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The EggBot Pro is a Robot That Exquisitely Paints Eggs

Sure, Easter can be fun. All of that egg finding and candy eating can be a pretty good time. However, the most time consuming aspect of the holiday is not donning a bunny costume, it’s painting colorful designs on all of those eggs. Thankfully, the coming robot apocalypse has got you covered. Introducing the EggBot Pro. 

What this cute lil robot lacks in bloodlust, it more than makes up for in design technology. All you do is pop an egg in the machine and let the magic of science do the rest. You can make your own designs on a computer and easily port them into the machine, creating endless opportunities for bad egg-based visual puns.

You can get your own for $325, which is about the price of 2,000 eggs. This seems like a fair price for the ability to be able to warn off your roommates against eating your eggs right there on the shell.

Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Tomato-Feta Tart

Tomato-Feta Tart

AKA Who You Callin’ a Tart?  Oh Yeah, This.

Late summer is my favorite time of year, and it all goes by too quickly, with its lazy weekends, marathon gab sessions (with bonus day drinking!), birthday cake with too many candles, beautiful sunsets, and farmers markets exploding with gorgeous colors and flavors. August is just the best, and I’m always a little sad to turn the calendar page.

To ward off the impending season-changing melancholy, I am buoyed by the fact that the dog days of summer bring us the best-tasting, most-fragrant tomatoes. And there’s nothing I love more than pairing them with tangy feta and a little tarragon. Before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, one of my favorite things to do was defrost frozen puff pastry and top it with tomatoes, tarragon, feta and olive oil, then bake myself a little treat for breakfast or lunch. Now that puff pastry is a big no-no, I developed a crust I use year-round to make seasonal vegetable tarts. But this combo is my favorite. It’s summer on a plate. Happiness in a crust. Juicy deliciousness for your mouth.

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25 Ways to Use Basil

Basil plants everywhere else have grown wild this summer and now you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do with the rest of your abundant supply.

Your first instinct is probably to make a boatload of pesto. Do it. One can never have too much pesto. But once you’ve tired of pesto, it’s time to branch out with your basil options. The beautiful thing about basil is that it’s naturally sweet, so adding it to desserts (pair it with strawberries and ricotta) isn’t too much of a stretch.

Use up the rest of your basil supply with these 25 recipes:

  1. Drizzle Basil Oil over some sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella for a classic Caprese salad.
  2. Lemon Basil Potatoes make for a fresh alternative to mayo-heavy potato salads.
  3. Pulse together some Italian staples like garlic, basil and Parmesan for a simple side dish on Italian night, Basil Garlic Bread.
  4. Giada’s Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers (pictured above) are drizzled with a balsamic reduction and sprinkled with some sea salt, making for a fresh balance of sweet and savory.
  5. Kelsey Nixon’s take on risotto, Lemon-Basil Orzotto, is a quick and easy weeknight dinner fix.

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The Cronut Has Nothing on This Ramen Noodle Lobster Roll

Let the glory that is the modern food mash-up wash over you like a nice tall glass of lemonade-spaghetti. First there was the Cronut, then the Ramen Burger and then, well, a billion other things. Newest mash-up on the Franken-circuit? This ramen noodle lobster roll.

Created by food blogger Joy of The Cooking of Joy, this lobster roll is heavy on the lobster and not so heavy on the roll. It’s essentially a bunch of lobster salad wedged between a ramen tortilla of sorts. The salad consists of lobster, toasted sesame oil and Japanese mayonnaise. The ramen is prepared by chilling and then pan frying the noodles, then shaping them into something that can play house with Maine’s greatest treasure.

Bonus: The World’s Craziest Food Mash-Ups

Summer Soiree: Cooking Channel’s Ultimate Labor Day Menu

Labor Day Picnic

Whether you’re celebrating a three-day weekend, the start of the school year or the (hopeful) end of humidity for the year, Labor Day weekend is the perfect reason to host a final backyard party. Stumped on what to serve? Here are Cooking Channel’s best-ever summer recipes to help you wrap up the season with a barbecued, burger-packed bang.

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This Patriotic Grill is a Monster of Form and Function

Do you have a souped-up grill currently resting in your back yard? It probably got a lot of use this summer, with copious “oohs” and “ahhs” from your friends and neighbors. However, no matter how many trinkets you have affixed to your mega-grill, it probably pales in comparison to this roving, and ridiculously patriotic, monster grill.

The grill is the brainchild of Destination America, Ball Park and television host Patrick Norton. What makes it so super? Well, for one, it gets pulled along by a giant truck, features seating room for eight people and boasts over 1,600 square inches of cooking surface. Into trinkets? This thing has got them in spades, from kabob and rib inserts, a veggie grate, stainless steel cooking rods for searing, heavy duty 12-gauge flame stabilizing grids, motorized rotisserie beer tap,  and, of course, a 1600 Watt Amp sound system. No grill is worth its weight in charcoal without being able to blast Country and Western out of a 12″ sub woofer.

Oh yeah. It’s also so patriotic it would make Abraham Lincoln blush. It features a painted table depicting George Washington riding an eagle, stars and stripes aplenty and a condiment station that doubles as a miniature Mount Rushmore. America!

Hump Day Snack: Mini Burger Cupcakes

Burger Cupcakes

Ah, Labor Day. That bittersweet moment of conflict between a blissfully long weekend and the end of lazy days, white jeans and vacation. Savor the final lazy days of backyard barbecues with these Mini Burger Cupcakes. The first trick to authentic-looking sliders is a golden cupcake muffin topped with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, to resemble the soft bun. The meat patty can be made with chocolate icing, or if you’re feeling adventurous, a pan of brownies cut into circles. Add shredded lettuce (green-tinted coconut flakes) and swirls of ketchup and mustard (red and yellow icing) for a well-dressed burger that you can make long after barbecue season is over.

Celebrate Labor Day and the final days of the season with more spectacular summer desserts from Cooking Channel:

The Best Back-to-School (or Work) Lunches

Healthy Lunches

Whether you’re packing lunch to eat in your cube or for your kids to have at school, it’s important to find things that are easy, quick and new. And regardless of your best intentions at 7:30am, the key is making something you (or your kids, spouse or cubicle-neighbor) actually want to eat once lunch time rolls around. With that in mind, here are some things you can do to make lunch prep a snap:

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Cambridge University Now Offers a Ph.D in Chocolate

You love chocolate. You love it so much that those around you often utter the phrase “if you love chocolate so much, then you probably just should marry it.” You may not be able to marry a delicious hunk of the good stuff, yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t study it. One renowned institution of higher learning lets you do just that, obtaining a Ph.D in the process. That’s right. You can become a doctor of chocolate — a doc choc if you will.

England’s Cambridge University just unveiled the 3.5 year multidisciplinary Ph.D on chocolate. Why doesn’t it behave like other soft solids and melt sooner? What can we learn from its chemical properties? Why does it taste so good mixed with peanut butter? You’ll learn all of this and more.

You chocoholics had better get on this, however. The applications are due at the end of August, with a start date of for the program in January. Also, you have to be a citizen of Europe in order to apply (dagnabbit.)

Sifted: Brioche with Sour Cream Custard, Plum Upside Down Cake + More

Brioche with Blueberry Sour Cream Custard

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  • Making bagels at home isn’t the easiest DIY project. Instead, opt for a yeasty, no-hole bialy. Baked without boiling, these homemade Bialys by Eat the Love have sautéed onions loaded in the center.

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