From Colombia to Germany, zoos around the world have seen some pretty unusual new additions lately. I'd like to introduce you to a few of my favorite weird and wonderful little ones, starting with this adoro baby pygmy marmoset! Read on to find out more about the cutie and others like him.
The weather is warming up, and when it does, Rosé wines are brought back into rotation in many households. But what about Rosé's sweeter — and generally cheaper — cousin, white Zinfandel?
Introduced in the '70s by Sutter Home as a way to use up excess Zinfandel crops, white Zin is often considered the non-wine-drinker's wine, for its sweet, fruity qualities and typically low alcohol content. But for every wine aficionado who scoffs at it, there's an equally avid white Zin loyalist. What's your stance? Do you drink white Zin?
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Remember when you were a kid, and carving words and pictures into your school desk was an absolute no-no? Well, good news: you're a big kid now, and those rules no longer apply! As long as you do it tastefully, that is.
At Clif Winery's tasting room in Napa Valley (run by the family that invented Clif bars for cyclists), this dining table features a winding path carved into its top, an homage to the switchback-filled roads that avid cyclists often tackle. And at Homeroom restaurant in Oakland, CA, each table is engraved with the restaurant's logo, a tiny paper airplane. In both cases, the artfully done carvings add a subtle, personalized detail to otherwise plain pieces of furniture.
Try it yourself to spice up a tired piece of furniture or a flea market find: just trace your free-handed or stenciled design onto your work surface, then lightly carve into the wood with a sharp X-acto blade. If you're happy with your creation and want to preserve it, apply a stain or sealant over the design.
Keeping houseplants inside your home has a host of benefits: they clean the air, brighten up your décor, and can even elevate your mood. But not every home is equipped with the right space for indoor plants, nor does every inhabitant love the look of flower pots scattered around the house.
Enter Swedish furniture company Offecct, whose Oasis collection seamlessly melds form with function. Offecct enlisted six different designers to create the pieces, so each design is completely different. I'm especially loving the Green Pedestals and the Grip Vase; I can easily see incorporating them into my home's decor. Click through to view the rest of the collection, and tell me what you think!
Summer is baby swan time at the Abbotsbury swannery in England, but this year, the tiny cygnets have made their debut two weeks earlier than usual! Don't worry, they'll be in good company — over the next six weeks, they'll be joined by close to 1,000 more sweet little ones. Click through for more cuteness!
Have you checked in with our latest puppy cam litter, the C-Team Six-Pack, lately? If not, you're missing out; the pups are getting bigger, and even cuter, by the day. Tune in now before they grow up and fly the nest — eerr, crate!
Memorial Day is just a couple weeks away, which means the start of warm-weather grilling season is near! I love all the fresh flavors that come along with warm weather and cooking outdoors; everything tastes better when you throw it on the grill. But most of all, I love helping to man the grill with an icy cocktail in hand. A gin and tonic with plenty of ice and lime is my beverage of choice, while Katie has a soft spot for sangria of all kinds.
What's your alcoholic beverage of choice during the warmer months?
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Salami is quite the versatile little meat: it's delicious on an appetizer platter alongside bread and cheese, tossed in a chopped salad, layered atop pizza, or crisped up into salami chips. But a recent shipment from Columbus salame got us wondering: what's the deal with the various types of salami out there? We've established the difference between salumi and charcuterie, but what about within the salami family itself?
All salami is made from a combination of uncooked ground meat, spices, wine, and garlic, which is then dried and cured. It develops a fine, white mold on the outside during the curing process, much like the coating on brie cheese, which is usually edible. But beyond that, there's tons of variation in this tasty, salty delicacy. Here are some of the most common varieties, and what sets them apart.
- Genoa salami: Traditionally made with pork and veal, and seasoned with garlic, red wine, and pepper.
- Soppressata: Usually made with pork, soppressata has a higher fat content and a more rustic appearance than most salami. Soppressata is typically pressed with a heavy weight while curing and cured until it loses 30 percent of its weight, intensifying its flavor.
- Pepperoni: Not a traditional Italian salami, pepperoni is an Italian-American invention. It's finely ground, lightly smoked, and spicy.
- Herbed or peppered salami: Traditional salami that has — surprise! — been rolled in cracked peppercorns or dried herbs.
- Nduja: A deliciously spreadable salami made of pork meat, pork fat, and spicy red peppers.
- Cotto salami: Salami that has been partially cooked or smoked before or after curing.
What's your favorite type of salami?
Having fresh herbs on hand is essential if you're an avid home cook — or bartender! But unless you have a flourishing herb garden, it can be frustrating to purchase bunches of fresh herbs every week, only to watch them wilt and dry out in a couple days. Luckily, there are a few easy tweaks you can make to your herb storage to keep them fresher longer, allowing you to add more flair to your dishes and drinks!
- Parsley and cilantro: These delicate herbs are a lot like fresh flowers, so treat them the same way. Trim their stems as soon as you get them home, and stick them in a small glass full of water (bud vases or empty milk or cream bottles work well). Spritz them with water, cover them loosely with a plastic ziplock bag, and put them in the fridge. Every couple days, change out the water and give the stems another small trim to keep them fresh.
- Mint and basil: Follow the same steps as above, minus the plastic bag-fridge step. Mint and basil do better at room temperature; mint, in fact, is so weed-like, if you put it in front of a sunny window, it may even start to send roots down into the water and sprout new leaves.
- Rosemary, thyme, and oregano: These hardier herbs will brown and mold if kept in water. Wrap them loosely in damp paper towels and then in plastic wrap, and keep them in the crisper or in your fridge door — the warmest spot in the fridge is ideal. Swap out the paper towels for fresh ones every couple days.
Any tips to add for storing fresh herbs?
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Warm, sunny weather calls for a light, cheery cocktail, and what better way to satisfy that requirement than with a champagne- and fruit-based libation?
This twist on the French 75 incorporates muddled strawberries for an even more Springlike feel, and the inclusion of gin and elderflower liqueur makes it more evening-appropriate than its brunchy cousin the mimosa.
For optimal flavor, enjoy it as a pre-dinner drink on a sunny deck. Sound enticing? Get the recipe!
Cinco de Mayo is finally almost here, and we're already drooling over the fiesta we plan to indulge in tomorrow. Here at Yum, we're pretty partial to tacos of all kinds. Hard shell, soft shell, chicken tacos, fish tacos — you name it, we'll happily eat it with a margarita or cerveza! There's something so satisfying about the simple combination of meat, salsa, and tortillas. Whether or not it's your favorite Mexican dish, what do you prefer in your tacos?
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We can't wait to celebrate Cinco de Mayo tomorrow with everything from chili con queso to roast chicken tacos — and, of course, plenty of margaritas! But before you dig in to your fiesta, find out what you know about some of the more traditional dishes of Mexico. I'll give you the description, and you give me the dish. Ready? Buena suerte!
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Spring brings along with it some of our favorite green veggies — asparagus, artichokes, fava beans, the list goes on! But amid the bounty showing up at your farmers market these days, don't overlook some of the lesser known greens of Spring. Read on for five green underdogs you've got to get your hands on, stat!
Think sitting down and sharing a meal as a family is just about a warm, fuzzy feeling? A new study by the journal Pediatrics says it may be much more than that. The study found that kids (aged 2 to 17) who shared at least three meals a week with their families were less likely to be overweight, eat junk food, or develop an eating disorder, and more likely to eat produce. I ate meals with my family more often than not as a kid, and these findings make perfect sense to me: family meals typically consisted of homemade pasta, grilled chicken, or turkey burgers, plus lots of fruits of veggies. Meals with friends, on the other hand, usually happened at In-N-Out! Did you sit down for family meals growing up? How did it affect your eating habits?
Spring is in full bloom, and these kitties are taking the opportunity to stop and smell (and maybe chew) the roses. Get rid of your case of the Mondays with these 10 adorable petal-sniffers!
Mother's Day is this weekend, so if you haven't begun shopping yet, now's the time! Spa gift certificates are always a thoughtful daughterly gesture, but if your mom is anything like mine, she'd rather be pampered in the comfort of her own home. Read on for five gifts for the home that will make every day a spa day for dear old mum.
Last-minute dinner parties can be stressful, but can also be incredibly fun! Some of the best gatherings I've hosted have been spontaneous. The key, though, is not to overreach — trying to pull off an elaborate four-course meal at the last minute is definitely more stressful than fun! I like to keep a few dishes in my back pocket that are tried and true, crowd-pleasing, and that I know I can pull off on short notice. Homemade pasta is one, and my dad's recipe for roasted lemon-rosemary chicken is another.
What's your go-to meal for a last-minute dinner party?
New York-based designer Judy Ross's clean, modern textile designs have long been featured at high-end retailers like Barneys. But now, if you're needing a new pillow or rug to add to the mix, you can go straight to the source. Judy Ross Textiles online store just launched, and to celebrate, all orders are 20 percent off through May 8. I'm coveting the yellow and gray Cluster runner ($1,620) for my hallway and the cheerful green Fauna pillow ($195) for my couch, but honestly, it's hard to choose! To score the discount, visit and "like" Judy's Facebook page, and enter the discount code at checkout. Happy shopping!