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  • ‘Epic Fail’: First Date Mistakes

    Epic First Date MistakesHave you made larger-than-life mistakes on a first date; mistakes so bad that you can only describe as an "EPIC FAIL?"

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    I am not speaking of catastrophic situations, just mistakes that take place during that crucial first date.

    Thanks to my sources, I was able to compile a list of 5 Epic First-Date Mistakes just for you.

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    Getting the name wrong

    It may seem trite, but dear me, it happens way too often.

    Once I was out at a cocktail party with a rocket scientist who at the beginning or end of every sentence would say "Em". At first, I thought it was a nervous twitch. But then, as the evening went on, I figured out that he thought my name was Emily and was shortening it with "Em"!

    In any case -- dear, babe, sweetie, honey, and proverbial name shortening are NOT definable names. They are terms of endearments, and they are NOT appreciated on first dates! They are only allowed

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  • Pineapple and Chocolate Muffins

    Pineapple and Chocolate MuffinsThis recipe was originally by a home cook from Spain, Hands in the Dough

    Unusual, but delicious, muffins; they will remain moist and fragrant for a long time. Try them out!

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    Pineapple and Chocolate Muffins

    Ingredients for 12 muffins:

    Mixture 1:

    - 250 gr. (2 1/3 cups) of sifted flour

    - 100 gr. (3/4 cup) of chocolate chips

    - 1 tsp. of baking powder

    - 1 level tsp. of baking soda

    - a pinch of salt

    Mixture 2:

    - 180 gr. (1 cup) of light brown sugar

    - 2 eggs

    - 50 gr. (1/2 stick) of butter, softened (or melted and cooled)

    - 1 tsp. of vanilla extract

    - 4 canned pineapple slices

    - 2 tbsp. of canned pineapple syrup

    - for the garnish: sliced almonds


    1. First prepare mixture 1 (dry) by combining all the ingredients together in a bowl, mixing well.

    2. In another bowl, beat the eggs together with the sugar, add the butter and the vanilla extract. Chop the canned pineapple

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  • Strawberry and Almond Cupcakes

    Strawberry and Almond CupcakesThis recipe was originally by a home cook from Spain, Gastronomistico

    Cupcakes, madeleines, magdalenas, quequitos... those are some of the names that these delicious pastries are known by in the world. Nowadays they're very trendy and can be made very easily.

    Cupcakes are said to date back to 1755 (they're a bit old, aren't they?) when Stanislas Leszczynski, the king of Poland and duke of Lorraine, invited people to his residence in the French province, and asked his cook to prepare something new and exquisite for the occasion. The cook was called Madeleine ("cupcake" in French), and amazed the diners with small round cakes, which everyone liked because of their spongy texture. The king was delighted and decided to call those mini cakes "madeleines" in her honor. The recipe spread to all the great halls in the Court of Versailles, later on to Spain, and then the world.

    Another theory explains that cupcakes go back to the age of pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, where a young

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  • Easy Bacon, Zucchini, and Potato Rolls

    Easy Bacon, Zucchini, and Potato RollsThis recipe was originally by a home cook from Japan, Aki's Cooking Pleasures

    Before I share the recipe, please take a look at the finished dish.

    All you need to do is the following: mix mashed potatoes with corn flavored garlic and onion fragrant salt. Put that over zucchini which you placed on top of bacon, roll everything together, sprinkle some toppings and bake!

    I made these to go with beer, and I shared some with my neighbors. Amazingly, the neighbor's kid was so happy eating them even though they're spicy! His mother liked them as well and had mentioned that her kid can eat garlic and likes it too.

    Come to think of it, my grandson also likes garlicky and gingery snacks a lot.

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    Easy Bacon, Zucchini and Potato Rolls Recipe

    Yield: 4 servings (8 pcs.)

    Preparation Time: 15-30 minutes


    - 4 Irish cobbler potatoes cut into small cubes. Rinse in water before boiling in a frying pan.

    - 1 zucchini

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  • A Recipe in Blue: Blue Cheese and Blueberry Muffins

    Blue Cheese and Blueberry MuffinsThis recipe was originally by a home cook from Italy, The Tastes of Travel

    I wholeheartedly agree with those who say that the best cookery ideas come when you open your fridge or pantry and decide to be creative with whatever you have.

    I'm perfectly aware of what lies in my kitchen cupboards, yet sometimes it seems as though some ingredient is playing hide-and-seek with me and, though I make a weekly roll-call using my special list, something always appears to have vanished into thin air. The muffins I'm suggesting today are the result of one such fridge-blitz. Among bowls and cups, in between fruit and vegetables, amidst eggs and cheese, I spied the left-over blueberries from Fabio's Nordic Caesar salad, peeping out at me and begging to be eaten.

    My initial idea was to prepare blueberry muffins, but these days our house is literally swamped with desserts (last week, between the fridge and the freezer I counted 5 different cakes!), so cooking yet another of our beloved cakes to

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  • Cheap Recipe: Herbed Yogurt Cheese

    Herbed Yogurt CheeseThis recipe was originally by a home cook from Italy , Barbara's Recipes

    Herbed Yogurt Cheese


    - 2 cups of plain yogurt
    - 1 bundle of mixed herbs (chives, thyme, fresh oregano, basil or lemon balm)
    - 1 clove of fresh garlic
    - extra-virgin olive oil
    - salt

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    In a mesh strainer lined with a fine towel (a white cotton towel or gauze), add yogurt. Put the strainer over a bowl and let it sit for at least 12 hours in the fridge.

    Leave some herbs and mince the rest (use a ceramic knife to avoid oxidation).

    Crush the garlic clove with the garlic press and mix garlic juice with the yogurt. Then, add minced herbs and a pinch of salt.

    Stir and let the yogurt drain in the strainer for 10-12 hours more.

    Grease your hands with oil and make little cheese balls. Put the balls in 4 small glasses or bowls and garnish with the herbs you kept and some oil

    Serve with bruschetta or

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  • Delicious Japanese Comfort Food - Deep Fried Tofu with Vegetables and Chinese Pepper

    Today I'd like to try something else - I will add a spicy Chinese pepper and seasonal Japanese vegetables to the traditional Japanese nibbles.

    It's a little laborious though.

    It's a great dish that gives comfort in a way that only Japanese cuisine can. It's so delicious it makes me happy!

    My husband used to come home from work and would be so happy drinking beer or distilled liquor and eating his favorite simmered nibbles such as this one, which he enjoyed a lot.

    It's a scene that recurs in my mind as if it just happened yesterday.

    Before I share the recipe, please take a look at the finished dish:

    Deep Fried Tofu with Vegetables and Chinese Pepper

    Bamboo Shoots, Bracken Fern, and Deep-Fried Tofu and Vegetables Flavored with Chinese Pepper

    Yield: 3-4 servings

    Preparation time: 15-30 minutes


    - 1 bamboo shoot washed and sliced diagonally. Remove the scum first by boiling it in water that has been used to wash uncooked rice.

    - 1/2 bunch of bracken ferns washed and sliced in bite-sized

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  • Mango and Coconut Cupcakes Decorated with Butterflies

    Mango and Coconut Cupcakes Decorated with Butterflies

    I wanted to make some mango cupcakes with coconut frosting. Those flavors are associated with summertime, so I'm finally going to use the mango paste to make them.

    The cupcakes are decorated with beautiful butterflies made with special icing sugar that is placed on a silicone pad from Silikomart and baked at a low temperature. The icing sugar is very easy to use, and I think it makes cakes, cupcakes, and cookies look great.

    Mango and Coconut Cupcakes

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    Mango and Coconut Cupcakes

    Makes 12 cupcakes



    · 120 gr. (4.2 oz.) of salted butter at room temperature

    · 200 gr. (7 oz.) of sugar

    · 3 eggs

    · 200 gr. (7 oz.) of flour

    · 120 ml. (1/2 cup) of milk

    · 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder

    · 25 gr. (1 1/2 tbsp) of mango paste


    · 250 gr. (8.8 oz.) of salted butter at ambient temperature

    · 325 gr. (11.4 oz.) of icing sugar

    · 2 drops of coconut extract

    · 2 tbsp. of milk

    · grated coconut


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  • Buckwheat... Let's Talk About It!

    buckwheat salad

    This salad is made with buckwheat and delicious Valpalot goat cheese, produced by the Caseario consortium of the Valle Camonica (a valley in the central Alps located in the eastern part of the Italian region of Lombardy) and which I will tell you a bit about now.

    The Caprino Valpalot owes its name to the milk of the Biond dell'Adamello goats. The Blond Adamellan breed of goats are native to the small but very characteristic Val Palot area, known for its environmental peculiarities, its farming tradition, and its cheese production. The characteristic of the cheese is that it is white with a classic grassy fragrance typical of goat milk cheese. It is made strictly with raw goat milk.

    It is very easily digested and fresh; therefore, excellent when eaten with a typical summery diet; it can be paired with any of the many tasty salads that come to mind...

    Buckwheat is not very well known and decidedly underestimated. It is generally associated with grains, but its very

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  • Get Ready for Summer! ☼

    Every day at webflakes we feature a collection of the latest fashion, makeup and cosmetic trends from around the world. This article is by ObeBlog.

    Do you remember a few days ago when I told you about "operation bikini?" I mentioned how important it is to take care of oneself during the whole year, not only when we start wearing less clothes.

    Today I am going to give you some tips that I follow especially on the days before I go to the beach:

    - Start using a solar nutritional cosmetic to protect and prepare your skin before exposing it to the sun.

    - Exfoliate the skin every week to get a uniform tan.

    - Pay special attention to your feet: do not forget that it's the season of flip-flops and our feet must be in perfect condition, without cracks in our heels or anything like that. I do my pedicure with my beloved "micropedi" and I finish it with a specific cream that helps moisturize the driest areas.

    - This is a moment to show off our summer nail polish, both in our

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