• Cardamom breadCardamom breadI love The Hunger Games. I think the books are very powerful and there are many images from them that will never leave my mind. Interestingly, one of those images has to do with food. When I read about Peeta's family and their bakery, I pictured a European-style bakery, filled with delicious breads and beautiful pastries. The Mellark's bakery really stood out to me for some reason. As the story progresses, we learn that Peeta has advanced artistic abilities, which were honed while decorating baked goods for the family business. The mental picture I had painted of his family's bakery only became more enriched and detailed on learning of Peeta's talent.

    I like to think that the Mellark family was silently protesting The Capitol with their beautiful breads, cakes and pastries. Despite living in the depressing, grey, poverty-stricken conditions of District 12, this baker and his family made beautiful things with basic ingredients like milk, eggs and flour. When Peeta threw a loaf of bread

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  • Thinkstock/iStockphotoThinkstock/iStockphotoFried chicken: juicy, tender chicken that's been fried until golden brown and has just the right balance of salt and seasonings. It's perfect, and we're going to show you how to make it.

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    Before we get started, though, let's get one thing straight. This is not going to be a hand-holding, back-rubbing lecture about why making fried chicken is really not that scary at all (really!), and that frying anything does not have to be intimidating, and that it's OK to be scared because we'll show you how to not be. No, we're not going to waste our words on that.

    Just trust us - making fried chicken is easy, OK?

    Now that we've gotten that out of the way, we're going to tell you how to make some pretty delicious fried chicken. There are a lot of questions that surround making the dish, including whether or not to brine the chicken, what kind of seasonings should be put into the flour, and if the marinade has buttermilk in it or not, and we've decided on

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  • What?


    Tofu, also called bean curd, is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the resulting curds into a soft, white block. Tofu originated in China over 2000 years ago, and first appeared in the United States in the early 1800's. Tofu and other soy foods have long been used in traditional Asian diets. The two main types of tofu are silken and firm. Silken tofu has a high moisture content and a custard-like texture, while firm (or extra firm) tofu has been drained and pressed to remove some of its moisture. Firm and extra firm tofu have a "meatier" consistency, making it a good option for stir fries and other entrees. Learn how to make tofu at home by reading this article.

    Why?


    Tofu is a nutritious, versatile, convenient, and flavorful addition to any diet! Although some questions remain about the potential health benefits and risks of soy products, the latest research suggests that moderate consumption is healthful. Here are some great reasons to eat more tofu (be

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  • Martha Stewart WeddingsMartha Stewart WeddingsMonogram cake-toppers have been a relatively common addition to wedding cake décor for years - incorporating a monogram topper to a wedding cake brings a couple's personal touch to the confection. With that thought in mind, the latest in monogram-wedding decoration now begins on the actual cake itself!

    Related: 10 More Unusual Wedding Cakes

    Martha Stewart Weddings introduced a monogram-stenciled wedding cake, on their list of modern wedding cakes, declaring it the newest fad in wedding cakes. The dense chocolate cake (pictured above) is complemented by a stenciled cocoa-powered monogram print that's both simple and effective. If you don't want monogram letters to control your whole cake, check out these 12 monogrammed wedding cakes for inspiration on ways to incorporate letters differently. Use a small single pair of fondant letters, or repeat your and your spouse's initials in tons of patterns on your cake. If you are a couple without a defined theme for your wedding, monogram cakes

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  • espn.comespn.comDavid Robertson is one of the key relievers for the New York Yankees, serving as the setup man for legendary closer Mariano Rivera, trusted to get the team through tough spots and coming through for them more often than not. The 28-year-old right-hander was a member of the American League All-Star Team in 2011, and this season he's 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA with 39 appearances.

    Related: Athlete-Inspired Sandwiches

    We caught up with Robertson, who was helping to promote Lipton's new status as the official iced tea of Major League Baseball, during this week's Home Run Derby, and had the opportunity to ask him some questions about what his daily eating routine is like, what his favorite restaurants are, how the food is in the clubhouse, and how it feels to get a few days off during the All-Star break.

    The Daily Meal (TDM): What do you usually eat during the season?

    David Robertson (DR): That changes all the time. We travel so much that food is sometimes whatever you can find, and sometimes

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  • Stove-Top Berry Cobbler

    By Food & Wine

    This tart and super fruity summer dessert cooks mostly on the stovetop, with just a quick finish under the broiler to caramelize the biscuits. Recipes for Berries

    Skillet Biscuits with BerriesSkillet Biscuits with BerriesSkillet Biscuits with Berries
    INGREDIENTS
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
    1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons half-and-half
    3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
    12 ounces raspberries
    12 ounces blackberries
    1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
    1 cinnamon stick
    Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

    DIRECTIONS
    1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the half-and-half and stir until the dough is evenly moistened. Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon, scoop the dough into 8 loose mounds and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.

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  • Courtesy of One Good Thing by JilleeCourtesy of One Good Thing by JilleeIf you were a child of the '90s or early 2000s, you probably indulged in sugary sweets like Dunkaroos and Oreo O's, and had a lunch that included Lunchables' pizzas and cheese and crackers with a tiny red stick spreader.

    But what truly stand out from this era of childhood are the drinks - and specifically, the soft drinks. Nothing quite pepped us up like a sip of Surge, and there was nothing like a sip of Vanilla Coke to make us feel fancy.

    Unfortunately, many of these tasty drinks have been discontinued or are nearly impossible to find. Petitions like "SaveSurge" have tried to convince soda-makers to bring these beverages life again. The campaign has been featured on major news sites, has bought their own billboard, and has gotten its thousands of followers to write to Coca-Cola to bring the drink back.

    Related: Fast-Food Chains Sell More Breakfast Soft Drinks

    Some of our childhood favorites have stuck around. Unfortunately, our wallets have gotten thinner and our sugar tolerance

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  • Yes, you can grill salsa! Watch Chef and Host Megan Mitchell's recipe for grilled Salsa Verde.

    Culinary Tips:

    --From start to finish, this homemade salsa takes about 30 minutes.

    --Get great grilled flavor in salsa by grilling the vegetables first!


    Grilled Salsa Verde

    Special Equipment: grill basket, blender

    Serves 4-6

    Ingredients:

    1 pound tomatillos, husked and washed

    2 jalapenos, halved and seeded

    1 red onion, halved and cut into thirds

    3 garlic cloves, skin on

    1 lime, halved

    Salt and pepper

    Procedure:

    Preheat the grill to medium. Clean the grates and place a grill basket directly on the grates to heat as well.

    In a bowl combine the washed tomatillos, jalapeno halves,red onion pieces and garlic cloves. Drizzle with vegetable oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Pour into the grill basket and grill for 15-20 minutes until the vegetables are charred and softened, flipping and turning every 5 minutes or so.

    Remove from the basket and let cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle

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  • Pineapple and Chocolate MuffinsThis recipe was originally by a home cook from Spain, Hands in the Dough


    Unusual, but delicious, muffins; they will remain moist and fragrant for a long time. Try them out!

    Related article - Blueberry Muffins with Cream Cheese



    Pineapple and Chocolate Muffins

    Ingredients for 12 muffins:

    Mixture 1:

    - 250 gr. (2 1/3 cups) of sifted flour

    - 100 gr. (3/4 cup) of chocolate chips

    - 1 tsp. of baking powder

    - 1 level tsp. of baking soda

    - a pinch of salt

    Mixture 2:

    - 180 gr. (1 cup) of light brown sugar

    - 2 eggs

    - 50 gr. (1/2 stick) of butter, softened (or melted and cooled)

    - 1 tsp. of vanilla extract

    - 4 canned pineapple slices

    - 2 tbsp. of canned pineapple syrup

    - for the garnish: sliced almonds

    Instructions:

    1. First prepare mixture 1 (dry) by combining all the ingredients together in a bowl, mixing well.

    2. In another bowl, beat the eggs together with the sugar, add the butter and the vanilla extract. Chop the canned pineapple

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  • Strawberry and Almond CupcakesThis recipe was originally by a home cook from Spain, Gastronomistico

    Cupcakes, madeleines, magdalenas, quequitos... those are some of the names that these delicious pastries are known by in the world. Nowadays they're very trendy and can be made very easily.

    Cupcakes are said to date back to 1755 (they're a bit old, aren't they?) when Stanislas Leszczynski, the king of Poland and duke of Lorraine, invited people to his residence in the French province, and asked his cook to prepare something new and exquisite for the occasion. The cook was called Madeleine ("cupcake" in French), and amazed the diners with small round cakes, which everyone liked because of their spongy texture. The king was delighted and decided to call those mini cakes "madeleines" in her honor. The recipe spread to all the great halls in the Court of Versailles, later on to Spain, and then the world.

    Another theory explains that cupcakes go back to the age of pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, where a young

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