hard to find...). Be sure to blog your candidates by Friday at 9AM. We'll rank the top 10 sanest people in a slideshow on Salon before… Read full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2010 8:49AM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: Apple feast

Sorry, guys! I forgot to post this on Tuesday... But, better late than never:

Last week, we asked for your best bostock recipes. The winner was Lucy Mercer with her delicious recipe for maple pumpkin ginger toast. We also had two category winners: Linda Shiue for her tropical coconut bostockRead full post »