How to Flambé (Yes, You Can!)

When entertaining at home (oh, those were the days), I love to fit a dish into the evening’s menu that will wow my guests. A flambé is a perfect way to do this.
What is a flambé, you may ask? It’s when liquor is added to a dish and ignite…

When entertaining at home (oh, those were the days), I love to fit a dish into the evening's menu that will wow my guests. A flambé is a perfect way to do this.

What is a flambé, you may ask? It's when liquor is added to a dish and ignited into flames—and it's very, very satisfying to watch (and eat, of course).  

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5 Non-Boring Ways to Gift Wrap a Book

We’re big fans of thinking outside of the (gift) box when it comes to wrapping presents. But it can be hard to get the creative juices flowing when faced with wrapping something as basic as a book. Luckily, with a little thought given to your own perso…

We’re big fans of thinking outside of the (gift) box when it comes to wrapping presents. But it can be hard to get the creative juices flowing when faced with wrapping something as basic as a book. Luckily, with a little thought given to your own personal style and the kind of book you’re gifting, as well as a couple of expert tips to guide you, you can make a book the best-looking present on the pile (even if you’re mailing it to an out-of-town recipient).

Lisa Fu of NYC Gift Wrapping shared her favorite tips for wrapping a book—regardless of style or genre, paperback or hardcover—with us below.

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A Clever Trick for Shiplap-ing Your Walls

I look back fondly on the first days of the Fixer Upper craze—recording the episodes with my parents to replay later when we were in need of a feel-good family show; reveling in the complete overhauls they accomplished; and gushing about Chip and Jo Ga…

I look back fondly on the first days of the Fixer Upper craze—recording the episodes with my parents to replay later when we were in need of a feel-good family show; reveling in the complete overhauls they accomplished; and gushing about Chip and Jo Gaines with anyone who listened.

After all, in 2014, it felt like all anyone (with the remotest interest in home design) could talk about: “Aren’t they just the most talented? Don’t you love the modern farmhouse look?” Four years later, I even weaseled my way into a chance to interview them—and as it turned out, the couple were just as charming in person as they were in my clung-to fantasies.

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A DIY Patio Upgrade That’s Perfect for Cooler Weather

A monthly DIY column by Stacie Abdallah—design blogger, avid DIYer, and busy mom of three. Armed with her trusty pliers and paint, Stacie shares her favorite home projects for creating spaces that work for you (and look incredible!)—whether big or smal…

A monthly DIY column by Stacie Abdallah—design blogger, avid DIYer, and busy mom of three. Armed with her trusty pliers and paint, Stacie shares her favorite home projects for creating spaces that work for you (and look incredible!)—whether big or small, rented or owned.


As a mom of three young boys, I basically live outdoors. When they’re not digging holes in search of worms, they’re playing their version of soccer, or climbing everything in sight—they’d sleep in the backyard if we let them. As a result, we spend the majority of our days in the summer, fall, and spring outside.

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How to Cook Millet, the Ancient Grain You Might Have Overlooked

In the new millenium, grain trends move about as fast as fashion. From 2006 to 2013, as we were shimmying out of our skinny jean fetish and into our bland beige normcore phase, we were consuming quinoa at such an outrageous rate that crop prices triple…

In the new millenium, grain trends move about as fast as fashion. From 2006 to 2013, as we were shimmying out of our skinny jean fetish and into our bland beige normcore phase, we were consuming quinoa at such an outrageous rate that crop prices tripled, making the Andean staple almost unaffordable in its native region.

Maturing into dadcore in 2017, we got obsessed with what we call "ancient grains," and added amaranth and Kamut to the list of old-timers that were suddenly hot. 2019 was undeniably the year of the jumpsuit, and also the year of the farro bowl. Now here we are in 2020, buffeted by an unending string of catastrophes, looking for something starchy to hold on to. This, friends, is where millet comes in.

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A Reusable Food Wrap You Can DIY in 5 Minutes

I try my hardest to reduce my single-use waste. Some switches are easier than others: I always carry shopping totes while running errands; I have an impressive stockpile of reusable straws; and I bring a water bottle or travel cup with me whenever I ca…

I try my hardest to reduce my single-use waste. Some switches are easier than others: I always carry shopping totes while running errands; I have an impressive stockpile of reusable straws; and I bring a water bottle or travel cup with me whenever I can. I’m not perfect by any means, though, and when it comes to being environmentally conscious, there are a lot of areas I still need to work on.

One of these was food storage. I grew up in a household where plastic baggies and cling wrap reigned supreme. Lunchtime snacks, baked goods, and dinner leftovers all found themselves enrobed in some manner of single-use plastic, but for my family and lots of others, this was totally par for the course. In 2020, we’re more educated consumers; plus, living on my own has allowed me to adopt more thoughtful habits. While I once readily reached for a roll of plastic wrap, now I haven’t bought a new one in months.

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How to Upcycle Old Vases With This DIY Terracotta Paint Hack

If you asked me six months ago where my DIY project inspiration came from, the answer would be pretty obvious: Pinterest, YouTube, and DIYers I follow on Instagram. Now, with the uncertainty of a global pandemic, an unexpected chunk of time at home, an…

If you asked me six months ago where my DIY project inspiration came from, the answer would be pretty obvious: Pinterest, YouTube, and DIYers I follow on Instagram. Now, with the uncertainty of a global pandemic, an unexpected chunk of time at home, and a desire for escapism, I’m big into TikTok. Like, really big.

I’ve found a ton of inventive ideas on the app. While my roommate or teenage brother likely have a completely different looking feed, mine is loaded with home decor tips, cleaning hacks, and all things organization. It is, of course, also how I found the magical little appliance that is the Bissell Little Green Upholstery Cleaner.

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The Best Pumpkin Purée Isn’t Actually Pumpkin

We’ve partnered with Braun Household to share recipes, tips, and videos that highlight creative ways to boost the flavors of your favorite seasonal dishes, starting with a holiday staple: canned pumpkin! Psst: We teamed up with Braun Household back in …

We've partnered with Braun Household to share recipes, tips, and videos that highlight creative ways to boost the flavors of your favorite seasonal dishes, starting with a holiday staple: canned pumpkin! Psst: We teamed up with Braun Household back in 2018, but we've updated the article to include new ideas for using your homemade pumpkin purée.


Canned pumpkin is simply puréed, cooked pumpkin in a can, right?

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Why We Should All Be Block Printing

House of Print, by British Printmaker Molly Mahon, is just as much a love letter to block printing as it is to India. Throughout her documentation of the craft’s history—its ancient origins in China, adoption in India, and the modern-day pressures that…

House of Print, by British Printmaker Molly Mahon, is just as much a love letter to block printing as it is to India. Throughout her documentation of the craft’s history—its ancient origins in China, adoption in India, and the modern-day pressures that threaten its survival—radiates her love for Rajasthan, the home of Indian block printing to which she owes her passion for, and education in, the art.

Mahon’s storytelling is sensorial, drawing us into the rhythmic ‘thud-thud’ of the wooden block, the exuberance of color palettes, the excitement that comes with lifting the block and seeing what gets left behind—and the “magical touch” of the human hand.

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How to Make the Creamiest, Dreamiest Pudding (a Highly Underrated Dessert)

Generally speaking, I’m the guy who shows up to the casual potluck carrying a seven-layer cake with pomegranate seeds individually set into the bittersweet glaze with tweezers. I don’t recommend being that person. As such, I’m here to talk to you about…

Generally speaking, I’m the guy who shows up to the casual potluck carrying a seven-layer cake with pomegranate seeds individually set into the bittersweet glaze with tweezers. I don’t recommend being that person. As such, I’m here to talk to you about pudding.

Pudding, at least the American, cornstarch-based version, is about as un-tweezery as dessert gets. And it’s got a lot going for it. It can take on a vast range of flavors, from rich chocolate or bourbon to delicate saffron, cinnamon, or jasmine, with a few simple tweaks to the recipe.

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