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7 Minion-Themed Foods for Your Kids’ Party (or for You to Embrace Your Inner Child)


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Everywhere you turn, there are tiny yellow Minions taking over the world, and it’s best to just embrace it. Despicable Me’s adorable babbling sidekicks get their own movie on July 9, and what better way to celebrate them than with a menu fit for for mini villains?

Whether you’re entertaining a bunch of kids for a birthday bash or embracing your inner child before seeing the new flick, these seven Minion-themed dishes are perfect. Some are foods that Minions would actually eat — like bananas and soda — while others are based on what they look like (Twinkies, of course) or callbacks to the first two movies, Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.

Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding

Minions look like bananas and they go nuts for them, so banana pudding is the ideal dish to whip up. The added chocolate, homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings don’t hurt, either.

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6 Kitchen Adventure Weekend Projects, from Ice Cream to Homemade Bacon

Whenever the weekend rolls around, you have two options: sit on the couch and watch Netflix all day or be super-productive. Even though we’re all about lounging around and eating great food — especially when it is themed around camping-movie marathons or pairs perfectly with summer jams — you can use your downtime for a fun kitchen adventure instead.

Whether it’s churning up homemade ice cream for a backyard bash or starting the process for homemade bacon, there’s a cooking project fit for you. Check out six ideas below, ranked from easy-breezy to crazy-hard (but so worth it).

Easy-Breezy: Homemade Ice Cream

Once you master an easy ice cream flavor base, you can add any flavors that you want. Chocolate, strawberry, balsamic cherry — you name it! The ice cream maker does most of the work for you.

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What Kind of Fried Chicken Matches Your Personality? 5 Ways to Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day

In the world of random food holidays, National Fried Chicken Day (July 6) may be one of America’s best. Celebrating the Southern staple should really be an everyday occurrence, especially considering how many different ways you can prepare your poultry.

Even though we’re fans of the classic flour-egg-breadcrumb assembly-line process, today’s the day to be more adventurous. Below, find five of our favorite fried chicken recipes fit for any personality. Find out if you’re more of a classic Southern belle, a fit-and-fabulous food lover, a culinary globetrotter or something else.

The Classic Southern Belle: Fried Chicken in a Basket

Whether you’re a man or a woman, you can embrace your inner Southern belle. Big hair is optional when chowing down on Alex Guarnaschelli’s classic buttermilk-brined fried chicken.

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5 Food Hacks to Make Your 4th of July Picnic Stress and Mess Free

As we head into a holiday weekend this July 4th, there are plenty of options for patriotic celebrations, but one of our favorites is a picnic in the park. Whether you’re planning an afternoon date or a big shindig for friends, lounging on a checkered blanket surrounded by great food is never a bad option.

If you always end up trashing spoiled food at the end of the day, drinking warm wine or whining about sticky fingers, listen up. Good to Know hosts Dan Pashman and Laurie March have some easy food hacks to make your picnic less stressful, from cooling down wine with frozen juice boxes to ditching utensils in favor of toothpick-sized bites.

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Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing: 7 Tips and Recipes All Wing Lovers Must Know

When you’re thinking about the perfect appetizer during a night out at the bar, chicken wings are probably the first dish to pop into your mind. The crispy and usually-spicy treat is a go-to for football games, happy hours, birthday parties and more, and there’s no shortage of ways to prepare them. Whether they’re deep-fried, grilled or smoked, the morsels of tender meat are always a big hit.

In honor of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt special on July 5 at 8pm ET, we’re rounding up some of our favorite chicken wing recipes and the best hacks to eat them without making too much of a mess. First things first: Check out You’re Eating It Wrong host Dan Pashman and competitive eater Crazy Legs Conti’s tips for getting the most meat out of your wings without having saucy fingers forever:

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Make Food Fireworks for the Fourth

Tequila Lemonade

Baby, you may not be a firework, but your July 4th meal can be.

Add some holiday fireworks to your party menu with firecracker-themed food and drinks.

First, the food. Get the firecracker power with a hefty dose of spice. Spike classic guacamole with punchy serranos in Bobby’s Spicy Guacamole. Or actual Firecracker Shrimp (with chile mayo).

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3 DIY Party Activities to Entertain the Kids While the Grownups Play Poker

Time to keep the kids straight entertained

When you think about summer party planning, backyard barbecues probably come to mind, but there are other fun themes you can try, too. When it really heats up, try staying in the air conditioning while playing a friendly game of poker with your friends.

While the adults are wheeling and dealing, it’s important to keep the younger crowd out of the way. One of the easiest ways to keep the kids busy is making a fun game like cornhole or something interactive like DIY Play-Doh. Check out some of Good to Know hosts Laurie March and Dan Pashman’s best tips below.

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Get Creative with Strawberry Shots!

Boozy strawberries are an easy dish to make for summer parties, and fun to experiment with if you have some time! To make them, you simply hollow out fresh strawberries and fill with an alcoholic gelatin (so each is basically a Jell-O shot inside a strawberry). We decided to adapt Victoria Belanger’s champagne version for a fish taco barbecue, creating a margarita shot with tequila and Triple Sec, and a loose interpretation of the pina colada with RumChata (see photo above).

Below we broke down Victoria’s recipe, with our adaptations for the margarita and pina colada versions. We definitely recommend this as a fun summer afternoon activity to do with friends. Plus, it’s pretty hard to screw up (we promise).

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Watch Malaysia Kitchen Online

Chef, cookbook author and Malaysia’s Food Ambassador to the U.S. Christina Arokiasamy wants you to bring the spices, food and flavors of Malaysia to your kitchen. On Malaysia Kitchen, she shows simple twists to traditional Malaysian recipes so you can taste the tropics at home. Missed the premiere this week? You can watch the full episode after the jump:

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Claps and Apps: Summer Music and Food Pairings

When you think about a good party, the first things that come to mind are great food and drinks, but the next-best part is memorable music. There is nothing worse than a dull shindig with no music or an obscure Spotify playlist on in the background, so when you plan your next party, try to match excellent seasonal bites with equally fantastic summer jams.

On the June 24 episode of Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers, Rev is having a music-centric DJ’s dinner, which inspired us to think about what songs — both throwback faves and current hits — would pair well with passed appetizers and small plates. With these six duos, you can dance, drink and eat all at the same time.

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s “Pretty Girls” and Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon

Sometimes you just need a dish to Instagram, and these Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon are “just so pretty!” This appetizer will be as big of a hit as Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s song.

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