What’s Your Guilty Reading Pleasure?

Last week I wrote a blog about judging a book by its cover. Incidentally, that post transformed my thought process into being somewhat of a judge–for the past few days I had this uncontrollable urge to dissect and analyze various forms of entertainment. Take, for example, a typical magazine cover (like the one I created below).

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What’s Your Niche? Sports

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I’ve written about niche journalism before; essentially remarking on the relative newness of the concept and the importance for writers to carve out a unique space in which to become expert. After searching around the interwebs a bit, I realized that what is happening today with niche journalism is more of a revival than a revolution — especially in the realm of sports writing. Continue reading

Happy Hour with a Seasonal Summertime Cocktail

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Stuck in a rut? Looking to add some pizzazz to your routine Friday cocktail? Why not shake (or stir) things up with a fancy summertime cocktail that you can easily whip up at home. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you. Continue reading

What Looks Good in Food

We’ve got so much quality stuff coming out of our 22 sections, so we want to continue to highlight the highlights from each and every one. There is a bounty of delicious content coming out of the food section, so here are five articles that section editor Tiffany Lin and site editor Claire Webb picked out. They found the unusual tips on cooking tongue, geeked out cocktail ideas, and helpful hints to make you a dumpling dynamo so very inspiring. Bon appetit!

Learn how to make futuristic drinks like this tang cocktail concoction, inspired by astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Learn how to make futuristic drinks like this tang cocktail concoction, inspired by astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Futuristic Alcoholic Drinks

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By Chance Gartneer

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Image credit: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

What Makes a Glaze a Glaze?

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By Rebecca Bragg

How to Cook Tongue Barbeque

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By JK Assar

Image credit: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images

Image credit: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images

How to Keep Rolled Dumplings Fluffy

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By JK Assar

Image credit: foodnetwork.com

Image credit: foodnetwork.com

Can I Make Ganache Chips?

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By Fred Decker

Tip ‘O the Hat Tuesday: Hair Help

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Credit: Cristina Cooper

Ladies, this one is for you. It’s that time of year where the morning dew can cause some serious frizz. And although rocking full on frizz isn’t advisable, harnessing the power of the curl in your hair absolutely is. ehow photographer Cristina Cooper and writer Lindsay Pietroluongo show us seven steps in this slideshow to transform your tresses into luscious curls. These steps are simple and don’t even require a blow dryer! We tip our hat to you ladies (and toss it aside to show off the beautiful curls we’re rocking).

Tip ‘O the Hat Tuesday: Costume Party Etiquette

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Learn from Tori Spelling’s mermaid costume on 90210, make sure you can walk in your costume. Credit: http://www.flickr.com

As we put the finishing touches on our Halloween costumes this week, we are reminded to consider our audience. Synonym writer Kimberly Dyke shares some great tips to avoid costume party faux pas such as: don’t be a party pooper and wear a costume (Even if it just means putting some animal ears on your head, make the effort.), ask if the party is for adults only, and avoid wearing a mask if you want to make new friends. Her article also reminded us that the fitted mermaid costume we had our eye on, while anatomically accurate, wouldn’t allow for basic human needs such as sitting and using the restroom. Check out Costume Party Ettiquette before you leave the house on Thursday.

Tip ‘O the Hat Tuesday: Spooky Slideshows

We’ve had some killer photographers working hard to make festive Halloween craft projects come alive on eHow. As the candy and costumes quickly approach, we wanted to share five of our favorite slideshows that will get you counting down the days to October 31.

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Check out how to make these mummified pigs in a blanket, courtesy of photographer Santy Gibson. We won’t look at a hot dog the same way again.

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Credit: Tim Kruskamp

Photographer Tim Kruskamp teaches us how to look the part for Dia de los Muertos (aka Day of the Dead), the Mexican holiday that celebrates friends and family who have passed.

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Credit: Mandy Schaffer

Take your carving skills to the next level with this scary pumpkin face tutorial from photographer Mandy Schaffer.

Credit: Leigh Green

Credit: Leigh Green

Photographer Leigh Green shows us how to make these festive skeleton bone cookies that will surely make your Halloween party table a hit. Fun tip about these treats: no cookie cutters required.

Credit: Victor Holguin

Credit: Victor Holguin

Mashed potatoes aren’t just for the Thanksgiving table. Photographer Victor Holguin shows us how to transform the classic into ghoulish goblins (which, incidentally, we think turned out to be pretty adorable).

Want to check out more from these talented DMS photographers? Visit the DMS Photo Lab Tumblr.

Tip ‘O The Hat: But… Why?

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Credit: smartplanet.com

Those of you with kids will likely appreciate today’s post a bit more than those without. Then again, I am childless and sure am excited. Either way, the likelihood is that somewhere along this road we call life, we’ve encountered a child (or an insatiably curious adult) looking up at us and saying, “But, why?”.

These queries are almost always about something pretty obvious and are always, somehow baffling. Why is the sky blue? Why is the world round? Why do we drive on the right side of the road? Why do leaves change colors? You get the idea. So today, we’re celebrating the kid in all of us and tipping our hat to J.T. Barrett’s article, “Why Is The Sun So Bright?”, because let’s face it–we’ve all been wondering that very thing!

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Credit: cultureeveryday.com

Tip ‘O the Hat: Masculine and Feminine Colors

Decorating your home – whether it be a baby’s room or your dining room – is more than just blue rooms for boys and pink rooms for girls. That’s why we found this ModernMom.com article, Masculine and Feminine Colors, so helpful. Writer Meg Winkler explains shades that fall into these two groups of colors and how they can change the mood of a room. She also tells us how mixing masculine colors with some light feminine colors can create dynamic spaces.

We decided to search for some of these interior decorating tips in action. Check out what we found that inspired us:

A little sage green in a French country-inspired kitchen. Credit: www.myloveofstyle.com

A little sage green in a French country-inspired kitchen. Credit: http://www.myloveofstyle.com

Add pops of lavender to a room with neutrals. Credit: www.lampsplus.com

Add pops of lavender to a room with neutrals. Credit: http://www.lampsplus.com

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Denim colored walls add a fresh take to a bathroom. Credit: http://www.hgtv.com

Coral and white mak a guest room look crisp. Credit: www.laylagrayce.com

Coral and white make a guest room look crisp. Credit: http://www.laylagrayce.com

Tip ‘O the Hat: Fall is for Firewood

Credit: Jerri Farris

Credit: Jerri Farris

It’s fall folks and as the temperature continues to drop, your pile of chopped wood out back should be rising. If you’re prepping properly you may even find yourself running out of places to stash your stacks of petite lumber. That’s why we’re so pleased with contributor Jerri Farris’ article “How to Build a Firewood Rack.” Which, like the title suggests explains how to build your very own firewood rack.

Credit: Jerri Farris

Credit: Jerri Farris

It also does a great job of showing off the gorgeous quality of the photo studio’s slide step photography–a brand new feature in the studio that we’re pretty excited about.

Consider our insulated caps tipped.