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Meatless Monday: Margherita Pizza with Olive Oil Dough

Margherita Pizza

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?

Want an easy trick for mustering up a smile on a Monday? Eat pizza. This classic recipe has no haters for a reason — it’s simple, delicious, and wonderfully hearty (not to mention completely vegetarian). Don’t be intimidated by the dough; while it’s time-consuming, it’s very simple to prepare. As an alternative, ask your local pizza place if they’ll sell just their dough. Once it’s ready, just roll it, top it and bake it. In a few minutes, you’ll be in pie heaven, no delivery required.

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Nomiku Immersion Circulator Lets You Cook From Your Phone

Affordable immersion circulators, which allow home chefs to participate in the restaurant-friendly sous vide method of cooking, have really caught on the last couple of years. Sure, these circulators can whip up a perfect piece of meat or fish, but can they go online? They sure couldn’t, until now. Finally, sous vide machines have gone social (?!)

Introducing the newest edition of the Nomiku, an immersion circulator with full wi-fi functionality. Why on Earth would you want that? Well, to Facebook stalk the sous vide machines you went to high school with, of course. In actuality, it brings some neat functionality to the mix. Nomiku 2.0 lets you control the machine via any web-connected device, which means you can actually use your phone to cook stuff while you are not at home. Also, you can ‘download’ heat and time information from other machines to copy a tasty something they managed to pull off. Pretty cool.

If all of this connectivity seems like a good idea to you, you’ll be able to place an order soon. Nomiku just cleared their Kickstarter, raking in around $800,000. That’s a whole lot of perfectly cooked salmon steaks.

 

Group of Scientists Create Working Chocolate Teapot

There’s an old saying that denotes uselessness by comparing something to a chocolate teapot. After all, chocolate melts in your mouth and, well, mouths clock in at a tepid 98.6 degrees (mouths attached to the flu-infected withstanding.) Well, science has finally cracked that particular choco-code. Here is an actual chocolate teapot that makes tea and not a bizarre tea-like chocolate sludge.

Master chocolatier John Costello and a team of scientists created the handy, and edible, teapot in York, England. The trick was using pure, dark chocolate for the base and to finish it by building a series of silicon layers. The result? A perfect cup of tea, albeit one with a slight chocolate after-taste. It’s a chocolate miracle!

The code to create a fully chocolate BBQ grill has yet to be cracked.

Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Corn Chowder

Gluten-Free Corn Chowder

AKA A Big Old Bowl of Love
 
Corn may seem meant for summer barbecues, but in my house, my mom would blanch and freeze all the sweet, juicy kernels to have throughout the fall and winter as succotash, casseroles and soups. Of the many options, I most looked forward to corn chowder: thick and creamy, with smoky bacon, sweet and crunchy corn and hearty potatoes. It was perfect on those September and October nights when you needed a warm dinner to offset the unwelcome chill in the evening air or the crappy day at school or the fight you’d just had with your little brother.

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Food Blogger Reinvents Wheel by Creating French Fry Pizza

It’s three in the morning and you are blisteringly drunk. The vodka demons currently residing in your stomach demand a sacrifice. Will you throw down a pizza or a bushel of French fries? It’s one of life’s most pressing questions. Screw it. Go for both. That’s what this guy did.

Food blogger Foodinese just unleashed a massively unhealthy creation into the world: the French fry pizza. It’s, well, a pizza cooked a top a whole heap of fries. He used even more cheese than a pizza normally calls for in order to make sure the fries all stuck together in their nice pizza-like shape. How could this not be good?

Also, it must be noted, this French fry pizza is entirely gluten free. Let’s hear it for cheese, pepperoni and deep-fried potatoes. Your nutritionist will thank you.

Summer Soiree: Why You Should Eat Avocados All Day Long

Flautas

We think avocados are pretty great. They’re the basis for guacamole, which might be the world’s most perfect food, and the ideal companion to a margarita. They’re pretty versatile, too. They’re versatile enough, in fact, that we’d eat them all day long if we could. If you feel the same way, here is our suggestion of how to eat avocados from breakfast through dessert.

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There May Soon Be a Food Court Strip Mall at the Grand Canyon

Image via Food Beast

Imagine this scenario: You and your family arrive at the Grand Canyon to take in its utter splendor. To the left, you spot a lone eagle, searching for prey. To the right, you can’t help but notice a group of cacti, stoically persevering year after year. And directly in front of you? The majestic beauty of a KFC/Pizza Hut hybrid restaurant.

That’s the plan anyways. Developers are angling to prop a food-laden strip mall at America’s greatest gorge, the Grand Canyon. The theory, as told by the developers, is that the variety of food options will encourage visitors to stay longer. Endless profit is not a motive here, folks. No.  The gentle, awed laughter of a child as he or she spends an elongated amount of time in the canyon, Sbarro slice in hand, is payment enough for these kind-hearted magnates.

It’s not a done deal, however. The measure will be formally decided next year, when the Navajo Nation Council votes on it.

Hump Day Snack: Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Spice Syrup

Whether you’re ready or not, the beginning of September undoubtedly means pumpkin spice fever: lattes, muffins, pastas, cookies, breads, pies, smoothies — the list is neverending! Get a head start on the spicing with your own homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup. Fall’s classic spices — cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg — star in a blend of sugar, water, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree to create the perfect — and natural — pumpkin flavoring, but the best part is what you decide to do with it. From pancakes and ice cream, to coffee and oatmeal, the options are harvest-ready.

Start to transition into autumn with more seasonal recipes from Cooking Channel:

Why You Should Eat an Apple a Day

Apple Slaw

A new crop of apples is fruiting. While you may be tempted to use the fall fruit to make an apple pie (a great idea, by the way), apples are versatile enough to go beyond dessert. If you want to cut to their savory core, follow these general ideas: Apples pair well with curry, bacon, pork and and root vegetables. But there are a few flavor surprises in here too. Here are 30 healthy savory recipes featuring apples:

Lunch

Waldorf Salad: Broccoli slaw makes this healthy salad a snap.

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These High Tech Chopsticks Can Sense Calories, Temperature and More

It wasn’t so long ago that only phones and tablets qualified as ‘smart’ devices. Nowadays, however, that list is growing to include watches, cups and even forks. Here is a pair of Harvard-bound chopsticks to add to the collection.

Introducing Kuaisou, a pair of smart chopsticks created by Chinese search engine Baidu. In addition to scooping up pieces of sushi, these smart sticks can also detect the pH level in food, in addition to analyzing the calories and temperature. They also connect via Bluetooth to your phone, tablet or other device.

If the idea of a pair of chopsticks outplaying you in Jeopardy sounds appealing, you’ll have a while to wait. No release date has been announced.

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