• Every year 20 million people choose to take a cruise for their vacation. Many people are drawn to cruise ships for their luxurious amenities and endless food. We hopped aboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, to meet up with executive chef Nicholas Oldroyd to learn how he feeds so many people and still maintains the high standards that people expect.

    Some Surprising Stats

    The cruise ship kitchens feed 2,600 guests and 1,200 crew every day.

    The kitchen staff represents 55 different nationalities.

    During a 7 day voyage, the ship goes through:

    • 13 tons of meat
    • 13 - 14 tons of fish
    • 45,000 eggs
    • 85,000 pieces of china
    • 5,000+ bottles of wine
    • 7,000+ bottles of beer

    In one hour the kitchen staff serves 1,200 meals and does this twice per night.

    The kitchen staff serves 16,000 meals per day.

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    Fun Facts

    The most ordered dinner is Beef Wellington.

    The most ordered dessert is Baked Alaska.

    The ship has two

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  • Looking to add some excitement to your midweek meal? Why not try cooking with soba, the super-healthy buckwheat noodles that boil to perfection in about three minutes. Today we're mixing them into a salad with scallions, peanuts, and fresh mint. Once the pasta water boils, this recipe comes together so quickly. Take your taste buds on an international journey with this Asian-inspired dinner.

    Asian Noodle Salad with Peanuts and Mint

    The bracing combination of fresh lime juice and mind adds minimal calories and not a trace of fat, yet tastes out of this world. Scallions, cucumber, and chopped peanuts up the flavor ante while also adding crunch. Soba noodles, made from buckwheat, are nuttier than those made from wheat.

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    Coarse salt
    12 ounces soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles)
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil, such as safflower
    2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

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  • shutterstock.comWhen it comes to chewing gum, there's a ridiculous amount of variety out there. Standing there in the pharmacy, it's nearly impossible to decide which one to choose. Whereas once upon a time the selection was limited to just a few brands and flavors, today it's option overload, and there's really no way to tell one from the other. Say you're in the mood for some minty gum. You've got Wrigley's, Orbit, Extra, Eclipse, Stride, Ice Breakers, Dentyne Ice, Freshen-Up, Trident, and new ones popping up all the time, like Wrigley's 5, to choose from, and that's before you decide between peppermint, wintergreen, spearmint, and hybrids like "Sweet Mint." As we said, the amount of variety is ridiculous.

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    Packaging, branding, and marketing aside, at the end of the day it's just a piece of gum, and we're still left with the conundrum of which one to choose. Well, that's what we're here for. We bought spearmint-flavored gum from the 10 most popular brands

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  • Simple Cherry Breakfast MuffinsSimple Cherry Breakfast MuffinsWhen you need something to wake up to and put a smile on your face, make these sweet muffins. They are bright and buttery and full of fresh, ripe cherries. Seriously, there is nothing more simple, and more delicious! I was inspired to make these after my trip to the Rainier Fruit Company. I tasted so many delicious cherries out there all I wanted to do was make breakfast muffins that would highlight the bright fruit. Best of all, they come together in just minutes!

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    Simple Cherry Breakfast Muffins

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    6 tablespoons sugar
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    4 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 cup unsalted butter
    1 large egg
    3/4 cup whole milk
    1 cup pitted and sliced cherries

    Topping: 1/4 cup brown sugar pinched together with 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin.

    2. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a

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  • Sure don't! No-cook dinners are summer's savior. Because when it's wickedly hot out, the last thing any of us want to do is stand over the stove, turn on the oven or even--let's be real--hover over a grill. With fruits and veggies so ripe right now (tomatoes, corn, zucchini, oh my!), there's no need to add heat to coax out their sweet flavors. That's why dinners of composed salads, chilled soups, and special sandwiches are such welcome fare. They keep the kitchen (and our tempers) nice and cool.

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  • Flickr/St3vI33Flickr/St3vI33After we published our list of 10 Regional Burger Chains That We Wish Were National, we received many responses from our readers urging us to consider their favorite regional spots. Considering how passionate some of us can be about our burgers, on top of our hometowns, we're hardly surprised!

    To be clear, we understand why some of you all might have wondered why we didn't include Five Guys or Shake Shack on our list. We certainly love these burger joints as much as the next person, but with Shake Shack's national and international locations, and Five Guys' multiple locations across the United States, they just didn't fit our regional criteria.

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    In any case, we still wanted to highlight some of your recommendations, since establishments like the beloved Varsity Drive-In in Atlanta and Southern chain Cook Out are regional chains that we overlooked that any burger lover needs to visit.

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  • It's easy to pull out all the stops for an entrée. It's the main dish, so we often think about it as needing to be the most interesting or impressive, while the sides and salads get lost. Sometimes, though, there is beauty in a simple main and something a little more exciting to go with it. This Dinner Tonight is just that. Basic (but delicious!) chicken is accompanied by a carrot and avocado salad, doused in orange and lemon juice, along with spices, herbs, seeds, and a little creme fraiche to cool things down.

    The original recipe for this chicken comes with an aioli; for this dinner plan, though, we've left it out. Of course, feel free to make it if you want -- but the Carrot and Avocado Salad gives plenty of creamy balance to the chicken on its own.

    The Menu

    Finger Lickin' Finger Lakes Chicken by wssmom

    Finger Lickin' Finger Lakes Chicken

    Serves 4

    2 whole organic chicken breasts, split so you have four nice-sized pieces
    Freshly ground pepper
    Olive oil for grilling

    1. Liberally sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and

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  • When you think "pickles," the classic cucumber variety probably springs to mind -- but there's so much more to everyone's favorite artisanal condiment than that! Our collection of small-batch recipes includes beets, zucchini, watermelon rinds and more. Store them in the refrigerator for use on sandwiches, over salads, and wherever else pickles your fancy.

    Fast Homemade Pickles

    Mustard seed, celery seed, and fresh dill pack a flavorful punch in this versatile brine. Use it for cucumbers, green beans, pearl onions, fennel, carrots, cauliflower, and more.

    3 cups white vinegar
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    2 teaspoons coarse salt
    1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
    1/2 teaspoon celery seed
    2 to 4 small red chiles (optional)
    1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
    1 1/2 cups fresh dill fronds (about 1 bunch)
    Prepared Vegetables

    1. In a medium saucepan, combine white vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seed, celery seed, red chiles (optional), and ground turmeric. Bring to a boil, stirring to

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  • Wikimedia Commons/ We HopeFrom Orville Redenbacher to Marie Callender, from Wendy's to Mrs. Fields, there are plenty of food brands out there that took their names from a real-life person. Some were named after their founder (or their founder's relatives), others were named after celebrities who let their name be licensed, but every brand named after a person reflects a unique success story, one of the American dream fulfilled.

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    It turns out that the vast majority of brands named after real people are - of course - named after the company's founder. But each of these founders has a unique and oftentimes fascinating story. Take Orville Redenbacher, for example. Beginning at age 12, he spent decades perfecting a hybrid popping corn that popped up light and fluffy. Once he nailed it, it gave rise to a huge company. Other large companies are named after people with only a tangential connection to the brand, like Wendy's, which was named after a

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  • Grammy's Peach Custard Pie This peach custard pie has a taste of summer and a delectable creaminess. Your grandma would be proud!

    Yields: 8 servings
    Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
    Prep Time: 20 min

    - 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
    - 2 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 1/3 cup(s) cold vegetable shortening

    Related: Favorite Summer Fruit Desserts

    - 3 cup(s) (about 5) peeled and diced fresh peaches, or 3 cans (15 ounces each) sliced peaches in light syrup, drained and rinsed
    - 1 cup(s) granulated sugar
    - 3 teaspoon(s) granulated sugar
    - 1 tablespoon(s) butter
    - 3 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
    - 3 large eggs

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    1. Crust: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In medium bowl with a fork mix flour, salt, shortening, and 2 tablespoon cold water just until dough begins to form. On work surface, knead 2 to 3 times, until dough comes together. Shape into ball; dust lightly with flour. With rolling pin, roll between

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