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

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Stew

Our official Slow-Cooker Month might have ended on Simply Stated, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped playing around with my new toy. I made this Slow-Cooker Vegetable Stew and loved the results. It’s pretty hearty, thanks to all the root vegetables like carrots and turnips (I also threw in some rutabaga for fun). And the chickpeas ensure you’re getting your […]

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Slow-Cooker Cuban Beef and Peppers

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with my slow cooker, and this recipe for Cuban Braised Beef and Peppers—a take on the traditional Cuban dish, ropa viejo—was one of my favorites. As usual, it was super-easy to make; I just tossed all the ingredients in the cooker, set it to low, and headed out for the day. […]

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Slow-Cooker White Bean Soup With Andouille and Kale

Confession: I’ve never used a slow cooker before. Ever. Until about three weeks ago, when I was testing a few models for our roundup of best slow cookers. I’ve been meaning to play around with one for awhile, and now that it’s finally Slow-Cooker Month here on Simply Stated, I have the perfect excuse. One of my first experiments was […]

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Last-Minute Super Bowl Party Idea: Do-It-Yourself Nachos

I’m a big fan of do-it-yourself parties—they get people talking, mingling, and interacting, which is the point of a get-together in the first place. Plus, people end up having a lot of fun when they get to be hands-on. Here’s an easy way to entertain for the Super Bowl if you’re short on time—just set up a nacho bar and […]

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The Easiest Way to Cook Vegetables

When I visit the farmers’ market—usually once a week—my eyes are always bigger than my stomach, and I end up buying way more produce than I actually need. My solution? I cook a bunch of vegetables at once and store them in the fridge; that way, they’ll be ready to go when I need a quick snack or instant side […]

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The Ultimate Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

January is a tough month—you’re full of resolutions to eat healthier, work out, and shed some pounds, but the weather is bitterly cold, it gets dark early, and you just want to cozy up on the couch with a bowl of something warm, carb-y, and cheesy. I opted to start my new year with the latter by making one of […]

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New Cookbooks That Make Great Holiday Gifts

As part of its holiday gift guide, The New York Times recently came out with a list of notable cookbooks for 2011. Lots of great books on the list, but here are a few more of my personal favorites I’m giving as gifts (to others or, um, myself) this holiday season. The Meatball Shop Cookbook, by Daniel Holzman and Michael […]

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An Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Starring…Brussels Sprouts!

I’m a fan of many fall and winter vegetables. Butternut squash. Cauliflower. Parsnips. But the nearest and dearest to my heart is the lowly Brussels sprout. If you think you hate them, I strongly encourage you to give them another try. When overcooked, Brussels sprouts can turn into a mushy, stinky, skunky mess (in fact, I first had them this […]

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The Best Way to Store Apples

Inspired by my colleague Dawn Perry’s recent post on “awesome things everyone knew about but me,” I decided to share a little tip I just learned about apples—even though apparently, a lot of people already know about it. But I’m betting a lot of you don’t, too. I’ve always stored my apples in a bowl on my kitchen counter, just […]

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Mom’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Halloween is right around the corner, which means Thanksgiving isn’t far behind. And it’s definitely pumpkin season. So I figured it would be a good time to bake some of my mom’s crowd-pleasing pumpkin bread. Although we don’t serve a lot of traditional dishes at our Thanksgiving meal, there are two things my mom makes every single year—her sticky rice […]

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