Kate SearsWith Halloween approaching, what better time to learn a few kernels of truth about a favorite fall treat? Candy corn has been made with the same recipe -- containing sugar, corn syrup, and marshmallow -- by the Jelly Belly Candy Company since around 1900. (View recipes containing sugar.) One serving (about 30 pieces) has 140 calories, the equivalent of three miniature Hershey bars. The National Confectioners Association reports that more than 35 million pounds were manufactured in 2005, amounting to almost 9 billion kernels.Read More »from All About Candy Corn
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Jim Franco1 1-pound ball of dough
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup of any 2 of the following: sliced (cooked) Italian sausage, pitted olives, sauteed mushrooms, sauteed bell pepper, sauteed spinach
2 1/2 cup grated mozzarella
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Roll the dough into a 10-by-14-inch shape. Leaving a 1-inch border, cover half the dough, lengthwise, with the tomato sauce and 1 cup of any 2 of the following: sliced (cooked) Italian sausage, pitted olives, sauteed mushrooms, sauteed bell pepper, sauteed spinach. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella. Brush the edge of the dough with water. Fold the 2 sides together, pinch the edge to seal, and roll the edge slightly. Prick the top several times with a fork. Transfer to a cornmeal-dusted baking sheet. Let rest 10 minutes.
Sprinkle with another cup of mozzarella. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
Yield: Makes 1 calzone (serves 4 to 5)Read More »from Real Simple Recipe: Dinner Calzones
This successful executive copped to trying on umpteen outfits in the morning before settling on a winner. Here's what happened when style expert Sam Saboura showed her how to put together a look in three minutes -- and stick with it. Watch show highlights from Real Simple Real Life.
Cheryl's ensemble -- khakis and a dark top, both of which hid her figure -- needed a shot of color and personality.
A punch-colored dress amped up with multicolored beads works for the office, a weekend brunch. The v-neck elongates her upper body and draws attention to her decolletage.
A lesson in mixing and matching, this outfit incorporates four different, but complementary, colors: white, yellow, teal, and blue.
This bold dress has a subtle pattern and a flattering A-line shape. A patent-leather belt and metallic sandals completes the look.
Smart strategies for finding deals on everything from tights to tees
- Tara DonneSearch clearance sections. Type "clearance" into the search field of a retailer's website. Hanes.com and Jockey.com, for instance, regularly offer discounts of 50 percent on bras, panties, and tights. Hue.com, known for its legwear and lingerie, has a clearance section that offers many items for nearly half price.
- Register with www.shopittome.com. Check off your size, favorite brands (choose from 537 labels, such as Ann Taylor and Levi's), and clothing preferences (dresses, denim) and you'll receive a weekly or daily e-mail alerting you to online sales.
- Get a store credit card. Certain big retailers give special discounts to cardholders. Kohl's sends out 30 percent off coupons four times a year, Gap cardholders get 10 percent off the first Tuesday of the month, and American Eagle gives 20 percent off on your birthday. (See Credit Cards 101.)
- Log on before you hit the stores. About
These 10 projects are fuss-free, add stylish touches to your home, and keep your favorite old linens out of the rag bin a little while longer
Recycle Pillow Shams into Place Mats
David PrinceThe mod stripes were, perhaps, visual overload as an entire bedroom scheme. Repurpose the smaller shams from this forgotten set -- while peppering your home with manageable pieces of op art -- by using them as place mats.
What You Need: Boudoir-size pillow shams (usually 12 by 16 inches). (Related: How to Create the Ideal Bed)
What You Do: Nothing -- the simplest project ever. Boudoir shams will cover much of the table when used this way, so you can skip a tablecloth.
Also Works With: Napkins and dish towels. For a French-bistro effect, use a king-size sham draped across the table, with place settings at opposite ends of the sham.
Recycle a Tablecloth into a Seat Cover
The tablecloth's floral pattern is not quite bold enough to mask the wine stains, testaments to happy times spent around the Read More »from Instant decorating upgrades with old linens
There's no reason to spend valuable time weeding though piles of tangled jewelry. Here's an excellent way to manage and display your prettiest pieces at the same time. Watch the video at Real Simple Real Life.
What You Need
Jewelry, modular linen-covered tiles or a linen-covered pin board, glass-headed straight pins, screw hooks
FOLLOW THESE FOUR EASY STEPS
Time Inc. Studios1. Start with a piece of pin board
Purchase a piece of fabric-covered pin board, or buy an uncovered piece of Homasote board and cover the front of it with linen or another fabric, in a shade that complements your room. (Smooth the fabric across the board and secure at the back using a staple gun.) Decide where you want the pin board to hang and then mount it to the wall.
Aha! Homasote boards -- made of compressed, recycled paper -- can be found at hardware stores.
Time Inc. Studios2. Attach screws to the board
Purchase screw hooks at a hardware store; these will hold larger items such as necklaces. Decide what you'dRead More »from How to: Organize jewelry
Think of criticism as a gift, then follow these steps, and you'll bestow and receive it with ease
Greg ClarkeI'll never forget the first performance review I ever received. I wish I could. I was 25 years old and a marketing planner at Avon (a company that I miraculously stayed with for more than 20 years), and it was a doozy. The review lasted 2 1/2 hours, and by the time it was over I had a terrible migraine, felt like throwing up, and asked my boss (we'll call him Ken) if I should leave the company.
What went wrong? Well, for one thing, Ken wasn't much older than I was, and he'd had about as much practice giving feedback as I'd had getting it. He quickly glossed over my single strong point and hammered away at my major weakness: "You're certainly creative, Gail. But you've got a lack of knowledge about the operational side of our business. A total lack of knowledge."
As for me, I was so busy taking everything personally and being appalled that I was so very far from perfect that IRead More »from How to Handle Criticism
Mealtime love and longing from one mom who is very, very good at takeoutRead More »from Coming to Terms with Dinner
Coral Von Zumwalt I often daydream about an ideal dinner. In these admittedly rather mundane flights of fancy, I have a gleaming, serene kitchen (with new appliances!), and I cook lovely, nutritious meals for my family. Stuff like swordfish and pasta in a fragrant tomato-fennel sauce. We would start with Caesar salad, the kind I used to make when it was just my husband and I. I would toast croutons and shower the romaine leaves with a lemony vinaigrette. There would be sautéed broccoli on the side and for dessert a fresh fruit tart (made by me, of course -- it's my daydream!). My husband and I, along with our children -- Zoe, age 12, and Isaac, 9 -- would sit down together to eat, drink, and talk.
I love to cook, and I love my family ... so why is it so hard for me to make this seemingly ordinary event, homemade tart or no, a reality?
My own mother worked, she had three kids, she took care of her aging mother, and we all sat down
Four effective ways to quickly do away with dirtRead More »from Frustrating cleaning dilemmas solved
Mikkel VangDisinfectant Wipes for Quick Clean-Up
Dilemma: The kitchen and bathroom need constant cleaning attention.
Solution: For quick clean-ups in the kitchen, bathroom, and even living room, keep Clorox Disinfecting Wipes on hand.
Use on all hard, non-wood surface in your kitchen -- your sink, counters, refrigerator door, and stove tops. Wipe down bathroom sinks, tubs, tile, and the toilet exterior. And in the living room, spot-clean switch plates, phones, and doorjambs. Learn How to Speed-Clean Your Kitchen from Real Simple.
Pet Hair Removal Tricks
Dilemma: Pet hair -- everywhere.
Solution: Try one of these Real Simple reader solutions.
To pick up cat hair, put on a wet rubber dishwashing glove and wipe your hand over surfaces. The hair will stick right to it.
This tip comes from Real Simple reader Theresa Demonte, Long Beach, California.
I have two dogs who love my bed. Rather than constantly removing and washing the duvet cover to
Knowledge is power, so arm yourself with up-to-date answers to your most perplexing questions about breast cancer
Miha MakeiQ. How do I know if I'm at high risk for developing breast cancer?
A. Anyone with an immediate family member who was diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of menopause or with multiple relatives suffering from the disease is at high risk; you should start getting mammograms at age 30 or younger, depending on your case. If you're not at high risk, begin at 40. Calculate your own chances by using the Breast Cancer Prevention tool, a short questionnaire at www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool.
Q. Do birth-control pills increase my risk?
A. Any links between the Pill and breast cancer appear to be weak. While estrogen exposure can potentially increase your risk, today's birth-control pills contain far less of the hormone than earlier versions. However, women who take oral contraceptives in their mid- to late 40s to help mitigate perimenopausal symptoms have notRead More »from Breast Cancer Questions, Answered