That fat little butternut squash at Trader Joe's winked at me. Then it said, clearly, "SOUP." Only I heard it. With a chilly mist and the raw north wind outside, the day was almost as raw as south Louisiana gets. Then, two days later, it got really cold. When temperatures are low, the body needs soup (along with gumbo and chili, but this is about soup). When I started writing this story I was wearing two pairs of pants and wool socks.
When I hear people say they learned to cook from their mom or their dad, I wonder how the answer can be so simple. Yes, I learned a lot from my mom. And four years of high school home ec under the amazing Faye Sadler taught me boatloads. Mrs. Sadler's husband could eat only egg yolks, so we learned to make all kinds of things with egg whites: angel food cake and Baked Alaska - but not, alas, the egg-white omelet, 40 years in the future.
Last year, my Christmas cooking and that of thousands of other cooks was disrupted by a recall by Cuisinart. The only countertop appliance that gets to sit on my actual countertop is my food processor. It deserves the space because it saves me hours of effort. I would be lost without it, and I'm not the only one. "I use mine almost daily," one reader noted on the recall story. Other fans said they even take the food processor on vacations, when they need to cook. I'm still getting used to my new one.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".