Kristen Merkle

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8 Recipes for a Vegetarian Cookout

The cookout: a meatlover's heaven, a vegetarian's hell. While omnivorous guests drool over sizzling charcoals with knives at the ready, vegetarians are left to idle at the end of the buffet table nibbling on sliced pickles, spoonfuls of ketchup, and Kraft singles. Maybe there’s a bowl of coleslaw, …

Cooking

4 Ways to Use Leftover Herbs

Don't you hate it when a recipe calls for a tablespoon of cilantro or parsley and you've got a whole bunch left to use up afterwards? Here's how to …

Herbs

#HowToWearIt: The LWD (Little White Dress)

<i>In this weekly feature,</i> InStyle<i>’s Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent Dana Avidan-Cohn shares tips and tricks on how to tackle the latest</i> …

The only beauty products you need for your summer travels

When it comes to weekend travel, there's this fine line between trying to pack light and low-maintenance, and feeling the impulse to bring, well, …

10 Things You Should Never, Ever Apologize For

It's time to start owning your decisions.<p>How many times have you said the word <i>sorry</i> today? You might be using it more than you realize—and that's the message behind this provocative new commercial from Pantene (the same company that released a gutsy commercial about workplace double standards last …

The Clothes That Make People Wonder if You've Lost Weight

These no-diet figure fixers (and one genius pair of shoes) feature details that will help you look leaner, walk taller and camouflage trouble …

Asparagus and Parmesan Tart Recipe

Asparagus

Flat Belly Blueberry Basil Smoothie

It’s around this time of year when all the health and fitness mags start to publish articles with the best tips/foods/moves for flat abs. (Prime …

12 Decorating Ideas You Can Do in a Day

Quick fixes you can manage.<p>Small decor changes make a big impact in a home's look. Here are fast and inexpensive quick fixes from five interior designers.

10 Happy Bedrooms

30 Ways To Repair, Restore, Or Redo Any Piece Of Furniture

Not all furniture we find is attractive. It might be picked up from an online listing or passed on from relatives. Over the years we've spent a great …

Repairs

12 Signs You're Meant to Have a Beach House

Even if you're miles away from the sea, your home reflects an inner ambition to live oceanside.<p><b>1.</b> You proudly display your seashell collection throughout the house.<p><b>2.</b> You're crazy for coral, too!<p><b>3.</b> Although you prefer stepping on sand, your flooring is either jute or limestone.<p><b>4.</b> Paintings of boats …

Color Obsession of the Week: Caribbean Blue

A bookshelf, a mirror, a colander, and more finds in Caribbean blue.<p><b>This week's finds:</b><p>1. Almidi Etagere, $1,650. casamidy.com.<p>2. Mini Aqua Colander, $2. worldmarket.com.<p>3. Grant Mirror, $125. schoolhouseelectric.com.<p>4. Robert Abbey Double Gourd Egg Blue Ceramic Table Lamp, $299. lampsplus.com.<p>5. …

How To Buy Only What You Love (and Need)

How many times have you been shopping, seen something beautiful, or cool or cute or <i>on sale</i>, snatched it up, and then later realized you didn't really</i> …

Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad

<b>Lemon-Basil Pasta Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Toasted Pine Nuts & Shaved Parmesan</b> <i><br>by</i> Ingrid Beer<p><b>Yield:</b> Serves about 8<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>• 1 pound …

16 Recipes to Use and Preserve Fresh Basil

If you planted basil edible edges or propagated your basil from cuttings like I did this year, no doubt you have a boatload of basil to contend with. …

Spices

Amp up chicken wings, drinks with homemade flavored salts

For the latest installment of our "Imagine That in Your Kitchen" food trends series, we're paying homage to an an ingredient that's often overlooked: salt!<p>Sarah Sproule fell in love with salt, creating her own signature salt blends for her Manhattan company, Urban Sproule. Watch as she shows us how …

10 Facts About Corgis You Paw-bibly Didn't Know

Featured image via Corgnelius<p>It’s easy to see why Corgis are one of the most popular breeds today. They’re compact logs of fur with hearts of gold. …

The 5 ways you're cleaning your body wrong

From using far too much shampoo (too much! too often!) to when you're actually supposed to brush your teeth (nope, NOT after a meal...) this video is …

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

Coffee

9 Celebrity-Inspired Ways to Layer Necklaces

Forget everything you once knew about accessorizing. These days, anything goes: mixing metals, experimenting with textiles, layering varied lengths …

The Unique Sadness of Leaving Your Twenties Behind

Because today is both the oldest I've ever been and simultaneously the youngest I'll ever be again, I feel compelled to document some things. First, some facts for the record: I am 29 years old. I am married. I am the features editor at ELLE.com. I live in New York City. And, after eight years, I'm …

Fire Up the Grill for Father's Day with Red Pepper Buttered Corn on the Cob

It’s not hard to grill up good corn on the cob, but we found a way to turn the basic side blissful. The secret? California chef Michael Chiarello …

5 New Ways to Use Avocado

Avocados aren't just delicious—they're brimming with health benefits. For starters, they’re high in potassium (half an avocado contains 487 milligrams, more than you’ll find in a medium banana), which can help lower blood pressure. Their healthy fats (the monounsaturated kind) can help fight high …

This Goofy Corgi Loves To Scoot Under The Bed And It Makes Us Laugh

This little corgi, named Watson, loves to scoot his booty along under the bed. And we love watching him do that. Enjoy!<p>h/t Ebaum's World

7 Zucchini Recipes You'll Make All Summer Long

<i>Whether you're in the mood for healthy soup, a savory summer side or a sweet snack, these zucchini recipes have you covered.</i><p><b>1. Sautéed Zucchini & Cherry Tomatoes</b><p>This side dish of crisp zucchini, burst cherry tomatoes and meltingly sweet red onions sautéed in olive oil is one of those dishes where …

The Science Textbook for Chefs

Chef Mourad Lahlou never went to culinary school. Instead, he read Harold McGee's On Food and Cooking.<p><i>Getting a chef to pick a favorite cookbook is</i> …

Rats Regret Bad Choices Much As Humans Do, New Study Shows

Just as humans lament not pursuing a lover or bemoan having eaten that extra slice of chocolate cake, rats may experience feelings of regret, too, new research suggests.<p>When rats were given the option of visiting rooms that contained different foods, and they skipped a good deal for a worse one, …

This Grad Makes a Case on Whether Law Careers Are Worth Six-Figure Debt

One law school grad makes a case on whether "recession-proof" careers are worth six-figure debt.<p>"I made it!" read the Instagram caption under my law-school graduation photos. A year later, I'm 32, nearly $200,000 in debt, sitting on a couch in a 900-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn, New York, …

College & University