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Make Your Own Cold Brew at Home with This Sleek Pitcher (Now on Sale) — Amazon Deal of the Day

The popularity of cold brew coffee has reached a fever pitch in the last few years. Once a specialty drink only available at super-fancy coffee shops, you'll now find it nearly everywhere.

You've heard (again and again) that it's better on your wallet if you make your own coffee at home, and there are huge advantages to making cold brew, specifically, at home. Chief among them is that the very nature of cold brew coffee lends itself to easy morning prep; you just have to make a big jug of it at the beginning of the week and you're good to go each morning.

Thinking about making the plunge? Check out this cold brew coffee maker from Willow & Everett.

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Does Open Shelving Really Get All That Dusty? An Investigative Report. — Shelf Help

Growing up, we had chores; one of those chores was dusting. Whoever's turn it was that week would have to go through the whole house with a rag and a can of Pledge and move every individual tchotchke out of the way to clean what felt like miles and miles of shelving. It took forever (probably less than an hour) and instilled in me both a hatred of dusting, and also the intrinsic knowledge that my house is not clean unless it's dusted.

In my old Brooklyn apartment — where we often kept the windows open, and were about two blocks from the BQE, a very busy highway — there would be a visible layer of dust on my TV stand after about two weeks. In my new house, where the windows are so old they've been painted shut, on a street with little traffic, things don't seem to get so dusty.

Why am I telling you this? Because dust is a deterring factor that keeps me — and a lot of you — from getting open shelving in the kitchen.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When was the last time you looked in the back of your liquor cabinet? Last week, when I pushed past the bottles of Bulleit bourbon and Gran Centenario tequila, I found some surprises including banana liqueur, black pepper-infused vodka, and an unopened bottle of Marsala wine. I pushed my previous dinner plans aside and resolved to put that bottle to use in a simple homemade chicken Marsala.

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Making the Most of Your Next Vacation Actually Requires No Planning at All — Apartment Therapy

From Apartment Therapy → The Way to Make the Most of Your Next Vacation Actually Requires No Planning at All

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This One-Pot Chili Mac & Cheese Is the Ultimate Comfort Food — Delicious Links

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Chili mac and cheese is comfort food at its finest. A love child of a hearty beef chili and a cheesy macaroni casserole, this dinner comes together in just one pot in 30 minutes. Yeah, it's definitely a keeper.

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5 U.S. Cities and the 5 Foods You Should Seek Out While You’re There — Fall Weekend Trips

I'm told there are people whose dream vacations don't involve either thinking about food nor having to move to get it. But for food people — me and my people — the dream vacation means having the time to hunt down not just a good oyster, sandwich, or taco, but the best version of said specialty.

Maybe you must be a bit Type-A (hi, I have lists) for this to be fun for you, but seeking out a city's best version of a food gives you something to chat with people about at bars, a reason to walk around neighborhoods you might not otherwise get to, and a good story to tell when you get back.

Convinced? Here are five of my favorite cities for food-stalking to get you started.

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