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Make the Best Pancakes

Pancakes are a symbol of leisure to me. When I was growing up we usually had pancakes on the weekends, when there was time to savor the light and …

Banana Bread Recipe

This version of banana bread is the only one I make now. It is perfect - tender, flavorful, and it works every time. It isn't your typical quick …

These Mini Frittatas Will Make Your Morning 10 Times Better

If you're not a morning person, it can be tempting to press snooze and sleep until the very last possible minute. But then you miss breakfast! And …

What to Eat When You Work from Home

Forget meal prep. Here's how to make a healthy lunch in 10 minutes every day.<p>Cheese and crackers. Bagged popcorn. Chips and salsa. Scrambled eggs with tomato, avocado and fresh herbs. One of these things is not like the other.<p>The first few? “Lunches” people like me — the 43 percent of Americans who …

Nutrition

Swiss Eggs

This soothing, comforting dish is very delicious and easy to make and eat. It's different from scrambled eggs, and it's not quite like a quiche. The …

It’s time to prune those woody herbs

Lavender, thyme, rosemary, sage: they all need a trim every now and again<p>There is a lavender at the bottom of my street that has grown so wild it sprawls through the fence; you can see a line along the flowers where passersby can’t help but caress its fragrant blooms. I’m one of them. I like its …

Why You Should Grow Aromatic Sage In Your Flower Beds

Aromatic, attractive, and medicinal—sage is a wise choice for flower beds.<p>Sages are mounded to shrubby mints with the tubular, bilobed flowers and …

How a dab of canned cat food protects your dazzling dahlias

These long-blooming perennials are hard to beat — and fun to eat for earwigs

Gardening

3 DIY tortilla tricks: How to make your own taco shells, taco bowls and tortilla chips

I love Mexican food—tacos with crispy shells, crunchy taco bowls and salty tortilla chips. But I could do without the extra calories, fat and sodium …

This Is the Only Way to Make an Omelette

Recipe tried and tested by Eggslut's master chef, Alvin Cailan.<p>Alvin Cailan did not serve omelettes at his wildly popular LA food truck-turned-restaurant Eggslut. "I was coming off of an extensive French restaurant background. Omelettes were a big pain in my butt," he says. French-style eggs were …

Breakfast

Get Cooking: French toast

What we call “French toast” may well be one of the oldest recipes in our culture. A collection of recipes called “De Re Coquinaria” (“The Art of …

Breakfast

Landscaping Ideas for Side Yards

Side yards that are long and narrow present a design challenge. Are you, yourself struggling with this challenge? Do you need some landscaping ideas …

Make Cheese Magic with Our Best Feta Recipes

"It's always better with feta," as they say. We definitely agree, and that's why we've rounded up a collection of our best things to make with feta …

50 inspiring omelet filling ideas

Some people are passionate about pancakes, others are wacko for waffles, but when it comes to breakfast, I’ve always been an egg man. Beatles …

What to plant in your garden: a year-round guide

All it requires is a little bit of planning...<p><b>It's not impossible to achieve a beautiful, colourful garden all year round – all it requires is a</b> …

Plant propagation made easy

As much as I love shopping for plants in the nursery, I also love to “make” my own plants. Many common garden plants are not difficult to propagate, …

9 lessons in growing the perfect peonies

Both in the garden and arranged in a vase in your home.<p><b>Claire Austin is an award-winning plantswoman, a specialist in herbaceous peonies, irises and</b> …

How to make compost: The only video tutorial you'll need

I've always considered myself a better compost-maker than I am a gardener. And from building a compost tumbler to composting indoors, I've posted a …

Carolyn Hax: A few tips on gratuities and special orders

Adapted from a recent online discussion.<p><i>Dear Carolyn: My daughter and son-in-law live an hour from us, and we meet once a month or so at a midpoint restaurant for dinner. I always enjoyed this time and thought it was a nice custom.</i><p><i>Recently I caught my son-in-law talking to our waiter, giving him an</i> …

Writing

Let's build a simple notepad app for Android

In this post, you are going to learn to make a basic notepad app. This is a great project to get to grips with because it will lend itself to a range of alternative uses as similar concepts can be used to create SMS apps, email apps and anything that requires text input. This will allow us to look …

Apps

WATCH: Every Cut of Steak, Explained

From filet to brisket to Denver steak, this is how to butcher a cow to get to the cuts you love.<p>Have you ever broken down a cow? Right. Probably not. After all, we're not all butchers. But that beef we love throwing on the grill, griddle, or cast iron doesn't just fall off the bone as a beautifully …

BBQ

What Plants Can Be Used as a Companion with a Lemon Tree? | Home Guides | SF Gate

The right companion plantings for lemon trees reduce the need for excess chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Companion plantings serve as both an extra protection and a source of nutrition for your lemon trees, enabling you to garden more organically while taking steps to increase fruit production.<p>…

Make it Count: Smart Uses for the Space Below Upper Cabinets

In a small kitchen, you have to take advantage of all the space you can find—which is why if you're not using the space underneath your kitchen …

Etiquette Experts Agree: Every Child Should Master These Manners

It's never too early to instill good manners in your young ones. The lessons you teach them at an early age stay with them for life, after all. "You …

19 Portable Breakfasts You Can Meal-Prep (a.k.a. the Best of Both Worlds)

Raise your hand if breakfast usually means scarfing down a bowl of cereal before rushing out the door. Or a donut off that tray in the office’s …

Breakfast

10 High-Protein Lunches With No Meat

Whether you're a full-time vegetarian, or just looking to add a few meatless meals to your routine, it's important to remember that skipping meat …

Healthy Eating

The Ultimate Spring Project: An Easy Herb Garden

Growing your own herbs is a no-brainer on so many fronts—for starters, there’s the obvious benefit of having hyper-fresh, organic flavors and …

Got a small garden? Then plan your planting vertically

No one is drawn to looking at an unsightly barbecue if there’s something more attractive to catch the eye<p>In a small garden, all your ways are on show. There are often no hidden bits, particularly in a terrace garden; if not from ground level, then from upstairs, where you are definitely confronted …

How to plan a better tomato crop this season

Tomatoes are the divas of the vegetable patch — luscious, celebrated and notoriously hard to please. If it’s too chilly, they’ll sulk. If it’s too hot, they’ll throw a tantrum, scattering their blossoms and refusing to perform.<p>Gardeners everywhere know that planting tomatoes prematurely in spring …

Gardening

Make It Your Style: Kitchen Island Alternatives Using Repurposed Pieces

The kitchen island is often the central hub of a home, so why not make one that reflects your home's core style? Start with an unexpected …

Vintage