Use Your Garden Bounty to Make Green Tomato Crumb Cake

When the pandemic started, I started combing through U.S. newspaper archives from the 1890s to the 1990s for recipes. At first, it was simply a way to pass the time, but I started to notice a recurring theme and dove in deeper. Throughout the 20th century, home cooks, nearly all women, were particularly eager to come up with ways to use up a surplus of fresh or preserved fruit in no-fuss, quick-to-make desserts. They often shared their own recipes or wrote into the newspapers to crowdsource for one that fit their needs. The conversations around these recipes were so lively, they immediately drew me in. Much like these women, my personal kitchen goals have always been to use seasonal produce, reduce food waste, and fulfill my desire to spend as little time baking but as much time possible eating delicious, freshly baked goods. Read More > >

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This Minimalist Ice Box Saved My Icy Beverages—& My Sanity

Despite what seems to be the popular opinion these days, my low-stakes hot take is that pellet ice is terrible. On the other end of the spectrum, the giant two-inch cubes in your whiskey glass are no better. Perhaps the worst version of ice are those stabby crescents that come clanking out of the built-in ice dispenser of your parent's '90s refrigerator and taste distinctly of “freezer." Convinced there was no “worthy” at-home solution for on-demand ice that was worthy of my hard earned money, I resigned myself to using the usual standard plastic ice cube trays that every rental apartment freezer has. After all, they worked well enough. They froze water into a perfectly reasonable size and shape, and stacked nicely without needing too much space in my perpetually packed freezer. They release easily with a quick twist. The downside? I only had a few dozen cubes at any given time. I’d try and squirrel a zip-top bag of them away for future use, but they inevitably got lost somewhere behind three-month-old leftover stew or Parmesan cheese rinds and I’d forget about them. Read More > >

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The Best Non-Alcoholic Spritzes to Buy or Make at Home

No drink so readily evokes the carefree, al fresco everything feeling of summer like the spritz. The traditional Italian cocktail is bitter and bubbly, with just enough sweet and tart flavors for balance, best served over ice in a balloon glass so big it goes past absurd into downright glamorous. Those who don’t want to drink alcohol don’t have to be left out of la dolce vita either, since there are plenty of options available for a zero proof spritz, from the classic Aperol or Campari flavor profile to more unusual combinations of fruits, herbs, spices, and, of course, bitters. To make a spritz, the traditional ratio is two parts bitter aperitif, three parts sparkling white wine, and one part sparkling water, in that order. You want to make sure that the aperitif goes in first in order to preserve the bubbles. A spritz is built in the glass over ice, so you won’t need any fancy barware—you don’t even need to stir it. Read More > >

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14 School Supplies That Parents Swear By

When my editor asked me to write a piece about the school supplies I’d be buying for my son this year, I told her that like many parents, I would be shopping from a hyper-detailed list provided by my kid’s school. But for the rest of the gear, I’m lucky enough that most of our big-ticket items have held up well enough to return to school for another year. That got me thinking about my fellow parent friends and what survived their kids, so I called around to see what they’re holding onto. To my delight, many of these items were the same things my kid still uses. When parents all praise the same thing, you know it must be good. Read More > >

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12 Uber-Organized Linen Closets That Will Inspire You to Tidy Up

I’ve always struggled to keep my linen closet organized. It always starts out with neat stacks of sheets and towels, but then I’ll pull my favorite pieces from the bottom of a pile or knock over the neatly folded linens. Within a week or two, all semblance of organization has gone out the window, and it will usually stay messy (and frustrating) for a few months until I pull everything out and start all over again. To break the never-ending cycle, I went searching for the internet’s best organization tips, and I found lots of different ideas that will help even the messiest people (a.k.a. me) keep their linens neat and tidy. Here are some of the best linen closet organization tips that came up in my search. Read More > >

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Washing Meat Is Cultural, Yet Mandatory

I felt sick the first time I ate unwashed chicken. I watched my friend de-package the chicken breast. He rinsed one side for all of one second; placed the chicken, with its package juice-water still dripping, in a baking pan; sprinkled a few seasonings then popped the pan in the oven for the breast to bake. I knew people didn’t wash their chicken, or any meat for that matter, but witnessing it was an entirely grotesque experience. Read More > >

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How to Clean All of Your Most-Used Summer Gear

Summer is prime time for outdoor activities, and if you’re anything like me, chances are you spend every possible weekend hanging by the pool, lounging on the beach, or riding down the bike path with friends and family—after all, New England summers are fleeting, so I have to make the most of the nice weather! There’s no shortage of fun things to do in the summer, but a lot of these seasonal activities require special gear and, in turn, special gear requires special cleaning. After a long day of fun in the sun, you probably don’t want to think about cleaning. (Personally, it’s never one of my favorite topics to dwell on.) However, it’s important to wash your gear properly if you want it to be in top shape for summers to come. After, lawn chairs, pool toys, coolers and more are all prone to mold, mildew, unsavory odors and deterioration if they’re left dirty. The good news? Most of these items are truly easy to clean—here’s what you’ll want to do to get them looking like new. Read More > >

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The Best Way to Unclog Every Drain in Your Home

There comes a time in everyone’s life when we’re forced to deal with a dreaded drain clog. It could be caused by flushing too much toilet paper, letting hair go down the shower drain or putting grease into your garbage disposal, but regardless of the culprit, it’s important to know the best ways to unclog a drain so you can get your plumbing back in working order. To find the best methods for unclogging different drains—including toilets, sinks and showers—we chatted with a plumbing expert, who shared his do’s and don’ts when it comes to clogs. Here’s what he recommends. Read More > >

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9 Editor-Loved Cocktails to Celebrate National Tequila Day

To celebrate National Tequila Day, we’re shaking up tequila cocktails with our friends at Patrón Tequila. From lightly floral Reposado to smooth, golden Extra Añejo, their range of handcrafted tequilas are made with high-quality ingredients that’ll add an extra flavor boost to palomas, margaritas, and so much more. Ready your cocktail shakers and mixing glasses: In anticipation of National Tequila Day (July 24) we’re coming in hot with a collection of our favorite tequila-based drinks. From creative sippers like a Raspberry Rose Paloma and a Smoky Tequila Mule to a classic lime and Cointreau-based margarita, we bet there’s something to please every palate in this list. (And hey, if you don’t want to drink your tequila, you could always pour it over watermelon.) But before diving in, it might be helpful to know your preferred style of tequila, which means knowing the differences between the three main types: blanco, reposado, and añejo tequilas. Read More > >

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33 Inexpensive Gifts That Say 'I’m Thinking of You'

We’re firmly in the camp that gasp-inducing gifts don’t necessarily have to be expensive. Sure, it’s nice to treat family and friends to an extravagant indulgence, but money really can’t buy happiness. That’s why we’ve rounded up 33 inexpensive gift ideas for... well, everyone in your life—including you. After all, who couldn’t use an affordable treat these days? From Otherland’s beautifully packaged candles to Anthro’s bistro-inspired monogram mug you’ve seen all over Instagram, these 33 gifts—all of which fall below the $50 mark—prove that it’s really the thought that matters most. Read More > >

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