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What is Subornation of Perjury, Anyway? What is Subornation of Perjury, Anyway?

Last night, BuzzFeed News published evidence that Donald Trump actively instructed his ex-personal counsel Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project. If you woke up to a timeline full of Twitter Lawyers screaming about subornation of perjury and you aren’t quite sure what it means, here’s…

How to Make Spaghetti and Meatballs in Your Instant Pot How to Make Spaghetti and Meatballs in Your Instant Pot

Italian-American food is, for me, the final word in comfort. Even my foulest moods are no match for cheesy, red sauce-laden carbs, but I rarely have six hours to spend on a pot of Sunday gravy. Thankfully, I haven’t met a low-and-slow dish my Instant Pot couldn’t handle—so when a craving for spaghetti and meatballs…

The Ultimate Winter Side Dish Is Smothered Cabbage The Ultimate Winter Side Dish Is Smothered Cabbage

Cabbage gets no respect, which is a shame—it could be the most versatile vegetable on earth. From the delicate leaves to the sweet, crunchy core, I love every part of every variety of cabbage and have made it my mission to make others feel the same.

Why You Should Treat Your Email Like Another Social Media Feed Why You Should Treat Your Email Like Another Social Media Feed

If you have a public-facing email address, wading through the unrelated PR pitches in your inbox can be a full-time job in itself. There aren’t enough hours in the day to keep up with every message you receive, so stop beating yourself up for falling behind and embrace the chaos instead.

Find Small Items With Your Vacuum and a Pair of Tights Find Small Items With Your Vacuum and a Pair of Tights

For some reason, the tiny things we drop on the ground are never the ones we could stand to lose. Nope, it’s always the back to a favorite pair of earrings, your wedding band, or a pill you can’t afford to miss a dose of. The next time this happens, don’t panic—just grab some hosiery and your vacuum cleaner.

Prepare for Next Year's Holidays With a List of Regrets Prepare for Next Year's Holidays With a List of Regrets

No matter how you spent the holidays this year, it’s unlikely that everything went to plan. Tempting as it may be, immediately repressing memories of a disastrous cross-country flight or an accidentally under-cooked turkey only sets you up to do the same thing next year. You owe it to yourself to write down everything…

How to Sell an Unwanted Gift Card How to Sell an Unwanted Gift Card

Gift cards are an almost inconceivably huge industry. Americans spent $160 billion on them in 2018 alone, which means the secondary market is both lucrative and totally overwhelming—especially right after the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year. If you have a weird gift card to sell or trade, here’s what you need…

How to Turn Any Vegetable Into a Delicious, Smoky Dip How to Turn Any Vegetable Into a Delicious, Smoky Dip

The saddest meal of the year is always the one you eat right after visiting family for the holidays. Mine is usually more of a free-range fridge scrounge than an actual meal, and I always have a lot of questions: Is that leftover curry too old to eat, or am I just a coward? Who ate all my cheese? Why didn’t I stuff my…

Why You Need a Cheap Analog Food Thermometer Why You Need a Cheap Analog Food Thermometer

These days, a digital thermometer is up there with a good knife on the list of indispensable kitchen tools, but you never hear anyone recommend their analog predecessors. That’s too bad: old-school thermometers do the exact same job for a fraction of the price.

Level Up Your Cheese Board with a Wheel of Baked Cheese Level Up Your Cheese Board with a Wheel of Baked Cheese

Cheese plates are a mainstay of holiday party appetizers, but finding new ways to zhuzh up the usual suspects can be a challenge. Allow me to introduce you to your new best friend: baked cheese.

Get Over Yourself and Start Writing in Comic Sans Get Over Yourself and Start Writing in Comic Sans

Everyone who writes for fun or profit dreads sitting down to work only to end up staring at a blank document for hours on end. Writer’s block comes for us all eventually, but the solution could have been lurking in your font menu this entire time.

Make Every Component of This Croquembouche in the Microwave Make Every Component of This Croquembouche in the Microwave

Holiday entertaining is all about wringing maximum impact from minimal effort. It’s pretty hard to beat a towering pile of caramel-drizzled profiteroles for drama alone, but the mighty croquembouche isn’t a low-effort joint—unless you use your microwave.

The Best Christmas Party Is Russian New Year's The Best Christmas Party Is Russian New Year's

Holiday parties are often more trouble than they’re worth. By the time December’s half over and you’ve survived a sloppy open bar or three, the idea of leaving the house ever again can be pretty unappetizing. This year, take a cue from the Russians: stay in and throw a banging dinner party.

Make and Give Bread Instead of Cookies This Holiday Season Make and Give Bread Instead of Cookies This Holiday Season

Even if you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of sugary snacks that get distributed this time of year. If cookie fatigue has set in, there’s a better way: people lose their fucking minds for homemade bread, and it’s so much easier than you’d think.

You Can Make Most Cookies with Cold, Hard Butter You Can Make Most Cookies with Cold, Hard Butter

At this very moment, seasonal bakers around the world are bookmarking cookie recipes, tracking down special ingredients, and panicking when they realize they forgot to leave the butter out to soften. Welcome to cookie swap season.

It's Even Easier to Participate in Operation Santa This Year It's Even Easier to Participate in Operation Santa This Year

Every single year since 1912, the United States Postal Service has been doing their part to give kids all across the country the best Christmas ever. In 2017, Operation Santa went digital, testing out an online system in New York City—and it was so wildly successful that this season, they’ve expanded the program to…

You Should Serve Leftovers at Your Next Dinner Party You Should Serve Leftovers at Your Next Dinner Party

Make-ahead entrées are a godsend during holiday entertaining season, but for some reason, it’s not the default technique for special-occasion meals. It really should be: not only is a day-old hearty braise easier on the host, but it actually tastes better than it does fresh from the oven.

Turn Your Thanksgiving Leftovers into Dumplings Turn Your Thanksgiving Leftovers into Dumplings

When you’re staring down the barrel of days-old Thanksgiving leftovers, it’s almost impossible to summon up the creativity to do something, anything, besides shovel them into your mouth in front of an open fridge. There’s no shame in the fridge-shovel game, but breathing new life into the last dregs of your feast is…

Everything You Can and Cannot Microwave on Thanksgiving Everything You Can and Cannot Microwave on Thanksgiving

Choreographing a lavish meal is a high-pressure project to say the least, and when you’re juggling a dozen-odd dishes, every square inch of stove and oven space is precious real estate. A microwave oven can streamline even the most ambitious prep schedule, as long as you make good choices—some foods just aren’t meant…

Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving Dessert Spread with a Cranberry Pavlova Brighten Up Your Thanksgiving Dessert Spread with a Cranberry Pavlova

After a long day of eating mountains of gravy-drenched carbs, a little brightness is a welcome sight indeed. Sadly, Thanksgiving dessert is usually anything but light and refreshing; it’s another carb parade, with whipped cream standing in for gravy.

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