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  • Dreams Do Come True: A Recipe for Picky Kids and Hungry Adults

    Feed picky kids, and flavor-hungry adults, all with one glorious dinner recipe. By Mary-Frances Heck

    Plain: Bucatini with olive oil and cheese
    Fancy: Bucatini with anchovy breadcrumbsnd broccoli rabe

    Prep time: 30 minutes
    Total time: 30 minutes

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    3 garlic cloves, minced
    4 anchovy fillets packed in oil, rinsed, chopped
    4 Tbsp olive oil
    1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
    2 lb bucatini or spaghetti
    ½ cup finely grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese
    1 bunch broccoli rabe, cut into 2-inch pieces

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    1. Cook garlic and anchovies in 1 Tbsp of the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat until garlic is soft. Add panko and toss to combine. Toast breadcrumbs, stirring frequently to ensure even browning, until they're crunchy and golden. Stir in red pepper; transfer to a plate.

    2. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package instructions. Transfer to a

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  • The Best Love Advice from Our Favorite TV Husbands

    The fall television season is almost here, which means we're finally going to learn how Ted Mosby met his kids' mother. While we wait for new episodes, let's look back at some of the sweetest sentiments from TV dads who really do know best when it comes to love. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Jesse KatsopolisJesse Katsopolis, Full House
    "If every word I said
    Could make you laugh,
    I'd talk forever.
    I asked the sky just what we had,
    It showed forever.
    If the song I sing to you
    Could fill your heart with joy,
    I'd sing forever.
    Forever, forever,
    I've been so happy loving you." - "Forever," Jesse and the Rippers

    Archie Bunker, All in the Family
    "If the whole damn world was to go to the dogs, as long as I had you by my side, y'know, or sittin' by my side, or layin' here, like this, by my side, everything'll be just okay. I've been blowin' my own horn for a lotta years, but lemme tell you somethin': I ain't nothin' without you."

    Cameron Tucker, Modern Family
    "There are dreamers and there are

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  • How to Look Less Tired, Instantly!

    Lack of sleep, allergies, and basic genetics can leave you with dark circles under your eyes, says Mally Roncal. Use her makeup tips to hide the drama.

    Step 1
    Always put on concealer before foundation. It may be all the coverage you need. No matter what your skin color, choose a creamy concealer with a yellow undertone: It'll counteract undereye darkness. Apply with a brush for extra precision.

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    Step 2
    The skin around your eyes is delicate, so don't rub it! Instead, blend concealer by pressing it in with your ring finger-it's the weakest one, so it has the softest, gentlest touch.

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    Step 3
    Set your concealer with a dusting of powder that matches your skin tone (bonus if it has a little radiance to brighten the area). Use a light hand with powder. Too much will look cakey.

    Related: 40 No-Fail Beauty Shortcuts

    Step 4
    Gorgeous. And remember: If the concealer settles into your lines by midday,

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  • The Advice Breast Cancer Doctors Give Their Nearest and Dearest

    Can your deodorant cause breast cancer? What does drinking have to do with it? Should you get tested for the "Angelina gene"? These are the prevention tips you'd get from a doctor if she were your best friend. By Lisa Mulcahy, REDBOOK.

    Angelina was a special case
    "It's great that Angelina Jolie's preventive double mastectomy is raising awareness about the BRCA1 gene. But I tell friends and relatives who ask me about genetic risk that the BRCA gene is very rare. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer-meaning your grandmother, mother, and possibly a sister have been diagnosed before the age of 50-you should certainly talk to your doctor about whether you fit the precise medical criteria for genetic testing. If you do carry the gene, don't automatically jump to the conclusion that you, too, have to lose both breasts. Many times, we can alternate a mammogram with an MRI every six months to watch for any indications of cancer developing. You may also elect to have your ovaries

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  • The 7 Best Lunchbox Snacks

    We asked nutritionists for healthy snacks we don't have to feel guilty about, then kids tried out their picks. These lunch-friendly foods received a unanimous "yummy!" REDBOOK.

    Justin's Organic Single Serve Peanut Butter Cup Is there any better combo than milk chocolate and peanut butter? This version is so natural it feels virtuous. ($0.99 each; justins.com for stores)

    Chobani Champions Tubes Low-fat Greek yogurt blended with real fruit in an irresistibly squeezable package. ($2.79 for 8; chobanichampions.com for stores)

    Related: The 31 Best Back-to-School Tips for 2013

    Earthbound Farm Dippin' Doubles The carrot and ranch-dip combo is perfectly portioned, and the creamy dip is made with wholesome ingredients. ($3.39 for 2; ebfarm.com for stores)

    Little Duck Organics Freeze Dried Tiny Fruits Kids will pop these like candy; good thing there's nothing but fruit in there. ($3.99 each; littleduckorganics.com for stores)

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    Sabra Classic Hummus

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  • 7 Things We Learned from the Belly Melt Diet

    We spend so much time fighting our bodies with diets, but what if reaching your healthiest weight-and shedding inches from your middle-was as simple as listening to your natural rhythms and inner clock? These tidbits from a new book, are intriguing. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    1. What The Belly Melt Diet is all about: "This plan will reset your hunger hormones to stop cravings. You'll eat at specific times so that the hunger hormone ghrelin (the substance that triggers cravings and makes you want to eat) is under control at all times. You'll be eating meals that provide the perfect balance of carbs, protein, and fats that will keep ghrelin under control but that will also stimulate you when you need it (during the day) and calm when you when you don't (when it's time to go to sleep). You'll also be choosing foods with nutrients that help you sleep better, which in turn helps reset your body clock so the weight will come off faster. You'll follow a 1,200- to 1,500-calorie diet." Ed note:

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  • The Anti-Aging Trick That's Right at Your Fingertips

    The anti-aging secret to looking smoother and glowier isn't at the bottom of a jar - it's at your fingertips. All you need are these simple massage moves and a few drops of oil. By Cara Litke Sullivan, REDBOOK.

    An anti-aging facial you can do at home
    Your mom probably told you not to touch your face, so the concept of rubbing your hands all over it may seem counterintuitive. But pros are big on massage: "It increases blood flow, which is what gives you that plump, glowing look, and firms sagging areas by improving muscle tone," says celebrity facialist Nichola Joss, whose clients include Kate Moss and Elle Macpherson. "Plus, it's really relaxing."

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    The key to an effective massage? Facial oil. "Oils are loaded with nutrients and allow your fingers to glide-not drag-along the skin," Joss says. For a D.I.Y. approach, use coconut oil, says Ellen Marmur, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in

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  • Real Women's Craziest Turn-Ons

    Daniel Bergner's new book What Do Women Want? attempts to unlock "mysterious secrets" of female desire. (Hint: One claim details the search for female Viagra.) Except it's 2013-if you want to know, just ask. Our Facebook fans were more than happy to share what really gets them going.

    Randy and sandy
    "As a Jersey girl, hitting the shore every summer is a must. While we're down the shore, I'm definitely in the mood, but it's on the hour-plus ride back home that I really can't control myself. I can still smell the salty air in the car and on our clothes. My husband looks forward to coming home from the shore almost as much as going there!" - Kori R.

    Wild, wild west
    "Several years ago, my husband and I went to a photographer specializing in Old West photography. We wore costumes that looked like they were from the 19th century, and my husband's included a cowboy hat. In true 1800's fashion, we didn't smile in the photo. I can't tell you how much it turned me on to see my husband in that

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  • Why Would Anyone Send This Letter, Ever?

    By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    The letter started circulating widely after singing duo Lennon and Maisy tweeted about it. When it comes to choices other parents make, I like to be balanced, see the other side, and tamp down judgment. But sometimes there is no other side.

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    In Newcastle, Ontario, this week, a mother sent an anonymous letter to Karla Begley, complaining (to put it mildly) about Karla's son, who is autistic. The letter is cruel. Reading is like getting a kick in the gut. The writer says astoundingly hateful things, from "he is a hindrance to everyone" to "euthanize him." What upsets me the most is that she signed the letter, "One pissed off mother." That means this woman has kids. What is she teaching them about people with disabilities or how to treat any person? We like to think that becoming a mom transforms you into a person with a second heart, full of love you never knew. But that doesn't always happen, and I've seen it myself.

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    When I was growing up, a mother in our

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  • The Beauty Secrets of Celeb Hair and Makeup Pros

    Celebrity hair and makeup pros know things the rest of us don't about uncovering every woman's gorgeousness. Read on for their secrets. By Nicole Cantane, REDBOOK.



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