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Mario Batali Reveals Secrets to a Succesful Restaurant

Celebrity chef Mario Batali was at the NYC Food and Wine Festival earlier this week and he gave out a few of his own secrets that help keep his restaurants a success. Firstly, during peek hours, it's important to get people in and out quickly....

According to a recently released report by the CDC, around 30 percent of employees in the food service industry smoke.  Experts theorize that the high percentage stems from the fact that employees in the food industry tend to have lower levels...

Darth Vader Cupcakes

Sometimes the dark side has pretty sweet perks. One of them happens to be these Darth Vader cupcakes. With white frosting and Darth Vader's face imprinted on top, these little treats make for the perfect addition to a Star Wars themed party.

roasted cumin cauliflower

Cauliflower always gets such a bad rap as a bland, boring white food -- and honestly, if you served it simply boiled or steamed, this isn't far from the truth. The key to cooking with cauliflower is knowing which flavors to pair with it! Cumin...

Alton Brown to Release Cooking E-Book

Food Network star, Alton Brown, said he is putting traditional publishing behind him and will be releasing his next cookbook as an e-book. "I want to go where nobody has gone before," Brown said . "I want to change the way we deal...

Using the bottom of a muffin tin, make these cookie bowls for the most amazing way to serve your favorite desserts.  Take your favorite cookie dough (the recipe offers one), roll it out, form small circles, drape the dough over the muffin...

Simon Cowell on X Factor

Simon Cowell has a daily routine that most would be jealous of. The X Factor judge starts everyday with breakfast in bed. To keep him sane and awake during his long work days, which tend go from 1 pm to 4 am, Cowell will drink four to five ice cold...

chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup may be the ultimate comfort food.  You want it when you're not feeling well, had a bad day, or just want to cozy up on the couch with something warm and nourishing.  These five chicken noodle soup recipes will cheer...

hash

Andouille sausage and potato hash is a quick and easy meal that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  A hash is a hodgebodge of leftover ingredients sauteed together to make one killer dish.  You can add eggs, a myriad of veggies...

halloween treats

With Halloween officially 4 weeks away, it's time to start planning! Whether you're hosting a haunted house, throwing a spooky shindig or inviting a few friends over for a ghoulish good time, here is only the first of many Halloween treat...

soup

Soups are warming and ideal nourishment as the temperature sinks towards winter. Make a big batch of this hearty and flavorful soup, and then freeze the leftovers for future lunches or quick and easy dinners. Sweet Potato Soup 3 sweet potatoes 1/2...

NON GMO

October is non GMO month, and Dr. Mercola has put together a free comprehensive non GMO shopping guide. The tips include book suggestions, and a detailed list of which products do and do not contain genetically modified ingredients. The list...

tomato sauce

Bon Appetit blindly taste tested several jarred tomato sauces to find the best the supermarket has to offer.  It will always be better to make your own tomato sauce because you are more likely to use all natural ingredients and less sweetener...

Kitchen Counter Cooking School Book

To celebrate the release of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks, Kathleen Flinn's second book, we're giving you the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes!...

fresh head of cabbage

Like all leafy greens, cabbage is a super nutritious vegetable -- meant for so much more than bunny food and coleslaw! Cabbage has such a versatile food and comes in so many different varieties, it's truly amazing we don't cook with it more...

digital cork

Although the Digital Cork is just a concept for now, I have already designated a place for it on my shelf. This design by Kwang-wi Park and Eun-ji Lim is a Wi-Fi-enabled bottle stopper embedded with a sensor that monitors the drinkability of an open...

LetThemSitCake Sofa

Dejana Kabiljo, an architect based in Vienna, is the designer behind this LetThemSitCake sofa. The unusual couch is made of 4.5 tons of bagged flour and 120 liters of fake chocolate icing made of a spongelike material, and was created for Beijing...

Canning and Preserving all in one

My latest project, Canning and Preserving, All In One, has arrived via UPS today! This book has been a daunting task of writing down more than 100 recipes - many of which were handed down to me by my grandmother and many others learned by trial and...

shot glass usb

It's perfectly legal to navigate the information superhighway while intoxicated, and the Shot Glass USB drive lets you do so in style. This 1GB USB drive can hold the equivalent of 60 one-minute songs -- perfect for a power hour -- and is even...

Holy Sparkles, Batman! Check out these stunning chocolate covered apple treats, from an artisan crafter on Etsy: MelsMunchies. If you have a girlie girl with a birthday coming up, these sparkly, irridescent treats would be the jewels of the party....

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