ThinkStock/iStockAh, the beach, probably the most rewarding part of summer - nothing feels better than hearing the roll of the waves and feeling the heat on your skin.
Here's the thing about the beach, though - you're not really going to get the whole experience (as in a tan and a nice relaxing afternoon) if you don't stay there for a couple of hours. And during that time, you're likely to eat something, especially if you're with your family.
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When heading to the beach with kids, it's important to be mindful of how to pack a cooler full of snacks and treats and even more important, how to enjoy it properly without a seagull claiming your sandwich for itself.
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We're doling out a few guidelines on how to enjoy a meal on the beach solo, with your pals, or with your family. A beach day is supposed to be a great day, so follow these and you'll be all set. And don't forget to wear sunblock - no one likes looking like a
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ThinkStock/iStockAh, the beach, probably the most rewarding part of summer - nothing feels better than hearing the roll of the waves and feeling the heat on your skin.Read More »from Important Rules for Eating at the Beach
Evanger'sWhen it comes time to feed the dog, most of us reach for a bag of mass-market dog chow or crack open a can of mushy brown stuff, not giving much thought to the subtle nuances and flavor profiles of the food, because, honestly, neither does the dog. It's dog food. But for some pet owners, brown mystery mush just won't do. Luckily for those discerning connoisseurs (and their dogs), there are some pretty wild options of canned dog food out there.Read More »from The Most Outrageous Canned Dog Food Brands
People have been feeding their canine companions human food since long before companies realized that they could grind up scraps that no human would care to eat, put it in a can, and sell it instead of throwing it away. Dogs require specialized nutrition, though, so while they certainly could subsist on nothing but our table scraps (and plenty do), there's basically no way around having to buy dog food if you're going to be a responsible pet owner.
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The market for dog food is certainly
Dede WilsonWith berries, rhubarb, and other sweet treats available, it's time to brush off our pie skills--The Daily MealRead More »from Make the Perfect Summer Pie
Summer in New England brings beautiful things like strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and rhubarb to market. For me, that translates into summer pies.
Whether it's bright and beautiful berries or lip-puckering rhubarb that's spotted at the grocery store or farmers' market, I'm instantly in the mood to take out my pie plate, flour, and baking tools and start making some beautiful summer pies, and you should, too.
Here is where I'll take you through some pie baking basics. I'll take you through each step of making a pie: from choosing the right pie plate to rolling, crimping, and creating a nice, shiny top crust. Whether it's in the dead of summer and you're making a blueberry pie, or it's a cold fall day and you're putting freshly picked apples to use, these pie tricks are ones that you'll keep in your back pocket for the rest of your culinary career.
And just because
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Mon, Jun 10, 2013 10:18 AM EDT
This new contraption scrapes the fat right off food. THE DAILY MEALRead More »from The Fat Magnet: The Newest Food Invention You Don't Need
Credit: Fat MagnetYou know when you see a commercial for a new food-related product and know you just have to have it? This isn't one of those times. Introducing the Fat Magnet, a new device that magically removes the fat from all of your foods. Sounds great, right? Just wave it over a cheeseburger, and suddenly it's fat-free. Except that's not how it works. At all.
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In order to use the Fat Magnet, you first need to freeze whatever food you're trying to remove the fat from, which lets the fat move to the top. From there, you can just slide the contraption over the top of the food, and it'll scrape the fat right off it.
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But wait - aren't the only foods that have fat that rises to the top sauces, soups, stews, and the like? And can't the fat then just be scraped off with a spoon? Yes, and yes.
So while we're not
- The Daily Meal | Shine Food – Mon, Jun 10, 2013 10:13 AM EDT
Easy, quick and original recipes from THE DAILY MEALRead More »from Fast and Furious Dinner Recipes — 20 Minutes or Less
'Mock' SushiPat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Let's get real. No one bakes a cake from scratch in the middle of the week. What people really want is to get dinner on the table in a flash. And that's exactly what we decided to do this week when creating seven original recipes for you to try at home. We're keeping the post short because we know you've got some cooking to do.
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All of the recipes featured here can be made at home for about $21 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.
'Mock' Sushi (Pictured Above)
This recipe is perfect when you're strapped for time, and kids will think you're super fancy for serving something sushi-like for dinner (and have a blast building their own handrolls)…
- Jessica Chou
• 2 cups sushi rice, cooked
Healthy grilling recipes to enjoy this summer. THE DAILY MEALRead More »from Unbelievably Delicious Healthy Grilling Recipes
Arthur BovinoSummer is the time to revel in the good weather with friends, family, and a lot of great food. To help you enjoy the fourth of July weekend the best way that you can, we rounded up some of our favorite grill recipes that stay on the healthy side so that you can feel good too. Have a great holiday weekend!
Grilled Chicken Kebabs and Potatoes (Pictured above)
For the kebabs:
6-10 skewers (soak briefly in water if wooden)
2-3 boneless chicken breasts Salt and pepper to taste
1 ½ teaspoons of seasoning spice mixture, preferably merken (or paprika if you don't want heat)
Olive oil (to dress)
15 small red bliss potatoes
12 pearl onions (red and white, if possible), peeled
12 baby bell peppers, stems sliced off 10 baby Portobello mushrooms, stemmed if that's your thing
½ zucchini, cut in 1-inch slices
For the salad:
¼ head iceberg lettuce
¼ head red cabbage
Fresh lemon juice
You won't find these pricey produce in your supermarket aisle. THE DAILY MEALRead More »from World's Most Expensive Produce
Credit: Modern FarmerThe cost of produce continues to climb every year, but in comparison to these produce, what we find in the grocery is a bargain.
In a recent article by Modern Farmer, they reviewed the most expensive produce around the world. But these are much more than your average dragon fruit or fresh porcini mushroom.
Eight pineapples harvested by botanists at The Lost Gardens of Heligan were produced at a cost of £10,000 (aprox. $15,200). Nurtured with horse urine and 30 tons of manure over the span of two years, these prized pineapples were not for sale, as the farmers growing them kept them amongst themselves.
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In Japan, a pair of 8.1-pound Yubari melons rang up at 1.6 million yens (aprox. $15,730), while Ruby Roman grapes cost $6,400, so about $255 per grape, which is a 50 percent increase from last year.
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Here are intriguing food rider requests from celebritiesEveryone fantasizes about being a celebrity at some point or another. Flying around the world in first class, indulging your creative side - even if that means wearing a meat dress - can be a pretty good life, right? One of the most well-known perks of being a celebrity is being able to order whatever snacks might strike your fancy and have them delivered backstage or to your trailer.Read More »from 6 Outrageous Celebrity Backstage Food Demands
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Lauren Saks Merriman, CEO and founder of Black Book Music Group, LLC, explained that it's not always about making outrageous demands. "No matter what level of artist you are working with, there are always going to be requests," she said. "I don't really see artists as being high maintenance. Think about it this way: When you're traveling or away from home for any extended period of time, you typically still want all the comforts of home, and then some artists, just like everyone else, like to surround themselves with familiar things and favorite
A collection of iconic flops from major brand names. THE DAILY MEALRead More »from Biggest Failed Products of Major Brands
Doritos 3D - Frito LayWhat makes a product a hit or a miss? The unique nature of the concept perhaps, or that the product is better than all of its competitors. Or maybe it's an ingenious marketing campaign that resonates with the general public, and most often the company behind it the will help to predetermine the success of the product. However, in these cases, the grand success of the parent companies wasn't enough to save the products. Even the biggest and brightest come up short sometimes.
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When McDonald's decided to design a burger that would appeal to a more sophisticated, adult palate in the late '90s they came up with the Arch Deluxe. The concept is intriguing, but it was clear to consumers from the get-go that the company was simply rebranding their existing Big Mac sandwich without increasing the quality by any significant margin.
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It's the ultimate competition between the most nutritious fruits and vegetables. THE DAILY MEALRead More »from The 7 Best Fruits and Vegetables
Bok ChoyThese days, fruits and vegetables are celebrated for so much more than the fact that they're good for us. While their nutritional values generally remain the same, depending on the time of the year and when they're in the peak of their season, our thoughts on how best to enjoy fruits and vegetables and what else they can bring to our tables are constantly evolving.
As avid cooks we look at ingredients as a means to an end, and that end can be anything from nutrition and energy to satisfaction, taste, and beauty. Because all of these things are so important to us when preparing a meal, we decided to judge fruits and vegetables not just by how good they are for us, but also by where they stand in the other categories that are important for a cook to consider.
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Take appearance, for example, because we as humans begin to eat with our eyes, not