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

Tips for Healthier Cooking (Without Sacrificing Flavor)

Where can you drizzle prickly pear syrup on your morning oatmeal, spread carrot peanut butter on your toast, or feast on grilled quail with peach chutney and desert sage rice pilaf? The breathtaking Red Mountain Resort in Ivins, Utah. In between hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and massages, you can also dine deliciously on surprisingly healthful cuisine (all the menu […]

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A Fantastic Summer Side: Tomato, Feta, and Arugula Salad

I’ve been a little obsessed with Pinterest lately; it’s a great way to find inspiration for new recipes and creative twists on old favorites. I made this super-easy salad recently for a brunch, basing it loosely off a recipe I’d pinned a couple weeks earlier. The original recipe called for just tomatoes, gorgonzola, and red onion, but I mixed it […]

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The Perfect 3-Ingredient Summer Salad

Now that peaches are in season, it’s the perfect time to make this incredibly easy and delicious summer salad. Best of all, this Peach, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad only has three ingredients—not counting olive oil, salt, and pepper. All you need are fresh peaches (make sure they’re as ripe as possible), some basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella. Use the absolute […]

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Gail Simmons on Her New Book, Food Blogs, and Her Secret Sauce

You probably know Gail Simmons as the sweet but tough judge on Top Chef. Or maybe you’ve seen her hosting the show’s spinoff, Top Chef: Just Desserts. But as Gail reveals in her recently released memoir, Talking With My Mouth Full, it was a long, difficult culinary journey to get to where she is today—including attending culinary school, working as […]

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3 Favorite Snacks That Are Healthier Than Potato Chips

When I’m in the mood for a savory snack, I try to avoid junk food and keep it somewhat healthy. Don’t get me wrong—I love Doritos, Fritos, and Pringles (I’m human, after all), but thankfully I also love popcorn, almonds, and pretzels and can usually avoid temptation when necessary. But when I’m craving something a little more exciting that’s still […]

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It’s National Lobster Day!

There’s a holiday for pretty much every food out there—peanut butter cookies, lasagna, zucchini, candy apples…just name a food, and you can find a “holiday” for it. Today, however, I’m particularly excited because June 15 is officially National Lobster Day, and lobster happens to be my favorite food. I recently took a trip to my beloved Maine where I managed […]

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Two Tasty Tomato Recipes

I’m starting to see the first heirloom tomatoes at the farmers’ market, which is always exciting. While my favorite way to eat a perfectly ripe tomato is sliced raw in an open-face sandwich—toasted baguette, a slather of fresh ricotta, a few slices of tomato, then a drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt—I recently judged a […]

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Cooking With Ramps (And What’s a Ramp, Anyway?)

California has Meyer lemons and avocados; Florida boasts navel oranges; Georgia is famous for Vidalia onions. But here in the Northeast, we can lay claim to that much-anticipated wild spring green, the ramp. What’s a ramp, you ask? Ramps are wild leeks and taste like a cross between an onion and garlic. They’re highly prized among foodies (though I hate […]

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An Easy Tip for Tastier Slow-Cooker Meals

Though I love the ease and foolproof-ness of my slow-cooker—just toss in your ingredients, set the timer, and walk away—I’ve generally had one problem with the end result: The liquid tends to stay pretty watery even after the rest of the ingredients are cooked. The sauce doesn’t seem to thicken up as much as I’d like it to, and stews […]

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Struggling to Get Dinner on the Table Every Night?

In your ideal world, your family happily gathers around the dinner table every night. The kids eat your home-cooked delicious meat loaf and green beans without a fuss, everyone chats about current events and shares interesting things that happened to them that day, and your hubby helps clear the table and does the dishes. In the real world, you rush […]

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