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The Easier, Faster, More Versatile Alternative to Vegetable Stock

Canned or boxed vegetable broth may have its uses, but I’m of the opinion that you’re better off using plain water if you don’t have the homemade stuff on hand.<p>Yet I still sometimes resent the extra work and foresight that homemade stock requires: Saving all those vegetable trimmings. Simmering. …

Skillet Paella

<b>Ingredients</b><p>1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil<br>• 2 (6-inch/15-cm) fresh chorizo links (about 6 ounces/170g total), diced<br>• 3 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs (12 ounces/340 g total), cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks<br>• Salt and freshly ground black pepper<br>• 1 yellow onion, chopped<br>• 1 red bell pepper, cored, …

Demystifying Saffron: Mark Bittman Explains The Pricey Spice

In the latest installment of NPR's Cook Your Cupboard, <i>New York Times</i> columnist and cookbook author Mark Bittman sheds a little light on saffron — a spice that has been stumping Lennet Radke in Wisconsin. Radke, who received a little jar in a contest, says she's never really used it. The stuff isn't …

11 Super Herbs and Spices for Your Health

There’s a reason explorers traveled thousands of miles and crossed oceans for herbs and spices. Besides making cuisine more delectable, they’ve been long used to promote health and cure disease.<p>We’ve already covered the super foods you should consider, so this time we’ll take a look at the herbs …

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They Call It, "The Remedy For Everything But Death"

This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells within …

The Golden Rules of Spices

There are few people as enthused by spices as Ethné and Philippe de Vienne. The couple has spent the last two decades traveling the world in search of spices to satisfy their exploratory palettes. And more than that, they wanted the inside scoop from the spice traders, chefs and cooks who know …

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xoFood: 5 Spices I'm Obsessed With, and Why

I'm a bit obsessed with spices. It could be because vegan food is stereotypically bland, and I'm hyper-concious about this stigma. Or it could be because many spices have amazing health benefits, and sprinkling them into things seems like a simple source for preventative medicine. Health care for …

These 10 Spices Will Instantly Make You A Better Cook

For all of you out there who think you just can't cook, we have something to tell you: yes, you can. Julia Child wasn't lying when she said anyone can cook. She may have been talking about French cooking, but it's true for all types of cuisine.<p>There's no magic to cooking. People aren't born with a …

10 Winter Pastas

On days like these -- when cold snow creeps over the tops of our boots and we're glad to be packed into a crowded subway car simply for the heat -- very few things make us warm <i>and</i> happy. Hot chocolate is too fleeting, our favorite winter hats are weathered, and by the time we get home all we want …

What happens when lava engulfs a can of Coca Cola

This video shows what happens when a can of Coca Cola is engulfed by a lava flow - something you may never have asked yourself but will want to find out<p>Have you ever wondered what would happen to a can of soft drink when it is hit by lava from a volcano? No, neither had we until seeing someone had …

The Real-Life Places Behind Your Favorite Desktop Backgrounds Revealed

Ever wished you could jump into the perfect blue waters of your computer's desktop image?<p>You probably can. These are <i>real</i> photos of <i>real</i> places, after all, and some might be closer than you think.<p><b>You always thought this was:</b> somewhere in Ireland<p><b>It's actually:</b> Sonoma, California. The original Windows …

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Microsoft reportedly planning Windows 9 release in April 2015

Microsoft is currently working on an "Update 1" for Windows 8.1, but the company has bigger plans for the future of Windows as part of a "Threshold" wave of updates. Windows watcher Paul Thurrott reports that the company’s Threshold plans will involve a release of Windows 9 around April 2015. …

As sites and services become product aware, the age of pervasive commerce begins

Innovations in e-commerce, supply chain and logistics technologies have transformed the way we buy and sell products today. As a result of these …

The Best Ski Town Eats

Whistler, Stowe, Park City, Sun Valley. They’re not exactly Paris, New York, London, or Milan. But in these ski towns, the food is as good as the powder.<p>Here’s your guide to dining, whether you’re looking for white linen service, the best burger and fries, or a place to hang out with the …

Why Apple Is Losing Ground To The Samsung Brand

Samsung is gaining fast on Apple in terms of brand affection – but we seem reluctant to admit it.<p>In Interbrand’s 2013 brand index, a benchmark measure of brand value, Apple came out on top, ending a 13 year run by Coca Cola. The signs are though that Samsung, which has been investing heavily in …

Everything You Need To Know About Samsung's Galaxy S5

In addition to the hints Samsung's executive vice president Lee Young Hee gave to Bloomberg in an interview, there are a handful of other rumors and bits of informed speculation about what the phone will be able to do.<p>Here's what we know so far.<p>Or, at least, that's what Hee called the device in his …

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Portraits of Dogs With Human-Like Expressions

Is it just us or do most of these dogs look incredibly serious? Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Ralph Hargarten is behind this intriguing new series called <i>A Dog's Life</i> where he's shot portraits of dogs with facial expressions we often attribute to humans. Set against a simple black background, …

An Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye | Colossal

<p>Artist Keng Lye whose work we explored earlier this year recently completed a new painting that blends sculpture and layers of acrylic paint to …

Homemade Sriracha

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: In this dark time, when the fate of Sriracha is up in the air and the world is up in arms, Carey Nershi of Reclaiming Provinicial is showing us</i> …

This Is Why You Can Never Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

We start every new year with the feeling of a clean slate, a time that we can set our goals and intentions and actually make the changes we want to see in our lives, to get rid of those nagging bad habits and usher in some good ones. But by February, many of our resolutions are already abandoned or …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …