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Om Sweet Om: 4 Meditation Apps That Can Help You Relax Wherever You Are

By Karen Asp Let us count all the ways meditation is so great: Just like when you exercise, physiological changes take place in your body when you meditate. Studies show that just eight weeks of meditation can increase density in the area of your brain responsible for executive function, which helps regulate emotions, holds information, and allows you to perform […]

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Our Make-Ahead Salad Guide for Party-Ready Platters

Serving a dressed green salad for parties poses a dilemma: to dress ahead or not. The vinegar and salt in dressing break down the cell walls of vegetables, causing them to wilt. But not every veggie wilts at the same rate. Use this guide to plan the best salad for your party. Click the image above to enlarge and print. […]

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Empanada Bash: Festive Recipes Guaranteed to Deliver a Good Time

Empanadas are an often overlooked perfect party food. Portable, flavorful, and you can make them ahead. What’s not to love? Recipes by Sandra Gutierrez This Whole-Wheat Empanada Dough is light and flaky, yet perfect for baking instead of messy frying. Best part? Unbaked empanadas made with this dough can be frozen for up to 4 months, great for prepping ahead of a party. Freeze […]

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Should I Buy Frozen Fish?

Much fresh-caught fish is flash-frozen on the boat immediately after it’s caught. The technology is good: The water in the fish rapidly freezes at -35° so only tiny ice crystals form—which keeps texture and flavor very close to fresh. Use these tips when shopping for and preparing frozen fish. CONSIDER FAT VS. LEAN Any freezing method is drying. Fattier fish […]

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Flavor Bomb: The One Ingredient Every Cook Needs

Funky, umami-rich fish sauce is the one ingredient we can’t live without. Seven chefs who share our current obsession dish on how to deploy it best and add incredible depth to savory recipes. By Paula Disbrowe: My husband and I have this running joke. When I’m dashing off to the market or jotting down a grocery list, he’ll say, “Be sure to get […]

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5 Tips for Eating Out from the Man Who Knows More About Americans’ Eating Habits Than Americans

As the director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, Brian Wansink, Ph.D. is working toward making healthy choices easier for everyone. “Nobody wants to start a diet in a restaurant,” says Wansink. But a few small tweaks make it easier to order healthfully. • Choose a well-lit spot. People eat more when they’re hidden away in dark corners. • And […]

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8 Week Body Weight Makeover

Picture yourself eight short weeks from now, transformed. Your body is strong and lean, your energy is high, and you feel great about the way your clothing fits and the way your body feels. This 8 Week Body Weight Makeover Program by SkinnyMs. is designed to get you those results while allowing you to workout from nearly anywhere. Using your […]

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Honey Whole-Wheat Bread

Strange things appear in the ingredients list of store-bought bread, including sugarcane fiber, dough conditioners, and distilled monoglycerides. Make your own from simple ingredients instead. Honey Whole-Wheat Bread Hands-on time: 24 min. Total time: 4 hr. 9 min. Ingredients 2 packages dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons) 1/2 cup honey, divided 3 cups warm water (100° to 110°) 22.6 ounces bread flour (about 4 […]

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Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn

Lemon and Parmesan is a classic Italian combination for salads, fish, soup, and vegetables. It’s also delectable on popcorn. To make sure the oil is hot enough for the popcorn, add a couple of kernels and wait for them to pop. Once they pop, add the remaining kernels. Lemon-Parmesan Popcorn Hands-on time: 8 min. Total time: 9 min. Ingredients 2 teaspoons […]

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Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips

If you love Doritos, this is an easy way to make them at home without frying. Using a zip-top plastic bag is the easiest way to get the chips evenly coated with the seasoning mixture, which you can also use in meat fillings for tacos or stir into sour cream to make a cheesy dip. Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips Hands-on […]

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