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Why Some Sophisticated Investors Don't Buy Index Funds

The other advantage of the index fund was that, because it didn't require judgment, it wasn't necessary to pay someone to run the money. (In a lot of …

Ashley Christensen’s Recipe For Macaroni Au Gratin

You could call it mac and cheese, but that wouldn’t quite do justice to this creamy three-cheese update on the classic from chef Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, N.C. Cook an egg yolk on top if you really want to take it to the next level<p>POOLE’S DINER is at once the third-oldest …

Pasta

The best albums of 2016 you almost certainly won’t hear on your Spotify shuffle

The internet has made more music instantly available to more people than ever before. But it’s also made it possible for everyone to focus their attention on the same thing at once (which can make annual “best of” lists a bit homogeneous). Nothing against David Bowie or Beyoncé, but the uniformity …

Ursula K. Le Guin

These Are All the Ways Alton Brown Makes (Perfect) Eggs

It's no secret that Alton Brown has amazing recipes. And when it comes to cooking eggs, he's your go-to source for mastering the perfect techniques for scrambled, poached, over easy — you name it. If you've long been searching for a comprehensive guide to all things eggs, consider this breakdown of …

15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2016

Rolling Stone critics choose LPs that flew under the radar<p>15<p>By<p>These albums may not have burned through your playlists in 2016, but a <i>Rolling Stone</i> …

Dolores O'Riordan

Why 'You Suck at Cooking' is one of the best channels on YouTube

One of my favorite channels on YouTube shows you how to make delicious recipes, but is also hilariously funny.<p>One of the biggest breakout hit channels on YouTube -- and one of my favorites -- is all about food.<p>Episodes from "You Suck at Cooking" regularly get over a million views and for good …

Cooking

101 Gardening: 20 Easy to care for and hard to kill houseplants #Plants

CollectCollect this now for later<p>christi Easy Care Houseplants • Tips & ideas for easy to grow and hard to kill houseplants!<p>New Home …

Gardening

How to prevent Alzheimer's disease

There’s plenty not to love about being middle-aged. But by the time today’s forty- and fifty-somethings reach the age when they may develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (one in 20 people develop dementia under 65 but above that age a person’s risk doubles roughly every five years), it’s likely …

Dementia

20 Impressive vegetable garden designs and plans

The vegetable garden designs are suitable for those who have a lot of spare time. Indeed, you will be very busy to keep the entire plant. Vegetable …

Gardening

Here's How This Incredible Pasta Recipe Is Helping Save Italy's Earthquake Victims: Make It at Home!

These bowls might be worth their weight in gold.<p>Can a bowl of pasta and a catchy hashtag make any difference in helping victims of large-scale …

The trick to buying and storing bacon

Bacon has been proven time and again to make everything—sandwiches, salads, doughnuts, even butter crackers—better. And the rise of passionate bacon lovers, there has been a corresponding increase in consumers' access to many different types of bacon at supermarkets, butcher shops, and specialty …

BBQ

5 houseplants for removing indoor air pollution

<b>New research finds that certain houseplants are best for removing specific harmful compounds.</b><p>It’s not new news that houseplants are beautiful little …

A surprising simple solution to bad indoor air quality: potted plants

The first time Vadoud Niri walked into a nail salon, he quickly had to walk straight out.<p>"I went with my wife and couldn’t handle it," he said. "You could smell all the VOCs," or volatile organic compounds — pollutants like acetone, formaldehyde and toluene that easily become gases and pollute …

Chris Hadfield

Rock Out with Your Guac Out: Creamy Spinach Guacamole

Guacamole. Is there anything else as downright delicious <i>and</i> healthy(-ish)? I think not. Guacamole is my favorite way to<p>get my daily serving of greens inindulge in some heart-healthy fats after a long day. (Some people have wine, I have guac.)<p>Recently, I discovered a particularly awesome recipe that …

Recipes

You're Pronouncing (and Making) Bruschetta All Wrong

While I was in Italy eating my way through Sansepolcro and Tuscany with other guests of Casa Buitoni, I learned not only how to pronounce bruschetta but also how to make it as the Italians do . . . which is not how I've been making it at all. The first mistake many make when it comes to bruschetta …

Looking for the secret to nonna's boozy cherries

Every summer, my maternal grandmother made magic with sour cherries. She would lay the crimson fruits out under the warm Abruzzo sun until they turned dark and crinkled, and then preserve them in a syrup made from sugar, brandy and alcohol. The cherries were tiny booze bombs, slightly chewy, with …

Fiona’s Phenomenal Fish Packets

Sometimes, when you’ve got a good thing, you just have to show your gratitude for it. That’s how I feel about my chef sister Fiona’s zingy, herby …

Seafood

Baked Italian Egg, Zucchini, and Scallion Frittata Recipe

Recipe by: Cindy Anschutz Barbieri<p>"I always have zucchini on hand and especially in the summer. I can't grab enough at our local farmers markets. …

Recipes

The 10 best pieces of Easter classical music

From the intricate genius of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion to the quiet contemplation of Arvo Pärt’s Passio, Easter has inspired some of the greatest works in classical music. Here are ten of the best.<p>1. The Messiah, George Frederic Handel (1741)<p>Probably the essential piece of Easter music and so …

CTG Reviews: JONATHAN DARK OR THE EVIDENCE OF GHOSTS by A.K. Benedict

What the blurb says: <i>“Maria King knows a secret London. Born blind, she knows the city by sound and touch and smell. But surgery has restored her</i> …

Books

The #JIHADI Blog Tour: PANTSER OR PLOTTER? MY JIHADI BREAKTHROUGH by Yusuf Toropov

<b>It’s a real pleasure to welcome Yusuf Toropov to the CTG blog. Yusuf is an American Muslim writer, he’s authored and co-authored a number of</b> …

Writing

11 Underrated Grammy Nominees You Should Add To Your Playlists

Take a break from Taylor and Kendrick to give some smaller artists love.

Lemon Cake From Scratch Recipe

Recipe by: BakersDozen<p>"Super yummy, light lemon taste. A different thing to try is to put the cake mixture into large muffin tins to make a bunch of …

Dessert

9 Simple Points on How to Meditate

Celebrities. CEOs. World leaders. Auto mechanics. Everybody's doing it. The word is out. Mindfulness achieved through meditation is good for you. There is a wealth of studies showing the benefits of being as serious about caring for your mind as you are about your body. Stress, anxiety, and …

Taqueria Style Tacos - Carne Asada Recipe

Recipe by: STANICKS<p>"This is a great recipe for authentic Mexican taqueria style carne asada tacos (beef tacos). These are served on the soft corn …

7 Easy Dinners For People Who 'Don't Cook'

You can be a complete stranger to the kitchen and still pull off an amazing meal. Here are seven foolproof recipes that will wow your entire family.<p><b>1. Crispy Tandoori Chicken with Mango Chutney</b><p>Chicken tandoori is easy to make, and this is my favorite version: the chicken is deliciously spiced with …

How To Buy Better Bacon

When the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that eating bacon, along with other processed meats, is now considered a cancer threat on par with smoking, the Internet erupted in a collective gasp. One of the all-time favorite breakfast foods (or dinner foods, or even snack foods, really), was …

The 17 Most Memorable VMA Moments of All Time

From Madonna's scandalous "Like a Virgin" performance to "I'mma let you finish...," these are the highlights that stuck with us through 31 years of awards. We can only imagine what this year's ceremony and host Miley Cyrus have in store...<p><b>1) Madonna performs "Like a Virgin" as a less-than-virginal</b> …