JULY 23, 2010 1:15PM

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JULY 20, 2010 5:43PM

Open Call: Real Families

Over at Salon, we're running a series entitled "Real Familes," which features personal essays that celebrate the surprising and ever-changing nature of domestic life in the 21st century. For an idea of what we're looking for, check out Aaron Traister's great piece about how quickly and easily his sta… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2010 11:01AM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: Cold soup

Last week, we asked for your best watermelon recipes. The winner was Linda Shiue with her watermelon-cucumber gazpacho, inspired by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's claim that this chilled Andalusian soup is actually a type of magic potion. We also had four category winners: Lucy Mercer with… Read full post »

Yesterday, Sarah Palin tweeted her way into the ridiculous debate over whether a Muslim community center -- which would include (gasp!) a mosque -- can be built two blocks away from Ground Zero. With a Bushian (or Shakespearean, as she later claimed) take on the English language, the former governor… Read full post »

Last week, we asked for your best ice cream recipes. It came down to a battle of the states and we ended up with duel winners for the challenge: Lucy Mercer representing Alaska with her delicious baked Aleutians and Drew Emery coming through for the Sunshine State with his baked FloridaRead full post »

Last week, we asked you to tame that purple beast of a vegetable, the eggplant. So, first off, congratulations to the challenge winner, Heliana Sand, with her tale of how she learned to make Imam Bayildi as a guest in a Romanian household. We also had three delicious category winners: Fusun… Read full post »

Attention Bay Area bloggers: We've been closely monitoring the progress of the People v. Johannes Mehserle trial, one of the most racially charged police cases of recent years. Mehserle, a white former Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer, stands trial for murder in the shooting of an unarmed black… Read full post »

Last week, we gave a nod to the upcoming American holiday and asked for your favorite hot dog recipes. The overall winner is... Kolika Elle Kirk with her Tuscon street food favorite, the Mexican-style hot dog. Our four category winners are: Grace Hwang Lynch in the International Mash-Up (Traditional)… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2010 5:28PM

Open Call: Photos of America

July 4th is fast approaching. We've already asked you for your best hot dog recipes, but now, after looking at some of the beautiful photo essays that have been posted on OS, we're asking for photos that represent what it means to be American. Okay, truth be told, I can hardly… Read full post »

When I first heard the allegations against Al Gore yesterday, I desperately hoped they were false -- that this was some fame-hungry, gold-digging lunatic desperate for 15 minutes in the spotlight (or for $1 million from the National Enquirer). After all, Gore was one of the good guys, right? I genera… Read full post »

Last week, we went pirate-style and asked you for your best rum recipes. We even brought in the brilliant culinary historian Dr. Jessica Harris, author of "Rum Drinks," to help Francis get wasted on judge your delicious recipes. So, first off, a big congratulations to challenge winner Lucy Mercer for… Read full post »

JUNE 18, 2010 9:23AM

Solution to commenting issues

A number of you have told us that you've been having problems commenting on posts. Here's a fix that's worked for a lot of people: Clear the history and cache on your browser. You can find an explanation for how to do this on Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera and Knoqueror… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2010 5:23PM

Open Call: Obama's BP speech

President Barack Obama is all set to deliver a speech on the BP oil spill at 8pm (Eastern) tonight. The address will be aired on all four broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. The buzz around Washington is that the president will outline new legislation that would force BP… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2010 11:38AM

A reminder about AdSense

As many of you know, AdSense was not working on Open Salon for much of the last week. Fortunately, the problem has now been resolved!

We first thought the issue may have been related to the awesome upgrades we rolled out last week, but it was not. Here's what actually… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2010 11:10AM

Salon Kitchen Challenge: Rum Drinks

Last week, we asked you for your best fruit recipe. A big congratulations to the overall challenge winner: Felicia Lee for her piece on battling nightmares of soggy fruit tarts before later enrolling in cooking school where she learned to make the perfect one. We also had four category winners: Linda… Read full post »

JUNE 14, 2010 11:15AM

Open Call: Ted Kennedy file

As some of you may already know, the FBI released the late Ted Kennedy's file today -- some 3,000 pages of previously confidential information. The early word shows that the file revealed a number of threats against the late Massachusetts senator.

So, for this Open Call, we're asking you to… Read full post »

As you may have noticed, we're rolling out some exciting navigational changes to OS. Here are the big ones:

User blogs: Each blog now includes four tabs at the topic: "Blog," "Activity," "Favorites," and "Followers." The "Blog" tab is the default option and it looks pretty much the same as the… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2010 3:18PM

Rooting for the lunatic fringe

Today marks the latest mega-primary extravaganza of the season, with either senatorial or gubernatorial races being held in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Maine, and South Carolina. While I'm eager to see how Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's leftward assault on Senator Blanche Lincoln will play out in Arkansas, m… Read full post »

Last week, we asked to take a peek at the best foods to put in your picnic basket. The overall champion was Mamie Chen with her tale of college summers spent selling high-end food to the ridiculously wealthy and her discovery of a pan-roasted corn salad recipe. We also had three… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2010 1:42PM

Open Call: Father's Day

After reading the outstanding posts here on Open written in honor of Mother's Day, we've decided to host an Open Call celebrating the second parental holiday of the season.

This time of year always reminds me of my youthful objection to Father's Day and Mother's Day: "It's not fair! Why don't… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2010 9:21AM

Salon Reading Club kicks off

As Kerry mentioned in a recent post, the Salon Reading Club is starting this week! We have chosen Justin Cronin's "The Passage" as our first pick. Discussions, led by Salon's wonderful book critic Laura Miller, will be held each Saturday, beginning June 12th. Read the reading club's introductory postRead full post »

Last week, we honored the beginning of summer by asking for your best burger recipes. The overall winner was Felicia Lee with her moving tale of how a trip to China for her grandmother's funeral introduced her to Beef banh mi sliders. We also had two outstanding category winners: Lucy Mercer's… Read full post »

Hi all! As Kerry just announced, I'll been taking over Judy Berman's post as Open Salon editor. Open Salon has been on my radar for some time and I've been incredibly impressed with the amazing content here. I often wish that I'd begun myRead full post »