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Hot! Hot! Hot! – New Food Lenses

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 07:26 AM PST

Here’s a baker’s dozen of the hottest new recipe lenses from our weekly What’s Cooking at Squidoo Quest.

Last week’s topic was hot food – by temperature or spice.  We got a lot of great recipes.  Enjoy 13 of our favorites.

Luscious Lettuce soup

1. Luscious Lettuce soup

Occasionally, I find that I have kept fresh salad in the fridge just a little too long. Lettuce leaves have wilted, and maybe even discoloured slightly at the edges. Mixed herbal leaves, like rocket and watercress, may have lost their crispness. I don…

Spicy Korean Beef Soup- Yukgaejang

2. Spicy Korean Beef Soup- Yukgaejang

Growing up in Hawaii, I was exposed to a wide variety of cuisines from around the world. With Hawaii being a true melting pot, it’s especially true when it comes to food. One of my best friends in school was this Korean kid who used to invite me over…

Spinach and Mushroom Pasta

3. Spinach and Mushroom Pasta

I love spinach. Looking through my recipes though, it seems many of them contained cheese aside from the salads. I also love cheese, but wanted some dishes that were vegetarian, and cheese- less too. It sounded healthier that way. So I started experimentin…

Fiesta Stuffed Peppers

4. Fiesta Stuffed Peppers

Tonight was one of those evenings when I was hungry for something different. I wanted to make dinner with just the ingredients I had on hand. It had to be carefree cooking and my final challenge to myself was to create something I had never made before. Oh…



QUICK & EASY CHICKEN MASSAMAN When you are working it’s easy to get home and feel too tired to cook, but with a little cheating it’s possible to cook a delicious Asian meal in 30 minutes. Senor Cicak usually cooks his meals from scratch,…

Semolina Dessert (Suji Halwa) Recipe: A Great Comfort Food

6. Semolina Dessert (Suji Halwa) Recipe: A Great Comfort Food

‘Suji Halwa’ is an Indian dish and is a great semolina dessert. Devoured fondly in India, it is one of the quick desserts that I love making. I learnt it from my sweet mom, who would prepare on special occasions. During monsoons, I start pinning…

Chicken Tortellini Soup With Meatballs

7. Chicken Tortellini Soup With Meatballs

Winter doesn’t seem to want to end this years, and there is nothing like warming up with a delicious bowl of soup. This is a recipe my daughter and wife booth make through the cold weather season. The correct answer here is they booth make this soup e…

Mum's Home Style Swiss Chicken

8. Mum’s Home Style Swiss Chicken

This recipe is another one which was passed down from my mother that my family all adored. Due to the fact one of my sisters was allergic to dairy Swiss Chicken was somewhat of a luxury to have as children. I always loved it as it was so tasty and a great…

Delicious Beef Stew For Lunch

9. Delicious Beef Stew For Lunch

Delicious Homemade Beef Stew Recipe Homemade beef stew is an excellent meal served for lunch on a cold winter day. We have made stew before, but it did not turn out very tasty. The last time I made this recipe, I added a secret ingredient, which made all t…

Spicy Sausage Gravy

10. Spicy Sausage Gravy

If you are looking for a breakfast idea that is warm and comforting, try Spicy Sausage Gravy. I like to make this a day ahead which prepares the flavors to blend together so nicely. It’s easy to reheat in the morning and serve over your choice of bisc…

Spicy Lachmatzoun

11. Spicy Lachmatzoun

Wonderfully spicy lachmatzoun! Incomparable flavor, exquisite simplicity and East fragrance. Serve with yogurt and are blown away at each table. The best is to eat them hot and are delicious! Try them. :)…

Taco Soup

12. Taco Soup

Taco Soup This recipe is for a lovely soup which can be served right out of the crock pot. Bring up the temperature with hot peppers, hot as you like. I have a few foods which are a staple around my house in winter, e. g. , speghetti, shepherds pie, chili…

The Tastiest, Moistest Turkey Burgers in the World

13. The Tastiest, Moistest Turkey Burgers in the World

In the WORLD? A bold claim, yes I know. But I stand behind it 100%, and that’s even using extra lean ground turkey. Ever bought pre- made turkey burger patties from the grocery store? How about ordered one at a restaurant? Did you find it dry and/or b…

hmsweaver is the “Geek Culture” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 05:47 AM PST

1img_0007001Today we’re pleased to introduce you to hmsweaver. She’s our “Geek Culture” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
“Geek Culture” is a wonderful world of enthusiastic fandom. It encompasses a grand community of people who love science fiction, comics, fantasy, and other things that might not be considered especially entertaining or interesting to the general population.

The characteristic that sets geeks apart from regular people is that they throw themselves into their favorite things with abandon, and they don’t care if other people think they’re odd. I love Marissa Mayer’s definition of geeks. “Geeks are people who love something so much that all the details matter.”

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I’ve been a geek since childhood. I love learning about things, and I tend to obsess over the details of my favorite subjects. One of my biggest interests has always been science, which I pursued with glee during college and graduate school. My recent recreational geek-outs are focused on fantasy worlds and characters. I am currently immersed in the deep end of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the series by George R. R. Martin on which HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is based.

Who had the most influence in your life?
I admire several great thinkers and creative types, including Albert Einstein, Mozart, Tolkien and Martin.

When she’s not at Squidoo, you can also find hmsweaver at these very cool places:
Geek Mom Mashup

hmsweaver invites you to stop by and share a review at her Review the Best and Worst Superhero Movies.

Lens of the Day: Recycle Egg Shells and Make Sidewalk Chalk

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 05:32 AM PST

sidewalkchalkThere are many, many serious reasons why we should all learn how to recycle and reuse more of the stuff we tend to toss away but sometimes that reason is just plain fun.

For instance, did you know you could make your own sidewalk chalk… using leftover egg shells?

Me neither.

Visit today’s Lens of the Day, Recycle Egg Shells and Make Sidewalk Chalk by lensmaster BearTale our “Recycler” Contributor, to learn how.

Review of the Day: The Brilliance of the song Hotel California by the Eagles

Posted: 06 Mar 2014 04:54 AM PST

Lens of the Day and Food Club Winner: Frosted Cherry Squares

Posted: 05 Mar 2014 05:43 AM PST

cherrysquaresThe results are in!  Today’s Lens of the Day is also the winner of our most recent Squidoo Food Club Quest.

In February we were looking for recipes that contain at least one red ingredient and these gorgeous Frosted Cherry Squares certainly fit the bill.   In fact, this recipe received an extremely huge chunk of the votes from our club members.  It does look good, doesn’t it?

Stop by Frosted Cherry Squares by lensmaster Merrci today to bookmark this tasty treat so you’ll have it on hand the next time you’re in the mood for something sweet.

And be sure to make time to visit our Food Club Quest lens to see all of the other scrumptious red recipes.

A new Food Club Quest is coming your way soon.  If you’re not a member yet, we’d love to have you join us.  Learn how here.

Review of the Day: Pro’s And Con’s Of the Official NBA Game Ball By Spalding

Posted: 05 Mar 2014 05:14 AM PST

Join Our Squidoo University: RocketSquids

Posted: 04 Mar 2014 12:12 PM PST

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 3.04.52 PMDo you want to learn the ropes on Squidoo? Are you interested in learning how to create great content on the web? Then join RocketSquids.

RocketSquids is our self-guided Squidoo University that’s run by our very own Squid Team. Susan, Paula and I along with a group of dedicated volunteers share weekly tips and lensmaking challenges.

It’s fun, easy and very beneficial to new lensmasters. There’s no homework or daily requirements, you work at your own pace to improve your skills and when you make stand out content we recognize your work. Once you get 25 lenses under your belt you’ll graduate from the program and if your lenses are top notch (we know they will be) you can also apply to be a Giant Squid.

Ready to join? Just fill out this form: and we’ll set you up.

3 Tips That Will Open Doors

Posted: 04 Mar 2014 10:59 AM PST

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You have a great idea or a project that you’re passionate about like crafts or a hobby or a trip to Paris…so now what? You want your lens to get noticed, shared and like. Heck, going viral would be great too. But how to you get there?

Here are 3 quick things that every lens should have.

1) Great photos. This doesn’t mean canned stock photos. It means photos that people (real humans) will connect with and share. Your cell phone is good enough to take these photos.

2) A good story. People connect with people. Make people laugh, cry, think and yep…share. Why is your lens good enough to share?

3) YOU. I can’t tell you how many times I see lenses that are artificial or impersonal. Put your personality into everything you write.

Give people a delightful surprise when they walk through your door and they’ll tell their neighbors about how awesome you are.

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RenaissanceWoman2010 is the “Green Living” Contributor on Squidoo

Posted: 04 Mar 2014 09:22 AM PST

rainbow_house_3Today we’re pleased to introduce you to RenaissanceWoman2010. She’s our “Green Living” Contributor.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
Green living is ultimately an act of love. We live in a way that ensures others we care about can enjoy the good life we are trying to create for ourselves.

I consider the green living niche to reside at the intersection of thriving individuals and a thriving planet. Green living is about balance, sustainability, harmonious relationships, thoughtful stewardship, and being unselfish. It is about leaving an evergreen legacy.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
What I have come to think of as my “inner green” flourished when I was a child. My days were filled with sunshine, lying in fields of clover, watching my grandmother’s garden grow (while eating her nutritious homegrown food), and being deeply immersed in the circle of life on my aunt and uncle’s “Old MacDonald” style of farm (the best kind of environment for a child).

I knew then that I desperately wanted and needed to live green. My most fervent dream was to live on a farm… to live essentially… to grow greener day by day. It wasn’t until I moved off the grid seven years ago that this dream began to come to fruition.

Who had the most influence in your life?
Green living was something my grandparents and farming relatives did naturally. They didn’t have a name for it. My family just knew intuitively how to make healthy choices and live sustainably.

I was taught by my parents not to be wasteful. I’ll always be thankful for these early lessons about making a good life by living essentially. They taught me that enough is enough. This is my heritage of green. It is a beautiful living legacy that I wish to pass along to others.

In addition to Squidoo, look for RenaissanceWoman2010 at the following sites:
Green Living on Facebook
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Celebrate Mardi Gras on Squidoo

Posted: 04 Mar 2014 06:00 AM PST

Join the Fat Tuesday celebration by browsing through these Mardi Gras lenses filled with food, festivities and fun.

Mardi Gras - celebrate at any time of year!

1. Mardi Gras – celebrate at any time of year!

Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday, is a fabulous carnival featuring great music, fantastic costumes and wonderful food. What a great excuse to party! If you can’t make it to New Orleans, no problem. Hold a party in your home and have your own…

Mardi Gras King Cake

2. Mardi Gras King Cake

Make a Mardi Gras King Cake for Fat Tuesday! The ‘traditional’ King Cake is made from twisted strands of cinnamon dough, covered by poured sugar and sprinkled with purple, green and gold colored sugar. A very pretty looking cake. As the tradition…

Yeah- Its Pancake Day (Mardi Gras)

3. Yeah- Its Pancake Day (Mardi Gras)

Welcome to the place where you can find out about Pancake Day, how to make pancakes and how it is celebrated in other parts of the world. This special day is celebrated the day before Lent begins, which is of course a more serious christian occasion in the…

Jambayala in the Creole Style

4. Jambayala in the Creole Style

When I was working, for a time, in the officers mess on the NATO live firing range at Decimommanu in Sicily, I was privileged to work with an American guy who hailed from Louisiana. He told me all about Mardi Gras in New Orlens, and showed me how to make t…

Mardi Gras Bead Crafts

5. Mardi Gras Bead Crafts

Don’t throw beautiful Mardi Gras beads in the garbage! They may not have a place with your grandmother’s pearls, but all those hardworking Chinese would be sad to know that those beads they worked so hard on just ended in the trash. Mardi Gras be…

Delicious New Orleans' Beignets

6. Delicious New Orleans’ Beignets

French doughnuts, better known as New Orleans’ French style beignets are one of Louisiana’s most time honored specialties. But you don’t have to travel to New Orleans’ famous Café du Monde just to try these tempting treats,…

Time to Get Your Samba On!

7. Time to Get Your Samba On!

Now is the time to learn a few new steps and get your Samba on! Next week is Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras or Carnival! Whatever you choose to call it, it is a day or days of dancing and merriment in preparation for the more quiet and reflective…

Vegan Creole Stew

8. Vegan Creole Stew

This extremely spicy recipe is not for people who can’t take a lot of heat. It is packed with spice and is best accompanied with a full carton of soy milk. I have adapted this recipe from various sources of Creole shrimp recipes. I searched online to…

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