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How to make the *PERFECT* chocolate chip cookie (no matter how you like 'em)

While we’re always in search of the perfect chocolate chip cookie, most of the time we settle for whatever kind we can find fastest. Let’s be real …

7-Day High-Fiber Meal Plan: 1,200 Calories

Fiber is a nutrition rock star with some pretty amazing health benefits. Research credits eating more fiber with weight loss, healthier gut bacteria, …

10 Everyday Household Items That Make Perfect Seedling Starters

One person's trash is another person's must-have for a gorgeous garden.<p>We'll be the first to admit that when spring rolls around, we're keen to get out and garden. But while there's still a chill in the air, starting seedlings indoors is the best way to get a head start. Luckily, you likely already …

HUGE List of Homeschool Curriculum and Freebies

<i>This is the weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Jamerrill from FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. If you aren’t a homeschooler,</i> …

Devil's Food Cake with Hazelnut Crunch

12 to 16 Servings<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Cake<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>2 1/3 cups cake flour<p>1 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder<p>1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda<p>1 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1/4 teaspoon baking powder<p>2 teaspoons instant espresso powder<p>1 cup hot coffee<p>1 cup buttermilk<p>2 1/2 cups sugar<p>1 cup (2 sticks) …

Dessert

Renter-Friendly Plant Hanger with Mix 'n Match IKEA Items

(Image credit: Instructables)<p>When I spotted this project on Instructables I immediately wondered what IKEA product this was and why I hadn't seen it …

IKEA

A Full Month of Nut-Free Lunches

<i>Nut allergies are no joke and both parents and schools take them very seriously. Our family is lucky not to have to deal with any of these allergies</i> …

A Guide to Tofu Types and What to Do With Them

Tofu: you either love it, or you haven't had it prepared well. The jiggly soybean product has been around for eons—William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyag's <i>History of Tofu</i> dug up a mention of tofu in a Chinese text dating to 950 AD. Buddhist monks spread the good word about tofu across Japan and Korea, …

Carrot-Coconut Soup with Harissa and Crispy Leeks

8 Servings<p>Active Time: 15 min<p>Total Time: 40 min<p>Heart-healthy coconut oil adds delightfully nutty, aromatic flavor to this creamy, sweet soup. If you can't find harissa to garnish with, drizzle it with hot sauce or sprinkle with a pinch of chili flakes instead.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>3 tablespoons coconut …

Coconut

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Community Picks -- Dinner That Makes a Good Lunch

The results are in -- here are the recipes our community loved from the Dinner That Makes a Good Lunch contest!<p>Once again, we want to give a big thanks to all of our volunteer recipe testers for your thoughtful comments and for helping us continue to strengthen our recipe recommendations. You can …

A colourful London home

Velvet ConsChallenging to clean. Velvet is known to be more difficult to clean and maintain than many other fabrics. If you have pets, consider that …

1 Sofa, 6 Different Looks

One sofa, six different styles.<p>Want an instant makeover? No need to redo the entire living room. Just add a decorative pillow (or three). Check out these decorating ideas from designers who share their tips on arranging throw pillows.

Homestyle Lentil Soup

Every time my parents come to visit, I tend to make the same dishes. My mother usually requests a stir-fry, and my daughter, seeing this special …

Avocado Toast Advice, From a Few Professionals

<i>In our Phone a Friend column, we'll be asking some of our friends around the food world about how they cook and eat. And we want you to join the conversation, too.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>In honor of Avocado Toast Week, we're polling some of our favorite people on how they customize this universally loved snack.</i><p>In …

Chalk Paint Vs. Milk Paint Throw Down!

All Natural Chalk Paint & Milk Paint<p>It's a common question: What is the difference between Chalk Paint and Milk Paint? Or: Which is better?<p>It's a bit …

Zucchini Bread with Oats

Makes two 8 1/2x4 1/2" loaves Servings<p>For a slightly more virtuous quick bread—more like breakfast, less like dessert—reduce the amount of granulated sugar to one cup. This zucchini bread recipe is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Non-stick vegetable oil spray<p>…

Breakfast

The New Kitchen: 5 Top Trends

The look of the kitchen is changing -- already granite countertops and dark wood cabinets are starting to look a little late 90s. If you're thinking …

Kitchens

The 15 Flower Tricks We Swear By

From a penny in the water (genius!) to how scotch tape can make your arrangement perfect<p>Jessica Marshall, owner of Miss Daisy Floral Design Studio in Las Vegas and NYC, let our sister site, Cosmopolitan.com, in on some of her floral tricks to make decorating your house with beautiful flowers easy …

Home Depot

Sesame Noodles with Chili Oil and Scallions

4 Servings<p>Spicy Sichuan pepper will leave your lips buzzing. Use any leftover chili oil from this sesame noodles recipe in dressings or marinades.<p>June 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 scallions, whites and greens separated, thinly sliced<p>1/2 cup vegetable oil<p>1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes<p>2 teaspoons …

Soysauce

This Is How The Rest Of The World Eats Corn On The Cob

Sprinkled with salt and slathered topped with a dollop of butter is a delightful way to serve corn on the cob, but it's certainly not the <i>only</i> way to prepare the husky goodness.<p>All around the world (corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica), corn is dressed with a variety of wonders -- …

Peanut Noodles

Remodeling 101: Butcher Block Countertops

Warm and accommodating, butcher block is an affordable countertop material with a lot going for it. Maintain them regularly and butcher block …

Greek Yogurt with Spiced Pepita and Cashew Crunch and Mango

Breakfast

The top 10 kid friendly brunch restaurants in Toronto

Brunch with kids and the family in Toronto. It's an idyllic (or necessary) scenario for those with kids (Mommy needs a mimosa, OK?) and a potential …

Before & After: A Dixie Dresser Gets a Dramatic Upgrade

The metal gripper that holds the legs in place was missing on one leg. My husband cut a piece of wood to fit the missing one and was able to fashion …

Coats

Five Nutrition-Packed Salads

Hearty and filling, these healthy main meals provide loads of flavor and fuel.<p>For a hungry runner, salad is easy to dismiss as little more than filler—something to hold you over until the main course arrives. But with the right ingredients and a bit of creativity, you can throw together all-star …

Healthy Eating

The Healthiest Summer Sangria EVER

Sure, it still has alcohol and should be enjoyed in moderation, but it's a way healthier version clocking in at just about 150 calories and 10 g of sugar per glass. Cheers to that!<p><b>The Healthiest Summer Sangria EVER</b> <i><br>Serves 10</i><p>1.5 bottles red wine<br>1/4 cup triple sec<br>2 cups sparkling …

How to say a good goodbye at work

We say a lot of goodbyes in the workplace today, as colleagues leave for other jobs, project teams break up, and executive coaches conclude their time working with clients. But we don't spend much time thinking about endings and may be botching them.<p>Ed Batista, an executive coach and instructor at …