Grapefruit MeringuesI'm hosting a party for a dear friend who can't have dairy. Of course, homemade sweets are essential to any gathering, so I've planned a dairy-free spread of desserts. Rather than use dairy-free substitutes for the real thing, I prefer to bake treats that taste better without any dairy. Here are 5 delicious ones:
1. Angel Food Cake: Egg whites give this cake its ethereal lift and ground hazelnuts add a delicious richness. A dusting of confectioners' sugar makes it pretty enough for the party.
2. Wine Poached Pears: I love the deep burgundy hue of the pears. To serve, I place each one in a dish and serve with scoops of different shades of pink sorbets (strawberry, raspberry, peach).
3. Grapefuit Meringue Nests with Mixed Berries: Sweet red grapefruits make all the difference here. The aromatic zest is in the meringues and the juice flavors the berries.
4. Crunchy Chocolate Biscotti: Our Food Director, Susan Westmoreland, created this crunchy cookie recipe for her dad. Chock full
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Grapefruit MeringuesI'm hosting a party for a dear friend who can't have dairy. Of course, homemade sweets are essential to any gathering, so I've planned a dairy-free spread of desserts. Rather than use dairy-free substitutes for the real thing, I prefer to bake treats that taste better without any dairy. Here are 5 delicious ones:Read More »from 5 Delicious, Dairy-Free Desserts
Bona Pet Stain RemoverSeveral weeks ago I attended a preview of the International Home and Housewares Show (IHA) that's taking place in early March in Chicago. The exhibit gave me a sneak peek at some of the newest products launching in the coming year. Among all the appliances, gadgets and gizmos, I was very happy to see some innovative household cleaners that claim to address the problems other products can't handle. Here's what caught my eye.
Bona, the company known for its hardwood floor cleaning mops and formulas, is introducing Pet Stain Remover (left). What makes this new solution different is that it not only cleans but also kills the odor-causing bacteria other cleaners miss. Once you eliminate the odors trapped in the floor's finish, pets are less likely to soil the area again.
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The next products that intrigued me are from a line of new cleaners from DuPont. Last year we evaluated DuPont's DuPont Soap Scum RemoverCountertop Cleaning Wipes and were impressed. Not only do theyRead More »from 3 Innovations for Hard-to-Clean Surfaces
By Sharon FrankeRead More »from Calling All Meat Lovers: Books About Butchering
The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised MeatThere used to be a butcher in every town and that's where you bought your meat. Steaks and chops were cut, meat was ground, and roasts were tied to order. If you wished, you could have your chicken breasts pounded for cutlets, ask that your beef stew chunks be cut into precise 2-inch cubes, or bring your own stuffing to be rolled into a breast of veal. As you waited you gossiped with the butcher and exchanged cooking tips and recipes. If you were accompanied by a child, he or she'd be given a chunk of salami or bologna to munch on while your purchases were neatly wrapped in brown paper. You know what happens today--you toss a plastic wrapped package into your supermarket cart.
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But things are changing. The local butcher is not only coming back...he's a rock star. Young people are seeking out internships with the butcher and forsaking law, business, and advertising careers for meat cutting. And hot on the heels of the resurgence
Forget taking a trip to a florist for a fabulous arrangement. You only need to go as far as your local grocery store. Simply walk down the produce aisle, fill your basket with vegetables, fruits and flowers, and you have the makings of a stunning centerpiece. Then follow our step-by-step instructions for creating unique, eye-catching floral designs.
Get perfect-looking skin
- Go for a subtle glow. Apply foundation with a dampened sponge - it'll give you a sheer, natural finish that's nongreasy, light, and lasting.
- Make your face look slimmer. Strategic highlighting and contouring will make you seem svelter, especially in photos. How: Along the sides of your nose, blend (well!) a smidge of base or bronzer (in a shade darker than your skin). Then highlight the narrowest part (the bridge) with a shimmer cream, to draw the eye there.
- Don't powder your nose. Stop shine with blotting paper. (Layering on too much powder can cause it to settle into fine lines and exaggerate them.)
Make the most of your lips
- Do a Pre-Lipstick Priming. Apply a little concealer around your mouth and just a touch in the middle of your bottom lip, then add color. Your lips will look more shapely, and your lipstick will last longer.
- Turn Thin Lips Into Fuller Ones. To create the illusion of plumpness, apply a
Are you a revealer, who puts things on display? Or a concealer, who hides it all away? No matter your organizing method, TV's Nate Berkus can fix those clutter-prone zonesRead More »from Nate Berkus's Room Organizing Tips
Nate BerkusIn the Office
"Everyone wants more storage," says home guru Berkus, whose Nate Berkus Show is in its second season. But how you achieve it is up to you - and your organizing preferences. The priorities in your home's workspace: keeping files, etc., from piling up and making sure supplies are ready to grab. Here, two ways to deal:
1 | A memo board (a fabric-wrapped foam core in a thrift-store frame) tames to-do's, invites, and more. "If it doesn't fit here, out it goes," explains Berkus.
2 | Mounting a DIY shelf - this beauty's made of reclaimed wood and vintage brackets - frees up the desktop and corrals essentials.
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3 | A clear acrylic sorter (Russell+Hazel) paired with can't-miss-me folders (Paper Source) keeps key files in view.
4 | Woven bins (The Container Store) won't
Most of us overpay or underpay...and neither is good. Here's why, and what to do about itRead More »from Are You Overpaying Your Taxes?
By Carmen Wong Ulrich
No more tax trauma!Every April, like clockwork, folks say to me through gigantic grins, "Oh, I'm so excited! I'm going to get the biggest refund check this year!" And every year, I meet those smiles with a furrowed brow and some serious concerns about how those people are managing their money.
Believe me, I'm not a fan of bursting bubbles (or erasing grins), but getting a fat tax-refund check is not a money-savvy move. Yet the number of refund recipients is about 75% of tax filers - way too high!
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Now, of course I'm not suggesting you should err in the opposite direction and wind up owing the IRS big-time come spring. My goal is to help you get as close as possible to breaking even, so your money is working for you year-round. Here's how to find that nice middle ground.
NO MORE "HOORAY FOR REFUNDS!"
Here's why most people are such fans of that big money-back
The new crop of lipsticks, blushes, and more comes with rock-bottom price tags and hard-to-beat performance
By Jessica FoxRead More »from 4 Oscar Movie-Inspired Menus
Oscar night menusWhether or not you're planning on throwing an Oscar party this Sunday, cook up a meal in honor of your Best Picture pick. Here are our nominees:
For fans of The Descendants, a Hawaiian luau:
Oven-Barbecued Hawaiian Chicken
Cool Blue Hawaiian cocktail
Shrimp and Pineapple Stir-Fry
Soy-Honey Pork with Sweet Potatoes
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In honor of The Help, some down home Southern cooking:
Glazed Ham with Apricots
Classic Fried Chicken
Dark Chocolate Walnut Caramel Pie
Pimento Studded Deviled Eggs
Collard Greens with Bacon and Cider Vinegar
Baked Black-Eyed Peas
Rooting for Moneyball? Best eats from the ballpark?
Mini Corn Dogs with Honey-Mustard Sauce
Grilled Sausages with Mix & Match Toppings
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Chomping at the bit for War Horse to win the prize? Have a farmhouse feast:
Peppered Honey Turnips
Roasted Potatoes & Rutabaga
Crispy Roasted Goose with Orange Sauce
Your favorite A.M. beverageBy Rachel Meltzer Warren, M.S., R.D.
Coffee or tea - take your pick. New research shows that both deliver unexpected health pluses. A 2011 Harvard study, for example, found that female coffee drinkers who averaged four cups a day cut their risk of endometrial cancer 25% and, with more than three cups of caffeinated java, lowered their odds of basal-cell carcinoma 20%. Tea, too, contains cancer-fighting antioxidants. The beverages may also be mood boosters, with coffee linked to a decreased risk of depression and tea to less anxiety. To get the most from your morning mug:
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The health bonuses haven't been found as consistently in decaf versions of coffee and tea. But since regular coffee can pack as much as 200 mg of caffeine per eight-ounce cup (depending on the bean and the way it's brewed) and tea can go up to 60 mg per cup, stick with decaf if you have a GI issue like irritable bowel syndrome or acid reflux. Ditto if you suffer