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

What’s Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

Halloween is almost here—can you guess which candy is at the top of everyone’s minds (or at least their Internet searches)? According to Yahoo!, the most-searched Halloween candy this month is M&M’s. Candy corn, chewy caramels, and Skittles are also popular searches. But what was your favorite Halloween candy when you were a kid? I remember coming home from trick-or-treating […]

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How Good Are Your Table Manners?

I recently received a copy of Emily Post’s Etiquette, a newly updated 18th edition (wow!), which will go on sale October 18. As I flipped through this tome, I realized that I had actually never browsed through a copy before. It’s been seven years since the last update, and I wondered what it said about today’s dining etiquette—eating in restaurants, […]

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Day 7: Simple Steak and Potatoes

Today’s recipe, Steak with Cognac Sauce and Salad, was prepared by Maggie Shi, deputy editor for RealSimple.com.  I chose this Steak with Cognac Sauce and Salad recipe because I had an open bottle of cognac that’s been sitting around in my apartment forever—leftovers from some other long-ago-attempted recipe, no doubt. I also don’t make steak very often—and almost never cook […]

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Bake Sale Recipes for a Good Cause

Looking for some bake sale inspiration or just feeling nostalgic for sweet treats from your childhood? Gretchen Holt-Witt’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook is here, just in time for all those back-to-school sugar bonanzas. When I was little, I was a sucker for anything involving cheesecake. So I was always willing to plunk down a few quarters […]

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A New Way to Use Quinoa

Quinoa is the latest superfood trend that everyone’s buzzing about. And no wonder—this magical seed is a complete protein (it has all nine essential amino acids), cooks up quickly like a grain (it takes about 15 minutes), and is gluten-free, too. Plus, it’s easy to dress up in all kinds of ways for delicious, healthy side dishes. Quinoa is starting […]

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What’s Your Favorite Junk Food?

Today is National Junk Food Day, and according to Yahoo!, a lot of you are searching for things like Pringles, M&Ms, Twinkies, and Oreos—all delicious, and all totally unhealthy. But apparently, today’s the day to indulge in your favorite fatty, high-calorie, bad-for-you foods. Merriam-Webster defines “junk food” as “food that is high in calories but low in nutritional content,” which […]

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A New Meat for Your Grill

There’s nothing that says “summer” to me more than a backyard barbecue—I absolutely love them. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have any outdoor space, so I have to rely on the few people I know who actually do have access to a grill—usually on a rooftop, very occasionally in a yard. So when a friend recently invited me to a […]

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Get Free Donuts on National Donut Day (Yes, It Does Exist)

This Friday, June 3, is National Donut Day—another holiday apparently invented to give us an excuse to binge on our favorite bad-for-you treats. But actually, National Donut Day—celebrated on the first Friday in June–was created in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Salvation Army to commemorate women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Sweet, no?

Dunkin’ Donuts is getting in on the action by offering customers a free donut of their choice with the purchase of a beverage on Friday. You can also score a free donut at Krispy Kreme this Friday, as well as at other local donut shops across the country—check your favorite neighborhood spot to see if they’re participating.

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What Are You Grilling for Memorial Weekend?

After a couple weeks of rain and cloudy days, this weekend is supposed to be beautiful—perfect barbecue weather to kick off the unofficial start of summer. Are you firing up the grill, and if so, what are you making? If you’re thinking burgers, try these 10 new recipes for easy ways to dress them up (sun-dried tomatoes, bacon and sauerkraut, feta and mint—yum!). Or take your typical hot dog to new heights with these three creative topping ideas.  And of course, you can’t forget the sides—potato salad, pasta salad, and coleslaw are must-haves for your backyard bash.

Burger-pepperjack

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My Favorite Asparagus Recipe

Last time I posted about favorite spring foods and my personal favorite, asparagus. I mentioned one of my favorite recipes, which includes asparagus, chickpeas, maple syrup, and salmon. Since there were some requests for the recipe, here it is—it’s from this humble little cookbook I got years ago and still cook from quite often, called Simply Shrimp, Salmon, and (Fish) Steaks by Leslie Glover Pendleton. The recipes are really easy and straightforward but give you great ideas for delicious new ways to serve seafood.

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