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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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  • Make Fried Rice in Just 15 Minutes

    Fast Fried RiceFast Fried Rice

    The secrets to this dish are quick-cooking brown rice, pre-cut frozen vegetables, and ready-to-use stir-fry sauce.

    Total Time: 15 min

    Related: 17 Must-Try Rice Recipes

    Ingredients:
    - 1 1/2 cup(s) quick-cooking brown rice
    - 1 pound(s) firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
    - 6 teaspoon(s) olive oil
    - 1 package(s) (16 ounces) frozen vegetables for stir-fry
    - 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    - 1/3 cup(s) stir-fry sauce

    Related: Vegan Recipes That Will Leave You Satisfied

    Directions:
    1. Prepare rice as label directs.

    2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, place three layers paper towels. Place tofu on towels and top with three more layers paper towels. Gently press tofu with hand to extract excess moisture.

    3. In nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add frozen vegetables; cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer vegetables to bowl; keep warm.

    Related: 9 Exciting Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes

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  • 4 Ways to Dress Up Boxed Cornbread Mix

    Pepper Jack-Bacon CornbreadPepper Jack-Bacon Cornbread

    These easy add-ins transform a box of plain cornbread mix (8.5 oz. - 17 oz.) into a holiday-worthy dish.

    1. Pepper Jack-Bacon Cornbread
    Stir 6 strips cooked bacon, chopped; 3/4 c. shredded pepper Jack cheese; and 1/4 c. thinly sliced green onion into 1 box prepared cornbread mix and bake as label directs.
    Serves 4

    Related: 7 Make-Ahead Appetizers for Thanksgiving Dinner

    2. Rosemary-Olive Cornbread
    Stir 1/2 c. chopped pitted Kalamata olives, 1 Tbsp. chopped rosemary, and 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper into 1 box prepared cornbread mix and bake as label directs.
    Serves 4

    3. Lemon-Raspberry Cornbread
    Stir 1 c. rasberries and 1 tsp. finely grated lemon peel into 1 box prepared cornbread mix; transfer to baking pan, sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds, and bake as label directs.
    Serves 4

    Related: How to Make Cornbread from Scratch

    4. Pecan-Apricot Cornbread
    Stir 1/4 c. each chopped pecans and dried apricots and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar into 1 box prepared

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  • 7 Surprising Ways You're Aging Your Skin

    Everyday activities that are aging your skinEveryday activities that are aging your skin

    You likely know the no-no's: Not wearing sunscreen, smoking, and not getting enough sleep can make you look older. But we bet you aren't aware that these other, seemingly harmless, habits may be causing fine lines and wrinkles.

    We asked dermatologist Josh Zeichner, M.D., Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to fill us in on everyday activities that you may not realize are aging your skin.

    1. Washing Your Face Too Much
    Of course, it's important to keep your skin clean, but don't overdo it. Wash no more than twice daily (an extra wash pre- or post-workout is okay), and keep in mind that not all cleansers are created equal. Alkaline bar soaps strip your skin of its natural oils and can cause irritation; a non-soap cleanser is a much gentler option.

    Related: 3 Ways to Save Money on Anti-Aging Products

    2. Drinking through a Straw
    Sure, it looks more ladylike to sip your beverages, but repeatedly pursing your

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  • How to Adjust to the End of Daylight Saving Time

    Be prepared before you turn the clocks back 1 hourBe prepared before you turn the clocks back 1 hour

    Many of us look forward to when the clocks "fall back," and we get that extra hour of sleep. But even though it can be a tougher adjustment to "spring forward" (after all, that's when we lose an hour, and may have trouble getting up in the morning) experts say there are a few situations in which you can benefit from extra steps to adjust to this time change.

    Related: 25 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

    You're already dealing with sleep problems:
    Time changes in either direction can aggravate existing sleep issues, says William Kohler, M.D., a Florida-based sleep specialist and spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. So while you may be tempted to stay out late and sleep in the next day (after all, you've got that extra hour coming your way), he says this is a time of year that it's especially important to practice good sleep hygiene, and that means sticking to a routine, waking up and going to bed around the same time each day.

    If you're the type that has

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  • The Easiest-Ever Version of Classic Baked Apples

    Microwave Baked ApplesMicrowave Baked Apples

    Nothing could be easier than this version of the classic baked apple, which can be made in only minutes in your microwave.

    Serves: 4
    Prep Time: 5 min
    Total Time: 15 min

    Related: 8 Ridiculously Easy No-Bake Desserts

    Ingredients:
    - 4 small apples
    - 1 teaspoon(s) sugar
    - 1/8 teaspoon(s) ground allspice
    - 1/8 teaspoons(s) ground nutmeg
    - 8 teaspoon(s) dried cherries
    - 4 teaspoon(s) water
    - 2 teaspoon(s) trans-fat free vegetable oil spread (60 to 70 percent oil)
    - 8 teaspoons(s) chopped walnuts

    Related: Irresistible Apple Dessert Recipes

    Directions:
    1. Cut off top 1/2 inch from each apple. With melon baller, core through stem ends without breaking through bottom.

    2. Place in glass pie plate; sprinkle with sugar and spices. Divide cherries, water, and vegetable oil spread among cavities and tops of apples.

    Related: Smart Swaps for Fall's Fattiest Foods

    3. Cover; microwave on Medium-High (70 percent power) 8 minutes or until tender. Let

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  • Slash the Calories in French Onion Soup by More Than 75%

    French Onion SoupFrench Onion Soup

    Everyone loves the gooey richness of French onion soup -- but not the excess fat and salt. So we swapped in olive oil for butter and added a dash of soy sauce to chicken broth to mimic the savory depth of salty beef stock. Finally, we blanketed our dish with Gruyère and reduced-fat Swiss -- because what's onion soup without the cheese? Our version has 890 fewer calories, 21g less saturated fat, and 2,230mg less sodium than traditional French onion soup.

    Related: Try These Healthier Versions of Classic Comfort Foods

    Ingredients:
    - 1 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
    - 3 large (10 to 12 ounces each) red onions, very thinly sliced
    - 3 sprig(s) fresh thyme
    - Salt
    - Pepper
    - 1/2 cup(s) dry red wine
    - 1 can(s) (14- to 14 1/2-ounce) lower-sodium chicken broth (1 3/4 cups)
    - 2 1/4 cup(s) water
    - 2 teaspoon(s) lower-sodium soy sauce
    - 4 slice(s) (1/2-inch thick each) whole wheat baguette
    - 1 teaspoon(s) cornstarch
    - 1 1/4 ounce(s) shredded Gruyère

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