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How to Clean Windows and Make Your Home Shine

Window washing is one of those tasks that linger near the bottom of many homeowners' to-do lists. But as any of us who finally get around to it will attest, clean windows make an enormous difference in everything! Remove that layer of grime, and you let more light into your home. If you're trying …

The beginner’s guide to cutting out sugar

If you had to pick a public health enemy number one, you could make a <i>very</i> strong case for (or really, against) sugar.<p>The sweet stuff’s been deemed …

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Cups Are the Refreshingly Simple Supper You’ve Been Looking For

Summer is upon us—and while bikinis and beaches are great, we’re most excited because warm weather means it’s time to start eating with our hands …

Recipe: Gin and tonic cake

I very seldom drink spirits - wine is my choice of libation. Spirits, to me, are a reminder of the never-to-be-forgotten 1980s. However, on occasion, …

A 5-Ingredient Coconut Ice Cream That's Refined-Sugar-Free

It seems like chocolate and vanilla always take the spotlight when it comes to desserts. But when there's an option for coconut desserts that have …

Dessert

Start scrubbing and dusting! Spring clean with these room-by-room tips

Spring is here and that means one thing.... it's cleaning season. From the bathroom to the bedroom to the kitchen, it's time to get every room in your house glistening in time for warmer days.<p><b>Bedroom</b><p><b>1. How often you should clean your pillows — and the right way to do it</b><p>Yes, those things you sleep …

26 Stories You Need To Read On Mother's Day

These are stories by and about mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers: the women who gave us our lives and taught us how to live them.<p>"It was disorienting to realize that I had reached adulthood without really getting to know my own mother. But over a year I spent at home after a bad breakup, I …

Paul Simon’s Hot Streak

Paul Simon’s musical afterlives.<p>“Paul Simon tries really hard with the word ‘motherfucker.’ But he has trouble with it.” This was the verdict of the critic Rob Sheffield, writing in the <i>Village Voice</i> in 1997. It was a tricky time for anyone who loved Paul Simon, and surely not an easy time for Simon …

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Nigel Slater’s rhubarb recipes

Rhubarb brings a splash of colour to our gardens – and our cooking. Try these recipes, both sweet and savoury<p>There was always a rhubarb patch. Every garden in our street had one, usually at the end of the garden path, down by the compost heap. I never heard of anyone buying a new plant – the crowns …

Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad) Recipe

"A traditional German favorite that I have loved since I was a child. This recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. Substitute cider vinegar for a …

My “rapidly fatal” diagnosis: My worst nightmare was also a miraculous stroke of luck

<b>Mary Elizabeth Williams (Chris Carroll)</b><p>I happened to get the cancer that was intriguing to a bunch of geniuses, and I got it at exactly the right time<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>April 24, 2016 11:30pm (UTC)<p><b>In the summer of 2010, Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams was diagnosed with malignant melanoma</b> …

Genius

Paris Review - Kazuo Ishiguro, The Art of Fiction No. 196

Interviewed by Susannah Hunnewell<p>Issue 184, Spring 2008<p>Ishiguro in 2005.<p>The man who wrote <i>The Remains of the Day</i> in the pitch-perfect voice of an English butler is himself very polite. After greeting me at the door of his home in London’s Golders Green, he immediately offered to make me tea, though …

The Ultimate Devil's Food Cake

I dreamt about chocolate cake the other night.<p>Chocolate cake plagues me unlike any other baking project. There are so many versions, from buttermilk to cocoa to flourless. Until now I’ve been sticking with my go-to recipe (from the back of the Hershey’s box), but can one person ever be satisfied …

80 Dishes to Bring to an Outdoor Party

Not all food is ready to withstand hungry hordes and sit outside in the hot, hot heat.<p><b>When we're heading to picnics</b>, cooking out in the backyard, and gearing up for days at the beach, we want our food to be as ready for the summer sun as we are. But not all food can withstand crowds and sitting …

Cooking

Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes with Ham Recipe

"If you like ham and potatoes, you'll love this creamy recipe! Its a big hit in my house, especially with my kids!"<p>Ingredients<p>3 pounds potatoes, …

5 Chefs on How They'd Spice Up Weeknight Rice and Beans

From duck fat to plain ol' butter, don't settle for boring rice and beans.<p>Rice and beans: It’s the weeknight, budget-friendly, bulk-bin staple meal that even the most timid home cook can attempt with a certain level of confidence. Rice and beans is there for us when budgets are tight and pantries …

You'll Be Drinking These Prosecco Popsicles All Summer Long

Why have we not thought of this sooner?!<p>Spring may start in March, but it starts to <i>really</i> feel official in April. And to herald the season, NYC's Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar at the Conrad New York opens today, bringing back its popular prosecco popsicles.<p>In case you've never heard of them before, …

28 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Cleaner Than It's Ever Been

Sparkle and shine, no more grime!

The One Clever Shortcut to Weeknight Italian Wedding Soup

For soup in a hurry, this spin on Italian meatball with a few clever shortcuts (hi, storebought sausage) delivers every time.<p><i>Welcome to Cooking Without Recipes, in which we teach you how to make a dish we love, but don’t worry too much about the nitty-gritty details of the recipe, so you can create</i> …

Rejoice! You Can Finally Make These Top-Secret Hillstone Recipes at Home

The good news: We got ahold of 8 top-secret Hillstone recipes. The bad news: Even we couldn't get a copy of that infamous spinach-artichoke dip recipe.<p>When deputy editor <b>Andrew Knowlton</b> set out to learn the secrets of America's favorite restaurant, Hillstone (you might know it as Houston's, R+D …

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54 Incredible Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

When you factor in all of the egg hunting, Easter brunching and a few photo ops with the Easter bunny, the time allotted for brainstorming egg decorating ideas slips away FAST. Easter is right around the corner, and the pressure is <i>on</i>. No worries though — we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re going …

Forget the “Washington playbook”: How the Obama doctrine is so vastly different from what Americans are used to in the Oval Office

<b>President Obama (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>Saying he’s a radical would be overstating it. But in one crucial respect, Obama truly has rejected the status quo<p>Elias Isquith<p>March 12, 2016 11:30am (UTC)<p>The gargantuan long-read on the “Obama doctrine” that the Atlantic published earlier this week is full …

Political Science

Massive Great White Shark Caught off of South Carolina Coast

A Hilton Head, South Carolina, charter boat captain caught a 2,500-pound great white shark this week.<p>The captain, Chip Michalove, tagged the shark …

Best Ever Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe | Self-Sufficiency

<b>Story Views</b><p>After posting our recipe for the Chicken Crust Pizza, we got many requests to post our favorite Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe. Over the …

The Only Thing Better than Plain Rice Is Crispy Rice

Rice is good. Crispy rice is better.<p>If you've been wondering how to add a thin, golden crust to your fluffy white rice without burning the house down, we've got a secret to tell you: It's way easier than you think.<p>Got a pot of rice that's a couple days old? This method reintroduces moisture and …

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

Psychology

We must relearn to eat: Here’s how we teach our kids — and ourselves — to find pleasure in what’s good for us

<b>(Red pepper via Shutterstock)</b><p>We sneak veggies into kids’ meals. We choose from chocolatey and salty variations. But taste is a matter of choice<p>Bee Wilson<p>February 21, 2016 12:30am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “First Bite: How We Learn To Eat”<p>So many of our anxieties around diet take the form of a search for …

14 Cocktails Every Gin Lover Should Know

Because a simple gin and tonic doesn't always cut it.<p>Because a simple gin and tonic doesn't always cut it.

37 Foods to Dunk (and Cover) in Chocolate

If you liked it, then you should've put some more chocolate on it.<p>We hold this truth to be self-evident: Things just taste better covered in chocolate.

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