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We've written THE Bible for every model of Instant Pot. Yep. Every. Model. Including the new Max machines. The recipes are written so that you can use whatever buttons you've got. They're written so about a third of them can be used with EITHER the pressure cooker or the slow cooker mode. They are 350 of them--including some of the most innovative "road map" recipes you've ever seen. And the book is priced to sell. Check. It. Out. Here. (Or by clicking the cover of the book for a link.)

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We're so exicted to announce our new class with Aim Healthy U! It's all about SHORTCUT COOKING. We've partnered with the folks at Clean Eating Magazine and at Vegetarian Times and we promise to get you in and out of the kitchen faster while cooking delicious, clean meals. Click this link for the course. And put in the discount code of MARK50 to get fifty dollars off the enrollment fee. We'll be with you every step of the way: in the videos as well as in Q & As online. We can't wait to meet you! Let's get cooking.

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Our newest. 500 recipes. Every one, for calibrated for both stovetop and electric machines. Multiple sell-outs on QVC. Lots of recipes, lots of fun.

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Do you know why you're not using your slow cooker enough? Because up to two-thirds of the recipes in any given book aren't written for your model size! But we took care of that. With over 500 recipes, we've written a book that sizes out every one for almost every size of machine. And it's not just math. We've done the testing and worked out the ratios. You gotta see it to believe it.

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    A FULL LIST OF THE RECIPES ON THIS SITE

    Here are the poems that go with my podcast, LYRIC LIFE. There are links to hear them on various platforms below. Or you can just click this player and listen to the podcasts here. The link at the top for "more episodes" will take you through the complete list. But scroll down to see more.

    Sunday
    Nov222015

    Lyric Life, Episode 8: Ruth Bavetta, "How To Get To My House"

    Because of copyright issues, I'd like to send you to the Fox Adoption Magazine, the online poetry and art journal, to read this terrific poem. Click this link to find the poem on the site.

    If you'd like to find this week's podcast on its hosting site, click here.

    To find it at iTunes, click here.

    Or to open it in your own browser, click the link below.

    Ruth Bavetta, "How To Get To My House"

    Tuesday
    Nov172015

    Lyric Life, Episode 7: Emily Dickinson, Poem #143

    This week's episode is on a short Dickinson lyric: quiet exuberance from the Amherst poet, a beautiful wish for more ecstacy and less complacency.

    If you'd like to hear the discussion of the poem, click the media player above and find this poem in the pull-down menu at the center of the little screen.

    Or go here for the podcast on iTunes. 

    Or click the link at the bottom of the page to hear the podcast in your own browser.

    Or click here to listen to it on its hosting site.

    And drop a comment. Disagree! Agree! Give it your own spin! I'd love to hear from you.

     

    Emily Dickinson, Poem #143

     

    Exultation is the going

    Of an inland soul to sea --

    Past the Houses --

    Past the Headlands --

    Into deep Eternity --

     

    Bred as we, among the mountains,

    Can the sailor understand

    The divine intoxication

    Of the first league out from Land?

     

    Emily Dickinson, Poem #143

    Sunday
    Nov082015

    Lyric Life, Episode 6: Philip Larkin, "Water"

    Up this week on Lyric Life, we've got Philip Larkin's gorgeous poem, "Water."

    If you'd like to listen to the episode on iTunes, click here.

    If you'd like to listen to the episode on our hosting site, click here.

    And if you'd like to listen to it in your own browser, click the link at the bottom of this page.

    Here's the poem. To buy all of Larkin's poems, a great collection with some stellar work (just wait for more of his poems on the podcast!), click this link to buy the book on amazon.

     

    Philip Larkin, "Water"

     

    If I were called in

    To construct a religion

    I should make use of water.

     

    Going to church

    Would entail a fording

    To dry, different clothes;

     

    My liturgy would employ

    Images of sousing,

    A furious devout drench,

     

    And I should raise in the east

    A glass of water

    Where any-angled light

    Would congregate endlessly.

     

    Podcast #6 on Larkin's "Water"

    Monday
    Nov022015

    Lyric Life, Episode 5: Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Spring and Fall"

    Here's the latest podcast on Lyric Life, this one about a beloved poem from the Victorian poet/priest Gerard Manley Hopkins.

    If you'd rather listen to the podcast in your own browser, click here. Or click here to open the podcast at its iTunes home. Or simply click the window below, listen in, and even choose other lyric poetry podcasts from the "more episodes" menu up top. And of course, drop me a comment. Let's get talking!

     

     "Spring and Fall"

    To a Young Child

     

    Márgarét, áre you gríeving

    Over Goldengrove unleaving?

    Leáves like the things of man, you

    With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?

    Ah! ás the heart grows colder

    By and by, nor sprare a sigh

    Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;

    And yet you will weep and know why.

    Now no matter, child, the name;

    Sórrows spríngs áre the same.

    Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed

    What heart heard of, ghost guessed;

    It ís the blight man was born for,

    It is Margaret you mourn for.

     

    For all of Hopkins' marvelous poetry, check out the Penguin edition of his works at amazon here or at Barnes & Noble here.

    Thursday
    Oct222015

    Lyric Life, Episode 4: Stephen Dunn, "Dancing with God"

    If you listened to my latest podcast, you know this is a poem I resisted but have come to love. If you want to know more, please have a listen to the podcast in the player below. Or check it out on the iTunes platform here. Or click the link at the bottom of the page to hear it directly in your own browser.

    And if you want to check out more of Dunn's terrific, deceptively simple, and stunning gorgeous work, please click this link for a copy of the book that this poem comes from.

     

    "Dancing with God"

    At first the surprise
    of being singled out,
    the dance floor crowded
    and me not looking my best,
    a too-often-worn dress
    and the man with me
    a budding casualty
    of one repetition too much.
    God just touched his shoulder
    and he left.
    Then the confirmation
    of an old guess:
    God was a wild god,
    into the most mindless rock,
    but graceful,
    looking—this excited me—
    like no one I could love,
    cruel mouth, eyes evocative
    of promises unkept.
    I never danced better, freer,
    as if dancing were my way
    of saying how easily
    I could be with him, or apart.
    When the music turned slow
    God held me close
    and I felt for a moment
    I’d mistaken him,
    that he was Death
    and this the famous embrace
    before the lights go out.
    But God kept holding me
    and I him
    until the band stopped
    and I stood looking at a figure
    I wanted to slap
    or forgive for something,
    I couldn’t decide which.
    He left then, no thanks,
    no sign
    that he’d felt anything
    more than an earthly moment
    with someone who could’ve been
    anyone on earth.
    To this day I don’t know why
    I thought he was God,
    though it was clear
    there was no going back
    to the man who brought me,
    nice man
    with whom I’d slept
    and grown tired,
    who danced wrong,
    who never again
    could do anything right.

    (1988)

    Stephen Dunn's "Dancing with God"