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A Stew of Peppers Dresses Up Brown Rice

In summer and early fall, when local sweet peppers are truly sweet and have great depth of flavor, there’s nothing I like better than a comforting stew of peppers: a simple mix of onion, garlic, peppers, tomatoes and basil cooked slowly in olive oil.

The ingredients, which are sweet to begin with, …


Common Rice Problems

Far too often, cooking stovetop rice at home ends in disaster. Pots bubble over and cover your stovetop with ricey foam. And to top it all off, when …


Our economic problems run deeper than brief dips in GDP

Jim Stanford is an economist with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector trade union.

With Tuesday’s release of quarterly GDP data, Statistics Canada confirmed that Canada fell into recession in the first half of the year. Canada’s economy (adjusted for inflation) shrank slightly in the spring (for …


Dried Olive and Miso Shake (The Best Vegan Parmesan Substitute)

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Better Than Parm? Dried Olive and Miso May Be the Ultimate Pasta-Topper

This deeply savory, slightly tangy, and aromatic condiment can be folded into or sprinkled onto your food for a big hit of flavor. It's 100% vegan and designed to take the place of Parmesan in a pasta …

Vegan Recipes

Recipe: Scallops with White Wine Beurre Blanc &

Scallops with White Wine Beurre Blanc & Lemon Orzo

Serves 4-6, and can be easily scaled up or down

For the beurre blanc:
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup …


oven cooked ribs with spicy dry rub

If you love ribs but you don't have a smoker or grill, it's super easy to make them in the oven!

I've been making these ribs for about four years now …


Provençal Vegetable Soup with Garlic-Basil Paste (Soupe au Pistou) Recipe

Provençal Vegetable Soup with Garlic-Basil Paste (Soupe au Pistou)

Pistou, the Provençal cousin of pesto, is stirred into this summer vegetable soup just before serving.

serves 8-10

For the Pistou

4 cups packed basil

1 cup grated parmesan

1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. kosher salt

2 cloves garlic, …


Bacon Deviled Eggs

Place eggs in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 1". Bring to a boil, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 10 minutes. Drain. Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water and let cool completely, about 10 minutes; peel. Halve lengthwise and remove yolks.

Coarsely chop bacon. Cook in a medium …


50 Customer Service Quotes to Live By by @albertcostill

How does your brand handle customer service? Do you have any favorite quotes regarding customer service that you want to share?The post 50 Customer …

Customer Service

Strawberries and Vodka Frozen Cocktail

For best flavor, head to the farmers' market for peak-season fruit. Freeze in a single layer on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet until solid.

Purée strawberries, vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and 2 cups ice in a blender until smooth and very thick (mixture will loosen immediately once …


10 things winemakers won’t tell you


1. You’ll be just as happy with the cheap stuff

We’re number one! In 2013, Americans consumed 321 million cases of wine—up 15% from 2005, according to research firm Impact Databank. That solidified our status as the world’s top wine-drinking nation in terms of volume, though we rank only …


The Pros and Cons of Starting a Business While Working a Full-Time Job

Most people don’t start out as entrepreneurs. They choose to start their own business only after some level of work experience.

It could be because they don’t like the idea of having a boss and want to step out as their own. It could be because they learned critical skills that enable them to be a …


Wine cellars a ‘standard feature’ for luxury real estate

Throughout the summer, The Globe’s B.C. bureau is taking an in-depth look at housing in the Vancouver region, where skyrocketing prices are limiting who can afford to buy a home in Canada’s third-largest city and what those homes look like. We’re examining trends in the Lower Mainland’s housing

Luxury Lifestyle

Lomo al Trapo: The Colombian Technique That Will Change the Way You Grill Beef

Get Recipe Lomo al Trapo (Colombian-Style Cloth-Wrapped Grilled Beef Tenderloin)

Remember that scene at the end of Ghostbusters when the boys in gray crack Sigourney Weaver out of the petrified remains of the ghost dog Zuul? Picture that scene at your next dinner party, but instead of a whip-smart …


Don’t Just Enter a New Market — Create One

There’s a popular story about the founding of Netflix. In it, the company’s co-founder, Reed Hastings, came up with the idea after accruing a $40 …


The Best Way to Make Clarified Butter

Get Recipe Clarified Butter

In the world of cooking fats, butter is the odd one out. Most of the other fats we cook with, like vegetable oils and lard, are nearly 100% fat, while butter is an emulsion of about 80% fat and 15% water, with the remainder made up mostly of milk proteins. Some of …


An End-of-Summer Italian Al Fresco Dinner

Late August is my favorite time of year: just cool enough to eat outside without dripping sweat into your food, but still the season for excellent produce. It's like all those tender stalks of asparagus, juicy tomatoes, and bunches of fresh herbs are just begging you to make a totally killer …

Italian Food

How to Make Matcha, Japanese Green Tea, Step by Step

Meet your matcha accessories: a handmade bamboo whisk (called a chasen), a tea bowl (matcha-chawan), a measuring ladle (chashaku), a tea strainer, and—of course—your matcha powder.


The Top Foods People Who've Lost More Than 10 Pounds Eat for Breakfast

Add them to your a.m. meal to start your own slimdown.

Trying to drop a few pounds? Before you totally overhaul your eating habits, take a cue from …


Can You Really Ripen an Avocado in Just 10 Minutes? — Putting Tips to the Test in the Kitchen

Pin itA recipe that calls for a perfectly ripe and silky avocado requires planning ahead. But do I? No. More often I decide I need that precious …


Curry On: How to Use Indian Curry Sauce in 5 Dinners

In Halfway to Dinner, we show you how to stretch your staples—or your seasonal produce—every which way.

Today: Mallika Basu, blogger and cookbook author, gives us a make-ahead curry sauce that has dinners covered.

An Indian meal really hits the spot after a long day, but making a classic tomato curry …


10 Community Tips for New Businesses

Starting a business involves you concentrating on several different things at once. You need to choose the right name, analyze your offerings and …

Small Business Marketing

How to Make Très Flawless French Onion Soup

Petit Trois (our no. 3 best new restaurant in America) chef Ludo Lefebvre would be the first to tell you: It’s not easy to make perfect French onion soup. But fear not—he not only knows how to make the best version we’ve ever had, but he’s also sharing how to make it.


It’s all about texture: …


Avoid These Unhealthy Foods for Healthy Weight Loss

Some danger zones are pretty obvious. Iran, for example. Or North Korea. Or Panem. If you decide to go there, and something weird happens, nobody can …


5 Effective Positioning Techniques for the Non-Salesy Entrepreneur

It just happened again.Someone asked you about your business and once again, you didn’t have a compelling answer for them. You quickly tried to …


Your Prospects Don’t Need More Time

“We need time to think it over. We’ll get back to you in a couple of weeks.”This objection has nothing to do with time. It’s something deeper and …

Value Propositions

31 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Vitamins

Dietitians Emily Haller and Keri Gans on the dead giveaways that you need to step up your nutrient intake.

​Back in 2004, nutritionists everywhere were screaming at movie theater screens, threatening to boycott Mean Girls when Regina George "innocently" (you never know with Queen Plastic) asked how …


Back-to-School Meals: Tips to Get Dinner on the Table Fast

The school bells are ringing again, signaling an end to the unstructured, lazy days of summer and the accompanying leisurely meals. While students …