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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!

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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.

Dinner Rush! Tomato-Cantaloupe Salad w/ Lemon Grilled Shrimp

Melons, melons, everywhere, so what do we do now? If you’re tired of eating them as simple wedges, try incorporating them in your savory dishes.

When paired with fresh zucchini, corn or, in this instance, tomatoes, melons make an affordable and delicious side salad that’s perfect for lazy backyard barbecues. They’re adaptable, versatile and practically begging to be tossed with fresh herbs and fruity olive oil.

While the combo in this recipe uses cantaloupe, feta and tomatoes for heartiness, you can lighten things up with watermelon or go green with a blend of honeydew, cucumbers and basil. Just be careful with all of this experimenting — you might never be able to look at a wedge of melon the same way again.

Tomato-Cantaloupe Salad with Lemon Grilled Shrimp

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Sifted: Raspberry Ripple Buckwheat Porridge, Matcha Lemonade + More

Raspberry Ripple Buckwheat Porridge

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  • If the word porridge just makes you think of Goldilocks and her search for the middle ground, it’s time to try Raspberry Ripple Buckwheat Porridge by My New Roots. This raw take is made by soaking protein- and fiber-rich buckwheat overnight before streaking it with a maple-spiked raspberry ripple. It’s just right.
  • Looking for the refreshment factor of lemonade without sacrificing the jolt necessity of coffee? Spoon Fork Bacon stirs up Matcha Lemonade, which beats the heat and has a zap of reinvigorating caffeine.
  • Peaches get a lot of love at this time of year, but don’t overlook the other in-season stone fruits. Adventures in Cooking uses one single apricot to make Salted Caramel Apricot Pots de Crème, which marries a sweet, caramelized sugar flavor with the welcome tartness of the tiny fruit. It’s the perfect finale to a summery outdoor dinner party.
  • The same way that orange and dark chocolate just belong together, Lemon White Chocolates from Chasing Delicious balance the sweet-and-sour nature of citrus with the creamy, delicate notes of white chocolate.

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G. Garvin’s Chicago Travel Tips

Chilling with Christine Cikowski at Honey Butter Fried Chicken

The Windy City is an amazing vacation destination to explore with your family and friends. The third-largest city in the United States is home to jazz, comedy and the country’s first skyscrapers. Many visitors stick to the downtown area, but the next time you’re in Chicago, go beyond the central district. Locals identify proudly with their neighborhoods, and there you’ll find some fantastic restaurants.

Grandma J’s
Grandma J’s sits in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Humboldt Park. This is a hip space the locals love, because it’s filled with knickknacks that would remind you of your grandmother’s house. The food is no joke — if you want a fun breakfast, go for the duck three ways or the pork belly Benedict.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Honey Butter Fried Chicken is the product of two chefs with a big passion for putting the butter on the bird. It seems like a simple concept, but it’s a delicious one. You can’t go wrong with any of their chicken dishes with homemade honey butter, but make sure you try the sides like the macaroni and cheese, too.

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Harvard Students Invent Aerosol Spray Cake Batter

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First, man invented cheese. Then, man invented aerosol spray cans. Obviously this led to aerosol spray cans filled with, sort of, cheese. The masses, sort of, rejoiced. Now, thanks to a couple industrious inventors, this technology is finally being applied to everyone’s favorite birthday dessert, cake.

Harvard students John McCallum and Brooke Nowakowski decided to take the technology used for whipped cream and pseudo-cheese and apply it to cake batter. The result? Just about the easiest way to prepare a cake ever. The accelerant used in the can eliminates the need for a rising agent, such as baking soda or baking powder.

They’re calling it Spray Cake. According to the inventors, the cakes bake in the microwave in under a minute and they manage to accurately capture the ‘mouth feel’ of traditionally-made cakes. Let’s hear it for human ingenuity!

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Ribbon Pasta

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

It’s that time of year when zucchini is everywhere, whether you’re growing it, getting a pile from the CSA or accidentally purchasing a crateful from the farmers’ market (we get it — they looked that good). But now you’re left wondering, what am I supposed to do with this stuff? The answer: Make this zucchini ribbon fettuccine. Ellie Krieger laces green and yellow squash ribbons throughout  whole wheat pasta before topping the whole dish with grated Parmesan and fresh herbs. Red pepper lends just enough kick to keep things interesting — and ensures that you’ll be making this bright dish again soon. Give your tomato sauce a break and enjoy the season’s bounty (or rather, find a reason to feel less guilty about all that green).

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