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Simple Snacks You Can Make in Your Slow Cooker

Until now, you've probably only used your slow cooker for stews and Super Bowl wings. If that's the case, you're missing out on a whole slew of slow cooker snacks. Yes, believe it or not, your slow cooker doubles as an awesome snack maker.<p>Slow cookers are the ideal cooking vessel when you don't …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Urban Island Bliss: Five Carless Paradises in Europe

Imagine travel without cars.<p>Scenery wouldn’t rush by in a swirl of colors. The air wouldn’t vibrate with the honking of horns and the squeal of brakes.<p>Going at a slower pace allows travelers to engage all of their senses and even notice minute changes in flora and topography.<p>A landscape sliced by …

European Travel

Home Depot looking for 80,000 part-time workers

Home Depot is going on a hiring spree.<p>The home improvement retailer said Tuesday that it has started hiring 80,000 part-time and seasonal workers ahead of its busiest time of the year.<p>It may not feel like spring yet, but Home Depot (HD) says it expects a surge in store traffic as the weather warms …

34 Unique Things to Do in Prague

From parks to pubs, tours to theaters, markets to music and more, we've got the insiders' scoop on the best Prague to-dos straight from those in the know. We asked over 30 influential locals to share their favorite things to do in the Czech Capital, meriting a list that (in our not-so-humble …

Meet Monemvasia, A Hidden 'Fortress Town' Perched On An Island In Greece

Discovering a secret town? Well that's one way to get off the beaten path.<p>We've seen a few hidden towns in our day (mostly in America), but never one quite as beautiful as the town of Monemvasia, Greece.<p>Perched on an island off the east coast of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia's name means "single …

The Best Jobs of 2015, Ranked by Salary and How Likely You Are to Get the Gig

Better brush up on your math.<p>We're not saying you should give up on becoming Ben & Jerry's chief flavor developer/the person who spritzes Jamie Dornan with Evian in between takes, but there's probably a dream job out there that's just a <i>little</i> more…realistic.<p>Here to steer you gently away from the …

Employment

Shakshuka: Cradle Your Eggs In A Cozy Blanket Of Tomatoes And Spices

There are many great ways to cook eggs. Poached, soft boiled, or scrambled -- we love them all. But there's one egg-cooking technique that often gets snubbed in home kitchens, and we're looking to change that here today. Baked eggs. If you've never had them, you'll love them. If you've never cooked …

Super Bowl Party Fun for the Whole Family (With Recipes)

Even if you don't like football, the Super Bowl is a great reason to get family and friends together for a party. Instead of making it an adults only affair, why not invite the whole family and have a great, family friendly shindig? We have everything you need to keep everyone entertained and fed …

3 Breakfast Rules to Follow to Lose Weight

Now that the New Year is solidly here, many of us are resolving to eat better, move more, and lose weight. One of the best ways to do this—and make …

Breakfast Dumplings Exist, And They're Even Better Than We Could Have Hoped

Breakfast dumplings just hit New York City, and they're damn good. Mimi Cheng's Dumplings, which opened in July 2014 in the East Village, just dropped a sausage, egg and cheese bomb onto the dumpling map, and a dumpling bomb onto New York's infamous brunch map. The concept of dumplings for …

How to Save Up so You can Travel in 2015.

Make a Real Man's Jalapeno Popper

Bacon, pineapple, sausage—and did we mention bacon?<p>Think of jalapeno poppers and you usually envision sloppy late-night bar orders followed by mornings of regret and severe indigestion. Call it the “beer stomach” effect where, like, “beer muscles,” you only <i>think</i> you have more intestinal fortitude …

Recipes

Rescuing ancient villages: Italy's hamlet hotels | CNN Travel

Minecraft player spends two years building virtual city

<b>A student from Delaware has spent two years building a virtual world he has named Titan City in the video game Minecraft.</b><p>Titan City is constructed out of 4.5 million Minecraft building blocks and contains 96 buildings.<p>Duncan Parcells says it has taken him two years to build, averaging up to five …

Minecraft

Why Ebola Is Such A Uniquely Terrible Virus

In its struggle to beat back the virus, your immune system's reaction ravages the rest of your body, leaving your blood vessels weak and leaky.<p>Soon, blood and plasma start pushing through, sometimes coming out of your pores and every orifice.<p>But long before the body begins to fail — around the time …

Are New York's Best Restaurants an Endangered Species?

The future of NYC's top restaurants is uncertain. Here, F&W's Kate Krader on how to save them.<p>Am I the only one who is freaked out about the future …

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, …

Chios Is The Magical Greek Island That Cures All Wanderlust

You've heard of Santorini, and you know Mykonos is the destination for partying. But if Greece has a <i>magical</i> island, Chios is definitely it.<p>This lesser-known isle sits happily in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Chios is most famous for its cultivation and production of mastic, an aromatic …

Summer lifesaver: 5 simple no-cook rotisserie chicken meals

What's one of the most versatile items you can buy at the supermarket? In the summer, hardly anything beats a succulent rotisserie chicken. But the ever-reliable staple isn't just for meat-and-potatoes dinners or for making a simple homemade chicken stock. It can be transformed into a huge variety …

The Best Idea Ever: Dessert Grilled Cheese

This lemon mascarpone grilled cheese starts with pound cake and is filled with creamy mascarpone and tart lemon curd. Not all sandwiches have to be savory! How about sandwiches for dessert instead?<p>Have you ever been so desperate for dessert that it became an obsession? Usually I have an abundance …

How to See Times Square Without the Hassle

<b>This is how you get the jaw-dropping views of the "Crossroads of the World" ... without having to fight the crowds.</b><p><i>By Mackenzie Allison for Where</i><p>Nothing beats the impact of your first trip to Times Square. It's a must-visit destination for visitors, a place of larger-than-life establishments and …

Yes, You Can Build a Smoker from a Filing Cabinet

Why did Obsessivore columnist Adam Sachs turn a filing cabinet into a smoker? So he could get smoked salmon in his backyard, duh<p>Day breaks over ____ the backyards of Brooklyn. The birds in the trees are tweeting the morning gossip. The sky is unblemished except for the faint but steady upward …

BBQ

10 spectacular secret beaches | CNN Travel

Forbidden Love in Salzburg, Austria

Do you have to choose between love and career? It's not so hard to talk yourself out of climbing the career ladder to focus on your relationship or to postpone even looking for love until you reach certain career milestones. People convince themselves that they can't have it all, at least not all …

16 Facts About China That Will Blow Your Mind

It also means that China houses a large chunk of the world's billionaires.<p>We dug around to find some interesting statistics. Did you know that China's railway lines could loop around earth twice?<p>Here are some interesting facts about the world's second-largest economy, which could soon eclipse the …

6 Common Burger Cooking Mistakes—and How to Avoid Them

We love burgers—but from choosing the wrong meat to overloading on the condiments, are you making any of these common cooking mistakes?<p>Is there anything better than the classic simplicity of a burger fresh off the grill? A good burger—juicy, flavorful, and with just the right fixin's—is summer …

BBQ

There's A Haunted, Abandoned German Village In The Namib Desert

It's one thing to "happen upon" a deserted town, but it's another thing entirely when it's an abandoned German-style mining village -- in the Namib Desert.<p>Urban explorers and adventurers are making their way to Kolmanskop, an old diamond mining town that was deserted in 1954 and is now filled with …