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  • Healthy Pasta Recipes that Won't Destroy Your Waistline

    Jane BruceJane BruceLet's face it - many pasta dishes are calorie bombs. Loaded with rich, tasty cheeses, salt, and sometimes fatty (but delicious) meats, pasta dishes often get a bad rap for adding to our waistlines. Even that angel hair with marinara sauce that you love so much might not be so great for you - just how much olive oil is in your grandma's beloved recipe, anyway? (Not that olive oil is bad for you; on the contrary, it has many health benefits, but as with many things, it's best in moderation.)

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    And if you've somehow managed to keep to some semblance of your new year's resolution to get into shape, it would be a shame to throw all that work away just to satisfy a bit of temptation. Still, we're with you; after a long, hard day at work or school, who doesn't crave a big bowl of pasta and a glass of wine?

    Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes Recipe

    The sauce for this easy pasta recipe gets a pleasantly nutty background flavor from a secret pantry

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  • Living on Sunlight, Water, and No Food

    Flickr/Pamela Ruby PhotographyFlickr/Pamela Ruby PhotographyHumans may not have to eat anymore in order to survive. We just need to drink water and soak up sunlight. At least that's what 65-year-old Navenna Shine of Seattle is trying to prove, according to The Daily Mail. In an experiment to explore breatharianism - the concept that humans do not need to be sustained by food, that there is an internal nutritional source within all of us that will fulfill our nutritional needs - she stopped eating on May 3 and since then has been living on only sunlight and water. She is documenting the experiment that she calls "Living on Light" with eight cameras set up around her house and through YouTube and Facebook.

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    Now in the middle of week six, the breatharian believer said she feels "very well" but gets occasionally "twinges of what feels like hunger." But eventually it passes. When she exercises, many times she feels lightheaded and has to lie down. But these side effects are trivial compared to the bile that

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  • Most Restaurant Health Violations Not Food-Related

    Flickr/La Piazza PizzeriaFlickr/La Piazza PizzeriaWe admit, sometimes we do brave a questionable-looking restaurant for some of the best tacos ever, but from now on we'll just cite this New York Post study about Health Department violations.

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    The New York Post has looked over data from the New York City Health Department, examining fines from the past two fiscal years, and discovered that most fines are actually for breaches unrelated to food quality.

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    According to the Post, 65.7 percent of fines this year were issued for problems related to walls, ceilings, and equipment being "poorly maintained," whereas around 29.8 percent of this year's fines were categorized as "all others," of which few are food-related, Andrew Rigie of New York City Hospitality Alliance says.

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    According to Rigie, "all others" may involve dimly lit light bulbs, improper documentation, and other

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  • Are These the Best Ribs in America?

    Oklahoma Joe'sOklahoma Joe'sThere are few things in life more delicious and satisfying than a plate of barbecue. And more often than not, the centerpiece of that plate is a rack of ribs. A glistening, smoky, slow-cooked rib, whether pork or beef, has the potential to be one of the most groan-inducingly good foods in existence, especially when enjoyed with a cold, easy-drinking beer. But who makes the best ribs in America? And what exactly makes a perfect rib?

    According to some of the country's leading experts, tenderness, sauce-to-meat ratio, smokiness, and good charring. With those parameters in mind, we set off to find the country's best ribs, building on 2011's list and ranking them according to local renown, critical appraisal, and adherence to the criteria set forth by our panel of experts.

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    Our selection for the Best Ribs in America for 2013:

    Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City, Kansas

    In a city renowned for its pork ribs, the ones at Oklahoma Joe's are simply the

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  • 5 Famous Bands Named After Food

    FacebookFacebookIn 1910, a man by the name of Aaron Thibeaux Walker was born in rural Texas. He would go on to become an acclaimed blues musician - the first ever to record using an electric guitar - and, more importantly, to appropriate the stage name "T-Bone" Walker. Walker's tribute to the T-Bone cut of steak originated over a century ago and yet today some of the hottest musicians still draw inspiration for their stage names from food. Take Clams Casino, for instance, also known as Mike Volpe of New Jersey, who has made a meteoric rise to fame as a producer, providing instrumentals to rappers like Lil B, Soulja Boy, and A$AP Rocky. Volpe renamed himself after a traditional New England appetizer comprised of clams on the half shell served with breadcrumbs and bacon.

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    Here at The Daily Meal, we've rounded up bands and solo acts whose names allude to food in some capacity. The list transcends any one genre or era - from nineties hip-hop

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  • Crazy Deaths by Food Throughout History

    Flickr/Jo NaylorFlickr/Jo NaylorYou know the expression, "death by chocolate." Well, actual food fatalities go much further. And while accidental food poisoning is no joke, you figure that every way you could possibly go, people have gone. Indeed, there have been bizarre food and drink related deaths throughout history - some involving pretty famous people. Here's a list of strange food deaths.

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    King Adolf Frederick of Sweden

    You've heard the expression "too much of a good thing." Well, King Adolf Frederick is supposedly "remembered by Swedish school children as the king who ate himself to death. He died on Feb. 12, 1771, after having consumed a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, kippers and champagne, which was topped off with 14 servings of his favorite dessert, semla, served in a bowl of hot milk.''

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    Edgar Allan Poe

    There are several theories as to this writer's death in 1849 - rabies

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  • 6 Mouthwatering Steak Recipes

    Tyler SullivanTyler SullivanSteak lovers rejoice! We've collected 6 of the most delicious steak recipes around for you to enjoy. -The Daily Meal

    Pepper Steak with Spinach and Beans

    This fast dinner recipe is ready in less than 20 minutes, involves minimal preparation, and doesn't compromise on flavor or the idea of what dinner should be.

    INGREDIENTS

    For the steak:
    2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
    1 tablespoon salt
    Two 8-ounce steaks
    1/2 tablespoon olive oil

    For the spinach and beans:
    1/2 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    1 tablespoon complete seasoning
    1 15-ounce can cannellini beans
    5 ounces spinach

    DIRECTIONS

    For the steak:
    In a bowl, mix the pepper and salt. Coat the sides of each piece of steak in the pepper and salt mixture, making sure to cover the surface of the sides.

    In a medium-sized frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the steaks, covered, for about 5 minutes on each side for medium.

    For the spinach and beans:
    In a medium-sized saucepan, heat

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  • Twisted Sister Fights Back Against Name Thieves

    Rich Sugg/ Kansas City StarRich Sugg/ Kansas City StarFor John French, every day is a struggle. The musician, better known by his stage name Jay Jay French, is the founding guitarist of rock band Twisted Sister as well as its manager, and he's on a crusade to make sure that no business co-opts his band's name without his permission. And just when one issue gets resolved, another crops up.

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    Most recently, French has been dealing with a coffee shop owner in Kansas City who decided to name her business "Twisted Sisters." According to the Kansas City Star, the coffee shop's owners, Sandi Russell (right) and sister Nancy Hansen, weren't familiar with the band's name and didn't realize that they were stepping on anyone's toes until they received a cease-and-desist letter in the mail from French's attorney.

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    French isn't buying that story, though. "We had a good idea and people try to steal it," he told The Daily Meal in an exclusive interview.

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  • The Krispy Kreme Donut Sloppy Joe

    CNNJust when we thought we've seen and heard it all-Krispy Kreme battles Dunkin Donuts' Glazed Breakfast Sandwich by introducing the Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe!

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    National Donut Day, this past Friday, seems to have brought out the best, and well, maybe the worst, in the country's leading donut providers-desperate to shock and plump loyal consumers everywhere.

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    With the arrival of Dunkin Donuts' new Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich on Friday, it seems as though the sugary goodness rival, Krispy Kreme, has outdone DD and so, in the form of a sloppy joe!

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    The Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe, a deep-fried, beef-based, cheddar-cheese creation, served on two halves of glazed donut, was sold at Chicken Charlie's (California's "deep-fry king") at the San Diego County Fair on Saturday. At this point in time, it's unclear

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  • 6 Delicious Muffin Recipes

    Ali RosenAli RosenThese 6 amazing muffin recipes from The Daily Meal are sure to be a hit!

    Roasted Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe
    (Pictured to the left):

    INGREDIENTS:


    -3 large bananas, unpeeled
    -1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    -2/3 cup sugar
    -1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    -1/4 teaspoon salt
    -1 egg
    -1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
    -1/4 cup whole milk
    -1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    -1/2-3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

    DIRECTIONS:

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place the unpeeled bananas on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes (the peels will turn dark and there may be some liquid that leaks out). Remove the bananas from the oven and let cool. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees.

    In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

    Once cool, peel the roasted bananas and mash. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together 1 cup mashed bananas, egg, butter, milk, and vanilla and stir until combined. Add the

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