The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:02:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:02:00 -0500How to care for your cast-iron cookware<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Ever pass up a cast-iron find at a flea market because you thought it'd be too hard to keep clean? Big mistake &mdash; at least according to John Folse, the Louisiana-based chef, restaurateur, and author of <em>Chef John Folse's Cast-Iron Cooking Cookbook</em> ($11). "The greatest misconception is that cast iron is difficult to maintain," he says.</p><p>Folse, who refers to cast iron as the "original no-stick cookware," touts its many advantages: It manages and retains heat well, makes for a handsome serving vessel, and works beautifully whether you're roasting, stewing, baking, or cooking over a campfire...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Brooke Porter KatzWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:02:00 -0500How to make the ultimate grilled cheese<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Childhood lunch staple. Best friend to tomato soup. Rainy-day indulgence.</p><p>An affection that started way back with those simple orange slices melted between white bread has morphed into an all-out obsession for our team.</p><p>So we decided to examine the humble sandwich a little closer. Which cheeses melt just right? Should you use white bread or sourdough? Fry it in butter, oil, or something else altogether? Is bacon sacrilegious? Herewith, our answers to all those very important questions and more.</p><p>First things first: the cheese. What you need is a semi-firm variety, which will melt into those...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jillian KingTue, 16 Dec 2014 16:18:00 -05008 ways to keep the winter chill out of your home -- without turning up the heat<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Weather stripping and door snakes? Check and check. If your house is drafty and cold in the winter, you've likely already been looking at ways to batten down the hatches. From adding an interior vestibule, planting wind-blocking hedges, and reviving the lost art of portieres to using windows with the tightest seal, these eight ideas can help.</p><p><strong>1. Add a vestibule.</strong> If your front door opens directly into your living space, consider building a small vestibule. A petite glassed-in version, like the one shown here, won't take up too much space and will still allow light to pass through. A vestibule...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Laura GaskillTue, 16 Dec 2014 09:24:00 -0500Attention office jerks: Back off!<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>We've all known the type: that manic, frustrated genius, whose creativity seems contingent on an even greater ability for being an absolute ass. In the office, they are the ones thinking outside the box &mdash; and they'll berate and belittle you for failing to understand their genius. We allow these individuals to be &hellip; well, jerks, because they are, after all, the workplace spark-plug. Capable of coming up with that next big idea, they can create the next great thing. We tolerate the jerkiness, because it's accompanied by genius, which always benefits the workplace.</p><p>Maybe it's time we...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Max UfbergTue, 16 Dec 2014 08:50:00 -0500My love affair with cookbooks<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">I don't know why our culture has put food in the position books used to occupy, as an expression of personal taste and cultivation. But it's happened. And I've become addicted to cookbooks in the meantime.</p><p class="p1">I ask for them as Christmas presents. I read them at night to relax. I tend toward the new, huge, gorgeously photographed, coffee table&ndash;size ones that fit nowhere but the tops of shelves, and that seem to forbid their owners from placing them on actual kitchen counters, where flour and sauce will destroy them. Big cookbooks may be my replacement for a dying glossy magazine culture in which...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:05:00 -0500How to avoid getting ripped off in a taxi<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>I have something of a sixth sense for suspicious taxi activity. When a meter or a route goes nuts I snap to attention. But this isn't natural talent.<span id="more-7513"></span> It's a skill I've honed after jiggered meters, crazy taxi drivers, fake bills in change, and similarly not cool stuff after moving abroad. Imagine dealing with it all the time.</p><p>Through it all, I've picked up how to avoid end up these types of taxis to begin with and, if I end up in one, how to squash the chance they'll try to take me for a ride.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Map Happy</em>:</strong> Use your camera to stop losing things in a taxi)</p><p>I would like to mention before...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Karina Martinez-CarterMon, 15 Dec 2014 08:55:00 -05005 unexpected ways to use vinegar<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Vinegar adds essential astringency to salad dressings, balances sauces, and brightens all manner of flavors. And it's much more versatile than just that. We like these more unusual applications for the tangy condiment.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Tasting Table</em>: </strong>Popcorn party mix)</p><p><strong>Make a refreshing drink:</strong> Ever see the recipe for Bragg Vinegar Health Drink on the side of your Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar and think, what in the name of Haight-Ashbury? Guzzling vinegar may sound like a recipe for a bellyache, but it's been prized as a revitalizing, thirst-quenching ingredient since ancient Roman times. Folks drink...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jolene BouchonMon, 15 Dec 2014 08:46:00 -050010 delicious chicken dinners to help you survive the holidays<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The holidays are the biggest enemy of the weeknight dinner. We dine out more than we should; we rationalize cocktails and cookies as a meal; we forget to eat amid a pile of unwrapped presents and to-do lists.</p><p>But we shouldn't forsake our expectations for a satisfying meal just because the jingle bells are ringing and the stockings are hung. The solution &mdash; unsurprisingly &mdash; is chicken. Chicken is a blank canvas for your wildest dinner dreams. It's easy and unfussy, and it won't ask too much of you while you have other, merrier things on your mind. Here are 10 undemanding and dynamic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Julie MyersSun, 14 Dec 2014 12:00:00 -0500House hunting: 6 classic Florida houses<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><strong> Miami.</strong> Stonegate Manor is a six-bedroom estate that was built in 1923. The 11,754-square-foot home features five fireplaces, a chef's kitchen, a gym, a wine cellar, and a living room with a three-story-high ceiling.</p><p ><br /> <br />The property includes a patio kitchen, a pool, and access to a community tennis court. $6,900,000. Judy Zeder, EWM Realty/Christie's International Real Estate, (305) 613-5550.</p><p> </p><p ><br /> **</p><p ><br /><br /> <br /><strong>Plantation Key.</strong> This two-bedroom home was once a Red Cross house. Built in 1934, the cottage includes high ceilings, an eat-in kitchen, tile floors, and a metal roof.</p><p ><br /> <br />Wraparound porches look out...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 13 Dec 2014 16:00:00 -050019 ways to spruce up your kitchen<img src="" /></P><p > <br /></p><p >These days the kitchen is the most important room in the house. We're constantly calling it our main hub, where we cook fresh meals, entertain guests, do homework, post messages and, yes, every now and then watch TV. But with the increased focus on function comes a lot of stuff that needs fixing, replacing, tweaking, cleaning, and organizing. For that you'll need to arm yourself with some kitchen knowledge so you can stay on top of what's most important. Here are 19 projects that every home dweller should know about.</p><p ><strong>1. Choose a new kitchen sink. </strong>Is there anything in your kitchen that gets...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Mitchell ParkerSat, 13 Dec 2014 14:00:00 -0500