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The Enlightenment Is Working

Don’t listen to the gloom-sayers. The world has improved by every measure of human flourishing over the past two centuries, and the progress continues, writes Steven Pinker.<p>For all their disagreements, the left and the right concur on one thing: The world is getting worse. Whether the decline is …

Big Ideas

Cocktail Recipe: Man on the Moon

Sarah Fennel, the Detroit-based blogger behind Broma Bakery, shares her secrets<p>How the badge indicates that an American wine blend reaches …

Recipes

How To Make Buttermilk from Plain Milk with Lemon Juice or Vinegar

<b>Combine the milk and lemon juice.</b> Measure 1 scant cup of milk. Stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar.<p><b>Let stand 5 to 10 minutes.</b> Let …

Recipes

Carrot cake

<i>This swirl shape of this cake and especially the dark hole in the middle made me think. What is it with black that makes it so interesting? Dark</i> …

Dessert

For the Beginners-Easiest Vegetables to Grow in Pots

<b>1. Beets:</b><p>This kind of variety grows well in small spaces – however, if you want best results try to grow ‘Red Ace’ type. You need to have a pot, …

Gardening

‘Spanakopita’ – Spinach pie

<i>As time goes by and I get deeper and more consciously into cooking, things start to be shape up. It’s clear to me that any type of dough is of</i> …

Recipes

Cretan Christmas cookies

<i>It’s all about those sweet cookies with butter and baked almonds inside, so soft that melt in your mouth, make you smile from delight! It’s a local</i> …

Recipes

Prassopita – Leek pie

<i>Have you ever thought of ‘why’? I’m sure you use it lots of times in your day and especially for the things happening around you coming from others;</i> …

Recipes

Chocolate Mirror Glaze

Chocolate Mirror Glaze – Glaçage brillant au chocolat<p>This is my favorite chocolate glaze. It is full of cocoa flavor and the glaze produces a …

18 LAYER CHOCOLATE PRALINE CAKE

Few years ago, I saw a tall <b>multi-layer CHOCOLATE PRALINE CAKE</b> in Williams Sonoma catalog during the holiday season, I fell in love with it! I never …

Recipes

Combining Moroccan cooking, classic French techniques with a modern approach, I believe in using the freshest ingredients to create a delicious and …

10 La Croix Cocktails to Make for a Bougie Tailgate

All you need is a little La Croix to make your game day.<p>October 30, 2017<p>Tailgating season is upon us, and now that La Croix is all the rage with …

Trends

The Whoppers of 2017

SummaryWe first dubbed President Donald Trump, then just a candidate, as “King of Whoppers” in our annual roundup of notable false claims for 2015.He …

Donald Trump

The Must-Read Brain Books Of 2017

The must-read brain books of 2017 featured persuasion, compulsion, popularity, fear, technology, distraction, and the reasons why we’re capable of so much good and so much evil. The eight books on this list all reveal important, timely insights about who we are, what we do and why we do it.<p><b>The Fear</b> …

Books

Why You’ll Want to Turn Yourself Into an LLC Under the Republican Tax Plan

There has been an a lot of discussion about how, under the Republican tax plan, highly paid professionals will want to turn themselves into LLCs in …

You might want to turn yourself into an LLC under the Republican tax plan

There has been an a lot of discussion about how, under the Republican tax plan, highly paid professionals will want to turn themselves into LLCs in order to take advantage of special cuts for business owners. This week, the Tax Policy Center produced the clearest analysis I've seen yet …

Finance

12 Simple Phrases That Are Guaranteed to Make People Like You More

A dozen simple, easy-to-remember phrases, and they'll almost always make other people react positively to you.<p>The late, great American poet Maya Angelou once said, "people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."<p>The truth is, …

25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers

Whether you're looking for gift ideas or suggestions for your own reading, TED speakers have you covered.<p>Back in May just after the main TED event, the TED blog rounded up an incredible list of all the titles recommended from the stage this year. It was enough to fill up most people's to-read queue …

15 New Year’s Eve Apps That Ring in the Yum

These easy-but-elegant appetizers are straight-up #newyearsevegoals. Plus, they pair quite nicely with a glass of champagne—just sayin’.

The Midwestern Drink That's Making a Comeback

Every year as the weather grows cold, small red, white, and green plastic tubs suddenly line the shelves of grocery stores in the upper Midwest. …

Rollmops

Place the salt and water into a 4-quart container and stir until the salt has dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the trout filets, making sure they are …

Fish Roll with Compound Butter

On your counter top lay out a sheet of parchment paper and top it with a layer of plastic wrap.<p>Lay out your fillets of salmon, tails away from you. …

Braciole

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the tomato sauce in a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and place in the oven to heat.<p>In a the bowl of a food …

CHOW CHOW (North American Pickled Relish)

1 small cabbage, chopped<br>6 to 8 green or red tomatoes, chopped<br>6 medium bell peppers, chopped<br>6 large onions, chopped<br>2 hot peppers, chopped<br>3 cups sugar<br>5 …

Researchers Say That Following This Diet Could Extend Your Life by 7 to 10 Years

With each passing year, diet fads seem to come and go. Only an elite few prove to be more than temporary trends, providing increased health, …

Diabetes

The 5 Fruits With The Highest Carbohydrate Counts

In case you were wondering.<p>Fact: Fruit is an important part of your overall diet. It is a nutrient-rich food full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients. Many also contain antioxidants like polyphenols that ward off cancer and keep your body healthy.<p>But here’s the thing: Eating endless …

Cardamom Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread is originally a Scottish butter cookie but has been adapted to different cultures and cuisines by the addition of spices, oils and nuts. …

How to Make Complex Ideas Easy to Understand for Everyone

Stay away from jargon.<p>You're sitting in a conference room with all the big bosses. They're meeting to discuss the annual budget, and it's your job to pitch them your case for more money for your team.<p>The problem?<p>While you're quite confident everyone has a vague idea what your department does, …

Crostini neri – chicken liver crostini

This crostini neri recipe is just the thing to kick off a Tuscan Christmas feast. Delicate chicken livers are complemented by the anchovy paste, …