Justin Cascio's Open Salon

Feed your mind, and the rest will follow
JANUARY 23, 2013 12:30PM

Stop Lying in Your Personal Ads

Consider this your personal memo: it’s time to be honest about yourself and what you want, starting with your personal ad.

This might not be about you. Maybe you don’t even have a personal ad. You’re not even looking, you swear: not for love, or an LTR, or a no-strings… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2013 10:30AM

Reimagining Mentorship

The building blocks of society are its adult citizens. What kind of society do we want to build?

What is mentorship today?

Gangs initiate with criminal acts and violence. Members of organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, with experience in sobriety, sponsor those who are newer to recovery.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 2:14PM

Soup for breakfast

Do you make your own soup? If not you, who makes your soup?

The summer farm share season is over. I’ve filled one of our freezers with baggies of blanched kale, green beans, sugar snap peas, skinned and seeded tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Kevin roasted pans ofRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 4:28PM

Roast vegetable lasagna

Lasagna: never the same twice This is the lasagna of dreams: packed full of hearty and wholesome ingredients, it's a meal in itself. Not only does it make use of the late September harvest, it's a treat and a celebration. Lasagna's not just what's for dinner: the making/…

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AUGUST 27, 2012 11:01AM

Tacos al Pastor

Pork and pineapple tacos al pastor are gluten-free and simple enough for weekday fare.  I never used to buy corn tortillas. I just didn't know how to make anything with them. My experience of so-called Mexican food was mostly of American fast food. When I moved to a new/…

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Justin Cascio doesn’t think Conan O’Brien’s rapist joke about a woman who lifts heavy is funny.



News reports that Titans Receiver O.J. Murdock is dead, apparently of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Although Murdock was a highly ranked draft pick, he spent his only professional season in the NFL sidelined by injury. He never played in a game with the Titans.

In a discussion today with a f… Read full post »

Advice on picking beans, berries, tomatoes, and more this summer.

If you’ve got a you-pick as part of your farm share, or you’re planning to go to a commercial you-pick farm this season, you’ll want to be prepared to make the best of your time. Going outRead full post »
JULY 31, 2012 10:30AM

Summers in Maine

Guest blogger Justin Cascio looks back on youthful summers in Maine filed with ice cream, fireworks,adopted grandparents and  a motorcycle riding chef.


When my sister and I were kids on Long Island, our next door neighbors were our adopted third set of grandparents. They were Papa Joe… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 30, 2012 3:30PM

What Is Sustainability?

Like art, sustainability resists definition and commodification.

This was previously published on Tin Foil Toque.

It sounds so simple, and the good news is, it is. Like art, sustainability resists definition and yet, to the person who knows and cares about it, given an unobstructed view, it  Read full post »

We may eat to satiation but never be satisfied, if our food doesn’t contain what we need.

This was previously published on Tin Foil Toque.

The concept of eating according to my desires and trusting my body to choose what I need, and only as much as I could use, was… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2012 2:17PM

Kimchi Soup (Kimchi chigae)

Spicy Korean kimchi soup is just the thing for a hot, hot day.

Recently, I’m really into this spicy Korean soup of pork, tofu, and kimchi called kimchijigae, or kimchi chigae. I started ordering it from a Korean restaurant in Northampton, SooRa, and then I had it at/Read full post »
JULY 18, 2012 10:30AM

King’s Canyon Conversion

The first thing I discovered in the King’s Canyon wilderness was that I am not as good a man as I thought myself to be.

The divinity of nature puts things into perspective.  The physical pain that accompanies a journey to and from a mountain peak somehow helps the mind to… Read full post »

Living a life without regret? Help is available.

The Regret Index is a searchable database of regrets. Do you regret lending your bees to a dishonest beekeeper? Clearly, this is a problem affecting many of us, because it is currently a “top regret” on the Regret Index. How about &/… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2012 4:30PM

8 Reasons to Write For Us

Writers can’t help but write. Here’s why you should be writing for The Good Men Project.

Why spend money on classes, and mail off your soul for a crushing form-letter rejection, when there are other ways to develop yourself as a writer? The Good Men Project is always looking for ex… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2012 12:09PM

Living Foods

Micro-farming holds new meaning in the kitchen where bacteria, yeast, and plants are encouraged to take root.

Since Kevin stopped eating gluten, I’ve stopped making my own bread, but I used to be in the habit of raising colonies of bread yeast, just to the point where theyRead full post »
JULY 7, 2012 2:30PM

On Freedom

Freedom to be ourselves, to thrive, and to change the world. An introduction to the Freedom series on The Good Life.

I’m about as free as anyone could be to choose the work he does. It’s notoriously difficult to have a profession in the arts. I’m from a working class family… Read full post »

What kind of meat are you grilling this summer?

This was previously published on Justin Wants to Feed You.

I worked behind a meat and seafood service counter for three years, and got to know some of my customers’ meat purchasing habits. There were the ones who would only buy ribeye,… Read full post »
JULY 2, 2012 11:30AM

Food (In)security

Food security begins at home.

This was previously published on Tin Foil Toque.

“Food security†is one of those buzzwords organizations throw around when they’re fishing for grant money. Now that I think about it, I might even go fishing, myself, because one of the most important ways tha… Read full post »

“The Way of Men†book author Jack Donovan answers some hard questions about masculinity and society, and the way forward for men.

JC: Strength, courage, mastery, and honor. Which readings were most influential in your choice of these four traits of masculinity?

JD: I’ve been trying to co… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 10:00AM

Sugar Daddies

‘Sugar Daddies’ give their ‘Babies’ financial support. Is this prostitution?

‘Sugar Daddies’ Cover Debts for ‘Sugar Baby’ Dates – ABC News

“Tommy” is proud to have six “sugar babies” on retainer. ABC profiled him a… Read full post »

Video of The Count from Sesame Street, with all of the counting bleeped out, makes counting sound obscene.

The Count Censored is safe for work, unless it’s not safe for you to ROFLMAO at work.

I just love The Count. I’m a Sesame Street fan from way back. I still like… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2012 8:30AM

Defining Masculinity

“…gangsta culture is the essence of patriarchal masculinity.â€

Jack Donovan introduces his book, The Way of Men, with this quote from feminist author bell hooks, because it encapsulates two of Donovan’s arguments about masculinity. The first is that there is a difference between beiRead full post »

JUNE 26, 2012 10:00AM

Futurama Returns for 7th Season


Futurama is back.

I know you are all as excited as I am to know that Futurama is back on TV. Like all of the really good shows, especially the science fiction ones—the original Star Trek, Firefly—it’s been on, effectively cancelled, brought back as a feature, and other… Read full post »

Justin Cascio remembers when being out and proud has been a courageous, life-affirming act.

During the years I lived on the Gulf coast of Florida, we didn’t have any kind of gay parade. I went to high school in rural Florida, in a small town where to admit to not being… Read full post »