Blog Posts by The Daily Meal

  • A Recipe for Success: How New Drinks Come to Be

    How 5 Beverage Entrepreneurs Broke into the gameHow 5 Beverage Entrepreneurs Broke into the gameWhen you walk into a convenience store, you're flooded with products and choices. Choosing a functional beverage that quenches your thirst should be an easy decision, but lately this decision is becoming more difficult with an influx of beverages that offer an array of tastes and benefits. So we started to wonder how all these new beverage companies came up with their concepts, and more importantly, their flavors.

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    After speaking with five beverage entrepreneurs, both veteran and newcomers, we found that the new ideas are easy to come by, but it's the transition from idea to reality that is the challenge. Is the concept profitable? Is there funding? What's the infrastructure going to cost? The brand development? And what happens when that's all in place? Will anyone buy the product? And does it even taste good? Businessweek reported that launching a new beverage product successfully in the U.S. for less than $100,000 was nearly impossible, and once

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  • 3 New Ways to Use Olive Oil Before it Goes Bad

    Olive Oil UsesOlive Oil UsesOnce you've figured out if your extra-virgin olive oil is rancid, the next thing you're probably wondering is: Is there anything I can do with the oil just before that happens? Extra-virgin olive oil isn't cheap, and we all have a lot of other things on our minds, so even if we've purchased the freshest oil possible, we're all eventually going to find ourselves in this situation.

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    One great idea is to infuse it with flavors and freeze it, says Eryn Balch, vice president of the North American Olive Oil Association. She says the easiest way to do this is to simply pour the oil into ice cube trays and add whatever flavoring elements you like - whether it's some chopped lemon peel, minced garlic, or chopped rosemary- and place it into the freezer. Then, when you're ready to incorporate a burst of extra flavor into your favorite salad, pasta, or meat dish, simply pop out a cube.

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    Another idea is to

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  • 5 Ways to Save Time and Money in the Kitchen

    Budget Friendly Time Saving Kitchen TipsBudget Friendly Time Saving Kitchen TipsLet's face it - the price of being a true foodie and entertaining at home can start to add up. Between gourmet ingredients, upgraded décor (no one thinks those paper plates are classy), and booze, a dinner party or get-together can be pricey.

    More than that, entertaining and feeding a crowd takes up valuable time that you don't have. How often have you started to cook (what you thought would be) an easy menu that turned into a full-blown, hours-long event? While cooking can be a relaxing task, it's more time-consuming than you think.

    Don't fret - there is a way to cook and entertain while pinching pennies, without looking cheap. True foodies know how to make the most of the food they buy, whether by freezing, buying in bulk, or simply preventing food from spoiling before use. Before you know it, your food costs will whittle down - leaving lots leftover for entertaining.

    These days, budget-friendly parties aren't so hard to achieve. After all, who doesn't love a potluck or BYOB gathering?

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  • 5 Must-Try Frittata Recipes

    That sounds like the easiest brunch ever.That sounds like the easiest brunch ever.What is a frittata? Well, it's basically a lazy man's omelette. Why bother with all the rolling, scrambling, or flipping when you can just leave the eggs in a hot pan for a few minutes and then stick the whole thing in the oven or under a broiler to finish? That sounds like the easiest brunch ever.

    A frittata is just as customizable as an omelette, as you can see from some of the recipes that we created this week. Here are a few highlights:

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    Frittata with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Red Onion


    I used a basic frittata recipe as my canvas, and painted it with green, purple, and a little brown and white. Experiment with this recipe with what looks good in the produce aisle... or just follow it to a tee.

    Click here to see the Frittata with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Red Onion Recipe

    Egg White Frittata with Goat Cheese and Spinach

    What makes frittatas so great is the ease with which they can be prepared. All they require is a mixing

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  • 6 Mouthwatering Ways to Cook Chicken for Dinner

    We have some great ideas to inspire you — everything from innovative salads to recipes by renowned chefs.We have some great ideas to inspire you — everything from innovative salads to recipes by renowned chefs.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 - everything from innovative salads to recipes by renowned chefs. Some of these recipes are meant to inspire, some are twists on familiar favorites, and others may be a bit of a surprise. Indeed, there's something for everyone here.

    So even though a great many things apparently taste like chicken, luckily, not all chicken tastes the same. Because there's more than one way to cook a chicken.

    Skillet-Roasted

    This beautiful dish has

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  • You Want Salad with That? McDonald’s to Offer Healthier Sides

    McDonald's is continuing its effort to make its menu healthier. McDonald's is continuing its effort to make its menu healthier. For as long as McDonald's has been offering Value Meals, the formula has remained basically unchanged: a sandwich, fries, and a drink. But all that's about to change: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the fast-food giant will begin offering salads, fruit, and vegetables as options as well as fries.

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    The move was announced on Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, amid criticism that the chain promotes unhealthy eating habits. And now that we think of it, offering healthy options instead of fries makes perfect sense.

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    They'll also reportedly begin using Happy Meal packaging to promote healthy childhood eating, with "fun" nutrition-related information.

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    The chain has been working hard to compete with Panera Bread and other options that are perceived as a bit more classy and healthy, and not much more expensive.

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  • The Wildest Restaurants on Earth

    At the world's quirkiest restaurants, anything is possible. At the world's quirkiest restaurants, anything is possible. Ever wonder how the last meal on the Titanic tasted? Want nothing more than to chow down on a plate of hot wings while waiting for a load of whites to dry? Do you dare to dine suspended 150 feet up in the air?

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    Our list of the world's quirkiest restaurants explores the weirdest and wildest restaurants across the globe designed to indulge guests' wackiest whims.

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    For those unrelenting in their pursuit of a culinary adventure, these restaurants offer a delusion of delights that engage every sense and open the mouth and mind to imagination unrestricted by reality. From the fun, colorful fairylands of Disney princesses and Hello Kitty to the freakier fetishes of prisons, hospitals, and cannibalism, diners will embark on a gastronomic acid trip through the world's most idiosyncratic establishments where mundane meals are guaranteed to never be on the menu.

    Dodge flying chickens in

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  • Yuck or Yum? 5 Surprising Delicacies Around the World

    These edible spiders are fried in oil and contain gooey insides with a crunchy exterior.These edible spiders are fried in oil and contain gooey insides with a crunchy exterior.In the field of adventurous eating, those seeking flavor-packed thrills are often ready and willing to sample the world's most exotic cultural delicacies and outrageous ingredients.

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    However, there are some foods out there that push those with even the most fearless palates to the outer limits of their culinary comfort zones. Considered delicacies in some parts of the world, these dishes prey on the phobias of the squeamish and even make some courageous eaters cringe.

    The Daily Meal's list of the world's most out-there foods, which includes insects, rotten fish, rodents, genitals, venom, placenta, and semen, will leave both apprehensive and audacious eaters alike chewing over the same question: you eat what?

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    "Some of the craziest food in the world is so arcane or so seldom seen that it's almost like a cult of people who have eaten them," said Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel

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  • How to Become a Pro with Your Chef's Knife

    Michael BlannYou can be a whiz at sautéing or a master on the grill, but when it comes down to the aesthetics of your cooking - and, let's face it, we usually judge the book by its cover when it comes to our food - your skills will only be as good as your chef's knife. The chef's knife is used about 70 percent of the time, above all of other knives, according to chef Philip Burgess, lead culinary instructor at The International Culinary Center, and it is used to prep your ingredients in the chicest way possible. Quality, brand, and cost all factor into deciding which is the best chef's knife to buy, so it can get to be a pretty confusing process. With the help of chef Burgess and other culinary experts, we've outlined some guidelines that will help you become a pro with your chef's knife.

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    Stainless Above All Else

    Half the time, when people buy knives, they are often unaware that different types of blades are made from different materials and thus require

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  • 5 Tips for Students Stranded at School Over the Holidays

    Stranded for the holiday Stranded for the holiday It's tough moving away from home, usually for the first time, to attend college. To make matters worse, many students live on a shoestring budget. For some students, money is so tight that they can't even afford a plane or train ticket to travel home for the holidays, and not being able to enjoy the company of loved ones can turn what's normally the most joyful time of the year into a total downer. If you're a student in this situation, it's understandable that you might feel a little blue. But let's admit it: some students attend faraway colleges specifically to get away from their crazy families. If you're one of those people, you might very well be looking forward to spending your holiday alone on campus.

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    Either way, with classes on break for the holidays and campus virtually deserted, you wonder how you're going to while away the hours until school starts again. You might think to yourself, "Will I be forced to spend the

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