Michelle Weiss Hilburn

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Food Hacks for the Best Tailgate Ever

Tailgating is the perfect blend of fanatical sports pride, savory foods that you can't believe were cooked in the back of a truck, and plenty of delicious beer (and stronger stuff). You're entertaining while being entertained, which is part of the reason that nothing compares to spending game day …

Watch Anthony Bourdain Discover 'Pillows of Happiness' in Shanghai

Here's a peek at the first episode of the fourth season of <b>Anthony Bourdain's</b> <i>Parts Unknown</i>: <b>Shanghai</b>. Bourdain starts off by saying that of all the reasons to visit China, <i>xiao long bao</i> — Chinese soup dumplings — are the real reason to come to Shanghai. Quote: "As they're steamed, the delicious …

10 Roasts for Fall

There’s no denying it -- it’s fall. We’ve tucked away our sandals and pulled out our coats. With each passing day the air gets a little bit cooler and all we want to do is get a little bit cozier. We’re heading out to the farmers market, going apple picking, and finding any excuse to come home, …

Spicy Spiked Hot Chocolate

4 Servings<p>The addition of an anise-flavored liqueur turns this hot cocoa into the liquid version of chocolate-covered licorice.<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups whole milk<p>1 cup heavy cream<p>⅓ cup sugar<p>½ ancho chile, lightly crushed<p>1 cinnamon stick<p>½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise<p>3 oz. bittersweet …

Liqueurs

6 Ways to Upgrade a Hot Toddy

A classic hot toddy is ridiculously simple. Hot water, liquor and sugar are all that's necessary to make this cozy, curative drink—but here are six …

Old Faithful

Testing the limits of love.<p>Out of nowhere I developed this lump. I think it was a cyst or a boil, one of those words you associate with trolls, and it was right on my tailbone, like a peach pit. That’s what it felt like, anyway. I was afraid to look. At first it was just this insignificant knot, …

Relationships

Laugh, Kookaburra

A day in the bush, a night at home.<p>I’ve been to Australia twice so far, but according to my father I’ve never actually seen it. He made this observation at the home of my cousin Joan, whom he and I visited just before Christmas last year, and it came on the heels of an equally aggressive comment. …

Understanding Owls

What does a gift say about the giver?<p>Does there come a day in every man’s life when he looks around and says to himself, “I’ve got to weed out some of these owls”? I can’t be alone in this, can I? And, of course, you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Therefore you keep the crocheted owl given …

Guy Walks Into a Bar Car

Lost loves and lost years.<p>In the golden age of American travel, the platforms of train stations were knee deep in what looked like fog. You see it all the time in black-and-white movies, these low-lying eddies of silver. I always thought it was steam from the engines, but now I wonder if it didn’t …

Now We Are Five

A big family, at the beach.<p>In late May of this year, a few weeks shy of her fiftieth birthday, my youngest sister, Tiffany, committed suicide. She was living in a room in a beat-up house on the hard side of Somerville, Massachusetts, and had been dead, the coroner guessed, for at least five days …

Undecided

I don’t know that it was always this way, but, for as long as I can remember, just as we move into the final weeks of the Presidential campaign the focus shifts to the undecided voters. “Who are they?” the news anchors ask. “And how might they determine the outcome of this election?”<p>Then you’ll see …

World War One: Family stories uncovered

BBC News<p>The World War One centenary means personal war diaries, letters and photos are emerging from dusty attics and drawers across the UK and beyond to offer a different perspective of the conflict.<p>The National Archives has begun the mammoth task of digitising 1.5 million WW1 diary pages, mainly …

Remembrance Day

Buy less, do more: 5 reasons why experiences make us happier than things

We need to shift away from a culture of materialism and toward one of experientialism, says author James Wallman<p>British trend forecaster James Wallman has coined a new word: "Stuffocation." (Think "stuff" and "suffocation.") Wallman claims it's one of the most crushing afflictions of modern …