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Don’t get us wrong: We love melted butter and gravy mixed with a spoonful of mashed potatoes and toasted marshmallows garnished with a bit of yams as much as the next American.
But this Thanksgiving we have healthier options, thanks to brothers Eli and Max Sussman, New York-based chefs and authors of the recently published This Is a Cookbook.
In today’s videos, they show us two easy, inexpensive, no-stretchy-pants-necessary recipes: sauteed kale with almonds and raisins (above) and roasted cauliflower with caramelized onions.
It’s possible we ate enough of the vegan-friendly dishes during the shoot to constitute three meals.
But that still beats French’s fried onion rings plus or minus the green beans.
This Is a Cookbook is available at amazon.com or itunes.com (iPad version), $13.
Your guests are due in ten, and you’re shoving a fistful of wilty deli flowers into a vase.
Those bodega blooms have more potential than you might think. In today’s video, renowned artist/floral designer Katsuya Nishimori — formerly of Takashimaya Floral and cofounder of the recently opened Florisity in the Flatiron — has tips for making a beautiful French-inspired arrangement for less than $25. Really, you’ll be amazed how good a deli bouquet can look.
Of course, we can’t discount the pros of going to a florist (more variety, bigger blooms, longer flower life, and the magic touch). But if you can fool one or two people in the meantime, consider it a success.
Florisity, 1 West 19th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (212-366-0891 or florisity.com). If this puts a bloom in your bonnet, go to one of Florisity’s beginner’s classes on November 3 or 10, 6-8 p.m., $225.
No matter where you stand on the “Are leggings pants?” debate, you can’t deny their appeal: They’re supremely comfortable, stylish, and flattering (when worn correctly).
Here to ensure the latter is Swirl stylist Brian Primeaux, who put together five great looks for today’s video, featuring Cosabella Jeans leggings. All the leggings you see will be for sale on Swirl starting October 12 at 11 a.m. EST.
Further incentive to stock up: You’ll get free shipping on your order when you enter COSALEGS at checkout.
Shop online at swirl.com. Sale ends Saturday, October 16, 11 a.m. EST.
Since you’ve probably already seen The Social Network, you’re well along in the “is Mark Zuckerberg an A-hole or just a really socially awkward freshman?” debate.
But the by-all-accounts brilliant film did raise some good Facebook protocol questions for this week’s episode of Ask the Office Guy. So we set Dan, our only male editor and on-staff sage, loose on these hard-hitting quandaries: How long should I wait to friend the guy I’m newly dating (above)? What’s the proper procedure for poking someone? And should I friend my parents and bosses?
Like his advice? Come back every Thursday, at 4 p.m., for his next lesson. And during the week, you can brush up on past questions like how many postdate texts make me seem crazy? When should I tell a guy I own six cats? And, of course, the ever popular: Is it weird my BF’s so into Harry Potter?
We give all of his advice a resounding C++ (that one’s for the code geeks).
Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. And by all means, friend us on Facebook.
Tonight’s episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts is full of masterful ice cream creations and stunning architectural showpieces. Wield these handy kitchen gadgets, handpicked by editor-at-large and TCJD judge Dannielle Kyrillos, to work your own magic at home.
Perception: being the only man in an office of women is a dude’s dream come true. Reality: it means listening to 10,387 relationship crises and being asked for the male perspective.
That’s how it goes for our sole male editor, Dan, whose dating advice proved so useful (or at least hilarious) we decided to share it with our readers in our Ask the Office Guy video series.
Favorites include Should I mention my six-figure salary in my online dating profile (above)? How many dates should I wait to friend a guy on Facebook? How many postdate texts make me seem crazy? And, of course, why didn’t he call me back?
Dan knows all. Or at least that’s what we tell him.
Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at email@example.com.
You don’t realize how good hot chocolate can be until you make it yourself (no offense, Swiss Miss). Make a big batch and package it as a gift, or be kind to yourself and spike it with bourbon.
Need more to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out our video recipes for devil’s food cake, marshmallow icing, and chocolate fondue. For other great ideas from Rachel Thebault, preorder her book (out October 26).
Nothing warms the soul — and impresses friends — like a melty pot o’ fondue (preferably served with strawberries). Best part: You need only a few ingredients and ten minutes.
Need more to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out our video recipes for devil’s food cake, marshmallow icing, and hot cocoa. For other great ideas from Rachel Thebault, preorder her book (out October 26).
Rachel Thebault, founder and head confectioner of Tribeca Treats, swears this dessert is so easy you won’t reserve it just for birthdays. Perfectly rich and moist, it takes less than an hour from start to finish. Don’t forget to make some marshmallow icing while it’s baking.
Need more to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out our video recipes for chocolate fondue and hot cocoa. For other great ideas from Rachel Thebault, preorder her book (out October 26).
Obviously, you can’t serve your devil’s food cake and cupcakes without icing. Whip up this simple recipe, top with graham cracker crumbs, and you’ve got yourself a s’mores-type situation.
We’ve been in love with Rebecca Minkoff for ages, from her early days as a T-shirt designer to her just-launched shoe line. And, of course, the in between: a stunning ready-to-wear collection and, most notably, her drool-worthy leather handbags.
So it only makes sense that we’ve partnered with Minkoff to sell — starting today — a curated collection of her bags at 50 percent off. We’re talking five-zip clutches, studded satchels, and even witty pouches (a Swirl exclusive).
In this video, Minkoff shares how she got her start (it wasn’t always easy), her inspirations, and some of the items she’s selling on Swirl. We’ll take one of everything, please.
Shop online at swirl.com. Get $20 off when you spend $50 or more on any Swirl sale (excluding wine) through Friday, October 1, with code SEPTSAVE at checkout. Rebecca Minkoff sale and pouch offer end Thursday, September 30, 11 a.m. EST.
Dan’s given advice about postdate texting, great places to meet guys, and even upper-lip sweat. Clearly, he’s been studying females for a long time — or, more than likely, he’s great at BSing. In today’s Ask the Office Guy, Dan reveals his qualifications.
Put the puffy paints and fleur-de-lis-shaped stencils down. This isn’t that kind of craft.
P.S. — I Made This genius Erica Domesek (who has an amazing new book out) makes DIY fashion that is as much a statement as anything from the runways — and a lot less expensive.
In today’s videos, she shows you how to make a fringe scarf from an old T-shirt (above) and a statement necklace from scraps of fabric. They both cost next to nothing to make and require little more than a good pair of scissors.
For more great DIY ideas, visit Domesek’s blog online at psimadethis.com. To buy her book, go to amazon.com. Like how our editor Lauren’s hair is braided? Learn to do it.
On tonight’s episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts, contestants create sweets from cocktails. Yes, booze brings the party, but cake is crucial. Check out our gallery of favorite gateaux, curated by editor-at-large (and TCJD judge) Dannielle Kyrillos.
For this video, Erica Domesek, the clever crafter behind website P.S. — I Made This, creates a simple-yet-elegant statement necklace. All you need are scissors, scraps, and ribbon.
For more great DIY ideas, visit Domesek’s blog online at psimadethis.com. To buy her book, go to amazon.com. And if you haven’t already, check out our other video with Domesek: How to Make a Fringe Scarf from an Old T-shirt.
In this edition of Ask the Office Guy, Dan has advice for finding out if your S.O.’s an SOB (Remember to take it with a grain of salt, because this tactic is as downright evil as it is effective.)
Microminis are great for their leg-lengthening sex appeal, but they make everyday tasks (exiting the subway, tying your shoes, sneezing) downright risqué.
That’s why we’re so glad below-the-knee skirts are back. We’re not alone in digging the look: We spotted versions in the fall 2010 collections of Charlotte Ronson, Rachel Roy, Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Madewell by Alexa Chung, to name a few. But how do you wear them without looking like a homely Anne of Green Gables extra?
In today’s video, NYC-based stylist Peju Famojure has brand recommendations, styling suggestions, and advice for wearing them with socks and heels.
Even those in the leggings-are-pants camp will have no reason to skirt this trend.
For more below-the-waist fashion advice, check out our gallery of legwear for fall.
As the adage goes, a lot of work goes into looking effortless. And for African-American women, getting kinky hair curly — without harsh chemicals — is no small feat. So we’ll be the first to tell you this how-to is particularly ambitious.
Nevertheless, Sharntai Harris at the hip Georgia salon in downtown Manhattan has great tips for doing just that, including must-have products and step-by-steps to make styling easier. We’ll be honest: It takes practice and time — but once you’re finished, it’ll last for days.
If you’re truly feeling intimidated, we suggest trying it out with a friend. If nothing else, she can make you a cocktail while you’re drying and twisting.
If you’re in New York City, visit Georgia at 89a East Houston Street, between Elizabeth Street and Bowery ( or georgiany.com). Want more? Check out our video on going from kinky to straight hair and our gallery of the top ten hair trends for fall.
Up to 60% off Dolce VitaItalian designer Gastone Lucioli knows the young and the restless are all about the good life. His aptly named line delivers sexy prints (snake and leopard) with trendy twists — and it’s up to 60% off on Swirl.
When we heard artist Victor-John Villanueva was painting T-shirts with the likes of renowned fashion writers (Simon Doonan, Lynn Yaeger, André Leon Talley, and more) for Début’s Fashion’s Night Out celebration, we had to see him in action. So we ventured to his upper-Manhattan studio with our Flip — and the rest is history.
Available September 10, 8-10 p.m., at Début, 298 Mulberry Street, between Houston and Bleecker Streets (212-343-2717). All shirts are $200, and proceeds go to SCAD.
You’ve mastered au naturel and curly hair. Another style for your bag of tricks: the straight look.
In this video, stylist Liz Owusu shows her method for going from kinky to straight — using all-natural products. It takes awhile, so we suggest watching a movie while you’re straightening. The bonus: It’s a major arm workout.
If you’re in New York City, visit Georgia at 89a East Houston Street, between Elizabeth Street and Bowery (646-827-2428 or georgiany.com).
When two people like each other (but not like that), can they do the you-know-what without things getting ugly? Dan provides insight in this Ask the Office Guy.