Melissa Hem

763 Flips | 11 Magazines | 96 Likes | 9 Following | 7 Followers | @hembot | Science geek, tech geek, political doomsdayer, foodie, spiritual soothsayer. Spirited by Scotch and powered by black coffee.

Thanks to This Simple Technique, I Finally Cooked a Whole Chicken—Fearlessly

Butchering has never been something I've been comfortable doing in the kitchen. But as <i>Real Simple</i>'s social media manager, I'm lucky to get a front …

Cooking

'Finding Your Passion' Is an Ineffective Way to Live Your Life, Say Scientists

So much for eat, pray, love.<p>When Steve Jobs delivered his commencement speech to Stanford University’s class of 2005, he instructed them to find …

Psychology

Here’s the Secret That Makes KFC’s Fried Chicken So Crispy

Not all fried chicken is created equal. Below, KFC's secret recipe to drumstick perfection is revealed.<p>Nothing says comfort food quite like a bucket …

Recipes

CineStill Df96 Monobath Processes B&W Film with 1 Bath in 3 Minutes

CineStill just announced a “holy grail” of film photography: a single-step monobath called Df96 for processing any black-and-white film. The company …

Archives

How To Make Real KFC Chicken (With All 11 'Secret' Herbs And Spices)

The recipe for KFC chicken used to be a closely guarded secret. However, a former KFC employee recently leaked the alleged "11 secret herbs and …

Recipes

Seven Essential Cuban Restaurants in Los Angeles

There are just 50,000 Cuban-American in the LA area, but there are an unusually high number of Cuban restaurants between LA and Orange County, and many of them are very good. However, it’s likely that many places tone down traditional flavors in an attempt to reach a wider audience. Great Cuban …

Cuba

The Only Sauce You'll Need This Summer

It’s officially Summer Sauce season. When fresh herbs start popping up in gardens and at farmers’ markets, it’s time to break out your food processor …

Recipes

9 In-Flight Cocktails to Mix Onboard and Dramatically Improve Your Next Flight

Bookmark, screenshot, memorize: Make this your cheat sheet for all future flights.<p>If you fly even half as often as I do, you're all too familiar with …

Recipes

Miso-Roasted Japanese Eggplant and Zucchini [Vegan]

<i>If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it's available for both Android and iPhone and has free and</i> …

Recipes

Scientists Have Discovered The Brain Region Involved in Spiritual Experiences

This is where the magic happens.<p>Whether we think of ourselves as religious or not, lots of people experience moments in life that can be considered …

The Brain

Perfect Fried Eggs | America's Test Kitchen

Technique<p>Flawless Fried Eggs: It’s All in the Details<p><b>PREHEAT THE PAN:</b> Preheating your pan on low heat for 5 full minutes guarantees that there will …

Recipes

6 Things You Should Always Keep In Mind As You're Manifesting

As a psychic intuitive, I regularly work with clients who are trying to manifest new opportunities and really become co-creators in their own lives. …

Spirituality

Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It

Childhood — and parenting — have radically changed in the past few decades, to the point where far more children today struggle to manage their behavior.<p>That's the argument Katherine Reynolds Lewis makes in her new parenting book, <i>The Good News About Bad Behavior.</i><p><i>"</i>We face a crisis of …

Parenting

Women With a Stronger Sense of Smell Have More Orgasms

A sensitivity to odors can also predict how both men and women alike experience sex.<p>Sex is a multisensory experience. Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch—each one makes a unique contribution to our sex lives. And while they’re certainly all important, new research suggests that our sense of smell in …

Menstruation

101 Cookbooks logo

Great cookie recipes are like gold. Are there is a long list of great ones here! There are classics like chocolate chip cookies, shortbread, skillet …

Dessert

The Mint InstantKon RF70 All Manual Instax Camera Gets Official Details; Pre-Order in June

<i>The Mint InstantKon RF70 is real, and now the official details are coming out.</i><p>Perhaps one of the most anticipated cameras for many photographers …

Cameras

This Mushroom Stock Tastes Fancy—And You’ll Never Guess Where You Can Buy It

Here at <i>Cooking Light</i>, we’ve talked about the health benefits of mushrooms, we’ve used them deliciously forever (seriously, eat this sandwich!), and …

Cooking

This mushroom bolognese is so rich it made the Fortune 500

Let’s not mince words: This here is one of the most delicious dishes I’ve had the pleasure of eating all year. It’s a mushroom bolognese tagliatelle …

Recipes

This is the Best Cheese for Mac and Cheese

The time has come to graduate from Cheddar. Don’t get us wrong, Cheddar’s rich mouthfeel and sharp and mild varieties make it a wonderful cheese to …

Cooking

Staring Into Someone's Eyes For 10 Minutes Induces an Altered State of Consciousness

Volunteers even ended up hallucinating.<p>In 2015, a psychologist in Italy figured out how to induce a drug-free altered state of consciousness by …

Neurology

The Small-Space Styling Tips That Transformed an East Village Apartment

When Zio & Sons creative Anthony D'Argenzio first saw this one-bedroom East Village apartment in 2013, he knew it needed work but saw potential—lots …

Small Spaces

Yo, Trader Joe's Just Released "Healthy Hot Cheetos," and They. Are. Fire!

Prepare your orange-dusted fingers and grab a bottle of water because Trader Joe's just released Spicy Cheese Crunchies, and our mouths are tingling just thinking about it. The brand-new product has recently been rolling out at stores across the country, and trust us, you're going to want them. …

4 Ways To Successfully Manage Impostor Syndrome, According To A Therapist

In our fast-moving culture of speed dating, social media posturing, and a constant bombardment of marketing that requires us to look great, eat …

Self-improvement

My Journey From Boxed To The Ultimate Mac & Cheese

<i>Refinery29's My Kitchen Sink is an exploration of our most meaningful recipes — the go-to dishes that we turn to time and again. Not only do we enjoy</i> …

Comfort Food

Fashion’s First Supermodel: 30 Stunning Black and White Photos Lisa Fonssagrives From Between the 1930s and 1950s

Born in Sweden in 1911, Lisa Fonssagrives first studies dance and settles in Paris to improve her technique before marrying fellow dancer Fernand …

Photography

Middle Eastern Grilled Kofta Kebabs Recipe

Kofta kebabs are a popular dish in the Middle East. You might not want to bother making these deliciously spiced patties into kebabs, but you can put …

Grilling

5 foraged cocktail recipes

A sip of nature<p>You don't need to get all Rambo'd out to do a little hunter-gathering. Herbs and plants growing inside of city limits are wonderfully …

Cocktails

Healthier Alcohol That Won't Leave You with a Massive Hangover

All those summer nights spent rooftop rosé-ing can take a toll. If you're tired of feeling like crap the next day, consider these new drinks that …

Alcohol

Recipe: Cornmeal johnnycakes are a satisfying dish even kids can make

Call them johnnycakes if you like. Others may refer to them as hoecakes or Shawnee cakes, but no matter the tag, they are a delicious corn-spiked …

Breakfast