The food isn’t ready til you add the `finishing touch’

If you’ve ever wondered why food made by your favorite restaurant chef tastes better than the food you make at home, chances are you are missing the crucial “finishing touch.” That’s the final seasoning that chefs sprinkle or drizzle on the food once it is cooked. You can add the finishing touch when you take the dish out of the oven, or off the stovetop or grill, or once the food is plated. If you serve your meals family-style, then add the finishing touch to the whole dish. If you…

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This Easy Indian Dinner Recipe Only Calls for Staples—and It’s Ready in 20 Minutes

Some cooks are so legendary that when you see them in the flesh you truly do quake in your boots. For my mother, waitressing at Legal Sea Foods in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the 1970s, that cook was Julia Child. Mom was asking a fishmonger how to cook a roast she’d just bought. He laughed, pointed, and said, “Ask that lady!” My mother turned, and there was the six-foot-two PBS host, trilling away about how to do right by a nice roast. Mom will never forget it. Octogenarian Madhur Jaffrey, the…

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Are We Finally Ready for Gender-Neutral Fashion?

On its August cover, Vogue featured It couple Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik. The mag is clearly a fan of the superstars as both have been featured in its pages before. But this go-round, Vogue kind of stepped in it by calling the pair “gender-fluid” since neither identify as such. What the mag meant to showcase was the fact that the couple shares clothes and shops each other’s closet. This wardrobe sharing is actually nothing new. The French, as in most cases, did it first. Vogue contributor Marina Khorosh experienced it firsthand. While in grad school in Paris,…

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Are we ready to welcome velvet back into our lives?

As a millennial, your last memory of velvet was probably a party frock from when you were in school. Having stayed away from the soft-to-touch yet what seemed like a horribly dated fabric, fashion has come a full circle to celebrate the decadence of velvet. From glove shoes to band jackets and skirt hems, the fabric is what you need to bring the party to your closet. Whether it’s the texture of your sunglasses or a date night dress, these are the pieces you should be eyeing night now.  [Source:-Vogue]…

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