If there’s a picture of your Thanksgiving meal somewhere in digital space with a funky antique-looking filter, you’re probably a hipster. If your meal concluded with a beat-poetry-jam on a rooftop, you’re probably a hipster. Watch this video of the ultimate holiday hipster spoof. It’s by this comedy team, you’ve probably never heard of them…

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Do you ever wonder what part of the cow you’re eating? Ever see a weird measurement in a recipe and wonder how to convert it to something you’ll understand? Well, fear not! We found this handy dandy kitchen cheat sheet for your convenience! Refer to it as you’re cooking, print it out and paste it on your refrigerator, or admire it for a few minutes whenever you’re bored. It’s ok. It’s here for your viewing pleasure.

Sometimes you get a serious craving. For something you want to eat. You need some cheese, tomatoes, and olives, maybe even some meat. You need some…Well, we’ll let this commercial tantalize you.

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Sushi Etiquette

Are you one of those unfortunate people who doesn’t know how to use chopsticks? Well, turns out there’s a certain etiquette to using them and an etiquette to eating sushi. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Check out some of these interesting sushi tidbits and tell us – what’s your favorite kind of sushi?

If you haven’t adequately traded your Halloween candy yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

No, but seriously, what are you waiting for? Candy trading must begin immediately when you and/or your kids get home from Trick-or-Treating. Even if your kids do the dirty work, we all know who the candy is really for! So get to it! Here’s a handy candy trading guide for your convenience.

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Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween! We hope you’re ready to stuff your bellies with chocolatey goodness on this ghoulish night!

Candy corn? Snickers? Gummy bears? What are your favorite Halloween treats?

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We’re definitely in the Halloween spirit here at Magic Bullet and what better way to show it than by bringing you some of the best and spookiest cupcakes we could find? These are stirring up our entrails and making our mouths water… Happy Halloween!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcake

Chocolate Spider Cupcakes

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Brain with Blood Clot Cupcakes

Jack Skellington Cupcakes

And let’s not forget our incredible Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies by Erin Allmann. Yum!

Have you ever watched America’s Test Kitchen? It’s a fascinating show; it combines the mouth-watering recipes and videos of delicious food that you’d see on a Food Network cooking show with all the science of a PBS NOVA special. They’ve got nerds in the kitchen – and we mean that with no disrespect! – and it makes for some of the best cooking around. As the test cooks do their thing in the kitchen, they answer questions like, how does gelatin work? Should you salt eggs before or after cooking? And why does white meat cook faster than dark meat?

Trial and error, years of knowledge, and technological developments combine to make this show not only entertaining, but educational, as well.

The show’s host, Chris Kimball, divulged more cooking secrets to NPR’s food blog The Salt, straight from the book ‘The Science of Good Cooking,’ written by the editors of America’s Test Kitchen.

One tip: Marinating meat doesn’t tenderize it, he says, but salting it does.

“Salt gets in [to the meat], it allows the protein molecules to absorb water,” Kimball said. “It loosens up the protein fibers so it retains that water and it’s easier to chew.”

Marinades, Kimball notes, do not tenderize meat, but instead turn it to mush because of the acid levels they contain.

And did you know that the seeds of a tomato contain 3 times more flavor compounds than the flesh of a tomato? So if a recipe calls for removing the seeds for smoother consistency, you might be sacrificing flavor.

Check out this post from The Salt and take a listen to the story. You might learn something that will come in handy next time you’re in the kitchen.

 

You know those days when you’re in the mood for something light (like, say, a warm soup) but you’re also hungry and need something filling (like maybe a sandwich)? Well, why not pair the two together? After all, nothing’s better than a bowl of tomato soup and a side of grilled cheese. And lucky for you, we found the perfect pairing guide!

So what goes best with Potato and Bacon soup? Try a veggie roll-up. The soup is heavy, so a light and fresh sandwich-side is the perfect match. What about the classic chicken noodle? Pair it with a delicious BLT, or try a more modern twist with bacon and edamame wraps.

With beautiful pictures and delicious recipes, be sure to click here to find out what pairs best with your favorite soup. We’ll see you at lunch!

 

Forty-three billion pounds of food in grocery stores are thrown away every year. Forty percent of the food we produce goes uneaten. Grocery stores lose out on about $15 billion per year on unsold produce alone.

These numbers are shocking, but more shocking are the results one grocery store chain in the Mid-Atlantic saw after noticing less than exciting customer survey results.

Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover customers weren’t happy. Produce was over-abundant in stores, but none of it tasted fresh. The then-CEO changed store displays in over 500 locations, putting out less produce that would be purchased more quickly before going bad, and went all the way up the supply chain, ordering less cases of foods that didn’t sell well in order to reduce waste. Customers noticed the improvements in taste and quality, and satisfaction increased. Not only that, but this saved the chain $100 million a year, savings that were then passed down to consumers.

Amazing results, right?

Hopefully, similar changes can be made in stores across the country, but until then, do your part by reducing food waste in your home! Ripe bananas go great in your Magic Bullet smoothies, tomatoes that are just a bit passed their prime can be roasted and used in soups and bisques, and blemished vegetables can be chopped up to use in salads or baked dishes. Incorporate food-saving techniques in your kitchen and watch the savings add up!

Read more on the story here.