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How to Make Guacamole with Hard Avocados

Finding ripe avocados isn’t always easy. So when you’re stuck with the hard-as-rock variety—and you don’t have any time to let them soften—try this trick from California avocado grower Carol Steed: Place 2 peeled, pitted avocados in a blender with 1 cup peas (fresh, or frozen and thawed), and then pulse until smooth. The peas will help soften the consistency […]

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According to Science: Koozies Do Keep Drinks Cold

Before you start using that koozie (or cozy depending on where you’re from) as a fruit protector as we’ve shown here, check out this study via Lifehacker that shows a koozie actually does keep your drink cold. Not only does it insulate the can against rising temperatures, it prevents condensation from forming on the outside of the can, which makes […]

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What’s Your BBQ IQ?

Before you fire up the grill for your next summer party, see if you can answer these questions before looking at the answers below. 1. Besides citronella, what else can keep mosquitoes away? a) Garlic b) Electric fans c) Lemon dish soap d) Watering the lawn 2. What often overlooked detail should go on your barbecue invitation? a) The time the […]

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Must-Do Tips for Spring Entertaining via Refinery29

Our friends over at Refinery29 have pulled together the top “must dos and don’ts for creating the perfect soirée— no matter your budget.” From centerpiece ideas to color scheme tips, this list will have your dinner guests talking. To see the full slideshow, click here. More entertaining ideas from RealSimple.com: 10 Festive Party Drinks 26 Beautiful Table Settings Host a Spring Luncheon […]

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Serve Vinegar-Based Salads Outdoors

If you’ve gotten into the spring spirit, and are planning a picnic or just a dinner with friends on the patio, remember this trick when you’re planning your menu. If you’ll be serving food outside make vinegar-based salads instead of mayonnaise-based salads. Why? Vinegar is acidic and helps prevent bacteria growth, which is important if your salads are going to […]

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Smart or Silly: Bottle Opener & Cap Catcher

It officially feels like spring (or more accurately summer) today in New York City. And so my mind had turned to outdoor entertaining. I’m lucky enough to have outdoor space—a rarity in an NYC apartment, so I’m looking forward to a summer of roof deck parties. This Bottle Opener & Cap Catcher from Trudeau (available at shoptrudeau.com for $13) caught my eye. […]

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How Well Do You Know Your Table Etiquette?

We all learned it at one point, but do you remember what the proper signal is for showing you are finished with a meal in a restaurant? When you have eaten your fill and are ready for your plate to be cleared, place your knife and fork diagonally across your plate with the handles resting at 4 o’clock. Another important […]

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The 15-Minute Rule for Serving Wine

Whether you’re serving red or white wine at your next dinner, remember the 15-minute rule for pouring wine. White wine, because it’s generally served too cold, you should take it out of the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Red wine, on the other hand, should be served a bit cooler than room temperature, so put it in to the fridge 15 […]

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Get Ready for Passover with our Seder Checklist

Passover begins tonight, and if you’re hosting a dinner, you’ve likely got a million things on your to-do list. You can avoid forgetting important details with our basic checklist. (A quick review a half hour before your guests arrive will ensure a smooth Seder.) Still not sure of exactly what you’re going to serve? It’s okay! We’ve got easy recipes […]

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Keep Towels Organized When You Have Houseguests

If you’re hosting several houseguests in the next few weeks, use this trick to keep everyone’s towels organized in the bathroom. Write each person’s name on a clothespin (or write it on a piece of washi tape and put it on the clothespin), and then have them clip it to their towel. That way you’ll avoid any mixups, especially if […]

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