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  • People Are Just Deep-Frying Everything Now

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Deep-fried corn soup and Thanksgiving dinner Granted, it's the time of year when state fairs and their requisite deep-fried specialty contests are most likely to occur, but some of the latest oil-soaked news has us asking, "You can deep-fry that?" Chief among them is KFC Japan's newest menu option, deep-fried soup. Yes, they're going to serve fried balls of corn soup called "potage." It's apparently a hot commodity in Japan right now, showing up on menus in its original soup form as well as flavoring snacks such as potato chips.

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    And if you think this is the first time a liquid has been breaded and fried, may we remind you about Deep-Fried Kool-Aid, which was the most popular fried confection-and a Twitter trending topic for weeks-in 2011. This year's victors include a deep-fried Cuban Roll, which will reign supreme at the State Fair of Texas, which starts on September 27. The fair will also serve up the eight recipes the Cuban roll beat out

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  • Big Hair that Works

    Think you can't pull off a whole lot of volume? Think again. These celebs prove that big hair-the hottest autumn trend-can look sexy, stylish, and sleek no matter what your natural texture. By Julia Marino, REDBOOK.



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  • The Best Pre- and Post- Workout Snacks

    Don't let all of your hard work at spin class go to waste by eating or drinking things that won't make you feel-and look-your best. These superfoods will help you power through a tough sweat session and leave you ready for more tomorrow. By Paige Carlotti, REDBOOK.

    Pre-workout: Banana and peanut butter
    You can dip just about anything in peanut butter, but bananas are the way to go when it comes to fueling up for a workout. They're rich in potassium, an essential mineral that is frequently lost in large amounts while breaking a sweat. One hour before a tough gym session, smear a tablespoon of your favorite protein-packed, all-natural spread onto the carbo-loaded fruit for the fuel your muscle tissue and nervous system need, says Christine Avanti, author of Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food. The protein-carb, or PC-combo, offers a healthful balance of lean protein and fiber to stabilize blood sugar, thus curbing any nasty sweets cravings later.

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  • 8 Ways to Say "I Love You" in a Hot Second

    There are a million ways to express those three little words, but these are among the sweetest, most aww-worthy we've ever heard. By Anna Davies, REDBOOK.

    Make a special request
    "When we began dating (back in college!), we used to occasionally request songs on the radio and dedicate them to each other. We still occasionally do that, since we have the same taste in music and have listened to the same old-school radio stations since forever. It's a large reason why I never listen to anything in the car but old-fashioned radio, just in case my guy has a request for me." - Kelly, 31

    Put it in writing
    Are you and your guy going to be separated for a bit? Instead of relying on text messages, pack a few letters in his suitcase-with specific instructions about when he should open each.

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    Spell it out
    "I always text my husband the numbers 5683-when they're spelled out on the phone, they read L-O-V-E. Since we're both teachers, I don't want to

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  • The Ribs Recipe Only Chefs Knew...Until Now

    The pros know you can't just sauce them up, slap them on the grill, and call it a day - the best barbecue ribs need to be coaxed into greatness. Here's how to make them.

    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Cooking time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

    2 racks baby back pork ribs (5 lb total)
    ½ cup barbecue seasoning rub
    1½ cups mild barbecue sauce

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    1. Prep. Heat oven to 375°F. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with heavy-duty foil, for easier cleaning. If ribs have the silver skin attached, peel it off, and place ribs on baking sheet. Season all over with rub. Cover tightly with heavy-duty foil.

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    2. Roast. Ribs will turn out tough if you cook them directly on the grill-by roasting them first, you break down the tough fibers, resulting in super-tender meat. Roast in oven 1 hour. Uncover; brush ribs with half of the barbecue sauce. Re-cover with foil and return to oven for 30 minutes, or until ribs are

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  • By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    We cautiously hopped aboard the juice-cleanse wagon, trying a three-day program and gathering some of our favorite recipes. However, until now all the hype has been just that-a craze that supporters claim helps them feel great, shed pounds, and get their systems in whack-but one without the backup of the medical community.

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    A case study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Medicine is the first to find that juicing can actually cause us some harm. After six weeks of consuming common juices, including those from beets, collard greens, kiwi, parsley, spinach, and soy, the patient experienced acute renal failure, meaning that his kidneys stopped working properly. Granted, this person already suffered from kidney disease, and his juice-fast was an unusually long one, putting him at far greater risk than the average person. But researchers' discovery that the problem was oxalate, a naturally occurring

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  • 10 Under-$25 Beauty Products We're Buying Right Now

    These fall beauty and makeup finds amazed us with their skin and hair powers, and excellent price tags.



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  • 11 Amazing Sites that Get Plus-Size Fashion Right

    By Meredith Rollins, REDBOOK.

    Aimee Cheshire of Madison Plus SelectProject Runway angel Tim Gunn recently vented to HuffPo about the depressing lack of chic clothes for plus-size women. It's a complaint we've heard over and over again. At REDBOOK, our fashion editors make a point to hunt down great pieces for all body types, because we believe that stylish options should fit all of our amazing readers (and not break the bank, either, thank you very much). Of course we rely on brands like Old Navy, Talbots, and Lane Bryant, which have been cutting cute pieces for curvy ladies for a long time. But there are some fabulous new resources that you should know about-and celebrate. They don't fix the problem entirely, but at least it's a significant, heartening start.

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    1. Madisonplus.com: The owner of these sites, Aimee Cheshire, is dedicated to discovering the best in plus-size fashion. Or, as she puts it, "attainable luxe designed for full-figured, fashion-forward women." We scored

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  • 9 Times You Can Save Money by Buying Generic Brands

    These days, some of the products that big stores develop in-house (what we used to call generics) rival and even surpass their more recognizable counterparts in quality. At least that's what our picky team of experts tells us: They've seen and tried everything, and we got them to share the store brands they buy for themselves. Stock up too, and stash away hundreds this year. By Amy Roberts, REDBOOK.



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  • The Fancy-Looking, D.I.Y Way to Show Off Your Kids

    These retro keepsakes update a wall and preserve memories. Tori Spelling makes the DIY project easy. REDBOOK.

    I wanted to create mementos for my children that mixed a vintage-y craft idea with modern design. These old-fashioned silhouettes on top of a geometric pattern are perfect. I got the fabric backgrounds at Jo-Ann, then found spray paint in the same colors at Michaels, where I also got the frames. Liam (age 6) and Stella (age 5) picked their colors. Stella was very vocal that Hattie (19 months) get the yellow and Finn (9 months) the blue.

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    Make these in a snap:


    1. Take a digital photo of each child's profile from the same distance. I knew I wanted the kids' silos to face each other, so I photographed them from different sides. Print the photos on a thick, card-stock paper like you'd use for an invitation.

    2. Carefully cut out the heads-there's no trick here, just patience. It's the details that will make these pop: Hattie has

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