• Nathan CyphertWhat's almost as difficult as creating an itinerary for the South's essential barbecue stops is knowing how to spell the name of the dish itself. Depending on your location, you might come across crucial orthographic nuances like barbecue, barbacue, barbeque, BBQ, B-B-Q, Bar-B-Q, and even Bar-B-Que. To be clear, though, we can understand the staple as the slow cooking, and (very often) smoking, of meat.

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    This year's road trip takes us to even more essential barbecue joints than last year, while also branching out to include an entire additional leg. Along with stops from last year's lineup, we collected reader, staff, and regional expert recommendations to cover 5,120 miles (that's almost twice the length of I-40) over 16 states. Building again on last year, the restaurants listed were in part provided by the recommendations of informed chefs, pitmasters, and barbecue experts (there is a culture), as well as the broad knowledge of the

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  • Flickr/Bruno FavoretoFlickr/Bruno Favoreto"Life is a journey, not a destination," proclaimed Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. Food then, too, is about the great quest and the hunger for the experience.

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    So, the hunt is on for the world's best food found in the most remote corners of the Earth. Are you willing to work for your food? Are you ready to wear hiking boots to get to dinner? Are you OK with going to the bathroom outside in order to indulge in the perfect meal?

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    If you're still thinking about it, then keep reading, because we've compiled a list of restaurants that churn out such spectacular food that it is really worth the trip. The good news is that once you arrive, you'll be happy to discover that many of these far-out spots are actually reasonably priced, intimate, and romantic, with views you'll never again see. Plus, they put you in the same room as like-minded diners, who are also prepared to test

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  • Summertime is well and truly here - and it is HOT. There are a hundred ways to cool down when that summer sun gets working. You could head for the beach or the pool or stand in sprinklers, or hide inside all day with the A/C cranked, and set a glacier as your desktop background - mind over matter. Or you can grab a frozen treat! You just can't beat an ice pop or a frozen yogurt, or ANYthing chilly to eat when the front yard is literally melting in front of your eyes. How about a cherry pineapple paleta, or a blueberry cheesecake popsicle, or a lemon meringue pie pop? I'd rather have a bowl of Reese's peanut butter ice cream than deal with screaming kids at the local pool any day - and now you can too! Click through for 7 delicious frozen desserts to cool down this summer! -By Andrea Roxas and Erin Lebar



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  • There are certain labor-intensive recipe phrases that can make the most diligent cook roll her eyes. "Do I really have to do that?" we wonder. Leave your Do I Really Have To Do That? questions in the comments and they shall be answered, saving us all a lot of needless trouble.

    Right now, I have a box of baking soda on the top shelf of my fridge, languishing and long-forgotten in the back corner. It might have done its duty at one time, sucking up the smells from a diced red onion or curried lentils, but isn't it just hanging out now like some bump-on-the-log houseguest? Do I really need it in there?

    Aida Mollenkamp, host of Yahoo! Shine's In the Pantry shed some light. "Baking soda acts as a deodorizer that not only prevents your fridge from smelling but also prevents your foods from getting 'cross contaminated' with flavor." Meaning baking soda keeps the butter for your morning toast from tasting like leftover salmon.

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  • Health Benefits


    In addition to being a fun way to jazz up all types of dishes, did you know that adding some heat to your meal actually has some pretty impressive health benefits?

    Cayenne pepper has been shown to help speed up your metabolism, rid the body of LDL (or "bad") cholesterol, and normalize blood pressure. Read all about the health benefits of cayenne pepper here. A 2006 study even found that capsaicin, the main ingredient in cayenne pepper, can destroy prostate cancer cells, at least in lab tests.

    Fresh chiles and other peppers are also a great source of antioxidant vitamins A and C, several important B vitamins, and minerals like potassium, iron, and copper.

    Not a huge fan of BYFO (burn your face off) heat? Don't worry! Even small doses of fresh and dried peppers can impart some impressive health benefits, while adding amazing flavor to your favorite dishes.

    Recipes


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  • When it comes to dreaming up your wedding cake, outside appearances aren't everything-what's on the inside counts, too. We've rounded up mouthwatering dessert options that are sure to please everyone's palate.

    Photo: Romulo YanesPhoto: Romulo Yanes Lemon-Thyme Cake
    This provencial masterpiece, a lemon-thyme cake (recipe here), alternates layers of lemon curd and vanilla buttercream. The finishing touches: more buttercream, candied citrus, and sugared lemon- thyme sprigs. As a tasty alternative, sub in fresh rosemary. Or, pair lime with basil.

    Plus: Wedding Toast Dos and Don'ts
    Photo: Romulo YanesPhoto: Romulo Yanes Scrumptious S'Mores Cake
    A twist on the childhood indulgence, this confection combines graham cake with chocolate ganache, marshmallows, and vanilla buttercream. We "toasted" the swiss meringue frosting with a chef's torch for that straight-from-the-campfire flavor and added chocolate curls for extra appeal.

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    Photo: Romulo YanesPhoto: Romulo Yanes Raspberry Dacquoise Cake
    Almond-and-hazelnut meringue joins vanilla buttercream laced with
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  • www.blindloop.comIn these economically challenging times, many cringe at the costs of weddings. Imagine spending $130,000 - on the cake alone! Draped in stunning platinum necklaces, pendants, and pins, this white wedding cake is worth more than $130,000. Edible platinum flakes boosted the price of this $130,000 cake that's covered in plain white frosting and fondant, and fine necklaces and pendants brought an additional dose of elegant class to this luxurious (mostly) edible creation.

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    In 2007, Japanese pastry chef Nobue Ikara created this jaw-dropping creation to be showcased by Platinum Guild International, a company that at the time was encouraging more and more people to buy platinum jewelry. According to Luxist.com, the cake itself was dedicated to several famous Japanese women, including actress Rinko Kikuchi (from Babel) and model Chie Kumasawa.

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  • Grilled fruit punchGrilled fruit punchMy mom's birthday is right around the corner, and this year she's requesting a small gathering with her sisters and a few other women with whom she wants to celebrate. Being her only child, I've taken charge of all the party planning, including inviting the guests and preparing the menu. Her only request thus far is having a shindig that's casual and relaxed. I am going to do a brunch, but nailing the relaxed and casual part has me stumped. What to do?

    And then I had an epiphany! Why not hold the party outdoors and make brunch on the grill? For one, it's summertime, and second, grilling the party fare will help cultivate a relaxed, casual atmosphere - exactly what my mom requested! Next, I thought about drinks and what would go well with a breakfast lunch theme. I found the perfect fit: cored pineapple and ginger ale! How wonderful would it be to grill the fruit then place it in cold ginger ale for a sparkling grilled fruit punch? Sounds refreshing, right?

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  • Chef Gaby Dalkin substitutes an avocado - packed with healthy fats and vitamins - for a stick of butter in her chocolate-chip cookies, and even the men in her life don't notice. REBDOOK.

    Avocado Chocolate Chip CookiesPrep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (includes chilling time)
    Cook Time: 18-20 minutes per baking sheet
    Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Serves: 18 (makes 3 dozen cookies)

    1 1⁄2 Hass avocado (4 1⁄2 ounces)
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1 1/2 cups cups dark brown sugar
    2 large eggs, at room temperature
    2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp coarse salt
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

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    Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place the avocado flesh in a large bowl along with the butter and brown sugar. Cream together the avocado, butter, and sugar for 3

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  • Image Source: Raw Carrot-Onion Cupcakes

    The best things do come in small packages, especially when the thing you're talking about is a sweet treat. If you're going to indulge in something decadent, the last thing you want is to be tempted to devour a humongous slice of cheesecake or a pie.

    Enter miniature desserts that come in cute little packages and pack just about enough creamy, decadent, deliciousness to satisfy your sweet tooth.

    From sinful chocolate cupcakes to summery mango cheesecakes, these 5 mini-desserts are sure to please! They're all-vegan (no dairy, no eggs!) and many are raw and healthy. YAY!

    1. Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

    Ingredients:


    For the cupcake:

    • 1 cup walnuts
    • 1 cup + 2 tablespoon raisins
    • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
    • 1 tablespoon cacao butter, melted (or use coconut oil)
    • 2½ tablespoon cacao powder
    • 1 cup almond flour
    • 1 cup coconut flour
    • pinch sea salt
    For the frosting:
    • ½ cup mashed avocado
    • 3 tablespoons Navitas Naturals Cacao Paste,
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