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  • Better and More Fun Than Domino's and Pizza Hut: 6 Easy Pizza Recipes to Make at Home

    Homemade PizzaHomemade PizzaSometimes there is nothing better than a night spent at home watching movies and eating pizza. Especially now that the weather is becoming a bit cooler, staying in seems to more appealing than ever. But why wait for a pizza delivery when they are so easy (and more delicious) to make at home?

    The Cook editors at The Daily Meal love making homemade pizza. The toppings and choices are endless and using store-bought pizza dough makes it quick and simple. This week we put the Culinary Content Network and our staff to the test to come up with homemade pizza recipes that rival takeout. Here are some of the submissions.

    Christine Ma from Cherry on My Sundae turned pizza into breakfast with bacon and a fried egg. Ma is a member of the Culinary Content Network.

    Peter Block of Feed Your Soul 2 shared with us his recipe for Creole Pizza, which is topped with a spicy sauce and Andouille sausage. Block is a member of the Culinary Content Network.

    The winner this week is Haley Willard, associate

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  • Do it Yourself: Halloween Treats and Desserts

    Don't be afraid, these severed fingers taste better than they look. Don't be afraid, these severed fingers taste better than they look. With Halloween a few weeks away, we are busy planning parties, scouting for costumes, and preparing candy for those trick-or-treaters. And when it comes to this spooky holiday, there are tons of ways you are expected to celebrate. From bites at your next party or desserts for your kids' class, there are so many easy ideas you can do to make all of your Halloween celebrations festive.

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    Eerie 'Fingers' (pictured above)

    These severed fingers are guaranteed to give your guests the chills. Though they look like an old witch's fingers, once your guests take a bite, they'll be amazed at how something so horrid can taste so delicious. The recipe calls for minimal store-bought ingredients and takes less than thirty minutes to make, perfect for those a lot of guests and not a lot of time. Place them in a bowl and use them both décor and snacks.

    Click Here to see The Severed Fingers Halloween Cookies Recipe

    Creepy Cupcakes

    Once you choose a

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  • The 8 Best Zero-Calorie Soft-Drinks

    These drinks are a great alternative to extremely sugary drinks.These drinks are a great alternative to extremely sugary drinks.It seems natural that in recent years, as new health risks have come to light, consumers have decided to watch their weight and eat healthier. These days, kale is a national craze and more people than ever have jumped onto the juicing wagon. But the obesity epidemic seems to have taken hold of America, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7 percent) are obese. And being overweight can cost you: The estimated annual medical cost of obesity was $147 billion in 2008; and the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. To help lower the obesity count, Americans are bombarded with countless low-calorie options for food. But even with the low-cal meals at their fingertips, most people never seem to consider where most of their caloric intake is coming from - their beverages.

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    The Harvard School of Public Health reported that the "rising

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  • McDonald's Happy Meals Go Literary

    McDonald's Happy Meals to give out booksMcDonald's Happy Meals to give out booksLooks like McDonald's is bringing its literary Happy Meals (which debuted in the U.K. earlier this year) stateside; AdAge reports that the fast-food company will start giving out books with its Happy Meals in America from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14.

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    The four books on rotation are reportedly all nutrition-oriented, self-published by the company, with characters like the goat in The Goat Who Ate Everything, or Deana, the world's smallest dinosaur, in Deana's Big Dreams.

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    Meanwhile, the #mcbooks hashtag is now, appropriately trending on Twitter. Our favorites? "The Catcher in the Fry" and "McBeth." But as Grub Street points out, this might just be a distraction from not-so-healthy Happy Meal options, i.e. soft drinks that can still be offered in the "Happy Meal section of menu boards." And their president? He's claiming that "our fries are already healthy," noting that anyone who wants them to change

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  • 'Carrie' Movie Promo Terrorizes Real-Life Coffee Shop

    Prank VideoPrank VideoSomewhere in Manhattan's West Village a coffee shop decided to terrorize its customers this Halloween season by pranking them with a very Carrie-like scene: One man accidentally spills coffee on a girl, barely apologizes, and said girl freaks out, in a magic, telekinesis, books-falling-off-shelves sort of way.

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    The process, and resulting customers' reactions, are recorded on this video that has been going viral. Turns out, the man is a stuntman, roped to the wall. The tables and chairs are all remote-controlled, as are the books and artwork on the wall. The only shots supposedly not completely faked (although The Blaze has some questions) are the reaction shots. One woman, smartly, starts taking videos. The construction man with a pole (?) simply gawks. Another woman lets out a series of screams, while plenty dart away from the action. We're not judging; if it were us, we'd be flipping out, too.

    Watch the process below. It might just be a

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  • Better and Cheaper Than Steak: The 6 Best Meatloaf Recipes on the Web

    Replace steak with one of these inexpensive meatloaf recipes.Replace steak with one of these inexpensive meatloaf recipes.When it comes to comfort food, nothing beats a hearty meatloaf. Meatloaf is an American classic that remains a dinner-table favorite today. Packed with bold flavors and loaded with ground meat, it's a satisfying and easy weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy.

    A traditional meatloaf is made of ground beef bound together with breadcrumbs and often an egg and then mixed with spices and herbs. Ground beef is significantly less expensive than steak and other cuts of beef, making meatloaf a bargain meat dish. Some might even prefer the taste to steak because of the added spices and herbs.

    Check out some of these easy meatloaf recipes and make sure to put one (or two) into your weekly menu. To save extra time, try preparing the meatloaf in the morning, store it in the refrigerator during the day, and then when you get home, all you have to do is throw it in the oven.

    Entertain Meatloaf Style Recipe

    For quick entertaining, use a bundt pan for this simple recipe.

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  • The Biggest Wedding Cakes in America

    Who Made the Cake: HoustonWho Made the Cake: HoustonGo big or go home is a mantra that can be adapted to apply to many of life's tasks and challenges. After all, if we are going to do something, why not make it the biggest and best it can be? And when you are making a commitment as big as marriage, you have to make your wedding count. If you booked a big venue, a big band, and are wearing a big dress, don't fall short on your cake.

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    There are limitless possibilities when it comes to selecting a wedding cake that perfectly represents you as a couple. We have seen everything from cakes that make nerds swoon to beautiful works of art that just simply take our breaths away. But what about the brides who want to say how much they love their future partner (and cake) in a big way?

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    We contacted bakeries across the country and asked them to tell us what big orders brides have placed for their big days. What we got in return was a collection of jaw-dropping,

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  • 6 Fantastic Fall Apple Recipes

    Apples pair perfectly with sweet and savory dishes. Apples pair perfectly with sweet and savory dishes. Now that we are in prime apple-picking season, apples are at their ripest (and tastiest). Although apples are juicy and delicious on their own, cooking and baking with the iconic fall fruit can enhance an array of dishes. Autumn is bursting with crisp fall apples and we've rounded up a few recipes for you to try. From sweet to savory, apples add sweetness, texture, and flavor to any dish.

    One of the most popular uses for apples during the fall season is to bake them in pies and tarts. And while those are certainly delicious paired with caramel sauce and cinnamon, we've gathered a few savory dishes as well. Meats such as pork chops and roasts pair brilliantly with apples, and incorporating apples into pork dishes makes for easy weeknight meals packed with bold flavor.

    Whether you are visiting an orchard to bring home bushels of apples or simply picking up a few at the local market, make the most of fall's favorite fruit with some of these recipes. Add apples to your next sweet or

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  • How to Poach an Egg in the Microwave

    Poached Egg MicrowavePoached Egg MicrowaveOne of the best parts about going out to brunch is getting a perfectly poached egg with a soft center and a white that is just set. It's hard and often time-consuming to make a restaurant-worthy poached egg at home. But we have a simple trick that will help you poach an egg fast enough for a weekday breakfast.

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    In a scene from Julie and Julia, Julie, who was trying to recreate each recipe from Julia Child's famed cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, spent the entire night, with help from others, trying to achieve a perfectly poached egg. But with this trick there is no need to boil water or even worry about breaking the egg while poaching.

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    Using a microwave is the easiest and quickest way to poach an egg and achieve maximum results. With this simple trick, poached eggs will be as common around your house as scrambled or fried. Check out the slideshow for easy-to-follow,

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  • What is Fair Trade Coffee and Why Do We Care?

    Fair Trade CoffeeFair Trade CoffeeOrdering a coffee shouldn't elicit a sense of panic surrounding whether or not your favorite coffee shop practices fair trade. We aren't suggesting you drop everything and double-check to make sure that the coffee served has been farmed fairly, but we are proposing you gain a little more knowledge about fair trade practices and how they affect one of America's favorite drinks.

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    Coffee is something most Americans start their day with and oftentimes finish a meal with. We rarely think about where the coffee in our cups started its journey to get to us - but we should start thinking about the interesting aspects of fair trade that are applicable to Americans.

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    Don't throw away all the coffee in your cupboard just because it isn't marked fair trade, but perhaps arm yourself with some facts so that you can be a little more knowledgeable the next time you're cruising down the coffee aisle. These 10 facts

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