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  • The World's Scariest Haunted Restaurants

    The World's Scariest Haunted RestaurantsThe World's Scariest Haunted RestaurantsLooking to get into the Halloween spirit this season? Make a reservation to dine in one of the world's haunted restaurants to get your spooky fix. While the United States has been considered to be a hotbed of haunted activity, fine dining establishments, pubs, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts worldwide have also been known for many ghost sightings.

    RELATED: 101 Best Restaurants in America

    On the South Shields coast in England is a cave bar, restaurant, and pub that is reportedly haunted by smugglers who inhabited the cave many years ago; diners have stated that they spotted flying ashtrays while sipping on a pint. Similarly, at Casey Moore's Oyster House in Tempe, Ariz., seeing is believing. Patrons, employees, and guests have said that at the 4 a.m. witching hour they've witnessed a couple dancing in the top part of the restaurant with a glow emanating from the stairs.

    At one of New York's most romantic restaurants, One If by Land, Two If by Sea, employees and managers have gone on

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  • 7 Quick and Easy Frozen Shrimp Recipes

    Frozen Shrimp RecipesFrozen Shrimp RecipesShrimp is one of the most popular choices of seafood eaten in the good old US of A. All in all, the average American eats about 4 pounds of shrimp every year, a fact which could immediately conjure images of that great prattle from Bubba in the movie Forrest Gump: "You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, um, shrimp kabobs, shrimp Creole, shrimp gumbo, pan-fried, deep-fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That's about it." As Bubba says, the cooking possibilities with shrimp are seemingly endless.

    People love to turn their noses up at frozen shrimp. But here's a little secret: Those pretty shrimp you see on ice in the fish monger's section of the market, yeah, those are most likely frozen shrimp that have been set on ice. You heard right, frozen. It is very rare to find fresh shrimp.

    Most shrimp are caught in

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  • 7 Delicious Meatballs Recipes Everyone Will Love

    Giorgio's Meatballs RecipeGiorgio's Meatballs RecipeSwedish Meatballs Recipe

    Swedish meatballs can be served as a main course, traditionally with boiled potatoes, lingonberry jam, and cucumber salad. Although called "Swedish," meatballs having this same type of flavoring can be found throughout Scandinavia and other Northern European countries. They also make terrific finger food or cocktail hors d'oeuvre served on toothpicks. They reheat very well and, in fact, the flavor is even better after an overnight rest in the fridge.

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    Appetizer Meatballs Recipe

    Meatballs are the perfect nibble to serve during the game - whether on toothpicks, sandwich rolls, or a pizza (yep, we said it). This recipe uses an easy meat blend and pairs it with a barbecue sauce made of ingredients you probably have stored in your pantry.

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    Meatball Parm Recipe

    This is how the classic meatball parm should be done. There's nothing difficult about it; all you need to do

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  • Fight Off Cold Season with 5 Easy Chicken Soup Recipes

    Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup RecipeSlow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup RecipeCountry-Style Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

    Forget the doctor's office. Curl up on the couch on your sick day off with this classic chicken noodle soup, sure to beat the sniffles.

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    Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup Recipe (pictured above)

    This healthy, flavorful soup is loaded with tons of fresh, nutritious ingredients like spinach, carrots, celery, and onion and simmers in a slow cooker while you're away at work so it tastes like it cooked all day - because it did.

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    PointsPlus Super Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

    There's nothing quite like chicken noodle soup, and sometimes circumstances just call for a big, heaping bowl of the good stuff. Add a little brown rice or quinoa to make this into a meal, or just serve it as is with some warm crusty bread.

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    Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle

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  • Superstar Chefs and Their Biggest Failures

    Superstar Chefs and their failuresSuperstar Chefs and their failuresAs anyone who works in a restaurant will tell you, it isn't easy. If you're a young chef just starting out, opening a restaurant to call your own can be a Herculean task. And even if you're a chef with the benefit of having a household name, just because your name is attached to a restaurant doesn't guarantee its success. We tracked down seven of the country's most well-known chefs and rounded up the restaurants they were attached to that didn't quite make it in the long run.

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    Restaurants fail for a host of different reasons: the rent goes up, sales go down, a bad review gets published, the competition increases, a new menu goes awry. The chef in the kitchen isn't always an owner, but in all of these cases a high-profile chef opened a high-profile restaurant, and it didn;t go nearly as well as planned. We're not saying that the failure is their fault; sometimes even restaurants owned by high-profile chefs can fall victim to

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  • The Best New Additions to Starbucks' Secret Menu

    Starbucks Secret MenuStarbucks Secret MenuLattes, coffees, and cappuccinos can become boring after a while of mass consumption. There are all sorts of crazy spices and syrups available at local coffee shops but no one ever knows how to use them properly. Your local barista is probably too busy to explain that they can create essentially anything you want behind the barista bar. Back in 2011 we discovered something amazing -Starbucks had a secret menu that allows you to get creative with all that Starbucks has to offer. This menu wasn't widely known, but it was enough of a start to get us more interested in the craze. We found a number of creative drinks that were widely available at almost every Starbucks across the country. What we didn't realize was how explosive the secret menu would become.

    RELATED: Starbucks Secret Menu: The Ultimate Guide

    Following the development of our story, there were a number of websites created that allowed for individuals to share their own Starbucks concoction and build on old secret menu items.

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  • The Web's 7 Best Lasagna Recipes

    Lasagna RecipesLasagna RecipesLasagna is one of those dishes that can be taken in lots of directions: You can stick with the traditional mixture of ground beef and mozzarella for a comforting trip down memory lane, or you can mix and match, swapping in different ingredients that can still come together in a comforting layered casserole, the result of a successful experiment. Here are 7 easy lasagna recipes that are sure to spark some creativity in your cooking.

    Pumpkin Lasagna

    For Thanksgiving, Chef Todd English loves to prepare 'common' vegetables in an 'uncommon' way: shredding Brussels sprouts into coleslaw with mayonnaise, lemon and sometimes chopped truffles, or making pumpkin lasagna, a dish that he prepared at the New York Culinary Experience in early October. The presentation of this delicious and decadently-creamy dish will make your Thanksgiving dinner anything but ordinary.

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    Easy Gluten Free Vegetable Lasagna

    "What is more delicious after a long day of work

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  • 7 Easy Great Tasting Variations on the BLT

    Mostly sensible and entirely delicious takes on the classic sandwich recipeMostly sensible and entirely delicious takes on the classic sandwich recipeReinventing a classic sandwich can be risky business - while it's a great opportunity to exercise one's culinary creativity, it can also lead to disaster. OK, maybe disaster is a bit of an exaggeration, but it's all too easy to arrive at a sandwich that's just way too "out there," too hard to eat, or just plain bad.

    So when we set out to find some recipes that injected new life into the classic BLT, we had a few criteria in mind. First of all, the recipes had to remain true to the original in the most basic way - they had to include bacon, lettuce, or tomato in some shape or form. And, they had to create a harmonious eating experience - nothing unwieldy, nothing soggy, and nothing with flavors that would clash. Lastly, they had to be doable in a reasonable amount of time - a BLT, after all, is still just a sandwich.

    Southern Fried Chicken BLT Recipe (pictured above)

    Coated in buttermilk and fried until crisp, Southern-style fried chicken is the perfect partner in crime for bacon. A

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  • Are These the Worst Restaurants in America?

    America's Worst Restaurants America's Worst Restaurants Every year, we conduct a wide-reaching survey and announce the 101 Best Restaurants in America. These legendary establishments are renowned for exemplary service, world-class food, and a pristine level of cleanliness. But when it comes to restaurants, there's a very wide spectrum, and far more restaurants are awful than good. We dug deep into the recesses of the culinary dustbin, and found some restaurants that very well might qualify to be the worst in the country.

    RELATED: 101 Best Restaurants in America

    Listen, we understand that countless hours of hard work, commitment, and dedication go into running a restaurant. We know that these establishments employ hard workers who generally just want to do a good job. But these restaurants just look like they're not even trying any more. When you've racked up thousands upon thousands of dollars' worth of fines for having mouse droppings all over your kitchen, when you serve food that makes customers sick, when you employ shady business

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  • Perfect for Fall: 7 Great Pumpkin Recipes

    Pumpkin Chowder RecipePumpkin Chowder RecipeStuffed Pumpkin Recipe

    This festive fall dish is a playful way to use pumpkin. Filled with couscous and coated with a maple-bourbon reduction, this is a complete meal for one, but it's also a great side dish to share among friends.

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    Pumpkin Carbonara Recipe

    Many may have thought of adding the seasonal ingredient pumpkin to a pasta dish, but few have seen it done like this before. Creamy puréed pumpkin is whisked together with coconut milk and egg yolks to yield a sweet and bold flavor that makes this a classic fall dish to serve.

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    Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins Recipe

    Poppy seed, banana walnut, and chocolate chip - you've had them all. Breakfast on the go is starting to get dull. But what's this? Pumpkin cranberry muffins? Indeed, these muffins have got the zing to really snap you out of your morning doldrums.

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    Pumpkin Lasagna Recipe

    For

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