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  • Order In: The Most Popular Room Service Items in America

    13 Most Popular Room Service Items13 Most Popular Room Service ItemsRoom service is a luxury and a true hallmark of traveling. Having a piping-hot meal delivered right to your hotel room lets you know that you've arrived. It's comforting, nourishing, and downright convenient. To find out what travelers were ordering, The Daily Meal reached out to hotels across the country to see what dishes topped the list of in-room best-sellers.

    Some of the results were surprising. Who would have guessed that Maryland crabcakes were the most-ordered dish at a New York Cityhotel? But others were totally expected, like the fact that guests at a Washington, D.C. hotel known for hosting business professionals were most likely to request a healthy yogurt, fruit, and granola plate.

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    Although room service is typically thought of as a lazy morning treat, breakfast foodsonly represent six of the 13 items on our list. When it comes to room service, it turns out that comfort, not time of day, is the bigger factor in

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  • 7 Basic Foods (and Delicious Recipes) Everyone Should Know How to Cook

    Remember that good-tasting food doesn't always take a lot of skill to make — just some basic know-how and good ingredients.Remember that good-tasting food doesn't always take a lot of skill to make — just some basic know-how and good ingredients.Once, when cooking with a friend, I asked him to check if the artichokes were done. "Sure!" was the immediate response, followed by a pause, and then, "How do I know if they're done?"

    When first starting to cook, there are many foods and dishes that can be intimidating to prepare or seem overly complicated. But the truth is that when you boil it down to the basics, they are typically quite easy. Remember that good-tasting food doesn't always take a lot of skill to make - just some basic know-how and good ingredients.

    And yet, these run-of-the mill foods that should be requisites in any cook's repertoire often go overlooked for fancier or more exciting dishes. Take, for instance, the roast chicken: basic, easy, and economical because one chicken can be turned into many other dishes for later in the week, but most cooks seem to avoid making it at home and opt for chicken breasts or store-bought rotisserie chickens instead. I can promise you this, nailing a roast chicken - we're talking

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  • Watch Out! 5 Hidden Poisons in Your Food

    Amid continued concerns over pesticides, sales of organic food have continued to grow steadily each year, even in the wake of the economic downturn.Amid continued concerns over pesticides, sales of organic food have continued to grow steadily each year, even in the wake of the economic downturn.These days, it's pretty easy to look around on the Internet and find lists of the best and worst fruits and vegetables ranked by the level of pesticide contamination. Look, we have one, too.

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    And they're pretty much all based on the same study from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). But, have you ever wondered which pesticides are the worst? That's what we're here to find out.

    Unsurprisingly, that information can also be found in the same study, the Pesticide Data Program. Roughly every year, the USDA tests a mix of domestic and imported food products for their pesticide levels, including fresh, canned, and frozen produce, meat and poultry, grains, water, and oddly, catfish. Samples are collected from states around the country, representing a majority of the population, and the results are then weighed against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) established thresholds for pesticide residues.

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  • 3 Creative and Delicious Recipes Using Cookies

    Creative Recipes Using CookiesCreative Recipes Using CookiesEveryone loves cookies, and they are wonderful eaten all by themselves or simply dipped in a little milk. But have you ever thought about getting a little creative with them? We're not talking about making up some crazy new type of cookie, but rather using cookies as part of another dessert recipe. Genius.

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    Incorporating a cookie into a dessert can be as simple as turning it into a sandwich, as in this excellent Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich Recipe from the BabyCakes cookbook. As the author Erin McKenna says in her book, "Slather an exceedingly generous dollop of your favorite frosting between two of these cookies and you've got your newest addiction, the BabyCakes NYC cookie sandwich." We agree.

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    Cookie TrufflesCookie TrufflesCookie Truffles Recipe

    You can make these with any kind of crisp cookie, whether its plain chocolate wafers, vanilla wafers, or your favorite kind of sandwich cookie like Oreos or Nutter Butters. I like to use

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  • 5 Ways to Host the Best Girls Night Ever

    Hosting Girls NightHosting Girls NightOftentimes, women are so busy devoting time to their partners, children, and jobs, scrambling between weeknight dinners and bake sale preps, that they forget to take time for themselves. But when the kids are away at a sleepover and your partner is out with his buddies, it's the perfect time to celebrate with the ladies who love you.

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    As the big night approaches, you are getting more and more anxious. While half of it is anticipation, the other half is that undeniable, sinking feeling of exhaustion. After all, you've worked overtime, dealt with the little one having the flu, and had to help another child with a big test on top of maintaining a functioning household. The idea of a girl's night is so needed, but the thought of going out is absolutely revolting. But luckily, you don't have to paint the town red to have a great girls' night. Instead of getting gussied up, invite your girls over for a personal, fun night in.

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  • The Top 5 Fast-Food Innovations of 2013 (So Far)

    McDonald's Egg White Delight McDonald's Egg White Delight So far this year, the fast-food industry has been transformed more than you may realize. Every week, new offerings from fast-food giants are being introduced, but in 2013, it seems as if a commitment has been made to be on the cutting edge not only of the fast-food world, but also of the culinary world at large. We've taken a look at every fast-food innovation this year, and have rounded up the top ones.


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    When a fast-food giant rolls out a new product, it requires years and years of market research, development, testing, marketing, and distribution, and it's much more difficult than it seems. For example, if McDonald's decided that they wanted to include cilantro in just one of their items, whole farms would have to be bought, shipping lines would have to be implemented, and the sudden increase in demand would push up cilantro prices nationwide.

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    Also, rolling out new menu items is always a gamble,

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  • Hypnotize Your Guests with a Dragon Wedding Cake

    This beautiful piece combines a modern tiered cake with a huge piece of personality.This beautiful piece combines a modern tiered cake with a huge piece of personality.Wedding cakes are an art form - an edible art form for that matter. And for many brides, the wedding cake is just as important as the dress and bouquet on their big day. A wedding cake is not something that is simply eaten and forgotten; it makes a statement with how good it looks, how great it tastes, and it reflects the bride and groom as a couple.

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    Chasing this dragon is completely worth it for a couple who is truly in love. When you decide to get married, you want a cake that oozes personality and is so hot it practically breathes fire. This wedding cake, submitted by cakelava, features a fierce, sugary character that inspires awe for its striking color and beautiful craftsmanship. We love how this beautiful piece combines a modern tiered cake with a huge piece of personality coiled around it.

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    -Lauren Gordon, The Daily Meal

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  • How Much Do Restaurant Employees Actually Make?

    Do restaurant jobs pay the bills?Do restaurant jobs pay the bills?More than a decade ago, I took a job as a server at a branch of a steakhouse conglomerate in rural North Carolina, where, for $2.13 an hour plus tips (including some insightful hand-scrawled notes in lieu of dollars), I waited tables and swept up piles of broken peanuts. The steakhouse has seen some changes over the years (eventually, busted peanuts make for busted floors). The pay, it turns out, has not.

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    The rate of $2.13 an hour - also known as federal subminimum wage, or the standard base pay for waitstaff in many states - hasn't budged a penny in 20 years. Even if you work full-time, that amount obviously won't pay the bills. So how much are servers actually able to bring in these days? How do their wages stack up against those of other restaurant employees?

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    It's hard to pin down accurate figures for servers. For instance, no IRS-er ever tallied the coupon someone once gave me as a

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  • 6 Incredibly Easy and Delicious 15-Minute Meals

    Easy recipes to make this week. Easy recipes to make this week. We all love to cook here at The Daily Meal and appreciate good-quality food. But when we're busy, we still want to get that same taste and quality - just quickly. So we've compiled our favorite quick-and-easy go-to meals for when we're short on time.

    You'll notice that many of the recipes include ingredients that can be stored in your pantry, like canned beans, tomatoes, pasta, quinoa, chicken or vegetable broth. These are great staples to have on hand so that you'll be able to create a delicious meal in less time than it takes for delivery.

    15-Minute Top-Shelf Ramen

    From the ages of 6-10 I cooked like a broke college student. Ramen, American cheese, leftover-sandwiches. Though I haven't entirely outgrown my early principles - hot food is the best food; when in doubt add salt; and every ingredient can and should fit in a single bite - I have a more demanding palette and greater access to better ingredients (on the higher shelves). This ramen pays homage to my earliest days at work in

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  • 5 Ways Drinking Apple Cider Can Actually Make You Healthier

    Apple Cider Health BenefitsApple Cider Health BenefitsFall is officially in full swing. Sweaters are being pulled out of closets, grills are being tucked away for the season, and football is on everyone's mind. And as the leaves begin to change color and the air becomes brisk, the only drink that can really satisfy the season's cravings is apple cider. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better beverage than a cold (or hot) glass of cider to wash down that apple cider donut you picked up on your Saturday morning farmers' market stroll.

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    Apple cider is made by mashing up fresh apples until they reach the consistency of applesauce. The mash is then wrapped in cloth, put into wooden racks, and squeezed through a hydraulic press to obtain the cider. If the cider is filtered to remove the pulp and sediment it can then be called apple juice, but if it's served unfiltered, it's cider.

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    While the old saying "an apple

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