- Zester Daily | Life Made Easy | Tue, May 29, 2012 3:05 AM EDT | CommentsBy David Latt
Ravioli with tomatoes and butter.
Summer is no time to spend hours heating up your kitchen for a three-course hot dinner, but you don't want to feed your family take-out or cold sandwiches either.
The perfect compromise is a summer pasta dish.
Here are three flavorful dishes that make good use of lots of healthy summer produce to accompany pasta -- which you can boil up quickly without taxing your home's air conditioning.
Serve these with a tossed salad and you've got dinner made in the shade.
The recipe works well with home-prepared grilled or roasted vegetables or ones you bring home in a doggie bag.
2 cups finely chopped roasted vegetables, including carrots, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower or eggplant
½ cup roughly chopped, fresh tomatoes
¼ cup Italian parsley, leaves only, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped
2 tablespoons oli...Read More »
- By Cookinglight.com | Dessert Guide | Tue, May 29, 2012 12:06 PM EDT | Comments
Strawberries, Peaches, and Basil with Orange Vinaigrette
Dan Barber, the chef of the acclaimed locavore restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, created the first dessert vinaigrette I had encountered. This is an adaptation of his recipe, which incorporated much more olive oil and melted butter. The warm vinaigrette releases an intoxicating perfume when poured over the fresh fruit. Serve within 20 minutes of preparing for maximum flavor and optimal temperature.
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Dash of salt
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 pound fresh strawberries, halved
1 large ripe peach or nectarine, cut into 16 wedges
1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves
1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/...Read More »
- Bon Appétit Magazine | Life Made Easy | Tue, May 29, 2012 2:38 PM EDT | Comments
by Kay Chun, Bon Appétit...Read More »
Avocados might be known as nature's butter, but they're one of the most nutrient-dense fruits, packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats. The only tricky thing is cutting them into uniform pieces. Follow the steps above to produce recipe-ready cubes.
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Make yourself beautiful with natural remedies made with simple ingredients you can put together at home.
1. Chamomile, Green, or Black Tea
Chamomile tea, a natural anti-inflammatory, helps ease redness and puffiness around the eyes. Green and black teas contain compounds called tannins, plus caffeine. Tannins have an astringent effect on the skin and shrink swollen tissue, while caffeine constricts blood vessels to reduce swelling.
Steep two chamomile, green, or black tea bags in just-boiled water for three minutes. Remove them from the water and place in the refrigerator until cooled. Place one bag over each eye and relax for 15 minutes.
Plus: DIY Facials
The cool temperature of chilled metal spoons constricts blood vessels, which helps decrease redness and puffiness in the eye area.
Place four metal spoons in a glass of ice water. When chilled, place one spoon on each eye, following the contour of your eye socket. As the spoons begin to warm, switch them with the spoo...Read More »
- Lucky Magazine | Life Made Easy | Wed, May 30, 2012 10:58 AM EDT | CommentsBy Natalie Matthews, Lucky magazine
When it comes to choosing certain things- gyms, spas, tailors- I find reviews from strangers and friends equally problematic.
While mildly positive feedback from the girl next to me at work can be enough to send me marching to an organic juice press or Brazilian hard waxing salon, gushing Yelp posts only trigger my suspicion.
I'm disproportionately wary of the web and too trusting with 3D people, so I think it's important to go a different route sometimes, like with finding a tailor.
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I don't want to bring all my stuff to a friend's beloved tailor only to feel kinda blah about the results and subconsciously resent her, or spend the better part of a TV-watching night trying to decipher the real Citysearch commenters from the owner's relatives. Instead, here's how I'd do it:
Ask fancy boutiques for recommendations.
No matter where you live, there has to be at least one high-end clothing boutique nearby. F...Read More »