How Do You Take Yours? In How Do You Take Yours?, The Takeout solicits staff and outside expertise for secret tips on improving one dish. As the leaves fall, and the days get shorter, and the big Thanksgiving Day dinner approaches, we find ourselves turning toward a cozier menu. Soups, stews, and yes, a multitude of gourds are available. Sure, you’ll have some pumpkin pie in a few weeks, and we’ve already offered you our favorite squash casserole. But how else can you roast, cube, and mash that magnificent pumpkin to autumn spice up your own season (and seasonings)? We asked some chefs and our staff for their favorite and unusual pumpkin dishes. Pumpkin Mac-And-Cheese Say what you will about Rachael Ray, but there was a time when I watched her 30 Minute Meals show on the Food Network devotedly, just looking for easy and quick weeknight dinners. There’s a recipe of hers that I picked up then and have used ever since: her butternut squash with mac-and-cheese. You can … [Read more...] about What are some novel ways to cook with pumpkin?
Christmas what to ask for
Sure sending a text is relatively painless, quick and comfortable, but will it land you a date? ©iStockphoto.com/Mario13 Asking a person out on a date was decidedly less complex before 1992. When looking for an immediate response, the person asking had pretty much two options: asking in person or over the phone. December 1992 marks the moment that everything changed, however. In the first week of that month, a 22-year-old Vodaphone software engineer named Neil Papworth sent the world's first text message. Despite their remarkable weight and size, cell phones at the time weren't yet equipped to send texts; Papworth sent the first text, "Merry Christmas," via keyboard to a colleague's phone [source: Shannon]. That first message changed everything. In just a few years, phones would be regularly equipped to send and receive short message service (SMS) and a person interested in asking someone out had a new conundrum: text or call? As with any new technology, the etiquette … [Read more...] about How can I tell when to text and when to call?
Planning a Christmas Party ©2006 Publications International, Ltd. Your dream Christmas party can be a reality with the right planning. Any event planner or caterer will tell you the key to a successful party is planning. It's not enough to simply make a few dishes and send invitations. A little advance planning saves you time and headaches later so spend five or ten minutes envisioning the party and walking yourself through as a guest. When party time comes, both you and your guests will have a night to remember! Dreaming of the Perfect Party The holiday season is packed with parties, so it's a good idea to send invitations three weeks in advance. The sooner you send your invitations, the less likely it is that your guests will have committed to another event. Your invitations should state the starting and ending time of your party and should mention the food you will be serving, whether it is light holiday fare or a traditional sit-down dinner. And don't forget to … [Read more...] about How to Plan a Christmas Party
Christmas activities for kids, like decorating the Christmas tree, wrapping gifts, and preparing a feast, are just a few of the things that make this holiday season so special. If you want to add a special touch to your gifts, and even to your home this holiday season, why not make your own gifts, games, and decorations from scratch? In this Christmas activities article you'll learn how to create special Christmas arts and crafts with our simple instructions. Check out the following pages for more on fun Christmas activities and crafts! Christmas Card Mobile Adults and kids will have to join forces to create the perfect Christmas card mobile that just may be the main attraction this Christmas. Go to this page to learn how to make this home decoration. Peanutty Pine Cones Have fun making these edible Christmas treats and help feed the birds at the same time. Rainbow in the Snow In this section, kids will learn how to transform a white yard into an eye-popping colorful yard. All it takes … [Read more...] about Christmas Activities
Here are some new strategies to pay off that student loan debt. andresr/Getty Images America's college students receive more than a diploma at graduation. They also get a massive wake-up call. The average 2018 student loan debt for college graduates has peaked at more than $30,000, all of which needs to be paid back within 10 years of graduation. Since each college debt situation is different, we've assembled a list of seven smart strategies for paying off student loans at all income levels and budgets, from an app that saves your spare change to investment strategies that reward you for not paying off your debt too fast. 1. Ask for a Different Kind of Birthday Gift Enlist family and friends in your battle to dig out from college debt. The websites LoanGifting and Gift of College are crowdfunding sites for students trying to pay off loans. You set up a profile, craft a winning pitch — "If you really want to know what I want for my birthday and Christmas, Hanukkah and Arbor … [Read more...] about 7 Creative Strategies for Paying Off Student Loans