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15 Pasta Recipes for Speedy 15-Minute Weeknight Dinners

When it comes to cooking during the week, the most time-efficient recipes are the most valuable. 30-minute meals used to be all the rage, but in this age of instant gratification, 15-minute dinners are the new standard. What’s the key to getting dinner on the table that quickly? Using quick-cooking …

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Pecan or Walnut Crescent Cookies | America's Test Kitchen

We prefer whole milk in this recipe, but 1 or 2 percent low-fat milk may be substituted. Do not substitute frozen cherries for the fresh cherries.<p><b>1.</b> …

Heavenly Squares: 7 Decadent Dessert Bar Recipes

Easy to make and even easier to eat, dessert bars are always a hit over the holidays. From Chocolate Chip Pecan Blondies to Luscious Lemon Squares, these handheld sweets will have everyone reaching for seconds (and thirds!).<p><b>1. Baileys Cheesecake-Marbled Brownies</b><p>Spiked with Baileys Irish Cream, …

Dessert

Every geek movie we're excited about in 2017

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Sony is bringing 'Parappa', 'Wild Arms' and more to mobile

Hot on the heels of PlayStation Experience, Sony has announced the first smartphone games developed under its new "ForwardWorks" banner. The huge roster includes a new <i>Everybody's Golf</i> title (known as <i>Hot Shots Golf</i> in the US), which will come out first in spring 2017. The company is also working on …

This Kickstarter wants to help you breathe better

Asthma or allergies have you congested? This Kickstarter project might be for you.<p>Seattle-based Kaia is an indoor air gadget that monitors the air …

7 Things Japan Can Teach You About Living A Long, Healthy Life

Want to know where to look to live a long, prosperous, healthy life? It’s simple. Just look east.<p>Japan, the land that gave us such treasures as Hokusai, Mothra and the delicious snack-stick known as Pocky , offers what may be the world’s best blueprint for a healthy life. Not only do Japanese men …

In Japan, robot dogs are for life - and death

Robot dog owners believe their robotic pets have souls and are extremely emotionally attached to the "animals." © AFP Toshifumi Kitamura<p>Incense smoke wafts through the cold air of the centuries-old Buddhist temple as a priest chants a sutra, praying for the peaceful transition of the souls of the …

Robotics

Everything I learned about life in Japan, I learned from riding the subway

Regularly riding the subway was a new experience for me when I moved to Yokohama, Japan. As a former resident of Honolulu, and before that, a …

Japan

Modern End-of-Life Services in Japan

Japan expects its population to shrink by nearly 30 million people over the next 50 years, with a thriving market for funerals, graves, and anything related to the afterlife. Funeral business fairs and "end-of-life seminars" are becoming popular events, offering both traditional and high-tech …

A Dumpling Recipe to Bridge Generations

<i>In honor of Mother's Day, we're unearthing Heirloom Recipes and memories from our community members' moms all week.</i><p><i>Today: Hsiao-Ching Chou of Chinese Soul Food shares her mother's recipe for pan-fried dumplings.</i><p><i>Left: Hsiao-Ching's mother sits on the grass at the University of Missouri, where she</i> …

Spots make praying mantis fumble its attack - Futurity

Understanding how the praying mantis attacks could solve an evolutionary mystery about butterfly wings.

Roundup: The First Reviews of the Apple Watch

The first reviews of the Apple Watch are out now. With pre-orders opening in just a couple of days, it’s worth finding out if the device is really all that.<p>We’ve scoured the Web for comments on Apple’s first wearable, and here’s what we found.<p><b>“The Apple Watch is still a smartwatch, and it’s not</b> …

Bounceroo Giraffe Rocker Automatically Rocks Your Baby For You

Want an automatic baby rocker to rock your baby for you? Warren Newton, dad of four, and Innovative Baby Products want you to meet Gerry. Gerry’s …

Pregnancy

OmniO Rider stroller can be worn like a backpack

At first glance the OmniO Rider looks much like any other stroller which is designed to fold small enough to fit in the boot of your car, or on …

5 Ways to Transform Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving side-dish staple. This year, we think you should raise your game and make them unforgettable. Here, 5 supreme ways …

The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 7 Myths That Need To Go Away

If you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan of the cast iron. When I packed up my apartment last spring and had to live for a full month with only two pans in my kitchen, you can bet your butt that the first one I grabbed was my trusty cast iron skillet. I use it for the crispest potato hash and for …

The Rudest Things You Can Do When You're Eating, According To Etiquette Experts

We've so been there: On the other side of a table from someone chewing with their mouth open. Wide open. This person could be the dearest, most cherished person in our lives, but such a sight can almost be enough to make you consider never eating with them again.<p>Perhaps that's not your trigger. "I …

Mac to the Future: 96% Off a Bundle of 8 OS X Apps

Do more with your Mac today, with these eight great apps from top developers in this fantastic bundle. For a fraction of their total value, you can:<p>Learn to play your favorite songs with Capo<br>• Edit your photos professionally in AfterShot Pro 2, a full-featured 64-bit photo processing suite<br>• Add …

2013 Apple TV revision gets its first exclusive feature: iOS 8’s Peer-to-Peer AirPlay

When Apple released Apple TV software update 7.0 earlier this month, it came with support for new iOS 8 features including the new Peer-to-Peer AirPlay feature. First announced when Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier this year, Peer-to-Peer AirPlay allows users on iOS 8 and the upcoming OS X Yosemite …

3 Steps to a Family-Friendly and Functional Kitchen

Libby Langdon, designer and host of the TV show, Daykeover, shares an easy makeover for a kitchen.<p>""These days, staying in is the new going out, and all the action usually happens in the kitchen. Make it functional and family-friendly — but also super-stylish!" —<i>Libby Langdon</i><p><i>Photo: David A. Land</i><p><b>1.</b> …

Kitchens

In the Kitchen With: Zoe Nathan’s Bacon Cheddar Muffins

I am so excited to share a recipe from the recently released Huckleberry cookbook. It seems that my phone hasn’t stopped ringing this year with calls …

Startup turns the iPhone into a portable optometrist office for quick field eye exams and prescriptions

It seems like every week there is another revolutionary use of smartphones with the potential to change the way we do things. Smart Vision Labs has created such an invention with the help of the iPhone and its low-light 8-megapixel camera. In short, what it does is enable is quick and inexpensive …

ZAGG Folio Case w/ Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad Air (white) $55 shipped (Reg. $100)

<b>Update (9/22 12:50pm):</b> Daily Steal is offering the <b></b>ZAGGkeys Folio Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Air in black for <b>$35</b> shipped (Reg. $99). It comes with a one year warranty from ZAGG.<p>Amazon is offering the ZAGG Folio Case with Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad Air in white for <b>$54.99</b> shipped (matched …

App Bundles go Live on the App Store, Check These Out

​<p>Apple brought many nice improvements with iOS 8, but also improved its other services, like the App Store which has received a number of upgrades. …

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Successfully Survive Second Drop Test

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were subjected to their first drop test yesterday after the two devices went on sale in Australia. While the 6 and 6 Plus fared well when dropped on their backs, the screens did see significant shattering when dropped face down on the concrete.<p>A second drop test conducted …

An Alarm Clock That Wakes You Up With a Cup of Coffee

Well, it looks like we’ve stumbled upon heaven. And its name is The Barisieur.<p>As one who hates waking up early, it doesn’t get much better than this. …

Homemade Stroopwafels

I've always wanted a waffle cone maker, but admittedly, there's very little space in my cabinets for one to live. I've talked myself out of buying …

Buttermilk Maple French Toast

French toast batter has two main components: eggs and milk. You can use either regular milk or non-dairy milk, depending on what you have in your …