For today's how-to, we're showing you how you can get your engagement ring clean and sparkly using household remedies. And all of these techniques are perfectly safe for all different types of precious stones and metals. Whether you want to try using baking soda, dishwasher detergent, or ammonia, your precious piece will be clean and sparkly in no time. The bonus? You can also use these tips to clean other pieces in your jewelry box. On Allison McNamara: H&M top, Ann Taylor necklace.
If you read my slideshow on how to decorate on the cheap with pretty plates, you might be feeling inspired to hang some in your own home.
Before you get started, there are a few steps you should learn, so you don't wind up with shattered materials for a mosaic instead. While you can just hang a trio evenly spaced on a wall, you'll make more of a statement if you group them in a more unique arrangement. Keep reading for the simple steps to recreate this look!
Still in need of a Halloween costume? Why not be one of your favorite fashion icons! From Karl Lagerfeld to Cara Delevingne, we've got ideas that will fit any fashion personality. And the best part is you will probably have a lot of these pieces already in your wardrobe!
On Allison: H&M jacket and top
The path from a humble head of cauliflower to a restaurant-worthy cauliflower steak is simpler than you'd imagine. But before you get your pan all in a sizzle, ready to transform the cruciferous veggie from crisp and creamy white to tender with a mahogany-brown tinge, let's master some knife work.
For the best results, choose a head of cauliflower with a tight crown — look for florets that are clustered tightly together. Loosely spaced florets are less likely to slice up into intact steaks.
Brown butter is my go-to trick for adding nutty flavor and depth to everything from moist and flaky fillets of fish to carrot cupcakes, but my first go-around with this classic technique was, admittedly, a bit intimidating. Feeling just as daunted? Don't worry: it's simple, as long as you follow a few key steps, and entirely worth the effort.
Deeply caramelized roasted brussels sprouts might get the lion's share of fanfare — they are mighty delectable, after all — but we'd like to urge you to try the petite cabbages in a slightly more refined fashion: shredded in a zingy salad that will knock your socks off. But before we get ahead of ourselves, click through to find out how to take them from round orbs to delicate ribbons with ease.
Brewing a cup of tea seems like a no-brainer proposition on the outset, but as anyone who has suffered through a bitter, oversteeped cup can tell you, to do it well requires a pinch of know-how. If you have the packaging for a particular variety of tea, reference that first to determine its ideal brew time and temperature; otherwise, try our handy reference guide below.
Want to reference it next time you're brewing a pot of tea? Download it, print it out, and post it on your refrigerator so you'll never have to look it up again (or, just bookmark this page)!
Much has been said about haggis, a Scottish delicacy consisting of chopped-up sheep heart, lung, and liver that's been stuffed into a sheep's stomach. But in Germany (where, right now, some 6 million people are celebrating the 180th year of Munich's Oktoberfest), there's a less famous, more delicious stuffed stomach dish to savor: saumagen. Pronounced "ZOW-muh-gen," this dish is made of pork, potatoes, vegetables, and spices, then stuffed inside a pig's stomach, which is then boiled, sliced, and pan-fried.
I had a chance to witness the making of this iconic dish of Germany's Palatinate region while on a tour of German food and wine. It may not be the prettiest of dishes, but this forcemeat is one of the country's iconic foods, and it's experienced renewed popularity in recent years. Can you stomach seeing the process in which it's made? Then keep reading to learn more.
Have a hankering for sweet-tart cherry pie, but find yourself intimidated by the process of making pie crust from scratch? Look no further! Not only do we have a near-foolproof pie crust recipe to share, but we've broken the procedure down into a few simple steps sure to elucidate the process for visual learners. So stop fretting (it's easy, we swear!) and start baking.