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Food & Drink

Eli and Max Sussman's Sauteed Kale

Eli and Max Sussman's Sauteed Kale

The brothers share a favorite Thanksgiving side

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.

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Food & Drink

Inside Story: Heather Crosby’s Fridge

Inside Story: Heather Crosby’s Fridge

The plant-based chef shows us what she eats

Your fridge is kind of like a graveyard: smelly and riddled with ghosts of meals past.

Resuscitate it (and your well-being) with today’s video: a peek into plant-based expert Heather Crosby’s fridge.

When not creating healthy recipes for her website, YumUniverse, Crosby can be found planting, sprouting, and engaging in otherwise enviable activities.

What she stores in the old icebox? Plenty of kale and homemade almond milk, to start.

It’s incentive enough to change your habits.

So you can R.I.P.

For more recipes and tips on plant-based nutrition, go to yumuniverse.com. Save up to 50 percent on YumUniverse meal plans at deals.dailycandy.com.

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Beauty

Pretty Smart: Winter Skin Tips from Joanna Vargas

Pretty Smart: Winter Skin Tips from Joanna Vargas

Five ways to revive your outer layer

Old Man Winter doesn’t care about popularity; he prefers to sit alone at the lunch table.

Aesthetician Joanna Vargas isn’t fazed by his cold shoulder (pun intended). In today’s Pretty Smart video, she provides five crucial tips for getting rid of and preventing dry, flaky skin.

Use her tried-and-true methods to repair perpetually chapped lips and keep hands from looking twenty years older than the rest of you. She even shares a recipe for an exfoliating sugar scrub you can make in one minute flat.

She’s our nominee for prom queen.

For more information on Vargas, go to joannavargas.com.

Next Video: Dinner Is Served

Dinner Is Served

Dinner Is Served

Dedicated Video: Fresh Dish

Family dinner means treasured conversations, valuable teaching moments, and the dulcet glow of togetherness and love.

Too bad you haven’t actually experienced it since you wore a scrunchie around your wrist.

Fresh Dish acts as a prep cook, helping you get supper from zero to table in 30 minutes flat — so you can sit down and enjoy your meal like a normal family (circa 1955).

The service features recipes like pork chops with mushroom gravy and orzo and oven-roasted salmon with olives, potatoes, and zucchini. Choose your meal, select the number of servings, and Fresh Dish takes care of the rest. It even hooks up DailyCandy readers who purchase one meal with a free one (use code FRESHDAILY).

Once a week, you receive a package with your dinner kit(s) of pre-prepped ingredients (measured and individually packaged) along with an easy-to-follow recipe. That means no planning, grocery shopping, or defrosting — and more time to hear about the epic playground war.

Your family’s fly-by-night meals are history.

DailyCandy readers buy one meal kit and get one free with code FRESHDAILY; go to freshdish.com to learn more. You can also enter to win three months of free meal kits (winner receives two meal kits each month for three months).

This giveaway is limited to people who live in Fresh Dish’s delivery area; go to freshdish.com and click Get Started to see if you live in the delivery area. Those who have made a purchase at Fresh Dish using the DailyCandy promo code will automatically be entered to win and receive five additional entries. Entry is limited to one per person.

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Beauty

Inside Story: Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle's Vitamin Cabinet

Inside Story: Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle's Vitamin Cabinet

The Sakara Life founders show us their supplements

You drink green juices and eat kale salads. And then pizza, beer, and Ben & Jerry’s take you out in one fell swoop.

For those days when you don’t eat like a glowing goddess, you need a little extra nutrition. In this Inside Story, we explore the vitamin cabinet of Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, founders of Sakara Life organic meal delivery service in New York.

Though the ladies maintain vitamins are best absorbed from food, they still recommend a magnesium supplement to calm you down, a natural anti-inflammatory, and a “life-changing” probiotic. Plus, they share a mouthwash they’re newly obsessed with.

Because nobody’s perfect.

For more information on Sakara Life, go to sakaralife.com. To learn where to buy these supplements, check out our flipbook. For more help on your resolutions, watch grocery shopping tips from Dr. Frank Lipman and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s fridge tour

Next Video: Have a Ball(oon)
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Kids

Have a Ball(oon)

Have a Ball(oon)

A kid-friendly New Year's Eve plan

New Year’s Eve is amateur night in the big city.

Which is why we prefer to party with the kids — our kids.

Turn your living room into a family-friendly Times Square with a bright balloon drop. All you need is fishing net (not fishnets), balloons, craft putty, and a crowd of minis who think staying up past 8 p.m. is worth celebrating.

Use the putty to attach the net to the ceiling, fill with the balloons, and when the time is right (whatever time you decide), release the balloons and step back.

This party is about to pop.

Keep the fun going all winter break long with a DIY mask bar and craft center.

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Entertainment

Inside Story: Gabriela Perezutti's Home

Inside Story: Gabriela Perezutti's Home

The Candela designer gives us a glimpse into her world

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Unless it’s someone else’s massive Manhattan townhouse, replete with a huge Christmas tree and 4-year-old twins singing “Jingle Bells.” (Yeah, we’ll take that.)

It belongs to Candela designer Gabriela Perezutti. In today’s Inside Story, she gives us a tour of the space she shares with husband Austin Hearst and daughters Olivia and Mia.

The house is currently decorated for the season, but evidence of Perezutti’s upbringing on a cattle ranch in Uruguay remains. We especially love the black and white photos of her mom on horseback.

They make us happy in a million ways.

For more information on Candela, go to candelanyc.com.

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Beauty

Pretty Smart: Updated Smoky Eye Look

Pretty Smart: Updated Smoky Eye Look

Betsy Branca from Arch Apothecary's easy steps

Your daytime look (terry cloth, mostly) doesn’t jibe with your nighttime holiday-party-hopping schedule.

Match your mood with a makeup how-to from Arch Apothecary’s Betsy Branca. In today’s Pretty Smart video (Chicago’s first!), she’ll take your peepers from sleepy to smoky in mere minutes. It’s easy (we promise).

All you need is a brush, liner, shadow, and mascara — items you likely hoard — and a steady hand. So put down the Stoli. You’ve got prepping to do.

For more information on Arch Apothecary or to buy any of the products mentioned in the video, go to archapothecary.com.

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Food & Drink

In the Kitchen: Gail Simmons's Latkes

In the Kitchen: Gail Simmons's Latkes

The "Top Chef" judge shares her mom's recipe

Does life get any better than fried starch?

The answer is no, which is why we asked author and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons to make her mom’s latkes for today’s In the Kitchen video.

Simmons uses everything you’d expect (shredded potatoes, eggs, oil), but there’s a secret ingredient (hint: Marcus Samuelsson also loves it) that’ll make you ask, “Why do we make these only at Hanukkah?”

Even if you don’t celebrate the Festival of Lights, we recommend mixing a batch immediately, since the gentile editors at our shoot pounded them.

No miracle there.

Want to taste them straight from Simmons’s pan? Head to the Latke Sizzle (vodka tastings included), tomorrow at 8:15 p.m., at 92Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, at 92nd Street (212-415-5500 or 92y.org). Enter code DCANDY at checkout for 20 percent off tickets. For more Hanukkah recipes, decorations, and menorahs, check out our flipbook.

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Beauty

Pretty Smart: DIY Brightening Daisy Facial

Pretty Smart: DIY Brightening Daisy Facial

A recipe for healthy skin from Mimi Dakar Berry

If your skin could talk, it’d ask you to skip the month of December and head straight to January resolutions. (Grinch.)

Introduce your epidermis to Mimi Dakar Berry of the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills (yes, they’re daughter/mother). In today’s Pretty Smart videos, she shares three DIY concoctions to erase the damage of seven eggnogs in one night.

Start with a clarifying probiotic scrub, follow with a brightening daisy-infused face mask (above), and end with a two-minute depuffing massage. Alone or altogether, these steps make your skin look ten times fresher.

And the best part? They’re as easy as (five slices of pecan) pie.

For more information on the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, go to sonyadakarskinclinic.com.

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Beauty

Pretty Smart: DIY Clarifying Probiotic Scrub

Pretty Smart: DIY Clarifying Probiotic Scrub

Mimi Dakar Berry’s easy instructions for prettier skin

Most of us know about taking a daily probiotic for digestion. But how about applying it topically for glowing skin? In this video, Mimi Dakar Berry of Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic shows how to make her tried-and-true face scrub, which rejuvenates your face in less than twenty minutes.

For more information on the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, go to sonyadakarskinclinic.com.

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Beauty

Pretty Smart: Depuffing Face Massage

Pretty Smart: Depuffing Face Massage

Mimi Dakar Berry has your new daily ritual

Mom always said don’t touch your face. Mimi Dakar Berry is saying you can, so long as you do it strategically. In this video, she has a two-minute facial massage technique that hydrates, depuffs, and fights aging.

For more information on the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, go to sonyadakarskinclinic.com.

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Entertainment

Inside Story: Michele Varian’s Vintage-Inspired Loft

Inside Story: Michele Varian’s Vintage-Inspired Loft

The designer/shopkeeper shows us around her Soho digs

Two truths and a lie about New York designer/boutique owner Michele Varian:
1. She’s one-third of triplets.
2. She was born on Christmas Day.
3. She’s married to Crash Test Dummies lead singer Brad Roberts.

Okay, they’re all true. Sue us. Then watch today’s Inside Story video, in which we tour Varian’s Soho loft.

The vintage-inspired space is filled with knickknacks from her worldly travels, instruments used by her husband to compose, and — the good news — items you can buy from her store.

Every nook is filled with something eye-catching, to the point it almost feels like you’re on a movie set (say, Hugo mixed with The Royal Tenenbaums).

But we all know fact is better than fiction.

To shop Varian’s store, go to michelevarian.com. For more Inside Stories, check out designer Heidi Merrick’s Silver Lake bungalow, actress Mindy Kaling’s closet, and designer Rebecca Minkoff’s light-filled loft.

Next Video: Pass the Gratitude
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Kids

Pass the Gratitude

Pass the Gratitude

A family activity for the Thanksgiving table

Parental responsibility No. 425: teaching your kids that Thanksgiving is more than a long weekend bookended by parades and leftover pumpkin pie.

Get the message across with a gratitude jar. Before the turkey is served, gather your pilgrims and ask them what they’re grateful for. Write down each gem on a slip of paper (Mom and Dad, you do it, too) and tuck the notes into a jar.

When setting the table for your fall feast, use the jar as a centerpiece of riches to share with family and friends.

And because not everyone is so fortunate, we’re using our bounty to spread the word about Future Fortified. More than 200 million kids don’t have diets with enough essential nutrients — and Future Fortified wants to change that.

Join us on Twitter this week (#thankfulforthefuture) and share what you’re thankful for.

So we can build a better future for all.

Our friends at Future Fortified have created a message template to help get your family’s gratitude jar started. Find out more about their effort to rid the world of malnutrition at futurefortified.org.

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Beauty

Pretty Smart: Hot Roller Tutorial

Pretty Smart: Hot Roller Tutorial

Stylist Julie Dickson’s easy instructions

It’s not hard to make the mental leap from hot rollers to Golden Girl Sophia Petrillo running around in a purple bathrobe.

Heed her age-acquired wisdom: They’re better for your hair, simpler to use than a curling iron, and yield just-as-great-if-not-better results when used correctly.

For proof, watch our tutorial with Julie Dickson, founder and head stylist of Fox & Boy salon in New York City. Dickson’s easy steps require only two things: rollers (here are the ones we like best) and hair spray.

You’ll be so amazed by the volume (easily adjustable with a brush) you may want to call Dickson.

And thank her for being a friend.

Want more of Dickson’s tricks? Learn to cut your own bangs, give yourself a salon-quality blowout, or do a messy side bun. For more information on Fox & Boy, go to foxandboy.com.

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Food & Drink

Eli and Max Sussman's Sauteed Kale

Eli and Max Sussman's Sauteed Kale

The brothers share a favorite Thanksgiving side

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.

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Food & Drink

Eli and Max Sussman's Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Eli and Max Sussman's Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

The brothers share their Thanksgiving favorite

So you think cauliflower is broccoli’s ugly stepsister? This side dish from brothers Eli and Max Sussman will prove you wrong. The NYC-based chefs and authors of This Is a Cookbook serve the white florets alongside caramelized onions and tahini — and there’s no going back.  

This Is a Cookbook is available at amazon.com or itunes.com (iPad version), $13.

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Entertainment

10 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

10 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Disguises you can make using stuff around the house

Before we bring you today’s regularly scheduled content, we want to mention our thoughts are with all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. To make a financial donation to help with disaster relief, go to redcross.org.

The appeal of dressing up as Honey Boo Boo tomorrow night is obvious (but you’d have to eat Cheetos the entire time to be realistic).

To get the necessary props, you’d need to elbow through the nightmarish Halloween store crowds and spend a Benjamin on wigs and boas.

Instead we’ve assembled ten costumes you can make with stuff around the house — from Fifty Shades of Grey and Ermahgerd Gersberms to something we’re calling “Gingham Style.”

None of them requires you to chug go-go juice (sorry).

But you’ll still be the queeeeeeeen.

Check out our videos from Halloweens past to see how to dress up like Shark Week or a Kraft Single (yeah, that’s right).

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Entertainment

Easy Does It: How to Do Everything

Easy Does It: How to Do Everything

Uggie teaches us what we need to know

There are celebs, and there are celebs.

In today’s video, we meet up with our favorite member of the latter: Uggie, a.k.a. star of The Artist, who takes time out of his busy A-lister schedule to show us how to do everything.

From spicing up your marriage to avoiding your landlord, he’s been there, done that. For further proof, check out his eponymous new autobiography (that’s right), Uggie.

And to answer your questions: Is he humble despite his millions? Yes. Is he shorter in person? Maybe just a little. Is he really a toddler dressed in a canine costume?

We didn’t get that kind of access.

Uggie is available at amazon.com, $10. For more gratuitous animal footage, check out our videos on turning your dog into a painter and giving a canine massage.

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Kids

An Undercover Party

An Undercover Party

How to make a mask bar

The majority of the adult American population requires an excuse (read: Halloween) to indulge its gemstone-and-feather-costume fantasies (drag queens, Katy Perry, and Big Bird excluded).

But every day is a dress-up day for the 6-and-under set. Which is why we think a mask bar ensures success at a Halloween fete — or on an average Thursday afternoon.

We suggest prepping felt mask shapes — owl, octopus, bunny, superhero — ahead of time. Then gather jewels, glitter, pipe cleaners, fabric scraps, jingle bells, and any other accoutrement that goes well with glue. Unload the supplies on a table and let little revelers have their way.

We bet the results will be too cute to keep undercover.

Looking for more creative ideas? Harvest art is still in season.

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Entertainment

On the Couch: Rachel Brown Performs at DailyCandy

On the Couch: Rachel Brown Performs at DailyCandy

The singer/songwriter plays "Bumblebee" off her debut album

The last thing we taught ourselves was the “Gangnam Style” dance. Someone thought it was the MC Hammer (so you can imagine how good it was).

New Yorker Rachel Brown, on the other hand, taught herself to sing and play guitar during her junior year at Harvard. Now three years later, Wyclef regularly joins her onstage and she’s opened for John Legend.

For today’s video, we invited her to our office to perform the cheerful “Bumblebee,” accompanied by a six-person band (before you ask, that crazy thing is called a kora).

The hype is justified. Notice she’s even picked up the ukulele.

Can’t touch that.

Brown’s debut album, Building Castles, is available at itunes.com. To see more performances, check out our sit-downs with Christina Courtin, Karen Elson, Freelance Whales, and Eliza Doolittle.