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By Yasmin SabirHow to Slow Cook Any Dish
If a recipe calls for cooking the dish covered in the oven or on the stovetop at a long low simmer, it's probably great for a slow cooker, explains Diane Phillips, author of Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever. More good choices: your favorite beef stew, pot roast, chili, or anything using a tougher cut of meat such as pork shoulder, beef chuck, brisket or lamb shoulder. But, really, you can slow cook any recipe by following these five steps.
1. Layer ingredients. Root vegetables like carrots, turnips, potatoes and parsnips take longer to cook than meat because they are harder, so put them in the bottom of the slow cooker, then put the meat on top, advises Simon Quellen Field, author of Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking.
2. Change the cooking time. Recipes that cook for 2 to 4 hours in the oven or stovetop will cook in the slow cooker on high for 4 to 6 hours or lowRead More »from How to Slow-Cook Any Dish
10 Fitness Tips from Olympians
Having a tough time motivating yourself to go for a jog? Just imagine if exercise was your job. Welcome to the life of a professional athlete, or in the most elite cases, an Olympian. Even though they might seem superhuman, they too have to employ tricks and strategies to stay motivated and on-track. And guess what? You can use the same tricks to achieve your own fitness goals. Here, past and present Olympians share personal health and fitness advice that applies to everyone.
1. Workout buddies are key.Read More »from 10 Fitness Tips from Olympians
"After spending so much time by myself on the ice in the past, I love working out with friends now," says Nancy Kerrigan, a former professional figure skater and two-time Olympic medalist who was recently honored at the 26th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner (hosted by the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis). "I take group classes at the gym-usually kick boxing, weight training or yoga-and then, after it's done, a group of us grab coffee and chat."
By Kami Bigler
Scared of your own reflection? You will be when you look into this spooky mirror and see a haunting image staring back at you. To create this scary decor at home, all you need is an ornate mirror, spray paint, an old-fashioned photo and a few other household supplies. Read on for step-by-step instructions and photos.
Photo: © Antonis Achilleos/Halloween Celebrations
• Small ornate mirror
• Glossy black spray paint
• Creepy-looking picture of a person from an old book
• Photocopier (optional)
• Razor blade
2. Cut out the picture to fit the frame or make a photocopy of it and cut out.
3. With the razor blade, lightly scrape off the coating on the back center of the mirror, where you'll want the picture to show through.
4.Read More »from Craft Project: Spooky Halloween Mirror
By Mary Hunt
Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's. Just saying these names conjures up images of shelves stocked to the gills with everything from giant bags of rice to jumbo packages of batteries to designer handbags-all at low prices. But if you've ever stood in those aisles, you know it's all too easy to lose your head. Before your next trip, arm yourself with the knowledge you need to make the best choices.
1. Know your prices.
You probably won't see a regular-size bottle of ketchup or box of pasta here. Bulk buys are part of the allure-bigger size means bigger savings. But not everything is a bargain. Recently, for example, Costco brand paper towels were 12 for $17.64, or $1.47 per roll. At a nearby supermarket on the same day, Brawny rolls were on sale for $1.16 per roll. A 50¢-off coupon for the 6-roll package, doubled because of a promotion, brought the price down to 99¢ per roll-or 33% less than at Costco.
Moral of the story: Know local supermarket prices and salesRead More »from 9 Smart Warehouse Club Shopping Strategies
- 3 Ways to Protect Against Ovarian Cancer
Regular screenings aren't the only way to protect against ovarian cancer. A recent National Cancer Institute study found that giving women an ultrasound and blood test to check for the disease didn't help catch it in its early, most treatable stages. What's more, these tests led to many unnecessary surgeries and complications. So what can you do?
1. Get an annual ob/gyn checkup. Besides examining you, your doctor should ask about your medical history. If it turns out you're high-risk (you have a family history of breast cancer or carry a BRCA gene mutation, for example), then you should consider getting an ultrasound and blood test. The benefits outweigh the downsides in your case, says study author Patricia Hartge, ScD.Find out what your ob/gyn wants to tell you.
2. Pay attention to your body. Symptoms of ovarian cancer often mimic stomach problems, but if you're having lower abdominal/pelvic pain or frequently feel full and/or bloated even when youRead More »from 3 Ways to Protect Against Ovarian Cancer