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How to Become a Master Barbecue-er

barbecue foodSummer is here, and with it come endless barbecues. While men seem to have a natural feel for working a grill, women sometimes need some extra tips.

Woman’s Day has consulted with an expert to lay out a few simple guidelines for grilling meats and vegetables like a pro:

  • Time Your Turns. Place the meat on the grill at an angle diagonal to the grill grates. After two minutes, give it a quarter-turn clockwise. Wait another two minutes, then flip and repeat on the other side. If you flip the meat early, it will stick to the grate.
  • Wait with the Glaze. Liquid glazes should be applied when only 10% of the cooking time remains.
  • Reserve Briquettes. Have a reserve of ready-to-go briquettes on stand-by. This will keep your fire replenished and at the desired temperature for longer.
  • Be Skewer-Selective. Use different skewers for different types of food, such as onions, peppers, chicken, or meat. This will improve both the texture and flavor of the dishes.
  • Wait, Wait, Wait. After removing meat from the grill, wait at least 3 minutes before cutting it. This will allow the juices to redistribute evenly- otherwise, you lose the flavor to the cutting board.
  • Marinate. Marinade is important! Use one with an acid, such as yogurt, lemon juice or vinegar, as well as a fat, like oil. These will tenderize the meat and keep it moist while cooking.
  • Don’t Over-Crowd. At least 25% of the grill should be left unoccupied.
  • Resist the Flattening Urge. Pressing down on the meat does result in a delicious sizzling sound, but the food’s flavor and texture will both be lost.

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Mix-and-Match Summer Frozen Yogurt Pops

frozen-yogurt-popsStay cool AND healthy this summer with these four easy frozen yogurt pop ideas!

  • Layered- For a layered yogurt pop, pour a third of a cup of coffee flavored yogurt into a paper cup. Freeze for 30 minutes, then add a layer of vanilla. Repeat and add flavors until the cup is full. Don’t forget the Popsicle stick!
  • Swirled- In a large bowl, gently fold a chocolate-hazelnut spread like Nutella into vanilla yogurt. Scoop into paper cups, and freeze with a stick.
  • Topped- Experiment with different toppings like mini chocolate chips, pretzel pieces, crushed heath bars and peanuts
  • Combo- Try switching off between solid layers of vanilla yogurt and layers of swirls. Mix up the flavors as well, combining layers of hazelnut-coffee swirls, vanilla and strawberry swirls, and chocolate toppings, for example.

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Czech Firms Launch Flying Bicycle

The world’s first flying bike has been unveiled in Prague. Launched by three Czech firms, the unmanned electric prototype can technically carry a passenger, though the battery life only lasts 5 minutes.

Here is live footage from


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Sherlock Holmes Through the Ages

sherlock-holmesSherlock Holmes, created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, may be the “most prolific screen character in the history of cinema,” according to Wikipedia. Actors from all fields have pursued roles in Sherlock Holmes productions, including film and television actors such as John Castle, stage actors like John Webb and radio actors like John and Val Gielgud.

The first known film featuring the eccentric investigator is a one-minute single reel film called Sherlock Holmes Baffled which was made in 1900. Five years later the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; or, Held for Ransom vitagraph was released. Since then, literally thousands of adaptations have been produced, ranging from The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929), Paramount on Parade (1930) and Sherlock Holmes (1932) to the 2009 version starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law.

Sherlock Holmes and his biographer Dr. John Watson have grown in popularity on television as well. In 1984 British television company Granada Television launched The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, featuring Jeremy Brett. Actor John Castle also appeared on the show as one of the schemers in The Solitary Cyclist. He was later featured in the film version of The Crucifer of Blood as well.

Today, two of the most popular shows on television are contemporary takes on Doyle’s stories, including BBC’s London-based Sherlock and CBS’s Elementary, which takes place in New York City.

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The Biography of Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak Google DoodleYesterday’s Google Doodle has left people of all ages buzzing with memories of Maurice Sendak’s stories. The children’s author passed away last year, and would have just turned 85. His most famous and beloved work is Where the Wild Things Are, though he wrote over 50 books, including In the Night Kitchen and Outside Over There. Later in his career he worked on the musical Really Rosie with Carole King as well.

Born in New York City, Sendak was a sickly child. He turned to drawing to pass the time, and, once he got to high school, began working at All-American Comics. He went on to work on window displays for F.A.O. Schwartz, one of the most famous toy stores in Brooklyn. In the late 1940s, Sendak met Ursula Nordstrom, the legendary children’s book editor, who helped him get his first position as a children’s books illustrator. His works include books by Ruth Krauss and Else Holmelund Minarik.


Sendak wrote and illustrated his first book in 1956, titled Kenny’s Window. His 1963 Where the Wild Things Are won a Caldecott Medal and changed the world of children’s books, captivating the public with its imaginative journey of a boy in a dark, moody world of monsters. Sendak explained that the protagonist, a child named Max, acted like a real child as opposed to a light, happy, idealized version of youth.

“In plain terms, a child is a complicated creature who can drive you crazy,” Sendak said. “There’s a cruelty to childhood, there’s an anger. And I did not want to reduce Mac to the trite image of the good little boy that you find in too many books.”

Maurice Sendak passed away in a Danbury, Connecticut hospital in 2012 after suffering a stroke. His incredible contributions to children’s literature and unparalleled illustrations have left lasting impressions throughout numerous generations.

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High School Teen Wins Google Doodle Competition

Google Doodle18-year-old Sabrina Brady was one of thousands to submit an entry in the ‘Doodle 4 Google’ contest, and on Thursday, her drawing was displayed on the search engine’s home page. The doodle, entitled “Coming Home,” depicted Brady’s best day ever- the reunion with her father after an 18-month deployment in Iraq ten years ago.

Ryan Germick, leader of the Google Doodle team, said:

“Sabrina’s doodle stood out in the crowd. “Her creative use of the Google letters to illustrate this heartfelt moment clearly resonated with voters across the country and all of us at Google.”

The competition instructed participants to illustrate their “best day ever” and submit them to a panel of judges. Contestants ranged from kindergarten to 12th grade. Google received over 130,000 entries.

“It was very shocking… It’s crazy,” Sabrina said of her win.

She explained that most girls have their “daddy moment” at around ten years old. “I kind of lost him in the middle of mine. I missed him,” she said.

Sabrina’s drawing was displayed on Google’s home page last week. She also received a $30,000 college scholarship for college and a Chromebook computer. Her high school was also awarded a $50,000 technology grant.

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