One Mom’s Plan to Let Her Kids Pack Their Own School Lunches This Year

by in Family, August 18th, 2017

Grab-and-Go Lunches Kids Can Pack ThemselvesThey’re back at it! Our year-round school started three weeks ago, and this year I’m trying something new for lunch. It’s called: Three Small Kids Pack Their Own Lunches. Here’s how it works:

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Gelato Sushi Is Way More Appealing Than It Sounds

by in News, August 16th, 2017

Gelato Sushi Is Way More Appealing Than It Sounds“Sushi gelato” (i.e., gelato with raw fish in it) may not sound so great, but “gelato sushi” is another matter entirely. The latter is gelato shaped into pretty sushi-like icy bonbons — and you can now get it at a new ice cream shop in New York City’s East Village.

The shop, appropriately called Gelarto, offers a range of attractive frozen treats, but none more so than its gelato sushi, which can be ordered in sets of four for $12. (They come on a sushi platter, complete with chopsticks.)

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The Coolest Food and Drink Specials for the Great American Eclipse

by in Restaurants, August 16th, 2017

Solar Sour Flare Flight
By Kelly Magyarics

The afternoon of August 21, 2017 will mark the first time since 1918 that a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire contiguous United States. (And another one like it won’t occur again until 2024.) To celebrate the occasion, restaurants and bars are adding a bit of starry magic to their menus with items inspired by this rare celestial event. It’s a great excuse for a gathering, so cross your fingers for clear skies and don’t forget your eclipse glasses! Read more

Bobby Flay Takes a Selfie to Support Fresh Produce for All

by in News, View All Posts, August 15th, 2017

Bobby Flay CarrotsPhoto courtesy of Naked Juice

For many of us, a new school year is all about a fresh start — and that includes refreshing our families’ diets with fresh fruits and vegetables. However, for nearly 30 million Americans, access to affordable, quality produce is a daily struggle.

Bobby Flay is no stranger to the idea that people want to eat more fruits and vegetables. Just take his restaurant, Gato, located in New York City’s SoHo. The most popular dish on the menu, kale and wild mushroom paella, is a vegetarian delight. What’s more, New Yorkers are willing to shell out $32 for it seven nights a week. “When I put it on the menu, I thought, ‘No one is gonna order this thing,’” says Bobby. Now, it’s the dish that keeps people coming back for more. Read more

How to Staycation Like You Mean It

by in Recipes, View All Posts, August 15th, 2017

DIY Spa TreatmentsSo, you’re taking some time off but have nothing planned? Don’t spend the whole vacation in front of the TV — no one’s judging you for binging a few series here or there, but think about how good you’ll feel if you actually do something with your days off. This is the perfect opportunity to do things that you normally don’t have time for. Whether that’s getting outside and exploring your neighborhood or trying out a new restaurant, you’ll be glad to have some real stories to tell when you’re back at the office. You don’t have to travel somewhere exotic to enjoy your time off. Try out some of these tips for making the most of your staycation.

Spa Day. Turn on some peaceful spa music and apply DIY spa treatments like face masks and hand scrubs to get your zen on. Cucumber water is a must for the full effect.
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Rosé Gin May Make Your Summer That Much Rosier

by in News, August 14th, 2017

Rosé Gin May Make Your Summer That Much RosierOh, rosé, where will you show up next? The ultrapopular pink drink has lent its pretty-pretty hue to everything from gummies to underarm deodorant and can be sipped from cute cans and ironic 40-ounce bottles in its original form. The latest product to feel the blush of rose? Gin.

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11 Ways to Eat Corn Off the Cob

by in In Season, Recipes, August 14th, 2017

Corn SaladHow much do kids love corn? Let me put it this way: I can add corn to basically ANYTHING and get a cheer from my four rascals when dinner hits the table. And let’s not limit this to corn on the cob, because that’s always a slam dunk. Nope, even when it’s off the cob, this sweet, crunchy veg is a hit with my brood. Here are my go-to picks.

The Salads

Ina Garten’s Corn Salad (pictured above)
A handful of ingredients transforms a few simple ears of corn into a flavorful, potluck-worthy dish.

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Exclusive Interview with the Winner of Food Network Star, Season 13

by , August 13th, 2017

Food Network StarAfter 10 weeks of intense challenges both in the kitchen and on camera, a new Star was born tonight when Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis announced the newest member of the Food Network family. Cory Bahr, Jason Smith and Rusty Hamlin joined their f...

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Chefs’ Picks: Los Angeles Tacos

by in Restaurants, August 13th, 2017

Petty Cash Tacos
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Los Angeles is a taco town, having long been hailed as the capital of the Californian staple. The list of excellent taco spots is so long, it takes some serious work to narrow it down. That’s where local chefs come into play. Here three LA pros dish about the most-tempting taco spots in the City of Angels. Read more

Non-Melting Ice Cream: Cool or Not So Cool?

by in News, August 12th, 2017

Non-Melting Ice Cream: Cool or Not So Cool?Ice cream that doesn’t melt: Is it a good or bad thing? Discuss!

Your answer may depend on what news stories you happen to be reading.

Swaying you toward the negative may be the hullaballoo over a non-melting ice cream sandwich in Australia. A woman in New South Wales named Mary Salter posted a note on Facebook asking why, after her grandson, in a fit of pique, chucked two halves of a broken ice cream sandwich in her backyard (one piece on the cement and one on the lawn), the frozen treat didn’t melt even “after four days in 26-degree [79 degrees F] heat on cement … in direct sun.”

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