The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:43:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:43:00 -0400How to make classic pulled pork<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Pork shoulder is no secret, especially to barbecue fanatics &mdash; so let's talk about why you should cook it at home. Pork shoulder comes, obviously, from the pig's shoulder muscles. This area of the animal works hard, which means the muscles get a lot of blood flow, and are therefore packed with flavor. However, this also means that, if not cooked properly, pork shoulder can be relatively tough &mdash; it's a cut that benefits from a low, slow cook. So you can throw it on the grill or in the oven, forget about it for hours, then pull it out and wow all of your guests.</p><p>If great flavor and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Cara NicolettiThu, 31 Jul 2014 15:43:00 -04008 secrets to steal from power networkers<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><div class="article-share-bar top narrow"><div class="author-block"><div class="posted-info"><div class="posted-time">You've no doubt heard it a million times: Career advancement is as much about who you know as <em>what</em> you know &mdash; and that's exactly why being a powerful networker is so important.</div></div></div></div><div class="entry-content"><p>But mastering this crucial skill requires more than just schmoozing over cheese platters and exchanging business cards. There's actually an art to it.</p><p>"Since there are so many different platforms for people to market themselves these days, you have to find ways to cut through the white noise and get noticed," says Ivan Misner, Ph.D., author of <em>Networking Like a Pro</em>.</p><p>When done skillfully, networking...</p></div> <a href="">More</a>By Molly TriffinThu, 31 Jul 2014 13:02:00 -0400How to make salads for reluctant salad eaters<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>In the interest of full disclosure, salads aren't my favorite food. They don't even rank in the top 20, 15 of which are just varieties of cheese. But I've grown to view them as better than a necessary evil: They come together quickly, don't require a stove or oven, and often serve to clear your fridge of produce that might be turning. <br /><br />If you're cooking on a budget, or exceptionally lazy, they make for excellent lunches and light dinners. Here's how to embrace them, without feeling like you're eating rabbit food:</p><p><strong>1. Think outside the lettuce leaf.</strong></p><p><br /></p><p>The lettuce mafia has had a chokehold on the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Gabriella PaiellaThu, 31 Jul 2014 08:48:00 -0400Confessions of an out-of-control penny-pincher<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>I was a pretty lucky child growing up in a suburb of New Orleans. I attended summer camp, went to private schools, and learned to play the piano and dance ballet. With their upper-middle class incomes, my parents were able to provide for me in a way that many families can't.<span > </span></p><p>But while I never knew what it was like to want for anything, my parents did think it was important for me to learn the value of money. Once I became a teenager, they encouraged me to get a part-time job, so I could foot the bill for hanging out with my friends and any shopping excursions. At 14, I got my first gig as a...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Victorine LamotheWed, 30 Jul 2014 16:17:00 -0400This simple hack for slicing cherry tomatoes will astound you<img src="" /></P><p><br /> </p><p>Slicing cherry tomatoes individually can be kind of time-consuming. While we're never opposed to just eating them whole, sometimes you've got to slice into them. Here's a quick tip for halving handfuls of cherry tomatoes at a time, using a few things you probably have lying around your kitchen.</p><p><br /></p><p>First, you need two lids from plastic containers. Set one on your counter, right side-up, and fill it with a single layer of tomatoes. Place the other on top, upside-down.</p><p><br /></p><p>Hold the top lid to keep everything in place, and carefully slice through the tomatoes with a serrated knife.</p><p><br /></p><p>And that's...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Kristy MucciWed, 30 Jul 2014 14:14:00 -0400The best places to find love -- and lust -- according to science<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>When readers email me about the research behind relationships and sex the most common question is always the same:</p><p><em><strong>Where?</strong></em></p><p>Where should they meet that special someone? Bars? Online? Through friends? Book clubs? Terrorist cells? Religious cults&hellip;?</p><p><em><strong>What works?</strong></em></p><p>Yes, science has info. But the answers depend on what you're looking for.</p><p><strong>Looking for love</strong><span ><br /></span></p><p>Want to settle down? Ask a family member if they know anyone.</p><p>People meet all kinds of partners through friends. But you're far more likely to meet your future spouse via a family member.</p><p >While friends were a source of introduction for...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerWed, 30 Jul 2014 09:39:00 -0400Everything you need to know about summer desserts<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><div class="editors-post-body"><div><p>Summer is truly the season of sweets. Our freezers are consistently stocked with one too many pints of ice cream, our fridges with the sweetest, juiciest summer fruits. We've traded dense chocolate cakes for cold, creamy desserts, and welcomed the triumphant return of pie with tart fruit fillings and flaky crusts.</p><p>But hot summer days pose a challenge in the kitchen: working with pastry dough suddenly seems like a Herculean task; those gorgeous summer berries refuse to stay fresh for more than a few days; and turning on our ovens is a test of strength and bravery.</p><p>Luckily, following a few...</p></div></div> <a href="">More</a>By Taylor SchwartzTue, 29 Jul 2014 12:17:00 -0400The 5 best and worst states for a well-lived life<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>How long can a baby born today in Missouri, New Mexico, or Minnesota expect to live?</p><p>What wages and salaries are typical of Latinos in the United States, and how do they compare to those of whites or African Americans?</p><p>What's the proportion of adults who have completed high school or college in Houston as compared to Dallas?</p><p>These are just some of the questions a recent report on the state of the United States tries to answer. A project of the non-partisan Social Science Research Council, "The Measure of America 2013-2014" attempts to gauge the well being of the nation by focusing on the well...</p> <a href="">More</a>By John GrgurichTue, 29 Jul 2014 08:44:00 -04008 recipes for a vegetarian barbecue<img src="" /></P><p><br /> </p><div class="editors-post-body"><p>The cookout: a meatlover's heaven, a vegetarian's hell. While omnivorous guests drool over sizzling charcoals with knives at the ready, vegetarians are left to idle at the end of the buffet table nibbling on sliced pickles, spoonfuls of ketchup, and Kraft singles. Maybe there&rsquo;s a bowl of coleslaw, perhaps a side of potato salad, but the signature smokiness of a classic barbecue feast is noticeably absent.</p><p>This grilling season, we&rsquo;re changing the formula. Skip the tofu dogs and veggie sausage links and go for a spread of grilled vegetables and smoky mains. Round it off with a glass...</p></div> <a href="">More</a>By Taylor SchwartzMon, 28 Jul 2014 16:50:00 -0400How to trim $500 from your monthly spending<img src="" /></P><p>Think about how much sooner you might be able to accomplish those big financial goals you've been dreaming about &mdash; buying a new car, saving up enough for a down payment on a house, or finally finishing that home improvement project &mdash; if you could just find another, say, $500 to spare in your budget each month.</p><p>We know what you're probably thinking: That sounds great in theory &mdash; but it's practically impossible to achieve. Well, that's exactly what 33-year-old psychotherapist and Ph.D. candidate Lanada Williams is striving to do.</p><p>Williams wants to save up to buy a house in Washington...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jane BianchiMon, 28 Jul 2014 14:07:00 -0400