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1 simple diet change may be all you need to lose weight

There’s good news for people who are trying to drop a few pounds, but struggle with complicated diet plans and feeling deprived over long lists of what NOT to eat. A study suggested a simpler approach may work just as well: Eat more of certain foods and don't worry so much about calorie …

In honour of National Tea Day, the secrets of the perfect brew

The British are a nation of tea lovers - there's even a National Tea Day on April 21, and a Fes-Tea-Val taking place at Chiswick House this weekend - but on one great question, we stand divided: how do you brew the perfect cup of tea?<p>Does the milk come first or last? How long should the teabag stay …

15 Foods You Won't Believe You Can Make in the Microwave

Forget waiting by the stove for an amazing meal.<p>If you are just using the microwave to reheat leftovers, then you are not tapping into the awesomeness that is your microwave. Did you know you can make brownies, cook potato chips, and even bake a lasagna in the microwave? No, really. These 15 quick …

Quick And Easy Soup Recipes To Help You Through The Cold Spell

If you're still stuck in winter-mode and not yet ready to embrace the summery salad, then fear not, there are other ways to get your daily vegetable …

Classic Potato Gnocchi Recipe on Food52

• 2 Idaho potatoes<br>• 1 1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour<br>• 3 large organic eggs, beaten<br>• 1 tablespoon cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil<br>• 6 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (choose your favorite: oregano, parsley, basil)<br>• 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese<br>• 2 tablespoons toasted bread crumbs<p>Preheat oven to 325° F and …

How to Decorate a Birthday Cake

Learn how to decorate this sweet birthday cake from start to finish.<p>For this example, we used the recipes for and

Food hacks: 10 amazing hacks that will make your life easier

These quick and easy food hacks will mean you spend far less time in the kitchen<p><b>Slice cherry tomatoes in seconds</b><p>Slicing tomatoes needn't be a time-consuming task. Simply sandwich your tomatoes between two plates, add pressure with one hand, and slice through all the tomatoes simultaneously with a …

Recipe for beef stew

<i>Serves 4 with leftovers</i><p>3½<p>pounds beef chuck or round, cut into 1½-inch chunks<p>Salt and pepper, to taste<p>¼<p>cup flour<p>6<p>tablespoons olive oil, or more if …