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Confucius’ Top 7 Tips for a Happy Life

<i>“It is better to play than do nothing.”</i><i>“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”</i><i>“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never</i> …

Self-help

8 Spritzer Recipes for Hot Summer Days

No longer just for ladies who lunch, the ever-classic, ever-fizzy spritzer gets a reboot with fresh spirits and fruity infusions. Consider it your sangria alternative.<p><b>Fruity White Wine Spritzer</b><p>Garnished with blue and red berries, the original spritzer (equal parts white wine and club soda) makes …

Recipes

The Food Lab: Four Secrets to Improving Any Fried Chicken Recipe

Really great Southern fried chicken needs two things: juicy, flavorful meat and an ultra-crisp and crunchy crust. Here are four quick and easy ways to achieve both. The best part? These tricks will work for <i>any</i> Southern fried chicken recipe you've got, whether it's the old family standard, a fried …

18 Light and Summery Pasta Recipes

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>When you think of a pasta dinner, you're probably thinking of spaghetti tossed in vibrant marinara, or penne in creamy vodka sauce. But heavy, hearty sauces are far from the only way to enjoy pasta, and we have 18 pretty spectacular recipes to prove …

Italian Food

7 Summer Crock Pot Recipes

Things you are officially permitted to do all summer long: 1. Wear black. 2. Read murder mysteries set in cold, Scandinavian countries. 3. Use your crock pot. Here, seven summer slow-cooker recipes suitable for any toasty evening.<p><b>BBQ Chicken Tostada</b><p>Lather on the slaw. <b>Get the recipe.</b><p><b>Cheesy Crab …

2 Awesome Homemade Vegetarian Burgers Even a Carnivore Will Crave

Vegans and vegetarians often get the short end of the stick when it comes to backyard grilling season. Sure, there are a couple of decent frozen veggie burger brands, but let's face it: Frozen pre-packaged food is <i>never</i> going to be as good as fresh, homemade food prepared with quality ingredients. …

Cooking

Hugh Acheson on the Best Southern Cookbooks and How to Cope With Your CSA

Hugh Acheson's latest book project began at a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pickup. A neighbor stopped him and asked for help: what the heck do you do with kohlrabi, anyway?<p>I feel that neighbor's pain, and I'm guessing some of you are with me. A box full of fresh local vegetables at the …

Cookbooks

10 Ways to Use Up All the Zucchini in Your Garden

<i>Header image: CHOW</i>Zucchini is one of the easiest and most satisfying vegetables to grow in your garden. It’s also one of the most versatile …

Zucchini