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From Tall Kinds to Short Phlox Flowers

There are many types of phlox flowers, but the most popular kinds are <i>Phlox subulata</i> and the various cultivars of <i>P. paniculata</i>. It's easy to …

Blend for Yourself

<b>PRE-WORKOUT ENERGY BOOST</b><i><br>Green Power</i>From endurance runner Scott Jurek and his book <i>Eat & Run</i><p>1 banana<br>1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango or pineapple chunks<br>2 cups water<br>1 teaspoon spirulina powder<br>1/2 teaspoon miso paste<p><b>RECOVERY</b><i><br>Purplepatch Power Potion</i><br>From coach Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness<p>1 kiwi<br>1/2 cup …

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The 15 Best Fat-Burning Foods Of All Time

Time to stock up.<p>Cutting back on Ben & Jerry's and Tostitos = one of the suckiest parts of dieting. But you *can* actually eat more (no more hanger!) and burn fat—if you're focusing on the right foods.<p>“People will go crazy and cut out whole food groups," says nutritionist Jess Cording, R.D., "or be …

Watermelon Cake! Remove the ends and rind from a watermelon and cut into 6 wedges/slices. Dip the end of each slice in coconut whipped cream and then in toasted slivered almonds. Reassemble the wedges on a plate, top with more coconut whipped cream and your favorite fruit. Voila! http://www.paleocupboard.com/watermelon-cake

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Classic Caesar Salad

6 Servings<p>A great Caesar salad recipe gets its swagger from a great Caesar dressing recipe. Squeamish about raw egg yolks and anchovies? Sorry. Yolks are what give richness to the emulsion, while anchovies provide a briny blast (and that whole umami thing). This is part of BA's Best, a collection …

Granola? It's all about the crunch

Counter-cultural and yet a commercial success, granola's contradictions go way back. Yet it's always had the crunch.<p>Granola is a mystery in many ways. It is meant to be a health food, yet is often laced with sugar and fat. It sells for as much as £5 for a small packet, even though the main …

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Mother's Day Eggs, Just Like She Made Them

<b>There's something about her,</b> even as you grow up, as you get older, further away from the kid you once were, that always brings you home. She hugs you the same way she did on your first day of school, or when you won that big game, and when you finally moved out. She's still there, beaming, like …

Rev up your salads with radishes

What's pink, peppery and perfect served with a pat of cold butter and salt, or mixed into a perky salad?<p>The grown-ups are sipping kir and the children <i>sirop</i>. The table is laid with salads – grated carrots, rounds of tomatoes with shaved red onions, slices of cucumber with chives and, finally, long …

6 Cooking Techniques to Master...from the Masters

A French cooking legend, a Brooklyn egg cream guru and other pros come right to your kitchen to deliver essential advice.<p>Photo: Thinkstock<p>Make a …

Porchetta

12 to 15 Servings<p>September 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 5–6-pound piece fresh pork belly, skin on<p>1 (trimmed) 2-3-pound boneless, center-cut pork loin<p>3 tablespoons fennel seeds<p>2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes<p>2 tablespoons minced fresh sage<p>1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary<p>3 garlic cloves, …

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

10 to 12 Servings<p>April 2010Print<p>Ingredients<p>cake<p>2 ounces bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 61% cacao), chopped<p>2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder<p>1 3/4 cups boiling water<p>2 3/4 cups all purpose flour<p>1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda<p>1/4 teaspoon baking powder<p>1 cup sugar<p>1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar<p>1 1/3 …

Cacio e Pepe

Servings<p>Literally "cheese and pepper", this minimalist cacio e pepe recipe is like a stripped-down mac and cheese.<p>May 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>Kosher salt<p>6 oz. pasta (such as egg tagliolini, bucatini, or spaghetti)<p>3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed, divided<p>1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper<p>3/4 cup finely …

Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts

Makes 16 Servings<p>Active Time: 4 min<p>February 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces<p>1 1/4 cups sugar<p>3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled)<p>1 teaspoon vanilla extract<p>2 large …

San Francisco's top cheap eats

Booms and busts come and go fast in this Gold Rush town, but there's one thing you can always count on: dinner. Whether you're flush or broke, San Francisco offers vast menu options and excellent value for money. Not that it's always cheap – the fad for pricey pizzas and gourmet burgers isn't quite …

The gourmet archipelago: local food heaven on the San Juan Islands

Gastronomic movements usually take hold in cities rather than on isolated archipelagos, but the San Juan Islands in America’s Pacific Northwest, smack up against the border with Canada, have always been a little different.<p>Self-sufficiency has long been the popular mantra here. Hippies colonized the …

Most lip-smacking street food

Lunch tastes best from a curb-side cart: grab your fork or simply use your fingers, and munch your way through the world’s best street eats. This tempting list, taken from <i>Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, is sure to get your taste buds tingling...<p><i>Chouriços</i>, Goa, India<p>Slow-dried in long, …

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Kayak Among White-Tipped Reef Sharks in the Galápagos

This biodiverse archipelago is a haven for evolutionary science—and adventurous travelers.<p>“I made my first trip to the Galápagos in 1966 when I was 16,” says Lindblad Expedition’s president, Sven-Olof Lindblad, whose late father, Lars, pioneered outfitted expeditions to remote destinations. The …

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Spring Peeper

AnimalsPhoto Ark?<p>About the Spring Peeper<p>Spring peepers are to the amphibian world what American robins are to the bird world. As their name implies, they begin emitting their familiar sleigh-bell-like chorus right around the beginning of spring.<p><b>Habitat</b><p>Found in wooded areas and grassy lowlands near …