Brigitt Hauck
Brigitt is the associate editor for RealSimple.com. In addition to writing e-mail newsletters like the Daily Thought and 6 Items to Simplify Your Life, Brigitt often works on new uses, holiday, and wedding content for the site. She spends most of her free time putting her culinary degree to good use by experimenting in the kitchen.

Recent Posts By Brigitt Hauck

Waste Not: A Summer Veggie You Can Freeze

Here’s a kernel of wisdom about one of summer’s most coveted items: Fresh corn tastes best within a day of purchase, but unshucked ears can be kept for up to 3 days tightly wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. If that window starts to dwindle and your corn is still sitting untouched, place the corn in a resealable […]

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How Much Everyone Else is Spending on Wedding Gifts

With wedding season in full swing, guests everywhere are asking the same question: How much money should I give the newlyweds? Though most guests will spend an average of $109 this year—on par with last year’s figure, $108—the average cost nearly doubles to $200 if the recipient is a close family member, according to the American Express Spending & Savings […]

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A Trick to Tame the Taste of Onion

Onions give crunchy texture and sharp bite to green salads, dressings, and salsas, but sometimes they are a bit too pungent. When prepping onions to eat raw, try rinsing them briefly under cold water after they are cut. The water will wash away the stinky, sulfurous liquid (the stuff that makes you cry!) from the cut surfaces, mellowing both flavor […]

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Four Colors That Flatter Everyone

Certain colors complement your complexion, while others miss the mark entirely. As someone with cool undertones, purple looks great on me, but yellow…let’s just say I’ll let my counterparts with warmer undertones have their pick of blouses on that rack.

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Love Sriracha? Try This Tasty Topper!

This spicy, subtly sweet chili sauce, originally from North Africa, gives heat and body to soups, stews, beans, tacos, and more. Typically it’s made from a mixture of chilies, other spices (like coriander and caraway), garlic, and olive or vegetable oil.

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Can’t Afford a Vacation? Think Again!

Ah, summer vacation! When school breaks, the days are long, and the weather is balmy, it’s tempting to plan a family getaway. And, according to the American Express Spending and Savings Tracker, 75 percent of Americans will do just that despite rising costs.

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Recycle Those Bridesmaid Dresses You’ll Never Wear Again

Your best friend simply had to have her bridesmaids donned in a mint chiffon gown, so you forced a smile and forked over the cash knowing full well you’d never wear the dress again. The good news? There’s no need to let that mint-colored monstrosity take up valuable real estate in your closet.

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4 Summer Drinks Recipes to Try

Sliced, diced, muddled, or straight from the patch, everyone’s favorite fruit is ripe for the picking. Enjoy the strawberry bounty in liquid form with fruity cocktails that come together in under 5 minutes. • Vodka Spritzer: Combine 4 sliced strawberries, 1 orange wedge, and 2 ounces of vodka in a highball glass. Top with ice and seltzer. • Ginger Margarita: Puree 15 […]

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Deodorize Your Fridge With Yesterday’s Newspaper

Has your refrigerator developed an unpleasant smell? Newspaper absorbs odor, so try scrunching up a few sheets and spritzing them with water. Tuck the newspaper balls into corners and drawers, then leave them there overnight to absorb the stench. To keep odor at bay, use sheets of newspaper to line refrigerator drawers; replace every couple of weeks. For help keeping […]

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How to Store Fresh Herbs

Most bunches of herbs sold at the supermarket yield much more than the average recipe will call for.

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