Instant Expert: Get a Grip on the Paring Knife

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If you've been using a steak knife for peeling apples and onions, you're lucky you haven't sliced your finger, girl. It's time to get a paring knife. Just a small knife, it's the least intimidating of kitchen cutlery. Get an edge up in the kitchen: You do need to use more than flatware to prep... read more

What’s Hot: Surprise Party Guests With This Before-Dinner Drink

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I hit up my neighborhood’s newest hot spot, Claudette, to see what all the buzz was about. (It’s mobbed during all opening hours!) This charming little Provencal restaurant (look how cute it is!) has a great bar menu that offers up a tasty list of aperitifs, not to mention so much...

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The 101: Seriously Good Sangria Made Extremely Simple

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Let's face it: Is there really such a thing as bad sangria? (Exactly!) But even okay doesn't cut it -- it's gotta be good. To get your sip on, we're showing you how to mix up this summer staple in under 15 minutes.   What you'll need: 2 cups of fresh fruit for garnish 1... read more

Instant Expert: Sriracha, Huh?

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You’ve probably seen the signature red and green squeeze bottles of Sriracha just about everywhere. Here are the spicy details you need to know. First off, what is it? Aside from sugar, salt and vinegar, this thick "rooster sauce" gets its heat from sun-ripened chilies and a whole lot of garlic. (You can thank the... read more

The 101: Get Your S’mores Right!

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In the mood for something sweet? Make this basic dessert even better with these tips: Key ingredients: Graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate. Why you love them: This nostalgic dessert reminds us of summers spent by the bonfire with friends. Plus, they take about 30 seconds to assemble -- perfect for when those late-night sugar cravings... read more

5 Summer Desserts You Can Eat Without the Guilt

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You know the moment when you find yourself standing in front of an open freezer contemplating how long it will take to inhale that entire pint of Ben and Jerry's? We've all been there. And since everyone deserves a little post-dinner pick-me-up without feeling completely awful afterwards, I found five summer desserts you can enjoy... read more

6 Meals You Should Know How to Make By Now

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It's time to stop thinking of those turkey sandwiches and microwaved soups as actual food. Turn your go-to dinners into grown-up meals with these new takes on the classics: A Rise-and-Shine Breakfast: Grand Marnier French Toast with Strawberries For those mornings when you can’t stand to look at – let alone stomach – another bowl of... read more

Chill Out When You See Red Wine

Fichimori Wine Smash Cocktail
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If a drink has lemon in it, I’m sure to try it. If it fizzes, I’m going to want it. If it’s made with a bright, fruity-tasting ingredient, and is chilled, I can’t resist it. So when I went to an event several days ago at NYC’s L’Apicio that featured two cocktails... read more

Nestie Tip of the Week: Weekly Grocery Budget

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As a thrifty 20-something living in New York City, I can admit to opting for a frozen pizza or a bag of popcorn for dinner as an easy way to save some cash.  I always cringe as the grocery store cashier rings me up and usually (okay, always) regret buying that unnecessary organic ice cream or... read more

It’s National Ice Cream Sandwich Day — Eat Up!

Cream Cheese Gelato Graham Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches
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I don’t need an excuse. When I want an ice cream sandwich, I get an ice cream sandwich. No apologies. I’m even about to pack up and head to the Jersey shore, where no beach day is finished if you haven’t stopped the ice cream-selling salesman calling out about “fudgy wudgy” bars and walking the... read more