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Ancient virus could be the reason humans can think

An ancient virus could be responsible for human consciousness, giving you the ability to think for yourself.<p>New research has linked a human gene …

Biology

Cake with Water (Without Milk, Butter, and Eggs)

This cake with water (without milk, butter, and eggs) recipe comes from my nonna Angela notebook with recipes. The <i>Torta all’acqua senza uoava, latte</i> …

Dessert

10 of My Favorite Keto Recipes

While it certainly is possible to modify takeout and restaurant food to fit your keto lifestyle, it's not easy. Many of the classic and easily …

Cooking

A New Easy-Breezy Genius Chocolate Mousse (Psst, Greek Yogurt is Involved)

Not only is this mousse quicker and more casual to make than the floofier traditional French version, but serious lovers of dark chocolate may find themselves liking it even more.<p>The recipe comes from Maria Speck, cookbook author and ancient grain guru, who riffed this version from one she spotted …

Dessert

Recipe: Vidalia Onion Dip with Bacon Crumbles

If you're from the South, you know all about the deliciously sweet Vidalia Onion, Georgia's official state vegetable. Since the discovery of Vidalias …

5 Steps to a More Satisfying Salad

We've all encountered a wimpy bowl of greens with a few slices of cucumber and a piece of tomato, trying to pass as a salad, at some point or …

Bacon And Cheddar Gourmet Popcorn

Recipe: Bacon And Cheddar Gourmet Popcorn<p>237<p>follow<p>If you're looking for a home cinema snack that's delicious and indulgent then you've hit the nail …

The One Thing I Always Do When Hosting Overnight Guests

For whatever reason, my husband and I host a lot of weekend guests at our house. I'd like to think it's because our friends enjoy our company, but …

Scientists just invented an edible pill that can tell you when you’re about to fart

Farts are a natural, healthy byproduct of your digestive system, and everyone has them from time to time, but as funny as flatulence is, how, when …

Why Makeup Matters to Women in Prison

“We struggle to just stay human and maintain whatever kind of dignity we can there.”<p>In 1908 guards stormed into a cell in Milan, tearing away bed sheets, flipping over mattresses, and yanking off pillowcases for a piece of contraband that had left the warden mystified for the preceding couple of …

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for soba noodles with rainbow vegetables in a sesame seed dressing

Need an antidote to January? This spicy sweet-sour noodle salad is just the ticket<p>More food: really? After two weeks of leftover roast potatoes dipped in mayonnaise for elevenses (because it’s Christmas), cake in the middle of the afternoon (ditto), mince pies drowning in rum butter and cream after …

Super-Easy Cut-Out Cookies & How to Give Them a Lil' Pizzazz

<i>This season, we're Making Magic, bringing you a series of easy transformations to embellish already-wonderful things, from cakes to presents to trees. Today, we're taking a break from the Cookbook Cookie Parade to bake—and decorate—cookies: Slide back and forth on the image below to see the magic</i> …

Dessert

How to Build a Bigger, Better, Beautiful Party Spread

One of the great pleasures in life is showing up to a party or dinner to find a bountiful plate of finger foods laid out before you. Just picture it: thinly sliced prosciutto, pristine olives, fresh baguettes, and, of course, a multitude of cheeses, be they soft or hard, sharp or mild or stinky. If …

Recipes

Recipe: 15-Minute Buttered Balsamic Mushrooms

15-Minute Buttered Balsamic Mushrooms<p>Serves 4<p>1 tablespoon olive oil <br>1 large or 2 small shallots, peeled and finely diced <br>3 tablespoons unsalted …

This Is the Most Popular Meatloaf Recipe on Pinterest

If there was a ranking of all the food that make me feel nostalgic, meatloaf would be up there. No, my parents never made meatloaf for dinner, but I …

Genius Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle is the Instant Gift We All Need

This chocolate chip cookie variant should get its own special bookmark in your brain right now, for the next time you need a last-minute party snack or cookie swap entry or a gift for pretty much anyone (including yourself).<p>It's speedier, easier, and—especially for us crispy cookie devotees—leaps …

Dessert

The best yorkshire pudding recipe to make with a roast

A good Yorkshire pudding is a thing of beauty, whether you choose whether to make puffy individual puddings or go the traditional route and make one big one, which will be crisp around the edges but have more of the gorgeously custardy, squidgy middle.<p>Although they are the classic shape these days, …

Recipes

Recipe: Apple Yogurt Cake with a Cinnamon-Sugar Streak

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with baking spray or olive oil.<p>Place the yogurt, …

Dessert

Best ever meringue recipes

Our meringue recipes are easy dessert ideas to make at home. Whisk up a pavlova, classic Eton mess, lemon meringue pie and more with our meringue …

Dessert

Recipe: Italian Carrot Cake

Italian Carrot Cake (<i>Torta di Carote</i>)<p>Serves 8 to 10<p><i>For the cake:</i><br>Unsalted butter, for coating the pan <br>2/3 cup all-purpose flour <br>2 1/2 teaspoons baking …

Dessert

Deliciously Ella's chocolate ganache cake

This may also be the simplest cake ever: just six ingredients whizzed together and then baked for 30 minutes.<p>MAKES<p>One cake<p>INGREDIENTS<p>For the cake<p>Coconut oil, for the tin<br>• 3 avocados<br>• 7 tbsp almond butter<br>• 8 tbsp raw cacao powder, plus more to dust (optional)<br>• 11 tbsp maple syrup<br>• 140g ground almonds<br>• 3 tbsp …

Recipes

How to Make a Show-Stopping Carrot Cake

Of all the cakes I make, none are requested as often as carrot. Mom prefers white cake, and my brother is partial to yellow, but when I factor in the habits of my friends and extended family, as well as all the requests for special occasion cakes that I had to field in my restaurant days, carrot …

Battenberg Cake

When I was young, Battenberg cake was sold at the food hall of a department store my mum used to take me to. With its pink and yellow checkerboard pattern of light sponge cake, thin layer of apricot jam, and marzipan coating, it drew me in. The store-bought version was a delight to look at, but …

Dessert

The Total Beginner’s Guide to Successful Indoor Gardening

Maybe you've tried to grow basil in your kitchen before? And maybe you were lucky to get four leaves — two of which you were actually willing to eat? …

Why It Matters Who Females Choose to Have Sex With

Warning: Graphic duck sex.<p>Charles Darwin made Victorians splutter into their tea when he wrote <i>The Descent of Man</i>, subtitled “selection in relation to sex.” In it, he not only claimed that animals and birds select their mates according to what he called “the taste for the beautiful.” He also …

Birds

This Yale biologist has a fascinating theory of how women changed human evolution

Richard Prum, the author of "The Evolution of Beauty," explains how who a female chooses to mate with can change the common traits that men show. Over time, women can change the evolutionary definition of maleness. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>I'm Richard Prum. I'm the William Robinson</i> …

Evolution

The Amazing Ways Your Brain Determines What You See

Perception underpins everything we think, do, believe, know, or love, says neuroscientist Beau Lotto.<p>Terms like “deviant” and “misfit” are normally freighted with negative connotations. But neuroscientist Beau Lotto explains in his new book, <i>Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently</i>, that it is our …

Creativity

Three Curious Facts About Jellyfish

Jellies may seem like some of the strangest and most alien-looking animals on the planet. Here are just three ways in which species in these two …

Scientists unravel mystery of the loose shoelace

Things can start to unravel at any moment, but when failure occurs it is swift and catastrophic. This is the conclusion of a scientific investigation …

UC Berkeley

We just found out about yet another reason to always wear a condom, and you've probably never heard about it

When we talk about safe sex, the necessity of wearing a condom is usually emphasized — and obviously for good reason. Apart from preventing unwanted …