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11 Baking Ratios Every Pro Should Memorize

You’ve heard it said before that baking is a science — and it’s true. Ratios are the backbone of our favorite recipes for cookies, cakes and more. …


Blackberry Lavender Honeycomb Cake Is the Dessert Your Summer Needs

It’s time to flex those creative muscles and make a stunning, unique cake like no other. We’re talking blackberry, lavender <i>and</i> homemade honeycomb for this decadent three-layer masterpiece. Like most art, no design can be completely replicated, nor can you really make a “mistake.” Swirls of …


Channel Little Debbie For These Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

<i>The following recipe was originally featured on My Baking Addiction and written by Jamie Lothridge, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.</i><p>Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies are sandwiched together with delicious vanilla buttercream to create the perfect dessert. Forget Little Debbie, fresh, homemade …


Female suicide bomber as young as seven kills five in Nigerian market

No one claims responsibility for suicide bomb assault on northeastern Nigerian market but previous attacks blamed on Boko Haram<p>A girl thought to be as young as seven has blown herself up in a busy <b>Nigerian</b> market, killing five people along with herself and wounding dozens more.<p>The girl was reported …

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain

Consumer Reports' best and worst fast food lists may surprise you

When it comes to fast food, the "food" is becoming more important than it used to be. More and more, quality is valued above price with many patrons, according to a new Consumer Reports fast food survey. And when it comes to diners' preferences, biggest and cheapest isn't always best.<p>In a report …

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