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The Cookies Instagram Can’t Quit

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet in the past few months, you’ve seen Alison Roman’s Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread. They are round and thick, with sugary, glittery edges and big flakes of salt. Chocolate chip cookies that don’t want to be called chocolate chip cookies. Those, …

Life lessons from Tadahisa Sakai, the last descendant of a Japanese samurai clan

About 150 years ago, at the end of Japan’s Edo period, a civil war resulted in the end of the samurai culture and the birth of modern Japan. One …

Japan

Joy Bauer's 6 healthy ways to indulge your sweet or salty cravings - TODAY.com

Need a tasty treat you can snack on when a food craving strikes? I've got you covered. Indulge in these satisfying swaps the next time you have a hankering for something sweet, salty or chocolatey. And you’ll feel good knowing that each Joy Food option is less than 200 calories and offers a dose of …

Dessert

How an inmate hacker hid computers in the ceiling and turned his prison upside down

In the summer of 2015, Stan Transkiy was 16 years into a life sentence, and he had finally found a way to occupy his time. Inside the Marion Correctional Institution, which sits on green farmland off a series of quiet roads in rural Ohio, he had carved out a job running a recycling program, a gig …

Crime

5 Fall Dessert Recipes We Want to Bake Immediately

At the first sign of fall, we're turning on our ovens to make alllllll the baked goods.<p>Our fall bucket list includes jumping in a pile of leaves, carving pumpkins, and trying out so many dessert recipes that we are forced to go into hibernation. The first one we'll check off is a weekend-long sugar …

Dessert

The Definitive Power Ranking Of Homemade Cookies

The world is an imperfect place. It requires revolutionaries, visionaries, and game changers. It requires rabble rousers and protesters. It requires you to be resilient. But sometimes you can’t fight. Sometimes you need to back off.<p>Sometimes you need a cookie. A sugar bomb of perfection — gooey, …

Dessert

For Dreamy, Delicious Frosting, Make Your Own

When someone slices a sheet cake, two parties emerge: those who fight for the extra-frosted corner pieces and those who don't. I’m firmly in the former camp (sometimes I even help clean those frosting scrapers’ plates), and wouldn’t dream of baking a cake without a respectable layer of chocolate …

Chocolate Banana Cake

This chocolate banana cake is a layer cake made extra moist and flavorful with mashed ripe bananas in the batter.<p>Frost this delicious chocolate …

Dessert

9 Amazing Apple Pie Recipes

Apple and Dried-Fruit Spice Pie<p>Tart Granny Smith apples, plenty of dried fruit and spices, citrus, and rum go into this richly flavored (and …

Baking
Dessert

This Is The Apple Crisp Recipe That Made Me Ditch My Mom's

Sorry, mom. I still love you.<p>For almost every single one of my 37 years on planet earth, I've had apple crisp on my birthday.<p>I'm an October baby, and …

Baking

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Taste Beyond The Tongue

The Cheapest Day of the Week to Fly

A new study says this day is the winner for both domestic and international flights.<p>By the time Friday morning rolls around, most of us are more than ready for the weekend. Now, travel search engine Kayak says there's another reason to get that weekend started early—if you're planning to weekend …

Flying

How To Make The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, According To 5 Expert Bakers

There’s no cookie more universally loved than the chocolate chip cookie, so we all owe it to ourselves to bake the best darn chocolate chip cookies we can possibly make ― for us, for our friends and family, and for the dignity of the chocolate chip cookie itself.<p>We’re here with help. We reached out …

Dessert
North Korea

Guam’s forests are being slowly killed off – by a snake

Can a snake bring down a forest? If we’re talking about the Pacific island of Guam, the answer may well be yes.<p>Our research adds to mounting evidence …

National Academy of Sciences

If You Wish Thanksgiving Was Every Day, These Pumpkin Desserts Are For You

If you are one of the many people out there who knows there is no better dessert than a pumpkin dessert, why wait until Fall to be happy? These 30 pumpkin desserts are packed with the warming spices you love like nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger and only require a quick trip to the grocery store to …

These Beautiful Flowers Are Actually Cupcakes

Cupcake bouquets. Why didn't you think of it?<p>Calling it now: Cupcake bouquets will be taking over your Pinterest board by 2018. Floral centerpieces? Cupcake bouquets will probably replace them. Bridesmaids' bouquets? Cupcake bouquets will likely replace those too.<p>Leading the trend is the Baked …

Weddings

You Should Be Making (and Eating) More Icebox Cakes

I have always enjoyed a good church supper. Not only do I appreciate the wide variety of choices offered at such an affair, but I’m always impressed …

Dessert

12 Protein Shakes for After Your Morning HIIT Workout

After you slay the burpee game, you need something light and full of protein to jump-start your day. When a quiche or frittata isn’t an option, a protein shake could be just what you need to recover. You may have your post-run lunch recipes memorized, but you might need a little help making your …

Healthy Eating

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Chocolate Milkshakes So Creamy, You'd Think There Was Dairy

<i>We partnered with Talenti Gelato and our favorite ice cream tinkerer Cristina Sciarra to show you how to make non-dairy, chocolatey, subtly spicy milkshakes.</i><p>"Non-dairy" and "milkshakes" don't seem like they'd really go together, right? Oh, but they do, and Cristina Sciarra knows how to make those …

Build muscle with the pushup challenge

The pushup is a classic move and one of the best things you can do to hit your chest, shoulders, arms, and core in one swoop.<p>If you get your pushup …

MMA body: Full-throttle barbell routine

To build the ultimate athletic MMA body, you need to not only lift heavy but also move weight explosively. By increasing power in all of your major …

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The best back workout for beginners

If a chiseled, V-tapered back is the end goal of your mass-multiplying journey, but you're starting off with a wimpy frame and little to no muscle, …

Fitness

Make Serious Gains by Stretching

Gary Burchell/Getty<p>For most guys, stretching is a mere afterthought in their training program. Well, that’s a mistake. It turns out that neglecting …

Exercise

How To Burn 16 Pounds Of Stubborn Body Fat In Just 14 Days

This science approached diet helps you lose up to 16 pounds of unwanted body fat in just two weeks. And the author of it guarantees the results.<p>If …

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