Rachel Sylvester

Hometown: Detroit, MI Choice Color Palette: Yellow & Cream Can't Leave Home Without: A Notebook & Headphones Dream Decor Piece: Wall-to-Wall Bookshelf Follow Me: @rachelsylves

Instant Expert: Peel Garlic Like a Pro

Love garlic, but hate the whole peeling and prep process? Ditch the jarred stuff and get your fresh garlic recipe-ready with these easy tips: Pull apart the garlic bulb, and lay a single clove on a cutting board. Place the flat side of the blade of a chef's knife against the clove, and press down... read more

Cheers! A Perfectly Sweet Vanilla-Pear Cocktail Recipe

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Who doesn't adore a good fall recipe? And this vanilla-pear cocktail proves that you don't need apple or pumpkin to pull it off. Serve this sweet drink for brunch or with dinner, or even sip on it after work. You can make it in less than five minutes! What You'll Need:... read more

Instant Expert: The What's What on Worcestershire

You've definitely heard of it -- but do you really know what's behind this tongue-twister of a sauce? First off, what is it? Basically, it's a dark liquid condiment that pairs great with red meat. Since it's made from distilled white vinegar, molasses, sugar and spices, it's perfect for adding a little extra kick of... read more

Cookbook Crave: You'll Flip Out Over These French Fries!

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Fries, chips, pommes frites ... whatever you call 'em, there's no arguing that these crispy potatoes are the perfect side to just about any main dish. (Or just do what I do, and consider a bowlful as a well-rounded meal.) You can now go beyond basic... read more

15 Minutes with Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats

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Thanks to the hundreds (okay, thousands) of food blogs currently in existence, it's almost impossible to pick a favorite. Luckily, Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats makes it easy. It's been five years since the Pennsylvania native and newlywed launched her blog --  and with a new book, Seriously Delish, recently... read more

Seasonal Sipper: The Apple Cider Margarita You Have to Try

The Nest Apple Cider Margarita Recipe
We're obsessing over this apple cider margarita. Thanks to a sweet mix of tequila and fresh apple cider, this drink is part summer, part fall and all sorts of perfect. What You'll Need: Grand Marnier Gold Tequila (we used the 1800 brand) Apple cider Orange juice Ground cinnamon (plus a few cinnamon sticks... read more

Instant Expert: The Dish on Polenta

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You've heard of the stuff, but what's really all of the hype behind this Italian staple? Let us explain. So what is it? Made from ground cornmeal, polenta is that pale yellow, dough-paste hybrid that's popping up on menus everywhere. Chefs like it because it's extremely versatile -- you can either bake, fry or grill... read more

Bring On the Best Bloody Mary

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Here's what we know you love about the best brunch drink ever -- the Bloody Mary. It's a meal in a beverage. Who needs a plate of food? Start your weekend off right with this everything-but-the-kitchen sink version. What You'll Need (makes 1 drink): Celery, olives, blue cheese or feta, cornichons or other... read more

Chill Out with This Beautiful Brunch to Copy This Weekend

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Even though it's September, we'll still convince ourselves that it's the middle of July. After all, only the harshest weather from the fastest winds to the coldest ice storms will ever keep us from doing brunch outdoors. And even then, we'll just take the party inside. Pass the mimosas, because this weekend you're... read more

Instant Expert: Black Rice Will Blow Your Mind

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Forget white and brown rice. Black rice -- also known as forbidden rice (according to old tales, it was once reserved for Chinese rulers) -- is a beautiful super food of a grain that changes color like magic from black to purple when cooked. So what else is special about it? Black is the new... read more