• McDonald's Happy Meals to give out booksMcDonald's Happy Meals to give out booksLooks like McDonald's is bringing its literary Happy Meals (which debuted in the U.K. earlier this year) stateside; AdAge reports that the fast-food company will start giving out books with its Happy Meals in America from Nov. 1 to Nov. 14.

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    The four books on rotation are reportedly all nutrition-oriented, self-published by the company, with characters like the goat in The Goat Who Ate Everything, or Deana, the world's smallest dinosaur, in Deana's Big Dreams.

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    Meanwhile, the #mcbooks hashtag is now, appropriately trending on Twitter. Our favorites? "The Catcher in the Fry" and "McBeth." But as Grub Street points out, this might just be a distraction from not-so-healthy Happy Meal options, i.e. soft drinks that can still be offered in the "Happy Meal section of menu boards." And their president? He's claiming that "our fries are already healthy," noting that anyone who wants them to change

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  • Perhaps it's our culture's love of convenience -- a whole meal contained in one package! -- or maybe it's simply that these handheld meals are so darn delicious, but we are currently enjoying a breakfast sandwich renaissance. Whether you prefer to use a knife and fork or just grab 'em and go, any of these creations will make getting out of bed almost a pleasure.

    Crispy-Chicken and Egg Sandwich

    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1 small garlic clove, grated with zester
    2 teaspoons grated lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons juice
    Coarse salt and pepper
    4 slices rustic bread, toasted
    4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
    1 teaspoon olive oil
    4 large eggs
    1 tomato, sliced
    1/2 cup fresh parsley

    1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper. Spread on bread. With a paring knife, cut the bone out of each chicken thigh, keeping skin intact.

    2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season chicken and cook, skin side

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  • Prank VideoPrank VideoSomewhere in Manhattan's West Village a coffee shop decided to terrorize its customers this Halloween season by pranking them with a very Carrie-like scene: One man accidentally spills coffee on a girl, barely apologizes, and said girl freaks out, in a magic, telekinesis, books-falling-off-shelves sort of way.

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    The process, and resulting customers' reactions, are recorded on this video that has been going viral. Turns out, the man is a stuntman, roped to the wall. The tables and chairs are all remote-controlled, as are the books and artwork on the wall. The only shots supposedly not completely faked (although The Blaze has some questions) are the reaction shots. One woman, smartly, starts taking videos. The construction man with a pole (?) simply gawks. Another woman lets out a series of screams, while plenty dart away from the action. We're not judging; if it were us, we'd be flipping out, too.

    Watch the process below. It might just be a

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  • Who knew doughnuts could be so spooky?! Who knew doughnuts could be so spooky?! Halloween is my favorite time of year! Crisp cool mornings, pumpkins, trick-or-treating - it's all just one big month-long event! Even breakfasts are included in the ghastly ghouling at my house. Pumpkin-shaped pancakes, bat-eyed oatmeal, and green monster eggs are on the breakfast menu this season and my Halloween-smitten daughter loves it. This year we've added a new recipe to our wicked menu. This recipe comes from the inventive mind of a 4-year-old so it must be good, right? Tender, flaky, sweet, and incredibly simple, these Crescent Doughnut Ghosts are perfect for a fiendish feast!

    Crescent Doughnut Ghosts

    1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
    2 cups vegetable or peanut oil
    1 cup powdered sugar
    3 tablespoons milk
    1/4 cup chocolate chips

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    1. In deep fryer or 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium heat to 350°F.

    2. Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to

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  • Photo: Ben FinkBy Lynn Andriani

    Use Cheddar to Turn Tater Tots into a Real Meal
    Sandy Pollock and Crystal Cook, aka the Casserole Queens, can do wondrous things with the most basic ingredients--and usually, one of those items is cheese. Witness their Tater Tot Casserole, which uses just six ingredients (plus salt and pepper). It's a delicious combination of ground beef, mushrooms and tots, laced with shreds of sharp cheddar cheese.

    Get the recipe: Tater Tot Casserole

    Photo: Paige GreenEmphasize What Really Matters in Mac 'n' Cheese
    We hear you, devoted Velveeta fans, but let us explain: the combination of mild and slightly sweet Fontina, sharp and salty blue cheese, tangy Pecorino Romano and almost fruity Parmesan is absolutely worth the few extra minutes spent with a box grater. Add butternut squash and sage, and the humble mac 'n' cheese tastes totally new (and outrageously good).

    Get the recipe: Penne Pasta Quattro Formaggi with Butternut Squash and Sage

    Photo: Amy NeunsingerUpgrade Your Grilled Cheese
    There are so many ways to

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  • Replace steak with one of these inexpensive meatloaf recipes.Replace steak with one of these inexpensive meatloaf recipes.When it comes to comfort food, nothing beats a hearty meatloaf. Meatloaf is an American classic that remains a dinner-table favorite today. Packed with bold flavors and loaded with ground meat, it's a satisfying and easy weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy.

    A traditional meatloaf is made of ground beef bound together with breadcrumbs and often an egg and then mixed with spices and herbs. Ground beef is significantly less expensive than steak and other cuts of beef, making meatloaf a bargain meat dish. Some might even prefer the taste to steak because of the added spices and herbs.

    Check out some of these easy meatloaf recipes and make sure to put one (or two) into your weekly menu. To save extra time, try preparing the meatloaf in the morning, store it in the refrigerator during the day, and then when you get home, all you have to do is throw it in the oven.

    Entertain Meatloaf Style Recipe

    For quick entertaining, use a bundt pan for this simple recipe.

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  • Why fight it?Why fight it?Today is National Angel Food Cake Day! If you feel like celebrating (and why wouldn't you?), try this twist on the light-and-airy treat!

    Lime Angel Food Cake with Sweet Raspberry Sauce

    10 - 12 large egg whites (about 1 1/2 cups)
    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon lime zest
    2 teaspoons lime juice
    Raspberry Sauce:
    1 1/2 cups seedless red raspberry preserves
    2 Tablespoons lime juice

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    1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
    2. Sift together flour and powdered sugar. Set aside.
    3. Combine egg whites and lime juice in a large bowl. Beat until soft peaks form.
    4. Stir together granulated sugar and lime zest. Add by the tablespoon to egg whites and continue to beat, adding until all sugar is gone, until stiff peaks form.
    5. Fold flour and powdered sugar into stiff-beaten egg whites in four small additions.
    6. Turn out into an ungreased 10-inch tube

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  • Who Made the Cake: HoustonWho Made the Cake: HoustonGo big or go home is a mantra that can be adapted to apply to many of life's tasks and challenges. After all, if we are going to do something, why not make it the biggest and best it can be? And when you are making a commitment as big as marriage, you have to make your wedding count. If you booked a big venue, a big band, and are wearing a big dress, don't fall short on your cake.

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    There are limitless possibilities when it comes to selecting a wedding cake that perfectly represents you as a couple. We have seen everything from cakes that make nerds swoon to beautiful works of art that just simply take our breaths away. But what about the brides who want to say how much they love their future partner (and cake) in a big way?

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    We contacted bakeries across the country and asked them to tell us what big orders brides have placed for their big days. What we got in return was a collection of jaw-dropping,

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  • Falafel is easy: just soak raw chickpeas until they’re soft enough to grind in the food processor, combine with some spices, shape, and bake. The baking makes lighter falafel, but they’re just as crunchy as deep-fried. This makes a big batch, which is fine, since you can refrigerate the leftovers for several days, or freeze them for a couple of months. To reheat, wrap them in foil and bake at 350°F until they’re hot throughout, 15 to 30 minutes depending on whether they were frozen. Here are some serving suggestions: Make a sandwich with half a whole wheat pita, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other raw vegetables, then drizzle with sauce. Or add lemon juice to the sauce and eat on top of a green salad, using the tahini for dressing. From VB6

    Baked Falafel with Tahini Sauce
    Yield: 8 servings
    Time: 45 minutes, plus up to 24 hours to soak chickpeas

    1¾ cups dried chickpeas
    2 garlic cloves, chopped
    1 small onion, quartered
    1 tablespoon cumin
    Scant teaspoon
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  • If you're looking for a warm, cozy, fall dish, then you've come to the right place! Today, we're braising a whole chicken, along with Brussels sprouts and shallots, to create a healthy, comforting, and seasonal meal. This recipe gets its bold flavors from a broth, vinegar, and mustard braising liquid; and a touch of heavy cream added at the last minute also adds a bit of richness. Make this homey meal for your family, and wait for the compliments to roll in.

    Braised Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

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    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces
    Salt and pepper
    1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
    2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    1/4 cup cider vinegar
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    2 tablespoons heavy cream

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    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Season

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