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  • Make-Ahead Squash Soup Perfect for Thanksgiving

    Winter Squash SoupWinter Squash Soup

    This winter squash soup from Ina Garten is a great Thanksgiving starter, but would be just as good for a simple fall dinner on a chilly weeknight.

    Yields: 8 appetizer servings
    Total Time: 45 min
    Prep Time: 15 min

    Related: Ina Garten's Easiest-Ever Thanksgiving Menu

    Ingredients:
    - 2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
    - 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    - 2 onions cup(s) chopped onions
    - 1 1/2 pound(s) butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
    - 3 cup(s) chicken stock or broth
    - 1 can(s) (15-ounce) pumpkin purée (not pie filling)
    - Kosher salt
    - Black pepper
    - 1 cup(s) half-and-half
    - Crème fraîche, for serving
    - Grated Gruyère, for serving
    - Croutons, for serving

    Related: Super Healthy Soup and Stew Recipes

    Directions:
    1. In heavy-bottomed sauce-pot, heat butter and oil on medium-low heat. Add onions and cook 10 minutes or until translucent, stirring occasionally.

    2. Add butternut squash, stock, pumpkin, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; heat to boiling on medium-high heat.

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  • Take Frozen Ravioli from Everyday to Gourmet — in 15 Minutes!

    Ravioli with Peas and Brown Butter SauceRavioli with Peas and Brown Butter Sauce

    This simple and tasty ravioli dish can be made with fresh ingredients or the foods hiding in your freezer. The brown butter sauce makes even the most simple components gourmet.

    Serves: 6
    Total Time: 15 min

    Related: The Best Tasting Whole Wheat Pasta

    Ingredients:
    - 2 package(s) (12-ounce) fresh or frozen large cheese ravioli
    - 1 cup(s) frozen peas
    - 4 tablespoon(s) butter
    - 1/2 cup(s) chopped walnuts
    - 1 tablespoon(s) finely grated lemon peel
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 1/2 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese

    Related: 10 Secrets to Perfect Pasta

    Directions:
    1. Heat a large pot of salted water on high until it begins boiling. Add fresh or frozen large cheese ravioli and cook as label directs, adding frozen peas to water 1 minute before cooking is done; drain and transfer to large bowl.

    2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet on medium, melt butter and cook 4 minutes or until amber, swirling skillet occasionally.

    3. Toss ravioli, peas, browned butter,

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  • 5 Simple Ways to Clean Less

    It's OK to reuse towels!Follow these tips from Carolyn Forté, Director of the GHRI Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Department, to help keep things clean around the house without doing too much extra work.

    1. Use your bath towels more than once.
    Think about it: You use a towel after taking a shower, so it's not that dirty after one use. Provided you always hang it up and let it dry between uses, you can re-use a towel two or three times before you need to throw it in the laundry. Washing towels after every use is a waste of detergent, water, and energy, not to mention that it will wear them out much quicker.

    2. Wear your jeans a few times before washing.
    Denim is excellent at masking dirt, which actually works in your favor. Over washing your favorite pair of jeans can cause them to fade and fray. Unless there's an obvious stain, you can wear them a few times.

    Related: 6 Things You're Cleaning Wrong

    3. Open the bathroom window and turn on the exhaust fan.
    "You don't need to clean

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  • 5 Quick Ways to Clean Up Before Guests Arrive

    Chic touch: hand towels in a wine rackChic touch: hand towels in a wine rack

    You need to be prepared for surprise visits, especially during the holidays: Cousins, friends, or neighbors may just drop in. Erika Lenkert, author of The Last-Minute Party Girl, shares her suggestions for getting your home ready for guests in 30 minutes (or less).

    Related: 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

    1. Stealth Clean
    Focus on rooms you'll be using (living room, kitchen, and bathroom), then close the doors -- literally -- on the rest. Corral stray gadgets, unopened mail, and other domestic detritus in a laundry bin to stow in a closet. Slip a sock on your hand for a swift dust-down. Hide dishes in the dishwasher or a basket beneath the sink to be dealt with in the A.M. Then smile: No one will ever know.

    2. Go for the Glow
    Turn off harsh overheads and use lamps or creative groupings of tiny tealights, or swap a few ordinary bulbs for pink LEDs -- they're flattering to every skin tone (and way easier than painting your living room coral).

    Related: 6 Things

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  • 3 Easy, Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

    Shrimp RillettesShrimp Rillettes

    When you're concentrating on a big family dinner like Thanksgiving, appetizers tend to take the back seat. This year, instead of stressing over hors d'oeuvres at the last minute, pick one or two easy nibbles that you can prep days (or weeks!) in advance. Then, on the big day, just unwrap and set the out -- no cooking, no fuss.

    Here are a few ideas straight from the Good Housekeeping test kitchen…

    Related: 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

    1. SHRIMP RILLETTES
    Make: up to 3 weeks in advance
    Store: Freezer

    Instead of shrimp cocktail, try our simple Shrimp Rillettes (just a fancy way of saying buttery, shrimp spread) -- you can freeze it in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Serve with crackers or toast for spreading. Bonus: The recipe only calls for 5 ingredients!

    Ingredients:
    - 6 tablespoons butter (no substitutions), softened
    - 1 pound shelled and deveined shrimp
    - 2 tablespoons brandy or dry sherry
    - 1/4 teaspoons ground red pepper (cayenne)

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  • The Easiest Pumpkin Soup Recipe Ever — 5 Ingredients, 5 Minutes!

    This simple, comforting meal is perfect for a busy nightThis simple, comforting meal is perfect for a busy night

    It's been a busy week here in the Good Housekeeping test kitchen. I'm not sure about you but the last thing I want to do when I get home tonight is cook. That's why I'm going to share my super-secret, Easiest-Ever Pumpkin Soup recipe with you.

    Related: Super Healthy Soup and Stew Recipes

    This simple, comforting meal is a real lifesaver when you're in a pinch (or feeling lazy) -- it's ready in 5 minutes and 100x tastier than soup from a can. Forget any chopping or blending: Just warm grated onions in olive oil, then mix in pumpkin puree, chicken broth, spices and a little cream until it simmers. That's it! If you don't want to use cream, feel free to swap in half-and-half or a little Greek yogurt at the very end (off of the heat so it doesn't curdle).

    Related: Delectable Pumpkin Desserts

    If you have a spare minute and feel like getting snazzy, top the soup with parsley and freshly ground pepper. Or toss in a handful of packaged croutons. Who doesn't love those? In fact, top this soup

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  • Meet Apple Pie's Easier Cousin: The Crostata!

    Apple CrostataApple Crostata

    A hybrid of two classics, this dessert from the Barefoot Contessa takes the best from both the apple pie and apple crisp, and makes an amazing addition to any holiday menu.

    Related: Ina Garten's Easiest-Ever Thanksgiving

    Ingredients
    Crust:
    - 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    - 1/4 cup(s) sugar
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
    - 1 cup(s) (2 sticks) unsalted butter, diced, very cold
    - 1/4 cup(s) ice water

    Apple Filling:
    - 1 1/2 pound(s) McIntosh or Gala apples
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) grated orange peel

    Topping:
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
    - 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground allspice
    - 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    - 1/4 cup(s) sugar
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
    - 1/4 cup(s) (1/2 stick) butter

    Related: 8 Irresistible Apple Dessert Recipes

    Directions
    1. Prepare Crust: In food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Take off lid and add butter. With fingers, being careful of sharp blades, toss butter to coat with flour. Replace lid and pulse 12 to 15 times or until pea-size clumps

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  • 3 No-Bake Thanksgiving Desserts That'll Impress!

    Easy no-bake Thanksgiving desserts

    The last thing you need on Thanksgiving is to be worrying about dessert. Will the turkey be done in time for the pie to bake? Could a pan of brownies squeeze in next to the stuffing? Will they end up tasting like onions? Stop! Give yourself a well-deserved break and plan on making an easy, no-bake dessert for Turkey Day this year.

    These 3 recipes look like the show stopping treats you'd expect on a holiday table, only they're totally make-ahead and stress-free (like a 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie)! Bonus: No baking required. Try them all or pick the dessert that best suits your family's sweet-style.

    Related: 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

    1. White Chocolate-Cranberry Cheesecake

    Although we love a statement-making cheesecake, try these individual cheesecake parfaits for a quickie twist. We layered gingersnap crumbs, white chocolate-cream cheese filling and an easy DIY cranberry sauce in mason jars. You could use parfait cups or cocktail glasses for a fancier look.

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  • So Long, Boring Baked Potato! Try This Super-Stuffed Upgrade

    Bean and Corn-Stuffed Sweet PotatoesBean and Corn-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    This dish is the perfect, easy, weeknight dinner for the whole family. Packed with healthy veggies like spinach and fiber-loaded beans, this is a great alternative to a boring baked potato.

    Related: 11 Ways to Enjoy Sweet Potatoes Year-Round

    Ingredients:
    - 4 sweet potatoes, pricked with fork
    - 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
    - 1 medium onion, sliced
    - 1 can(s) (15-ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained
    - 2 cup(s) packed baby spinach
    - 1 cup(s) corn
    - 1/2 cup(s) sliced green onion
    - 1 tablespoon(s) chopped chipotle chiles in adobo
    - 1 clove(s) garlic, pressed
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 4 tablespoon(s) shredded low-fat Mexican-blend cheese

    Related: The Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking Sweet Potatoes

    Directions:
    1. Microwave sweet potatoes, pricked with fork, on high for 10 minutes or until tender, turning over once.

    2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in 12-inch skillet on medium-high heat. Add sliced onion and cook 6 to 7 minutes or until soft,

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  • 5 Easy Tips to Prevent Clothes from Pilling

    Keep sweaters pill-free with these tips!Whether you're looking for a bargain or investing in quality pieces, you want wardrobe additions that will last season after season. The last thing you need is a new sweater that pills after just a few wears. While most clothing can pill, there are steps you can take to prevent it from happening. Here are five easy tips to follow to keep your wardrobe looking fresh:

    1. Avoid Fiber Blends Fabrics made of multiple fibers, especially those that combine natural and synthetic fibers, are more susceptible to pilling. Check the label before you purchase an item - it can save you a pilling mess later! In particular, avoid fabrics that have three or more fibers in the blend.

    2. Choose Tightly Woven Fabrics Ever notice that your woven shirts pill less than your knit sweaters? The looser the fabric, the more likely it is to pill. Tighter fabrics have a better hold on the individual fibers.

    Related: 7 Laundry "Rules" You Should Always Break

    3. Turn Garments Inside Out Pilling is most

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