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How to make mulled wine | Features

A pan of warming, spiced mulled wine (also called Glühwein) is the taste of Christmas in a glass – and it's dead simple to make.<p>The classic recipe is …

Recipes

Millennial Leaders’ Secrets To Productive Meetings

<i>This piece originally appeared on MillennialMagazine.com.</i><p>Business meetings are a necessary evil in life. However, productive meetings can be a great …

How To Make Pecan Pie. Bourbon Included.

When it comes to building deep, delicious flavor, pecan pie has it all. The molten, molasses goodness of brown sugar, the aroma of real vanilla that …

Dessert

5 ultimate oatmeal recipes

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and they sure ain't wrong. Eating the right mix of protein, complex carbohydrate and …

Breakfast

The world's best bars 2016

Manhattan’s Dead Rabbit Is Named the World's Best Bar

The 2016 installment of the World’s 50 Best Bars is not a good list.<p>To be clear, regarded as a tally of places that put out first-rate cocktails, it …

Philadelphia's Top Vintage and Thrift Stores

Philadelphia is a vintage-loving town. Maybe it's the large student population, or the city's close proximity to amazing bulk vintage sellers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.<p>Whatever the reason, it's a blessing — not only are there several great boutiques dedicated to affordable, curated clothing …

Clothing

11 Style Hacks to Remember the Next Time You're Packing For a Cold-Weather Vacation

When it comes to packing for Summer travel, we have that down to a science. A pair of denim shorts here, a skimpy tank there, but when it comes time to pack for a Winter getaway, cue the headache. Because if you've ever found yourself trying to cram an extra sweater in between all your boots and …

Pressure mounts on retailers to reform throwaway clothing culture

Americans dispose of about 12.8m tons of textiles annually. But a growing number of environmentalists and clothing retailers say it’s time to begin making new clothes out of old items on a large scale, reports Yale Environment 360<p>Fast-growing, fast-fashion retailer H&M, which has more than 4,000 …

Sustainability

18 Grilled Pizza Recipes That Bring Pizza Night Outside

When the weather is nice, there’s no reason to sit inside with a box of greasy takeout. Crank up the grill while getting some vitamin D and make your own ‘za in the sun. You can even plan an epic birthday pizza party poolside with grilled pizzas <i>galore</i>. Whether you’re a fan of unusual pizza toppings …

Oatmeal Banana Bread

Just when you think your bananas are on their last leg, we bring you this recipe that embraces the bruising. The riper they are the more sweetness …

No-Bake Salted Almond Joy Bars [Vegan]

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Dessert

12 Gin Cocktails to Toast Summer

A cold gin and tonic is a pretty perfect thing: There's the herbal bite of the gin, the zing of the lime, the fizz of the tonic. There are a bunch of ice cubes clinking around in a tall glass. You can drink it through a straw. It makes us want to be barefoot. And who are we to mess with a perfect …

Celebrate summer with 42 cocktail recipes

It's not Friday quite yet, but that doesn't mean we can't start celebrating summer with a cocktail. In fact, we've compiled 42 of our favorite cocktails to help toast the season – not to mention the Fourth of July and the long weekend.<p>From sangria to margaritas, bloody Marys to martinis, we'll find …

12 Noodle-Free Lasagnas Perfect for a Healthy Weeknight Dinner

As the week begins and you’re deciding what to make for dinner tonight, you start scouring Pinterest and looking for the latest, cheesiest inspiration. Well, look no further! Everyone LOVES lasagna. You know this and we know this, so why are we denying ourselves all of the out-of-the-box lasagna …

Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

In honor of summer and our hope for some leisurely reads, we've been talking to booksellers across the country — and they have a lot of suggestions.<p>So imagine your favorite summer reading spot, and get ready to "Pack These Pages." Our first guide is Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in …

Books

The biggest predictor of future violence is past violence. But mindfulness could help reform these angry people.

All humans are born with a powerful wired-in fight-or-flight response—anyone who has held a screaming infant can attest to its intensity. Anger is an …

Mental Health

How to Make Thomas Keller's Creamy Mustard Vinaigrette

Salads just got better.<p>It may be surprising that one of Thomas Keller's most prized recipes is a two-step mustard vinaigrette. Even more unexpected, …

15 Vegetarian Taco Recipes Perfect for Meatless Monday

We are so down with Meatless Mondays! Starting fresh on Monday sets the pace for healthy eating all week, and you don’t have to subsist on juice recipes or Jennifer Aniston’s diet to do it. Tacos — everyone’s fave fiesta food — can actually help ease the transition to more veggie-centric eating. …

Blind cat and her human climb Ireland's tallest mountain for charity

Stevie — a blind rescue cat — just so happens to be an expert hiker.<p>On April 26, Stevie — along with her human, Patrick Corr, and his twin brother, …

How To Stock Your Pantry Like An Adult

Growing up tastes good<p>I stared deeply into my first blank pantry, like into a locker on the first day of school. But instead of fleshing the skeleton of shelves out with posters, I’d fill it with food. This used to be a task for my parents. A battle between mom and dad would rage in our kitchen …

Posters

A Warming World Means Less Water, With Economic Consequences

We often associate climate change with too much water — the melting ice caps triggering a rise in sea levels. Now a new World Bank report says we also need to think about too little water — the potable sort.<p>High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy examines the future effects of …

Water

How to Make a Delicious Cocktail Using Prohibition-Era Hacks

Prohibition was a dark time for America. Booze was banned, and crime was skyrocketing. But that doesn’t mean people stopped coming up with new ways …

Anything Can Be Vegan and Gluten-Free! These 15 Recipes Are Proof

If you’re both gluten-free and trying to eat more plant-based meals, then finding food that satisfies your craving for carbs, plant-based meats, …

Gluten-Free

All is not lost for the Bernie revolution: The Sanders campaign is using its leverage to shape the Democrats’ platform

In many ways, The Democratic Party has abandoned its progressive roots — and Bernie can still help fix that<p>Sanders' political revolution, such as it is, does not hinge on this election. Sanders himself as conceded this over and over again. Sure, he wants to win, but his campaign is about bringing …

15 Excellent Bartender-Approved Bottles of Booze You Can Grab for Under $25

There are enough great bars (and cocktails) around the country that you could probably never drink at home again and still never have to drink the …

Chocolate Espresso Almond Butter Bars

<b>These sweet bars may sound like a bit of a mouthful, but they are a delicious, addictive mouthful, no flour needed.</b><p>These Chocolate Espresso Almond …

Why Is It So Hard to Vote in America?

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a landmark piece of legislation designed to protect a principle of American democracy: equality at the ballot box. But in some states, access to voting is becoming less and less equal. In the aftermath of a controversial 2013 Supreme Court ruling that allowed …

Voter Registration

Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks

Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks<p>Prep time<p>15 mins<p>Cook time<p>35 mins<p>Total time<p>50 mins<p>7-ingredient crispy hash brown haystacks with corn and fresh parsley. …