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How to Cook Mussels Like Some Kind of Professional Mussel-Cooker

By Rochelle Bilow<p>Mussels are quick-cooking, inexpensive, and party-friendly. Avoid these common mistakes, and get them right, every time.<p>Quick—name a dish that's inexpensive, quick-cooking, fancy enough for a party, but easy enough to make on a weeknight. If you said mussels, we're on the same …

Italian Food

The Unexpected Color Palettes of New Orleans' Homes

This photographer's shots just might inspire you to head to the paint aisle.<p>Rows of technicolor homes might not suit every city (we'd be certainly be surprised if every brownstone in Brooklyn was suddenly a "purplestone" or a "pinkstone" — though they do exist). But New Orleans is another story. …

Blue Ghost Fireflies, North Carolina

45+ Summer Cocktails Every Host Should Try

If you've never enjoyed a Tom Collins on a sunny back patio, you simply haven't lived.<p>A fabulous drink is the quickest way to get in the spirit. Whether guests prefer gin or rum, these simple, time-tested cocktails are sure to please.

High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Elevenses: English Tea Times For Dummies

You're an American in London. You've visited Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Tower of London, but there's one more thing you want to check off your to-do list: tea.<p>No, not just any tea. We're talking a good, old-fashioned English tea time, with finger sandwiches, dainty china cups and all the …


Why the new Terminator movie had to come out this year

But that wasn't the case for "Terminator Genisys" which was rushed into production in a race against the copyright clock. If it didn't come out this year, then there might not have been thoughts of a new "Terminator" movie.<p>The "Terminator" franchise has bounced from studio to studio since the …


Mystery woman with English accent and Australian memories turns up in San Diego

<i>UPDATE: Wednesday, July 1, 9:06 p.m. ET: The mystery woman has been identified as Ashley Menatta, 53, from Pennsylvania. It has been reported her</i> …

Waco coverage shows double standard on race

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday, just after news broke of a shootout in Waco, Texas, involving "rival biker gangs" as The New York Times alert phrased it, the political activist Shaun King wrote on Twitter:<p>"I'll wait (and wait and wait and wait) to hear someone on the news call what just happened in Waco 'white …


Artist Finds Beautiful Beach Stones and Covers Them in Tiny Dots of Paint

Elspeth McLean is an Australian award-winning artist whose passion for colour and detail has evolved into a unique style of painting she describes as …


Watch the moon wobble its way through all of 2015 in this NASA video

As the moon orbits Earth, it keeps the same face oriented toward our planet—almost. From our view, this slight variance—known as libration—looks like a wobble that slowly changes our view of the Moon.<p>Thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a satellite that has orbited the moon since 2009, we …


How to Make Your Own Chia Pudding

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant shares her recipe for homemade chia pudding that will make you forget all about those grocery store pods.</i><p>Not …

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.


20 Thanksgiving Centerpieces to Complete Your Harvest Table

You'll love the family-friendly conversation starter involved in #2.<p>Digging into the holiday spread might be number one on your Thanksgiving to do list, but these pretty displays will convince you to look up from your plate.

16 Calming Paint Colors That Give a Room a Relaxing Vibe

Nothing says "namaste" quite like purple.<p>Rich hues and soft pastels lend a calming feeling to these spaces.

Fall Is in the Air

It's my favorite time of year once again - yesterday was the autumnal equinox, marking the end of summer and the start of fall across the Northern Hemisphere. And 2014 appears to be the year we reach peak pumpkin spice. Autumn is the season of harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, …

Baked French Toast with Pecan Crumble

8 Servings<p>Active Time: 30 min<p>Total Time: 3 min<p>Drying out the challah lets the Baked French Toast absorb the custard without going to mush and top it off with a pecan crumble for an extra crunch.<p>December 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>french toast<p>1 pound loaf challah, sliced 1-inch thick<p>Unsalted butter, room …


24 Summer Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

It's summertime, and the cookin's easy—master these ultimate summer dishes and eat well through September<p><b>Just because we're not in the mood to fire up the oven</b> to make brisket in the summer, doesn't mean we're off the hook when it comes to warm weather meals. Nope, when it comes to summertime, …


27 Creative Salad Dressing Recipes That Go Beyond Balsamic

From creamy ranch to bracing vinaigrettes, here are the salad dressing recipes we love best.<p><b>Say goodbye to that basic balsamic vinaigrette</b>—your salad dressing is about to get serious. Here are our favorite ways to dress our salads, from an updated goddess to a lighter, brighter Caesar.

Healthy Eating

Smoking Meat 101: Barbecue for Beginners

Barbecue doesn't have to be intimidating. With these tips from pitmaster Pat Martin, smoking meat can be downright easy—even for beginners<p>"If you can smoke a slab of ribs, you can cook a whole hog," says <b>Pat Martin</b>, owner of Martin's BBQ Joint in Nolensville, Tennessee. Beloved of <i>Bon Appétit</i> …


Sesame Noodles with Chili Oil and Scallions

4 Servings<p>Spicy Sichuan pepper will leave your lips buzzing. Use any leftover chili oil from this sesame noodles recipe in dressings or marinades.<p>June 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 scallions, whites and greens separated, thinly sliced<p>1/2 cup vegetable oil<p>1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes<p>2 teaspoons …


A Zingy Base for All Summer Drinks, Alcoholic and Virgin

The best summer pitcher drinks—alcoholic and virgin—are based on a zingy lemon-ginger brew concocted by our food & features editor Carla Lalli Music<p><b>No, it’s not green juice. It’s Lemon-Ginger Brew</b>, a creation of food and features editor <b>Carla Lalli Music</b>. To make it, she simmers ginger in water to …


21 Ingenious Ways to Hide The Mess And The Eyesores In Your Home

Don’t want to display your cords, switches or your pet’s bowls where everyone can see them? Then hide then away. Traditional storage spaces usually …

Living Rooms

Stylish Dog Crates – So Your Cute And Furry Friend Can Become Part Of The Family

Every pet dog needs a crate or a house. Otherwise you can’t really say you’ve made him part of the family. However, usually these items are an …

20 Unique Countertops Guaranteed To Make Your Kitchen Stand Out

In the case of a thing like the kitchen countertop, you only realize how many options you have when you need to choose one. It’s not just a choice …


Turning Mason Jars Into Light Fixtures

Mason jars are probably one of the easiest things to re-purpose and recycle. You can use them for basically any kind of project. But turning them …


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Hyperrealistic Still Life Paintings by Jason de Graaf

Born in 1971 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, artist Jason de Graaf specializes in hyperrealistic still life paintings using acrylics. In an interview …