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cardamom + rose iced latte / japanese ice coffee

July 2nd was what I like to call my “Birthaversary” (Matt & I were legally married on my birthday last year), and on top of that our daughter is due …

How to Make a Beautiful Marble Planter at Home

<i>Great crafts not only teach you to make something pretty and useful with your own two hands -- the best ones also make use of things you might have otherwise thrown away.</i><p><i>Today: Francesca Stone from Fall for DIY shares her trick for turning empty cans into chic herb and succulent planters.</i><p>These DIY …

Crafting

The Best Inexpensive Mandoline Slicers

There's a saying I've heard from photographers that goes, <i>the best camera is the one you have with you.</i> The idea is that you can have the fanciest camera kit in the world, but if it's so cumbersome that you never end up carrying it around, it'll do you less good than the camera built into the …

Leftover-Rice Rice Pudding

<i>Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a. fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.</i><p><i>Today: Leftover rice isn’t really leftovers: It's the start of a very good, speedy weekday breakfast.</i><p>Leftover …

How to Make the Grain Bowl of Your Lunchtime Dreams

Still searching for the tricks needed to get your grain bowl to taste as great as the one at your favorite little luncheonette? Search no more.<p>These days, it seems like <b>Instagram-ready grain bowls</b> are popping up everywhere at spots like Egg Shop in NYC and Baker Miller in Chicago. Still searching …

The Best Way to Mince Garlic

I remember the first time I saw a chef use a microplane grater to finely mince a clove of garlic. He was making mayonnaise, and in just a few seconds the clove had dissolved into a fine puree that fell directly into the mixing bowl below. I was blown away, and from that day forward, it was one more …

25 Creative Lentil Recipes That Go Way Beyond Soup

From soups to salads, here are 23 of our favorite recipes to cook with a pantry staple, lentils.<p><b>One of the most humble pantry items is also one of our favorites</b>: The lentil. From stews and soups to salads and side dishes, they're a real recipe workhorse. Grab a pot and some stock—here are our …

Cooking

Savory Oatmeal Is The New Breakfast Of Champions. Here Are 13 Ways To Make It.

Put an egg on it. And then some bacon and greens, too.<p>Oatmeal is a smart way to start the day. It’s full of fiber, has a decent amount of protein and is dirt cheap. Plus, it’s really easy to make.<p>People general top oatmeal with sweet things ― like raisins, sugar and cinnamon ― but we think oatmeal …

Crispy Apple-Oat Fritters

8 Servings<p>If the batter thickens as it sits, thin with more club soda.<p>January 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided<p>1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided<p>Vegetable oil (for frying; about 4 cups)<p>1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned oats<p>½ cup rice flour<p>2 tablespoons cornstarch<p>1 teaspoon …

6 Easy Baking Hacks For Healthier Cookies

Why do we make ourselves crazy trying to get kids to eat their peas, carrots and now...kale? Heck, do <i>we</i> even like kale? Instead of fighting a battle we can't win, it's time we rethink something our little ones already enjoy--the cookie.<p>Because kids love anything called a "cookie," here are 6 easy …

10 Game-Changing Panini Press Recipes. No Sandwiches. Not One.

The panini press is a remarkable kitchen tool. Those glorious grill marks, the melty-ness of cheese, the perfectly toasty toastedness of toast. Yes, the appliance provides an instant upgrade to pretty much anything pressed between two slices of bread.<p>The only thing wrong with the panini press is, …

See How to Make Great Fried Rice at Home: Tips + Video

How to make killer fried rice at home, with tips and video from Hot Joy, one of Bon Appétit's Best New Restaurants in America 2014<p>It's midnight. You're buzzed. You're craving the entire menu at <b>Hot Joy</b> (our no. 7 Best New Restaurant of 2014), especially the fried rice. In fact, the fried rice is so …