Instant Expert: The Chopsticks Code

chopsticks print
Photo: Etsy/NiceDayPaper
Ditch the fork in favor of this classic Asian utensil: A little history: Unsurprisingly, these tiny sticks have a whole lot of history. It's estimated that they originated in China nearly 5,000 years ago and were made from small pieces of bamboo. Today, chopsticks are made from a variety of materials -- including plastic, wood,... read more

The Best Big-Batch Thanksgiving Cocktail

apple vanilla vodka sangria recipe
If you can't be trusted around an oven but still feel obligated to bring something -- anything -- to the Thanksgiving table, then this big-batch cocktail is the way to go. Made with fresh fruit, white wine, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla vodka, it's a sweet Thanksgiving cocktail that everyone at... read more

Create a Thanksgiving-Worthy Golden Mid-Century Modern Dining Room

mid-century modern gold dining room
Gold is the trending metal of the moment but it'll never go out of style -- history proves this! With the anticipation for our Thanksgiving table setting growing, we're looking to this streamlined yet totally organic-feeling dining room, designed by Katherine Kwong, for major inspiration. Sticking to neutrals and gold tones, the affect is warm, inviting and ideal for... read more

Trend Alert: A Perfectly Golden Thanksgiving Table

gold plates and flatware
Thanksgiving is a mere week away, so we stopped into Christofle's Madison Avenue boutique to snag some tabletop inspiration from the Parisian master silversmiths. Over the past few months, they've hosted the Star Table Series, where a designer stages a dreamy, seasonal tabletop. Last night was the seventh in the series, "A Thanksgiving Setting" by... read more

A Healthy Food Blogger Shares Her Kitchen Secrets

Silvana's Kitchen bookbook
Managing to pull off a homemade meal any night of the week is tough enough, but making it gluten and dairy-free sounds all sorts of impossible. Surprisingly though, cookbook author, editor and former bakery owner Silvana Nardone makes it look foolproof. From sweet cinnamon-swirl pancakes to freshly-made... read more

The Best Chocolate Cake You'll Ever Have

homemade chocolate cake recipe
In the mood for something sweet? When that post-dinner craving hits, save room for an easy homemade dessert that doesn't take a whole lot of skill (or a fancy-looking stand mixer) to pull off. Just mix, bake and indulge: What You'll Need: For the Cake: 1 1/2 cups... read more

Paradise Found Inside the Bahamian Home of HSN Designer India Hicks

The wintery weather has already started to blast NYC, shocking our senses that are still dreaming of the balmy summer nights. To aid our disillusion, we took a peek inside the Harbour Island home of HSN designer, India Hicks and chatted about infusing the home with a little island flair. After all, what better place to escape the cold... read more

Relationship Authors Get Real With The Nest: An Essay by Kim Gruenenfelder

Kim Gruenenfelder wrote Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink
Sadly, it's the last day for The Nest to host a series of essays about real life marriage by female authors who primarily write about love and marriage in their fiction titles. These authors who write about fictional marriage have dished out the truth on real relationships through a series of personal essays, showing their incredible insight into... read more

ICYMI — 10 Surprising Health Insurance Facts You Need to Know!

Couple Using Their Tablet to Sign Up for Health Insurance
Photo: Thinkstock
Don't have work-based health insurance, and you still didn't sign up for coverage through We caught up with Lisa Zamosky, healthcare correspondent and contributor to the TurboTax Blog, who gave the scoop, so you don't have to sort through all the details alone, and can quickly make the... read more

Creamy, Homemade Pumpkin Fettuccine You'll Crave

pumpkin fettuccine alfredo
Photo: Cookie + Kate / The Nest Fall '13 Magazine
We'll admit it -- homemade Fettuccine Alfredo sounds great in theory, but it's not exactly what comes to mind when you're trying to pull together a quick weeknight dinner. Luckily, this pumpkin fettuccine recipe courtesy of Cookie + Kate is the definition of easy (and delicious). Tossed with an alfredo-like pumpkin sauce and... read more