The Power of Charm
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THE POWER OF CHARM

May is party season – graduations and weddings are important moments in peoples’ lives, and we often find ourselves thrown together with strangers or relatives with whom we’re not close, and we need to have a pleasant conversation. You may think people are born charming – and while some are – being charming is a social skill anyone can develop. Here, as taken from our book, Treating People Well, are a few tips on how to connect with others in […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Waffles
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WHOLE WHEAT CHOCOLATE WAFFLES WITH PEANUT BUTTER MAPLE SYRUP

If you love chocolate and you love waffles, this is the perfect, decadent, brunch recipe. It would also be a terrific pre-made food on a brunch buffet; you can easily pick it up and eat it (basically using your hands). You can also adjust the amount of milk and eggs in the recipe to suit your taste: if you like a rich, cakey waffle that the syrup soaks into and imbues with the candy bar-like flavors of maple syrup and […]

Kale Zucchini Latkes with Poached Eggs and Chive Yogurt
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KALE ZUCCHINI LATKES WITH POACHED EGGS AND CHIVE YOGURT

My daughter made me try this recipe. Kale-zucchini pancakes? It sounds like some health nut went completely overboard with the kale recipes and lost their way. She found this recipe on the GOOP website – and she was totally right about it. They are delicious, and while there is a little potato in them to bind the veggies together, they have many fewer calories than a potato pancake. Add a poached egg and a little plain yogurt with chopped chives […]

Email Etiquette
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EMAIL ETIQUETTE

More and more of our interactions take place online. Without the ability to read another person’s facial expressions and body language it’s easy to misinterpret a message. Here are a few tips from Treating People Well to keep your emails precise and pleasant. Avoid Sarcasm – Sarcasm is difficult to recognize without hearing the speaker’s tone of voice or seeing the smile and accompanying eye roll. Save emojis and over-punctuation for personal emails, and remember that messages in all capitals […]

Rhubarb Crisp
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RHUBARB CRISP

This is the homeliest dessert I’ve ever made, a reminder that beauty is only skin deep. In the time it takes to chop rhubarb and mix up some flour, sugar and butter, you can have a bubbling hot sweet-and-sour rhubarb crisp that, while delicious and colorful, is only slightly less ugly than a bad burn. A dollop of yogurt is all it needs to set the flavors off to perfection. I debated about posting this recipe because it’s so… not […]