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Fran Drescher's own life inspires 'Happily Divorced'

In the penultimate episode of “Happily Divorced” last season, Fran Drescher’s character sleeps with her ex-husband, who in the pilot episode came out of the closet. As the series is based on Drescher’s own life, we had to ask: Was that rendezvous inspired by true events?“No, once we divorced we...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 11:35 PM

Hot Chef: Jeffrey Held serves up some good ol'barbecque

Barbecue sauce must run through the veins of Jeffrey Held: His first restaurant job was amongst smoke houses and pig roasts, and after 10 years working at Blue Smoke in the Flatiron district, Held now comes to the eatery’s second outpost in Battery Park City. We spoke with the urban barbecue...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 12:39 PM

So you wanna be a chef? Here's some advice

At the annual benefit for the Careers through Culinary Arts Program — a nonprofit that works with underprivileged high school students to get them ready for college and careers in the restaurant world — a number of distinguished chefs in attendance gave us their best words of wisdom for the next...

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 11:43 AM

Show off your pearly white teeth

Thinking about having your teeth whitened? Dr. Jennifer Jablow, who has beautified the smiles of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, fills us in.How does Boost, a treatment you offer, work?Boost is an in-office procedure. It’s about between 35 to 40 percent hydrogen peroxide — what you get over the...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 11:24 AM

Toy Fair 2012: What your kids will be clamoring for this year

We must say — toys have changed a lot since we were kids. Check out some of the hottest new playthings we found at the 109th annual American International Toy Fair.1. Playmobil Take Along Soccer Match: It’s like foosball, on the go! This fold-up game comes with six athlete figures who can kick and...

Monday, February 20, 2012, 10:13 PM

Ron Suhanosky invites you to dine at 'The Italian Table'

One surefire way to ease the Sunday night blues? Gathering friends and family together for a classic Italian supper.“It’s the way the Italians keep the family together,” says Ron Suhanosky, author of “The Italian Table” and chef at New York’s Nonna’s Table. “We all have busy lives throughout the...

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 12:56 PM

Cycle for Survival: Why I rode

Despite founder Jennifer Goodman Linn’s passing in July, the event she founded to raise money for rare cancers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Cycle for Survival, took place over the weekend. We asked celebs in attendance on Sunday what got them up early to pedal.Seth MeyersMeyers, a third-year...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 2:00 PM

Alzheimer’s: ‘People have more control than they think’

You may think you’re too young to start thinking about Alzheimer’s disease, but that’s not the case, says Dr. Gary Small, co-author of “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life.”“We have been able with our new brain-scanning technologies to peer into the...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 1:37 PM

Anne Rice: Interview with the vampire (writer)

"The Wolf Gift," the newest novel from Anne Rice, the queen of supernatural stories, hits shelves today. We spoke with the author about her influences, characters and her thoughts on the future of book publishing.You were raised in a very strict, Catholic upbringing. What kind of effect did that...

Monday, February 13, 2012, 11:33 AM

One Girl Cookies: A love story as sweet as their desserts

What started as a solo operation in Dawn Casale’s West Village apartment led to a full-fledged business — and to her meeting the love of her life.One Girl Cookies, the Brooklyn bakeshop that prides itself on unique treats like espresso caramel squares and banana whoopee pies, is the focus of the...

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 1:12 PM

‘Miracle’ rescue gets big-screen treatment

Unlike that other ocean movie we’ve all seen, in this family-friendly film you’re rooting for the ship to hit the iceberg. The ship in question is a barge from the Soviets, coming to break the miles of ice that have trapped three gray whales from continuing their migration out of the Arctic Circle....

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 12:13 PM

Hot chef: Sebastien Agez, Plein Sud

Chef Sebastien Agez has honed his skills in some of New York’s most iconic kitchens — Tavern on the Green, The Russian Tea Room and Cafe Des Artistes, to name a few. Now, he brings his native French fare to Tribeca’s Plein Sud, located in the Smyth Hotel, where he serves bold Provencal flavors as...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:20 PM

Health notes: Women hate their thights but love their cleavage

Tune inTwo new films seek to educate consumers on just where their food comes from. "Labels Matter" encourages viewers to get behind the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food in the US (our country currently does not require it), while "The Apple Pushers" documents the lives of...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:33 AM

Why you need to meditate

Forget what you think you know about meditation: You don’t need to sit cross-legged, you don’t need to light candles and you definitely don’t need to be a Buddhist monk. All you need, according to Jeff Cannon, author of “The Simple Truth,” is a willingness to quiet your brain for a few moments.“...

Sunday, January 29, 2012, 10:39 PM

Hot Chef: Amanda Beame, Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter

Contrary to what you might think, there is no “Bob White” behind Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter (a Bobwhite is a type of quail). But there is an Amanda Beame. The 26-year-old Culinary Institute grad serves Southern comfort foods like fried chicken, grits and black-eyed peas at the just-opened...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 12:59 AM

Dr. Oz: Why ‘mentoring is the way to go’

When he’s not operating on patients, hosting a talk show or authoring books, Dr. Mehmet Oz devotes his time to his charity, HealthCorps, a Peace Corps-like program that sends college grads into high schools to mentor students on health and well-being. We spoke with Dr. Oz at a reception celebrating...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 1:19 AM

Learn to cook in 2012

If a laundry list of ingredients intimidates you out of the kitchen and into the pizza place next door, Claire Robinson, host of Food Network’s “5 Ingredient Fix,” says you’re not alone.“People get angry when they see 27 ingredients in a recipe and they’re trying to learn to cook,” the TV chef says...

Friday, January 20, 2012, 12:13 AM

Queen Latifah: Queen of the choir

Even Queen Latifah gets star-struck sometimes. Take her thoughts on sharing the screen with Dolly Parton in their new movie-musical, “Joyful Noise.”“I still sometimes have to really stop and pinch myself and say, ‘That’s Dolly Parton! I know her!’”Latifah, 41, stars in the film as Vi Rose Hill, a...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 11:32 PM

Raising a daughter in the age of the princess

There’s a major epidemic taking over the minds of young girls everywhere: the princess syndrome. Jennifer Hartstein, PsyD, wrote “Princess Recovery: A How-To Guide to Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters” to help parents understand why today’s daughters are...

Monday, January 16, 2012, 11:17 PM

Rejoice! Dolly Parton returns to film

Dolly Parton steps into the room and it’s impossible to overlook her: She’s petite — though her hair adds considerable height to her 5-foot-1 frame — with a waist as tiny as they come. To no one’s surprise, she’s all dolled up like she’s about to go on stage, even though it’s just after noon on a...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 2:10 AM