The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:54:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:54:00 -050013 vegetarian dishes for Thanksgiving<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>At its best, Thanksgiving's bounty inspires gratitude; at its worst, vegetarian angst. Non-meat eaters, when faced with a table that could be confused with a turkey temple, often fixate on the meat. They scratch their heads and wonder, "What's in it for me?"</p><p>The answer: A lot. A whole lot. Vegetarians can eat creamy vegetables, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a vegetarian gravy that's just as good &mdash; even better &mdash; than any made with meat or chicken stock.</p><p>Even without the turkey, vegetarians have a lot to be thankful for.</p><p>Thanksgiving root vegetable pie by Marian Bull</p><p><br /></p><p> </p><p>Scalloped...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Sarah JampelMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:54:00 -05005 quick things you can do today to boost your creativity<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>1. Want to be more creative? Get happy.</strong></p><p>Via <em>The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work</em>:</p><p >Our diary study revealed a definitive connection between positive emotion and creativity. We looked at specific emotions as well as overall mood (the aggregate of a person's positive and negative emotions during the day). Overall, the more positive a person's mood on a given day, the more creative thinking he did that day. Across all study participants, there was a 50 percent increase in the odds of having a creative idea on days when people reported positive...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerMon, 24 Nov 2014 08:58:00 -05005 reasons to sign up for a holiday savings account<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>You know what they say: Nothing is certain in life except for death, taxes &hellip; and the pressure to overspend during the holidays.</p><p>Oh, wait. That's not how the maxim goes &mdash; although maybe it should.</p><p>Because, sure enough, the season of financial temptations is right around the corner, which means it's prime time to figure out whether your budget is prepped to weather the upcoming spending storm.</p><p>Now, don't go into a panic &mdash; there's a simple strategy you can adopt <em>now</em> to help you sidestep those common holiday budgeting bombs, whether it's the last-minute invite to your co-worker...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Christine Ryan JyotiMon, 24 Nov 2014 07:19:00 -0500House hunting: 7 stunning castles in Europe<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><strong> Stresa, Italy.</strong> This seven-bedroom, Liberty-style residence was built in 1914 in the Piedmont region. The three-story villa has the original mosaic floors, high ceilings, a wine cellar, a gym, and a master suite with a dressing room and two bathrooms.</p><p ><br /> <br />The tower allows for 360-degree views of the area and Lake Maggiore. $8,615,000. Mayfair International, (011-39) 0323-32737.</p><p ><br /><br /> **</p><p ><br /><br /> <br /><strong>Shrewsbury, England.</strong> Sham Castle was built in 1780 for Baronet Sir Edward Smythe as a venue for entertaining. The three-bedroom residence includes a hexagonal kitchen, a cast iron and mahogany staircase, decorative...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 23 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0500Tips for disaster-free entertaining<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Those of us who entertain pretty much always have a few disaster stories. I'll never forget the time I spent half a day slowly simmering a pot of coq au vin for a fall dinner party only to accidentally dump an industrial-size portion of black pepper on top (curses, loose-lidded pepper container!). My poor friends suffered through their stew in sweaty silence.</p><p>Incredibly, Food &amp; Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin is among our ranks. In her new book, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen (Ecco, $35), Cowin confesses to messing up "literally every type of food (meat, fish, chicken, bread, pie)...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Anna Watson CarlSun, 23 Nov 2014 11:00:00 -050040 percent of Jewish millennials are unaffiliated. That doesn't mean they're giving up on Judaism.<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p> </p><p>Every year, just before Rosh Hashanah, my Crown Heights apartment becomes a war zone.</p><p>I don't mean that a few tears are shed during a volley of invective over dinner. When the Sholklappers fight, we go to the mattresses. Heads roll.</p><p><em>It's the lamb's head or yours.</em></p><p>My husband's maternal family is Persian, and just as I've learned to crunch chelo and spice gondi, I now painstakingly prepare the massive Mizrahi Seder for Rosh Hashanah, severed heads and all. Like almost everything in Judaism, the lamb's head &mdash; a graduation from the whole fish head I've used for the past two years &mdash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Sonja SharpFri, 21 Nov 2014 12:21:00 -0500The myth of the stay-at-home dad<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">I have only good things to say about stay-at-home dads, or SAHDs. They serve as a potent symbolic victory in the struggle to get men to do their fair share of domestic work. They bring a valuable set of fresh eyes to parenting. Plus, they know how to change a diaper and pack a lunch. Really, the only problem I have with them is that, statistically speaking, they barely exist.</p><p dir="ltr">You might not realize this from the amount of attention they get </span><span>from</span><span> </span><span>the</span><span> </span><span>media</span><span>, including <em>The </em></span><em>New York Times</em><span> who just can't </span><span>get</span><span> </span><span>enough</span><span>. The Grey Lady's </span><span>latest</span><span> was about a recent convention for the National At-Home Dad Network...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:01:00 -0500How my emergency fund saved me after I got the pink slip<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Not too long ago I was a market research consultant in Baltimore City, Md., living the good life.</p><p>As a 26-year-old with a $70,000 salary and no debt to speak of, I had enough money in my budget to cover the essentials, splurge on a few "wants" &mdash; and divert several hundred dollars each month into an emergency fund.<span > </span></p><p>Saving had always been important to me. Growing up, my parents had emphasized the value of having a safety net, and I'd read how crucial it was to fund an account especially for emergencies.</p><p>But while I knew I was doing the responsible thing by saving &mdash; at least in theory...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Cassandra Murray*, as told to Marianne HayesFri, 21 Nov 2014 08:43:00 -0500Don't change a thing: 8 inventions that never needed updating<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>If someone presented you with an original 1868 Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer, and told you to write your senior thesis using it, you'd be in for a world of pain. The speed you type with on your close-set keys would be gone, and most of your fingers would be too weak to give the keys the sharp strike they required. Plus, you couldn't even see the paper, and what was the pedal thing for? The machine you use to type today, even if it's not a computer, has been so greatly improved over the original invention that they are no longer the same device.</p><p>Constant improvement is what we do. So how amazing...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Therese OneillThu, 20 Nov 2014 13:50:00 -0500Ina Garten's make-ahead Thanksgiving advice<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Pulling off a Thanksgiving dinner without your guests catching you still in your robe, maniacally stirring cranberry sauce with one hand while you stuff your bird with the other, is a level of kitchen preparedness that we all aspire to and only few achieve. The alternative to this disheveled scenario &mdash; welcoming your guests fully dressed and groomed and surrounded by an aura of pleasant smells &mdash; usually looks something like Ina Garten.</p><p><br /></p><p>In her latest book, <em>Make It Ahead</em>, Ina has a whole slew of day- or week- or morning-before recipes to make us all look a little more put-together...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Marian BullThu, 20 Nov 2014 11:54:00 -0500