In case you didn't realize it, the summer solstice is fast approaching-it's this Thursday, June 21-and it not only marks the first official day of summer, but it's also the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. You may be familiar with the fact that some people choose to throw a summer solstice party to celebrate the change in seasons, but first, you need to learn a little bit more about the "why" and "how" before we get into specifics.
While most of us will admit to at least trying to be healthier when the New Year rolls around, we're not entirely ready to replace our mac 'n' cheese and lasagna cravings for baked chicken with a side of steamed veggies. Luckily, we have the perfect solution: healthy chicken salad recipes that are packed with flavor and will keep you satiated all day long-they'll even solve your sad desk lunch dilemma.
The first few minutes of any party seem to set the mood for the rest of the night. A stressed welcome, for instance, takes time to shake off, whereas a warm introduction makes it easier to drift into a good conversation. There are plenty of ways to ensure that a party starts off with a bang, of course: A solid guest list, proper lighting, available seating, and a fun playlist are a few ideas.
Pizza dough can be intimidating- I mean, how many of us haven't experienced terrible pizza before? Crust is make or break; no matter how good your toppings are, if the crust is too tough and chewy, too limp and fragile, or too all-the-things-that-can-go-wrong-in-between, the pizza will be a failure. And no one puts all the work into making fresh pizza dough just to have their pizza be a failure, right?
Orange liqueur is a key ingredient in a number of cocktails, but savvy cocktail lovers know it's a must when crafting the perfect margarita. While orange liqueur is usually paired with tequila, vodka and even bourbon, it's a complex spirit worth getting to know as a stand-alone. The most common misconception about orange liqueurs is that they're all made using the same ingredients and processed the same way.
As far as a typical weekend brunch goes, the scene is usually the same. You meet your friends after blissfully sleeping in-and take as little time as possible to get ready. You wait in line, eagerly awaiting the moment when the crowds will part and you'll be able to gather 'round a table that will soon be filled with strong cups of coffee and sweet glasses of mimosas.
We've all been there: you put your fresh lettuce in the refrigerators lettuce crisper like a responsible adult, promptly forget about it, and then when it's time for salad you find yourself with a drawer full of gloopy green sludge. You did not pay good money for lettuce just for it to dissolve into rotten soup!
Vandal Photography/Getty Images If you love bringing greenery into your home but don't have a green thumb or are simply too busy to be a plant parent, we've got you covered. And even if you're a bona fide botanist, you're in the right place. Enter the simplest, most beautiful floral trend: rooting plants in water.
Gin, the botanical spirit that boasts the flavor of juniper berries, among other herbal elements, is an incredibly versatile type of alcohol used in many classic cocktails. Although it was originally created as a type of medicine, it quickly became a popular drink, most often mixed with tonic water. Today, you can expect gin to contain hints of anise, caraway, and coriander for a light, flowery taste that suits many mixed drinks.
Anyone who's ever eaten a bowl of noodles-be they tangles of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, or Vietnamese origin-is probably aware of the fact that there are a huge variety of noodles out there, and each variety-whether they're made from wheat, rice, starch, the thick, jelly-like extract leftover from steaming kelp, or a very specific type of yam-has a relatively distinct look, texture, shape, flavor, and even method of cooking.
The only thing better than a sweet, sugary,В rich dessert is a sweet, sugary, rich dessert that's actuallyВ easy to make from scratch. If you're a novice baker looking to brush up on your skills in the kitchen, there's no need to spend your timeВ decoding fine French pastry recipes or hoping a chocolate soufflГ© will rise.
With the onset of any new season, there is one thing we always look forward to most at MyDomaineВ HQ: new-season produce. But fall is one of our favorites because we love nothing more than cozying up indoors cooking our favorite recipes and streaming our favorite Netflix shows. Yes, you now have permission to make all of theseВ fall recipesВ ASAP, including these delicious eggplant meals.
Summoning the energy needed to prepare a healthy dinner for two on a busy weeknight is difficult enough-never mind the creative stamina needed to whip up easy, nutritious, flavor-packed meals all week long . So in search of quick-and-easy recipes to add to our weekly rotation, we turned to none other than Liz Moody, food writer and frequent contributor to MindBodyGreen , Goop , and Vogue .
You would think that something as simple as scrambled eggs would be easy to make, but alas, you'd be wrong. In fact, eggs are one of the most difficult things for many cooks to get right, because their protein structure enables them from go from raw to perfect to overcooked gummy mess in a matter of just seconds.
I'll cop to not always finishing the latest thriller for book club and I occasionally sleep through the early-morning group yoga class, but for the past year, I haven't missed a single вЂњwine nightвЂќ with my girlfriends. What started as a one-off wine tasting party has turned into a tradition that we look forward to all month.
Some tasks have been approached the same way for so long, it seems impossible to imagine doing them any other way-and cooking bacon tends to fall into this category. For countless mornings, bacon lovers have likely dropped strips into skillets without considering any other cooking alternative. And while that's understandable, given that hearty bacon and a heavy skillet seem to go together perfectly, this method often leads to searing pops of grease and a scent that lingers long after the meal has finished.
As the second meal of the day, lunch can spark some innocuous questions. For instance, how early is too early to eat this meal? Should it be eaten with others? Is it ok to pack at night? And yet, despite those small conundrums, there's almost no question about this statement: Sandwiches are a perfectly good lunch.
Everywhere I turn lately, from my neighborhood health food store to my Amazon suggested reads, I hear about eating Paleo. So, I did a quick Google search to get a better idea of why this preference has collected so many converts. If you don't know, here's a quick elevator pitch: Paleo is short for Paleolithic, referencing the way their civilization would have eaten.
There comes a time every year when even the most enthusiastic skiers and cold-weather fans start to grow weary. Sludgy sidewalks and overcast skies are enough to give anyone momentary winter blues, but there are a couple of ways to herald the new season (or trick yourself into believing it's here) sans clear skies.
I'd love to be the kind of person who always whips up a homemade pasta sauce to accompany a bowl of penne or linguine noodles, but life gets busy and sometimes it just isn't in the cards. I used to grab whatever store-bought sauce was on sale and sounded appetizing. Then, I heard a podcast where a nutritionist talked about how pasta sauces are one of the worst culprits for added sugar, and I began to look more closely at the labels on my favorite sauces.
With an eye-catching magenta hue and enviable crunch, when you first encountered pickled red onions you might have thought of them merely as an unnecessary side-a pop of color on the plate-but after just one bite it's likely you realized you didn't have nearly enough and promptly asked the wait staff for more.