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Quick packed lunch ideas for busy people

Egg, potato and gherkin salad (pictured above)<p>Boil 250g baby new potatoes in salted water until tender, drain. Boil another pot of water, lower in 2 eggs and cook for 8 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool, then peel. Chop 1 egg and halve the other. In a bowl, mix 2 tbsp mayonnaise …

Spices

Nigella Lawson’s Favorite Chicken Recipe to Serve Guests

The famous food writer talks about her new cookbook and her issues with professional-grade recipes for amateur.<p>If you happen to have two ovens, a …

Flavors

2 Books Investigate The Mysteries Of Agatha Christie And The Golden State Killer

Both of the books I'm recommending today are each, in their own ways, about cold cases.<p>After all, what could be colder than the mysteries surrounding the life of that pre-eminent Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie? Christie, by some calculations, is the second best-selling author of all time (beaten …

Books

How to chop an onion

Onions

How to build muscle as age tears it down

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you are in your 40s or 50s, chances are that you are starting to notice some changes in your body, including muscle loss and diminishing strength, even if you exercise fairly regularly.<p>Reduced levels of physical activity, increases in sedentary behavior and doing less intense exercise …

Nutrition

Vegetarian Protein Is Just As 'Complete' As Meat, Despite What We've Been Taught

“If you eat a dish with black beans, you’re not getting complete protein. You have to add another kind of bean to get the same kind of protein you’d get from meat.”<p>This suggestion came from a generally well-informed acquaintance of mine while we were on a long car ride, making me wonder if the …

Fred Rogers, champion of gentle masculinity, has a cure for the gun violence that plagues us

Another mass shooting tragedy reminds us of why we desperately need the message of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”<p>Like much of Generation X, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was a childhood TV staple. Even as I grew older and came to see the world both inside my home and beyond its front door as …

Guns

Walk while counting backward to diagnose this type of dementia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Simple walking tests can accurately diagnose a type of dementia that may sometimes be reversed when identified early and quickly treated, a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology found.<p>Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus, or iNPH, affects the walking ability and mobility of …

Dementia

Books of the Week

<b>(CNN) —</b> 04/22/2018 "How to Read a Book" by <b>Mortimer Adler</b><p>04/15/2018 "Post Truth" by <b>Lee McIntyre</b><p>04/08/2018 "The Death of Democracy" by <b>Benjamin Carter Hett</b><p>04/01/2018 "The Ordinary Virtues" by <b>Michael Ignatieff</b><p>03/11/2018 "Five Days in London, May 1940" by <b>John Lukacs</b><p>03/04/2018 "How to Think" by <b>Alan Jacobs</b><p>…

Books

Gardens: what to do this week

Plant witch hazel, put the defunct Christmas tree to good work, visit the John Brookes exhibition<p><b>Plant this</b><p>Witch hazel’s spidery blooms may be small, but their scent wakes up your nose when you venture outside in winter. This deciduous shrub needs neutral or acid soil, in full sun or partial shade: …

Plants

'Best diets' ranking puts keto last, DASH first

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're a fan of the "fat-burning" keto diet, you'll be fired up about its ranking in the 2018 list of best diets from US News and World Report: It's tied for last, along with the relatively unknown Dukan diet.<p>Both stress eating a ton of protein or fat and minimal carbs, putting the …

Nutrition

Spend Winter Break Reading the Best Nonfiction Books of 2017

An FBI cat-and-mouse game, a poignant family memoir, and the history of Vietnam's disastrous turning point top the year's best titles.<p>From con …

Books

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list The 100 best novels written in …

Literature

Weekend Recipe: Sweet Potato Hash

There is something so comforting about eating sweet potatoes. I regularly make this hash as a warm 30-minute meal when the weather is cold outside …

Food

There are so many wonderful ways to cook cauliflower. Here are a few of our favorites.

Consider this set of recipes from our archives a reminder of cauliflower’s versatility, especially when it comes to meatless cooking.<p>Crisped Cauliflower With Lemon Tahini Sauce, above. You’ll fry the florets until golden, then serve them with a creamy, tangy sauce. (You could roast rather than fry, …

Cooking

A cunning plan: Yotam Ottolenghi’s main course recipes for a Christmas party

Feeding a crowd is fun, but it requires a fair bit of organisation. Three practical tips, then. First, plan and prepare as much as you can in advance: marinate meat, make sauces and dressings, toast and chop nuts, grill vegetables. Next, picture the plate you’re planning to serve: more is not …

Spices

Alys Fowler: it’s time to prepare fig trees for winter (and for next year’s crop, too)

Pull off the remaining fruit now, so you get the same again next year<p>Since the light started to slant and summer slumber, I have been able to pick fat, juicy figs almost every day. But now the leaves are beginning to turn a buttery yellow, I must put my thoughts towards pulling off the remaining …

Embryonic

Why you should roast a head of garlic virtually every time you turn on the oven

Does everyone know about the glorious versatility of roasted garlic? I hope so. But just in case you don't, the next time you've got your oven going for at least the better part of an hour, roast some and you'll see. Just take a whole head of garlic, cut it in half horizontally, so you get through …

Food Preservation

Hints From Heloise: Cast iron is in season

<i>Dear Heloise: I'd like to know how to get rust off a cast-iron skillet, and how to season it. I enjoy your hints in the Winchester (Va.) Star.</i><p><b>Ruth R., Winchester</b><p><b>Ruth R.:</b> Happy to help! To remove rust, a steel-wool pad is your answer. Buff off the rust spots, wash with soap and water, rinse and dry …

Cast Iron Skillet

A few low-carb recipes for your consideration

Looking for a new low-carb recipe to try? Here are a few from our Recipe Finder to consider. When determining what exactly "low-carb" means, we used basic guidelines from the Mayo Clinic: Typically, those following low-carb diets stick to 20 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per day (for perspective, …

Food

How To Turn Soba Noodles Into Your Dream Dinner

When it comes to comforting noodle dishes, many people turn to pasta for baked ziti and lasagna. We have another option to suggest: soba noodles.<p>Soba noodles are traditionally buckwheat noodles ― soba is Japanese for buckwheat ― but not all are 100 percent buckwheat. Some of them are a mixture of …

Food

Nadine Levy Redzepi: What do you cook for the world's best chef?

What to feed the best chef in the world? For 19-year-old Nadine Levy, on a night off from her job front of house and cooking for her new boss and boyfriend, it was chicken livers with tomatoes and chilli. She wasn’t to know it was René Redzepi’s favourite meal as a child. It was 2005, they were …

Dessert

The Best Salad Greens, Ranked By Nutrition

It’s pretty well understood that salads are good for you. As long as you’re careful with a restaurant’s menu options, you can count on doing right by your body with a bed of greens.<p>But, not all greens are created equal and some contain significantly more nutrition than others. What you choose at …

Nutrition

It Turns Out You're Eating Flaxseeds All Wrong

Flaxseeds are one of those virtuous health foods everyone and their brother recommends you sprinkle on smoothies or salads for the health benefits.<p>But, according to a nutritionist, you may not get all of the seeds’ nutrients without doing one important step. Kelly Hogan, a clinical nutrition and …

Coffee Grinders

Want your kids to have healthy bones? It will take more than a milk mustache.

For the first time in his 14 years, my oldest son brought home the bacon with two paid summer jobs. Boy, did he relish the reward of the paycheck. He has always spent whatever money he acquired through birthdays or allowance on the newest baseball glove, the hottest pair of basketball shoes or, …

Nutrition

5 Greek food blogs you should follow

<b>(CNN) —</b> Your epic Greek vacation is about to start and all you can think about is all the delicious food you'll get to taste while you're there.<p>Fortunately we've got the perfect thing to tide you over until then -- a selection of food blogs and vlogs that'll keep your mouth watering, and possibly …

Greek Food

A feel-good skillet dinner starring salmon

This skillet dinner is the kind of recipe everyone should have tucked in their back pocket. It is simple cooking at its best — a one-pan meal that is nearly effortless to prepare, made with everyday ingredients that come together quickly. You can summon the energy to make it even when you come home …

Seafood

A simple, tasty pasta recipe that will help you dispatch that zucchini

Every year, there’s a zucchini problem, and it goes something like this: Too many zucchini, not enough ideas.<p><i>[Make the recipe: Zucchini and Lemon Pappardelle With Pine Nuts ]</i><p>Oh, sure, you can avoid them. That is, if you’re not a gardener who planted them, or a community-supported-agriculture …

Zucchini

Three top tips for happy houseplants

Succulents and similar are amazingly ‘in’; here’s how to get yours Instagram-ready<p>Though there are many glossy, beautifully arranged pictures of houseplants that take Instagram by storm, any horticulturist scrolling through has to reveal that many set-ups are clearly impossible. On Instagram there …

Plants

Nigel Slater’s prawns and mackerel recipes

I came home with fat, raw prawns to cook in their shells and two fine mackerel, stiff as boards, for the grill. The prawns went into a shallow pan on the hob, in butter into which I had crushed a couple of sticky cloves of black garlic and a handful of chopped dill, their shells shining as I …

Seafood