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9 Orzo Recipes That Make Perfect Picnic Dishes

<i>Pictured: Celery and Olive Orzo Salad recipe from CHOW</i>When you’re packing a picnic, the last thing you want to take along is something that needs …

Pasta

These Blended Frozen Banana Recipes Are Better Than Ice Cream

It’s time to rethink the banana.<p>All you need is a freezer and a blender to transform the potassium-, serotonin- and fiber rich fruit into the creamiest, most healthy treat we’ve had all year.<p>We scoured the internet for delicious ideas, but really, you can’t go wrong: peel and slice some slightly …

10 Unique Ways to Decorate with Mirrors

Tips from Kay Douglass, Steven Sclaroff, and more designers.<p>No matter where you put one, mirrors are an easy way to reflect light, make a space look bigger, and open up a room. Here are 10 decorating ideas for using them in your house.

DIY: A Painted Garden Bed on Wheels

Reclaimed in style: wood sourced from pallets is painted and attached to casters for an instant and inexpensive garden bed.<p>Spotted on the blog of …

10 Surprising Ways to Use Magnets Around the House

Everyday items become even more useful with a little magnetic magic.<p>These small, powerful discs or strips (look for them in varying strengths at a craft store) excel at creating vertical storage and a safe space for tiny items. Just remember to keep them away from kids who might swallow them as you …

6 Smarter Ways to Make the Most of a Garage

Believe it or not, this cave-like space has potential.<p>Your garage might be a scary, junk-filled spot that you'd rather forget about. But, you're missing out on some prime room real estate there. To up its appeal — and its utility — consider these ideas.<p><b>1. Paint It a Cheerful Color</b><p>Designer Annie …

5 Easy Vodka Cocktails

Arguably the world's most agreeable spirit, vodka is the blank canvas of the cocktail world. Its neutral flavor profile makes it a chameleon in the glass, acting as a spirited clean slate from which other ingredients can meld and commingle. And because of its versatility, it's an easy bottle to …

11 Salad Recipes to Add to Your Work Week Rotation

<i>Pictured: Tarragon-Crème Fraîche Salad Dressing recipe from CHOW</i>With summer right around the corner, it’s time to look at some bikini ready recipes. …

Cooking

5 Easy and Tasty Pickle Recipes

Pickling is a method I use whenever I have a fridge full of vegetables that are getting close to their expiration date. It's incredibly easy and the result is always delicious! I'll eat cornichons and dill pickles out of the jar as a snack, but my favorite types are Asian style pickles. I love the …

The Ultimate Hangover-Curing Smoothie

1 c diced Granny Smith apple (about ½ med apple)<br>1 c diced seedless cucumber (about ½ English cucumber)<br>1 c diced honey dew or casaba melon (about ¼ …

Healthy Eating

15 Smart Solutions for That Awkward Space Above Your Cabinets

...and none of them are "gather dust."<p>If you've got a gap between your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling, you've likely spent time cursing your architect. But some good news: There are some stylish ways to tackle this forgotten spot.

How to Declutter a Small Space

You don't have to fill a small room with everything you own. Experts share their tips for decluttering and prioritizing when they're working with a tiny space. See more ways to make the most of a small space.<p><b>1. On New Things</b><p><b>2. On Furniture</b><p>Any space feels bigger when you leave some things out. …