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53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

What happens next? There's only one way to find out.<p><i>Some entries have been lightly edited for clarity and length.</i>

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

Criminal Justice

This Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart Is Perfect For Dessert

If you’re looking for a decadent dessert, here’s a recipe for chocolate salted caramel tarts that will surely satisfy any sweet tooth.<p>In the video …

Homemade Fudge (With Just Four Ingredients)

Need a homemade gift for friends or a treat to serve guests? Meriem of Culinary Couture reveals how to make rich, soft fudge with just four …

Homemade Salmon Niçoise Salad

This is a recipe I love to make in the summer for entertaining because it looks fabulous on a big platter. Plus, it tastes absolutely delicious and is super easy to make and serve.<p>I prefer to make my niçoise with salmon rather than tuna simply because I think salmon tastes better and tends to …

12 Favorite Recipes of All Time

Since launching the Cup of Jo weekly recipe series three years ago, we’ve featured more than 150 recipes, covering everything from Nutella banana …

My Grandmother's Potato Salad

My grandmother's name was Ardath Harter, so I called her "Grama" Harter (she would write her surname with a heart!).<p>I only remember her making three foods. For me, when I visited her house, she'd make a grilled cheese with dill pickles on the side and a cup of tea in a gold teacup. For dinner, she …

6 Insanely Cheap Summer Trips for 2015

<i>McWay Falls, Big Sur, California (Photo: Mark Newman/Getty Images)</i><p>This summer, why not go where the prices are unusually cheap and the dollar is unexpectedly strong? By weighing hotel rates and airfare prices alongside industry trends and local currencies, we've come up with six suggestions for …

20 New Food Books to Read This Summer

Whether you're into something light and quick or more pensive and poignant, here are 20 new food books for you to read this summer.<p>It's summer, which means it's prime season for reading for pleasure, so here's our food lovers' guide to the new books coming out. Whether you want something light and …

Books

19 Books To Read If You Loved The "Harry Potter" Series

Maybe you'll never find a book better than Harry Potter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy reading other novels about magic, friendship, and adventure.

35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

The 2015 Way to Travel on the Cheap

You'll be a jetsetter in no time.<p>The digital age is bittersweet for those of us with wanderlust. On one hand, your Instagram feed is filled with idyllic snaps from exotic locales that are merely pipe dreams due to your lack of funds. On the other, you have a million sites and apps at your finger …

Travel

9 Sensational Sides That Will Dress Up Any Dish

Side dishes are often an afterthought, but they can be just as memorable as the main course. These sensational sides will have people scrambling for seconds.<p><b>1. Roasted Broccoli with Chipotle Butter</b><p>Build a meal around this flavorful broccoli. The florets are tossed in a sweet, spicy, and smoky …

Exactly How to Dye Your Hair at Home and Look Completely Perfect

DIY dye jobs have a bad rap—but here's why they rock.<p>Real talk: DIY dye jobs have a bad rap. But this is 2015, meaning dyes are better and easier to use than ever before. Here, with the help of the new Vidal Sassoon Salonist™ kit, our model gets the red hue she's always wanted—without the help of …

Hair

4 Secret Tips for the Best Birthday Cake You'll Ever Bake

Want to bake a better birthday cake? Milk Bar's Christina Tosi and Bon Appétit's Alison Roman show you the ways to towering, sweet, frosted success.<p>When it comes to feel-good food, there's nothing like a towering, colorful, frosted, and sprinkled birthday cake. It's impossible to dig into a slice …

Dessert

7 Vegetarian Dinners Even Carnivores Will Devour

Whether you are expecting a vegetarian guest or just want to mix up your family's dinner routine, you'll wow everyone with these meatless meals.<p><b>1. White Bean Ragout</b><p>A quick ragout of white beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in a robustly flavored broth makes a satisfying vegetarian main …

5 Pioneering Ways to Reuse All Those Empty Bottles You Have

The next time you think about throwing out that empty tequila bottle, stop. That bottle may be your ticket to a snazzier house.<p>Some people may not see the correlation between alcohol consumption and home decor, but empty liquor bottles can kill two birds with one stone for anyone who wants to get …

Healthier Jambalaya For Fat Tuesday

Our healthy jambalaya made with whole grain farro and succulent shrimp. Who could resist this spicy supper?!<p>Especially during the cold months, I love cooking jambalaya, a classic Louisiana Creole dish made with rice and spices. I enjoy it so much mainly because it’s an easy one-pot meal that tastes …

Vegetarian Cooking Hacks Every Herbivore Should Know

If you're a fan of cooking hacks, chances are you've come across all the best ones. From the right way to eat a cupcake to how to get the best sear on your steak, the hacks are many and varied. If you're a vegetarian, not many of them will pertain to you -- chances are you'll probably never need to …

6 Simple and Satisfying Puréed Soups

Get out your blender! Puréed soups are simple, silky and satisfying -- and a great way to enjoy your vegetables.<p><b>1. Easy Butternut Squash Soup</b><p>This has got to be the easiest butternut squash soup recipe ever. You start with pre-cut squash from the supermarket, then you basically throw everything in a …

How To Cut An Onion In 5 Easy Steps

It's something everyone should know -- yes, even you. Even if you can hardly boil yourself a pot of spaghetti, you should still know how to finely chop an onion. It'll come in handy for recipes galore -- soups, marinades and dips all benefit from the aromatic flavoring and crunch of the bulb. Today …

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Researchers have found that geography makes us who we are—genetically and linguistically.<p>As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic …

Linguistics

Healthier Takes on Cold-Weather Classics

We definitely can't survive on green juice alone, so we put lighter spins on comforting favorites. From a greens-packed lasagna to a few genius alternatives to heavy cream, this winter is all about balance.<p><b>MIXED GREENS LASAGNA</b><p>A waistline-friendlier favorite thanks to the addition of a few types of …

Bourbon Maple Glazed Chicken Wings

These are sticky. These are messy. These are the best darn chicken wings I’ve ever had. As in keep them away from me or I’ll eat them all. As in …

10 Dishes Every Beginner Cook Should Master

What's the best dish for a beginner cook to try? We asked star chefs from all over the country for their recommendations. Here’s what they had to say.<p>…

Emeril Lagasse

Asian Salmon and Spinach Rice Bowls

This recipe will change your life.<p>Topped with a lime infused maple syrup and pepper flake sauce and sprinkled with black sesame seeds, this Asian …

Fully loaded: 5 Super Bowl-worthy potato skin recipes you need in your life

There's a reason why potato skins have been a go-to party snack for decades: They're inexpensive, simple to make and, once you add meat and cheese, become a satisfying mini-meal for your guests.<p>Although the traditional cheddar-chive mash-up is certainly delicious, the mild-tasting, versatile potato …

Mini Heart-Shaped Cake

This recipe for mini heart-shaped cakes, courtesy of Matt Lewis from Baked, makes the perfect treat for your special someone on Valentine's Day.

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