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5 Pans You Can Use to Make Quiche

Do you want a tall quiche with tons of filling or something more simple?<p>Do you want a tall quiche with tons of filling or something more simple? Do …

Baking

Plantains and Your Favorite Ways to Use Them

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: This fruit -- technically a berry -- is</i> <i>so versatile, you can treat it like a fruit or a vegetable and use it at every stage of ripeness.</i><p>Plantains look like oversized bananas, so …

5 Warm and Cozy Breakfasts for Chilly Winter Days

It's cold outside: crank up the oven and wake your family with the smell of something good!<p><b>1. Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread</b><p>Warm out of the oven, this banana bread is tender and sweet-scented with a gorgeous ribbon of chocolate running through it. It's fun to make: you spoon the banana and …

Breakfast

17 Tacos That Dare To Be Dessert

Have you ever finished eating a taco and thought to yourself, "Man, I really wish I had a dessert taco to round this meal out"? We totally hear you.<p>The taco is such a beloved culinary treasure because it's kind of portable (see the walking taco), you can stuff just about anything inside of it and, …

Dessert

23 Fruity, Nutty, Buttery, and Sweet Desserts for Chocolate-Haters

Brownie-haters of the world, unite. These non-chocolate desserts are just for you.<p><b>Life as a chocolate-hater can be tough.</b> You'll never willingly eat a molten cake, despite their presence at just about every restaurant and catered party. Plus, you have to endure a lifetime of people asking whether …

Dessert

Yemen's president, cabinet resign amid rebel standoff

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has resigned under pressure from Shiite rebels who seized the capital in September and have confined the embattled leader to his home for the past two days.<p>Presidential officials said Hadi resigned after being pressured to make concessions to the rebels, …

FCC weighs plan to use Russian satellite network for 911 system, raising security concerns

If American astronauts hitching a ride from the Russians to the International Space Station didn't ruffle enough feathers, there's growing concern about a proposal to use Moscow's satellites to transmit America's 911 emergency calls.<p>Wireless carriers and public safety organizations have pitched the …

Four cups of coffee a day could save you from skin cancer

Wake up and smell the coffee - it may be protecting you from cancer<p>Coffee lovers may be on to something. Aside from a necessary aid to wake up in the morning, a new study published in the<b>Journal of the National Cancer Institute</b>has found that drinking coffee could protect you from skin cancer.<p>The …

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …

University of Oxford

The Best Wintery Oatmeal Toppings

We’ve got so much love for a steaming bowl of oatmeal. Cook up a batch and in no time you’ve got the ultimate blank canvas for a filling, healthy breakfast (or lunch...or dinner...) for the entire week ahead. The best part is that you can choose your own cast of characters—there are no limits! …

How to Get the Benefits of a Cleanse Without Actually Doing One

The word "detox" makes us think restriction, hunger, and mood swings. We asked health experts how to skip all that and get straight to the good stuff.<p><b>1. Start your mornings with a glass of room-temperature lemon water.</b> (Room temperature is important, since cold foods and drinks can shock your …

US Central Command Twitter account back online after pro-ISIS hack

The Twitter account and YouTube page for U.S. Central Command were hacked on Monday and for several minutes carried incendiary messages promoting the Islamic State -- including one that said, "AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS."<p>The cyber-attack sent U.S. military officials …

Social Media

Al Qaeda rep says group directed Paris magazine attack; US issues travel warning

A member of Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen said Friday that the group directed the massacre earlier this week at a Paris magazine, as the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning to citizens, saying they faced an increased risk of reprisals.<p>Earlier Friday, near simultaneous raids by French police …

Terrorism

NSA Reports Show Agency May Have Violated Laws For A Decade By Spying On Americans

The National Security Agency may have violated U.S. law for over a decade with the unauthorized surveillance of U.S. citizens' overseas …

Facebook Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Message Scanning

It’s not as jolly a holiday this year for Facebook, as the social network is facing a class action lawsuit in the US for having scanned users’ private messages without their consent, reports Engadget.<p>Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled in an Oakland, California court on Tuesday that Facebook must face a …

Extremism

How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

West Africa

Number of states challenging Obama on immigration grows to 24

Seven more states signed on to a lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive action halting the deportation of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, bringing the total to 24 states, Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday.<p>The new states to join the coalition were Arizona, …

India

Cheney: 'The report's full of crap'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney called a Senate panel's report on U.S. interrogation tactics during George W. Bush's administration is "deeply flawed" and a "terrible piece of work."<p>"The report's full of crap," he said in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday evening.<p>Bush's Republican vice …

Ricotta Pie Recipe - How to Make Ricotta Cheesecake

The Better Fruitcake: Baking Stollen at NYC's Bien Cuit Bakery

"Are you politely trying to say you don't like stollen?"<p>"No," Zachary Golper says. "I'm politely trying to say that I'm a bad Jew."<p>I'm in Golper's kitchen at Bien Cuit in Brooklyn, one of New York's finest bakeries for bread and French pastry, and we're talking Christmastime. While his impeccable …