Monthly Archives: June 2015

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6 Ways to Avoid Awkward Silence at the Dinner Table

A quiet dinner at home can be romantic. Or at the very least, a good opportunity for quality time with your partner. That is, unless “quiet” actually means “silent.” Clearly, if your dinner-table silences spring from anger or resentment, those are issues you probably need professional help to address, says psychotherapist Mel Schwartz, L.C.S.W., author…

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Host a Seafood Bake

Well, you’ve made it to graduation. By now you’ve cooked the ultimate burger, seared the perfect steak, grilled up incredible chops, cooked a whole chicken–and dined on its wings—mastered grilled sausage and fired off amazing fish fillets. It’s been a long, delicious road, filled with some inevitable misfires, but after eight weeks of the Men’s…

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Grilling Glossary

Barbecue Fork This elongated, two-pronged fork helps you lift and turn food on a cooking surface. Some discourage using a fork because you risk puncturing your meat and letting valuable moisture and flavor escape. A fork is best with tough meats like pork chops. Choose one with side prongs for easily clipping the edge of…

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How to Pack on 10 Pounds of Muscle

More. That is what we all want, right? It is an existential force, but you don’t have to bone up on Sartre to see how it applies to your body–more strength, more athleticism, and most of all, more muscle. But once you’ve blown out 30 candles, the quest becomes harder. Your metabolism slows, your testosterone…

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Cook a Perfect Steak

Check doneness by pressing a steak in the center, says Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue! Bible. Then use your thumb, fingers, and the varying firmness of the base of your thumb as your guide. Index Finger: Rare Internal temp: 125ºF Soft and squishy, like a pink sponge Middle Finger: Medium Rare Internal temp: 145ºF…

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Could Your Fat Past Screw You Over Today?

Your old junk-food days could come back to bite you: Being overweight as a teen can increase your risk of colon cancer later on, suggests new research from Sweden. After analyzing medical records of over 200,000 men, the researchers discovered that guys who had obese BMIs between the ages of 16 and 20 were twice…

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Brining vs. Marinades vs. Rubs

Every grill guru or barbecue baron has his own secrets for seasoning meat for maximum flavor. “Brines, marinades, and rubs are three fabulous ways to flavor your food,” says Elizabeth Karmel, author of Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned: A Complete Guide to Flavoring Food for the Grill. Here’s how to harness the power of each. Brine…    |      2015