Susan Odom

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Build the Cheese Plate of Your Dreams by Avoiding These 6 Common Mistakes

Everyone loves a good cheese plate—here's how to compose the perfect one, every time.<p><b>It's always the right time for a cheese plate</b>, but with the holiday and entertaining season close upon us, we've got fromage even more on our mind than usual. And pulling a cheese plate together is easy: All you …


Grilled Corn, Avocado, and Queso Fresco Crostini Recipe

Grilled sweet corn, buttery avocado, and tangy queso fresco are a Mexican-inspired topping for these easy crostini.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>Sweet summer corn gets an edge of deep flavor from a quick char on a hot grill.<br>• Avocado, queso fresco, lime, and cilantro bring well-rounded Mexican flavors to the …

Goat Cheese and Balsamic-Roasted-Cherry Crostini Recipe

These easy, delicious crostini are topped with juicy balsamic-roasted cherries and tangy goat cheese.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>The natural sweetness of ripe summer cherries is deepened by oven-roasting in a balsamic glaze.<br>• Tangy goat cheese provides a creamy counterpoint to the soft fruit.<p><b>Note:</b> The …

3 Ultra-Effective Exercise Machines You're Not Using But Should Be

<b>The Rowing Machine</b><br>Like the stair climber, this machine tends to just sit in most fitness centers, gathering dust—but it’s another overlooked gym gem! That’s because it works so many muscles groups at one time—your quads, hamstrings, glutes, back, shoulders, and core—which is really unusual for most …


in the kitchen with: kate taylor’s gingersnaps and pumpkin ice cream sandwiches

It was so hot this summer, I had a daily ritual of stopping by a gelateria on my way home to get some very brief relief. It is now fortunately about …

Small Screen: Video series showrunners for a digital world.

We create and develop <i>video series</i><br>for brands. Our approach combines<br>best-in-class <i>creative services</i> with<br>rigorous content and audience <i>analytics</i>.

Plant of the week: Nasturtium 'Fruit Salad'

<b>What is it?</b> No garden is complete without nasturtiums, but their rambling ways can be a pain in really small spaces such as balconies and containers. …

Companion planting: friends with benefits for your garden

Certain plants in certain places can affect their neighbours for better or worse. Sarah Raven spoke to three experts on companion planting.<p>Most of us love the idea of companion planting, the underlying principle being that by uniting one species with another we’ll free a plant from the scourge of …


Nectar and pollen plants<p>There's something almost decadent about lazing in a deckchair on a hot summer's day, half falling asleep to the sound of bees …

Our Rustic Blueberry Tart is perfect for first-time pie bakers! get the recipe:

Friday Happy Hour, Memorial Day Weekend edition: The Real Mojito. Here's the recipe:

Make Potato Chips in Your Microwave - CHOW Tip

Super-refreshing Melon and Cucumber Salad with Feta, Black Pepper, and Mint. Get the recipe:

Refreshing Lambic Sangria combines raspberry-laced lambic and Belgian ale. Get the recipe:

Stuffed Poblanos with Black Beans and Cheese. Get the recipe:

12 Best Foods For Your Abs

Stockbyte/Thinkstock<p><b>ALMONDS AND OTHER NUTS<br>(With Skins Intact)</b><p><b>Superpowers</b> Build muscle, reduce cravings<p><b>Fights</b> Obesity, heart disease, muscle loss, wrinkles, cancer, high blood pressure


A Skyscraper-Style Treehouse With Soaring Mountain Views

The Tower House, designed by GLUCK+ Architects, reflects back the forest canopy.<p>Architects like wordplay. It’s a fun and effective way to condense the main thesis behind a project without resorting to archi-speak. It’s also a good bit of marketing. A simple subversion like “horizontal skyscraper” …