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Chicken Soup for the Chilly Soul: 20 Comforting, Warm Recipes

Try one of these comforting chicken soups, from classic chicken noodle to khao soi.<p><b>Like sweaters, chicken soup is a warm, wintry comfort.</b> Chicken soup, however, is infinitely tastier. Check out our wildly different takes on chicken soup in the slideshow, and decide which style you're going for …

The Best Chef's Knives

If there's one kitchen equipment question I get more than any other, it's this one: <b>What is the best chef's knife?</b><p>The honest answer? There is no such thing as a "best chef's knife." It'd be like asking a violinist to name the "best violin" or an architect to identify the "best material." There are …

German Spice Cookies (Pfeffernüsse)

Put honey, molasses, and butter into a small pot and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until hot, 2–3 minutes. Remove from heat and let …

6 Ways Hawaii Will Absolutely Ruin Your Life Forever

Maybe you've only been to Hawaii once. Maybe you come every year. Or maybe you come any chance you can get.<p>Regardless of your time spent in Hawaii, this list serves as a warning. And those of you who have ever left the Honolulu International Airport with tears in your eyes and that stinging, lump …

10 Islands for a Perfect Trip to Thailand

After Bangkok edged out London as 2013's most-visited city, Thailand has finally gained global recognition for what seasoned travelers have known all along: it's one of the most magical and affordable destinations on Earth. While the mountains, temples, and incomparable markets of the mainland …

Beaches

Sick of Sydney? Visit These Islands on the Great Barrier Reef (Photos)

Paradise<p>The big cities of Australia’s Gold Coast may be tempting, but they’re also crowded. Avoid the same old tourist destinations and try the …

11 Recipes That Will Change How You Cook Forever

You might think you make these 11 basic recipes well, but we have some game-changing tips that will make them even better<p>We admit it: There are some things we still don't know how to make. But there are also things that people think they make well that they actually completely ruin. Like scrambled …

Cooking

Salt-Roasted Chicken Recipe - Roast Chicken with Thyme Butter Sauce

Idiot-Proof Recipes For Even The Worst Cook (PHOTOS)

We get it -- not everyone can be a trained chef capable of whipping up the world's most difficult recipes. In fact, some of you might find yourselves struggling to cook even some of the more basic dishes -- and we know consistently burning pasta, overcooking chicken, or leaving the paper attached …

Someone

From the true story of a woman's 15 months in captivity to Oprah's Super Soulful Book of the Month, these reads will amaze you.<p>Enon<p>By Paul Harding<p>238 …

Dusky Track, New Zealand

Weather dominates one of the New Zealand's longest treks, but sometimes the landscape makes you forget the wet.<p><b>ONLY A FEW HUNDRED METRES</b> from the …

New Zealand

50 Trashy Movies Everyone Needs to See Before They Die

A few weeks back, we had a very good time sifting through the whole of literature and plucking out the very best of the very trashiest books. The …

Mashups

Top Tips for Thailand and Signs the Country Is Rejecting You... and by You I Mean Me

As the cool days of fall are now upon us, I naturally escape to thoughts of a warmer place and ponder where I'll go for my next vacation. Last year's travels were pretty epic; they took me to a place that I've yearned to go since I first caught the travel bug - Thailand. An exotic destination …

Thailand

The World's Most Dramatic Coastlines

Summer has officially drawn to a close, and the sunny days of sprawling on the sand are numbered. For fans of the coast, though, the end of summer doesn't necessarily mean the end of beach trips. The world is still full of spectacular coastlines to explore, many of which are more famous for their …

Amalfi Coast

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Dogs: an uncomplicated relationship

Recently Pete Etchells posted about our complicated relationship with cats so, to balance the score, this week I'm going to tell you why our relationship with dogs seems so <i>un</i>complicated.<p>Dogs read our body language<p>Human babies understand that pointing and gaze direction are indications of what's …

Jagerbomb Jell-O Shots Recipe To Make For Your Next Party (PHOTO)

We know most people cringe with not-so-fond memories of bright red, green and yellow Jell-O shots scraped from little plastic cups in college. The kind that we ate way too many of in a single night and instantly regretted the next day. But guys, it's time to reconsider this college classic. Jell-O …

50 Of The Best Dessert Recipes Of All Time

Dig in.<p>When it comes to dessert, the HuffPost Taste editors have got you covered. Between chocolate brownies, homemade ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes and fruit pies, we got dessert on our minds all day long. (And this is not an overstatement.) You could even say that we’re somewhat …

How to Make Solo Travel Less Solo (VIDEO)

Solo travel is one of the most transformative experiences we can plan in life. It leads us to new truths, helps form a resilient sense of self and can be wildly fulfilling.<p>For my first solo voyage, I traveled to Florence for a summer of learning Italian, taking cooking classes and immersing myself …

The 15 Greatest New York Stories Ever Told

These 15 books tell tales of New York in the days of Jewish tenements, the Beatnik Generation, and modern day Upper East Side affluence.<p>We consider these books some the greatest New York stories ever told, as they show the city in all its history, culture, grandeur, and disillusion.<p><i>Have a</i> …

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40 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Recipes That Are NOT Boring

No dry, flavorless chicken here—you'll want to make everything from crispy cutlets to flavorful soups.<p><b>Chicken breast may be everyone's go-to lean protein</b>—but, man, can it be <i>boring</i>. Too often it's an overcooked afterthought, sautéed and tossed into pasta or tumbled over some greens. Nobody likes …

What Defines a Quick Meal for You?

Quick weeknight meals: just typing the phrase feels like repetition of a cliche. It's what the magazines tell us we want — dinner fast! Ten 30-minute …

Cooking

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Build a Kitchen Island Out of Plumbing Supplies & IKEA Butcher Block

Home improvement magazines like <i>This Old House</i> have been my airplane reading of choice ever since our huge home gut renovation last summer (see how my …

Home Improvement

Positive pregnancy tests in high demand on Craiglist

<b>(Kasia Bialasiewicz/Shutterstock)</b><p>Classifieds advertise tests for women hoping to trick their boyfriends into popping the question<p>Audra Schroeder<p>August 31, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>Troubling new trend alert: In the last few months, there’s been a …

Nine Perfect Picnic Spots Around the World (Photos)

BYO Blanket<p>Avoid the cliché picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower and dine al fresco at one of these locals-only finds.<p>09.01.13 4:45 AM ET

How to Travel Solo

It's an invigorating idea we've all pondered at some point -- leaving everything behind to embark on a solo journey. Thanks to memoirs like Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and Cheryl Strayed's Wild, traveling alone has a reputation for fostering self-discovery. Without the crutch of friends or …

Make This Now: Savory French Toast With Garlic and Parmesan

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>A couple weeks ago when we were driving through Austin, we stayed with a friend who said that his go-to weekday breakfast is savory French toast. <i>Wait, what?</i> I asked him. <i>Am I the only person in the world who's</i> …