Best PDF editors of 2017: Reviewed and rated

Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor. Historically, Adobe Acrobat has been the best option, but it has also been the most expensive, often putting it out of reach of individuals and small businesses….

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Top affordable destinations you can choose to study abroad

Access to education is one of the basic rights of people across the world, and many are extremely lucky to have had the chance to complete at least high school. However, when it comes to pursuing higher education from reputed institutions, especially those that are based in an international destination, there are only few who can afford to study abroad in the destination of their choice. Although there are several student loans and scholarships made available for young scholars who demonstrate academic excellence, there are external factors like cost and…

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Instant Mashed Potatoes Are The Secret To Amazing Gnocchi

Most kitchen hacks fall into the don’t knock it ’till you try it camp: You’re going to get eye rolls until people experience the genius for themselves. And to be honest, a big ol’ eye roll was exactly what we did when we first read that a box of instant mashed potatoes is the key to the fluffiest gnocchi ever. It seems insane — barbaric, even — that a shortcut could actually produce better-tasting pasta. But get this: The internet is flipping out about it … in a really good way. When you break it down, the…

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Love Starbucks Bistro Boxes? Make Them At Home!

Finding healthy snacks on the go can be tricky. It’s easy to pick up a bag of chips or a candy bar on the go but they can really only sustain you for an hour or two. Now, Starbucks has the healthy snack game on lock and people can’t seem to get enough of them. They’re called bistro boxes and they’re packed with protein and healthy fats, making them the perfect grab-and-go snack pack. The ease of picking these boxes up on the go is definitely a draw, but making them yourself has plenty of advantages….

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Carrot Fries Are The New Sweet Potato Fries

As fall swiftly approaches (I know, huge bummer), we say goodbye to juicy tomatoes and sweet peaches and enter root vegetable season! Beets, sweet potatoes and parsnips spring up, perfect for hearty soups and roasted sides that pair nicely with your coziest turtleneck. One of my favorites of the fall harvest is carrots. Great cooked or raw, they’re sweet, crunchy, and totally irresistible. Roasted, they’re reminiscent of sweet potatoes, which makes them the perfect candidate for oven fries! Tossed with a healthy glug of olive oil and seasoned with cumin and paprika, they have the perfect hint…

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Weekend Special: Pan Fried Paneer Tikka

Paneer or fresh cottage cheese, a popular ingredient of Indian cuisine, is a favourite among most vegetarians. It is also an important source of protein and calcium. Pan frying them is easy and tasty. Just mix paneer with other ingredients and shallow fry. Marinating it gives a good crusty outer layer. It makes a good evening snack or a starter for a party. Here is a quick and easy recipe that does not need long hours of slogging in the kitchen. Serves – 8-10; Preparation Time – 15 minutes; Cooking Time…

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Real dark chocolate is a win-win-win

Is craving for chocolate bad? May be, but not all chocolates are bad. If you want to reap the benefits of chocolate, you have to be a little more judicious. Instead of milk chocolate, real dark chocolate that has at least 70 per cent cocoa has enough flavonoids. Yet limit yourself to about an ounce a day or in two days. Its antioxidant capacity is on par or greater than many super foods and makes it richer. An addition of almonds to dark chocolate is considered even healthier as almonds provide…

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Are low-fat foods really good for you?

Low-fat food can’t be always associated with good health. The foods that are naturally low in fat like fruits and vegetables indisputably fall in the category of nutritious foods. However, processed low-fat food can’t be healthy as they contain a lot of sugar, salt and additives. Nowadays, super markets are flooded with desserts, biscuits and other ready-made meals that are tagged low-fat. Despite consuming these guilt-free foods, you keep gaining weight. This is because these saturated fat foods supply more than twice the calories per gram of carbohydrates, increase cholesterol…

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Mutton Undhiyu in Vadodara

Everywhere on the Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway, signboards hold out the promise of “pure veg” to the traveller. But we are looking for meat. Not butter chicken or mutton rogan josh or seekh kebab — which, contrary to stereotype, one can find in the cities of this “vegetarian” state — but authentic Gujarati meat dishes. In the stretch between Bavla in Ahmedabad district and Chotila in Surendranagar district, only a couple of run-down dhabas, shrinking apologetically in the shadow of plush vegetarian food joints, offer “non-veg”. Many dhabas have come up here…

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Like Chhaunk and Cheese: The ongoing revival of French food and restaurants in India invites a comparison between these two great cuisines

Years ago, Paris-based filmmaker and novelist Vijay Singh recalls taking an Indian friend to a dinner at a French friend’s house. “When the main dish arrived, I turned to him and asked, ‘Is the steak okay for you?’ He smiled and said, ‘Excellent’. A minute later, he muttered from behind his napkin, ‘Rest is fine, it just needs a little chhaunk’” (an Indian mode of tempering to release the flavours of spices). This delightful little anecdote illustrates how differently French and Indians view food. At first look (and taste), the…

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