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Published: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:15:36 -0700

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10 Delicious Trader Joe's Meal Hacks to Make Dinner Easy

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:40:09 -0700


How can you hack a delicious homemade meal in minutes without resorting to a frozen entree? We asked our editors to share their tips for fast, easy, and tasty dinners thrown together with a handful of Trader Joe's products, so you can become an even savvier cook on busy weeknights. With a combination of fresh and prepped ingredients from the affordable grocery brand, we've come up with some pretty ideal dinners that can easily be thrown together after work. From spruced-up soup to cheap chopped salad and spicy taco bowls, these ideas will inspire you to skip the takeout.

A Fantastically Fast and Easy Chicken Recipe

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:05:13 -0700

Just because you're short on time, doesn't mean a great dinner is out of reach. On days where time's a premium, try this little shortcut - replace a whole chicken with just the drumsticks. This simple swap dramatically cuts down the cooking time; instead of taking about an hour and a half, these beautifully burnished drumsticks can be on the table in about 45 minutes. Related: 20 Minutes Is All You Need For the Best-Ever Baked Chicken Breasts Lemon-Garlic Chicken Drumsticks Adapted from BBC Good Food Notes For juicy chicken, season the drumsticks with salt and pepper at least 30 minutes before cooking, and as early as 3 days before cooking. Ingredients Kosher salt Pepper, freshly cracked 10-16 skin-on chicken drumsticks 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 tablespoons butter 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped Zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped Directions Generously season the drumsticks with salt and pepper, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, time permitting. Pat the drumsticks dry with paper towels just before cooking. Heat a 12-inch, heavy-bottomed skillet (preferably not nonstick) over medium-high heat. If you don't have a large enough skillet, use two smaller skillets. Add the oil and half the butter. When the butter is foaming, brown the drumsticks on all sides in batches; transfer the browned drumsticks to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add all the drumsticks back to the skillet(s), cover with the lid, and cook for 20-25 minutes, rearranging the drumsticks every 5-10 minutes for even cooking. Remove the lid and add the remaining butter, garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Gently toss to coat the drumsticks. Take the skillet off the heat and leave the flavors to infuse for a few minutes (this also allows the chicken to rest). Sprinkle with parsley, and serve hot. Information Category Main Dishes Yield 3-4 servings Average ( votes): Print recipe [...]

The 16 Cheeses You HAVE to Get From Trader Joe's

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:50:57 -0700


Trader Joe's cheese section is a magical place where some of the toughest decision-making happens. If your idea of a good time involves a cheese plate and a glass of wine, you've probably spent time mentally debating which cheese deserves a spot in your shopping cart. We've been there too, so we're featuring our editors' 16 favorite cheeses from Trader Joe's so you know what you absolutely have to pick up the next time you're in the market for a new cheese (and yes, it was hard to narrow it down). See which Trader Joe's cheeses you've already tried and discover potential new favorites, ahead.

25 Creative Dinner Ideas That Will Inspire You to Cook Tonight

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30:30 -0700


"What's for dinner tonight?" It's a question we all face every day. If you're really in need of some fresh recipe ideas, look no further than these 25 of our most popular. Some are fast and easy (under 30 minutes). Others are easy but will take you an hour or more. And lastly, there are a few "projects;" in other words, they require advanced cooking skills and will take around two hours or more. Allow the captions to guide you to making the right dinner choice tonight. Happy cooking!

25 Filling Vegetarian Dinners to Make During the Workweek

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30:16 -0700


Time is of the essence when you want to cook dinner after a long day, and these vegetarian recipes are here to help you out. From comforting soups to hearty slow-cooker meals and more, these 25 easy recipes prove that meat-free eating isn't boring.

Desserts Don't Get Much Easier: 5-Ingredient Strawberry Pinwheels

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:25:02 -0700

I challenge you to find a more magical ingredient than puff pastry. With some help from your oven, it can elevate everyday ingredients like ham and cheese, bacon and eggs, or, in this case, strawberry preserves and lemon zest into the sublime. This recipe requires little more than spreading fruit preserves on a rolled-out sheet of puff, rolling it up, slicing, and baking. The oven's heat does most of the heavy lifting, transforming these pinwheels into puffy, flaky, golden-brown bites perfect for any party. Strawberry preserves and a bit of lemon zest lend a Spring-y vibe even when berries aren't at their best. If strawberries aren't your thing, these pinwheels can be made with pretty much any jam, marmalade, or preserves you can think of - just be sure to pulse it in a food processor if it's chunky so it'll spread on evenly. I can't wait to try this technique out with bitter orange marmalade or tart cherry jam. Strawberry Puff Pastry Pinwheels From Nicole Perry, POPSUGAR Food Notes Pretty much any jam or fruit preserves can be used in this recipe - just be sure to puree it if it's chunky. Ingredients1/2 cup strawberry preserves Flour, for rolling out the puff pastry 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, such as Dufour, thawed Zest of 1/2 lemon Granulated sugar, for sprinkling Directions Pulse the strawberry preserves in a food processor until smooth. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry into a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. Spread the strawberry preserves liberally across the top of the puff pastry, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. Sprinkle evenly with lemon zest. Tightly roll into a 16-inch-long log shape. Wrap with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until firm. (To make ahead, refrigerate for up to a day before freezing to further firm up the pastry.) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper. Remove the plastic wrap from the puff pastry log. Using a serrated knife, trim about 1/2-inch off of each end of the log (there's little to no filling in the ends) and then slice the log into roughly 1/3-inch-thick pinwheels. Arrange 12 pinwheels on each prepped pan. Bake for 15 minutes, rotate than pans, and then bake for another 8-12 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown. Repeat with the remaining piece of the log. Serve at room temperature. Information Category Desserts, Pastries Yield About 45 pinwheels [...]

If You Like Piña Coladas, You'll Want to Add Rum to This New Hershey's Kisses Flavor

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:05:22 -0700


If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain . . . then you'll definitely want to pick up a bag of the 2018 Flavors of America Hershey's Kisses and grab some rum to boot! We loved the flavors from Hershey's 2017 collection of candies, but this year's pineapple coconut Kisses might steal our hearts (and stomachs). According to our favorite foodie Instagrammer, The Junk Food Aisle, the new Kisses are a white chocolate base with pineapple and coconut flavors - and the snack food aficionado gave it a crazy-high rating in their review! Keep an eye out for the tropical-inspired sweet treats in stores now.

5-Ingredient Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti Is What Solo Dinner Dreams Are Made Of

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:45:10 -0700

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Erin Cullum I am not exaggerating when I say nothing brings me more joy than the combination of pasta, garlic, and parmesan cheese. My undying love for that comfort food paired with my busy schedule means I make this parmesan garlic spaghetti recipe more often than I'd like to admit, and once you try it, I'm confident you will, too. Five ingredients and 20 minutes is all it takes to make this incredibly simple and flavorful Italian dinner, and it's the perfect recipe for one for those who live on their own. Of course, if you're cooking for more than one (or if you want leftovers for yourself . . . good luck with that), then you can multiply the measurements for however many people you're feeding. The best part is this meal is made almost entirely of pantry and fridge staples (spaghetti, garlic, butter, and parmesan cheese). The parsley adds color and fresh flavor, but it's not totally necessary and you don't need to make a special trip for it. Another note is that I love grating garlic with a microplane rather than mincing it with a knife, because when you add it to the pan, it practically melts into the butter to create a smooth garlic-infused butter sauce. But if you're unable to grate it, a fine mince will work just as well. Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Erin Cullum Are you craving pasta yet?! Bring on the garlic breath and make this for yourself ASAP. Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Erin Cullum Related:22 Recipes Meant For Anyone Obsessed With GarlicGwyneth Paltrow's Carbonara Will Become Your Favorite Weeknight Meal20 Recipes Meant For Anyone Obsessed With Garlic and Pasta Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti From Erin Cullum, POPSUGAR Food Notes *Let's be real - I don't pay attention to pasta serving sizes. I added about 1/4 of the box of dried spaghetti, which makes one generous portion. IngredientsAbout 4 ounces spaghetti* 2 cloves garlic, grated (or minced, if you don't have a microplane) 2 tablespoons salted butter 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional) Salt and pepper, to taste Directions Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt before adding the pasta, cook according to package directions, and drain. Meanwhile, heat a pan over medium heat and add butter. Swirl around in the pan and cook until fully melted and slightly foamy, about a minute. Add the grated garlic and cook until fragrant but not browned, about another minute. Turn off the heat and add the cooked pasta, parmesan cheese, and parsley, and toss until pasta is evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper, add as much parmesan cheese as your heart desires (the sky's the limit), and eat. Information Category Main Dishes Yield 1 serving Cook Time 20 minutes [...]

The Only Thing More Beautiful Than Queer Eye Chef Antoni Is the Food He Cooks

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:40:19 -0700


Binge-watching the first season of Netflix's Queer Eye reboot was an exceptionally salty experience for me. First, because of all the tears I shed during every. damn. episode. Second, because watching absurdly handsome Fab Five chef Antoni Porowski prepare food with each of the show's makeover recipients always makes me hungry enough to head to the kitchen for a savory snack! So imagine my outrage when people dared to imply that Antoni, my beloved patron saint of avocados and Strokes t-shirts, can't cook. (Cue record scratch noise here.)

Yes, you read that right. People really tried it.

Apparently, because Antoni guides cooking-averse men through simple recipes on Queer Eye, some viewers interpreted that to mean he can't actually cook. Never mind that some of the guys featured on Queer Eye consider Mountain Dew mixed with tequila to be fine dining. Instead, the haters who question Antoni's skills in the kitchen feel that "a real chef" would have taught these men how to make bone marrow foam and grilled cauliflower steaks instead of basic staples (like guacamole or grilled cheese) that they'll actually cook regularly. Sounds logical.

But Antoni isn't one to let the haters sway him. Instead, the foodie of the Fab Five simply lets his cooking speak for itself, courtesy of beautifully styled Instagram photos taken by his proud partner, Joey Krietemeyer. From pan-seared salmon to gourmet beef bourguignon, Antoni's Instagram is filled with photos of the only thing more beautiful than his face: the food he lovingly prepares.

So look out, haters; these glorious meals are your proof (once and for all!) that Antoni can cook.

The Truth Behind Costco’s $5 Rotisserie Chicken

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:50:15 -0700

Image Source: Flickr user terren in Virginia We can always count on Dr. Oz to expose the truth about our favorite foods. He recently investigated the hidden ingredients in rotisserie chicken, and now we finally know why it's so addictive. He teamed up with award-winning writer Mark Schatzker to figure out why Americans can't get enough of the stuff, especially Costco's $5 rotisserie chicken. The first shocking piece of information is that rotisserie chicken is often processed, in other words, "pre-seasoned in factories," and then shipped to supermarkets, where "an employee can put it on the skewer and cook it." You may already know part of what makes store-bought rotisserie chickens so tasty is that they're on the salty side, but the skin is also flavored with MSG and sugar, among other natural flavors. Similar to potato chips, this combination helps explain why we can never have too much rotisserie chicken. Despite the seemingly scariness of it all, Dr. Oz says it may be "one of the healthiest processed foods out there." And in similar Dr. Oz. fashion, he suggests taking off the skin to keep it healthier. But if that sounds like insanity, add other sides to your plate to avoid overeating. Related: 25 Recipes Starring Costco Rotisserie Chicken Image Source: The Dr. Oz. Show Watch the full video: Dr. Oz on rotisserie chicken [...]

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Sweet-Toothed Narcissists Can Now Lick Their Very Own Life-Size Face Lollipops

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:40:45 -0700


Firebox wants to take you to the candy shop and let you lick the lollipop - the candy in question being a life-size bespoke lollipop of your own face! The Face Licker lollipop, which retails at $56, is made from scratch using natural tutti-frutti-flavored sugar, spun to embody your facial features. All that is required is a photo of yourself (or your chosen candy fiend) and a short description of said person, vegans included.

With this new weird food trend, you can now basically make out with your own sweet face. Just be sure to allow five to seven working days for manufacture, along with shipping. Read on to see how the Face Licker is brought to life, then shop your own.

Got 5 Minutes? You Can Make This Dreamy Mediterranean Scramble!

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:01:31 -0700

I'm a big proponent of eating a real sit-down breakfast each and every day, Monday through Friday included. If you're thinking "good for her, not for me!", hear me out: I'm not cooking up anything fussy or time-consuming. It's more about the act of sitting down to something satisfying while enjoying a few minutes to myself before the day really begins. Many days it's a smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal. When I'm craving something savory, it's typically this simple Mediterranean scramble or a mushroom and goat cheese version. All in all it takes about five minutes to make, and five to 10 minutes to eat, and is well worth getting up 15 minutes earlier for. Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Scramble From Nicole Perry, POPSUGAR Food Ingredients2 large eggs Scant 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil A pinch of red pepper flakes Packed 1/2 cup baby spinach 1 sun-dried tomato half, finely chopped 1 heaping tablespoon finely chopped roasted bell pepper (about 1/4 a pepper's worth) 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish, optional Toast, for serving, optional Directions Beat together the eggs and salt in a small mixing bowl until homogenous and frothy. Add the olive oil to a medium nonstick skillet, heat for about 1 minute over medium-high heat, then add the red pepper flakes and spinach and cook until the spinach is almost wilted, stirring occasionally. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and bell pepper, and cook for 30 more seconds, stirring occasionally. Add the egg and cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the egg looks not quite soft-cooked. (The residual heat from the skillet will continue to cook the eggs.) Remove from the heat, add the parmesan, stir to combine, and transfer to a plate. Finish with pepper and a sprinkling of parsley. Serve with toast. Information Category Eggs, Breakfast/Brunch Yield Serves 1 Cook Time 5 minutes [...]

The Future Looks Sweet, but How Does the Starbucks Crystal Ball Frappuccino Actually Taste?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:40:34 -0700


We've seen the future, people, and it's super bright and filled with sugar! News broke earlier on Monday that Starbucks will be releasing a colorful new Crystal Ball Frappuccino on March 22 for just a few days. While we know the photos of the sugary drink are undeniably appealing, just how tasty is it? Thanks to a few lucky baristas and Frappuccino-loving guinea pigs, the reviews are in, and well, the beloved Instagram-famous Unicorn Frappuccino may have actually found its match. With reviews ranging from "IT'S DELICIOUS!!!!" to "worth a try," it sounds like the new drink will be filling up our bellies, as well as our Instagram feeds.

Although Starbucks has yet to officially confirm the sugary news, our crystal balls tell us it's going to be huge. The drink will reportedly be made with a white and turquoise peach-flavored cream base, a whipped cream topping, and a sprinkle of rock candy pieces in pink, blue, or green. Read on to see some of the early reviews of the newest sweet beverage added to the Frappuccino lineup, and be sure to try it out for yourself when it hits stores later this week.

Flowers? Nah . . . This Is Where You'll Find the Best FOOD at Epcot's Flower & Garden Fest!

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:20:31 -0700


In name, Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival might be all about beautiful plants . . . but in practice, it's also an excellent excuse to chow down on seriously delicious food! The globetrotting-inspired Disney park holds nothing back when it comes to the menu at its springtime celebration (which runs until May 28), so don't make the mistake of thinking that the Food & Wine Festival is the only annual Epcot event to attend on an empty stomach.

The folks at Disney sent us a peek at the food and drinks available during this Spring's festivities, and it's making our sad desk lunches look extra pathetic. If you're a foodie on the hunt for the best things to nosh on while you enjoy the stunning flowers and intricate arrangements at the festival, just check out these highlights from this year's menu. And if your stomach is still growling, read the full list of international delicacies you can enjoy over at the Disney Parks Blog - there's something to satisfy every craving!

20 Things You've Been Doing Wrong in the Kitchen Your Entire Life

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:18:03 -0700


Are you scrambling eggs, making chocolate chip cookies, and measuring pasta the right way? It might not seem obvious, but there are plenty of basic things you could be doing the "wrong" way in the kitchen. There's somewhat of an art to cutting a lime, cooking chicken, mincing garlic, and roasting crispy potatoes. These 20 hacks will make you a serious cooking pro if you're not already. Keep reading to learn every cooking shortcut and tip that will save you time, stress, and sanity in the kitchen. You just might learn an unexpected tip you never knew you needed.

Cheap Seafood Recipes That Will Get You Through Lenten Season

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:30:17 -0700


Meatless Fridays during Lent don't have to be difficult. Delicious and affordable seafood dishes shouldn't be hard to come by. Usually fresh seafood can cost a pretty price tag, but rest assured, there are ways to incorporate fish in your meals without breaking the bank. For example, canned tuna holds a special place in my heart; it's a cheap, versatile ingredient. Frozen fish fillets are also an excellent option when it comes to creating a yummy meal in a pinch. The following 15 recipes can all be purchased at your local grocery store and are completely budget-friendly.

This Hack Will Forever Change the Way You Peel Potatoes

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:30:47 -0700

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry When I saw a trick for removing potato skins by slipping them off without using the dreaded vegetable peeler, I knew I had to try it immediately to see if it worked. YouTube user Foody Tube's amazing potato hack video claims you can skip the peeling process before boiling the potatoes and, instead, squeeze the skin straight off the potatoes once they're fully cooked. It sounds almost too good to be true, but guess what? It works. Here's how to do it right: Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Erin Cullum Using a sharp knife, pierce the skin only and draw a line all the way around the center of the potato. Do this quickly by twirling the potato around with one hand while keeping the knife steady in the other. Related: Tyler Florence's Hack Will Forever Change the Way You Make Mashed Potatoes Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Erin Cullum Transfer the potatoes to a giant pot of cold water (cover the potatoes by at least an inch of water). Boil the potatoes until they are fork tender, then drain them. Once they're cool enough to touch, peel the potato skin from each side of the punctured line you created. And voilà - the skin will slide off effortlessly! Not only does this drastically speed up the process for making mashed potatoes, but it also makes cleanup a lot less stressful. Once you try this cooking method, you'll probably never go back. You're on your way to the quickest and best mashed potatoes of your life. Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Erin Cullum [...]

This Honey Lemon Chicken Will be Your Go-To on Busy Nights

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:00:13 -0700

The following post was originally featured on RecipeTin Eats and written by Nagi Maehashi. This rarely happens, and it usually only lasts 24 hours, but I can officially say: I'm cooked out. Between cooking for Easter both in real life and for RecipeTin Eats, ploughing full steam ahead on my Stir Fry Sauce cookbook (remember Charlie? I'm creating a whole book of Charlie recipes!) and client work, the amount of food that has come out of my pokey little kitchen over the past couple of weeks is extraordinary. My freezer is jam packed, the homeless guy is getting two meals almost every day, and every friend I see gets sent home with food. So today, it's fitting that I share something super fast to make but, as always (!!), super tasty - this chicken with honey lemon sauce. I start off by dusting the chicken with lightly seasoned flour which serves two purposes: 1) So the chicken forms a lovely golden brown crust; and 2) It helps thicken the sauce (via brown bits stuck on the pan mixed into the sauce and popping the chicken back into the sauce at the end). The key to this recipe is the golden brown bits left in the pan from cooking the chicken. It's gold and it should never be wasted. Whether you're cooking fish or protein, swish a little liquid of some sort (broth/stock, wine, lemon juice, even water), bring it to a simmer to loosen the brown bits and use a spatula to scrape it off the bottom of the pan and into the liquid. It's free flavor and it's the key to making this simple honey lemon sauce so tasty even though there are so few ingredients in it. This is actually a really healthy meal too, at just 320 calories per serving. Serve it with a simple side salad and a couple of slices of bread to mop up the sauce, and you'll have a complete meal for less than 500 calories. Something to mop up the honey lemon sauce is key! It's rude to lick the plate (in front of others, home alone is perfectly acceptable). So make sure you have some bread to wipe your plate clean!! - Nagi x Honey Lemon Chicken From RecipeTin Eats IngredientsChicken 2 small chicken breasts - 1 lb/500g in total, at room temperature Salt and pepper 3 tbsp. plain flour (or cornstarch / corn flour) 1/4 tsp. each onion and garlic powder (optional - extra flavor) Sauce 1 1/2 tbsp. butter 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 3/4 cup chicken broth / stock 3 tbsp. honey 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh) 1 tsp. soy sauce Salt and pepper, to taste To serve (optional): Lemon slices Finely chopped parsley Directions Slice each chicken breast horizontally to form 4 steaks in total. OPTIONAL: Pound to even thickness about 1 cm. or 2/5 in. thick. Sprinkle each side generously with salt and pepper. Combine flour, onion, and garlic powder (if using) on a plate. Coat the chicken in the flour, shaking off excess. SAVE FLOUR (step 6) Place butter, oil, and garlic in a skillet over high heat until butter is melted and hot. Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Turn and cook the other side until golden brown, then transfer onto a plate to rest. Turn heat down to medium high and return skillet to stove. Add chicken broth/stock and bring to simmer. Use a spatula to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan into the liquid. Add remaining ingredients, mix, and simmer for 2 minutes until slightly thickened. OPTIONAL: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of flour from step 2 with a splash of water. Add to the pan (to thicken the sauce slightly). Add salt and pepper to the sauce to taste. Return the chicken to the pan for 30 seconds (with lemon slices if using), turning to coat in the sauce. Serve chicken[...]

Can This Ridiculous-Looking $4 Contraption Actually Make Your Avocados Last Longer?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:55:03 -0700

I did not realize it was possible to feel secondhand embarrassment for an inanimate object. Not until someone sent me an Avo Saver. What in god's name is this thing? I asked myself as I unwrapped the green plastic orb, replete with a tiny harness, from a cardboard box it was sent in as part of a promo from Genius Kitchen. A car seat for my uneaten halves of fruit? An S&M accoutrement meant to spice up my refrigerator's sex life? It turns out, the Avo Saver is a remarkably inexpensive kitchen tool meant to prolong the life of your leftover avocado halves - or, according to the far more dramatic Avo Saver product description, "reduce a cut avocado's exposure to air, greatly slowing the destructive oxidization process." As I write this, you can find one on Amazon for a very reasonable $4.37, which is about the same price as two avocados at my local grocery store. Still, dear reader, I will admit I openly mocked the Avo Saver: Almost immediately after I posted those pictures on Instagram Stories, multiple friends slid into my DMs to defend the Avo Saver's honor. "I love mine . . . and I got mom one, too," my sister countered. "Omg we have it! It's great," my friend Jackie enthused. "It does look like a strap on!! However, it totally works!" Putting the Avo Saver to the Test These messages made me realize my shame over owning and potentially using such a yuppie-esque and seemingly unnecessary kitchen tool did not overwhelm my curiosity as to whether it would actually work. This is because, like most millennials, our shared addiction to avocados has rendered my boyfriend and me unable to afford a roof over our heads, and we eke out our healthy-fats-fueled existence by working odd jobs in the gig economy and selling sponsored Snapchat posts. (Just kidding. We live in an apartment and both have regular full-time jobs. But we do really, really love avocados.) I decided to devise a controlled experiment. On Friday morning I stopped at the grocery store, where I grabbed two avocados that were about the same size and ripeness. I decided to skip the organic kind, guessing that chemical-ridden avocados that had been mistreated all their lives might be more susceptible to the "destructive oxidization process." I was already pretty skeptical of the Avo Saver; last year I tried a viral trick that promised wrapping avocados in foil and baking them at low heat for 20 minutes or so would make them ripe. (FYI, it actually just makes them warm and ruined.) Day 1 At lunchtime, I cut both avocados in half. They looked remarkably similar; they weren't going to win any avocado beauty contests, but they were decent. I kept the half with the pit in it from both avocados. Some people argue leaving the pits in helps the browning process, and the Avo Saver features a cutout meant for the pit to nestle in, anyway. One avocado had a brown spot I decided to wedge out with a knife. I put both of them in the refrigerator: the lefthand avocado in the Avo Saver and the righthand one in a regular resealable sandwich bag. Day 2 It had been 24 hours, and I wanted to see how my avocados had held up. I took both out of the refrigerator and was surprised to find they looked pretty much the same. They'd both gotten a little browner and spottier, but there were no major differences. (The Avo Saver avocado is once again on the left and the sandwich-bag version is on the right.) Day 3 Another 24 hours went by. The avocados (Avo Saver on the left, plastic bag on the right) had both gotten slightly funkier looking, but nothing had changed dramatically. Again, I couldn't real[...]

Steep a Fresh, Fuss-Free Cup of Ginger Tea

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:10:19 -0700

Steeping ginger tea at home is a practically effortless process, since it only calls for two ingredients: sliced ginger root and hot water. There's no need to buy prepackaged, dry ginger tea when you can make the fresh, fuss-free version. While you can scrape the skin off the ginger with a spoon if you'd like, I leave the root as is and rely on a fine mesh tea filter to prevent the papery ginger skins from getting into the tea. Talk about easy! When is the right time to drink ginger tea? Consider ginger the anytime tea for any ailment, whether it's a cold, stomachache, migraines, or general fatigue. Drinking ginger tea at once invigorates like a strong cup of coffee and soothes like a lavender salt bath. Here's a quick tip in terms of buying ginger: if you have access to Asian markets, then buy your ginger there. The ginger will be plump and fresh from the high turnaround, and it will be sold at a fraction of the price. This large piece would have cost me upward of $5 at an organic supermarket, but it only cost me 50 cents at my local Chinese grocer. Ready to warm up to your own cup of ginger tea? Fresh Ginger Tea From POPSUGAR Food Notes If you're looking for a spicier ginger tea, then steep the ginger in the tea for longer or try grating the ginger rather than slicing it. If you do not own a tea infuser, then strain the tea through a fine mesh sieve to catch the ginger pieces. Ingredients1-inch piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced 8 ounces boiling water Directions Place sliced ginger in a tea infuser inside a mug. Pour hot water in mug, cover, and steep for five minutes. Remove infuser before drinking. Information Category Drinks, Tea Yield 1 cup of tea [...]

Gordon Ramsay Reveals the 1 Place You Should Never Eat

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:05:24 -0700



Sure, Gordon Ramsay has high standards, but is there really anything he would never eat? Turns out it's more of a place where he would never eat rather than one specific food - and that's on a plane. In an interview with Refinery29, Gordon revealed his feelings about airplane food and why those feelings might be justified. "There's no f*cking way I eat on planes," he said. "I worked for airlines for 10 years, so I know where this food's been and where it goes, and how long it took before it got on board." Yikes. The man has a point - there's no denying that airplane food is not the best.

So what's a traveler to do to avoid midflight hunger, according to the world-renowned chef? If you're like him, you'll make time to stop at a nice Italian restaurant for a little meat and cheese. "A nice selection of Italian meats, a little glass of red wine, some sliced apples or pears with some parmesan cheese," Gordon says of his ideal airport snack.

Alternatively, of course, you could eat at Gordon Ramsay's very own Plane Food, a restaurant in Terminal 5 of the London Heathrow Airport. There, you'll find truffle mac and cheese, Szechuan squid, and spicy tuna tartare . . . certainly nothing that's reheated in convection ovens on an airplane.

Sonic Is Launching a Pickle Juice Slush, and the Possibilities Are Ri-DILL-culous

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:30:18 -0700

I'm just going to throw it right out there: Sonic Drive-In is launching a Pickle Juice Slush just in time for Summer. Depending on your feelings about pickles, this will either be a major dill for you or you'll gag at the very concept. As a former Sonic carhop, I can attest that Slush is essentially frozen sugar water . . . which means that this drink will essentially be an icy, sweet-and-sour, dill-infused clusterf*ck. But as a pickle-lover, I can also attest that it sounds freaking delightful. According to Today, the Slush flavor will roll out to 3,500 Sonic Drive-In locations by early June - just in time for the Summer heat to send people to the fast-food chain in droves. Since Sonic's menu is so extensive, you can pair your Pickle Juice Slush with a Chili Cheese Coney, tater tots, onion rings, or any number of other tasty treats. Or, of course, you can enjoy it all on its own. Related: Pickle-Flavored Beer Is a Thing, and It's a Big F*cking Dill, Y'all If that's not enough tickle for your pickle - sorry, I had to - you can always bring it home to enjoy with some of the other dill-icious creations out there, like chip dip, kombucha, soda, or ice cream. Or you could even mix it with pickle-flavored vodka to make it an adult Slush - I don't judge! [...]

Kellogg's Unicorn Cereal Is Officially on Shelves - and It Tastes Like "Magic Cupcakes"

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:55:14 -0700



The crazy year of 2017 may have come to a close, but that doesn't mean one of its biggest trends - unicorns - is over yet. In fact, unicorns are coming right along into the new year and will be joining people at their breakfast tables, because Kellogg's has confirmed the US's first Unicorn Cereal is hitting shelves in March 2018. The cereal consists of red, blue, and purple loops with white crunchlets, and as for the taste, it's "magic cupcake" flavored, because would you expect anything less? What a world.

This might look vaguely familiar to you if you saw that Kellogg's released Unicorn Froot Loops in Germany earlier this year. But rest assured: this will be the first Kellogg's unicorn cereal available in the US, so get your bowls ready, because you're probably going to want this for breakfast every day. We're not sure what magic cupcakes taste like, but we can't wait to find out! The cereal hits shelves nationwide in March.


How Long Do Raw and Hard-Boiled Eggs Keep?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:55:14 -0700



The answer to this question may surprise you: while uncooked eggs typically last four to five weeks when properly refrigerated, hard-boiled eggs will only last about a week. This is because egg shells, which are highly porous, are sprayed before sale with a thin coating of mineral oil that seals the egg. Boiling the egg washes this coating away, however, leaving the shell susceptible to bacteria.

Meghan and Harry's Royal Wedding Baker Has Been Revealed!

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:51:00 -0700

For their wedding cake Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based bakery @violetcakes. - Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 20, 2018 Details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding cake have just been announced, and the royal couple is continuing to break tradition. Kensington Palace announced on Tuesday that Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery had been chosen to create a lemon elderflower cake for the couple, "that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring." Though royals usually opt for a more traditional fruit cake, the floral cake is to be decorated with buttercream and seasonal flowers. Related:Has Meghan Markle Already Shown Us What Her Wedding Bouquet Will Look Like? An Investigation Known-foodie Meghan originally became familiar with Claire's baking when she interviewed the chef for her former blog, The Tig. The Californian-raised baker, who is known for using organic and seasonal ingredients, will take on the bake in Violet Bakery, based in East London. One look at Claire's cakes leaves no explanation necessary as to why the royal couple have chosen her for they honor. They've even been given the Nigella Lawson stamp of approval. Good choice! - Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) March 20, 2018 A post shared by Violet By Claire Ptak (@violetcakeslondon) on Oct 16, 2017 at 3:31am PDT A post shared by Violet By Claire Ptak (@violetcakeslondon) on Feb 22, 2018 at 1:20am PST A post shared by Violet By Claire Ptak (@violetcakeslondon) on Dec 2, 2017 at 12:31am PST A post shared by Violet By Claire Ptak (@violetcakeslondon) on Jan 31, 2018 at 9:09am PST A post shared by Violet By Claire Ptak (@violetcakeslondon) on Sep 27, 2017 at 7:16am PDT [...]