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DIY Projects & Crafts

Easy Chicken Curry

Serve this dish with rice and accompaniments, such as plain yogurt, raisins, toasted almonds, and store-bought mango chutney. Curry powder comes in many varieties. Madras, used here, is spicier.

Creme Caramel

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place eight 4-ounce ramekins in a large roasting pan. Add 4 tablespoons water to a small pot. Add 1 cup sugar and stir to dissolve. Cook over medium-high, swirling occasionally, until caramel begins to turn amber, 6 to 8 minutes. Working quickly, divide caramel …

Pear Tart Tatin

This rustic French dessert boasts pears cooked in caramel and partnered with crisp puff pastry, and it's baked in a skillet so it goes from kitchen to table with ease.

Crepes with Sauteed Bananas and Chocolate

Top crepes with warm, sweet, buttery bananas and a drizzle of dark chocolate, and you have an elegant dessert.

Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse

This rich, dark chocolate smoother-than-pudding treat will be devoured by all.


Sriracha-Buttered Shrimp

Servings<p>June 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 tablespoons butter<p>6 tablespoons Sriracha<p>3 cloves minced garlic<p>1 pound head-on shrimp<p>1 tablespoon lemon zest<p>2 tablespoons minced fresh mint<p>2 tablespoons minced fresh basil<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Whip butter with Sriracha and melt in skillet.<p>Sauté minced garlic in it and …

Never, Ever Boil Your Hard-Boiled Eggs

In this season of beitzahs and PAAS dye kits, it may be time for a friendly reminder about hard-boiled eggs: You’re not actually supposed to boil …

Kitchen Organizers

Made of the kind of cling material used for holiday window decorations, these decals can be peeled off and reapplied when you change the contents of your canisters or clean them. Simply print labels onto clear decals and smooth onto canisters.<p>Clear decals for windows, $8 for 3,<p>Download …

Etched Glass Storage Jars

Clean and dry the glass. Using painter's tape, mark off the area you want to etch. Attach vinyl stick-on letters and decorative tape; press hard to ensure they are attached firmly.<p>Cover work surfaces (be sure to work in a well-ventilated area). Put on protective gloves and an old shirt with long …

Spring-Cleaning the Kitchen

The floor beneath the kitchen table -- that favored spot for family breakfasts, afternoon snacks, and late-night indulgences -- requires frequent cleanups. Fit your table with swivel casters and, with a gentle push, you'll no longer have to vacuum around its legs.

Polishing Copper

This treatment for cleaning copper amazes everyone who tries it. A pleasing bonus: It's chemical-free. All you need are a lemon and coarse salt. Sprinkle the cut side of a lemon half with the salt, then rub it over the copper, which will soon gleam.

Natural Whiteners

Tea and coffee stains can be removed from ceramic cups with denture-cleaning tablets. Just fill the cup with warm water, and drop in a tablet. When the tablet stops fizzing, empty the cup, and if it's still stained, repeat the process. To whiten cloth napkins, linens, and even socks, fill a large …

Closet, Storage, and Office Organizers

Just carrying a clipboard makes you feel as though you have your act together; hang a bunch on the wall and you really will -- with an instant filing system. Paint clips different colors, and then categorize in a way that works for your household (by family member, priority, due date, and so …

Spring-Cleaning the Garage and Outdoors

If the only thing that fits in your garage is your cars, spring-cleaning time could not have come too soon. Clear out the clutter and establish some designated spaces. You'll enjoy your new and improved layout for seasons to come. First, set up a recycling station and a spare pantry. Bins for …

Six Things to Do Every Day

1. Make the Bed<br>Tidiness begets tidiness. A crisply made bed makes the whole room seem more orderly, which makes it less likely that you'll let other things -- such as clothes and papers -- pile up around it.<p>2. Manage Clutter<br>Whenever you leave a room, take a quick look around for anything that isn't …

Spring-Cleaning Organizing Tips

For easier spring cleaning, fill a bucket with basics that need to be toted from room to room: all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a squeegee, a scrub brush, hopsacking, and terry-cloth towels in washcloth and hand-towel sizes. Between tasks, hang rubber gloves over the …

Organized Bathrooms

Inspired organizing ideas abound in these real-life bathrooms, which also feature our favorite space-saving solutions.<p>It may seem counterintuitive, but adding the right furniture to your bathroom can create a more open, organized space. In the master bath of this Texas duplex, a custom-made orange …

10 Clever Cleaning Tricks

Before you throw out that old kitchen apron, stash your essential spring-cleaning supplies in the pockets and use it as you go from room to room. It will leave your hands free to scrub and polish and you won't have to lug a heavy cleaning bucket around the house.<p>To create storage compartments, turn …