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A warning to the American media from a Russian journalist who covers Putin

Congratulations, US media! You’ve just covered your first press conference of an authoritarian leader with a massive ego and a deep disdain for your trade and everything you hold dear. We in Russia have been doing it for 12 years now — with a short hiatus when our leader wasn’t technically our …

Journalism

7 Mistakes That Make Your Yard Look Shabby

Ensure that the first thing guests (and you!) see makes a good impression.<p>1. Letting Weeds Run Rampant<p>It isn't possible to catch every weed the second it pops up, but that's no excuse for just letting them overtake your lawn. Get ahead of the problem by dedicating a little time each week to …

Tips for Perfect Laundry

Remove pins or buckles, zip zippers, close snaps and hooks, and secure Velcro to prevent snags and abrasion. But don't button buttons, which can stress the buttons and buttonholes.<p>Empty pockets and turn them inside out, unfurl socks, and unroll cuffs. Tie sashes and strings to prevent tangling. …

4 Wholesome and Hearty Bean Soups to Get You Through Winter

<b>1. Pasta e Fagioli</b><p>Pasta e fagioli -- literally "pasta and beans" -- is a hearty and heartwarming Italian soup, perfect for a chilly night. There are countless recipes but this one, adapted from Chef Joe Cicala's recipe in the <i>The Washington Post</i>, is the best I've tried. The base of the soup is made …

Cooking

Get Supersized with the 500-Rep Workout

<b>Duration</b> 1-Week<p><b>Exercises</b> 25<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>This workout was designed as a way to “shock” your muscles into some serious growth. Perform this workout for …

Rules to Follow and Common Mistakes to Avoid for Roasting a Chicken

Cooking a great anytime-dinner is easy once you learn how to roast a chicken. Avoid these common mistakes for a juicy bird.<p>A good roast chicken is always satisfying. But a great roast chicken is out of this world. To take your chicken to the next level, you've got to make sure you're avoiding the …

Cooking

41 Thai Recipes to Make at Home

Here are 41 of our favorite Thai recipes, inspired by the cuisine's addictive sweet, savory, salty, and spicy flavors.<p>If you take a deep dive into our recipe database, you'll notice a few interesting things: 1. the liberal use of Aleppo pepper; 2. a relative lack of banana recipes (our boss, <b>Adam</b> …

Cooking

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Shoes<p>Fancy rich-guy designer slippers aren't just for fancy, rich, designer-wearing guys anymore.<p>By Matt Sebra1 day agoView More<p>Gift Ideas<p>All …

11 Recipes That Will Change How You Cook Forever

You might think you make these 11 basic recipes well, but we have some game-changing tips that will make them even better<p>We admit it: There are some things we still don't know how to make. But there are also things that people think they make well that they actually completely ruin. Like scrambled …

Cooking

Carbonara Recipes That Should Be In Your Weekly Rotation This Winter

Carbonara is one of those dishes that proves that the simple things in life are often the best. Made with eggs, cheese and pork, carbonara is as easy to put together at it is to consume in massive quantities. It's traditionally made with pancetta or guanciale, but can also be made with bacon. This …

Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: “It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps”

Blaming religion for violence, says Karen Armstrong, allows us to dismiss the violence we’ve exported worldwide<p>Karen Armstrong has written histories of Buddhism and Islam. She has written a history of myth. She has written a history of God. Born in Britain, Armstrong studied English at Oxford, …

Recipe: Roasted salmon with pistou - California Cookbook

Step 1Heat the oven to 450 degrees. If the fish steaks have any scales, scrape them off with a serrated knife, then rinse the steaks and pat them dry. Line a heavy roasting pan with foil to make sure they won't stick and for easy cleanup; lightly oil the foil or the pan. Set the fish steaks side by …

Vancouver's marijuana vending machine is the first of its kind in Canada

A Vancouver marijuana dispensary has released a video showing off what they claim is Canada’s first pot vending machine, which the society’s director …

Western Canada

Hot Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Baked Hot Chocolate Pudding: Everything You Love in One Bite<p>March 27, 2013 homemade caramelSinfully Easy Delicious Dessertsbaked chocolate …

15 Satisfying Vegan Lunch Recipes to Energize Your Day

Want some fresh vegan inspiration for lunch? These delicious grain and vegetable-laden meals are here to give you a big hug. Look beyond …

Healthy Eating

The Food Lab: Homemade Shin Cup-Style Spicy Korean Ramyun (Beef Noodle Soup)

When I asked you folks for your favorite instant noodle brands on Twitter a couple months back, I was chuffed to note that a great chunk of you picked <i>my</i> favorite non-Japanese noodle: <b>Shin Cup</b>. Spicy, savory, and intensely garlicky with flavor to spare, it's in a league of its own when it comes to …

Better Than Bacon: 25 Pork Recipes, From Chops to Tenderloins

From lean and tender pork loins to tasty pork shoulders to a classic pork chops, we've compiled 25 of our favorite recipes that puts a pig to good use.<p>Bacon makes everything taste better: in waffles, in quiches, in cornbread, in miso, on pizza, and wrapped around anything. You say bacon, and we're …

Cooking

How to Buy, Store, and Cook Lemons, in Season in December

Tips for buying, storing, and cooking with lemons, in season in December.<p>Thankfully, lemons are readily available throughout the year—it would be hard to imagine grilled fish without a spritz of lemon or a citrus-less drink in the summertime. But, like almost all produce, lemons <i>do</i> have an actual …

Ice Cream

Miriam: ‘Tanda’ is ‘pork’ scam mastermind

MANILA, Philippines – Sen Miriam Defensor Santiago blazed through the Senate testimony of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, …

The Government of Canada has announced that it will match every dollar that Canadians donate to aid Typhoon Haiyan victims.<p>The Government is calling …

Sunday Supper: Tangy Slow Cooker Brisket With Potatoes and Sweet Peppers

<b>Editor's note:</b> Each Saturday afternoon we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.<p>Brisket is one of those things that needs to be cooked low and slow. And for those planning ahead, it's even better when cooked, refrigerated and sliced for …

26 Truly Thrilling Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to accessorize for soup season.

Cooking

The Moment Nokia Executive Realized That His Company Was in Trouble

Nokia’s success began about 20 years ago with the rapid adoption of mobile phones. The company recorded tremendous success among users because every …

Recipe

This simple stir-fry packs a lot of flavor!<p>Enjoy this restaurant favorite at home!<p>Love this simple tangy salad?<p>Add a touch of Sriracha to your …

Recipe

This quick soup made with silky egg strands is the perfect start to any meal.<p>Upgrade your usual tuna pasta with a little crunch.<p>Long and slow is how …

A closer look at the single biggest long-term threat to Canadian economic growth

The Jobs Report: What to do about a massive shortage of qualified workers<p>On a recent February evening, Karl Eve received an emergency call from a …

How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Today I wanted to put together a post that <b>everyone</b> would find helpful. With the coming of hot weather the flies seem to be gaining strength again as …

Selling

As rates rise, brace for mortgage renewal time

The era of pleasant surprises for people renewing their mortgages is over.<p>After five years of trending lower, mortgage rates have reversed course and started to rise. Aspiring first-time home buyers are being priced out of the market by these increases, but at least they've avoided a costly …

Personal Finance