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  • 5 Great Ways to Drink Yourself Skinny

    Drink Yourself Skinny: Green TeaDrink Yourself Skinny: Green TeaYou've probably already heard the age-old notion that drinking water will help you lose weight, and while that's on our list of ways to drink yourself skinny, there are also plenty of other ways to fill yourself up with liquids without sticking to boring old water. Drinking yourself skinny doesn't necessarily mean that you're drinking low-calorie alcoholic drinks (although that's always fun); rather, it means drinking beverages that will help to fill you up so that you don't feel deprived during the dog days of a diet.

    RELATED: 10 Ways to Drink Your Vegetables

    One of the worst parts about dieting is how deprived you can feel of some of the essential aspects of your old diet (like wine and beer). Sticking with low-calorie beer and drinking less red wine might be essential in cutting back the calories, but it doesn't mean you can't indulge in adult beverages from time to time. But remember that the key to successful weight loss is balance - for example, if you're going to head out for a

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  • 5 of the Spookiest Halloween Cakes You'll Ever See

    Halloween's Creepiest Cakes: Zombie CakeHalloween's Creepiest Cakes: Zombie CakeMost of the time, the word "cake" is usually accompanied by adjectives like "sweet" and "beautiful." We are used to gazing at cakes and admiring their loveliness or marveling at their artistry. It isn't often that we seek out a cake that makes our spine tingle and our stomach quiver. But when Halloween rolls around, we can't help but marvel in the gory glory that the season calls for.

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    Bakers are constantly pushing the boundaries of cake design. With each passing season, the cakes get more elaborate and the details get more intricate. Throw in the added task of making a cake that would make Dracula run away faster than a throwing a bulb of garlic at him would and you have yourself a challenge worth accepting. With limitless options of how to create a cake that makes us shake in our boots, inspiration lurks behind every door.

    Some of these cakeries got their inspiration from classic Halloween movies like Nightmare on Elm Street

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  • Six Seafood Recipes You Can Make in Less Than 15 Minutes

    Quick Seafood Recipes: Shrimp Roll RecipeQuick Seafood Recipes: Shrimp Roll RecipeLooking for new quick and easy recipes to get you through the Monday-through-Friday dinner hustle? Rest assured, you've come to the right place. Here at The Daily Meal, we are all about providing simple recipes that can be made in a snap during a busy day, but that don't lack on flavor or satisfaction.

    This week, we've dedicated our quick cooking focus to seafood dishes. All of these dishes can be made in less than 15 minutes - and that includes preparation and cook time. Check out our seafood picks and see how simple (and fast) dinner can be.

    To save more time, stop by the grocery store over the weekend and pick up the ingredients. When you get home, wash and chop the vegetables and store them in containers in the refrigerator. This way, most of the prep work is done beforehand. Fish is not only a healthy dinner option, but it also cooks relatively quickly compared to other proteins.

    So skip the takeout and frozen dinner entrées when you're in a time crunch and try some of

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  • Beyond the Norm: 6 of the Best Grilled Cheese Recipes on the Web

    Thinkstock/iStockphotoThinkstock/iStockphotoChips and Guacamole Grilled Cheese Recipe

    In this recipe, tortilla chips are on the outside of the bread to give the sandwich its corn-like flavor and to give you the ability to enjoy all the flavors - guacamole, bacon, cheeses, and corn chips - all at once.

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    Apple Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Fontina Recipe

    This recipe hails from Vintana restaurant in San Diego, Calif., and pairs the likely combination of apples and nutty cheese for a unique and exciting grilled cheese.

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    Miniature Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Orange Marmalade Recipe

    This recipe uses Blue Moon's Belgian White to the best of its ability, using it to create a tangy, fresh orange marmalade that you'll eventually spread onto some bread with cheese to create a gooey grilled cheese.

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  • 6 Oatmeal Cookie Recipes to Die For

    Oatmeal Cooke Recipes: Ginger Oatmeal CookiesOatmeal Cooke Recipes: Ginger Oatmeal CookiesGinger Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Pictured)

    Be surprised by a delightful ginger taste within this classic oatmeal raisin cookie.

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    Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

    Chock-full of oats, pecans, and raisins, these cookies are perfect for a lunchbox treat or an afternoon snack.

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    Coconut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

    This chunky cookie is full of good things - dried cherries, coconut, oats, and white chocolate chips. Bake up a batch to share with your family.

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    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    These are fun and easy to make and are crazy delicious when dunked in ice-cold milk. They look particularly cute stacked in a mason jar and given as homemade gifts or party favors - give them out with an individual-sized carton of milk and your job is done!

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  • 6 Things You Didn't Know About Guinness

    Flickr/ [pumaelia]Flickr/ [pumaelia]The best-known of Irish beers, Guinness has taken the world by storm since its inception in the 1770s. It is now brewed in 49 countries and sold in more than 150, and it's hard to go anywhere without seeing your beloved Guinness on tap (even in Africa, where 40 percent of Guinness is consumed today). And it's all due to Arthur Guinness, whose porter recipe took off.

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    We were surprised by what we learned about Guinness. There's a science to the perfection of a perfect pour, the Guinness bubbles (really - physicists have taken it upon themselves to figure those little suckers out), and how to properly enjoy a pint. (Though the answer shouldn't surprise you; the best way is to drink a pint in a pub in Ireland, obviously). But Guinness has a long storied history that makes it so popular worldwide.

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    #1) It's a fact that everyone loves to share: The St. James' Gate Brewery, in Dublin was leased

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  • 6 Perfectly Southern Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make

    Cornbread from Percy Street BarbecueCornbread from Percy Street BarbecueCatfish

    Often found in the waters of the Southeastern United States, catfish became a crucial staple for impoverished Southerners, as it was relatively cheap and easy to find. It was often looked down upon by others, who saw it as a poor substitute for more valued fish, yet Southerners came to love it, serving it dusted with cornmeal and deep-fried alongside hush puppies and coleslaw. However, with the current rise of farm-raised catfish, it is now a popular choice and has become the basis for a wide array of flavorful new dishes that build and expand upon its Southern heritage. Chef Edward Lee of MilkWood in Louisville, Ky., shares his take on the traditional Southern dish, creating a unique recipe for pan-fried catfish in bacon vinaigrette.

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    Fried Chicken

    Scottish immigrants coming to the Americas brought with them their tradition of deep-frying chicken in fat, in contrast to their English counter parts, who often boiled or baked their meats. With

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  • Carve the Best Pumpkins on the Block with These Easy and Awesome Patterns

    Halloween CarvingsHalloween CarvingsIf you popped by your local pumpkin patch this weekend, you and your family are probably itching to tear out those pumpkin guts and get to carving. It is probably fair to assume that you are tired of carving the typical toothy grin of a jack-o-lantern, and it is also probably fair to say that you lack the carving prowess of a professional carver or stylist. But achieving some of the cooler designs doesn't have to be an overwhelming feat - there are plenty of ways to look like a professional with botching your perfect pick from the patch!

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    If you dream of sculpting cool Halloween figures and long for your house to be the lighted envy of the neighborhood, there are plenty of simple patterns that are easy to execute. The best part? You don't have to purchase a carving kit to get started!There are tons of free downloadable patterns on the Web to make your pumpkin the coolest on the block.

    Pumpkin Pile, a site for the at-home carver, has

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  • 7 Delicious Ravioli Recipes to Make This Week

    Fresh Ravioli with RicottaFresh Ravioli with RicottaHam and Cheese Ravioli Recipe

    We all know kids love ravioli and ham and cheese sandwiches. This recipe lets them enjoy both, and the assembly makes it fun for them to make.

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    Vegetable-Stuffed Ravioli Recipe

    This simple ravioli recipe from Chef Lee Skawinski of Cinque Terre in Portland, Maine, begins with a basic cheese ravioli filling. If you wish to add more flavor and color, you can try adding one of the suggested filling additions. Tossing the ravioli with olive oil or butter before serving prevents each ravioli from sticking together, and imparts added flavor.

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    Pumpkin Egg Ravioli Recipe

    I love when pumpkins are in season because this is my all-time favorite ravioli dish to make. The orange juice and zest gives a nice tang to the filling, and the shrimp make the perfect addition with the rich brown butter sauce and crunchy pecans.

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  • America’s Favorite Halloween Candy

    America's Favorite Halloween CandyAmerica's Favorite Halloween CandyWe all know that Halloween is a magical time of year. While of course that has something to do with all the witches and goblins walking among us, it is also because it is the one time of the year we are expected to gorge ourselves on candy. Diet be damned, there is nothing quite like bringing home an epic haul from your neighborhood rounds.

    RELATED: How to Make Halloween Candy at Home

    But as fun as it is to go trick-or-treating, when you are on candy duty there is a slight bit of pressure. We will always remember the families that gave out "the good stuff," the ones who knew what we wanted and didn't give out lame tricks like pennies or apples. In order to be that beloved house on the block you have to know what the people want.

    In order to discover what America's favorite sweet treats are, we asked our readers to take an eight-part survey and cast their vote for their favorite three candies in each category. We pulled together a list of contenders that ranged from gummy

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