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Beat the Wheat: Gluten-Free Peach Pie

Peach Pie

AKA Everything’s Just Peachy

This is the very first pie I made after being diagnosed with celiac disease. It’s fruity and sweet, but ginger and a bit of cracked black pepper give it the tiniest of kicks.

I grew up eating fruit pies my uncle made in his bakery, or that my mom made at home. We were the kind of family that had dessert every night after dinner, and all summer long it was pie after pie after pie. Peach pie was my favorite, followed closely by sour cherry.

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World’s First Cruise for Chocoholics About to Set Sail

Themed cruises have become something of a trend as of late. Ever wanted to hang out with the guy from Sugar Ray? There’s a cruise for that. Want to explore the open sea with an openly naked body? There’s a cruise for that. Now, finally, there is a cruise with the dessert fiend in mind. Introducing the world’s first chocolate-themed cruise.

Chocolate Journeys is being brought to us via a partnership between Princess Cruises and Norman Love Confections — and both companies have pulled out all the stops. Voyagers receive a chocolate pop when they board the ship, an endless supply of chocolate desserts, chocolate cocktails, lessons on how to cook with chocolate and, of course, a chocolate spa. That’s right. You can bathe in chocolate.

This cocoa cruise officially sets sail at the end of the year. That’s plenty of time to prepare, which means there’s plenty of time to eat a bunch of chocolate.

Thirsty Thursday: Sex on the Beach Cocktail


It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

Sometimes an ocean getaway is out of reach on a smoldering summer day. If you’re craving beach time, sand beneath your feet and a splash in salty water, the next best thing is Sex on the Beach. The iconically named cocktail, that is.

Refreshing and fruity, this cocktail is a harmonious combination of melon liqueur, peach schnapps, fruit juices and vodka. You’ll soon fall head-over-heels for this beach-worthy summer tipple.

Bottoms up, folks!

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Rock This Look: Nadia G Takes On Hipster Style

Calling someone a “hipster” seems like more of an insult than a compliment these days. But if we can look past bulky fedoras, black thick-rimmed glasses and the insistence that a Pabst in hand is an accessory, there is some fun to be had with this fashion trend. Check out G’s look from “Hipster Brunch,” and you’ll be rocking plaid, but avoiding lumberjack comments, in no time!

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Plaid can’t be left to only the devices of school uniform designers — or farmers. Rather than decking out head to toe in the trendy print, choose one great piece, like G’s Boy by Band of Outsiders dress in blue plaid. It says “I know what’s cool,” but it doesn’t leave you dealing with sweating in flannel.

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Summer Soiree: 4 Cool Summer Soups

Standing over a grill all day can get a bit steamy. Battle back against the hot coals with these too-cool summer soups.

1. Green Gazpacho: This soup is like a slurpable guacamole, made with a lush puree of green grapes, cucumbers, parsley and avocado, topped with toasted almonds and pepper (pictured above).

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OpenTable App Now Lets You Pay For Dinner by Phone

It has become increasingly clear in the last several years that when techies refer to an app or gadget as “changing the world,” what they really mean is that it “saves you a few seconds.” Par for the course with this new feature just unveiled for popular reservation booking app OpenTable.

The feature allows you to actually pay your bill using the app, so you can dine and dash without actually, you know, dining and dashing. The service is currently only available at 25 eateries around New York City and a handful in San Francisco, but the company promises 20 more cities will be added by the end of the year.

So now you can stop waiting around for the check after eating, and get into the night away from friends and family as quickly as humanly possible. Yes!

Hump Day Snack: Individual Whole-Peach Pies

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The only thing undesirable about peach pie is having to share it with other people. Enter this beautiful single-serve whole-peach pie to save the day. The recipe starts with very ripe, halved peaches and sweetens the deal with a spoonful of straight-from-the-farm honeycomb (or just regular honey) right in the center cavity of the fruit. Place the two halves together and completely wrap the whole fruit with pie crust. Sprinkle on turbinado sugar for texture, cut small slits on top, then place the pastry-wrapped peaches into muffin tins to bake until golden brown. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla frozen yogurt, and everything will be just peachy!

For more ways to serve summer’s best fruit in a pie shell, take a peek at some of Cooking Channel’s favorite recipes:

10 Unexpected Ways to Use Vinegar

Vinegar

Vinegar isn’t just for salad dressing. While a classic vinaigrette might get most of the attention in the kitchen, vinegar adds a perfect sour note in a lot of instances.

Vinegar is one of the essential ingredients in hot sauce. So while the grill’s still sizzling, get in on the homemade condiment trend by using white vinegar in this red-hot sauce.

Make a perfect mop sauce for ribs, chicken thighs or pork chops.

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Bobby Deen’s Taking the Guilty Out of Guilty Pleasures

Growing up surrounded by delectable Southern fare, Bobby Deen learned how delicious — and rich — family favorites can be. But then he discovered that he could recreate his family’s favorite Southern classics with simple swaps that take the guilty out of guilty pleasures. Now on his new show Deen of Lean, Bobby is heading around the country to surprise high-octane home cooks and attempt to turn their decadent dishes into lighter, leaner recipes. Their family and friends will judge his remakes to see if they can match or surpass the originals in deliciousness. First stop is New Jersey to meet up with Kardea. She’s a very good cook and her Southern dishes are made with love — but her boyfriend says she might use a little too much love.

Tune in to the premiere of Deen of Lean tonight at 9:30pm ET.

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Here are Some Beer Bottles That Automatically Stream Movies

In the old days, the height of bottle technology was announcing the results of a contest on a bottle cap or, even lamer, reciting a bad joke. Thanks to industrious inventors, however, those days are long past. Bottles can now do more than dispense refreshing liquid. These bad boys can stream movies.

Beer manufacturer Grolsh have teamed up with a Russian app developer to create these high-tech bottles, which automatically stream movies when you “clink” the bottle against your computer. You don’t actually have to smash into your beloved computing device. You can simply swipe near it. The whole thing works using radio technology to unlock whatever movie is written into the particular bottle.

The old way, which included opening a bottle and then pushing a button on a computer, was simply too work intensive.

 

 

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