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Thirsty Thursday: Drink Pairings with Sweet-and-Spicy Snacks for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVII is this weekend, which means I’m getting ready to make a big batch of football finger foods. To me, this classic American experience isn’t just about the Big Game (and the entertaining commercials), but also about the good drinks and finger lickin’ foods. This year I’m pairing sweet-and-spicy snacks with a few zippy, homemade cocktails for an outstanding Super Bowl spread.

I’m starting with a Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Snack Mix (pictured above). Popcorn, almonds and pepitas are tossed in a buttery mixture of sugar, smoky chili powder, lemon zest and hot cayenne. Caution: This zesty, cayenne-kissed snack is highly addictive.

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The 5 Best Healthy Snacks to Have on Hand


Photo: Kylie Whiting
The days of snacking on holiday fudge and cookies are long gone. It’s time for me to start replacing some of the sweets I got used to snacking on the past few months with snacks that are more sensible. I’m a fan of setting small, attainable goals to kick off the new year and better snacking seemed like something that I could get behind.

The biggest challenge was actually getting these items back into my kitchen. Once I replaced the cookies with a big bowl of clementines, it was easy and I really enjoyed having snacks on hand that weren’t accompanied with any guilt. Not to mention, I feel better throughout the day! Whether you pack a snack for the office or you try to make one easily accessible at home, these five suggestions have been my favorite as I’ve kicked off a healthier 2013:

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Chrissy Teigen on Romantic Cooking, Eating Whatever You Want and More

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Food fanatic, swimsuit model and avid blogger Chrissy Teigen and husband-to-be John Legend will embark on their wedding menu tasting adventure on Chrissy Teigen’s Hungry, premiering on Wednesday, February 13, on Cooking Channel. On the special, Chrissy heads to Blackberry Farm resort, set in the scenic Smoky Mountain foothills, to sample rugged yet refined fare, from braised beef short ribs to slow-simmered blackberry jam. Along the way Chrissy will forge friendships with resident sheep, roll around in mud, and hunt ingredients for breakfast. Your average wedding preparation? Never. This is over-the-top, delicious, chaotic and, above all else, totally Chrissy.

In our interview, Chrissy shared with us her wedding planning tips and take aways from cooking school — plus let us know how she seemingly eats whatever she wants and still manages to be a knockout in a bikini.

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Mattel Opens Barbie-themed Restaurant, Ken Jealous

In case you were wondering if Mattel would get off their lazy bums and open up a Barbie-themed restaurant already, you can rest easy tonight. The company has done just that with their recently launched Barbie Cafe.

The Barbie Cafe will feature all of the pink opulence Barbie herself has grown accustomed to. The cafe has pink couches, pink tables shaped like high heel shoes and pink chairs adorned with tutus. Of course, the cafe also features a gift shop where you can fill all of your Barbie memorabilia needs.

The cafe’s Facebook page says customers will be able to feast on American fare as well as French food, Italian food, seafood and sandwiches. One more thing, and this is a doozy for you Barbie fans out there: Mattel’s Barbie Cafe is located a world away, in Taiwan. Oh, cruel and unjust world!

Hump Day Snack: 8-Second Spaghetti

A company called Royal Chef has invented noodles that cooks faster than you can say “al dente reinvente!” (providing it takes you more than eight seconds to say that.)

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Find out more on Royal Chef’s site.

Warning, site is NSFWWDRJ (not suitable for web-users who don’t read Japanese).

Sifted: Better-than-the-box Recipes + Nacho Loaded Potato Skins


Turkey Broccoli Panini by Shutterbean
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Have a soft spot for Hot Pockets? Try Shutterbean’s turkey broccoli cheddar panini instead.
  2. Take a Mega Bite’s French toast sugar cookies taste similar to Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts. Even if you weren’t a toaster pastry child, this cinnamon cookie frosted with maple buttercream just might win you over still.
  3. Nacho loaded potato skins by What’s Gaby Cooking are piled high with beans, guacamole, cheese and bacon to make the ultimate game day snack.
  4. Homemade onion dip is already amazing. But A Spicy Perspective takes the addicting deliciousness to a whole other level with caramelized onions.
  5. Heather Christo Cooks’ Brussels sprout fritters are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Top with sour cream or a poached egg for a comforting quick-fix meal.

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5 Ways to Raise Your Nacho Game

In advance of the Big Game that’s happening this weekend, we thought we’d help you up your own game — your Nacho Game that is. And we don’t mean store-bought chips served with store-bought dip. Add one of these recipes to your Super Bowl menu, and everyone will win, no matter which team they are rooting for.

Once you pick your recipe, it’s time to perfect the dish. Here are 5 ways to raise your nacho game:

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Comfort Feast: Chili, Outside the Bowl

Just in time for game day, we’re sharing recipes for a great-for-groups food: chili. While chili tastes delicious served straight from the pot with your favorite fixings, you can also use it to smother some of your other favorite foods including Fritos, hot dogs and tortilla chips. So think outside a bowl of chili and try these creative options.

1. Baggy Nachos (pictured above)

For a party-ready hand-held treat, open a bag of corn chips and stuff with a chorizo and bean chili. Garnish with cheddar, sour cream, jalapenos and scallions.

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Pizza Hut Singapore Releases a Coin-Shaped Pizza

The Chinese New Year is often about wishing health and wealth, and nothing helps spell wealth like a pizza that looks like a gold coin. Appropriately, Pizza Hut in Singapore has release the Ring of Fortune pizza which comes topped with pineapple, barbecue chicken, fried dough and something called golden pumpkin paste. This being Pizza Hut, the crust is also stuffed with three different kinds of cheese.

In addition to the coin-shaped pie, Pizza Hut is offering consumers the chance to take home some actual coin. Each pizza comes with the chance to win a cash prize of either $88 or $888.

When It’s Okay to Drink

Listen, gang. I know some days are just a mess. You pressed snooze four times, you’re late, traffic is horrible, someone’s in your parking spot, the report you stayed up late finishing is on your desk at home, and someone ate your donut. Managia. While a nice glass of wine at the end of that sounds pretty darn good, I’m a big believer in drinking to celebrate, rather than forgetting your woes.

Cheers to YOU!
Don’t wait until you hate the world to down a pretty cosmo. Plan a day where you celebrate your awesomeness; get your hair done, get a massage, and drink some champagne. You’ll enjoy the bubbly most when you’re happy!

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