Monica Vanderbush

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Now You Can Vacation In A Real-Life Hobbit House

Are you a fan of The Hobbit and headed to Thailand for vacation? We know where you should stay.<p><i>AirBnB</i><p>Who wouldn't want to live like a hobbit? <i>The Fellowship of the Ring</i> painted Hobbiton as an idyllic land of green grass and merriment, the perfect place to kick back and relax (granted, you'd be …

11 Bathroom DIYs That Take One Hour or Less

Have a spare hour and a boring bathroom? These 11 quick DIYs will fill the time—and your space.<p>Want to spruce up your bathroom, but don't have the time for elaborate projects (or budget for the renovation you've always dreamed of?) Don't worry. Tackling a DIY project may seem like a huge endeavor, …

Make Giada's fast fall recipes: Pumpkin ginger chocolate muffins, squash pizza

Nothing says fall like pumpkin and squash. And since these items will be piling up at your grocery store, now is the perfect time to make delicious meals that feature these fall flavors and more.<p>Lucky for you, Giada De Laurentiis is sharing her simple and delicious recipes for pumpkin ginger …

The Best and Easiest Vegan Chocolate Milkshake Ever

<i>Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.</i><p><i>Today: A smooth, chocolatey milkshake, with frozen bananas and almond milk standing in for dairy. Stop what you're doing, and make one now.</i><p>This milkshake recipe is so …

7 Fail-Proof Veggie Burgers

Here, seven seriously tasty veggie burgers to make now.<p>In today’s Chefs in Conversation video, Michael Chiarello and Sang Yoon talk about crimes …

Warm Couscous Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette

Servings: 4-6<p>Total Time: 30 Minutes<p>Ingredients<p>1-1/2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth (best quality such as Swanson)<br>• 1 tablespoon unsalted …

Tofu and Banana Cheesecake

1. To make Biscuit Base: Process biscuits and chocolate chips in food processor until finely chopped. Add margarine, and pulse until combined.<p>2. …

Blackberry Buckle Recipe - How to Make a Blackberry & Almond Buckle

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Exercise 1 Basic Workout: Plank<p>Starting at the top of a pushup position, bend your elbows and lower yourself down until you can shift your weight from your hands to your forearms. Your body should form a straight line. Brace your abs (imagine someone is about to punch you in the gut) and hold for …

Veggie Burger

4 Servings<p>Refrigerated resting is key to these burgers’ success. Air-chilling helps dry the burgers out slightly so they stick together in the skillet.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>½ cup wheat berries<p>Kosher salt<p>½ ounce dried porcini mushrooms<p>4 tablespoons olive oil, divided<p>1 shallot, finely chopped<p>8 ounces …

Mushrooms

Flourless Chocolate Cake

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today: Jenny's famous chocolate cake for Mother's Day -- and all other days.</i><p>Babies crawl and then they walk, and then they get their braces off and refuse to eat fondue with …

Dessert

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: How to make perfect brown rice, every time.</i><p>Compared to its white counterpart, brown rice is a challenge to get right: Where white is stripped down, …

Kitchens

Grain-Free Banana Bread

<i>Every week, Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef -- and Gluten-Free Girl Everyday -- will be sharing smart tips and smarter recipes that will please even the most devout gluten-eaters among us. Come one, come all -- we're going flourless.</i><p><i>Today: Shauna shows us that a classic like banana</i> …

Breakfast

How To Make Granola Bars at Home

<b>Prepare for Baking:</b> Heat the oven to 325°F with a rack in the middle of the oven. Line the baking pan with parchment, leaving extra parchment to hang …

Yes, You Can Make Fortune Cookies at Home

<i>Every other week on Food52, Anna Hezel talks about the innovations, decorations, and other quiet touches that make a party memorable.</i><p><i>Today: A nutty take on fortune cookies that you can make at home and fill with your own fortunes.</i><p>Everybody should spend at least one week of their lives making …

The Best Way to Clean Your Cast Iron Skillet

Instructions for cleaning a cast iron skillet often include a lot of <i>don'ts</i>: Don't use soap, don't use steel wool, don't put it in the dishwasher. …

Cast Iron Skillet

How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

Food & Dining

7 Things Americans Can Learn From Italians

If you've spent time in Italy you know that life in Italy and life in America are very different. While both cultures have their pros and cons, we think Americans can learn a lot from the way Italians live.<p>Traditionally, Italians have an easy-going and positive outlook on how to go about daily …

The 6 Healthiest Nuts

Elena Schweitzer<p>Time to get cracking — nuts, that is. Nuts are a superfood. They give you fiber, healthy fats and protein — three main things that …

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Buy Yarn Online and Find Crochet and Knitting Supplies and Patterns

Caron<br>Simply Soft<p>With a wide range of gorgeous colors for any project,<br>this soft yarn with a light sheen makes your projects look …

Yarn

6 Reasons to Start Running

3. Your knees will thank you<p>Contrary to what your mom says, running doesn't wreck your joints. Osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis), occurs when joint-cushioning cartilage starts to break down. The biggest osteoarthritis risk factor besides age? Body weight. A National Health and …

4 Moves to a Flat Belly | Women's Health

Position your hands shoulder-width apart on the floor and place your shins on a stability ball. Your body should form a straight line from head to heels (a). Keeping your back flat, slowly bend your knees toward your chest (b). Pause, then return to start. That's one rep. Do 15 to 20.<p>Grab a light …

5 Yoga Poses for Amazing Arms

Do these moves for arms you can’t WAIT to show off<p>Yoga helps to calm the mind and spirit, but it also creates absolutely gorgeous arms! These 5 moves from the <i>Women’s Health</i> Big Book of Yoga by Kathryn Budig will help build strength in your upper back and shoulders without adding bulk. The result: …

Yoga

How to select the best water temperature for brewing tea

<b>Dear Lynne,</b><p><b>Green tea is my new antioxidant. Then I saw on the package: “Use 170ºF water.” Come on, how do I know if the water is 170 degrees</b> …

White Cheddar, Toasted Almond and Crispy Sage CheeseBall Recipe

Pomegranate Jeweled White Cheddar, Toasted Almond and Crispy Sage Cheeseball. {Video!}<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> December 4, 2013 212<p>It’s the most wonderful time …

7 Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

Oatmeal cookies are perfect for two reasons: 1) they are delicious, and 2) they are made of oatmeal, which means they are really, really good for us. (Right?) There is no such thing as a bad cookie, but oatmeal cookies are special: a little more unique than the ubiquitous chocolate chip, but not …

Dessert

A Dozen Creative Ideas For Decorating Blank Walls

When you have a big, blank wall to fill, your first thought may be a gallery wall. There's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it's nice to break up all of that flat framed artwork with something different. Enter baskets, brackets, paint-dipped objects, wall sculptures, special paint effects and …

Home Decorating

What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day

If you want to eat a more healthful diet, you're going to have to shell out more cash, right? (After all, Whole Foods didn't get the nickname "Whole Paycheck" for nothing.)<p>But until recently, that widely held bit of conventional wisdom hadn't really been assessed in a rigorous, systematic way, says …