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How to Brighten Up Your Summer Party Punch

by in How-to, View All Posts, August 14th, 2014

Here’s a fun (and probably healthier) way to use mini doughnut molds. To get through these dog days of August, make pretty individual ice rings to cool down and brighten up glasses of punch at summer parties. Read more

Hump Day Snack: Individual Whole-Peach Pies

by , August 13th, 2014

peach pieThe only thing undesirable about peach pie is having to share it with other people. Enter this beautiful single-serve whole-peach pie to save the day. The recipe starts with very ripe, halved peaches and sweetens the deal with a spoonful of straight-from-the-farm honeycomb (or just regular honey) right in the center cavity of the fruit. Place the two halves together and completely wrap the whole fruit with pie crust. Sprinkle on turbinado sugar for texture, cut small slits on top, then place the pastry-wrapped peaches into muffin tins to bake until golden brown. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla frozen yogurt, and everything will be just peachy!

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Here are Some Beer Bottles That Automatically Stream Movies

by , August 13th, 2014

In the old days, the height of bottle technology was announcing the results of a contest on a bottle cap or, even lamer, reciting a bad joke. Thanks to industrious inventors, however, those days are long past. Bottles can now do more than dispense refreshing liquid. These bad boys can stream movies.

Beer manufacturer Grolsh have teamed up with a Russian app developer to create these high-tech bottles, which automatically stream movies when you “clink” the bottle against your computer. You don’t actually have to smash into your beloved computing device. You can simply swipe near it. The whole thing works using radio technology to unlock whatever movie is written into the particular bottle.

The old way, which included opening a bottle and then pushing a button on a computer, was simply too work intensive.

Luca Looks Back on a Wild Ride

by , August 12th, 2014

Luca Della Casa, Food Network Star Season 10Italian-born Luca Della Casa came into the competition with his heritage as a point of view, and while his culinary offerings were strong, he struggled with camera work so much so that he was first sent home in Episode 2. After winning Star Salvation, however, he remained long enough to earn a spot in the final three, and he was ultimately named the first runner-up of the contest.

Star Talk caught up with Luca the day of the finale to talk about his time on the show, what he would cook Giada if he got the chance and who he thought was the most-intimidating mentor. Read his interview below.

Star Talk: Luca, making it to the final two is an incredible achievement and you obviously fought to get here. Was this competition everything you thought it would be?
Luca Della Casa: Oh, absolutely and even more. It’s been a fantastic journey. It started good in the first episode and then it went south, so I thought I lost it. And then I had the opportunity to come back through Star Salvation and find my way back. I’m so excited about being here right now.

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Star Exclusive: Watch the Winner’s First Interview

by , August 10th, 2014

Star Talk caught up with the winner just moments after the memorable announcement. Click play on the video above to watch Star Talk’s exclusive interview and read more below.

“This is our first cowboy chef … it’s about time we’ve had a cowboy chef. We’ve been missing that!” Alton Brown told Star Talk after Lenny McNab was crowned the newest Food Network Star. “We have no one like Lenny on this network. I don’t think there’s anyone like Lenny in the world,” Bobby Flay added.

You’ve had highs and lows. Looking back over the season, can you sum up your experience for us?
Lenny McNab: When you have your highs you feel like you’re on top of the world. When you have your lows you feel like susceptible to pain. If there’s anything I can tell America, it’s to try and put that pain back and push towards those things that make you positive. Once you’re positive, don’t leave that area and you’ll be successful for your entire life.

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Here is a Real Convenience Store Filled Entirely With Fake Foodstuffs

by , August 9th, 2014

Convenience stores have a long and storied history of offering us beef jerky, candy and sugary pseudo-coffee. What if, however, instead of all of the foodstuffs we know and love tolerate, they were filled entirely with felt fakers? If you are near London, you’ll get a chance to see what that would be like.

A British artist named Lucy Sparrow has opened a convenience store filled with fake snacks and fake drinks, all made from felt. Don’t worry, nicotine heads, there are fake cigarettes as well. Why would anyone do this? It’s art! All told, Sparrow created over 4,000 fake items over the course of seven months.

Don’t worry. If you are stuck in a country that doesn’t count the Beatles as favorite sons, you can order some of these felt creations online. Check out the website here.

Frozen Friday: Icy, Fruity, Fresh

by , August 8th, 2014

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

Frozen dessert on a stick. Isn’t it great? With one hand holding your treat, you still have an entirely separate one free. You can steer, scroll through your phone, swat away mosquitoes — the possibilities are endless. That’s why we’re tipping our hat to the ice pop, one of the all-time greatest summer treats. And, since it’s August and we’re craving something intensely refreshing, we’ve tracked down the fruitiest recipes our hands can hold.

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Thirsty Thursday: Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita

by , August 7th, 2014


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Margaritas — a staple summer beverage if there ever was one — are just meant to combat the hot, sticky dog days of summer. While a classic margarita is perfectly delicious in itself, there is also so much potential for adding other exciting flavors.

Take, for example, this Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita. The traditional fresh lime juice and silver tequila are mixed with savory slices of cucumber and fiery halved jalapeños. The intensity of the spiciness is up to you: the longer it sits and chills, the spicier it becomes. Perhaps this is what it means to fight fire with fire.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Hump Day Snack: Mojito Pie

by , August 6th, 2014

Ever wish you could have your cake and drink it too? This Mojito Pie attempts to grant that wish. Start off with a traditional mojito-making method by muddling fresh mint leaves and lime juice together to release all of the flavors. (Pro tip: Make some extra for an actual mojito to drink while you work.) As you sip your icy cocktail and dream of island beaches, mix together the custard, which is similar to a key lime pie base, plus a splash of rum. For the finishing touch, add decorative garnishes of whipped cream, lime zest and mint leaves. Cheers to that!

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