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Planning a hike, or just a stroll through the park? Either way, a picnic is the original cheap date, and we’ve got the perfect sandwich to bring along for the ride. Caponata is a Sicilian sweet-and-sour eggplant salad that’s laced with olives and finished off with fresh basil. This salad is ideal for a picnic, since the touch of vinegar gives it a pickled, summer-y appeal, and because the taste may even improve after it’s been toted around at ... Read More
The next time someone asks who you're knitting that sweater for, say your brain. It's long been assumed that creative types like Sylvia Plath are somehow more susceptible to depression, when in fact the opposite might be true; writing poems may have been her brain's way of fighting depression.  "When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life," says Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. "You know ... Read More
  My grandmother was an artist, and throughout her career, she’d make abstract sculptures and embroidery that I’d stare at for hours as a child: “oh, that looks like a face, and that there? That’s an animal.” Our play was art-making, and I was always amazed at how different her aesthetic would become when she was with me. Her paper dolls weren’t abstract at all; I’d make an abstract shape, and she’d magically ... Read More
Fall in love with these cooking tools in autumn hues!It’s a Pan-demic Step up your cooking steez with a set of three skillets that are sure to please. 3-pc. skillet set, $49.95, rachaelraystore.comNo More Awful Waffles Orange you glad there’s a simple way to make your fave breakfast dish? waffle stick maker, $24.99, thebabycakesshop.comWhat a Drip Start your day in the cheeriest way, with this bright coffeemaker. It has a timer, meaning you ... Read More
Of all the glorious corn-based creations on Earth, tamales—steamed cornmeal cakes filled with protein or vegetables—are my fave to eat. Though they take forever to make, you can whip up a few dozen of these at once, freeze them, then reheat as you want to eat them. Makes: 3 dozen tamales Total Time: 7 hours for pork, 3 hours for vegetarian You’ll need a slew of cornhusks, a steamer, and plenty of time. Buy the dry husks from a Mexican ... Read More
Some say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith took that as gospel truth, and she set the Internet abuzz yesterday by revealing herself as the author behind 300sandwiches.com. The blog came about after Smith made her boyfriend a sandwich one morning. After finishing the meal, he told Smith that she was “300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring.” Her blog chronicles her journey (and ... Read More
Are you ready to take your love of salty snacks to the next level? Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites by Cynthia Nims (Ten Speed Press) includes seventy-five recipes for salty (and healthful!) snacks from potato chips to duck jerky to chickpea cake. Below are the recipes for the delicious-looking bacon-chive bread with goat cheese and kale chips with lemon and ginger. Give them a try and let us know ... Read More
 Forget tasteless tofu dogs: this collection of plant-based recipes proves backyard barbeques need not be dominated by meat. Better yet, the ingredients here are found at any grocery store—no specialty vegan pantry required—and the recipes are so simple it’s easy to make several courses on a single grill. At a recent barbecue, friends devoured the scrumptious slip-n-sliders, garbanzo-bean-based burgers flavored with spices and soy sauce. ... Read More
 Want to make healthy, pizzazz-packed meals, but you're strapped for time? Look no further than this practical, innovative guide by Indian-American chef Ruta Kahate. Even if you only have the most basic of kitchen skills, you can make Indian staples in around 30 minutes or less. Just stock your spice shelf with a few basic seasonings like cumin powder and curry leaves, and follow Kahate's straightforward, step-by-step instructions. Who knew making your own ... Read More
The 4th of July is in t-minus six days, which means that we all have one thing on the brain: wieners. That's right, wieners. Hot dogs, for all those with dirty minds. There's nothing quite as American as taking a bunch of weird leftover meat, putting it in a casing, surrounding it with carbs, topping it with liquid versions of vegetables that have almost no nutritional value and eating as many as your free and brave heart desires. But if you're getting a little ... Read More
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