Melissa Behrman

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Why You Should Never Sign a Cell Phone Contract Again

Like rocket science and high school relationships, cell phone plans are complicated for a reason. Two-year contract or early-upgrade plan? …

15 Easy Dinners You Can Make in Under 30 Minutes

Everyone has those busy days when you have to grab a protein bar for a <b>breakfast on the go</b> and you skip lunch because you have too much work. By the time you get home at the end of the day, you're tired, you're hungry and <b>Easy Mac</b> just isn't gonna cut it. Luckily for you, these satisfying and …

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What Exactly Are Bitters, Anyway?

We spend a lot of time pretending to know what we're talking about when we're ordering cocktails. We feel comfortable saying this out loud, because we know you do it, too. No shame necessary. Cocktails are confusing and mixologists (not bartenders -- there's a difference) can be pretentious and …

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7 Appetizers for a New Year's Eve Feast

Christmas is done, and it is time to ring in the new year. Not interested in joining in the crazy partying that takes place on New Year's Eve? Throw your own bash at home. A fun appetizer party is a great way to ring in the new year without doing a ton of work. AND appetizers are always a big hit …

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The Secrets to Cooking With Wine

<b>For more food drink and travel videos visit www.potluckvideo.com</b><p>Wine is of course incredible to drink, but it also comes in handy in the kitchen! It's easy to use but also important to make sure you know how to properly add it to a dish.<p>In the video above we talk to winemaker Charles Smith and get …

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10 Ways Science Can Make Anyone Sexier

Good looks help, there’s no denying. We make up our mind about people in 100 milliseconds and decide whether they’re hot in 13 milliseconds.<p>Beautiful …

Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward

LOS ANGELES -- With the public in the U.S. and Latin America becoming increasingly skeptical of the war on drugs, key figures in a scandal that once rocked the Central Intelligence Agency are coming forward to tell their stories in a new documentary and in a series of interviews with The Huffington …

How to Take Amazing Vacation Photos With Your Phone

<i>Roberto Trm / Flickr</i><p>There may be no better travel companion than your smartphone. Beyond putting useful information at your fingertips, these devices allow you to take detailed, high-quality images on the fly, often replacing bulky digital SLR cameras. While the smartphone camera's point-and-shoot …

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21 Mediterranean-Inspired Recipes We Love

How to Make the Perfect Beef Tartare

A step-by-step guide for mixing, slicing, and presenting beef tartare.<p>When making tartare, keep everything chilled as you go, including the mixing bowl and plates. Presentation matters, too: The meat should be fridge-cold when served and cut as precisely and neatly as possible. Here's how.<p>Freeze …

Raspberry and Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast

<i>makes 1 french toast</i><p>Ingredients<p>2 slices day old bread, preferably thick-sliced brioche (day old because slightly dried out bread will soak up the egg …

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30 Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

April is National Grilled Cheese Month and I have 30 amazing grilled cheese sandwich recipes for you, one for every day of the month! Grilled cheese …

How to Eat Cheese Fondue the Proper Swiss/French Way

Like most things Swiss and/or French, the classic cold-weather dish operates under its own code of politesse<p>Like all reasonable human beings, we interpret snowy weather as Mother Nature's subliminal message to do one simple thing: <b>eat cheese fondue</b>. But before you dive into a big gooey pot of, say, …

Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and "caretaker" of Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Ben Southall was the inaugural winner, a Brit by …

Dark Chocolate Chunk Popovers with Spiked Whipped Cream

Dark Chocolate Chunk Popovers with Spiked Whipped Cream.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> December 6, 2013 59<p>I’m saving you today with Friday food.<p>Friday food is the …

Burt's Bees Lip Balm Homemade DIY Copycat Recipe

I absolutely LOVE <b>Burt’s Bees Lip Balm</b> and I recreated the perfect copycat recipe from scratch!<p>History of Lip Balms<p>Our ancestors didn’t have the …

Tech unites on NSA eavesdropping

Apple, Google, Facebook and other top technology companies on Monday took their strongest stance to date against sweeping government surveillance that collects vast amounts of data — but they also urged countries not to react to U.S. snooping by walling off the Internet.<p>The three industry giants — …

How To Make The Best-Ever Pimiento Cheese

Did you know that this was easy? Because it is.<p>Food52 is a community for people who love food and cooking. Follow us at Food52.com and on Twitter @Food52. And check out our new shop, Provisions, to get $10 off!

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

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Pope Francis calls for powers to be stripped from Vatican

Pope Francis says "excessive centralisation" complicates the Church, in his first "apostolic exhortation", but avoids controversial issues such as women priests and abortion<p><b>The Pope</b> has outlined his vision for the future of the Catholic Church, call for powers to be stripped from the <b>Vatican</b>, …

How Women Change Men

As daughters, sisters, wives, and coworkers<p>Soon after Jay Z welcomed his first child, Blue Ivy Carter, last year, a poem the rapper had reportedly dedicated to his new baby girl zipped around the Internet. “Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich / I didn’t think hard about using the …

6 Fascinating Food Facts You Never Saw Coming (PHOTOS)

Bona fide chef? Cooking novice? Die hard food lover or a budding culinary enthusiast? The following six facts, courtesy of the wonderfully titled book "1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off," are exactly what you need to impress at the next dinner conversation:<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>6 Amazing …

Stars,They're Just Like Us ... They Love Pie!

Nobody doesn't like pie—not even celebrities. From Elijah Wood to the Obamas, a look at the famous and the pies they love<p>There's always plenty to argue about on Thanksgiving—turkey-carving techniques, football stats, your Uncle Larry's latest global conspiracy theory—but when it's time to let …

Recipes Made Better By Béchamel Sauce (PHOTOS)

When it comes to the classics, it doesn't get much better than béchamel sauce. A white sauce made with a butter, flour and milk base, it's a creamy key to holding together some of our favorite dishes -- especially lasagna, gratins, scalloped potatoes and mac and cheese.<p>From traditional French …

Inconsistencies Haunt Official Record Of Kennedy's Death

The first thing T. Jeremy Gunn says when you ask him about President John F. Kennedy's assassination is, "I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't have a theory about what happened."<p>But he knows <i>a lot</i> about it from his work for the Assassination Records Review Board, established by Congress in 1992, …

Serious Biscuits

These are the same biscuits we make for the biscuit sandwiches served at Serious Biscuit, downstairs from our pizza joint, Serious Pie Westlake, but …

5 Culinary Uses for Thor's Hammer

From caveman steaks to immersion heating, here are five ways to make Mjölnir an indispensable weapon in your war on hunger.<p>As any good comic nerd can tell you, Thor's hammer grants its bearer unlimited strength and can throw off some pretty high voltage. As any good cook can tell you, those two …

Mayonnaise Is a Chocolate Cake's Best Friend

<i>recipe by Sportello, photograph by Matt Duckor</i><p>There are some desserts in the world that we'll always have room for, come cheesy gut bomb or 20-course tasting menu. One such dessert is chocolate cake. Because of this, we're always looking for ways to make our chocolate cakes more moist, more …

5 Best-Loved Fall Muffin Recipes

With the cooler temperatures upon us, it's time to get cozy indoors and fill the kitchen with the enticing aroma of fresh-baked muffins. From Pumpkin Pecan Crunch Muffins to Apple Spice Muffins, these tested and perfected recipes have you covered.<p><b>1. Apple Spice Muffins</b><p>Made partially with whole …

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