• Tomatoes. Onion. Butter. 45 minutes.

    That's all you need to make what is the best -- and easiest -- tomato sauce out there.

    Related: Check out our 9 Weeknight Pasta Dishes.

    The full, true tomato flavor is a revelation in itself -- as is finding out you don't need to cook in all those layers of garlic and herbs and whatnot to get there (and you might even be better off without them).

    Related: See our 7 Easy Summer Tomato Recipes.

    The recipe even is tailored perfectly to a 28-ounce can of good-quality tomatoes -- or, for a change of pace, use the ripe, plump, shiny tomatoes that you can find this season. Whatever you choose, just add an onion, swirl in some butter, and simmer away. Get ready for a revelation.

    Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

    Serves 6, enough to sauce 1 to 1 1/2 pounds pasta

    2 pounds fresh, ripe tomatoes, prepared as described below, or 2 cups canned imported Italian tomatoes, cut up, with their juice
    5 tablespoons

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  • You can make this Chick-fil-A-Copycat fried chicken sandwich at home, thanks to hilahcooking.com.Chick-fil-A fans have been tearfully vowing to stop eating at the fast food chain since the privately owned company's president, Dan Cathy, told a religious newspaper that he and his company are against gay marriage.

    "Guilty as charged," Cathy said. "We are very much supportive of the family--the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

    Related: Is Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage confession bad for business?

    "We know that it might not be popular with everyone," he added, "but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

    Cathy's stance has sparked a debate about what constitutes "Biblical principles" -- ("No women will be hired, he will use slave labor, no shellfish on the menu, uniforms cannot be cotton-poly blends, women will not be served unless in the company of a man... you mean those biblical

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  • messmessGuess what? You have way too much stuff. And guess what else? Even though you probably bought most of that stuff because it made you happy at the time, it's actually doing the opposite. So say the authors of the new book "Life at Home in the Twenty-first Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors," and I absolutely agree. As the book explains:

    "Our excess becomes a visible sign of unaccomplished work that constantly challenges our deeply engrained notions of tidy homes and elicits substantial stress."

    More from The Stir: Stressed Moms Should Unwind Over Nice, Relaxing ... Video Games!

    Or, to put it in layman's terms: All that crap we stuff into closets and cram under beds that ends up all over the house no matter how many plastic containers from IKEA we buy makes us feel like lazy slobs who can't get anything done and are probably going to end up on that godawful Hoarders show.

    I learned this lesson firsthand recently when I decided to clean out my rental storage space ...

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  • The Sensory Garden

    By Toni Salter

    Imagine experiencing a garden with all five senses. That's what a sensory garden allows you to do. A carefully designed garden can stimulate, not only the sight, but also sound, smell, touch and taste.

    A trolley with an assortment of potted herbs and vegetables is an example of a sensory garden. This can be placed in a sunny courtyard or balcony where space is limited.

    It could also be set in an aged care facility where residents may have more limited mobility. A trolley will allow the garden to come to them. People living with dementia respond to sensory stimulation and tasting, crushing and smelling different herbs can be beneficial.

    Take lavender and chamomile, for example. These plants can have very soothing qualities, as when the oils are released through rubbing the leaves. The smooth and furry leaves of various lavenders are also soothing to the touch. Do this while sipping a cup of tea made from fresh Chamomile flowers

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  • Let these healthy foods help you out of a jam when...Let these healthy foods help you out of a jam when...When things aren't going your way, don't get mad--get healthy. These nutritious solutions will hit the spot and turn your situation around.

    You Forget To Pack A Toothbrush
    Food Fix: Monterey Jack

    Researchers found that eating less than one-quarter of an ounce of jack, Cheddar, Gouda, or mozzarella cheese will boost pH levels to protect your pearly whites from cavities.

    You Look In The Mirror and Think, "That Laugh Line Wasn't There Yesterday, Was It?"
    Food Fix: Guacamole

    A study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that people with a high intake of olive oil showed fewer wrinkles than those with a high intake of butter. The reason: monounsaturated fats, which are found in abundance in olive oil. So drizzle some olive oil on your salad, and if that's not convenient, grab a side of guacamole; avocados have the same monounsaturated fats as olive oil, plus plenty of fiber and healthy B vitamins.

    11 Best Foods for Your Skin

    You Can't

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  • Follow these simple tips to make your commute both pleasant and productive.
    This article originally appeared on LearnVest.com.

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    Make the Most of It

    At the end of the day-quite literally-commuting is a necessary evil. After all, work allows you to bring home the paycheck that will help you reach your financial goals, and you need to get there. Follow these eight tips to make your back and forth (no matter how long), better.

    Also See: 4 Hazards for Commuters

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    Catch Up on Your (Audio) Reading

    Getting engrossed in a good story is a great way to fight off feelings of being disconnected or unhappy. Non-drivers can use an actual book or e-reader, but drivers will want to download an audio book. Many libraries let you borrow audio books for free, and some public library systems actually let you download MP3 and WMA files directly, without showing up to the library.

    Here's a trick: Only allow yourself to listen to your book when commuting. That way, a little part of you will actually look

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  • By Lexi Petronis

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    Filling Foods
    Has your stomach ever growled in anticipation of lunch, even though you just ate breakfast? At some point, we've all fallen victim to an unexplained raging appetite, which can lead to eating snacks that are high in calories, sugar and fat-and, of course, weight gain. But instead of popping pills that'll supposedly curb hunger, turn to something surprising: food. It sounds contradictory, but eating can actually suppress your appetite-as long as you choose the right foods. Try one of these extra-satisfying eats to keep your appetite in check. Photo credit: Getty Images


    There's a reason people are clucking about eggs lately. A recent study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, found that overweight people who ate eggs for breakfast take longer to get hungry later. The research participants had lower levels of ghrelin, an appetite-stimulating hormone that tells the brain to eat, and higher levels of PPY, a

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  • 75 Easy Stress Busters

    By Woman's Day Staff

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    Just Breathe

    Whether your tension is small-time or big-league, unwind with our smartest stress-less advice from the past 75 years. Photo credits: Getty Images

    Instant Tension Zappers

    1 | Take three deep breaths-5 seconds in, 5 seconds out-to slow your heart rate and the pace of your stress hormones. April 2010

    2 | Copy a cat: Stretch and then shake it out. February 1963

    3 | Sing a favorite song. You'll breathe more fully and the increased oxygen will do your body good. May 2000

    4 | Hang your head forward as if it were a heavy ball, then move it slowly to the side, back, side and front. Repeat. Circle around twice in the opposite direction. July 1975

    5 | Sit up straight. When your shoulders are back, you open up your chest and breathe more freely. April 2010

    6 | Hold the hand of someone you love. Skin-to-skin touch is calming. September 2011

    7 | Pop a piece of gum. Chewing loosens your jaw, where you often store stress. November 2003


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  • Peter Ardito/Fitness MagazinePeter Ardito/Fitness MagazineBy Amanda Pressner

    Does squeezing into your workout tights feel like a feat of gymnastics? Before you swear off everything but baby carrots, consider this: The culprit behind weight gain may not be what you're eating, but how much. Since the late '70s, we've added 570 calories a day to our diets, and half of them can be attributed to larger portions, according to research at the University of North Carolina. "Even though today's serving sizes can be more than triple what the USDA recommends, they've become our new normal, and anything smaller can seem puny by comparison," says Lisa R. Young, PhD, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and the author of The Portion Teller Plan. Fortunately, having strong visual aids, can go a long way toward helping you shift your mind-set. Once you know what right-size portions look like, selecting them will become second nature. The best part? You can downsize your plate -- and your weight -- without giving up the foods you love.

    Related: How to

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  • Photo by Christopher TestaniPhoto by Christopher TestaniRecipe by Oliver Strand, Bon Appétit

    You deserve better. No, we're not talking about that guy you've been dating, we're talking about your tortillas. It's time to banish the crumbly crunchy shells and vapid flour wraps, and get down with the real deal. It not only elevates your taco, it's easy. And it's fun to smush a ball of dough. You just need a press, some masa, and some water. Oh, and our tortilla recipe.

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    Step 1: Place walnut-size balls of dough on a tortilla press lined with a plastic bag (snip a 1-quart resealable bag into two pieces

    Step 2: Press until tortilla is about 4" in diameter. (Keep 'em small!) Carefully peel tortilla away from the plastic.

    Step 3: Toast in a hot cast-iron pan until one side is charred, 1-2 minutes; finish with 15 seconds on the other side. That's it.

    Read More: How to Throw The World's Best Taco Party

    2 cups (or more) masa (corn tortilla mix; preferably Maseca brand)
    1/2 teaspoon

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