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The Scoop: Cake Convicts and Peel Pointers

From cake convicts to peel pointers, here’s a boiled down list of this week’s headlines:

  • Pastry Perpetrators: Vehicles and front yards in Portland, OR have been vandalized with cakes, doughnuts, yogurts and breads.
  • Waste Not, Want Not: An infographic from Sustainable America presents 10 nifty uses for banana peels, which constitute 780 million pounds of waste in the U.S.
  • Binge Cycle: Tour de France competitors eat around 6,000 to 9,000 calories per day, and many employ personal chefs to help them do so.
  • Where You Can Have it This Way: Buzzfeed has an awesome interactive sliding tool to compare fast food promotional photos to their actual appearance.

Frozen Friday: Ice Cream Truffles

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

Does a full ice cream cake seem like too great a commitment? (Are you crazy?) If so, go for a more poppable alternative that also happens to be one of the easiest and most gourmet-looking summer desserts around, especially for the minimal effort it requires. Perfect for a party of one or a house full of hungry guests, ice cream truffles sport that crunchy exterior and smooth interior that is almost too quick to delight. Suddenly sitting around all day eating bon bons doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.

1. Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Truffles: It’s love at first sight (like Valentine’s Day months early) with Hungry Happenings‘ black-raspberry-chocolate ice cream truffles coated in chocolate shavings and pink candy melts (pictured above).


2. Pistachio Ice Cream TrufflesBitterSweet prepares a homemade orange-scented pistachio ice cream dipped in liquid chocolate that just so happens to be vegan.

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52 Weeks Fresh: Feed the Bees, Feed Yourself

Bee populations are down significantly across the country and the world. Though the primary cause of Colony Collapse Disorder is still being debated, many experts believe pesticides, foreign parasites and other pathogens are the culprits. Busy pollinators, bees — especially honeybees — are crucial to our fruit and vegetable supplies. One way to strengthen bee colonies is to plant food sources for them.

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11 Most Bizarre Food Foods in Sci-Fi

They often say truth is stranger than fiction. However, science fiction is much stranger than truth or everyday fiction. Throughout the history of the sci-fi genre, television shows and movies have often been called upon to show their characters eating — guess what? — really weird stuff. Here are some of the weirdest foods in the world of sci-fi.

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The Twinkie Burrito Exists. Get Ready for Heartburn.

Once upon a time there was a marvelous snack that both cured hunger and helped describe paranormal activity. This tube-shaped Twinkie, as it was to be known, put a smile on faces everywhere until it was rudely discontinued. Now it’s back and ready to be used in ridiculous food mashups.

Food blog Oh, Bite It! just unveiled the Twinkerito. This Twinkie/burrito hybrid finally adds more oil and carbs to the clearly-much-too-healthy snack cake. It starts with a Twinkie rolled in a wonton wrapper. Then the whole thing is deep-fried and topped with powdered sugar.

This sounds absolutely disgusting and absolutely amazing at the same time. The blog has the recipe up if you want to tempt fate and try it yourself.

Summer Soiree: 4 Cobs, 4 Ways

From ear to ear, no two cobs of corn are the same. Consider those kernels a canvas for your culinary creativity, whether that involves slathering on spices, drizzling on oil or rolling them in a pinch of pepper. Stumpted? Here are four ways to add global gusto to your hometown husk.

1. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lime Butter: Tyler applies a three-layered coating of lime butter, queso and ancho chile powder for a smooth and spicy cob that ignites the taste buds (pictured above).

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Real Life Version of Spongebob’s Krusty Krab Set to Open

You’d be hard pressed to find a more influential cartoon series in the last fifteen years or so than Spongebob Squarepants. That little sponge and his underwater buddies have already influenced generations of kids, with more on the way. Now some of these kids, and their parents, will get to dine on real life Krabby Patties. A real life Krusty Krab is set to open.

Located in the Palestinian town known as Ramallah, Krusty Krab is an almost perfect homage to Spongebob’s favorite fast food joint. In other words, the restauranteurs outdid themselves. It looks just like its cartoon counterpart, complete with boat-like cash register, the iconic tri-color tables and nautically-themed doors. About the only thing it does wrong is allow people to breathe without the use of gills.

The restaurant has already had its soft opening, so it could be opening its doors for good any day now. Word is it will actually be serving seafood. There has been no word on if they will actually employ octopuses, sponges and crabs.

Hump Day Snack: Christmas-in-July Peppermint Ice Cream Cake

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas in July, when rather than pining for yuletide regulars like eggnog, snowmen and candy canes, we dive into the festive Peppermint Brownie Ice Cream Cake that lets us celebrate both. The cool and velveteen ice cream is made without an ice cream machine using cream cheese, airy cool whip and a touch of minty flavor. Slather the ice cream between layers of decadent, chewy brownies to create a tower of chocolatey, candy-cane goodness, then drizzle chocolate sauce in every crevice for even more flavor. Finish the cake with a sprinkle of chopped candy canes and tiny swirls of whipped cream on top to resemble the frosty snowcaps of December, and serve this pretty peppermint party-pleaser with Christmas-in-July cheer. ‘Tis the season!

Check out more of Cooking Channel’s recipes that transform winter’s best comfort foods into picnic-ready summer dishes:


How to Use All Your Zucchini

Zucchini always seems to be the hardiest vegetable in the garden. Like clockwork, it is now abundant in gardens and farmer’s markets alike. If you’re awash in zucchini and looking for new ways to eat it, try one of these recipes below or check out our gallery of the top 20 ways to eat the green squash:

Eat it raw: Shave raw zucchini into thin ribbons on a mandoline, then toss it with a citrusy dressing for this zucchini carpaccio.

Add it to meat: You can lighten up meatballs or meatloaf by adding grated zucchini, like in these meatballs.

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The Chicken Mole Pizza Pie

It used to be that pizza featured cheese and sauce and, if you were lucky, pepperoni. In recent decades, however, pizza has come to mean just about any circular bread-based concoction usually topped with cheese. Case in point: chicken mole pizza.

In case your definition of Mexican food primarily includes Taco Bell, mole usually refers to a chocolate-based simmer sauce. That’s a gross over simplification but, regardless, it tastes amazing. East coast pizza chain Mellow Mushroom just unveiled their Fully Blazed Chicken Mole Pie, which replaces tomato sauce with chocolate sauce and pepperoni with chicken. Other toppings include mozzarella, feta cheese, caramelized onions and mushrooms.

In addition to the pie, the chain also offers a chicken mole sandwich, which throws the aforementioned toppings onto a giant hoagie roll.