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A Cookie a Day: Moist and Chewy Double Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate is something that seems to be forgotten this time of year. Our preoccupation with chocolate chip cookies and rich chocolate cakes falls by the wayside, ushering in a season filled with tons and <i>tons</i> of cinnamon.<p>Don't get me wrong, I am a massive fan of sugar and spice and everything nice, …

Our Most Popular Quick & Easy Dinner Recipes of 2017

Like virtually everyone else, quick and easy dinner recipes are the bread and butter of my weekly meal plan. These are the dinners that come together …

Books,Fiction,Culture,Essays,Science and nature,Poetry,Vladimir Nabokov,Daphne du Maurier,JD Salinger,Elizabeth Bowen,Joseph Heller,Simone de Beauvoir,William Golding<p>Julian Barnes, Margaret Drabble, Tessa Hadley, David Nicholls and others choose reading matter that would have been useful when young

Literature

Let This Solo Vagabond Remind You That ‘We Are Built To Explore’

This isn’t the normal “dude in a van” story. It’s about more than that. It’s about a guy who reclaimed his life. It’s about a guy who quit his job and set himself free.<p>A few years ago, Matt McDonald hopped into his van and drove across the western U.S., Alaska, and Canada. He didn’t go with a …

Flourless Almond Cake

<i>A flourless almond cake that’s French and flavorful, this amandier is crisp and crunchy on the outside, dense and chewy on the inside, and</i> …

8 Vegetarian-Friendly Cookbooks to Inspire Your Spring Garden

In a few short weeks, the tomatoes, squash and lettuce you planted earlier this year will start to pop out of your carefully tended garden. Congrats on the fruits (err… veggies) of your labor you bonafide urban gardener, you. What better way to proudly show off your bounty than with making fresh …

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6 Literary Festivals Around the World You Can't Miss

PHOTO BY PEXELS<p>Like a good book, you won't be able to pass these parties up.<p>Book lovers, rejoice! Here are six literary festivals around the globe …

17 book recommendations from 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson

Actress Emma Watson and Hermione Granger, the "Harry Potter" character she played for a decade, have at least one thing in common: They <i>love</i> to read.<p>After starring in the billion-dollar franchise — which she did from 11 to 21 — Watson attended Brown University and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor's …

7 Protein Cookie Recipes for Healthier Snacking

Cookies get a bad rap, but if you find the right recipes, they can be mostly healthy and totally filling. These treats fit the bill and are perfect …

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14 Clean Eating Recipes for Dessert

Clean Eating Dessert Recipes: Black Forest Banana Split<p>There are few things better than a diner-style sundae. Make a healthier one at home using …

Dessert

Gluten-free Lemon Bars

<i>Bright and dreamy gluten-free lemon bars still have the perfect buttery crust and creamy, bold lemon custard dusted with a generous amount of</i> …

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

1. Preheat oven to 325°F;. Line an 8x8-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing it to hang over two sides of the pan to create "handles".<p>2. …

Crouching tiger, hidden India: An escorted tour and the adventure of a lifetime

Incredible India<p>From tigers in Ranthambore to the magic of Mumbai, Jillian Bolger enjoys a once-in-a-lifetime Indian adventure.<p>The dawn chorus is in …

India

12 National Parks That Will Take Your Breath Away

Have you ever been somewhere so beautiful, that it literally leaves you speechless? Well, if you love nature and the great outdoors, you’re sure to …

27 Healthy Desserts You Can Make in a Blender

Soups, sauces, and smoothies are pretty standard fare for a blender. Now, expand the handy kitchen appliance’s repertoire to include dessert! Yep—you …

Pasta with Garlic and Oil

<i>Aglio e Olio</i><p>It pays to use high-quality extra-virgin olive oil in this dish.<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>1 pound spaghetti<br>• Salt<br>• 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil<br>• 12 …

13 Insanely Easy Three-Ingredient Desserts

Never let them see you sweat: Holiday edition.

China: beyond the Great Wall

Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Monkey. As people the world over prepare for the festivities, we pick out some of the best ways to visit the home of this much-anticipated holiday.<p>First-time visitors to China are always drawn to the country’s iconic sights: Beijing’s …

14 Warming Vegan Main Dishes for Chilly Nights

While many of us (myself included) associate winter with meat- and dairy-rich comfort food—slow-cooked meat sauces, cheesy casseroles, thick beef stews—you don't have to load yourself with animal protein to enjoy a hearty meal. Whether you're full-on committing yourself to animal-free eating or …

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The 27 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2016

Here are the books we can't wait to read in 2016! (Ranked in no particular order.)

State-by-State: America's Favorite Music, Candy, Sports, Desserts and More

Regional preferences are pivotal to your sense of place. Just try telling a midwesterner that most of the country calls it soda and not "pop." We …

Ann Morgan spent a year reading a book from every country in the world – 196 in total. Here she picks 10 favourites that vividly evoke the regions they describe<p>• <b>If</b> <b>you’ve read a book with a powerful sense of place or one that inspired you to travel, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below</b><p>In …

Books

Peach Pie

Lord help me when it comes to peach pie. True, I have never met a pie I didn't like, but fresh peaches nestled under a buttery pastry crust is just …

18 Salads to Brighten Up Your Winter Meals

When the temperatures start dipping into the 30s and below, I dip into my repertoire of hearty, slow-cooked dishes to keep me and my kitchen toasty. Nothing makes you feel cozier on a cold day than an herb-crusted roast or thick stew—the flavor deepening over hours on the stovetop or in the oven, …

49 Turmeric Recipes, the Wonder Spice Your Body Needs

Also known as the long lost Spice Girl.<p>Like ginger, turmeric, the unassuming root with color so vibrant you suddenly have an urge to hand-dye fabric, is said to be one of the world's healthiest foods—the bright orange-yellow equivalent of putting your insides through a car wash. An essential, …

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I spent two years traveling the world, and it completely changed my life

In August 2009 I took a one-way flight to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, with the intention of learning how to teach English, getting a job, and tramping around Europe.<p>Little did I know that that decision would push me to East Asian megacities, the tallest mountains in the world, and …

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

“In any art you’re allowed to steal anything if you can make it better.”<p><i>“As a writer you should not judge. You should understand,”</i> <b>Ernest Hemingway</b> (July 21, 1899–July 2, 1961) counseled in his 1935 <i>Esquire</i> compendium of writing advice, addressed to an archetypal young correspondent but based on a …

The Best Pancakes - Old Fashioned Pancakes Recipe