Maggie Shi
Maggie Shi is a deputy editor at RealSimple.com, where she covers food, money, and work & life. She's never met a vegetable she didn't like and is obsessed with anything edible, which currently includes breakfast tacos, boiled peanuts, and hot lobster rolls (extra meat, lots of butter, and a toasty bun, please).



Previous roles include stints at Epicurious, the Food Network, Martha Stewart, and (oddly) MTV. She lives in New York City but fantasizes about a house on the Maine coast and hopes to fulfill her dream of going clamming someday.

Recent Posts By Maggie Shi

Happy Chinese New Year! Now Make This Cupcake

Tomorrow officially marks the Chinese/Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year of the Horse. It’s a 15-day celebration filled with firecrackers, dancing lions, red packets filled with money, and—of course—lots of food. If you don’t feel like cooking up a whole fish or long-life noodles, you can still get in on the festivities by whipping up these Good Luck Cupcakes. […]

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No Time to Cook? Get Our New-and-Improved App!

If you’re stuck in a dinnertime rut—tuna casserole again?—we’ve got an easy solution. Our new and improved app, No Time to Cook?, features more than 900 dinner recipes that all take 40 minutes or less from start to finish. It’s easy to use: Just choose your main ingredient and the amount of time you have to cook, and we’ll offer […]

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How to Rescue an Overdressed Salad

You’ve resolved to eat more salads this year, but oops…you went a little heavy with the dressing. Next time this happens at home, there’s a simple solution. To save your greens from turning into a goopy, soggy mess, just toss them back into your salad spinner for a quick spin. The excess dressing should fly right off. Need some lettuce […]

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Healthy Snack Ideas for the New Year

January is a time for fresh starts, new beginnings, making changes—and it’s also the time when most people are trying to drop a few pounds and eat healthier. Stock your fridge with basic ingredients like sliced turkey, hummus, and nut butter, then use them in creative combinations next time you’re craving a snack instead of reaching for a bag of […]

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A Clever Way to Use a Lemon

With New Year’s Eve parties coming up, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite Real Simple entertaining tips. Here’s a party trick that’s both fun and practical: When you’re serving up hors d’oeuvres on toothpicks (bacon-wrapped dates, meatballs, cubes of cheese), place a lemon on the table to collect all the used picks. You’ll avoid gathering up stray […]

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An Easy Decorating Trick for Beautiful Christmas Cookies

You don’t need fancy equipment or professional decorating skills if you want to create gorgeous holiday cookies that look like they came from a fancy bakery. All you need, really, is a toothpick. (Though an offset spatula and an icing bottle come in handy, too.) To make this pretty pattern of colorful curves and swirls, simply ice your cookie in […]

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Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers: Dinner, Dessert, and a Good Read

Still haven’t found the perfect gift for your favorite food lover? These three ideas cover all the bases: For the Busy Cook Dinner kits are all the rage now, and might be just the thing for your friend who loves to cook but doesn’t have a lot of time. Here’s how it works: Sign up and you’ll receive a weekly […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas: More New Cookbooks

If these three cookbooks don’t fit anyone on your list, try these new options for holiday gift-giving: For the Baker Payard Desserts, Francois Payard with Tish Boyle World-famous pastry chef Francois Payard  offers up this mouthwatering collection of sophisticated sweets, including tarts, pastries, custards, ice creams, and more. Along the way, you’ll get his expert tips gleaned from years spent […]

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New Cookbooks for Your Favorite Foodie

Now that Thanksgiving—and all its wonderful deliciousness—has come and gone, it’s time to face the next to-do in your holiday lineup: shopping for gifts. Here are a few recently released cookbooks that are sure to please any foodie on your list. For the Entertainer The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, Ree Drummond The much-beloved blogger and Food Network […]

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A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Treat

For the gluten-intolerant or gluten-adverse, all those wheat-filled Thanksgiving items—dinner rolls, pies, pumpkin bread, stuffing—can be a drag to pass up. Thankfully, Udi’s—one of the top gluten-free brands in the country—has just come out with a delicious addition for your holiday table: pumpkin muffins. They’re made with brown rice flour, pumpkin, molasses, eggs, and loads of spices—cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and […]

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