A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
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(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
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A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
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WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
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People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) - If you don't have a reservation Thursday, it's safe to say the majority of restaurants are booked.
Your best bet is to stay at home Valentine's evening and cook with your significant other. And the intimate one-on-one time could have more positive effects than you imagined.
According to Bren Herrera, private chef, writer and owner of the Latin fusion food blog Flanboyant Eats, dining in can help develop a better bond.
"If you're sharing the evening with a significant other, being able to cook together is a testament of patience and creativity," Herrera said. "I think staying at home and cooking together … creates a romantic ambiance and promotes teamwork, which opens the relationship to a different realm of connection."
Herrera added that putting food on each other's plates is another way to mix things up. Both plates will look different, displaying each person's unique creativity and interpretation of the dish.
If you dress like cooking is a chore, it will feel like a chore. One way to counteract that is by dressing up a little more than you regularly would.
"You don't have to wear a bandana … or necessarily an apron … and if you do wear an apron it could be a flirty one," Herrera said. "I think for Valentine's Day, especially if the girl is cooking, it'd be nice to wear some heels, they don't have to be stilettos that are 5 inches - but just look really nice in the kitchen."
She added if you feel good while cooking, you may see surprising results in the finished product.
"I think if a woman feels sexy - she'll pour that love into the dish and it'll really show in the plate. The whole presentation and the delivery of it will just exude of admiration and love," Herrera said.
For more tips from Herrera, visit Flanboyant Eats, which details everything from Latin fusion food recipes, to fashion, to Herrera's world travels. You can also follow her on Twitter @BrenHerrera and on her Facebook page.
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