- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Tue, Jan 21, 2014 1:31 PM EST | Comments
Have you ever wondered if sea salt is better than table salt? Or if gum really takes seven years to digest? Katie Lee, celebrity chef and host of Food Network’s new series “The Kitchen” is here to clear up some common culinary controversies.
Fact: Alcohol stays in a dish after baking. If you’re cooking it on the stovetop, you can definitely cook it all off, but if you’re baking it in the oven, you can’t,” Katie explains. “So you can get a little bit tipsy from the bourbon apple pie.”
Myth: Sea salt is better than table salt. “It has the same amount of sodium,” Katie says. “But some people think the sea salt is better for you because it’s not processed.”
Myth: You must throw away meringue if you get egg yolk in it. “This used to be a fact, but now it’s a myth,” Katie explains. While the fat in an egg yolk would traditionally ruin a meringue being prepared by hand, Katie says “electric mixers now are so strong, that they can stil...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Mon, Jan 20, 2014 10:36 AM EST | CommentsOn "Being Human," Sam Witwer plays Aidan Waite, a 260-year-old vampire who attempts to live as close to a moral life as possible despite his innate desire for fresh blood. You can probably guess that playing a vampire in a science-fiction series has its share of occupational hazards, and Sam remembers one fiery accident.
When he was shooting a fire scene on "Being Human," the flames got so close that they singed off part of his eyelashes and most of his hair. "They had to trim my hair to get rid of all the dead hair." Apparently, injuries are not a rare occurrence for the actor, who says he gets hurt "all the time" while on the job.
Prior to "Being Human," Sam played one part in particular that helped him branch out. The actor says it was his role as the disturbed character Neil Perry on "Dexter" that allowed him to move beyond his acting image. "It was a different type of character. Before then, I'd only been hired for thugs," he e...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Fri, Jan 17, 2014 10:37 AM EST | Comments
R&B singer Ciara recently announced her pregnancy after a whirlwind 2013 that included a new album and an engagement to rapper beau Future (complete with a 15-carat diamond ring). With so many positive things going on in her life, the singer has no time for those who post nasty things about her online.
She recently wrote an open letter about the state of social media, specifically to bloggers and commenters who spread hate. Why did she do it? "People have been getting out of control," she says. "It's taking away the excitement and the cool factor of creativity" in online posts. Ciara says that she "always tries to turn negativity into positivity." "If you're taking your time to write about me, there has to be something special," she says. "I'm living my dream. I'm doing what I want to do every day, and actually, I'm getting paid while you're writing about me!"
Ciara says she's in a "really comfortable creative place" at this point in her life. Be...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Thu, Jan 16, 2014 10:23 AM EST | Comments
Online shopping is supposed to make things easier, but that's not enough — we want everything to be cheaper, too! Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell are the founders of the shopping resource Hukkster, and they're helping online shoppers make the most of the Internet to score great deals.
On Hukkster.com, shoppers can install a special toolbar that allows them to pin certain items they want to buy. "We'll track the product for you and notify you when the price drops," Erica explains. Forget time spent comparison shopping; Hukkster will do the work for you.
Want to get stuff for free? Services such as PinchMe will send you free products in exchange for reviews. "You just have to give a little feedback on what you thought about it," Katie says.
Katie and Erica are fans of subscription services like Birchbox, which sends subscribers a box of sample-sized new beauty products every month for $10 a month. "It's a great opportunity to try things," Katie...Read More »
- Ali Wentworth | Daily Shot | Wed, Jan 15, 2014 10:37 AM EST | Comments
The holidays are over, but don't put away those shot glasses just yet. Lauren Slayton, nutritionist and author of "The Little Book of Thin," says, "Shots are the new vitamins," and taking the right ones can give your health a serious boost.
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The first shot she recommends is sea buckthorn liquid, which comes from a berry that tastes similar to a sour candy. "If you have sad winter skin and hair, this is your answer," Lauren says of the supplement, which strengthens nails, skin, and hair.
In need of an immunity boost? If you feel a cold coming on, Lauren recommends a shot of astragalus. "It's a root that's been used in Chinese medicine for centuries," she explains. Simply mix a dropperful of the astragalus liquid in water and drink, to enhance the immune system.
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Those who have used aloe vera on a sunburn might be surprised to learn that consuming juice from the plant can also serve a helpful purpose. "It's really for GI purposes,...Read More »