• Ah, the beautiful union of Deer and Robot.Ah, the beautiful union of Deer and Robot.You've found the dress, booked the venue, and paid the caterer. You, friend, are on your way to marital bliss. We love fabulous wedding themes and want to know all about your centerpieces, but we can't deny it - wedding cakes are what make our hearts sing.

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    We have seen almost every kind of wedding cake there is - from Disney-inspired to Bollywood tiers, we are constantly looking for the coolest cakes around. But with all the variety out there, sometimes we forget that the smallest detail can make a difference and we forget to pay attention to the wedding cake's best accessory: the topper.

    For decades there wasn't anything special about the cake topper. It was simply a porcelain figurine of a bride in white next to her groom. But like many wedded couples today, the bride and groom do not fit into that cookie-cutter mold. They have personalities - big ones - and want to show them off. And what better place to do that then atop your nuptial cake?

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  • Many international burger chains offer specialty burgers inspired by the food culture of the region.Many international burger chains offer specialty burgers inspired by the food culture of the region.During your travels around the world - whether you're visiting Beijing or spending a night in Stockholm - it is quite possible (if not certain) that you will run into the familiar golden arches of a McDonald's. With more than 33,000 McDonald's in 119 countries all over the world, filling your craving for a Big Mac is definitely not a hard task, even when far away from American soil. But if you're feeling the need for a new burger to satisfy your hunger in a hurry when you're abroad, a local international burger chain might be worth a visit.

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    In fact, there are several countries where other chains braved the risk of competing with the "burger giant" McDonald's, opening up burger locations to provide an alternative place for visitors to get their burger fix. Some international burger chains, like Belgian Quick, have branched out across borders, while others, like Indian Burgs, are located inside one nation only. In Finland, there

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  • Let these brain-boosting foods help your child ace their tests.Let these brain-boosting foods help your child ace their tests.Math tests, history homework, and the dreaded SATs - with the school season in full gear, it's important that our kids' brains are firing on all cylinders so that they can succeed at all of their academic challenges. While making sure they're well rested, driving them to their tutors, and forcing them to get their homework done before dinner may be some of your best-kept strategies before, you might be surprised to learn that the kitchen is another place you can be improving your child's academic prowess.

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    Delicious, all-natural foods not only boost your child's immune system and help them stay strong and healthy, but they can also fuel the brain and help them make the honor roll at school. Nutrients such as vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids, and folic acid are imperative for cognitive health, and there are many foods that your child likes to eat that are rich in them.

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  • Rise and shine at your next tailgate with these helpful tipsRise and shine at your next tailgate with these helpful tipsAs the upcoming NFL season starts to take shape, tailgaters from all over the country will be waking up bright and early with huge smiles on their faces. It's game time, and tailgate aficionados are ready for some football!

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    Fans will put on their jerseys, apply their face paint, and get amped up for the day ahead. With multiple games being played on the same day, sometimes you have to get up early to support your team and immerse yourself in the football culture. But with your mind focused on the day's upcoming major games, what do you do about breakfast? How are you going to be able to combine the most important meal of the day with the outdoor experience that is tailgating? Well, tailgaters of the world have nothing to fear because tailgating and breakfast can come together in a way to help you get your game on!

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  • Is the most popular dish in America lasagna?Is the most popular dish in America lasagna?Although we will forever swear that The Daily Meal has some of the best recipes on the Web, it seems like one recipe has trumped us all: John Chandler's World's Best Lasagna.

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    Funnily enough, as The Washington Post found out, John Chandler isn't a chef, or a culinary school maestro. Rather, he's a salesman and father of two, a random guy who submitted his recipe to Allrecipes at the urging of an (ex)girlfriend. Since he submitted it in 2001, it's gained a slew of five-star reviews; according to Allrecipes' numbers, about 12 million people have viewed the recipe in the past five years, there are 10,423 ratings, and it's been "pinned" more than 25,000 times. For the past decade, it's been the most popular recipe on the site.

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    "It's not something I go around beating my chest about. But it makes an interesting icebreaker, you know?" Chandler told The Washington Post.

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  • Ziggy Gruber knows a thing or two about throwing a great bar mitzvah!Ziggy Gruber knows a thing or two about throwing a great bar mitzvah!Having had a bar mitzvah of my own some time ago and with the bar mitzvah of my deli, Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen Restaurant in Houston, coming up next month, I wanted to share mitzvah tips with you. Here it goes!

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    What am I going to wear? You have the caterer, the cake, and the venue, the invitations are in the mail, and the DJ is booked. Now you have to start thinking about what to wear. So, start shopping! Mom needs a new dress, new shoes, and hair and nail appointments. Dad will go pull a shirt out of the closet and make sure it fits, and send his dress pants to be let out a smidge.

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    Shabbat dinner. And now back to food. It's not bad enough that you have to feed a village the mitzvah itself, but it is customary to have a Shabbat dinner for your out-of-town guests on the night before the mitzvah. Now, you can go about it a couple of ways. One, you can let your favorite restaurant or

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  • Fabio's Perfect Chicken Potpie

    Chicken potpie is a perfect fall meal, but frozen versions are usually loaded with sodium and preservatives. Chef Fabio gives this American comfort food his signature Italian twist: a flaky Parmesan pie crust!



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    FABIO'S CHICKEN POTPIE
    Recipe by Fabio Viviani
    Yield: 6 potpies

    Ingredients:
    For the crust:
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 sticks cold butter (12 ounces), cut into small chunks
    1/4 cup ice water

    For the filling:
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1 cup diced celery (1/3-inch dice)
    1 cup diced onions (1/3-inch dice)
    1 cup diced carrot (1/3-inch dice)
    1 teaspoon salt plus additional if needed
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 cup diced potatoes (1/3-inch dice)
    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size cubes
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 1/4 cups chicken broth
    1 cup diced broccoli
    1/2 cup peas
    2 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped
    2 sprigs fresh oregano,

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  • Accordion PotatoesFor seriously satisfying spuds, try these vitamin-rich reds. Creamier than russets and lower in starch, all they need is a drizzle of olive oil before roasting; sprinkle with parsley and thyme and serve.

    Serves: 8
    Yields: 8 side-dish servings
    Prep Time: 10 min
    Cook Time: 37 min
    Oven Temp: 450

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    Ingredients:
    - 8 large (8 ounces each) red potatoes
    - 2 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
    - 1 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh parsley leaves
    - 1 teaspoon(s) chopped fresh thyme leaves

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    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Carefully slice each potato thinly without cutting all the way through.

    2. Place potatoes on microwave-safe dish and cover with waxed paper. Cook in microwave on High 12 to 15 minutes or until easily pierced with tip of knife.

    3. Transfer potatoes to metal baking pan. Carefully drizzle oil between

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  • Could you live without eggs if you could still make cookies?Could you live without eggs if you could still make cookies?Science just made being a vegan that much easier, as a new company is releasing a chicken-less egg made entirely of plants for baking.

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    Whole Foods in California is now selling an artificial egg replacement, the Daily Mail reports, made from plant parts and used in baking. The item, called Beyond Eggs, is a powder of sorts made from ground-up peas, sorghum, and other ingredients, NPR reports. According to NPR, tasters couldn't tell the difference between cookies made with real eggs and cookies baked with Beyond Eggs.

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    "Eggs are functionally incredible, they do everything from hold oil and water in mayo to making the muffin rise and holding scrambled eggs together," Josh Tetrick, the company's founder, told Daily Mail. So far, they've created "eggs" for baking, an eggless mayonnaise, and salad dressing.

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  • Blonde chocolateBlonde chocolate

    The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on October 11, and I have a name to submit to the list of nominees: Frederic Bau.

    Bau is a pastry chef and director of the Ecole du Grand Chocolat, the Valrhona Chocolate School (why oh why didn't I go there for undegrad?). He's stumbled upon a discovery that, if distributed widely and, say, air-dropped in conflict zones, could send people of all creeds, religions and ages into such a state of extreme well-being that peace would undoubtedly ensue.

    One day in the kitchen at the École, Bau put some white chocolate to melt on the stove in a bain marie (a French double-boiler). He got distracted and only after 10 hours-600 minutes!-elapsed did he remember to check the pan. The first thing he noticed was the aroma: like "roasted Breton shortbread." When he tasted the result, he realized he'd struck chocolate gold.

    The result is Dulcey, which has recently gone on sale in the U.S. The tasters at DuJour used these words to describe it:

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