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 Spring Food?

After a long, freezing, snow-filled winter, spring has finally arrived in NY. Trees are blooming, sidewalk cafes are filling up, and open-toed shoes and sandals are making their debuts. And I’m seeing those eagerly-anticipated spring vegetables on restaurant menus and farmers’ markets everywhere—ramps, asparagus, fava beans, and more. I know that in other parts of the country, strawberries, radishes, and rhubarb are starting to pop up as well. After months of eating potatoes, acorn squash, cabbage, and cauliflower, it’s always a treat to indulge in something fresh that’s a sign of many more weeks of abundant, exciting produce.

 

Asparagus

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Recipes for a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Like Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays many of us celebrate simply because it gives us an excuse to eat and drink. And really, what’s wrong with that? Nothing, I say—and any occasion that calls for margaritas and chips and guacamole is just fine with me. Here are some recipes to get you in the mood for a fiesta, whether you just want to raise a cocktail or have a full-on Mexican feast.

Classic-margaritas

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What Was on the Royal Wedding Menu

Did you get up at 5 a.m. today to watch the ceremony? Have you been speculating about Kate’s dress for months? Did you splurge on Will and Kate tooth tattoos? I certainly didn’t do any of the above. The post-wedding photos and highlight videos today were plenty for me; because honestly, I just don’t care all that much.

I did, however, spy the full lunchtime reception menu over on Eatocracy.com, and that actually does interest me.

Royal-wedding-cake

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Winning Sweet Potato Recipes

I recently helped judge the North Carolina Sweet Potatoes Recipe Contest, which was a delicious task, and with three finalists in each of three categories (kid-friendly, sugar-free, and vegetarian), a pretty filling one, too. We sampled everything from sweet potato cheese straws (a great party snack) to sweet potato mango cake to sweet potato “pasta.”

Here were two of my favorites, which also happened to be the winners in their respective categories.

Sweet-potato-scone 

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Recipes to Help You Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month

Believe it or not, April is Grilled Cheese Month (yes, there really is a holiday for everything). Think about it—warm, gooey, savory cheese paired with toasted, buttery bread—why shouldn’t it get its very own month? And best of all, that means there’s plenty of time left for you to celebrate. To help you kick things off, here are some recipes and ideas for making the ultimate grilled cheese.

 

Grilled-cheese-chutney

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Have You Ever Tried a Detox Diet or Cleanse?

I recently met a lovely woman named Noelle, the voice behind the blog GreenLemonade.com. Her blog is focused on wellness—cleansing your body and your life—but without resorting to extreme dieting, fasting, kooky rituals, or bizarre beauty products. Noelle started GreenLemonde.com after trying a liquid-only detox for several days and hating it. “I missed chewing,” she told me. So she started sharing easy tips and tricks for living a cleaner, feel-better life that women could incorporate into their everyday routines.

 

I’ve toyed with the idea of doing some kind of intense detox (remember the Master Cleanse and the BluePrint Cleanse?), but honestly, I just can’t see myself blocking out several days of my life to drink water with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. I mean, my job is all about food. Heck, my life revolves around food. Plus, I’m not convinced that a drastic detox is necessary or even beneficial.

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Gluten-Free Recipes for Your Favorite Cookies

It seems like everyone is trying to go gluten-free these days.  More and more people are diagnosed with celiac disease, have a gluten sensitivity, or just claim to feel better when they cut gluten out of their diets. Here’s the latest cookbook to address the gluten-free craze: Luane Kohnke’s Gluten-Free Cookies, which features 50 recipes for everything from sugar cookies to lemon squares to biscotti. Using ingredients like rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour, she offers tasty alternatives for favorite baked goods that would otherwise be off-limits.  

Gluten-free-cookies-book 

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How I Overcame My Fear of Failure With Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it comes to cooking—and especially baking—I’ve always been more of a stick-to-a-recipe kind of gal. In the past few years, however, as I’ve gotten more confident with my cooking, I’m willing and able to improvise and experiment—subbing in ingredients, adding different spices, making tweaks here and there. But with baking, I’ve almost always stuck strictly to the recipe, as I’ve been taught: Baking is an exact science, and once you start messing around with proportions or substitutions, you risk ruining the whole thing.

Chocolate-chip-cookies 

Well, I recently took a recipe testing class here in New York that taught me it’s ok to improvise when you’re baking, even if—the horror!—your experiment might fail.

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Behind the Scenes at Our Cake Video Shoot

We recently spent a day in the studio filming several how-to videos for the website. The subject? Cakes! How to assemble a cake, how to write “happy birthday” on a cake, and some really easy and fun ways to dress up a plain frosted cake. The kitchen was full of cakes, cupcakes, and big tubs of frosting…it smelled fantastic and tasted even better (when we finally got to sample all the treats at the end of the shoot).

 

Dawn-frosting

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Do You Have a Favorite Healthy Sweet Potato Recipe?

I love sweet potatoes, but I usually only eat them around Thanksgiving. Which is a shame, because they’re incredibly delicious and nutritious (packed with vitamins A, E, and B6, along with lots of potassium, iron, and fiber) and are available year-round. So I’m really excited to be one of the judges in this year’s Sweet n’ Healthy Blogger Recipe Contest. The star ingredient? Sweet potatoes, of course!

 

Sweet-potato 

Best of all, if you’re a blogger with an amazing and healthy original sweet potato recipe, you can enter the contest yourself for a chance to win $2,000.

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