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  • How the World Celebrates Halloween

    Halloween Traditions Around The WorldHalloween Traditions Around The WorldIf you have entered any chain store in the United States within the past month, there is no escaping the fact that the haunting holiday of Halloween is slowly creeping up on us. It is the one day out of the year where people are encouraged to dress up as someone they're not, partake in classic Halloween rituals, and eat copious amounts of candy.

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    From dressing up in elaborate costumes and carving jack-o'-lanterns to watching scary movies and eating our weight in miniature candy bars, there are endless ways to celebrate in the United States. American Halloween customs are well known, but how does the rest of the world celebrate the ghoulish date?

    How do holidays such as Oíche Shamhna in Ireland, Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, and Guy Fawkes Night in the United Kingdom fit into the holiday that seemingly all children in the U.S. know and love?

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    Turns out, many of these holidays fit together to make one

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  • 4 Deliciously Sweet Nutella Recipes

    Strawberry Nutella SandwichStrawberry Nutella SandwichThe first time one experiences Nutella, it's an epiphany - not unlike the first encounter with wasabi or Sriracha, or perhaps what Dijon mustard was like to someone who was used to the canary-yellow stuff that came out of an equally yellow plastic bottle.

    Yes, Nutella may just be America's newest favorite condiment. It's next to the jam, butter, and yes, peanut butter on the breakfast table, ready to be slathered on toast; it's in pancakes, waffles, French toast, and crepes; it's in cookies, brownies, ice creams, and cupcakes - and it's even on pizza.

    This chocolate-hazelnut spread was created by Pietro Ferrero in the 1940s as a way to deal with chocolate rationing during World War II. But it wasn't called Nutella until 1964, after Ferrero had reworked the original formula, which was thick enough to be sliced (imagine that - sliceable Nutella), to one that was spreadable. Initially, cost was the main reason that people chose Nutella over chocolate; even by 1964, with the war long

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  • 5 Great New Chili Recipes

    ChiliChiliWe've rounded up some of our best and most interesting chili recipes. These days, chili seems to be going the way of California Pizza Kitchen - exciting for some, worrisome for others. The parallels that can be drawn with pizza are rather intriguing, or disturbing, depending on your perspective. They're both dishes created by an immigrant population that have become Americanized and exceedingly popular. And in both cases, regional versions have come into being. And with both pizza and chili, we haven't stopped innovating. So we're not just talking about Cincinnati-Style Chili here. It is an interesting (or dangerous) thing indeed when Americans get creative with classics.

    Ultimate ChiliUltimate ChiliThe Ultimate Chili

    In the spirit of love and America, I'm offering up what I often serve at my place to enjoy on your NFL Sundays. Game day plus beer plus chili equals America.

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    Sausage ChiliSausage Chili
    Sausage Chili Verde with Hominy and Pumpkin Recipe

    This contemporary dish celebrates the

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  • 5 Great Tips for Making the Perfect Chili

    Chili TipsChili TipsThe craft of making chili is not rocket science, nor is it a mystery. In fact, it is solely the product of general good cooking practices - practices that can improve many favorite dishes, not just chili - and the right ingredients. That being said, there are a few special rules that apply just to chili. Here, we've simmered and reduced our accumulated knowledge down to a few easily digestible morsels.

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    All kidding aside, however, we think it's actually time to embrace this trend. Think of it as more akin to what happened to grilled cheese, whose transformation with gourmet cheeses, artisanal breads, and creative pairings with sweet and savory ingredients has benefited all. The trick is just not to overdo it. Open your minds and your palates and you might just be pleasantly surprised.

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    Tip: Brown for Flavor
    If you're using meat, whatever type of meat you use, make sure to let it sit out at room temperature

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  • The 5 Best (Easy) Ways to Cook Chicken at Home

    These chicken recipes are sure to be a hit at home.These chicken recipes are sure to be a hit at home.We've all heard it before - chicken is like a blank canvas, it's relatively cheap, and it's a great source of protein. You can do pretty much anything you want with chicken, whether you choose to fry, bake, roast, grill, or sauté it. And when the craving strikes, even though people say a lot of things taste like chicken, nothing will satisfy except for, well, chicken.

    But what are you going to do with it? If you've put chicken on your shopping list, but don't know what else to buy, then you've come to the right place. We have some great ideas to inspire you, so take a look, and let us know how the dish turns out.

    Easy Roast Chicken Recipe

    Roasting a whole chicken may be one of the more daunting culinary projects a cook may try, but it shouldn't be. All it takes is a couple of pantry basics, and an hour or so of your time - you needn't truss your bird, or even remove the wishbone, if you don't want to. As well, choosing to cook a whole bird, as opposed to a breast or thighs, is much

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  • 5 Great and Healthy Fall Stew Recipes

    Beef StewBeef StewWhen the season starts to change and the leaves begin to show a different hue, the weather gets a bit colder. With a brisk chill in the air, many of us warm up by eating hearty stews filled with autumn vegetables. Whether they're puréed, chunky, or classic favorites like beef stew, stews are made in abundance during the colder months - and we want to make sure you've got some warm and tasty recipes planned.

    One of the best thing about stews is that they taste better the next day, once all the flavors have had time to meld - making them the ideal leftover. Check out these 5 stew recipes to keep you warm as the weather cools down.

    Rosemary Lentil Stew

    This soup is perfect for a cool fall evening and it's really easy to make. I loaded it with frozen veggies and lentils so it was quick to come together and cooked while I baked off some fresh bread.

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    Braised Lamb Stew

    After receiving a new Dutch oven for Christmas (yay!), I was excited to

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  • 5 Gluten-Free Recipes that Actually Taste Good

    Gluten Free Recipes That Taste GoodGluten Free Recipes That Taste GoodFiguring out what to cook is hard enough for most people, but what if you're one of more than 2 million Americans who live with celiac disease? The possibilities may seem even more limited.

    And chances are, you aren't just cooking for yourself - you're cooking for friends and family, too. That's why we've put together a list of 20 celiac-friendly recipes from a few people who have been living with the disease and cooking gluten-free successfully not only for themselves, but also for others who might not necessarily need to eat gluten-free.

    So the recipes we've compiled here aren't just gluten-free versions of foods on the "don't touch" list, like pizza, pasta, and sandwiches (which generally require some sort of wheat product). Instead, these recipes take a ground-up approach, meaning instead of replacing the problem ingredient - wheat, rye, or barley product - with some obscure substitute, which sometimes leads to less than stellar results (ever had slimy gluten-free bread before?),

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  • The World's Best Mac and Cheese Recipes

    Jalepeno Mac and CheeseJalepeno Mac and CheeseThere's nothing quite like pasta swimming in a gooey, bubbly sea of cheeses to wet one's appetite on a cold, cloudy day. Or a bright and sunny day, for that matter. Mac and cheese is the preferred method of delivery of fats, carbs, cholesterol, and salt for many, and there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, it's downright delicious. It's honest and comforting, familiar yet frequently sought-after - many yearn for that perfect bite of pasta to take them back to childhood.

    There's always the easy way out - mac and cheese out of the box - but sometimes going the extra mile and taking the homemade route is worthwhile. Not that anyone is going to be forced to make béchamel sauce - that would be the obvious take, anyway. Instead, we offer some interesting interpretations on this perennial comfort food.

    "World's Best" Mac and Cheese

    The best part about this mac and cheese recipe is that it can be made ahead and frozen - just be sure to use a freezer-to-oven-safe pan and increase the baking

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  • Keep Ticking: 5 Foods that Are Good for Your Heart

    Incorporate these heart-healthy foods into your diet.Incorporate these heart-healthy foods into your diet.When we were young, we were told to eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. And as adults, we try to maintain a balanced diet and get in a few trips to the gym per week. Until there is a magic pill that will give us perfect health, we have to follow a healthy diet to keep our bodies strong and energized.

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    And what's good for your entire body will ultimately keep your ticker on track, according to healthy lifestyle expert Kim Daly. She recommends eating a variety of vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins on a regular basis, but there are some produce and grocery items that top the list for heart-healthy fare, and they should be included in a balanced diet.

    There are several heart-healthy foods that can keep your heart beating strong. Foods like nuts and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for good health. Oatmeal is full of soluble fiber and beans are full of vitamins, which can

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  • What People Eat for Lunch Around the World

    Check out these lunches from around the world.Check out these lunches from around the world.When workers and children around the world sit down to eat lunch, many open a lunchbox and dig in with chopsticks, forks and knives, a spoon, or their hands. Others reach for quick and easy meals on the go.

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    While lunchtime has traditionally been a leisurely affair in many parts of the world, more and more people are not sitting down for a lengthy midday meal on a regular basis. Instead, many have turned to fast food and instant lunches, though there are still pockets of the world where eating a home-cooked meal, whether packed and eaten at work or consumed at home, is still a time-honored tradition.

    The Daily Meal has eaten its fair share of lunches at restaurants, storefronts, train stations, airports, and homes around the world.

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    From elaborate edible art carefully placed in colorful, plastic bento boxes in Japan to a comforting bowl of fiery ema

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