From developing a photographic memory to solving "Mommy, I'm bored!" situations, that tiny lens can make life easier in a snap!
1. CHECK YOUR LOOK
When you don't have a mirror handy, click your own image to scan your teeth for spinach-or to see if those really large sunglasses look as glam as you thought.
2. REMEMBER GOOD WINES
There was a great wine at the party, and you thought for sure you'd remember the name-but no such luck. Take a picture of the label, and next time you're walking by a wine rack or perusing a restaurant's wine list, you'll have an instant memory-jogger.
3. GIVE BETTER DIRECTIONS
Include visuals when you text or email driving instructions to your house-such as "Turn left at this gas station" or "If you see this cow statue, you've gone too far"-to make them much easier to follow.
4. MAKE DIY EASIER
Show the hardware-store pros your home-repair problems by taking photos of the damaged garage door you're fixing or the tiles you want to match. If you're looking
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Chef SecretsCHERRY COLA ON STEAK AND PORK
We use cherry cola to cook the filling in two of our bao (steamed buns). It sweetens and tenderizes the meat at the same time.
-Eddie Huang, BaoHaus, New York City
KETCHUP ON VEGETABLES
We love to use Heinz ketchup to batter our Manchurian-style cauliflower before frying it. People wonder what that sweet and tangy taste is, and they're usually shocked when we reveal the secret.
-Suvir Saran, Dévi, New York City
COCOA POWDER IN PASTA SAUCE
Our tomato-based broth for pasta doesn't take long to make, but the cocoa powder we sneak in gives it a complex, meaty taste, and tricks your tongue into thinking it's been slow-cooked for a long time.
-Ana Sortun, Oleana, Cambridge, MA
SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK FOR FRENCH TOAST
I mix sweetened condensed milk with beaten eggs, then soak bread in it for the most decadent french toast.
- RachaelRaymag.com | Work + Money – Thu, Aug 25, 2011 7:15 PM EDT
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Best for Light Meals: Celentano Light Cheese Ravioli
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Best for Weeknight Dinners: Seviroli Three Cheese Large Ravioli
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Experts say five years of our lives are spent with a common cold. Ick! True or not, we wouldn't mind indulging in a few of the remedies in Jennifer Ackerman's book, Ah-Choo!.Read More »from How to prevent a summer cold
CRACKING OPEN A BOTTLE
That's right: Wine and beer may be just the ticket to avoiding a sick day. (Sip Warm Cherry-and-Peach Sangria while you mull that over!) Studies don't indicate why-though alcohol might somehow limit virus replication-but they agree you should cut yourself off after one glass per night.
STOPPING BY THE NEIGHBOR'S PARTY
It seems reasonable to think that the fewer people (and germs) you're around, the better. But research shows that people with larger social circles are less likely to fall victim to colds.
LETTING OFF STEAM
Those who work up a sweat for 30 to 60 minutes a day catch, on average, only one cold a year. But don't try to make the rest of us look bad: Working out for more than 90 minutes a day could have the reverse effect, breaking down your immunity guard.
EATING CHICKEN NOODLE
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It's packed with beneficial nutrients!
Best right now, low-cal summer squash is contains 2 grams of protein per 1-cup serving and helps curb cravings.
It's nature's sunblock!
Squash is rich in beta-carotene, which helps make skin more resistant to harmful UV rays, keeping you looking youthful.
It's a thirst-quencher, too!
Ninety-five percent liquid, squash, when eaten raw, helps you stay hydrated in the heat of summer.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR!
Go small and heavy
Choose smaller squash that have heft for their size, which means that they're moisture-packed, firm-fleshed, fresh and yummy!
Don't sweat the scuffs
The delicate skin is bound to get a light scratch or two on its journey from field to market. A quick rinse at home, and you're ready to start.
TRY THESE RECIPES!
Grilled Ratatouille Boats
4 Servings | Prep 15 min | Cook 25 min
2 zucchini, halved lengthwise * 3 tbsp. EVOO * 1 onion, chopped * 2 cloves garlic, grated * 1 eggplant, cubed * 2 tomatoes,
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- RachaelRaymag.com | Shine Food – Thu, Aug 4, 2011 7:30 PM EDT
Head for the beach in 30 minutes or so--without leaving the kitchen!