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  • Forget Instant Noodles — Make Your Own Ramen!

    Easy ramen recipesThe term, "ramen," has crawled out from under its sad reputation in America as a college student's idea of a cheap dinner. Ramen, real ramen - springy, handmade noodles, complex, simmered-for-days broth - is hitting its stride right now with authentic (and whimsically inauthentic) ramen joints popping up in cities all across America. None in your neighborhood yet? Improvise with the packaged variety! Alternatively, you can also buy packages of curly "Chinese egg noodles" or "chuka soba," which are very similar to ramen noodles.

    Related: Unbelievably Easy Ramen Soup With Salmon

    Start by tossing the flavor packet away. Cook the noodles in your favorite store-bought chicken or veggie broth (or better yet, homemade stock) as the package directs, but jazz up your meal-in-a-bowl with some of these fresh and fabulous add-ins.

    Quick-Cooking Veggies: shredded carrots, spinach, frozen peas, frozen corn, shredded cabbage, sliced mushrooms, beansprouts, canned bamboo shoots (rinsed and

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  • Light Up the Night with Pumpkin Lanterns

    Make Pumpkin Lanterns

    Pumpkins with carved foliage will cast a welcoming glow on your porch this Halloween. Follow our step-by-step instructions to learn how to make the pumpkin lanterns for your home.

    1. Choose a pair of low, large pumpkins with bottoms large enough to cover the top of your planters. With a serrated knife, cut off the top of each pumpkin about two inches from the stem. Remove this "lid" and scoop out innards and seeds with your hands and a large spoon. Use the spoon to scrape away as much of the flesh as you can - you want a hollowed-out pumpkin with thin "walls," to make carving the leaf shapes easier.

    2. Print out the leaf template. Enlarge pattern as necessary, to accommodate the size of your pumpkin.

    Related: Dazzling DIY Halloween Decor

    3. With painter's tape, securely affix the paper template to the pumpkin so the leaf design is positioned in the middle of the pumpkin. Use a pumpkin carving punch tool or a small awl to jab tiny holes into the pumpkin, following the

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  • Skip the Carving! Decorate Pumpkins with Stamps

    Skip the carving with these stamps!

    Add some Halloween spirit to your table with stamped, no-carve pumpkins.

    1. Choose three or four medium-size pumpkins with unblemished skin.

    Related: How to Decorate Pumpkins - No Mess Required

    2. Purchase flexible plastic stencils at a craft or hobby store, and affix to pumpkin with duct tape.

    Related: Make Your Own Halloween Photo Frame

    3. Dip a paint brush into black acrylic paint. Wipe off any excess paint from the brush with a paper towel, so the brush is almost dry - you want a minimal amount of paint on the bristles. Use a dabbing motion to stencil pattern onto pumpkin.

    4. Use a water-moistened Q-tip to rub away any stray marks of paint. Remove stencil while paint is still wet.

    Related: The Spookiest, Tastiest Halloween Treats

    5. Arrange stenciled pumpkins on platters and cake stands, adding loose candy around the base.

    -Karin Lidbeck-Brent

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  • Forget Takeout! Make Asian-Style Pork in Your Slow Cooker

    Chinese Red-Cooked Pork ShoulderChinese Red-Cooked Pork ShoulderPork cooked in a slow cooker becomes so tender it almost melts in your mouth! This fragrant, Asian-style stew is simmered for hours in a combination of soy sauce, dry sherry, fresh ginger, and orange peel.

    Serves: 10
    Total Time: 8 hours

    Related: 16 Delicious Dinners You Can Make with Your Slow Cooker

    Ingredients:
    - 1/4 cup(s) packed brown sugar
    - 1/4 cup(s) dry sherry
    - 1/4 cup(s) seasoned rice vinegar
    - 1/4 cup(s) plus 1 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
    - 1 medium onion, chopped
    - 1 piece (2 inches) fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
    - 2 clove(s) garlic, crushed with press
    - 2 strip(s) (3" by 3/4" each) fresh orange peel
    - 1 stick(s) cinnamon
    - 1 whole(s) star anise
    - 1 bag(s) (1 pound) peeled baby carrots
    - 4 pound(s) well-trimmed boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
    - 2 package(s) (10 ounces each) frozen broccoli florets, thawed

    Related: The 5 Biggest Mistakes You're Making With Your Slow Cooker

    Directions:
    1. In 6- to 6 1/2-quart slow

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  • Turn a Plain Pumpkin into a Pretty Punch Bowl!

    Make a Pumpkin Punch Bowl

    Transform a hollowed-out peach pumpkin into an organic punch bowl for your Halloween bash. Four water-jug gourds act as "feet."

    Related: Transform Paper into 8 Spooky Halloween Crafts

    1. Start with a low, fat pumpkin. With a serrated knife, cut off the top one-fourth of the pumpkin. Scoop out innards and seeds with your hands and a large spoon. Use paper towels to dry inside of pumpkin.

    Related: Pumpkin Decorating - No Knife Required!

    2. To create the gourd "feet," cut a wooden kebob skewer to a length of 1.5 inches. Stand gourd up in position as shown. With a hammer, carefully hammer the skewer piece through the top of the gourd and into the outer shell of the pumpkin. Don't puncture all the way through to the interior of the pumpkin - you don't want liquid leaking out. Repeat with three remaining gourd "feet."

    3. Fill pumpkin with apple cider.

    Related: Tasty Halloween Desserts

    -By Karin Lidbeck-Brent

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  • The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Make Using Your Coffeemaker

    Mistakes when using your coffeemaker

    If that homebrewed morning cup of joe isn't quite as satisfying as the one you can buy at the coffee shop down the street, chances are you're not using your coffeemaker properly. But, by avoiding the following blunders, you can say farewell to stale, bitter cups of coffee-and to those long lines and expensive lattés that you may never want again.

    1. Using warm water and old grounds
    Make sure it's cold and they're fresh. Anything else will make your coffee taste stale.


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    2. Not using enough coffee

    According to the coffee experts at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, you should be using 2 tablespoons of coffee grinds for every 6 ounces of water.

    3. Ignoring your dirty coffeemaker
    Be sure to clean all parts of your coffeemaker, especially the ones that come in contact with the grinds. This will eliminate the oily residue that is often left behind and can affect the flavor of your coffee.


    Related: The

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  • Give Classic Risotto a Healthy Makeover with This Simple Swap

    Butternut Squash Barley RisottoButternut Squash Barley RisottoFull of fiber and essential nutrients, this barley-based risotto is just as delicious and satisfying as the original Italian favorite.

    Serves: 6
    Total Time: 3 hr 45 min
    Prep Time: 15 min

    Related: Everything You Need to Know About Cooking Butternut Squash

    Ingredients:
    - 2 tablespoon(s) margarine or butter
    - 2 shallots, thinly sliced
    - 2 sprig(s) fresh thyme
    - 2 cup(s) pearl barley
    - 4 cup(s) lower-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
    - 2 cup(s) water
    - 1 large (2 1/2-pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    - Salt
    - Pepper
    - 1 ounce(s) Parmesan cheese, grated (2/3 cup)
    - 2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

    Related: Lighter Versions of Fall's Fattiest Foods

    Directions:
    1. In 12-inch skillet, melt 1 tablespoon margarine on medium-high. Add shallots and cook 2 minutes or until golden, stirring often. Add thyme; cook 30 seconds. Add barley and cook 2 minutes or until toasted and golden, stirring often.

    2. Transfer to 6-quart slow

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  • 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make Using Your Nonstick Cookware

    Big mistakes when using nonstick cookware

    When you're making an omelet there's nothing better than a nonstick skillet until one day you find your creation sticks to the pan, leaving you to serve a dish that looks like scrambled eggs and a mess to scrub clean. What went wrong? You may have made some of the following big mistakes when you were cooking with your nonstick frypan.

    1. Using nonstick cooking spray
    The spray actually cooks onto the surface and becomes almost impossible to remove. The result: Your pan is no longer nonstick.

    Related: Nervous About Nonstick? How to Use It Safely

    2. Preheating an empty pan
    When you heat your pan with nothing in it, it can become way-hot which impacts its surface's nonstick properties, not for the better.

    3. Cooking over high heat
    Here, too, overheating the pan can results in a loss of nonsticktivity.

    4. Cutting with a knife
    You're bound to make little cuts in the surface which can lead to sticking.

    Related: 8 Kitchen Tools You Need For Fall

    5. Scrubbing

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  • Pumpkin + Eggnog = the Ultimate Holiday Dessert

    Easy Eggnog Pumpkin PieEasy Eggnog Pumpkin PieTwo holiday favorites -- pumpkin and eggnog -- are put to good use in this delicious pie.

    Prep Time: 5 min
    Cook Time: 1 hr
    Oven Temp: 375

    Related: Get Your Pumpkin Fix! 23 Delectable Pumpkin Desserts

    Ingredients:
    - 1 can(s) (15 ounces) pure pumpkin (not pumpkin-pie mix)
    - 1 1/4 cup(s) prepared eggnog
    - 2/3 cup(s) sugar
    - 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) (plus additional for garnish) pumpkin-pie spice
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 3 large eggs
    - 1 (9-inch) frozen deep-dish piecrust
    - Whipped cream for garnish

    Related: How to Make the Most Budget-Friendly Pumpkin Spice Latte EVER

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In large bowl, with wire whisk, mix pumpkin, eggnog, sugar, spice, salt, and eggs until well blended. Place frozen piecrust on cookie sheet on oven rack; pour in pumpkin mixture (mixture will come up to almost top of piecrust).

    2. Bake pie 60 to 65 minutes or until filling puffs up around edges and center is just set but not puffed. Cool pie completely on wire rack. Refrigerate until ready to serve or

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  • Pamper Yourself with 9 Awesome Moisturizing Products

    Best moisturizing productsWith temperatures dipping and heaters cranking up, skin moisture levels take a hit. Don't let your beauty products dry you out - these GHRI-tested creams, serums, cosmetics and lotions promise to treat your skin right.

    1. CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer
    A good primer can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores, while still adding moisture and firming skin. Our 2012 Anti-Aging Award Silver Winner, CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer ($14, amazon.com), managed to do all that for less. It garnered the highest scores in our lab tests for moisturizing skin (even after six hours) and won over consumer testers with its light texture.

    Related: Skincare Products That Help Stock the Clock

    2. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30
    It's easy to forget to slather on SPF when you're not heading out for a day at the beach, so instead reach for a moisturizer that already includes it, like Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($22,

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