We've all been there: you're digging through the fridge to find an ingredient for dinner and you stumble upon a yogurt you bought a few weeks ago. It was buried in the back and you forgot about it (oops!), so you check the expiration date. It was three days ago. What should you do? With more than 10 different types of date labels for food products—including sell by, best by, use by, expires by—it can be confusing. Do we take a whiff, nibble a small bite and hope for the best or just toss it? There are certainly times when throwing food away is necessary for safety reasons, but many other times we're wasting good food when we throw it away.
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You've heard of green tea, black tea and white tea. But a blue tea that changes color—naturally? Now that's something you've got to see.
The secret's in the tea leaves. While "blue tea" is also another name for oolong (an intermediary between green and black tea, that brews up orangey-red), the now-trending color-changing tea is made from the flower of the blue butterfly pea, a plant common to Southeast Asia. The sun-dried flowers can be used just as you would any other tea leaves. The...read full post »
It's happened. I've hopped onto the cauliflower-rice bandwagon. After seeing it all over the internet, I finally decided to see what the hype was about. So I grabbed a head of cauliflower and threw it into the food processor. Voila! I had a vegetable that looked just like white rice and it could not be easier to make!
I can't believe it took me so long to try this, because there are a lot of reasons to love cauliflower...read full post »
Nothing says celebration quite like a refreshing and fizzy glass of Champagne. But for all the glitzy occasions in your life (I'm looking at you Galentine's Day and The Oscars) step up your game with a do-it-yourself cocktail bar. I like to set out all the fixins for a great cocktail but let my guests be their own mixologists. Everyone has a fun time coming up with their own signature cocktail and it takes the pressure off me to be mixing and serving all night long. Here's what you'll need for a dazzling Champagne cocktail spread plus four festive drink ideas to try.
The Bar Necessities• Cocktail Shaker
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Valentine's Day is cool and all, but this year, I'm all about Galentine's Day.
The day before Valentine's Day, AKA "Galentine's Day," is a day designated by parks director Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation to celebrate all the leading ladies in your life. I'll let Knope explain, "Oh it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."
Amen, sister. My girlfriends and I relish in this opportunity to celebrate our friendship and all around female bad-assery. Not to mention literally any excuse to make Leslie Knope (world's biggest waffle fan) proud with our mean waffle-eating skills. Though the perfect Galentine's Day brunch...read full post »