Four-Ingredient Cocktails: Ginger and Juice

No cocktail party is complete without a signature cocktail, but that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impressive with a four-ingredient cocktail that features one unique flavor that makes your guests think you’re a master mixologist. Due to its refreshing effervescence and hint of sweetness and spice, we’re declaring this Ginger and Juice the official cocktail of August (aka tomorrow!).


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The Great Kale Crisis

Health nuts, hipsters and foodies, rest a little easy: our so-called “kale shortage” may not be a shortage after all. According to NBC News, the rumored kale deficit is not as dramatic as it was made out to be. While Bejo Seeds, a major Australian-based kale supplier reported a shortage of seeds and “very, very tight” supply, the U.S. has not fallen victim to the lack of inventory… yet. Since 2007, the amount of kale grown in the U.S. has risen by 57%, and while we know how much you love kale in pasta, stir-fry, pesto and chips, there are plenty of other ways to get your fix of greens without putting this delectable leaf in danger. The next time you’re craving kale, try spinach or Swiss chard instead:


Parmesan Polenta with Mushrooms and Chard


Cheesy Baked Spinach and Egg Whites with Bread and Fruit


Tingly Chicken & Greens Noodle Bowls


Farro Spaghetti with Buttery Tomato Sauce & Farm Spinach


Chard, Bean and Sausage Stew


Spinach Tabbouleh


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3 More Questions with Abbie Kozolchyk

The third annual Look Good Feel Better National Beauty Editors Day event at Saks Fifth Avenue is finally here! On Thursday, August 7th our Beauty and Travel Editor, Abbie Kozolchyk, will be hosting her second round of one-on-one consultations. This year, she’ll be partnering with the ladies at the Trish McEvoy counter. Stop by to pick up great makeup and skincare tips, hear about life at Every Day with Rachael Ray or even talk travel with our sightseeing guru. We gave you a little bit of an intro to Abbie before last year’s event, but get to know our #1 beauty gal even better (now!) by reading three more must-know answers from Abbie to kick off the beauty celebration!



1. What’s your favorite beauty product of all time?
I wish I were that decisive! I have a lot of favorites. But because we’re in the middle of summer, I’m especially focused on sunscreen right now. For a basic running-around-town workday, I like L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Face Lotion. And for more intense exposure, I’ve sworn by Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream since I tested the formula a few years ago on an island in the Philippines where the average daily temperature was 300 degrees, with 300 percent humidity.

2. What’s your best piece of beauty advice for women of all ages?
AK: Sunscreen. Early and often. And yes, clearly, I can be insufferable on this topic. But here’s why: My very first week at a magazine involved a trip to the New York Public Library, where I’d been dispatched to dig through piles of microfiched melanoma images for a story. And I’ve assigned—or been assigned—at least one sun care story a year in the 22 summers since then. So I have a pretty vivid idea of what failure to protect your skin looks like—and wow. Best not to go there.

3. What’s one thing you’ve learned within the last year that you really want to share on Beauty Editor’s Day?
AK: That Look Good Feel Better, the organization that gets the day’s proceeds, makes a real difference. The whole idea is to boost the self-image of people who are undergoing cancer treatment, and the participants I’ve met during the year are hugely grateful to be involved — as are the people who work with them
Get a full recap of last year’s event here, and be sure to register for this year’s event here!



The Only Beach Picnic Menu You’ll Need This Summer

Still planning your beach adventure? We know! According to Yahoo! trends expert, Lauren Whitehouse, beach travel searches are spiking off the charts. Whether you’re planning a trip to Myrtle Beach (the #1 searched destination), Virginia Beach or even the pool for you midwest dwellers, you’re going to need a stellar menu that’s easy to put together, transport and keep cold.



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Meatless Monday: Groovy Garbanzos!

On Meatless Monday, we know how important it is to get your protein fix at lunch so you can stay full and energized until the end of the day. One of the easiest, most versatile and delicious ways to do that is with garbanzo beans, or as many people know them, chickpeas! Chickpeas are jam-packed with protein and fiber and are super versatile — blend ‘em smooth, form them into patties or leave them whole. Plus, their neutral taste can easily pick up any combination of flavors and spices. And while we adore ’em in hummus, we had to recommend a few more creative takes on chickpeas, too!

Try a Middle Eastern Platter for a new, healthy take on breakfast

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Weeknight Meal Planner

There’s no better feeling than having a full week of delicious, healthy and quick meals planned for you and your family. So, to make your life easier, we’re sharing five fast and simple recipes for the upcoming week. Dinnertime just got a whole lot better!


Monday, July 28

Mexican Macaroni and Grilled Corn


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Peas Try This Must-Have Veggie

Another reason we love summer? The brightness of all the produce! There’s no other time of year when stoplight red tomatoes sit next to sunny yellow corn and deep purple eggplant. But we can’t forget about the green! Nothing adds a pop of color to a dish quite like a sprinkle, mash or saute of peas. Whether you like sugar snaps, pea shoots or are more of a traditionalist, you’ve gotta try one of these dishes after your visit to the farmers’ market this weekend.


Beer-Braised Chicken and Peas

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The One Thing You Need to Make this Weekend

As the last weekend of National Ice Cream Month approaches (we know, we’re tearing up a little bit over here, too) there’s no better way to send off the sweetest time of year than by whipping up some homemade ice cream! Brrrrr-illiant, no? So whether you like chocolate, vanilla or something fruity, it’s time to schedule a date this weekend with the coolest kitchen accessory: your ice cream maker!


Triple Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream


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Four-Ingredient Bourbon Cocktail

No party is complete without a signature cocktail. But that doesn’t mean you need to whip up some crazy concoction with 14 different ingredients that you’ll never use again. Keep it simple, but still impress guests with our four-ingredient sipper. Your friends will think you’re a master mixologist (trust us) when you make this Bourbon Cocktail!


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It’s National Hot Dog Day!

Summer and hot dogs go hand in hand, so it’s only appropriate that today, in the heat of the season (pun intended), is National Hot Dog Day! Whether you like a straight-up ketchup-and-mustard classic, or you like to be more adventurous with your toppings and preparation, one of our 10 most popular hot dog recipes is sure to suit your fancy for franks. The best part? These recipes are so quick and easy, you’ll be able to make ‘em tonight for dinner before the sun goes down!


Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

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