• Savor the fresh flavors of springtime with these easy dishes, ready in 30 minutes or less.

    Artichoke BruschettaArtichoke Bruschetta
    Artichoke Bruschetta
    Fresh artichokes usually take a long time to cook, but if you slice them thinly and then sauté them, they cook up in a flash.

    Ingredients
    3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
    2 large trimmed* artichokes (1 1/2 lbs.), sliced thinly
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    5 slices toasted ciabatta bread, cut in half diagonally
    3/4 cup ricotta
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
    6 basil leaves, thinly sliced

    Preparation
    1. Heat 3 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook artichoke slices, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.
    2. Put toasts on a plate and spread each with ricotta, dividing it evenly. Sprinkle with pepper and zest. Spoon some artichokes onto each slide and top with a bit of basil.

    * To trim artichokes, snap off thick green outer leaves (about half

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    And you could have an excuse for more annoyances. The planet doesn't do a U-turn until April 4.

    Astrologists describe planet Mercury as the ruler of communication and transportation. Three to four times a year, it appears to stop in the sky and travel backward through the constellations of the zodiac for approximately three weeks. This retrograde motion spells bad news for all of us tech dependent, over-sharers who live, labor, and love in the age of high-speed connectivity.


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    But even for cooks who aren't looking to push the boundaries of recipes as we know them or spin out to make twists and tweaks of their own, there are some basic ingredients and dishes that can be whipped up by probably anyone - and we mean anyone.

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  • By Wendy Manwarren, REDBOOK

    Experts, readers, and REDBOOK staffers share their best stay-organized secrets. Your sock drawer will never be the same again. (And that's a good thing.)

    Do One Small Organizational Task

    1. Maximize wall space in an entryway with cut-to-fit lattice from your local home-improvement store or garden center. Thread S-hooks through the slats to hang baskets filled with scarves, hats, and Rover's leash. Lattice, $18; Lowe's stores. Green "Carrie" baskets, $39 each; unicahome.com.

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    2. Do one small organizational task daily, no matter how small. Clean out one drawer or the top tier of the spice rack. Just think: After a month, you'll have checked 30 things off your to-do list.

    3. Open the mail over the shredder or recycling bin, and get rid of the junk immediately. This forces you to make quick and definitive decisions so nothing piles up in your hallway or anywhere else.

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    By Sharon Franke

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    5. Buy stamps, print labels, and arrange package pickups at usps.com.

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    By Jennipher Walters for SHAPE magazine.

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    Snack 1: Edamame

    Soybeans are a satisfying source of fiber, protein and amino acids. All those nutrients ensure your heart stays healthy and your bones are strong.

    Snack 2: Chocolate Milk

    Mixing the antioxidant power of dark chocolate and the calcium of milk helps your muscles recover from a long workout. So go ahead, rock a milk mustache again.

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    It's fun, it's harmless (or, at least, it should be), and it's effective. Nothing gets the heart pumping and the brain working like a little flirtin' action, just don't do anything stupid. Keep it to conversation - thinking on your feet, cracking jokes, and intellectual banter will energize you plenty. (Read our guide to Flirting 101 to get you started.)

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