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10 Things You Didn't Know Your Microwave Could Do

It goes way beyond just heating up your food.<p><b>1. Give your plants a boost</b>Sterilize soil for growing seedlings by heating it up in the microwave first. Colorado State University horticulturist Laura Pottorff suggests filling plastic containers with a thin layer of soil and microwaving them for 90 …

Cleaning

17 Ways To Use Just About Everything In Your Kitchen BETTER

These kitchen tricks will make cooking SO much easier. This piece originally appeared on cosmopolitan.com.<p><b>1. Use two plates to safely cut a lot of little tomatoes at once.</b><p>Lay the tomatoes you wish to slice in half on a small plate. Place another plate on top and then run a very sharp knife through …

Recipes

25 exercises you've never tried in your life

Maybe you’ve been working out forever. You’ve got your workout routines down, and at this point it’s just getting it in and getting out. But at some …

Workouts

The 6 lowest-carb 'pasta' recipes you’ll ever eat

9 Things to Know Before Buying Another Supplement

The supplement aisle at the drugstore is lined with products that promise to prevent illness, improve energy, boost metabolism, even brighten your …

9 ridiculous sandwiches you need in your life

Who needs turkey or ham when you can stuff mac 'n' cheese between two slices of bread? For that matter, who needs bread when you can use a doughnut to make your sandwich? Behold: nine outrageous, insanely tasty sandwiches to try for National Sandwich Day, November 3.<p><b>1.</b> Baked bean French toast …

How to Make Cookies and Cream Bars at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: A completely manageable 2-ingredient "project" to help you feel craftsy and festive on Halloween (no silly costume required).</i><p>Each year, cookies …

Before & After: Garage Door Updates That Instantly Make Your House Look More Expensive

Fresh doors can completely transform the look of your home, and for a lot less than you'd think.<p><i>This piece is excerpted from Staci Giordullo's article for Angie's List. Visit</i> <i>Angie's List</i> <i>for more consumer advice on everything from home repair to health care.</i><p><b>Garage Before</b><p><i>Clopay Garage Doors</i><p><b>Garage</b> …

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Crispy Green Bean Fries

It's 3 p.m. You're well aware that you should be reaching for something virtuous to snack on.<p>Luckily, we've figured out how to make vegetables more alluring when hunger strikes.<p>These oven-baked green beans are the answer.<p>They're easy, satisfying and not at all bad for you.<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>1 pound fresh …

You Can Stuff Just About Anything Inside A Sweet Potato. And You Should.

Ladies and gentlemen, the sweet potato is more than just a fiber-rich spud that lends itself to being baked, fried, curled and hashed. Yes, the miraculous sweet potato functions as a naturally gluten-free bowl, burrito and boat. This vibrant vegetable is engineered to be stuffed.<p>Just like the …

5 Recipes You Should Stuff Inside An Avocado

Have you ever felt the urge to stuff an avocado with rich, flavorful tomatoes, a divinely drippy egg or crispy bacon?<p>This is a rhetorical question. The answer is as vibrantly clear as the green of a perfectly ripen avocado first exposed from underneath its skin. The only matter to further examine …

Grilled Chicken Sausages with Shredded Kale and Pecorino

4 Servings<p>Prefer a turkey, pork, or lamb sausage? By all means, use that instead.<p>September 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 tablespoons olive oil, divided<p>1½ pound fresh chicken sausages<p>1 bunch Tuscan kale, sliced (about 4 cups)<p>1 small shallot, finely chopped<p>1 ounce Pecorino, finely grated (about ¼ cup)<p>1 …

Hearty Soups and Stews Perfect for Chilly Days

There's a recipe in here with your name on it.<p><b>There's nothing like a bowl of hearty, hot soup or stew</b> to warm you up from the inside-out. Whether you go vegetarian (Italian veggie soup) or meaty (hello, braised oxtail), there's a recipe here with your name on it.

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40 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Recipes That Are NOT Boring

No dry, flavorless chicken here—you'll want to make everything from crispy cutlets to flavorful soups.<p><b>Chicken breast may be everyone's go-to lean protein</b>—but, man, can it be <i>boring</i>. Too often it's an overcooked afterthought, sautéed and tossed into pasta or tumbled over some greens. Nobody likes …

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10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

You'll Never Believe This Guy's Crazy 'Wheel Of Fortune' Solution

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz

It's a delicious riff on a classic dish that can be whipped up in no time flat. Just remember three basic steps. Alex Hitz shares this delicious chicken recipe.<p>To me, there's really nothing better than sautéed chicken in a pan sauce. Done right, it can make a merely capable cook look like a …

Recipes

The Ultimate Way To Grill Shrimp

Don’t miss this crucial step when cooking the shellfish<p>Of all the grilling tools—tongs, spatulas, steak forks—there’s one that too often goes neglected.<p>For most grillers, the season passes without them ever breaking out the basting brush. It’s understandable, considering that the basting brush can …

Seafood

Build The Ultimate Lobster BLT

It’s massive. It’s meaty. It’s really damn delicious.<p>Every now and then a recipe hits you in the head with its obviousness: “Why the #%!@ didn't I think of that?” The feeling is doubled when the recipe is as simple as combining two of your favorite foods.<p>In this case, those foods are BLTs and …

Recipes

9 Best Warm, Melty Sandwiches

From super-fast melts to decadent ham and cheese sandwiches, here are nine amazing melty sandwiches to help with hangover recovery.<p>For chef Tim Love, …

21 Problems You Can Solve With Baking Soda

Seriously, store a box of this stuff in every room of your house.<p>Sure, it's a pro at making chewy chocolate chip cookies, but baking soda's real claim-to-fame is its power to freshen and clean many spots in your home. It's a super-effective (but gentle) abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer, …

Cleaning

15 No-Bread Sandwiches

Whether you're gluten-free or Paleo — or maybe you just really hate bread — these are the sandwiches for you.

Don't Be Scared, It's Just Pickling: How To Pickle Anything, Stress-Free

Confession time: I have been obsessed with pickles for my entire life. That's not the confession yet, I'll get to that. Some time around elementary school, my mother asked me what I'd like as my annual "big" Chanukah gift as we meandered up and down the aisles of Costco (undoubtedly gathering …

Sticky Asian Chicken Wings • Steamy Kitchen Recipes

posted by<p>Eating wings is an 8-finger affair (my pointed-up pinkies tend to stay clean as they are too short to get in the way), especially if you …

The Great Seafood Treats of Late Summer, Part II: The Fish Fry

I started a two-part series last week on the great feasts of late summer that involve fish and seafood. Oh, it's not that all fish and seafood are at their best in summer...it's just that:<p>1) Fisherman are active in summer, and the catch is more plentiful; and<p>2) Piscine treasures seem perfect …

Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad

<i>For those nights when you get home hungry, stressed, and impatient, Hangry is here to help. Each Monday, Kendra Vaculin will share quick, exciting meals that anyone can make -- whether you're in your first apartment or feeding a hangry family.</i><p><i>Today: Instead of spending time to roast a whole</i> …

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Grilled Harissa Shrimp Skewers with Basil Oil and Cilantro

jump to recipe August 22, 2014<p>Majorly excited today for two reasons:<p>1) It is Friday. Enough said.<p>2) I’ve teamed up with the wonderful people over at …