5 Ways Home Restaurants Are Changing the Dining Landscape

Dining as we know it is changing rapidly. Costs for proprietors are higher than ever, between real estate and staffing, leading chefs to explore pop-ups and other creative concepts in lieu of opening new restaurants. And at the same time, adventurous guests are craving new, innovative dining experiences they can't find anywhere else. In San Francisco OpenTable recently welcomed "home restaurants" to our network via startups Feastly and EatWith. These are dining experiences hosted by a chef or home cook, some in the ... Read more

The Christmas Cookie Recipes That Will Make This Holiday Sweeter

Before we even eat our Thanksgiving feast, the bakers in us start thinking about Christmas cookies. It's not that we can't and don't bake cookies other times of the year -- we never stop making cookies. It's that there's nothing quite as special as the cookies made for the holidays. As soon as the nights grow long, our minds and stomachs start longing for peppermint-spiked, thumbprint-shaped and ginger-laced cookies. And don't think we forgot about the peanut butter blossom cookie, because we ... Read more

This Guy's Reaction To Patti LaBelle's Pie Is Priceless

When a pie is so yummy that you're forced to break out into song -- you know it's good. James Wright Chanel uploaded a video to YouTube on Thursday of him tasting a sweet potato pie by Patti LaBelle, the queen of R&B and soul, which he purchased from the store for the first time. After he struggled to open the packaging for the pie which he said was sealed with "Gorilla Glue," Chanel finally opened ... Read more

Recipe for the Perfect Picnic

Living up to the standards in my book, 21 Ways to Live a Fulfilled Life According to a 21 Year Old, I decided to plan a romantic picnic dinner for my boyfriend and me. It was such a perfect date. Here's my recipe: What you need: A Scenic Location A companion, someone you love, or a good book! Basket and Basket Cover (checkered or striped tablecloth) Soft Blanket Locally Baked Baguette Wine Locally Baked Dessert Ham Cheese Fruit Cute crystal or or glass bottles Water Fresh Picked Flowers Instructions: Step 1: Choose your ... Read more

Unsuspecting Cats Get Completely Startled By … Cucumbers? Yep.

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How Long Does It Take To Cook A Turkey?

No matter how much planning you do, or how many delightful dishes you whip up for the big meal, if you haven't set aside enough time to cook the bird it's all for naught. Most Thanksgiving birds are big, and so they require more time than you might expect in the oven. While generally a bird cooks for about 15 minutes per pound at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, there are a few factors that will alter that cooking time -- like whether ... Read more

Cook These 7 Recipes On Sunday, And Feed Yourself All Week

Here we are with another installment of recipes to cook on Sunday that will help you eat healthy, stress-free, homemade meals all week. We're not suggesting that you cook every single meal you'll eat throughout the week on this one day of rest -- that would be an absolutely tiring task. What we have for you instead is a handful of recipes (actually, seven) that will feed you hearty meals in the beginning of the week and then a couple of ... Read more

17 Beautiful Pie Designs You Need To Try For Thanksgiving

We get it, you bake a practically award-winning pie every Thanksgiving. Well, we're here to tell you that you can make it even better this year. Need proof? The popular Thanksgiving dessert is good enough on its own, but an extra layer of aesthetic design gives a festive boost. So skip the typical pie crust top and incorporate some interesting shapes. Leaves, hearts, roses, you name it -- and it can probably be on your pie. Just ask Martha Stewart, who ... Read more

8 Easy Appetizers for Thanksgiving

Let's face it -- the turkey is almost never ready on time. But that's okay because the holiday hors d'oeuvres are half the fun. These crowd-pleasing appetizers are all incredibly easy to make (but no one needs to know that). 1. Baked Brie en Croûte with Honey, Dried Cherries, Rosemary & Pecans Thanks to store bought puff pastry, this fancy-looking appetizer is easy to make -- and it comes with a "most popular person at the party" guarantee. GET THE ... Read more

Nope, Hipsters Aren't The Only Ones Who Ride Bikes

Biking -- along with craft beer and ironic tees -- has become one of the various indicators of the stereotypical urban hipster. Seen as a trendy, yet environmentally friendly, alternative mode of transportation, biking is on the rise across the U.S. But a large portion of city populations aren't riding bikes just because it's hip. While cycling began historically as a beloved pastime for the wealthy, it's considered a commuting necessity in many low-income areas and communities ... Read more
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