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20 Legendary Day Hikes in the National Parks

The greatest hikes in U.S. national parks aren't necessarily the longest. Here are 20 treks that get hikers into the best a park has to offer in just a day.

A Lesson in Moroccan Flavors

In Fez, food is the entryway to a culture that is traditionally quite closed, says cooking teacher Tara Stevens. Here, she shares her favorite …

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Meet Chareau, a Versatile New Aloe-Based Spirit

<b>Chareau</b>, an aloe vera liqueur made in California, has been gaining popularity since its 2013 launch as bartenders' new favorite cocktail companion. The spirit is beginning to surface on more craft cocktail lists, not just in California, but at well-regarded watering holes across the country like …

The Care and Management of Mortality

Dr. Atul Gawande's <b>Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End</b> provides healthy doses of reality - the realities of disease, deterioration, debilitation, decline, dementia, dependence, despondency, and demise.<p>From those dreads, we might be prompted to imagine a Valentine's "gift" - taking the …

The US is about to drop its decades-old warning against cholesterol

'Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.'<p>Every five years, the United States government updates a set of Dietary Guidelines intended to help its citizens make healthier food choices. These guidelines also help inform how companies package and market their products. …

David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

David Axelrod recalls the first time he met Barack Obama in 1992 when they had lunch: "I was really impressed by him," he says.<p>The veteran political consultant was struck that Obama, who had been the first black editor of the <i>Harvard Law Review</i> and was highly sought after by big law firms, instead …

This Chef is Growing His Own Salt, and It's Delicious

Not all salt comes from the ocean—some comes from a mason jar in Ohio.<p>Not all salt comes from the ocean—some comes from a mason jar in Ohio. At …