Julie Ramirez

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What Halloween Decorators Know About Spiders (Oddly, a Lot!)

Here was my Halloween plan: not original, I know, but classic, effective, and cheap.<p>My front door, I decided, would become a lush, over-the-top spiderweb, a luxuriant Donald Trumpian display of muchness, which means … I would need two, maybe three, stretch-to-fit spiderwebs.<p>I don’t know the …

Microwave Cooking for One and All: 8 Great Tips Every Home Cook Should Know

By the time I sent my boyfriend Josh a copy of <i>Microwave Cooking for One</i>, I wasn't sure whether I was mailing a gag gift or a Hail Mary. It was early fall and he was living out of a Marriott hotel in Lansing, Michigan. His room overlooked a vacant parking lot on one side and the interstate on the …

Sweet Potato Recipes That'll Last You Through The Cold Months

Orange is better.<p>Sweet potatoes are a very special kind of spud. They offer all the comfort and starchy goodness of a regular potato, but they're loaded with sweetness, too. Often times these root veggies show off their sweet flavor with a bright orange color -- though, not always -- which only …

9 Eating Habits That Reveal You're A First Generation American

Peanut butter and jelly was a joy you weren't acquainted with until adulthood.<p>America is a nation built upon immigrants. There was a time when everyone was a first-generation American, but centuries have passed since then and traditions have been established. Most notable, food traditions -- like …

11 French phrases that will make your heart melt

<b>1.</b> The French don’t have “moles” on their skin…they have “grains of beauty” (<i>Grains de beauté</i>).<p><b>2.</b> The French don’t find “dust” under the couch…they …