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Dirty Rice with Black-Eyed Peas and Scallions

8 servings<p>You can easily skip the meat to make this dirty rice vegetarian-friendly. This recipe is from Commander's Palace in New Orleans, LA. Read more about the restaurant's legendary Family Meal here.<p>February 2018Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 Tbsp. vegetable oil<p>3 oz. chicken liver, finely chopped<p>3 oz. …

Spices

Rotisserie Chicken Ramen

1. In a medium sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until well browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. …

48 Easy Winter Vegan Meals

Brrrrr! It's freezing out there. Every morning for the last week I've looked outside to a world coating white with a layer of frost and boy is it …

Vegan

I Seriously Could Not Put This Book Down

As an avid reader, there’s nothing I love more than becoming so entranced by a book that the hours—and pages—fly by. It’s a thrill I constantly chase.<p>…

You won’t feel motivated every single day. Focus on this instead

It's taken me a long time to learn that motivation isn't an external source of inspiration.<p>It's an inner quiet you have to practice listening …

Motivation

12 Most Common Writing Mistakes You Want to Avoid at All Costs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Nobody expects you to be perfect all the time. However, there are some really glaring writing mistakes that when done repeatedly can seriously undermine your credibility, reputation and personal brand.<p>But many of these mistakes are easy …

My Great White Whale: Searching for THE GOOD HOUSE by Tananarive Due

When I want to purchase a book, I make life difficult for myself. I don’t hop onto Amazon and order it with Prime shipping. I don’t call my local …

Books

10 Literary Blogs You Should Be Reading

Read These 13 Books and You'll Be a Better Person

How wit helped comedian Ms. Pat overcome a tragic childhood

It seems that Patricia Williams, the comedian and popular podcast guest known as "Ms. Pat,'' has possessed an irreverent wit her entire life.<p>Did she ever need it.<p>In <i>Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat</i> (Dey Street, 227, *** out of four stars), Williams and her co-author, journalist Jeannine Amber, …

Books

Our Favorite Books of the Year — You Won't Be Able to Put Them Down!

It's time to start looking back at our favorite reads of the year, and it's quite an impressive batch of page-turners. Our picks run the gamut, from scandalous historical fiction to riveting memoirs and epic YA fantasy. It's a wonder we've been able to get anything done with all the reading to be …

The Best Books Of The Year, So Far

And who should read what<p>It's hard to find much about 2017 that feels incontrovertibly good; not only does every week seem to bring some catastrophic news story or another, but every day we get collectively reminded, via the insane tweets of one Donald Trump, of the collective doom toward which …

25 Netflix Hidden Treasures You Really Should Be Watching

New year, new List.<p><i>Note: Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

TV

7 Festive Food and Drink Advent Calendars

<i>All December long, we're bringing you the recipes, tips and tricks you need to Feast your way through the holidays, no matter how you celebrate the</i> …

Decorations

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

Literature

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Overcoming Fear and Creating a Happy Mind and Life

<b>“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ~George Addair</b><p>My parents were teenagers when they had their first of three children. I was the …

Positive Thinking

12 Scientifically Proven Habits That Will Change Your Life | Inc.com

Research says the best way to bring change into your life is by creating new routines and sticking to them until they become habits.<p>The way to make sure we cultivate the new behavior is to reward ourselves. With motivation, we repeat the action again and again until it becomes ingrained.<p>How you go …

Self-improvement

Yoga for Bedtime

Need help sleeping? Doing yoga exercises before bedtime can be just what you need<p>WH Editors<p>Short Meditation<p>Sit up in bed comfortably, either with your legs folded or straight in front of you; whatever you can do with the most ease. Sit up and lean slightly back on your pillows or backboard. Close …

Six tips to help you write and publish your first book

For many years I have been fielding questions on how to publish a book. Is it my imagination, though, or have the frequency and the intensity of the pleas for help and access increased? It is now a rare week in which I don't get sent a pitch for a historical ghost-mystery novel or a memoir about a …

These five-minute daily habits will seriously improve your life

• The suspected YouTube shooter reportedly taunted people during her rampage<br>• The Pentagon is close to awarding a $10 billion deal to Amazon despite …

17 Of The Most Powerful Excerpts From Poetry

I have chosen some of my favourite lines of poetry to celebrate World Poetry Day, which is celebrated on 21 March each year. These are lines that I …

Literature

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

An inability to live with life's unknowns can lead to worry and distress.<p>After nine years writing <i>Slate</i>’s “Dear Prudence” advice column, Emily Yoffe has noticed some recurring themes: “Mothers in law, husbands addicted to porn, impossible officemates, crazy brides.”<p>Sometimes, Yoffe says, …

From Victoria Schwab to Justina Robson: The best female science fiction and fantasy writers you should read now

Victoria Schwab, an American living in Edinburgh, has had remarkable success in both the young adult and adult fields of fantasy writing, and her …

What The Best Writers Know

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>The more I write, the more I realize how much I still have to learn about good writing.<p>And beyond just working out what I don’t know, there’s the even harder step of learning to put those things into practice. I’ve been very fortunate to have worked …

Book Review: Whiskey Cocktails

Whiskey CocktailsThere are a lot of great books out there about whiskey (including Lew Bryson’s Tasting Whiskey, Dave Broom’s World Atlas of Whisky, …

Flavors

10 Positive Thinking Exercises & Activities For A Big Change

In this article you will discover some great positive thinking exercises and activities that will help you immensely in your life.<p>And I know that …

Happiness