Blog Posts by The Daily Meal

  • 5 More Ridiculous Kitchen Gadgets that You Don’t Need but Really Want

    FancyWhether it's making roast chicken or flipping burgers on the grill, one of everyone's main goals while working in the kitchen is to work efficiently, and we have our kitchen gadgets to thank for helping us with that. While an open flame and the food to cook are certainly important, we'd be short of a decent meal in a reasonable amount of time without some of our most trusted gadgets.

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    For example, what would roasting a perfectly moist chicken be like without having a baster? And how would we seamlessly flip those burgers without a durable spatula? Even the most basic gadget that every single cook has, the knife, makes it possible for us to work in the kitchen.

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    Whether it's helping with prep, cooking, or cleaning, there's a bunch of kitchen gadgets out there, ridiculous and all, varying in prices ranging from $6 to $3,700, that were specifically designed to make you more efficient in the kitchen. These

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  • 5 No-Cook Summer Soups

    Golden Blossom HoneyThe last thing anyone wants to do in the middle of a heat wave is to light a burner and start a fight between the stove and the air conditioner in the kitchen. But just because it's summer doesn't mean that you can't cook indoors.

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    Chilled soups are a refreshing respite from the oppressive heat and are a great option to start a healthy dinner. Here, we rounded up five easy recipes that take just minutes to prepare and won't make you break a sweat.

    Highlights include a Cucumber and Buttermilk Soup that's garnished with chunks of cucumber and sourdough croutons for an interesting textural counterpoint to the smooth and velvety soup; and a Chilled Pineapple Gazpacho for anyone looking to start dinner with a tropical twist.

    Chilled Pineapple Gazpacho Recipe
    In need of some fruity refreshment, but not in the mood for a smoothie or juice? Take a break from the heat and try this delicious pineapple gazpacho recipe for a

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  • 4 Miniature Recipes for Your Cupcake Pan

    Hollis WilderThink your cupcake pans are just for making cupcakes? Think again.

    This piece of bakeware doesn't have to be confined to cupcakes, or even baking for that matter, because there are plenty of tiny treats that you can whip up with the help of its molding. Enter Hollis Wilder, Los Angeles-based cookbook author, chef, and two-time winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars, who has developed a handful of mini savory recipes to make in your cupcake pan.

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    In her newest book, Savory Bites, Wilder used her baking expertise to think about the pan outside of its usual purpose and developed recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even cocktail hour. These bite-sized dishes are perfect as a quick and easy meal on the way to work in the morning, adorable hors d'oeuvres to serve at your next party, or as miniature lunches to switch things up a bit.

    Eggs Rolls with Sweet & Sour Crab Recipe
    I am a spice girl, as you can tell by this recipe. Here,

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  • Your Grandmother’s Dips Reinvented

    Mellissa SevignyIs there anything better than a good old-fashioned dip? Creamy, versatile, and comforting, dips are a surefire crowd-pleaser for any occasion, and we're not calling them old-fashioned for nothing - but we'll get to that in a minute.

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    OK, maybe your grandmother wasn't the one who was whipping up dips for you as a child, but there's something about dip recipes that stirs up nostalgia for us, and we're sure you can agree. Back in the day, the 1950s to be exact, there was a dip explosion; the versatile appetizer became a popular mainstay on many cocktail party menus. In an era when convenience was everything, dips were a hit because they often only required simple ingredients, a quick stir of the spatula, and some chips to create an instant party favorite.

    Beer Cheese Dip
    This dip first made an appearance in the 1940's down south in Kentucky. People say it was created by someone at Johnny Allman's Restaurant, although some beg to differ. No matter

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  • 5 Reasons to Eat Breakfast

    Veer/ZidiVeer/ZidiDo you find yourself dipping in and out of consciousness by midmorning? Suddenly, your boss starts to sound like one of the adults from Charles Schulz's Peanuts and, for the love of God, you can't seem to keep your eyes open. The funny thing is, you got plenty of sleep last night, so why are you so tired? Well, if you skipped breakfast, you might have set yourself up for a day of failure.

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    "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper," is an old saying that rings true to this day. Often, we ditch the breakfast routine in order to catch an early train or to cut back on the calories. Some even find it hard to will themselves to eat that early in the day. But hear you me, friend: Breakfast is not the enemy.

    Skipping breakfast not only completely ignores your body's needs, but it also deprives it of so many positive benefits. Eating later in the day can ruin your body's chances of burning off unnecessary fat,

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  • 5 Healthy Back to School Snacks for Kids

    Thinkstock/iStockphotoThinkstock/iStockphotoTime for a resolution. Let's clear out all of the processed unhealthy snacks from our pantries and fill them with nutritious alternatives.

    Over the last 25 years, children's lifestyles and environment have changed tremendously in a world that has become increasingly fast-paced. We know that childhood obesity is on the rise, as many children already suffer from risk factors for heart disease, which include high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, raised insulin levels, physical inactivity, and obesity. Additionally, many children now suffer from type-2 diabetes, a disease which is typically environmental, triggered by unhealthy choices. And let's not forget that technology is producing a generation of sedentary children, where physical activity becomes secondary. Furthermore, in many homes, nutritious eating is not a priority, as families are always "on the go" rushing to various time-sensitive appointments. What can a parent do to help their child get on the path

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  • Under the Golden Arches: McDonald’s Logos Through the Years

    McDonald'sMcDonalds is one of the most famous brands in the world, and those golden arches that have come to be synonymous with the company are instantly recognizable all across the planet. But did you know that they once adorned the midsection of an early mascot named Archy? And before Archy, the logo included a mascot named Speedee with a hamburger for a head? The McDonald's logo has evolved in a major way over the years, and we've managed to track down just about every one they've ever had.

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    The first McDonald's opened in 1940 in San Bernardino, Calif., but it looked mighty different from today's sleek drive-throughs and specialized in barbecue as well as burgers. In 1948 founders Dick and Mac McDonald established what they called a "Speedee Service System" to hurry along the process of serving their burgers, shakes, and fries (the barbecue was cut out of the menu in order to speed up service time) and they introduced Speedee to help spread

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  • Just Stuff it —5 Delicious Stuffed Vegetable Recipes

    Barbara KiebelGetting your "five a day" is important to your health - we all know that. But finding palatable ways to work that mantra into your busy schedule can be difficult. A look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report on produce consumption among adults from 2000-2009 confirms this: During the 10-year period of the study, only 26.7 percent of adults on average reported having three or more servings of vegetables a day, and only 33 percent of adults on average had two or more servings of fruit a day. While there are certainly many factors at play, it seems that knowing what to eat doesn't necessarily translate to changing what we eat. That's why we rounded up some great recipes to help you work some more vegetables into your diet.

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    Stuffed vegetable recipes are a great way to elevate vegetables from a side dish to something substantial enough to serve as a main course. And, while they are a boon to vegetarians (and we have

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  • 5 Jazzed-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes for Grown-Ups (and Kids, Too)

     Erin Wysocarski Erin WysocarskiWho doesn't love a good grilled cheese sandwich? Some of our strongest food memories, likes, and dislikes are formed during childhood - a love of peanut butter or chocolate, a general loathing of Brussels sprouts or broccoli, or a connection between hot dogs and the ballpark. Or, painful memories of unexpected wasabi wedged in between a mound of sticky rice and a slice of fish - one of the strongest memories for yours truly. (The folks thought it was hilarious.)

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    And for many people, grilled cheese is also something that brings back a feeling of nostalgia. Do you remember the first time you had a homemade grilled cheese? It was probably almost as exciting as the first time you had ice cream. (Almost.) Sinking your teeth into a perfectly melted layer of cheese in between two buttered, warm, slightly crisp slices of bread, it was probably a wonder how something so simple could taste so good. And it still can be today, with a little inspiration.

    That's why this

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  • Beyond Quinoa: 3 Great Recipes

    Erin WysocarskiErin WysocarskiIs the quinoa craze over yet? Maybe not quite yet, but we think that when it's finally over, people will be looking for the next health food to idolize - perhaps another seed or grain from a different part of the world.

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    These grains from around the world truly captured our imaginations this week, and we were inspired to create some great dishes. Here are some highlights:

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    Cinnamon-Scented Millet with Grilled Summer Vegetables Recipe
    If you're a fan of couscous, then you might like this healthy summer vegetable whole-grain pilaf. Millet is a grain that cooks up nice and dry like couscous but with a chewier texture. Many historians point to its origins in China, where millet was used to make flour for noodles. Unlike many whole grains, millet cooks quickly, in 20 minutes or less.

    The dressing for this recipe has a touch of honey in it; it's not cloying or candy-like in its flavors as

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