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Sifted: Minion Cupcakes, Deep-Fried Cookie Dough + More Crazy Desserts

Moreos by EternallyXIII

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  1. While eating a Double Stuf Oreo, have you ever thought to yourself that there’s still not enough filling? Reddit user EternallyXIII came up with what could be a game-changing solution: The Moreo.
  2. In case you didn’t already know, Twinkies have returned! For an excuse to go grab a box, make these adorable Twinkie cupcakes decorated as Despicable Me minions.
  3. My Baking Addiction layers crushed Samoa Girl Scout cookies with coconut pudding to make some pretty epic popsicles.
  4. For all you cookie dough lovers (i.e. everyone), you must try Sugar Hero’s deep fried chocolate chip cookie dough.
  5. Yes, chocolate pasta is a thing. Give it a go and try Pasta Princess and More’s chocolate ravioli with cannoli filling.

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Top Indoor Grilling Tips

Cumin-Scented Oven-Baked Ribs

Shortly after I moved to New York City, I had to accept that I’d be breaking up with outdoor grilling. I received a ticket for grilling on a fire escape (I didn’t know, I swear!) and learned that it’s almost impossible to own a grill in the city, unless you have ample outdoor space and don’t live in Manhattan. As a result, I’ve taken particular interest in indoor grilling and even filmed an entire episode of Kelsey’s Essentials on the idea. With minimal equipment and some clever ingredients, you can grill dishes indoors that will be easy, quick and mess-free — and will mimic some of those flavors you associate with only the great outdoors.

My 3 Essentials for Indoor Grilling:

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Hump Day Snack: Giant Melting Popsicles

You may be tempted to steal a lick or two when you see this sticky work of food art from an Argentinian artist. These monster popsicles represent the fleeting quality of time, but like me, you might be more curious to know if you can order one for your next backyard barbecue or where you purchase human-sized popsicle molds. Either way, keep this refreshing frozen art form in your back pocket for when the next summer heat wave rolls into town.

Slurp up more photos of the massive melting treats on designboom’s website.

For homemade snacks that will actually fit in your freezer, try out these appropriately hand-sized popsicle recipes:

Summer Fest: Chia Seed Pudding with Peaches

It’s my favorite Summer Fest week: peaches. I find myself stocking up on this sweet fruit and just eating it straight off the pit every morning for breakfast. Because peaches are so fresh and so juicy at the market right now, I decided not to cook them but to simply slice them up over another recipe I wanted to try: Chia Seed Pudding.

Navitas Naturals had sent me a bag of the trendy superfood, and I picked up some almond milk to use for my pudding base. The chia seeds soak up the almond milk and become engorged, developing a tapioca-like consistency.

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Today in Food Tech: Bag For Your Baguette and a One-Handed Bottle Opener

When Prometheus, that feisty nitwit, gifted us fire, he gave us more than just the ability to make bacon crispy. He gave us the beginnings of food technology. Prometheus may have been chained to a mountain and continuously eaten by ravenous vultures, but his gift to us continues to grow. Here is some cool, new food tech.

First up, a bag for your baguette. This cotton baguette-shaped bag is perfect for hiding baguettes. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty much the only thing you can put in there since they are basically the only thing that fits. Never again shall the baguette remain unsheathed, sticking out precariously of a French grocery bag. You can preorder one for around 40 bucks.

Next, a one-handed bottle opener that is actually easy to use. The confusingly named GrOpener lets you pop the top off of your favorite beverage with ease. Finally, your second hand can be reserved for what mother nature intended: wildly gesticulating. You can pick one up for $16. (video after the jump.)

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G. Garvin’s Washington D.C. Travel Tips

Every American should visit the nation’s capital. Obviously there is a great deal of history here and incredible monuments. The food scene is going strong as well. The next time you get the chance to visit D.C., make sure you’re not just seeing the historic landmarks but also going to different parts of the city to get the full experience. H Street is filled with new, hot restaurants.

Sixth Engine (pictured above)
I love this place. It’s set in an old firehouse and you can really feel it with the decor and old paintings on the brick walls. Chef Paul Madrid makes a great no-nonsense grilled shrimp dish and his black-eyed peas are super flavorful. I had an amazing time cooking for the firemen.

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Foods of the Future (According to Movies and TV)

Dehydrated Pizza from Back to the Future Part II

Since the dawn of science fiction, creators of all stripes have imagined what we would be eating in the future. Sure, nary a one predicted the Hot Pocket or the Cronut, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. Here are some fake foods from a series of imagined fake futures.

KFC Japan Kids’ Meals Includes Functional Ice Cream Maker

What does a kids’ meal get you these days? A cheap piece of plastic shaped like one of those Despicable Me minions!? What if I told you that across the sea, in the magical land of Japan, you can get an actual kitchen tool with your kids’ meal? It’s true!

KFC Japan has begun giving away anime-branded ice cream makers as part of a recent promotion. These hand-powered gadgets are the perfect way for kids to burn off the sugar high of devouring fried chicken, mashed potatoes and whatever KFC’s version of a milkshake is. Sure, they are plastic and plastered with garish stickers like the toys in our meals, but they are useful! 

The ice cream makers are available in three different designs but, sadly, do not actually come with ice cream ingredients.

Alie and Georgia on Why You Should Visit Marfa, Texas

When we list the six locations we chose to visit for our first season of Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia, we always get the same few question:

  1. “Which was your favorite location?”
  2. What was Alaska like??”
  3. “Marfa??? Where the F is Marfa?”

The answers to those questions are:

  1. Miami for Georgia/Alaska for Alie
  2. Freaking beautiful
  3. Texas

It’s the last of those questions that we’re tackling today, as on the last episode of Tripping Out, we we visited that weird and wonderful town of Marfa, TX. We chose Marfa because it was just so off the beaten path we were sure to have a memorable time. And we did!

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Meatless Monday: Dinner of Sides

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating 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?

For tonight’s dinner, don’t fuss over a fancy entree, stick to sides instead– they’re usually everyone’s favorite anyway. From orzo salad and coleslaw to grilled corn and insalata caprese, there are plenty of fun summer recipes to mix and match. A plateful of potato and mac salad may be overkill, so keep it healthy with at least one veggie-focused dish.

Michael Symon’s Greek feta and cucumber salad goes with just about everything. Crisp, tangy and refreshing, this 10-minute side will have you be coming back for more many times this summer. Something starchy like potato or mac salad would pair nicely. If you’re a pizza lover, I strongly suggest Chuck’s tomato cheese tart — it’s perfect for this time of year and the combination of tomatoes, dijon and swiss makes it sweet, spicy and creamy all at once.

What are your favorite sides?

Greek Feta and Cucumber Salad

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