Julia Edelstein
Julia Edelstein is an associate editor at Real Simple, where she works on The Realist, The Simple List, Your Words, and a smattering of other sections and stories. When she's not brainstorming "New Uses for Old Things," you can find her nose-deep in a book, entranced by some guilty-pleasure television, theater-hopping, or digging into something delectable. (Julia has never met a pastry she didn't like.) She lives in New York City with her husband and their crazy cat.

Recent Posts By Julia Edelstein

How to Substitute Dried Herbs for Fresh

A recipe calls for fresh herbs but you only have the dried variety. What to do? First, taste the herb to determine if it’s weak or strong. (If your dried oregano has almost no flavor, neither will the sauce.)  For strong herbs, use about a third of the amount of fresh herbs called for in the recipe. For extra-mild dried […]

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Why New Jeans Stain Your Hands (and Clothes)

Ever noticed that after you wear a new pair of dark jeans, you end up with Indigo dye on your hands, your shirt, your purse, and whatever else comes in contact with your pants? There’s actually a name for this—crocking—and it happens naturally with most denim. (You have to use a lot of ink to get a rich color.) Here’s […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Sleeping During a Full Moon

You’ve heard crazy things about full moons; that they send werewolves on the prowl and induce labor in pregnant women. There’s no truth to those myths, of course, but that doesn’t mean the full moon is powerless. The proof: According to a study published in the July 2013 issue of Current Biology, we don’t sleep as well during full-moon phases. […]

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Say Goodbye to Flip-Flop Feet

Today’s the last day of flip-flop season (at least in New York City). And after months of traipsing around in skimpy plastic shoes, chances are your feet aren’t looking so fabulous. Here’s how to get them back into shape—without breaking the bank. 1.  Apply cuticle oil to nails and the surrounding skin. 2. Sink feet into a tub filled with warm water […]

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How to Pick the Best Apples

With back-to-school season in full swing and Rosh Hashanah around the corner, now’s the time to start buying apples (farewell, summer fruit). To make sure you’ve picked the best of the bunch—whether at an orchard or at the supermarket—flick the apple near its stem. If the sound is hollow, the apple is a bit too ripe. If you hear a dull […]

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Wednesday Trivia: The Benefits of a Messy Desk

A tidy desk has its perks. In addition to looking nice (and impressing your boss), it’s been scientifically proven to foster positive behavior. People sitting at a clean desk are more likely to donate generously, and abstain from littering and crime, than people working in cluttered spaces. But a new study from the University of Minnesota shows that a disorganized, […]

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How to Make Kale Less Tough

Ever noticed how eating a kale salad can feel like trying to bite through a piece of cardboard? It’s one tough leafy green—but it doesn’t have to be. The next time you’re preparing a kale salad, wash your hands and then massage the greens. The pressure will tenderize them–making them softer, and easier to eat. It’s true! Another way to […]

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A Quick Fix for Puffy Eyes

Suffering from a case of puffy eyes? Or just anticipating that the stress of end-of-summer travel and back-to-school preparations will give you under-eye bags? In either case, here’s a handy tip: Soak some cotton pads in green tea, toss them in a tupperware, and then store them in the fridge. The next time your eyes look puffy, place two chilled […]

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How to Fake Buttermilk

Want to make pancakes tomorrow morning? No buttermilk in sight? Here are two easy substitutions: lemon and milk: Place 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Add whole milk (low-fat versions are too thin) to reach the amount of buttermilk called for; stir and set aside for 5 minutes. yogurt and milk: Whisk together 3 parts plain yogurt […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Happy Belated Birthday, Pay Phones!

The first public pay phone was installed 124 years ago, on August 13, 1889, at a bank in Hartford, Connecticut. (We’re one day late, but hey, yesterday wasn’t Wednesday!) Before the pay phone, there were pay stations—booths manned by employees of the telephone company who would take your money in exchange for your call. Alas, pay phones are a dying […]

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