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  • The 8 Best Pasta Types and How Best to Prepare Them

    Best Pasta TypesBest Pasta TypesAs any pasta lover knows, there are many types of pasta, and the beloved carb comes in all shapes and sizes. Some pasta have long, stringy shapes, and some are short spirals. Some have distinct shapes resembling shells or bow ties, while some have shapes very similar to seeds or grains.

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    Depending on its shape, certain varieties of pasta are better paired with certain sauces and dishes. Vermicelli, a thin spaghetti-like pasta sometimes broken into short pieces, is ideal for soups or noodle salads. Manicotti, short, wide pasta tubes, are meant to be stuffed with meat, cheese, and vegetables. And ruote's wagon-wheel shape goes well with many types of dishes, but its spokes are especially great for catching chunks of meat and vegetables in thick sauces.

    It's easy to get stuck in a pasta rut and continuously fall back on a pasta shape you know and love. But knowing which pasta shapes go best with different sauces and dishes might encourage you to

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  • The 5 Craziest Beer Flavors and Who Drinks Them

    Weirdest Beer FlavorsWeirdest Beer FlavorsBeer is undoubtedly one of America's favorite drinks. It's the perfect thirst-quencher after a hot day in the sun, and the ideal drink to casually sip on Sunday while you're watching the big game. The craft brew trend is still going strong in America, and as craft breweries continue to pop up all over the country, their interesting and innovative brewing concoctions are finding their way to our liquor stores as well. We love the idea of new and creative flavors, like the three new flavors Budweiser put out for their faithful drinkers - Vanilla Bourbon Cask, Beechwood Block, and North Pacific Style Lager - but it's always exciting when something really innovative, and well, weird hits the market.

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    Breweries are constantly developing new flavors that will help to ring in new seasons, like pumpkin for Thanksgiving, citrus for the summer, avocado honey for the spring… wait, what? Avocado and honey? Well, yes, because Island Brewing Company is

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  • 6 Things Food Network Won't Tell You

    Surprising facts about the food network and it's starsSurprising facts about the food network and it's starsIn his new book, From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, writer Allen Salkin takes a deep dive into the world of Food Network, from before it was a kernel of an idea all the way up to the latest Paula Deen scandal. For anyone who has an interest in the network, or television in general, it's a fascinating read.

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    The book is full of information that you probably didn't know about the network. The story begins with a man named Joe Langhan, who was head of programming for Colony Cablevision, and had the idea to broadcast food-related programming 24-7 on one of their channels. From the start-up business plan, which relied heavily on subscribers buying an electronic coupon machine called Couponix, to the early team, which included CNN co-founder Reese Schonfeld, being told that they were out of their minds for wanting to broadcast cooking shows all day long, the early chapters are a textbookexample of a great idea coming along at exactly the

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  • In Season: 6 Brussels Sprouts Recipes Everyone Will Like

    Brussels Sprouts RecipesBrussels Sprouts RecipesBrussels sprouts are notorious for being one of the least-liked (and least-eaten) vegetables. But here at The Daily Meal, we love Brussels sprouts and all the nutrition that they have to offer. We believe that the key to delicious Brussels sprouts is the preparation - and with these recipes even the kids will be asking for seconds. This fall, take advantage of the little cabbages while they are in season and more delicious than ever.

    Boiling Brussels sprouts is a common way to cook them, but it happens to be one of the least flavorful. Roasting and pan-searing ensures the outer layers of leaves get caramelized, golden brown, and slightly crunchy while the inside stays tender. Another flavorful option is shredding the mini cabbages and turning them into a slaw or salad. And a personal favorite of the Cook editors is to pair the sprouts with bacon or pancetta to add succulent pork flavor.

    To cook Brussels sprouts, begin by cutting off the buds and stalks. Discard any loose leaves and

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  • 6 Amazing Apple Pie Recipes

    Apple Pie with Cheese Pie CrustApple Pie with Cheese Pie CrustApples are the craze during the fall season. You have the classic red, Granny Smith, Gala, Golden, Fuji, and more. From the red to the golden yellow, the sight of an apple shows us fall has arrived. Not only does this fall fruit taste great off the branch, but it serves as one of pie's best fillers.

    Apple pie has always been an age-old favorite, dating back to 1390. The first-ever recorded apple pie recipe was created by the Master Cooks of King Richard II. Back then, sugar was scarce and pie crusts were not intended for eating, but just for storage. In the last 600 years, apple pie has had a major makeover with sweet sugars, delightful spices, and flaky crusts. Since 1390, we've seen traditional apple pies, French apple pies, and apple pie "à la mode" (popularized in the 1890s by Charles Watson Townsend after a trip to New York). Apple pie may not have originated in America, but it will always be an American favorite.

    Salty Caramel Apple Pie

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  • The Health Benefits of Eating an Apple a Day

    Benefits of an Apple a DayBenefits of an Apple a DayApples are the craze during the fall season. You have the classic red, Granny Smith, Gala, Golden, Fuji, and more. From the red to the golden yellow, the sight of an apple shows us fall has arrived. Take advantage of this fall fruit because there are some delicious and healthy benefits it has to offer.

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    Best Health Magazine and MSN have reported that the benefits of eating an apple a day is positive for your health. Apples are packed with vitamins, iron, calcium, and potassium, decreasing your chances of asthma, diabetes, and Parkinson's.

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    The Daily Mail suggests you eat the peel of the apple as well. With regular exercise, it will help you increase muscle tone and slim your waistline. The peel has ursolic acid, which helps balance your cholesterol and blood sugar level. Other fruits that have this include cranberries and prunes.

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  • 5 Deliciously Sweet Fast-Food Chain Holiday Drinks

    Pumpkin Spiced Latte Pumpkin Spiced Latte Nothing is better than starting an autumn day with a nice Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks - it's one of our favorite ways to enjoy the beautifully crisp fall season. And chains all over America seem to be catching onto the trend by creating their own holiday and seasonal favorites. This time of year we are blown away by some of the innovative concoctions fast-food restaurants come up with. Depending on whether you're an avid pumpkin spice syrup lover or if you like to keep it natural with an authentic caramel apple, these drinks may inspire you or totally gross you out.

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    We definitely think some drinks are winners - how else can you get a hot mulled apple cider without heading to the local apple orchard? Dunkin' Donuts has pulled it off with style. Not to mention the idea of a red apple sangria from Applebee's, a drink we recently created in our own test kitchen not so long ago. But we just can't seem to get on board with Red Robin's idea of a

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  • 5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons

    Saving on groceries is easier with these tips and tricks. Saving on groceries is easier with these tips and tricks. Grocery shopping is a weekly chore that, well, seems to be doing more of the eating these days: Packaged foods and fresh vegetables and meats are eating up your paycheck while leaving your basket half empty. Groceries are getting more expensive, and because paychecks don't seem to be increasing, it's time to learn how to save by employing some simple tips and tricks - without the hassle of clipping coupons.

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    Lifestyle and entertaining expert Mindy Kobrin tells us that "It's easy to shop for food, but it's very hard to shop smart, and it's even harder to shop with inspiration." Even with aisles full of gorgeous packaging and colors, she notes, "the true inspiration comes when you enter your grocer with knowledge on your side on what to buy, when to buy it, and how to savor it in more ways than one."

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    Kobrin has put together some tips to help you save and become a smarter shopper. With her guidance, you

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  • How to Lose Weight by Eating: 5 Foods that Boost Your Metabolism

    Salmon with GingerSalmon with GingerYou've decided to eat better by focusing on foods that are good for you, so why not take it a step further and incorporate some metabolism-boosting ingredients into your meals? While we can't dramatically change the body we were born with, there are a few things we can do (and eat) to make a difference.

    Nutritionist Kelly Aronica shares some advice for giving your metabolism a kick, while we provide some easy meal ideas.

    1) Turmeric: Full of antioxidants, this colorful spice is also a great way to speed up your metabolism. It's often found in Indian dishes or curries.

    SUGGESTED RECIPE: Chicken and Eggplant Stew with Grilled Country Bread

    This re-invented - and healthier version of - chicken and eggplant parm is wonderful spooned over crusty and crispy bread that softens as it soaks in the flavorful tomato sauce.

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    2) Cayenne and Other Chile Peppers:
    The capsaicin in chiles is what makes food spicy; so it's safe to

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  • 5 Easy, Fast, and Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipes

    Try one of these delicious recipes tonight! Try one of these delicious recipes tonight! Chicken with Orange Jalapeno Sauce Recipe

    Spice up your chicken with this easy sauce filled with bold citrus flavors. This is a great recipe to use leftover chicken.

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    Easy Lentil Soup with Roasted Tomatoes Recipe

    I stayed home sick from work the other day, and, because it was freezing cold out, I decided to make myself a soup with whatever I had on hand. It turned out to be a bag of lentils, a can of beans, some cherry tomatoes and a block of Parmigiano-Reggiano. The soup was easy, filling and delicious -- plus I didn't have to leave my house to make it.

    Try making this at home, then storing the lentil soup (pre-tomato addition) in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick, re-heated weeknight meal. You can also use this as a base for adding onions or other vegetables or fresh herbs.

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    Linguine and Spinach Pesto Recipe

    This spinach pesto comes together in

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