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|Just Some Photos Of Pets With Pizza To Brighten Your Day|
We’re having a pet-za party.
These verrrryyyyy good boys.
—Lori Reed Warren, Facebook
Lori Reed Warren
And this Chow Chow who is tongue-out for the 'za
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Also, this very well-fed cat.
This boy who gets his own slice and OMG LOOK HOW HAPPY HE IS.
This kitty who ate one too many slices.
And this pepperoni-sized mouse.
This smushy face waiting for his taste.
And this good boy who just wants to hold his own slice.
This doggo who will do tricks for treats — errr — pizza
This pupper who prefers to eat pizza in the bathroom.
And this duo flashing some serious puppy eyes.
This dog who has one thing on his mind.
And this cat who actually may be possessed by pizza.
This Pomeranian who can't help but smile when she sees a slice.
And this smart pupper who knows pizza > birthday cake.
—Autumn Garza, Facebook
This very hungry kitty cat who will purr for pizza.
And this pizza thief!
This pooch who ain't letting go.
—Gabrielle Marie, Facebook
And this one too.
—Molly Kyaa, Facebook
And this feline who isn't fucking sharing, don't even think about it.
This Corgi whose day is made.
—Sabrina Cheikhali, Facebook
And finally, this dynamic pizza-lovin' duo.
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|29 Traditional Indian Dishes The Whole World Should Know And Love|
There’s more to Indian cuisine than butter chicken.
Translation: Papri = refers to the crispy fried dough chips; chaat = tasting with a fingertip but also includes a variety of savoury snacks commonly sold from street stalls or food carts.
Think of this dish like an Indian version of nachos. The base is lined with crispy papris that are then topped with fluffy potatoes, tender chickpeas, a spicy mint and sweet and sour tamarind chutney, cooling yogurt, and crunchy sev (fried noodle-shaped snack made from chickpeas). Next up is a generous dusting of chaat masala (a spice powder mix), and then it's ready to be served.
Translation: Matar = peas; paneer = a type of curd cheese.
This comforting North Indian dish features a delicious combo of soft paneer and green peas in a spiced, tomato-based gravy. Served with rice or roti, it's almost guaranteed that extra will be made because everyone always comes back for more melt-in-your-mouth paneer.
If you're looking for a typical breakfast in India, look no further than a serving of heavenly chole bhature. It's made up of chana masala (a spicy curry made with white chickpeas), bhature (a puffy fried bread), mint chutney, and some optional extras like sliced onions and green chillies. But beware, it's a bit of a heavy dish so you may be inclined to have a midday nap after eating it.
Translation: Aloo = potato; gobi = cauliflower.
A regular feature on every Indian mum's cooking arsenal is this simple but fragrant veggie dish. All that's required is potatoes, cauliflower, and some Indian spices like turmeric which gives the meal its yellow colour. Bonus fact: Unlike other Indian dishes, aloo gobi is safe for vegans to consume!
Pakoras are a classic Indian street food that no one can resist. Best of all is that they're dead easy to make yourself! All you need is any leftover vegetables you may have (onions, potatoes, cauliflower, eggplant, and leafy greens work well) and a batter made from chickpea flour. Deep fry until golden and pair with mint chutney, tamarind sauce, and a hot cup of chai to make a meal out of it.
These soft-steamed lentil rice cakes, called idlis, are a traditional breakfast in South India. They're often served with sambar, a deliciously tangy lentil-based stew, and a refreshing coconut-based chutney to dip in.
Translation: Pani = water; puri = refers to the fried puffed crisp balls.
Pani puri, also called gol gappe or phuchka depending on which region you're in, is arguably one of India's most popular street snacks. To make them, vendors fill round, hollow puris with a mixture of mashed potato, onion, chickpeas, chilli, and tamarind chutney. Chilled mint-flavoured water is then added to give the puris a tangy, but spicy, flavour that is incredibly moreish.
In India it's all about the chaat, including this texture-filled bhel puri. In it you'll find puffed rice mixed with potatoes, onions, sev, chaat masala, and various chutneys. Just make sure you eat up quick to avoid a soggy and disappointing mess.
Dosas are a thin and crispy South Indian pancake that is traditionally served with sambar and coconut chutney. But there are countless other variations, including a masala dosa, which adds a filling of spiced potatoes, and a paneer dosa, which features a generous layer of spicy paneer.
Translation: Dahi = yogurt; vada = refers to fried flour balls.
Dahai vada, a creamy yogurt dish, is often made during the festive season. Fried lentil balls called vadas are dunked in a spiced yogurt topped with chili power and chutneys. Simple, but very, very tasty.
Makki di roti served with sarson da saag
Translation: Sarson = mustard; saag = greens ; makki di roti = bread of maize.
When the weather gets cooler, this quintessential dish of flabread and mustard greens is the perfect winter warmer. The saag is simmered down, blended until smooth, and finished off with a dollop of ghee, while the makki roti is baked fresh on a hot tawa. Delicious!
Goat meat, or what is referred to as mutton in South East Asia, is widely used in Indian cuisine. This Bengali spiced curry is no exception, and features tender chunks of meat in an onion-tomato gravy. Spices like garam masala and cumin are added to elevate the flavour before being served with a plate of steaming rice.
Kaddu ki sabzi
Translation: Kaddu = pumpkin; sabzi = vegetable.
This vegetarian stir fry dish will be adored by pumpkin-lovers. Cooked with tomato, peas, and a variety of spices, the end result is a tangy but sweet surprise that pairs well with a serving of hot pooris.
Translation: Baingan = eggplant; bharta = refers to a mixture of mashed vegetables.
This mouth watering eggplant-based side dish is not only healthy, but it's tasty to boot. Eggplants are roasted on an open flame before being mashed and stir-fried with aromatics to create a delicious, smoky flavour. Traditionally the bharta is served with rotis, but it goes just as well with some rice.
If you're looking for comfort food packed with nutrition, look no further than a big, steaming bowl of khichdi porridge. Made from rice and lentils, vegetables such as cauliflower, tomato, potato, and green peas are commonly added before being served with achaar (an oil-based pickle), raita, or papadums.
Translation: Bhindi = okra; masala = mixture of spices.
A popular but simple side dish made in Indian homes is stir-fried bhindi. It's made up of an onion-tomato base that is used to coat the okra, which then may be served alongside roti and daal.
Vadas can be best described as a style of Indian dougnut typically eaten for breakfast or as a snack. There are several different varieties, but the most common, medu vada, is made with black gram flour. Served with some sambar and coconut chutney, they'll easily become your new favourite doughnut.
Thanks to its long and rich coastline, there are a large assortment of regional fish curries in Indian cuisine. Most tend to be a tangy and spicy tomato-based curry filled with soft chunks of fish and vegetables.
Translation: Aloo = potato; tikki = small cutlet/croquette.
Trust me when I say you haven't lived until you've tried an aloo tikki burger. Made out of boiled potatoes, onions, peas, and various curry spices, all that's missing is a side of tamarind and mint chutney to complete it.
Dal makhani, which is made from whole black lentils, has a rich and creamy texture which is achieved by adding butter and cream. It's absolutely worth trying and can be made without the use of any dairy for a lighter meal.
Biryani is a universally loved mixed-rice dish in India. Specific ingredients and cooking methods may vary from region to region, but generally a biryani consists of spices, rice, and meat being cooked in an airtight pot over a low heat. This is done so that the rice absorbs all the rich flavours of the meat resulting in a fragrant, flavour-filled taste.
Rajma is a gorgeous dish consisting of red kidney beans cooked in a thick creamy curry. And although it may be simple, it's hearty and just perfect for the wintertime (or anytime really!).
Translation: Gajar = carrot; halwa = sweet.
Traditionally eat during festivals such as Diwali, Holi, and Raksha Bandhan is this sweet carrot-based desert pudding. Served with garnishes of almonds and pistachios, a spoonful of this will feel exactly like a warm, inviting hug from your loving Mum.
Translation: Gulab = rose; jamun = berry.
Easily the most popular and loved dessert in India is the gulab jamun. For those that have been snoozing on this mouthwatering delicacy, it consists of fluffy cardamon-spiced donuts immersed in a rose-flavoured sugar syrup. And let me tell you, having one is always never enough.
Kulfi is a frozen dairy dessert that is basically India's version of a traditional ice cream. It's denser and creamier however, and comes in flavours like mali, rose, cardamom, saffron, pistachio, and mango. The street vendors will usually finish off your kulfi with some ground cardamom, saffron, or pistachio nuts. Yuuuum.
Translation: Ras = juice; malai = cream.
Imagine soft, pillowy balls of chhana (cheese curds) being cooked in a sugar syrup and then soaked in a sweetened condensed milk and cream mixture. Sounds deliciously decadent, right? But it's actually one of the ~healthier~ dessert Indian dessert options considering that nothing is fried. And honestly it tastes just as good, if not better, than it sounds.
If you have a sweet tooth, then make these crispy, sugary spirals of jalebi goodness next to try on your bucket list. They're made from a deep-fried flour batter that's been generously soaked in a sugar syrup.
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This humble rice pudding is an integral part of every Indian home. Flavoured with cardamom, saffron, dried fruit, almonds, and pistachios, the rice can also be substituted with vermicelli or tapioca for a slightly different taste. Served warm, it's the best and only way to end a family feast.
Translation: Barfi = a derivate of the word "barf" meaning snow.
If you've ever visited an Indian sweet shop, you're more than likely to have come across these scrumptious milk-based mithai known as barfi. Common varieties include milk, besan (chickpea flour), kaaju (cashews), and pista (ground pistachios), but there are quite a few chocolate versions out there too! They're also usually covered in a thin layer of edible metallic leaf to make them look extra appetising.
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|You're Either Going To Love, Hate, Or Love To Hate This New Frappuccino From Starbucks|
Here we go again.
If you were alive in 2017, you remember Unicorn Frappuccinos.
Well, get ready...
Because Starbucks is going to try to do it again with the Crystal Ball Frappuccino.
Like the Unicorn Frappuccino, the drink will only be around while supplies last, and Starbucks baristas are already bracing for impact.
According to Business Insider, it's going to be a cream-based peach frappuccino with rock candy sprinkles.
But...will the new blue concoction be able to rival the pink and purple magic that the Unicorn Frappuccino had?
Will it take over our Instagram feeds and cause another whirlwind sugar and color-induced madness?
Only time will tell. Pitch a tent and prep your cameras, guys. The Crystal Ball Frappuccino comes out this Thursday.
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|Here’s What’s Actually Inside The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake|
It’s green, minty, (debatably) delicious, and absolutely not health food.
Every March, McDonald's reissues its infamous mint-flavored "Shamrock Shake" to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
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But what's actually inside this bright green drink?
The current version is made with reduced-fat vanilla soft serve, whipped light cream, and "Shamrock Shake syrup," according to McDonald's. The soft serve and whipped cream are both made with lots of milk, cream, and sugar, and some preservatives. The flavored syrup is chock-full of high-fructose corn syrup, and, unsurprisingly, various dyes and flavors to make it extra minty and green. The shake does not contain actual shamrocks.
A small Shamrock Shake has 460 calories, a medium has 560 calories, and a large shake has 800 calories. Obviously, these numbers might change if you decide to skip the whipped cream — but there aren't many other adjustments you can make. The vanilla soft serve and shamrock syrup are premade, so you can't really ask to swap the whole milk out for soy or almond, for example.
McDonald's tagline for this frothy green goodness is "cool, minty & full of luck." By that criteria, the luckiest ingredient of them all? Sugar! While using reduced-fat vanilla soft serve and the "light" whipped cream may cut the amount of fat, it does not decrease the jaw-dropping amount of sugar in these shakes.
A medium Shamrock Shake has 78 grams (or about 20 teaspoons) of sugar. That's a lot of sugar.
Let's see how that measures up to other sugary food and drinks:
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That said, the other McDonald's shake flavors (chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla) have similar amounts of sugar. So the Shamrock Shake isn't particularly bad compared with its peers.
Vanilla has the least amount of sugar out of all the shake flavors (72 grams in a medium) and strawberry has slightly more. Personally, I always thought the Shamrock Shake was a vanilla shake with green food coloring, so it must be the added minty "Shamrock Syrup" that adds the sugar.
Chocolate has the most sugar out of all the shakes (89 grams in a medium and 122 grams in a large).
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But keep in mind that one Shamrock Shake has nearly *two and a half times* the maximum amount of added sugar that's recommended per day.
Sugar in your diet can be either be naturally occurring or added. Naturally occurring sugars are found in things like fruit (as fructose) and dairy (as lactose). "Added sugars" are any sugars or syrups that get added to food during processing, preparation, or at the table.
Now, no single ingredient is "good" or "bad," and there's nothing wrong with a bit of sugar. But experts do recommend limiting added sugar when possible because consuming too much sugar is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.
One Shamrock Shake, any size, is still more added sugar than the upper recommended limit for any given day. (The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25–36 grams of added sugar per day, or 6–9 teaspoons.) Even the small shake (which has 63 grams of sugar) is two times the daily recommended limit. And the large size (which has 113 grams of sugar) has almost FOUR TIMES the upper limit.
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That said, if you're in the St. Patrick's Day spirit or you have a big sweet tooth, go for it — one shake probably won't hurt.
Author's note: I had never tried a Shamrock Shake before, so I went out and got one to drink while I wrote this article. I thought it tasted like melted ice cream mixed with toothpaste, but to each their own. At least it didn't turn my mouth green.
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|Peanut Butter And Mayonnaise Sandwiches Were A Thing In The '60s, So We Tried Them|
“Skippy Peanut Butter and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise… Together Tremendous!”
The ’60s were a wild time, and one of the wildest things about it was the food! I mean, look at this ‘60s-era ad we came across from Skippy Peanut Butter and Hellman’s Mayonnaise. It is really something else:
The text reads in part: "Peanut butter and mayonnaise...a brand new flavor promise! Skippy and Hellmann's together make any sandwich taste doubly delicious!"
That's right, they wanted people to eat peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches!
The ad suggested people try the basic "lunchbox special" — which was just peanut butter and mayo — or "fancy" versions, which augmented the PB and mayo:
Double Crunch: +Bacon and pickles.
Since we're the adventurous sorts, we — Asia, Mike, and Krista — decided to give this "brand new flavor promise" a try.
Also, we're all parents, so we're used to eating weird things and dealing with gross stuff.
First, we made the basic lunchbox version (just peanut butter and mayo):
Next we tried the double crunch (peanut butter and mayo plus bacon and pickles):
We didn't have pickles for this one, so we improvised with relish.
Because of the relish, it tasted kind of like a hot dog with bacon on it, so I tried to envision myself at a baseball game to see if that helped. Nope, there was no saving it — it was still pretty gross.
Ugh. As I started to chew a thought popped into my head: "This was a bad life choice." Taste-wise it felt confused — the bacon and relish were sort of making sense together, but the peanut butter and mayo were like party crashers who changed the whole vibe for the worse. Basically, it's like something your really drunk or stoned college roommate would make at 2 a.m. with whatever they could find in the fridge.
I hate bacon (don't @ me) and relish, so I knew going into this it was going to be a challenge. After this travesty entered my mouth, my tastebuds started crying. The flavor of the PB and mayo were an afterthought because the relish/bacon combo was so overpowering.
Next up: apple fandango (peanut butter and mayo plus sliced apples and jam):
And lastly, the crazy combo (peanut butter and mayo plus salami, sliced eggs, and onions).
I honestly felt like crying. So much was wrong with this sandwich. The boiled egg was a very overpowering addition to it. I couldn't taste anything else even though my mind knew there were other horrible tastes present. I couldn't taste the peanut butter, the salami, or the mayo at all. Just egg. All egg.
Guys...guys...I took too big of a bite. The ad calls this one a "man-sized pleaser," but it's not pleasing anyone. The onion and egg overwhelmed everything else and not in a good way. Honestly, I think the people who invented this knew it was bullshit, and that's why they called it the "crazy combo." Thoughts and prayers to anyone in the '60s who had to sit down to this for dinner.
This one was VERY egg and onion-y. That's all I could taste, so did I like it? Nope.
Oh, '60s, you tried it. The original combo wasn't that bad, but once onions, boiled egg, salami, and relish got involved, this flavor experiment got a little out of hand, IMO. If I had a time machine, I would go back and buy out all of the magazines that had this ad in them before some unsuspecting person could get any "doubly delicious" ideas. I will never look at a jar of mayo the same way again.
This ad seems pretty wacky from the vantage of 2018, but last year Burger King sold mac 'n' cheese deep-fried in a Cheetos crust, and that will undoubtedly seem pretty weird in 55 years.
Still, I can't help but think about how this ad came from a pre-internet age (with a far from developed mass media), so regular folks really had no way to reject it or spread the word that these recipes were not, in fact, "together tremendous." If a brand proposed something like this today, it would be flamed to hell in 15 minutes on Twitter, but back then brands could promote a bad-faith concept like this designed to increase sales of two of their products, and suffer no repercussions for it.
What were they thinking back then?! In all honestly, I don't know why or how this ad got approved. It was a good effort, but PB and mayo will NEVER BE A THING. Oh, and I won't be able to eat peanut butter for a while now thanks to this little experiment.
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Make sure your kitchen is properly stocked with the right knife for the task at hand. For example, you don't want to squish tomatoes with a chef's knife — you should be using a serrated one!
Keep in mind the three *most* important knives to have in your kitchen: the chef's knife, the serrated knife, and the paring knife. You can basically do it all if you start with these bbs.
Need the three basic knives? These are great options:
—Calphalon eight-inch chef's knife ($25.87 from Amazon or $34.99 from Bed, Bath, & Beyond)
When prepping your ingredients for a recipe, make sure you're actually following the chopping guidelines. If it calls for a one-inch dice, a julienne, or a mince, make sure you know what those words mean.
Learn what each of these knife cuts are called at All Food Considered.
Until you get the hang of it, use a cutting board with measurements etched right on it so you always chop evenly, whether you're mincing or julienning!
Get it from Amazon for $24.70.
Promising review: "My husband IS the obsessive chef! He is always very precise and careful in his cutting. If a recipe calls for dicing potatoes into one-inch chunks...that is what he will do. I really bought this for him as a joke because of how precise he is, but he LOVED it. He truly uses the gridlines and the measurements to accurately dice his food. Additionally, its a nice light weight cutting board. If you know a perfectionist chef, this is a GREAT gift idea." —TJ Callahan
Be the salt bae meme you wish to be, and sprinkle your salt from high up — that'll ensure a more even distribution and no salt stuck in a certain area.
This is one of 17 Genius Cooking Tips That Professional Chefs Want You To Know, so you know it's good.
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Before you start cooking, prep your ingredients and put them in little containers or glass bowls (this is called mise en place) — that way you won't ever forget an ingredient or accidentally add the wrong amount.
Get a set of three from Tasty's collection for Walmart for $6.97.
Still not convinced? Read about the magic: Prep Bowls Will Seriously Change The Way You Cook.
Master the one-pan dinner and you're basically already a master chef. All you need is a sheet pan + protein + veggies + salt + oil. That is IT.
Need some quality pans to get you started? Get a set of two 17"×11" nonstick sheet pans with red silicone handles from Tasty's collection for Walmart for $14.75.
Don't shy away from herbs and spices — they make all the difference between meals that are bland and meals that are bangin'.
Educate yourself when it comes to herbs and spices at Cook Smarts!
When zesting a lemon, use a microplane to remove only the top layer of skin, and try not to get too much of the white stuff (it's called the pith). You get all the delicate citrus-y flavor, with none of the bitterness!
Learn more about this technique at The Kitchn.
Perfect the art of the poached egg so you can top every meal with an Instagram-able runny yolk! The key is to add a tablespoon of vinegar and keep the boiling water swirling around the egg.
Find all the steps and Never Fuck Up Your Poached Eggs Again.
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If knives frighten you (honestly, I get that) you can also use a silicone tube designed to easily peel garlic. Just pop the clove in the tube and roll it back and forth against the table or counter.
It totally works — and this one has over 1,000 glowing reviews!
Get it from Amazon for $5.15.
Promising review: "It really works! My least favorite part about cooking is peeling all the little garlic cloves. This thing peels them in a snap! I don't have to smash each clove and pick the pieces of skin apart from the pieces of crushed garlic. The skin just slides right off! 10/10 would recommend." —Ruth Dickhoff
When making stir fries or cooking in a frying pan, don't add garlic too early — it might burn or brown too much. Toss it in towards the end to let the flavor bloom quickly!
Learn more about this trick at The Kitchn!
Check out this tip in action in the recipe for Garlic Chicken Stir Fry at The Recipe Critic (pictured above).
Onions are amazing, but not all created equal. Don't buy sweet onions when you want to use shallots!
Yes, it does matter what kind of onion you use, so learn which varieties to buy for which recipes!
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And use the ~claw hand~ technique to protect your fingers from your not-quite-Top Chef knife skills. No ER visits, please!
Tuck your fingers in and maintain a firm grip on the vegetable. Learn more at The Kitchn.
Put those chopping skills to the test and whip up some caramelized onions to improve ANY meal. Yes, it takes time, but yes, it is totally worth it.
Check out the ultimate tutorial for caramelized onions at Gimme Some Oven.
Don't let the idea of seasoning and cleaning cast iron pans intimidate you; they're one of the most versatile tools in your kitchen. Use them on the stove, pop 'em in the oven. They're basically indestructible — we're talking magic pans, folks.
We've got you covered — here's Everything You Need To Know About Cooking With Cast Iron Pans.
Looking for recipe ideas? Check out 21 Cast Iron Skillet Recipes You Should Try.
Stop overcrowding your pans. I mean it! The heat won't distribute evenly, and you won't those lovely caramelized bits — no one wants bland chicken thighs.
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Learn how to perfectly cook a steak, including searing it (in a HOT, HOT, HOT pan) and then basting it with butter and herbs.
I watched this GIF and suddenly I'm hungry.
We've developed the ultimate guide for cooking several cuts of steak!
Don't cut into your meat to check how done it is; try the ~meat done-ness hand test~ for perfectly pink results every time.
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And on that note, you need to let your meat rest after cooking! It helps the juices settle and get reabsorbed, so they don't all come running out when you cut in. Tender!
While it varies by cut of meat and recipe, the rest time is usually 10–20 minutes.
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Unless you're making risotto, NEVER stir rice while you're cooking it! That's how it goes from fluffy to sticky and starchy.
Other tips for making perfect rice? If you're making it on the stove, use a heavy-bottomed pot to prevent burning, and during the final stage, put a towel under the lid to avoid extra condensation making it mushy.
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And grain-to-water ratios depend on what you're making; keep these handy and you can venture out to fun, different grains like farro and quinoa.
Keep this guide from Good Eggs handy!
When you're making pasta, once it's just about al dente, finish cooking it in the sauce, adding in some of the leftover pasta water. Your sauce will cling to the pasta *so* much better, making for a real Italian restaurant–quality dish.
Get all the steps for perfecting your pasta at Serious Eats.
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And pair the right pasta with the right sauce for the best ~texture combos~.
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Try your hand at roasting a whole chicken. It's easier than you think (we promise!), delicious, good for you, and cheaper than buying individual cuts, AND it makes THE BEST LEFTOVERS.
BuzzFeed's food editors tried EIGHT recipes to find you the best (and easiest!) roast chicken recipe of all time.
Here's LITERALLY all the things you need: a chicken (duh), butcher's twine ($4.99 from Amazon), a roasting rack ($11.99 from Amazon), salt, and pepper. THAT IS IT!!!! No other ingredients, no other tools. SERIOUSLY.
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Side note: When I'm talking about leftover possibilities for a whole chicken, they're basically endless. And it's already cooked, so you can assemble a fun new meal on a weeknight.
Quesadillas, chicken salad, and fried rice OH MY! These are the joys that await you in 24 Easy Meals You Can Make With Rotisserie Chicken.
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Never buy salad dressing again — making your own vinaigrette is as easy as this ratio: one part vinegar/acid, two parts oil.
Learn more about making your own dressings at Little Coconutty.
Btw, you can just whip one up right in a handy mix-and-pour salad dressing bottle. It has measurement markings to make things ridiculously easy, and a whisk ball inside so you re-combine your dressings right before you pour.
Get it from Amazon for $12.
Promising review: "This is a very well thought out product. The measuring lines on the container are easy to read and make putting together salad dressing a breeze. The mixer means you just give it one good shake and your dressing is ready to pour even after sitting in the refrigerator and getting a little solid. The wide pour top gives you good control and lets you pour even thicker ranch type dressings, And I really love the fact you honestly can just stick it in the dishwasher and get it totally clean. I've only had it a couple of weeks so I don't know if it is well made enough to outlive me, but so far I'm impressed. Whoever designed this has actually made their own salad dressing!" —E. Hauptman
Don't sleep on the beauty of the dutch oven. It's one of the most useful tools you have have in the kitchen for making one-pot dinners (aka tasty meal, basically no dishes).
Get a five-quart dutch oven from Tasty's collection for Walmart for $27.88 (available in blue and copper).
Need some inspiration? Let me show you right over to 18 One-Pot Dinners You Can Make In A Dutch Oven.
If you're cooking only with EVOO, you're doing it wrong. Extra virgin olive oil has a low smoke point, so try other varieties when stir frying or roasting!
Learn more about these oils at World Market.
You should really be baking your bacon, not frying it in a pan. Why?? 1. It's easier to cook a bunch at once (the more bacon, the better) 2. It's wayyyyyyy less messy. 3. It cooks up perfectly every time! Without having to do any extra work!
Check out all the steps for the best baked bacon (try saying that five times fast) at Food52.
Learn how to bake something in ❤️parchment paper❤️ for a no-fuss (and like, no dishes!) dinner. Yes it's basically the easiest way to cook fish, but you can totally make chicken, shrimp, veggies, and eggs in it too!
::Immediately clicks on 16 Parchment-Wrapped Dinners For People Who Hate Dishes:: These recipes include mains AND sides! Dinner = done.
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Amp up the moistness and flavor of standard chicken breasts by using a marinade. You can whip one up with as few as three ingredients!!
Looking for something a little more impressive? We've got four-ingredient and five-ingredient marinades for you too!
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And don't over- or under-marinate. Match your protein to the chart below for just the right amount of flavor (and no sogginess) every time.
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Combine butter and flour to make a roux, the base of tons of sauces (including bechamel, aka what you need to make a dope mac and cheese).
Get the how-to at The Pioneer Woman.
Know what kind of pan to use for what meals — and only use nonstick for things you need to, like making eggs or pancakes (things you don't need to crisp up).
Master the art of making the perfect grilled cheese so you can always feed a crowd (or just yourself) without having to whip up anything fancy. No matter what kind of bread or cheese you want, create your own *uLtImAte* blend.
Haven't been making your grilled cheeses with mayo? Now is the time to start. Thomas Jefferson voice: "If you don't know, now you know."
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Still need some pointers? This bestselling book has all the ~truly basic~ techniques and recipes you need to impress a date... or your mom, who you can totally invite over for dinner now. It has over 1,000 photos, so you cannot screw this up.
The reviews for this are straight-up glowing.
Promising review: "I just turned 25, and my lack of cooking skills was beginning to be embarrassing and unhealthy, so I began searching for a cookbook to help me out. I usually got recipes online, but they tended to be either too complicated or too expensive for someone who's not that well off. I am not exaggerating when I say that this book has turned my culinary life around. I cook pretty frequently now, and I basically exclusively cook out of this book. I'm going to list several things about this book that I like:
I would say that if you are a beginner cook, this book is absolutely the one to buy. It's affordable, well written, and will help you make fantastic food. Seriously. Look no further." —Patrick Rinker
Listen to Chef Auguste Gusteau: Anyone CAN cook!
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|People Can't Stop Watching This Woman Completely Crush Her Male Opponent In A Cotton Candy–Eating Contest|
It's honestly incredible to watch.
The clip comes from the Chinese variety show I'm the Winner and was initially shared on Chinese social media site Weibo, where it has been watched more than 16 million times.
People thought it was amazing.
"lmao the female host is so hardcore. Now I wanna get some cotton candy and try it too."
"Hahahahaha the way she completely recovers and acts like a lady right after she finishes."
They couldn't stop watching.
"I've watched this 10 times. It's infectious. I can't stop."
And making fun of her male opponent.
"The guy: Who am I? Where am I? What am I doing???"
A tweet with the clip then went viral on Twitter, where it has been viewed more than 3 million times. People in the West became equally obsessed with her.
The woman in the video is 25-year-old TV anchor An-Qi, who lives in Zhejiang, China.
An-Qi told BuzzFeed News that eating the cotton candy like that was a spur-of-the-moment decision. "My urge to beat my competitor was too strong," she said.
"When I finished, I had no idea I was so quick either," she said.
But she added that she knew she was going to win because while her opponent was trash-talking her, she was already formulating a plan.
An-Qi has since re-shared the clip on her Weibo, writing, "You wanna beat me in any competition? Won't happen."
She said she did not expect the video of her to go viral, especially not in the West, but added she was really happy that she was able to make people laugh.
She added that after going viral she’s been getting requests to eat cotton candy on demand. “I’m going to need to start exercising to burn those calories haha,” she joked.
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|19 Pictures Of Food That Will Honestly Calm You The Fuck Down|
It’s the little things.
The lattice on this freaking pie.
This was done by pie artist Lauren Ko.
This sandwich, which I'm still trying to figure out, tbh.
The bottom layer of bubbles in this Diet Coke. MESMERIZING.
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This perfect ice cream scoop.
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And this perfect ice cream cone.
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And, while we're on the topic of ice cream, this perfectly smooth carton of vanilla.
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Look at how perfectly that pepperoni fits inside that onion. FATE.
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This waffle is so perfect, it almost looks fake. But it's real.
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Yup, this pancake is 100% real too.
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When do Reese's EVER come out of their wrappers so perfectly? Sorcery!!!
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This person managed to cut an orange in half without breaking the skin on any slices.
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Just look at this perfectly peeled avocado.
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Imagine opening your yogurt to find something this pristine.
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This Jell-O has 21 layers of meticulous perfection.
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Bless anyone who takes the time to put their carrots in rainbow order.
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Same with anyone who does it to their eggs.
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Um, there is PLASTIC WRAP on top of this cookie plate — you just can't see it because of how perfectly it was applied.
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This bun is so perfect, it's borderline sexual.
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And finally, whoever bagged this watermelon deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.
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H/T to r/oddlysatisfying
|14 Unexpected Little Ways To Cook Healthier At Home|
You don’t have to change your whole life to eat a little better.
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Stock up on grains.
Everyone has those nights where you just don't know what to cook. If you always keep a few boxes of grains on hand like whole wheat couscous, quinoa, bulgur, and farro, you'll have a healthy base for a meal that comes together in 15 minutes.
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Sneak vegetables into your favorite comfort foods.
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Try cooking with less processed oils like avocado and coconut oil instead of canola oil.
In fact, avocado oil has a higher smoking point than olive oil or canola oil, so it's ideal for searing meats and stir-frying veggies.
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Or cook your food in chicken or vegetable broth.
You can nix the cooking oils all together by using vegetable or chicken broth. Use it to cook grains like couscous, rice and quinoa, braise chicken or veggies, or add it to homemade sauces like marinara, curry, and alfredo.
Take advantage of Pinterest and bookmark recipes.
It seems obvious, but by bookmarking and saving your favorite healthy recipes, you'll never be at a loss for what to cook.
Give vegetables the lead act rather than just a supporting role.
Even if you're not a vegetarian, try cooking one meatless meal per week. Learn how to cook vegetables that taste amazing so you'll actually look forward to eating them. Try making General Tso's cauliflower, red curry sweet potato noodles, and eggplant crust pizza.
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Make a meal plan for the week, and grocery shop accordingly.
Instead of deciding what to make each night, make a game-plan. If you map out what you're going to cook Monday through Friday, you're more likely to stick to your healthy eating routine. Read more about how to strategically put together a grocery list here.
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|This Hotel Owner Criticized Gordon Ramsay For Cursing And You Can Guess How That Went|
Ok, so you know that Gordon Ramsay is not one to hold back ever. And when he goes in on someone, he usually swears.
Well, a hotel owner on Hotel Hell decided to tell Gordon he didn't appreciate his language:
Gordon responded sarcastically, of course, and then asked why he felt that way:
The owner then said he didn't like how Gordon used the F word.
Then Gordon went in on him:
That's when the owner literally told Gordon Ramsay he doesn't know shit:
Gordon was like really????? YOU JUST CURSED!
The owner then apologized to his mom:
He then gets schooled even more on what it means to be an owner. But the moral of the story: DON'T GET BRAVE WITH GORDON. EVER!
You can watch the full mess here!
|Is This A Real British Food Or Something We Just Made Up?|
Gotta craving for that bubble and squeak, mate.
|Pickle Juice Slushies Are Coming And, I Don't Know, Is This Too Much?|
Pickle your battles wisely, folks.
Folks, pickle juice slushies (technically, "slushes") are coming to a Sonic Drive-In near you this summer and I honestly don't know if this is awesome or questionable.
I love pickles, but IDK?!
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As reported by Food & Wine, the popular drive-in chain will unveil a new pickle juice snow cone slush this summer.
Apparently it will be a generic sweet slush flavored with pickle juice.
Of course, pickle juice-flavored drinks are not exactly ~new~, but this combination takes things to a whole new level.
So, the question is, WILL YOU TRY IT?! Share your (salty or sweet) comments with us below!
The pickle snow cone slush at Sonic is expected to roll out nationwide in June.
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|Here's What Pro Chefs Cook When They're Feeling Lazy|
Cook like a pro.
Listen, even people who love cooking need a night off...
And this is especially true for people who literally cook all day for a living (food bloggers, chefs, and pro bakers). So we asked 18 pro foodies what they make for dinner when they're just not in the mood to cook.
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Blue Ribbon Restaurants
Submissions have been edited for length or clarity.
|Everyone Has A Type Of Coffee That Matches Their Personality. Here's Yours.|
This is basically science.