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Published: Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:07:38 -0700

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Toy Story Land's Restaurant Menu Is Here, and We Need to Talk About the S'mores French Toast

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:15:09 -0700

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Walt Disney World's highly anticipated Toy Story Land is slated to open on June 30 at Hollywood Studios, and we can hardly wait. Luckily, we have the new menu for Toy Story Land's restaurant, Woody's Lunch Box, to tie us over in the meantime. The restaurant aims to put a "modern spin" on classic lunchtime favorites, but believe me, you won't find lunches like these on the playground. Miss your childhood toaster pastries? Try the Chocolate Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart, which is topped with bacon. In the mood for nachos? You might want to opt for the chili cheese totchos.

Of course, the Toy Story-inspired menu also stays true to Woody's cowboy roots with a Texas-style brisket sandwich, and another option gives a nod to Buzz's intergalactic adventures with a novelty Alien Sipper. Keep reading to see all the Woody's Lunch Box menu items coming your way this Summer.




Need Your Starbucks Fix? We Scoped Out the Best Deals For You

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:40:07 -0700

A wise woman once said, "Coffee is the most important meal of the day." That woman was me. Starbucks is arguably the most popular coffee chain by sheer number of locations, and the quality of the coffee is pretty on point. Also, the chain continually reinvents itself with new brews, flavorings, infusions, Insta-worthy drinks, and more to keep customers guessing and excited about what's coming up next. But sometimes you need your coffee fix, you need it now, and you need it on a budget. Here are some of the best Starbucks deals out there to make your caffeine headache go away and your wallet happy, too. Related: 8 Things You Never Knew About Starbucks, Straight From a Former Employee Starbucks Rewards Card If you're not participating in the Starbucks Rewards program, you really should, even if you're just a casual Buxer. The more you drink, the more stars you earn, and those stars turn into free items. Yes, free. The rewards program also comes with challenges to win you bonus stars for your visits. For example, hit Starbucks three days in a row and get 25 bonus stars. SCORE. There are also seasonal games tied to your rewards card like Starbucks Bingo. Not only do these increase the chances for rewards, but you can also win prizes like Starbucks for a week or for a year. The Rewards program is also great to have if you are an experimental Starbucks drinker, meaning that you always have to taste what's new. The app usually gives bonus stars for new and promoted drinks, allowing you to sip that victory drink a little quicker. To sign up for Starbucks Rewards, all you have to do is download the free app to your phone. Then connect it to your PayPal, Apple Pay, or preferred monetary source and get going. You can set your own reload increments and even add gift cards to the app so you can reap the rewards even when it's not your money. Starbucks Rewards Credit Card If you are a Starbucks addict (do not look at me . . . OK, look), applying for the Starbucks Rewards Credit Card may actually help your wallet instead of hurt it. With the Starbucks Rewards Credit Card, every qualifying purchase brings you closer to food or drink Rewards with one star for every $4 you spend outside of Starbucks stores. And in Starbucks stores, credit card holders are entitled to three stars for every $1 spent at Starbucks so long as they reload their Rewards app using the card. If you have the credit card, eight times a year, you will get certificates to try out some of the favorites of the chain's baristas, called Barista Picks. However, be aware that it is a credit card and you should use credit responsibly. There is no reason that Frappuccino needs to put you up to your eyeballs in debt. I probably did that in college and I can tell you it was not worth it. Look For Star Codes Star codes are these little, magical codes that can be redeemed for reward stars. The two most common ways to get a star code are by participating in member-exclusive offers you receive by email or by purchasing specially marked Starbucks products in grocery stores. The Treat Receipt Need your fix multiple times a day? Then hang on to your receipts during the company's promoted treat receipt time. Those little babies are worth their weight in gold if you are a twice-a-dayer. Usually, if you venture out to your local Starbucks in the morning, your treat receipt will entitle you to some sort of discount on your afternoon indulgence. But, of course, restrictions may apply. Don't keep your receipts? This is where the app comes to the rescue. If you go the digital route, simply show your in-app purchase history to the cashier for the same deal. Happy Hour Formerly known as Frappy Hour, this Summer Starbucks staple will be getting an overhaul this year. The company announced that it will be looking to refresh the program - which patrons seemed to love, baristas . . . not so much - and will be sharing details about deal[...]



22 Recipes That Will Convince You to Use Your Slow Cooker All Spring Long

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:46:13 -0700

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You might associate your slow cooker with hearty Winter comfort food, but that doesn't mean you should stop using it by the time Spring rolls around. Instead of cooking over a stove on a warm day, you can take advantage of these set-it-and-forget-it recipes. Get ready to make spinach and artichoke dip, carnitas burrito bowls, loaded baked potato soup, and more slow-cooker recipes using Spring produce all season long.




60+ Popular Restaurant Dishes - Hacked!

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:00:31 -0700

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From Magnolia Bakery's classic vanilla cupcakes to Red Lobster's addictive Cheddar Bay Biscuits, we've rounded up the best restaurant copycat recipes. (Some even come straight from the source!) Keep reading for 68 tempting options, but be warned: you're about to get very, very hungry.




The Right Way to Clean Your Dirty Stovetop Without Breaking a Sweat

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:41:13 -0700

When's the last time you cleaned your stovetop? Beyond simply wiping it down with a cleaning spray and a paper towel, it's important to deep clean it every once in a while and leave it sparkling. You might not even realize how much grease and grime is coating your stove and burners until you reveal what's underneath. Here's how to properly clean your stove, no matter what type you have. Before you know it, it'll be good as new. To Remove Caked-On Stains Soak your stovetop in a strong cleaner, and use a scraper to get up every bit of the stains, being careful not to scrape too hard. You can also soak a cloth in hot water, let it rest over a stain for a few minutes, and scrape up the remaining residue. Related: 7 Things People With Clean Kitchens Do Every Day To Clean Gas Burner Grates If you have a gas stove, you should fully remove the grates and soak them in soap and warm water in the sink, scrub them, and rinse and dry them thoroughly before placing them back on the stove. You can also spray vinegar on burners and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, because vinegar will help break down built-up food. Some grates are even dishwasher safe, but be sure to check your oven's manual to be sure. To Clean Electric Grates You can remove an electric burner's coils by gently pulling the burner out to the side. Keep the burners out of the sink and carefully clean them with a soapy sponge without getting any water on the electrical connection. Make sure they're completely dry before reattaching them on the stove. To Clean Induction Cooktops If you have an induction stove with a glass ceramic surface, you might want to buy a ceramic stovetop cleaner. Certain materials, like bleach cleaners and dishwashing agents, are bad for induction cooktops. Use a soft cloth and a ceramic-approved cleaner to wipe up stains across the entire surface. Don't Forget the Knobs You're touching your stove's knobs on a regular basis, and splatters can frequently dirty them, too. Don't neglect this part of your stove, and be sure to wipe each knob with a soapy sponge on a regular basis. You can even remove the knobs for a deeper clean in warm water and dishwashing liquid. [...]



You'll Never Buy Ground Beef Again Once You Learn This Hack

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:40:21 -0700

Leave it to America's Test Kitchen to come up with the best burger-making technique. It begins with freshly ground meat. I've never attempted to grind my own meat before, as I don't have a meat grinder, but this recipe doesn't require one! All you need is a food processor. Cubes of meat and butter are frozen before being pulsed in a processor until "rice-like." It amazed me how easy and mess-free this method really is. Since the meat is frozen, it doesn't turn gummy and stick to the sides of the processor. I hesitated seasoning the burgers with so much salt, but ATK's measurements are foolproof. Over the weekend, my dad and I threw these burgers on the grill for five minutes and they cooked through. If you're more of a medium-rare kind of fan, I would even suggest cooking them three to four minutes. "You can always throw a burger back on the grill," my dad wisely advised. The flavor of this burger is unbeatable. The butter keeps the meat moist while charring the exterior. Salt and pepper is really all you need to draw out the flavor of the beef. We dressed ours up the classic way, with ketchup, pickles, tomato, and lettuce on a sesame bun, but the topping combos are unlimited. I definitely plan on making this my go-to burger recipe. Tender, Juicy Grilled Burgers From Master of the Grill by America’s Test Kitchen Notes Why this recipe works: Patties made of preground chuck are easy, but we were after a charred crust, rich beefy taste, and juicy interior that are hard to get from supermarket ground beef. This is because the way ground beef is handled during processing draws out sticky proteins that create a dense texture in the burger. To avoid this, we ground our own meat and switched from chuck to sirloin steak tips, which contain less connective tissue and just the right amount of fat. We froze the meat to make grinding easier and added butter for flavor and richness. We also froze the patties after forming them to ensure that by the time they’d thawed at their centers, they had developed a perfect outer crust. We cooked the burgers over a superhot fire for great char and flavor. This recipe requires freezing the meat twice, for a total of 1 hour 5 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes, before grilling. When stirring the salt and pepper into the ground meat and shaping the patties, take care not to overwork the meat or the burgers will become dense. Sirloin steak tips are also sold as flap meat. Serve the burgers with your favorite toppings or one of our grilled-vegetable toppings. If making a grilled-vegetable topping, start preparing the topping while the patties are in the freezer and grill the vegetables before you grill the burgers. Finish the topping while the burgers rest. You can also toast the buns on the grill while the burgers rest. Ingredients1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak tips, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces Kosher salt and pepper 1 (13x9-inch) disposable aluminum pan (if using charcoal) 4 hamburger buns Directions Place beef chunks and butter on large plate in single layer. Freeze until meat is very firm and starting to harden around edges but still pliable, about 35 minutes. Place one-quarter of meat and one-quarter of butter cubes in food processor and pulse until finely ground into pieces size of rice grains (about 1/32 inch), 15 to 20 pulses, stopping and redistributing meat around bowl as necessary to ensure beef is evenly ground. Transfer meat to rimmed baking sheet. Repeat grinding in three batches with remaining meat and butter. Spread mixture over sheet and inspect carefully, discarding any long strands of gristle or large chunks of hard meat, fat, or butter. Sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon salt and one teaspoon pepper and over meat and gently toss with fork to combine. Divide meat into four portions. Working with one portion at a time, lightly toss from hand to hand to form ball[...]



The Easiest Way to Take Cherry Tomatoes From Good to Great

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:10:03 -0700

One dish that I make over and over again is roasted grape or cherry tomatoes. It's super easy and quick, and the resulting tomatoes are plump, flavorful, and bursting. I love this recipe because it can be used in many different ways. Serve at dinner with steak and potatoes or at breakfast with poached eggs and toast. Toss it into a bowl of mixed greens, goat cheese, and croutons for a hearty lunch salad or serve on crostini and slabs of fresh mozzarella for a delectable hors d'oeuvre. You can use this dish as the star of any vegetarian- or vegan-friendly meal, too. Roasted Tomatoes With Herbs Adapted from Ina Garten Ingredients3 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped basil 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped parsley Directions Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a baking dish, toss together the olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the tomatoes are bursting and juicy. Toss with the herbs and serve immediately, or let cool and enjoy at room temperature. Information Category Vegetables, Side Dishes Cuisine North American Yield Serves 6-8 Average ( votes): Print recipe [...]



Fast and Easy Dinner: Pasta Carbonara With Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:35:24 -0700

In its classic preparation, pasta carbonara is immensely comforting but a hair heavier than I typically crave this time of year. To make this fast and easy dish Summer-friendly, I add fresh flavor in the form of grassy, slightly sweet leeks, a hefty handful of parsley, and a few slivers of candy-sweet sun-dried tomatoes. Thin wisps of leeks take to browning in a bath of bacon drippings magnificently, without tacking on more than a couple minutes of prep time, keeping this fresh take on an old friend firmly in the weeknight-dinner camp. Carbonara purists will balk at this suggestion (if they haven't already), but I've even been known to wilt down a bunch of kale, in ribbon form, alongside the leeks for a bulked-up, greener iteration - consider this recipe a template for experimentation. Pasta Carbonara With Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes From Nicole Perry, POPSUGAR Food Notes Substitute Italian guanciale for the bacon, if you can find it. Ingredients3/4 pound thickly cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips 3 medium leeks, thinly sliced and cleaned Kosher salt 1 pound spaghetti 3 eggs 1/2 cup parsley, minced 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips Freshly grated parmesan cheese, for garnish Freshly cracked black pepper, for garnish Directions Add the bacon to a large, straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crisp and the fat has rendered out. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon, leaving the bacon drippings behind. Add the leeks and a pinch of salt to the bacon fat, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the leeks have softened and begun to brown. Remove from the heat. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti until al dente. While the pasta cooks, whisk the eggs until frothy in a large mixing bowl. Using tongs, immediately add the cooked spaghetti to the eggs, tossing vigorously to coat, and simultaneously cook the egg. Add the leeks, bacon, parsley, and sun-dried tomatoes to the pasta, and toss to evenly distribute. Divide among the plates, and top each portion with parmesan cheese and pepper. Information Category Pasta, Main Dishes Cuisine Italian Yield 4-6 servings [...]



By Far the Best and Fastest Way to Hard-Boil Eggs

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 12:25:02 -0700

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I'm a new Instant Pot user and have avoided cooking eggs for months out of fear they would explode (I've seen some gnarly photos on the Instant Pot Facebook Community). When I searched online for "How to cook eggs in an Instant Pot," I was met with disaster photos and inconsistent instructions from various bloggers. I searched for "eggs" on the Instant Pot website and saw an old video (with an old Instant Pot) that gave some strange instructions, too. My boyfriend said, "Well, why don't you just try the egg setting and see what happens?" Duh! While it's almost that easy to "hard-boil" perfect eggs, there are a few tips and tricks I tried that I wanted to share with you so your eggs turn out well, too. So here's the method I used, step by step.




Applebee's Dollarita Is BACK All Month Long - Clear Your Schedule!

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:35:13 -0700

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Cancel all your weekend plans because Applebee's Dollarita is back! To kick off Spring with a truly unbeatable deal - and an incentive to rally all your friends - Applebee's officially kicked off April with the relaunch of its popular $1 margarita. The deal runs every day, all day, all month long through April. Served on the rocks and made with tequila and margarita mix, the Dollarita is quite possibly the most affordable way to satisfy your margarita cravings.

"We first introduced the Dollarita to America last October, and we're excited to bring it back in April as a reason to celebrate the return of Spring," Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee's, said in a statement. You don't need to bring anything to the restaurant in order to claim your dollar marg at locations nationwide (besides your of-age self). The margarita that costs just a buck is the cocktail that started the dollar-drink craze at Applebee's, which has included Long Island Iced Teas and Bahama Mamas. We'll cheers to that!




Disney World Now Has a Millennial Pink Milkshake, and We Need One ASAP

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:35:04 -0700

So you have the millennial pink spirit jersey and ears but have you tried the newest sweet treat? Introducing the Millennial Pink Shake from @vivoligelateria topped with pink sprinkles, strawberry crispearls, and a fresh strawberry! 🎀🍓#DisneySprings #VivoliilGelato A post shared by Disney Springs (@disneysprings) on Apr 18, 2018 at 12:42pm PDT Disney can't stop, won't stop releasing millennial pink products, and we can't say we mind. This time around, a new milkshake at Vivoli Gelateria in Walt Disney World's Disney Springs is getting the millennial pink treatment, and it's a strawberry-lover's dream. The indulgent strawberry shake is topped with a big dollop of whipped cream, pink sprinkles, strawberry "crispearls," and a fresh strawberry - and oh, I'm sorry, is that a waffle cone I see, too? We're gonna need a taste of this in the very near future. Related: Disneyland Just Created a Minnie-Shaped Macaron Unlike Any It's Ever Sold Before Between the launches of rose gold Minnie ears, millennial pink spirit jerseys, and even a millennial pink MagicBand, it's safe to say the company is onto something. If you've got a trip to Disney World in the books, be sure to snag one of these Instagrammable milkshakes for yourself. [...]



41 Easy Work Lunches That Aren't Salads or Sandwiches

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:20:23 -0700

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If you've resolved to take more lunches to work, you've likely resorted to salads and sandwiches most of the time. And that's fine! But if we're being honest, you can only take so many leafy greens and cold turkey sandwiches before you've fallen into a rut and begun dreading lunchtime instead of looking forward to it. If that sounds like you, you need one of these hot lunch recipes in your life. From pastas to soups and more, these 41 recipes can be made ahead of time and make for the perfect lunch - one that you'll actually look forward to heating up and eating at your desk.




McDonald's Japan Now Has a Strawberry McFloat That Is a Level of Pretty I Aspire to Be

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:20:04 -0700

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To absolutely no one's surprise, McDonald's Japan recently launched the prettiest sparkling drink to coincide with Spring. The fast-food chain's new Strawberry McFizz is simply a strawberry soda that comes in a cute printed cup. The Strawberry McFloat, meanwhile, is a sweeter variation of the drink that's topped with a dollop of vanilla soft-serve ice cream. Unfortunately, as with the coveted Sakura McFloat, this seasonal drink likely won't make its way over to the United States. That doesn't mean we can't ogle pictures of the Strawberry McFizz on Instagram - although we know that hardly compares to trying it in real life.




26 Quick Breakfasts That Will Fill You Up Until Lunch

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:46:43 -0700

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As much as I love breakfast, all too often I find myself pressed for time and reaching for a mere apple on my way out the door . . . only to be greeted by my stomach grumbles half an hour later. If you're guilty of the same thing, then you need a breakfast intervention. Behold, 26 delicious recipes that are quick, easy, and filling. It's possible to make a good breakfast without getting up any earlier (or at least not much earlier), and the best part is you'll be completely satisfied until lunchtime rolls around.




I Finally Found the Best Frying Pan - and It Doesn't Stick

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:40:27 -0700

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My husband doesn't do a whole lot of cooking. And by that I mean he doesn't do any cooking. But within the last year, he's become a bit of a breakfast buff, happily (albeit, messily) whipping up omelets and scrambles nearly every morning. And while I am usually able to benefit from his stovetop efforts, I can't do so without listening to the relentless scraping that comes after the eggs have been plated . . . the nails-on-a-chalkboard-like sound the spatula makes when he hurriedly tries to get the hardened gunk off the pan. And this was a top of the line, commercial-quality ceramic nonstick pan that rang in at well over the $100 mark.

At some point, he had enough and insisted we get a new one. I naively assumed he just didn't know how to use it. That he wasn't coating it well enough before cooking. But he turned to the internet and started researching. Two days and one Amazon Prime purchase later, a WaxonWare 11-Inch Nonstick Frying Pan & Skillet arrived on our doorstep. I shook my head. How could a website where I buy dog food and batteries know anything about legit, chef-worthy cookware?

We've had the pan for eight months and it cooks everything like a dream, evenly, too, which is a lot to say given that we have a General Electric electric stove from the '50s that cooks nothing evenly. And even after eight months, it still cleans like a breeze - I barely put it in any effort. We've made everything from eggs to chicken piccata to veggie stir-fry on it. Once we even forgot about the eggs, turning an everyday scramble into an accidental frittata, which would have surely sent our previous fancy pan into a headspin. But the WaxonWare didn't flinch. I looked in awe as the 'tata slid off of the pan onto the plate, leaving a mere strip of egg crust on the side that basically fell off as soon as I ran it under water.

The pan comes in 8- and 11-inch options, so if you've grown tired of the post-cooking rigmarole that your current "nonstick" pan puts you through, it may be time to give the WaxonWare a try. I won't use anything else.






11 Sweet Scone Recipes You'll Want to Bake Immediately

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:40:08 -0700

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Wherever you stand on the age-old debate of which comes first, jam or cream, one thing is certain: scones are truly delicious. And if you're open to a few lively flavors, we've found some rather worthy additions to add to your repertoire alongside the classic British scone recipe. From chocolate chip rosemary scones to those soaking up Summer berry juices, we promise napkin-necessary salivation ahead. Read on for 11 recipes that will ensure you simply won't be able to resist spending your weekend baking.




20 Baked Doughnut Recipes, Because Frying Is Overrated (and Messy!)

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 10:15:08 -0700

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There's no doubt that fresh-from-the-fryer doughnuts are amazing, but cleaning up the splattered oil is definitely not so fun. (Plus, disposing of the large amount of spent oil is kind of a hassle.) Baked doughnuts are a fantastic (and pretty easy) alternative. While you won't get the airy texture of a classic yeasted doughnut, baked cake doughnuts are nearly as delicious as their fried counterparts and a lot less hassle. With flavors like carrot cake, red velvet, chai spiced, and double Nutella, these 20 recipes will have you in a trance. No trip to your favorite doughnut shop required!




70 Make-Ahead Brunch Recipes That Make Hosting a Breeze

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:45:04 -0700

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Though it doesn't have to be, hosting brunch can be a stressful endeavor. Like with dinner parties, the secret is in making as much of the meal as you can ahead of time. (This is especially true with brunch, since few want to spend hours in the kitchen in the early morning.) With that in mind, we've rounded up 70 recipes that can be made partially or entirely ahead of time, without suffering in quality. Options include baked french toast, quiche, muffins, frittatas, doughnuts, stratas, and more.




8 Things You Never Knew About Starbucks, Straight From a Former Employee

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:50:05 -0700

I spoke to a former Starbucks employee who worked there for about three years, and she gave me all the insider details I wanted to know. What's it really like to work there? Do baristas really rip off customers by intentionally underfilling lattes? What's the deal with the secret menu? Behold, her tell-all responses: You can ask for light ice in your iced drinks to get way more for your money. "If you order an iced drink, ask for light ice and you will get way more of whatever was in your cup." And to save money on hot drinks, order it in a bigger cup. That's right. You can order a grande latte "in a venti cup," and you'll basically be getting the larger drink for the smaller price. "Most baristas will be lazy and just make a lot of steamed milk and fill the bigger cup up all the way to the top." The one thing that drives baristas INSANE is . . . Saying, "Actually, can I get that cold?" after you've already ordered a hot drink. It's an inconvenience and someone has probably already started making your drink the way it was ordered. Related: 8 Things You Never Knew About Trader Joe's, Straight From a Former Employee Baristas are NOT asked to "underfill" lattes. Although Starbucks faced a lawsuit for underfilling its lattes, this barista assures us that is not a company-endorsed policy for saving money. If your drink is less than impressive, the problem might be . . . you. She elaborated, "No one has ever said anything about that. I always filled my cups to the brim like we were told. But the truth is, most of the time if your drink sucks, you were probably rude to the barista and they didn't like you. So be kind!" Employees receive great benefits. "If you're full-time, you get dental and health insurance options. The one amazing thing I got from working there was my stock in Starbucks: over three years, I made about $400 when I finally sold my share." If you love coffee, it's the best job. You don't even have to be a morning person to enjoy working at Starbucks. "Making coffee is soothing, especially at 4 a.m. when all you want to do is stick your nose in the grounds and wake up." You also get to drink unlimited drinks - for free! This woman loved her Starbucks job and highly recommends working there: "I loved it very much. We were more of a family there," she said. Related: 8 Things You Never Knew About Target Food, Straight From an Insider Employee You CAN order from the secret menu, but it's discouraged. You're probably aware that a not-so-secret Starbucks secret menu exists, but it's not something the company endorses. "Most of the time our managers didn't want us to make them because technically they're not on the menu. I didn't care about making them really, except when people got mad because it 'didn't taste the same as the other Starbucks.' Well, that would be because it's made-up, and there's no real way to make those drinks." So order your secret menu Frappuccinos with caution. Starbucks really does donate all unsold food. Ever wonder what happens to all those unsold pastries at the end of the day? Starbucks recently announced its plans to donate 100 percent of all leftover food to feed the hungry, and this former employee confirmed that her location has practiced this all along. "I know a lot of people think that's fake, but I personally packed the food and have seen it get pick[...]



Copycat! 18 Homemade Versions of Classic Canned Soups

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:15:31 -0700

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Growing up, canned soup was always my quick and easy go-to meal; I even went through a phase where I would only eat Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup every night for dinner. Now that I'm older and more skilled in the kitchen, canned soup only makes an appearance when I'm feeling under the weather and can barely muster up the energy to actually cook. As colder weather moves in, I find myself craving the comfort of canned soup but with my own personal culinary touch. These recipes embrace all of the yumminess of those canned classics but with a homemade touch that takes the flavor to the next level.




100 Breakfasts to Make on Weekends When You Have the Time

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:10:23 -0700

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The weekday breakfast struggle is real, but the weekend is the time to unwind and take the time to make something you really want. Maybe that's a treat like Funfetti cinnamon rolls or strawberry-Nutella french toast roll-ups, or perhaps it's something savory like skillet huevos rancheros or perfect buttermilk pancakes, but one thing's for sure: you'll find your perfect recipe in this ultimate list. Browse these 100 weekend-worthy recipes at your leisure to find inspiration, or jump ahead to your favorite category. Saturday and Sunday mornings never sounded better!

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This Creamless Cream of Asparagus Soup Tastes Like Spring Distilled

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:45:23 -0700

Instead of burying the flavor of asparagus under a blanket of cream, this delicate soup is subtly enriched with a less-expected ingredient: Greek yogurt. This simple swap is less about lightening things up and more about bringing asparagus's green, vegetal quality to the fore. (Its modest calorie count is a happy coincidence.) Delicate in texture, it's the perfect start to a Spring meal. (Or round it out with a piece of buttered toast for a light lunch or dinner.) Divvied up into small glasses, it also makes for a shockingly low-fuss hors d'oeuvre for a cocktail party or formal dinner party: make it ahead, reheat, and pour; that's it. Asparagus Soup Adapted from Martha Stewart Notes Gently reheat leftovers (don't let them come to a boil) as the yogurt can curdle if overheated. To make this soup vegan, omit the Greek yogurt, and instead add acidity with 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest plus the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Ingredients 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1 large shallot, thinly sliced Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes Kosher salt 1 pound asparagus, trimmed, chopped 4 cups vegetable stock, preferably homemade 1 cup loosely packed spinach leaves 1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt Directions In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add shallot, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are tender and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add chopped asparagus, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; continue cooking until asparagus is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; add spinach. Carefully transfer to a blender, add remaining 2 tablespoons oil and Greek yogurt, and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt (1 teaspoon kosher salt was just right for us). Ladle soup into bowls, drizzle with olive oil, and serve. Information Category Soups/Stews, Cream Cuisine North American Yield Serves 3-4 Average ( votes): Print recipe [...]



An Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe That Would Make Your Grandmother Proud

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:40:35 -0700

My upbringing was filled with the smell of Italian bread crumbs and the sound of sizzling olive oil, in part thanks to this chicken Parmesan recipe. I grew up on chicken Parmesan and have a special place for it in my Italian-food-obsessed heart. Among other cooking tips I learned from my mom, this is a recipe I still turn to in my 20s when I want something satisfying and comforting that reminds me of home. Trust me when I say I've eaten my fair share of chicken Parmesan, and this recipe checks all the important boxes. The first rule of chicken Parm is that it should be crispy, not soggy. People often bake the chicken on top of a layer of sauce, but in my opinion, that undoes all the work you just did to get the exterior browned and crispy. I prefer not to add the sauce until the very end, ensuring each bite is crunchy, cheesy, and benefiting from the flavor of the tomato sauce. This recipe also calls for fresh mozzarella cheese, which, despite the dish's name, is even more important than the Parmesan cheese. Skip the bagged, shredded mozzarella cheese and look for the log instead - the stringy cheese pull in the end makes it all worth it. Related: Grab a Forkful of Happiness by Making This Garlicky Spaghetti Immediately The chicken will come out of the oven piping hot and bubbly, ready to be served with a side of your choice. Make your grandmother (and yourself!) proud by making an easy yet elegant and classic meal that you'll want to turn to in times of your own comfort-food needs. Is it dinnertime yet? Related: 20 Chicken Recipes That Aren't Boring, Thanks to Bold Italian Flavors Chicken Parmesan From Erin Cullum, POPSUGAR Food Notes This chicken Parmesan can be served with pasta, roasted vegetables, or a green salad. Don't miss the step of flattening the chicken - it's important! This allows the chicken to brown evenly in the skillet and to cook all the way through. A meat mallet is the best (I have this $18 meat tenderizer from Williams Sonoma), but a rolling pin will work. As my mom would say, put some elbow grease into it. Ingredients2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise Salt Pepper 1 cup panko breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 large egg 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more as needed 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, preferably sliced from a mozzarella cheese log; I used Trader Joe's presliced mozzarella 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, plus more for serving 1 cup tomato sauce, homemade or store-bought, warmed; I used Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Marinara Fresh parsley for garnish, optional Directions Preheat broiler. Place each of the chicken breast halves in between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound thin using a meat mallet or a rolling pin. Season both sides of chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Combine the panko bread crumbs with dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on a plate or in a shallow bowl. Set up the breading assembly line by lining up the flour on a plate, the egg whisked in a bowl, and the breadcrumb mixture. Coat one chicken breast in the flour, shaking off excess, coat in egg, and then coat in [...]



The Only Buttermilk Waffles Recipe You'll Ever Need

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:05:02 -0700

I'll be the first to admit I'm for waffles over pancakes any day, but ever since I ruined my waffle maker, thanks to a disasterous gluten-free waffle attempt, and nearly destroyed my co-worker's beloved waffle iron trying to waffle-ize grilled cheese, I've staved off waffles for a while - until now! Growing up, my mom would use the same batter for pancakes and for waffles, so I thought I'd give it a shot with my buttermilk pancakes recipe. I only made a few tweaks, and I think these turned out lovely. They're slightly tart from the buttermilk, definitely buttery, and not on the sweet side so they're ready for loads of toppings! Serve them however you like; for me, I take them with a big slab of salted butter, fresh strawberries, and plenty of maple syrup. Related: How to Make Cinnamon Rolls in 30 Minutes Flat Buttermilk Waffles From Anna Monette Roberts, POPSUGAR Food Ingredients2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups buttermilk 1/2 cup salted butter, melted and cooled slightly, plus more for topping 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Clarified butter or high-heat vegetable oil, for cooking Strawberries, for topping Maple syrup, for topping Directions Preheat waffle iron. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, pour in buttermilk. Slowly stir in melted butter. To the dry ingredients, slowly stir in buttermilk mixture, eggs, and vanilla extract until just combined. Clumps are OK! Don't overmix. Spray preheated waffle iron with nonstick spray. Add 1/2 cup batter and cook according to manufacturer's directions, or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter. Garnish with butter, strawberries, and maple syrup. Information Category Breakfast/Brunch Yield About 6 waffles [...]



11 Inventive Recipes For Mimosa O'Clock

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:55:09 -0700

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A classic mimosa is often composed of one part Champagne and one part orange juice. The cocktail is timelessly simple, sweet, and satisfying, but for those wanting a change, we've found the recipes that add a worthy twist. Whether it's a frozen take on the cocktail or a pomegranate cider mimosa dressed with a salted caramel rim, these additions are soon to become your Spring tipples. Read on for 11 of the most inventive mimosa recipes.