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The vast majority of expiration dates are bogus — here's how long your food is still good

But most expiration dates are largely made up. According to The National Resource Defense Council, the "sell by" dates do indicate not whether foods are safe to eat — they simply tell you when food will reach its limits for "optimal quality."<p>The handy website StillTasty compiles data from sources …

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11 Photos That Prove Japan Is The Most Beautiful Place On Earth

...not that we needed convincing.<p>Hidenobu Suzuki knows Japan like the back of his hand.<p>This spring, the Toyohashi-based photographer shot some stunning photos of cherry blossoms in his home country. And now that it's rainy season, he's back outdoors to capture more Japanese scenery. (Spoiler alert: …

These Flower Portraits Will Leave You Breathless

Prepare yourself to be awestruck by Vicki Rawlins's flower portraits; using rose petals for lips and twigs for cheekbones, the Chicago-based artist collects pieces of mother nature in a bag and then painstakingly lays them out in her studio to create masterpieces. "Nothing taped, nothing glued, …

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This Is What Food Does To Your Brain

Mind your food, friends!<p>Dr. Seuss once said, "You've got a brain in your head and feet in your shoes, you can eat any food you choose!"<p>Well, he actually said "steer yourself in any direction you choose," not "eat any food," but that's how we like to interpret it.<p>In all seriousness, thought, what …

30 of Our Most Outrageously Decadent Dessert Recipes

These desserts are definitely worth busting out your husky pants for.<p>There's a special stratosphere of desserts that requires us to bust out our husky pants—the ones we keep on hand when we don't want to deal with the judgmental pink teeth marks that come about when we put a little too much strain …

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A Guide to Every Cut of Pork Worth Eating

At the Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg, past the registers, past the display of cast iron, past the $850 Big Green Egg and a display case full of …

High Roast Chicken Recipe

"High heat-roasted chicken allows for quick, delicious meals any night of the week."<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 cup kosher salt<p>1/2 cup white sugar<p>2 quarts water<p>1 …

Impress Your Friends With Fancy Homemade Butter and Crème Fraîche

One of the most attractive things a person can do is make something that is usually thought of as “store-bought.” Even though whipped cream is one of …

Burn Abdominal Fat Like Crazy by Drinking This for Breakfast

There is no better way to start your morning routine and kick start your metabolism than preparing this refreshing smoothie first thing in the …

The Magic of the 3-Ingredient Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte, As Told By Rose Levy Beranbaum

This flourless chocolate torte is a better and purer vehicle for chocolate than chocolate itself (scientifically speaking).<p>It's made from just 3 ingredients: chocolate, butter, eggs. It takes less time to mix together than your average cookie, and it only bakes for <i>15 minutes</i>.<p>So why did it at first …

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International garden photographer of the year – in pictures

The international garden photographer of the year in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have announced the winners of their annual photography competition

The 10 Most Beautiful Historic Homes on the Market

It's like picking a favorite child!<p>One thing is certain: 2015 was a great year for house-peeping. From little stone houses to gigantic Southern mansions to cottages in meadows overseas, our house crushes this year truly spanned the gamut. From the ones we're still saving for to the ones that got …

Chicken Thighs

Star chef Paul Kahan is a big fan of chicken thighs because they have so much flavor and are so inexpensive—the best of both worlds. Here are a …

How to Make the Best Part of Any Coffee Cake, a Perfect Crumb Topping

Everyone knows the best part of any coffee cake is the buttery, sugary topping. Here's our test kitchen's formula for making a perfect crumb topping—for any cake.<p>You know the saying: Never trust anyone who doesn't like a good crumb topping. Okay…that's not actually a saying. But as far as we're …

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12 Makeup Faves You Didn’t Know Were on YouTube

YouTube is our digital BFF for showing us what’s hot in the beauty and hair world and how to make it work for us. From cute everyday looks to minimal or completely bold looks — along with many tips and tricks for specific products — these channels have everything you need to look your best. We’re …

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