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Cooking with Friends: 8 Tips for Well-Planned Get-Togethers

Planning meals for yourself can be daunting, especially if you’re cooking for one.  Eating alone can also make it easier for you to choose less than healthy meals or ready-to-eat meals that don’t give you much in the way of nutritional value or quality. So instead of opting for takeout, frozen dinners, cereal, or even ice cream, consider hosting regular potlucks. Potlucks are a great way to catch up with friends over a meal that doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here are 8 tips for planning consistent and successful weekly or monthly get-togethers:

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Can Apartment Therapy Help You Get Unstuck?

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While many people say that you can't run away from trouble, a growing number of people find that relocation therapy is the best answer to their problems. In fact, moving can be just the thing to change one's life dramatically--for the good. It may be just the old story of a small town girl moving to the big city, but when you see the beauty of NY real estate and Central Park, it may be just the thing to change your life entirely. Many cities have that kind of effect. Consider Silicon Valley for example. Tons of computer geeks, tech nerds and entrepreneurs created a place where almost anyone can get a job if they're motivated enough.

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Transitioning Requires A New Set of “Rules”

The most interesting (and highly annoying) observation you’ll make is the number of nutrition and food “experts” you’ll encounter as you make your transition to a plant-based diet. It will seem as though the people around you will have acquired degrees and certifications in healthy eating, nutrition, and vegetarian diets OVERNIGHT. Everyone: Friends, family, and strangers alike, will take a sudden interest in your eating and food buying habits and drive you crazy as they point out health concerns, inconsistencies, the latest nutrition and diet studies, “what vegetarians eat” or don’t eat, their own personal dietary philosophy, and other unsolicited opinions.

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Cannellini al Gratin Recipe via @vegtimes

This hearty, crumb-topped main dish will serve six people generously, and still leave plenty to freeze in small portions for easy weeknight suppers. Using dried beans gives the dish superior texture and the beans a chance to soak up all the flavors of the garlic and herbs. 1 ½ lb. dried cannellini beans 6 sprigs plus 1 ½ Tbs. chopped fresh thyme, divided 3 sprigs plus 3 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley, divided ½ medium onion, unpeeled, plus 1 large onion, diced 2 cups 3 whole cloves ½ large or 1 medium fennel bulb, stalks and fronds reserved; bulb quartered and diced 2 cups 12 cloves garlic 6 cloves peeled and halved; 6 cloves minced, divided 3 Tbs. olive oil, divided 2 cups diced carrots 1 tsp. white wine vinegar ¾ cup coarsely grated Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese, divided 1 ½ cups fresh breadcrumbs

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Roasted Almond Milk

Now that it's getting colder, it's all about the warm beverages baby!

I've started back up with the Yogi Tea chai (herbs + assam tea) and I usually add half & half, but after ordering about ten pounds of raw almonds from my buying club, I figured it was time to make some milk (and cookies. Flourless almond butter cookies, yeah!). After my previous almond milk experiment, I decided that the 1:3 almond to water ratio was a good bet, blanched when I'm not being lazy, and sea salt (important!).

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9 Free or Low-Cost Ways to Increase Your Physical Activity in NYC

I never cease to be amazed and amused by how much people complain about NYC: it’s too dirty, there are too many people, too many lights, too many potholes, too many homeless, too many tourists, too expensive, blah, blah, blah. Well, if it’s too much for you, then why are you still here? Get the fuck outta here already and move to someplace else! And then it will be less complaining about all of that stuff because you and your like (and your stuff) will be gone.

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How to Become Open to Life via @AimeePhlegar

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In many ways, I close myself off to life in all its fullness.

I close myself off to others, as a form of self defense.

It happens to all of us. When you left yourself open in the early part of your life, you likely would get hurt from time to time. That pain taught us to close ourselves off in different ways: don’t let others in, use humor to keep some distance, hurt others before they hurt you, back away from anything new, and so on.
I close myself off, and miss the world. I miss out on life when I do that.