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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.)

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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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The Hilarious Outtakes of Man Fire Food

Sometimes on Man Fire Food, the seriousness of television production goes up in smoke:

Check out a new episode of Man Fire Food tonight at 8pm ET to watch Roger Mooking head to Kentucky to cook a spectacular Southern feast in a massive outdoor grill.

Meatless Monday: Peach Salad with Tomatoes and Feta

Peach Salad

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?

 

Bad news: There are only a few glorious summer days left. Good news: Peaches are in their prime. Eat them.

Biting into one of these ripe little gems, with their oddly velveteen skin and juicy flesh, is guaranteed to make you appreciate the end of summer. But a single peach is not dinner. To turn the pie favorite into a savory meal , Kelsey adds chopped heirloom tomatoes and sharp feta cheese with a tangy basil-Dijon dressing. The dish is simple and packed with late-summer flavor, making it ideal for an outside meal as you enjoy every last bit of sunshine.

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New App Foodmento Just May be the Holy Grail of Restaurant-based Time Wasting

As you can probably tell by looking at all of the downward facing heads at any restaurant, food-based apps are kind of a big deal. You can snap pics of food and put it on your Instagram. You can offer scathing reviews of your not-so-favorite eateries on Yelp. You can let the whole world know you are about to consume a double cheeseburger on Foursquare. Until now, there has not been a single app that let you do all of these things. Introducing Foodmento.

Foodmento, a name which is going for ‘nostalgia’ but ends up just hitting ‘mint,’ is your all-in-one food-based smartphone app. First of all, it is dish based, meaning that you use the application to search for a particular dish. You can then find the best of said dish in your area. You can also check out the best rated dishes at a particular restaurant, which thankfully will take the guess work out of that whole deciding thing (overrated.) There is location-based social networking, just like Foursquare. There is also a heavy social component, with the app letting you know if a friend has tried out the same stuff you have. It’s pretty cool, even though society may have already hit critical mass with this stuff.

The app, which is free for iOS users, also integrates nicely with OpenTable for reservation making and Seamless for ordering takeout.

The Scoop: Bacon Bars and Hazelnut Hiatuses

From a hazelnut hiatus to an all-bacon bar, here’s a boiled down list of this week’s headlines:

  • Nut So Fast: Despite recent rumors of a looming Nutella shortage, manufacturers say the meager hazelnut harvest in Turkey won’t affect their output.
  • Red, Blue or Bacon: Social media analysts found that a state’s bacon or kale preference corresponds with its political leanings.
  • Hot Off the Panini Press: The Chicago Tribune reported that nonprofit e.a.t. will convert unused news stands into health food kiosks in four Chicago locations.
  • For the Love of Bacon: Canadians may just love bacon more than anyone, and they’ll get their fix at Montreal’s new all-bacon restaurant.
  • How ‘Bout Them Apples: According to Target CMO Jeff Jones, the superstore has rolled out an exclusive Caramel Apple Oreo flavor.

Frozen Friday: Freezer Jam

We’re in for a long, hot summer. So to stave off heat stroke, we’re bringing you our favorite summer treats each week as part of Frozen Friday, giving you the scoop on our favorite ice-cold recipes and party ideas to help you stay cool all summer long.

We feature a lot of ice cream treats and sugary sweets on Frozen Friday, but today we’ve put away the scoop. As we near September, it’s time to consider what summer foods we’ll leave behind and which we’ll bring with us. We’re thinking berries. If you’ve been looking for a DIY project, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ve gathered strawberry, blueberry, peach and cherry freezer jams that take only minutes to make and months to eat, with glee.

1. Strawberry Basil Freezer JamRachel Cooks adds basil to a family jam recipe for extra summer flare. You can use this super-sweet jam sporadically throughout the fall as a dessert topper or oatmeal garnish (pictured above).

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52 Weeks Fresh: What Time Is It? Tomato Time

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes are an excellent way to concentrate that jammy summer tomato flavor. But when it’s too hot to turn on the oven, take advantage of the sun and use your car.

A car dashboard makes the perfect substitute oven.

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