Mike Schwer

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Science Says Burning Sage Can Clean The Air And Improve Your Health

Whether the season is summer, spring, fall or winter, it is a good idea to clean the air in your home regularly to get rid of germs and all the other …

3 key things that separate a leader from a manager

Having an applied universal system in which all members can follow and abide by is a great way to uphold standards, increase accountability and promote unity.<p>You need people whose responsibility is carrying out these systems and assuring that they are implemented properly.<p>Throughout time, these …

How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

Tumors

21 Healthy Meals (and Desserts) You Can Make in a Mug

The microwave gets a bad rap these days, but when you’re running late or only have 10 minutes between errands, tossing a few ingredients in a mug for …

Noodle Soups

From classic chicken noodle to a tofu, eggplant and shiitake variation, here are some delicious noodle soup recipes.

Joanne Chang's Hot and Sour Soup Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> Restaurants and recipes for hot & sour soup invariably use cornstarch as a thickener, but it doesn't have to be that way. Yes, cornstarch plumps up the broth, but in doing so puts a hazy, viscous layer between us and the sour, spicy sting we crave. Chang's version is thickened with …

Homemade Wonton Soup Recipe

"This is a recipe I have perfected on my own through the years. I am one who never measures, so take the measurements as a guide, not as law. This …

Mastering Your Motivation

A few years ago, as I sat through the presentation for a startup company, it wasn’t clear to me what was driving the business. There didn’t appear to …

The Second Golden Rule Of Leadership

Of all the many problems facing today’s business community none is more critical than the quality of the workplace. In the absence of a friendly work setting, employee loyalties quickly dissolve. According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, employees typically remain in their position for only …

Leadership

10 Indicators That Distinguish Leaders From Managers

Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to …

42 Recipes for Summer Vegetables

Your Ultimate Guide To No-Bake Energy Bites & Bars

<i>(For quick, healthy recipes & insider nutrition tips, sign up for my newsletter & follow me on Twitter!)</i><p>Trying to eat healthier in the new year? Looking to liven up your child's school lunch box? Need energy for a workout? If you want to eat something healthy and homemade, but have little time to …

The Perfect Winter Dish: Butternut Gratin

Mimi Thorisson, a big-city girl from Hong Kong, becomes an accidental blogger and chatelaine in rural France and falls head over heels in love with cooking in the process. Take a look at a comforting and delicious recipe from her new book, A Kitchen in France.<p>Ingredients<p>3 tablespoons unsalted …

Slow-cooker magic: Make Christmas morning special with this deluxe overnight oatmeal

If you still haven't tried making oatmeal in your slow cooker, you're in for a real treat. This make-ahead oatmeal serves a whole houseful of relatives and couldn't be easier to prepare the night before, so it's perfect for Christmas morning. With just a stir and a push of a button, you can throw …

Breakfast

Cashew-Fig Bars For the Great Outdoors

These oatmeal, cashew, and fig bars from Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook ($16, originally $25) are the closest you'll get to cookies while still remaining in the energy-bar department. They can be whipped up in a flash, and they freeze really, really well. I loaded up a Ziploc bag full and kept …

The Simple Secret to the Ultimate Pico de Gallo

For fresher-tasting salsa, shake in these ingredients<p>One of the saddest culinary sights to witness is watching premade salsa plop from a jar into a serving dish. The tomatoes, suffocating under a sodium-laden sauce, splat unceremoniously. You can smell the chemical tang in the air. The tortilla …

Graham Cracker Cookies

<i>These graham cracker cookies are loaded with crushed graham crackers and melty chocolate chips for an amazing twist on a classic cookie.</i><p>My mama is always asking me how I come up with ideas for new recipes. And I'm all, I dunno, I guess I'm just magic?<p>Unfortunately, that's a lie. I don't have one …

Roasted Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

When planning your menu for your homemade holiday feasts, it's a smart idea to add in a few healthier salads and side dishes for a fresh change. Alongside the family's favorite stuffing, potatoes, or pie recipes, try adding this sweet and savory salad to the holiday table for a dose of fresh …

Take an Oven Chill Pill: The Magic of Grilling Butternut Squash

I recently shared a whole bunch of ideas for great fall vegetables you can grill. But I realized that one of my all-time favorites, butternut squash, only made it onto the list as an (admittedly delicious) butternut squash soup. There are so many other ways to serve it!<p>To fill this recipe void, I …

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes That Prove This Mighty Machine Isn't Just For Meat

Slow cookers have the reputation of being meat machines. While they have the unique ability to tenderize meat with minimal effort, the assumption that slow cookers are best for meaty dishes overlooks the amazing ways they can transform your vegetables.<p>First of all, it recently came to our attention …

BA's Best Banana Bread

Makes one 8½x4½" loaf<p>Here at BA everybody has their favorite banana bread recipe. We made every one—14 to be exact—until we came up with a collective favorite. Dark brown sugar is key and a dollop of mascarpone makes for superior tenderness. Walnuts optional but encouraged. This is part of BA's …

Banana Boat Desserts For The Lazy, Need-A-Sweet-This-Instant Type

Consider the banana. It can be sliced, diced, blended, grilled and even whipped into a soft serve ice cream.<p>It can also transform into a boat -- a luscious masterpiece suitable for the lazy, the crazy and the need-a-dessert-in-a-hurry types. The banana presents itself as the ideal foundation for …

Easiest Corn on the Cob Ever – Chef John's Favorite Method for Corn on the Cob

Shake Things up: Make Your Own Pinot Noir Sea Salt

Making flavored sea salts is quick, easy and fun, not to mention a wonderful and adventurous addition to every chef's kitchen arsenal. Flavored salts can either be used as a rub for meat or seafood prior to cooking, or added as a finishing touch to fresh vegetables and, believe it or not, even …

7 Ways to Use Grilled Garlic

Here are seven ways to cook with grilled garlic.<p>In this week’s installment of F&W’s video series with Panna, chef Rick Bayless shows how grilling …

'buckswire

Starbucks baristas in Santa Ana, Calif. made Food Beast editors some stupid crazy drinks, many of which are California-inspired. Check out the colorful <b>L.A. Smog</b> and the frothy <b>Mexican Flag Frap</b>. [Food Beast]

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

Five Ultimate Iced Tea Recipes

Celebrate summer’s ultimate thirst-quencher with these healthy mixers<p>Celebrate summer’s ultimate thirst-quencher with these healthy mixers<p>Iced tea is as much a part of summer as maxi dresses and movie sequels. But a lot of bottled teas load up on sugar or artificial ingredients—not so refreshing. …