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A Quick Way to Boost Your Mood

If you regularly find yourself feeling sluggish and bummed in the early-to-mid afternoon, it’s probably because that’s typically when your levels of serotonin (a brain chemical that helps regular mood) takes a nosedive, according to Eric Braverman, a New York City-based physician. To beat the blues (while regulating your blood sugar, too!), have a small snack that’s rich in mood-boosting […]

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A Clever Way to Use a Lemon

With New Year’s Eve parties coming up, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite Real Simple entertaining tips. Here’s a party trick that’s both fun and practical: When you’re serving up hors d’oeuvres on toothpicks (bacon-wrapped dates, meatballs, cubes of cheese), place a lemon on the table to collect all the used picks. You’ll avoid gathering up stray […]

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Best Recipes of 2013 from Sunset.com

Our colleagues over at Sunset.com have pulled together their favorite Test Kitchen dishes of 2013. I don’t know about you, but after overindulging in sweets and party foods the past few days, I am ready for something healthy like this Shaved Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad. To see the full list, click here. More from RealSimple.com: 11 Superfoods You Should […]

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Ideas for Leftover Candy Canes

Fun fact: December 26 is National Candy Cane Day—perfect timing for making use of the leftover candy canes you might have hanging on your Christmas tree. A few low-maintained ideas for candy canes are using them as stirrers to infuse drinks with peppermint or creating heart cupcakes with them (perfect for Valentine’s Day!). Looking to incorporate the sweet treats into […]

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How to Make Better Sugar Cookies

Surprising Fact: According to a survey conducted by PAM baking, holiday bakers will discard over 200,000 sweet treats due to less than perfect results. If you’re planning to churn out a batch of holiday cut-out cookies this weekend, use this tip to ensure your goods aren’t among those in the waste basket.

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An Easy Decorating Trick for Beautiful Christmas Cookies

You don’t need fancy equipment or professional decorating skills if you want to create gorgeous holiday cookies that look like they came from a fancy bakery. All you need, really, is a toothpick. (Though an offset spatula and an icing bottle come in handy, too.) To make this pretty pattern of colorful curves and swirls, simply ice your cookie in […]

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Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers: Dinner, Dessert, and a Good Read

Still haven’t found the perfect gift for your favorite food lover? These three ideas cover all the bases: For the Busy Cook Dinner kits are all the rage now, and might be just the thing for your friend who loves to cook but doesn’t have a lot of time. Here’s how it works: Sign up and you’ll receive a weekly […]

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Christmas Treats for Kids from SouthernLiving.com

Our colleagues at SouthernLiving.com have put together a gallery of fun Christmas dessert recipes that you can make with your kids. From Rudolph’s Christmas Sugar Cookies to Santa Snack Mix, this list has it all! To see the full list of Christmas treat  ideas, click here. Happy baking! More from RealSimple.com: Tips for a Successful Cookie Swap Easy Holiday and […]

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How to Ship Cookies

If you’re sending holiday treats, follow this advice to ensure the goods get to their destination in one piece.

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Holiday Gift Ideas: More New Cookbooks

If these three cookbooks don’t fit anyone on your list, try these new options for holiday gift-giving: For the Baker Payard Desserts, Francois Payard with Tish Boyle World-famous pastry chef Francois Payard  offers up this mouthwatering collection of sophisticated sweets, including tarts, pastries, custards, ice creams, and more. Along the way, you’ll get his expert tips gleaned from years spent […]

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