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June 29, 2015 - 11:05pm

I love enjoying an ice-cold beverage on my deck in the summer. But I hate when the ice meant to keep my drink cold melts and waters it down instead. Flavored ice cubes to the rescue!

Don’t Miss: Our Best Summer Cocktails & Mocktails

The “it” bartenders of the world got the memo and have for years been making ice cubes with neat ingredients to chill down their well-crafted libations. As these creative ice cubes melt, another layer of flavor gets added to your drink. Genius!

I’ve already been freezing leftover coffee and tea in ice cube trays to cool down my favorite nonalcoholic summer beverages. But now I’m pushing the envelope a bit further. Flavored ice cubes can jazz up...

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June 29, 2015 - 2:05pm
By Lisa Howard in EatingWell Blogs

Some fruits and vegetables play nicely together, others you should keep apart.

Are you wasting food because it ripens—then rots—faster than you can eat it? (We’re sheepishly raising our hands along with you.) Storing food the right way can make all the difference. Ethylene, a natural gas that’s released from some fruits and vegetables, speeds up the ripening process. That can be an advantage—to ripen an avocado quickly, seal it in a paper bag—but too much ethylene can cause produce to spoil. Fruits and veggies that release high amounts of the gas shouldn’t be stored alongside ethylene-sensitive produce. And it’s not all about ethylene; temperature plays a role, too, in getting the most from your produce.

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June 29, 2015 - 12:37pm

Carb cycling’s roots are in bodybuilding. But it’s easy enough for any average Joe, which is perhaps why it’s gone mainstream. When you cycle your carb intake, you vary how many carbs you eat throughout the week, with some days being low-carb (2½ to 5 servings) and others high-carb (10 to 20 servings). The thinking is that your low-carb days put you in a fat-burning state and eating high-carb boosts your metabolism.

As with most trendy diets, there are a few plans to choose from, but the gist is the same—most plans cut carbs and calories. For example, the 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution gives women 1,500 calories on high-carb days and 1,200 on low-carb days (men get 2,000 and 1,500 respectively).

Unfortunately, the research on intermittently restricting carbs is almost nil. There’s one 2013 study, however, published in the British Journal of...

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June 29, 2015 - 12:33pm

It’s summertime and that means it’s very likely that a friend will drop by unexpectedly for a drink and conversation. To make sure I’m prepared, I always stock a few nibbles—cheese, crackers, olives and fruit—and my favorite drinks. Now that I live in Vermont, I do have a few craft beers in my fridge, but what I really stockpile is wine.

As a former sommelier, I get caught up in finding the “perfect” wine for every occasion and meal. I love Prosecco for celebrations, and dry Italian and Alsatian whites for seafood dinners. I pair Cru Beaujolais with chicken and Rioja with steak. I don’t mind spending a little more on a special bottle for dinner. But if friends are just dropping in for a drink, I open up a delicious, easy-drinking wine that doesn’t break the bank.

For the best deal on wine—and to impress...

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May 26, 2015 - 12:55pm

Water and our everyday habits are inextricably connected. With 2014 being California’s fourth driest year on record, there’s a renewed focus on this precious resource. Here are some easy ways you can help conserve at home.

Load the Dishwasher
Most newer, efficient dishwashers use much less water than washing by hand; make sure it’s full to get the most out of your water.

Use It Twice
When you rinse produce, save the water to put on your plants.

Xeriscape
Design your landscape to reduce the need for water. Try drought-tolerant plants like cacti, and herbs that need less water, such as sage and thyme.

Good to the Last Drop
Use a rain barrel to collect water for your garden.

Check for Efficiency
Consider...

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