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  • Make a Ramen Burger at Home!

    Meet the latest, greatest food craze since the cronut: the ramen burger. Engineered by Keizo Shimamoto and sold at Brooklyn's Smorgasburg, this burger nestled between two eggy ramen buns has inspired legions of fans to queue up in line for a taste. Inspired by this over-the-top delight, we've developed a home-kitchen-friendly version - try it out and see what all the hype is about!

    From POPSUGAR Food
    Ramen Burger


    To shape the ramen into a bun, use ramekins that are similar in size to the burger patty. If you don't have ramekins, substitute pint-size deli containers.


    1 package ramen noodles
    2 eggs, divided
    2 tablespoons neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed
    1 tablespoon ketchup
    1/2 tablespoon sriracha
    1 beef burger patty
    Soy sauce
    Sesame oil
    1 slice American cheese
    1 scallion, thinly sliced on the bias
    1/2 cup arugula


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  • Skip the Boxed Spaghetti! 4 Ways to Mix Up Your Pasta

    Source: Skip the Boxed Spaghetti! 4 Ways to Mix Up Your Pasta

    Stuck in a pasta rut? Consider these seven pasta alternatives to mix things up. While boiling up a pot of the boxed stuff does the job, there are several options that are just as good, if not better. Try turning to veggies like zucchini to create a refreshing pasta salad, or adding some Asian flair to meatless Mondays with soba noodles. Whatever the occasion, these surprising alternatives are sure to add variety and pair well with your favorite sauces.

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    Fast & Easy Dinner: Pasta Carbonara With Leeks and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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  • 8 Unexpected Foodie Towns in the US

    POPSUGAR FoodSource: 8 Unexpected Foodie Towns in the US

    While big cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago get loads of press for their high-end cuisine, there are plenty of other cities all over the US that cultivate their own foodie communities. If you're looking to plan a Summer road trip with quality food to boot, then here are eight sweet cities with renowned restaurants and flavors that pack a punch. Don't see your favorite stop in the list? Chime in with your city here!

    • Louisville, KY: For good Southern charm and a burgeoning fine arts scene, Louisville, KY, is a city you've got to see.
      Must-Eat: After watching his creations on Top Chef Season 9, we're dying to go to Edward Lee's restaurant, 610 Magnolia.
    • Boulder, CO: With the gorgeous Rockies in the backdrop, Boulder is one of those amazing cities with a spirit you feel as soon as you arrive. We love it so much that we've got you covered with full list of where to eat in Boulder.
      Must-Eat: Be sure to try the tomato soup at
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  • The Art of Perfect Toast

    Source: The Art of Perfect Toast

    Before we proceed, the instructions I'm about to expound upon are not for the most convenient way to make toast. Rather, this is how to make the platonic ideal of toast. While that is not to say that other methods are bad, unsatisfying, or wrong, you should follow these steps when nothing but the best will suffice.

    Here's what you'll need

    • A toaster oven
    • Your favorite bread
    • The best unsalted butter you can get your hands on, at room temperature
    • Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon or fleur de sel
    • Jam, marmalade, or preserves (optional) if you're jonesing for a sweet and salty breakfast treat
    • Black pepper (optional), for savory toast

    The six steps to perfect toast:
    • Turn your toaster oven to the toast setting, place the slice of bread on the rack in the toaster oven, and toast until the bread has just begun to hint at browning.
    • Spread a generous pat of butter over every square inch of one side of the bread, nestling it in every nook and cranny.
    • Sprinkle with
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  • Assemble the Perfect To-Go Sandwich for the Road

    POPSUGAR FoodSource: Assemble the Perfect To-Go Sandwich For the Road

    Packing sandwiches for the open road can be messy business - by the time lunch rolls around, the sandwich bread can be squishy and saturated with tomato juice. Once you start eating the sandwich, more of it can end up in your lap than in your mouth. Let's toss those subpar roadie sandwiches aside and start making perfect travel sandwiches instead. All you need are a baguette, your favorite condiment, an avocado, deli meat, cheese, and a large lettuce leaf. Learn the magic behind the one-handed, spill-free sandwich that's easy to eat while you're on the open road.

    • Find the Right Baguette: Standard loaves of bread tend to be too fragile for travel. They squish, become soggy, and seep the sandwich contents everywhere. A baguette is the far superior choice for travel, because it's easy to hold and has a hardy crust that can soak up moisture. Here's the secret to finding the perfect baguette: choose one that is individual-sized
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  • Cool Off with a Glass of Classic Red Sangria

    Easy Red SangriaEasy Red SangriaSource: Cool Off With a Glass of Classic Red Sangria

    Next time you're in a bind over what to serve at your impromptu grill-out, don't fret - just serve sangria. It's easy to make in advance, calls for ingredients you likely already have on hand, and accommodates anywhere from one to 100. Best of all, everyone - college kids, parents, men, and women alike - gravitate towards it (don't be surprised if your guests fly through those pitchers you made ahead of time).

    Easy Red Sangria

    Adapted from Whole Foods Market


    This recipe works best with an off-dry wine that has notes of vanilla and clove, such as Lamatum's Ribera del Duero Crianza from Spain.


    750-ml bottle red wine
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1/2 cup brandy
    1 apple, chopped
    1 orange, chopped into bite-size pieces (peel on)
    1 lemon, chopped into bite-size pieces (peel on)
    1/2 cup club soda


    In a carafe or pitcher, combine the wine with orange juice, brandy, and chopped fruit;

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  • 6 Ways to Perk Up Bland and Boring Trail Mix

    Source: 6 Ways to Perk Up Bland and Boring Trail Mix

    While a store-bought bag of trail mix can satisfy a craving, trail mix is by its nature customizable, so why not tweak and tinker in order to find the exact flavor profile you're after? Stick to these essential guidelines when compiling a new signature blend and your results are bound to sing.

    • Roast your nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds shine when roasted briefly; simply preheat your oven to 350ºF, lay the nuts out on a sheet pan in a single layer, and toast for 6-10 minutes, or until fragrant and lightly golden. Alternatively, buy them pre-roasted, or toast them on the stove.
    • Don't forget the salt! Sweet flavors perk up when enhanced with a pinch of salt. Consider including at least one salty element to your trail mix, such as roasted salted peanuts, almonds, shelled pistachios, or cashews; peanut-butter-stuffed pretzel bites; pretzel M&M's; or yogurt-covered pretzels. If none of those flavors jive with your flavor profile,
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  • A No-Cook Black Bean Dish for All Summer Long

    Source: A No-Cook Black Bean Dish For All Summer Long

    When it comes to ripe Summer produce, I prefer to do as little as possible in the kitchen: the flavor and texture of the ingredients are already exceptional, so why would you want to cook them to a mushy pulp or overseason them with spices? This black bean salad has plenty of crunch and texture with a slight sweetness from the orange juice. Serve it as a salad, top it over greens, or scoop it onto chips like a salsa. Anything goes!

    No-Cook Black Bean Salad

    From Anna Monette Roberts, POPSUGAR Food


    1 lime, zested and juiced
    1 small orange, zested and juiced
    1 green bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, small diced
    1 jalapeño, stem, ribs, and seeds removed, small diced
    1 fresh corn, shucked and cut off cob
    1-2 watermelon radishes, peeled and small diced
    1/2 red onion, small diced
    1-2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 can of black beans, drained
    1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
    Salt, to taste

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  • Find Out If We're Hooked on the Latest Goldfish Snack

    Source: Find Out If We're Hooked on the Latest Goldfish Snack

    This past year has brought many new products to the Pepperidge Farms line: obsession-worthy Blueberry Swirl Bread, a variety of cake-inspired cookies, and even Goldfish Mac & Cheese, some with greater success than others. The latest in the brand's lineup got our attention as soon as we opened the delivery box: Goldfish Puffs ($3 for a 7-ounce bag), baked, corn-based (gluten-free!) puffs in flavors like Cheddar Bacon, Mega Cheese, and Buffalo Wing. The question is, how will these puffy snacks fare in an already saturated snack category?

    Goldfish Puffs Mega Cheese

    With a name like Goldfish Puffs Mega Cheese, it'd be disappointing if these were anything less than boldly flavored and sharp; thankfully, a generous coating of cheese powder made that a nonissue. While a few tasters found the cheese flavor a bit further from nature than they'd prefer, most would buy a bag, and enjoyed snacking on these salty, crunchy snacks.

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  • 5 Fast and Easy Italian Dinners

    POPSUGAR FoodSource: 5 Fast and Easy Italian Dinners

    If the busyness of Summer has you craving a home-cooked meal, consider preparing one of these five Italian dishes. Using fresh, traditional ingredients loaded with flavor, these dishes prove that simple doesn't have to be boring. From garlicky pasta to shrimp with piquant salsa verde, this dinner Italiano is certain to impress guests and can be prepared in a matter of minutes!

    • Three-Ingredient Tomato Sauce: Marcella Hazan's iconic three-ingredient tomato sauce combines tomatoes, butter, and a yellow onion. Thanks to the simple prep, it will become a staple sauce in your household.
    • Shrimp With Salsa Verde: Loaded with flavor, Italian salsa verde is an effortless recipe that delivers. Add it to a Summer staple like shrimp for a fail-proof delight. The best part? You can make it in just five minutes!
    • Pasta Carbonara With Leeks: To make pasta carbonara more appropriate for Summer (read: lighter), add fresh flavor in the form of slightly
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