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9 Food Hacks That'll Make Your Life Exponentially Better

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Okay, we've all been there: 3 hours of searching #lifehacks on Pinterest just to save a couple minutes of our time. Let us spare your precious time by avoiding the mindless searching. Here are some food hacks that are a combination of weird and brilliant:

1. Use Your...

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50 Things You Need to Eat in LA Before You Die

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 1:28 PM

Los Angeles is undoubtedly one of the best foodie cities in the country. From Mexican, to Vietnamese, to food truck fare, they've got it all and it's all sooooo good.

Since you can't possibly get to every restaurant in the area, I narrowed it down to the top...

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How to Make Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding at Home

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 11:44 AM

If you can't make it to NYC to get a taste of the world renowned banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery, here's something that's pretty darn close.

The recipe: EASY. The result: CRAY. This pudding is a dessert game changer. You're welcome.

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Magnolia Banana Pudding

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4-24 hours (chillin')
Total Time: 5-24 hours

Servings: 12

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cups vanilla pudding mix
1 14-oz. can condensed milk
3 cups heavy cream
1 12-oz. box vanilla wafers
4 bananas, sliced

Directions:
1. Mix together water, pudding mix, and sweetened condensed milk in a medium bowl until smooth.

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2. Place it in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE.

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These Bacon Mashed Potato Cheese Bombs Will Change Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 11:05 PM

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We all love bacon and we all love cheese. Add some mashed potatoes, batter and a little love and what do you have? A bomb full of cheesy, greasy, bacon-y, potato-y goodness that your taste buds will...

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5 Things to Drink This Summer If You Hate Beer

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 3:36 PM

If you're anything like me, sitting by the pool with a drink in your hand is the perfect remedy to a hot summer day. Yes, there's nothing like a Corona and lime (especially when paired with tacos), but not everyone likes a beer straight out of the bottle....

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5 Genius Ways to Use a Muffin Tin

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 8:45 PM

Muffin tins are the superheroes of our generation. You may just see a plain old cooking tin on the outside, but muffin tins have a secret identity. There's no kryptonite here, only the epic idea of flipping a tin upside down and making a bowl made of cookies. BAM.

Below are some of your muffin tin's super powers you never knew existed. Even if you're not a baker, jack Mom's muffin tin and get cookin'.

Frozen PB&J Cups

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients:
1.5 cups strawberries
1 tablespoon honey
6 tablespoons evaporated milk
1/3 cups creamy peanut butter

Directions:
1. Slice up the strawberries and add to blender.

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2. Add the honey to the blender.

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3. Blend until smooth.

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4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, vanilla and evaporated milk until smooth.

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5. Pour the peanut butter mixture in a muffin tin and top with the strawberry puree.

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6. Freeze for about 4 hours.

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Condiments Holder

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: Varies

Ingredients:
Condiments of your choice

Directions:
1. Add any condiments of your choosing to a muffin tin.

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2. Serve with your meal and give everyone easy access to condiments.

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6 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Straws

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 5:15 PM

Ketchup clogged? Cork floating in your wine? Need a quick and painless way to put cherries? All these problems can be solved with the simplest of culinary instruments: the drinking straw.

These hacks prove that straws are good for more than making annoying noises when you get to the bottom...

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7 Cheese Recipes That Are Better Than a Significant Other

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 9:18 AM

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Let's be real -- cheese is the best food ever. Yes, even better than bacon. Grilled cheese sandwiches and instant mac & cheese got you through childhood and college, and it'll get you through the rest...
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14 Creative Ice Tray Hacks to Try This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 6:11 PM

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After a week of commuting around Manhattan, we can see why everyone hates New York City in the summer. Warm air + sweaty people + no personal space = everyone standing waaaay too close for comfort. And then your night always...

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These Mini Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches Are the Cutest Things You'll Ever Make

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 4:02 PM

Getting ready for a summer get together and need an easy treat to make your party look top notch without the expense?

This sweet treat will have your guests feelin' some type of way. Cheesecake lover or not, there is a whole lot to love about these delectable bite sized sandwiches. They don't look too bad on Insta, either.

Cheesecake Cookie Sandwiches

Prep Time: 13 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 14 minutes

Servings: 20 people

Ingredients:
1/2 cups butter
1/3 cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
8-oz. cream cheese
1/2 cups powdered sugar
Nilla wafers
Sprinkles
Chocolate Chips

Directions:
1. Place the butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds.

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2. Add the brown sugar and vanilla extract and mix it all up.

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3. In a separate bowl, mix the cream cheese and the powdered sugar together.

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE.

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American Flag Jell-O Shots

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 1:19 PM

The 4th of July is an awesome holiday. It means BBQs, the beach, and a whole lot of patriotism. And what better way to show your love of America than American flag jell-o shots?

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I can't think of anything better. Not only will...

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7 Finger Foods You Should Make for Your 4th of July BBQ

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 9:00 PM

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This 4th of July weekend is all about our country, the good ole USA. So in celebration of our freedom, we are abandoning utensils and eating everything with our hands. Enjoy these 7 delectable finger foods at your 4th of July party and...

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These 3-Ingredient Pizza Rolls Destroy Hot Pockets

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:42 AM

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We all know that Hot Pockets were God's answer to the burning question, "How can I make my pizza more fun to eat?" Unfortunately, the devil got a piece of the action as well. He never fails to scald the insides of...
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The Bacon PB&J Sandwich You Must Eat Before You Die

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 7:09 PM

Let's set the record straight: I love sandwiches. Sweet or salty, hot or cold, there's a special appeal that this culinary creation has, the marriage of convenience and good taste. But this PB&J bacon loaf, aka the "Fool's Gold Loaf" and a favorite of Elvis Presley's, successfully managed to put my love of sandwiches to the test.

If you're up to the challenge, follow the quick-and-easy recipe below. Just be sure to have the number of your cardiologist nearby.

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Fool's Gold Loaf

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:
1 loaf Italian bread
1 jar peanut butter
1 jar jelly
5-oz. butter/margarine
12 strips bacon

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

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2. Cover the bread in an even layer of butter.

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3. Bake bread for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

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FOR THE FULL RECIPE, CLICK HERE.

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The Ultimate Bacon-Wrapped, Veggie-Stuffed Beer Can Burger

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 6:44 PM

Say goodbye to the days when you tossed a measly ball of ground beef on the grill, threw it on a bun and called it a burger. This summer, all you need is a beer can burger.

If you haven't already heard of the concept, these bad boys...

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See What Employees at NYC's Hottest Startups Are Eating

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 12:06 PM

While the benefits of working at a startup are well-documented (hoodies, foosball, nap rooms, Justin Timberlake playing you in a movie), the most well-known startup perk has to be the almost endless supply of snacks each company showers upon its team.

Fresh fruits and veggies, ice cream bars with all...

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The Definitive Ranking of Starbucks' 6 New Frappuccino Flavors

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 11:12 AM

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Frappuccino, Starbucks introduced six new Frappuccino flavors inspired by fans. Over twenty years ago, Starbucks employee Dina Campion noticed local coffee shops offering a variety of blended beverages, and Starbucks hopped on the trend. By the summer of 1995,

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Watch 5 Food Instagrammers Compete to Make the Most Epic Food Photo Ever

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 12:03 PM

We just wrapped our first ever Battle of the Instagrammers competition where 5 of our favorite foodstagrammers duked it out to be named the inaugural winner. For the week of May 25th, we uploaded 1 photo per day to our Instagram account and the photo that received the most likes by Saturday, May 30th at noon was crowned the winner. And the results are...

5th Place: Spencer Kastrinsky of @foodprnshare



Although he never takes his own food photos, Spencer could've fooled us with his Donut Cheeseburger Explosion courtesy of Shake Shack and Dunkin' Donuts. Hot and dangerous. And cheesy.


4th Place: Skyler Bouchard of @nycdining


With lots of personality and some Spoon experience under her belt, Skyler constructed Reese's Puff Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches, drizzled with lotz of Nutella. We don't hate it.



3rd Place: Justin Schuble of @dcfoodporn



As an artist, Justin took advantage of his refined eye and made this S'mores Waffle Stack from scratch. Did we mention the waffles are vegan and gluten free? Learn how to make this sight for sore eyes on Justin's website right here.



CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO WON THE BATTLE.

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7 Easy Mac Hacks You've Gotta Try

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 3:21 PM

The humble Easy Mac cup is a staple of college dorm cuisine. But sometimes that neon orange cheese just isn't enough by itself. Take your microwave mac and cheese to the next level with these Easy Mac hacks.

Sriracha Mac

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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Servings: 1 zesty mac and cheese cup

Ingredients:
1 Easy Mac cup
Water
2 tablespoons Sriracha
1 teaspoon chopped chive

Directions:
1. Remove the cheese packet and fill the Easy Mac cup with water to the line.
2. Microwave the cup for 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
3. Add the cheese packet and stir.
4. Add Sriracha and stir.

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5. Sprinkle chives on top.

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Loaded Mac

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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Servings: 1 hearty mac and cheese cup

Ingredients:
1 Easy Mac cup
Water
3 tablespoons sour cream
2 tablespoons bacon bits
1 teaspoon chopped chives

Directions:
1. Remove the cheese packet and fill the Easy Mac cup with water to the line.
2. Microwave the cup for 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
3. Add the cheese packet and stir.
4. Add sour cream and mix.

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5. Sprinkle bacon bits on top and mix.

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6. Sprinkle chives on top.

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Tuna Mac

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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1 homey mac and cheese cup

Ingredients:
1 Easy Mac cup
Water
1 package white tuna
3 teaspoons parsley

Directions:
1. Remove the cheese packet and fill the Easy Mac cup with water to the line.
2. Microwave the cup for 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
3. Add the cheese packet and stir.
4. Add tuna into cup.

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5. Microwave the cup again for 30 seconds.

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6. Mix in tuna.

7. Sprinkle parsley on top.

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For 4 more Easy Mac hacks, click here.

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These 3 Ingredients Will Instantly Upgrade Your BLT

(4) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 3:27 PM

They say that three is the magic number, but really, we all know that adding more letters to a BLT only makes it better. Already starting with a solid foundation that includes bacon, the BLT upgrade possibilities are endless, even for a college student on a budget. This...

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