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They Watched Julie & Julia 365 Times

Northwestern student Lawrence Dai decided to watch Julia & Julia (yes, the amazing Meryl Streep terrible Amy Adams one) for an entire year, and blog about it on The Lawrence/Julie & Julia Project. He finished on Nov. 29 of this year. During the 365 viewings, Dai counted the number of chews on the film, chopped up 30 pounds of onions, synced the movie to Kanye West, and got a couple marriage proposals out of it. His flippant, profanity-filled, and occasionally raunchy blog rages against Amy Adams’s character and chronicles how he managed to watch the two-hour film every single day. Props for completing the task, Dai. Word is, he’s moving onto other blogging projects.

They Ate Rotten Cheese with Maggots… in New York!

The Sardinian delicacy called casu marzu is essentially rotten cheese teeming with maggots (see the squeamy video here). Lucky (?) New York blogger Bradley Hawks of Amuse*Bouche got to give the rare cheese a taste at a Queens Italian restaurant. The review? “The initial taste was pecorino, followed by gorgonzola, and then a spicy aftertaste, like freshly cracked black pepper. Had it not been literally moving, I might have enjoyed a lot more...” Word.

They Got Us Close to the Chefs, Because Sometimes They are the Chefs

One of our favorite bloggers, Helen Cho of IntoNoRes+, started giving us behind-the-scenes peeks into the No Reservations shoots this year and we were hooked. Who else will give us shots of Bourdain chillin’ with the crew and cooking turkey for Thanksgiving (plus bonus scenes)? She even got prolific blogger/chef Eddie Huang of Baohaus to write about meeting Tony.

Speaking of which, Huang’s blog Fresh off the Boat may have downsized the posting content this year, but he still made headlines by speaking up about Sam Sifton, racism, the best eats, and everything in between. So keep it up, Huang. We’re still reading.

They Made Infographics

If anything, 2011 was the year of the infographic. While large companies produced highly designed graphics about coffee, soda, and the most popular bacon dishes, small graphic artists started drawing up their own charts, graphs, and maps. Take, for instance, this cheat sheet for cooking vegetables or this amusing map of condiments. And seriously, for the holidays, follow this guide to getting sloshed at your office holiday party. If I Love Charts is any indication, the infographic trend isn't ending soon.

They Turned Famous Movies Into Food Movies

They Interviewed Fancy Francophiles About France

One of our favorite Paris blogs, Lost in Cheeseland, started a new feature called “Franco File Friday” this year, picking the brains of in-the-know ex-pats and locals such as David Lebovitz, macaron queen Jill Colonna, and a dozen other food bloggers and authors. It’s the best insider's guide to Paris you can get.

They kept Us Posted on What the President Was Eating

Obama Foodorama has to be one of the best blogs out there in the food world. Founding editor Eddie Gehman Kohan gives us the dish on what the Obamas do for the holidays, and where they get their eats. This year, she wrote about Obama’s visit with The Prince of Wales for “The Future of Food” conference, as well as what happened on the Dinner with Obama campaign dates, all the while satisfying our gossipy minds with what the Obamas were having for Thanksgiving.

They Showed Us Just How Bad Hurricane Irene Was

While video blogs have been around for a while, nothing really showed us the impact of the moving image as much as this video from Food Curated. Telling a strong, compelling story about farmers in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, this reality check woke up city dwellers and West Coasters to the real effects of Irene.

10 Awesome Geeky Cooking Hacks

While “sous vide” has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the cooking world for the last few years, those of you who don’t work in kitchens or read cooking websites would be excused for not knowing the term. Sous vide literally means “under vacuum” in French and that’s essentially how this food is prepared –vacuum sealed food is placed in a low heat water bath and cooked very slowly. The cooking method generally allows for foods to cook more evenly, retaining a better texture and its original appearance.

Unfortunately, a quick search on Amazon will show you that a sous vide cooker will run you a minimum of $200. Then you’ll need to buy a vacuum sealer, which will add on at least $30, and non-reusable plastic bags for the sealer that can quickly add up too. All of this is a pretty big investment –especially if you just want to check out the process before you commit.

To hack yourself a cheaper option, Serious Eats suggests using a beer cooler, a thermometer and a few Ziplock bags, which will cost less than $25 total. Just add hot water to your cooler until the temperature is a few degrees above your target cooking temperature, then add in your bagged food, close the lid and let the insulation do the work for you. As for how well the beer cooler holds up to the real deal: in tests, the beer cooler worked every bit as well as a quality $450 cooker.

Turn A Crock Pot Into A Yogurt Maker

Most electric yogurt makers only incubate the product, leaving out the critical heating and sterilization process. That’s why Chris Reilly of Make Magazine opted to hack his own yogurt maker out of a Crock Pot that automates the entire process. He call it the “Yobot.”

While the process is pretty involved, for those with the tech skills to pull it off, it seems like a great way to go through the yogurt making process. As a bonus, since you’re already programming a temperature gauge into the Crock Pot, you could easily tweak it just a bit more and make a combination Sous Vide cooker, yogurt maker and Crock Pot in one…now that’s a useful appliance.

Make Your Own Hotel Breakfast

If you’re sick of leaving your hotel without a home-cooked breakfast, Natalie Tran has a solution. In this video, she shows you how to make oatmeal or soft boiled eggs with a coffee maker, and bacon and fried eggs with aluminum foil and an iron. It might not be the most delicious food in the world, but it’s better than nothing –which is what most hotels offer.

Concoct A Three-Course Meal With A Coffee Maker

Whip Up Fresh Chicken Pesto In The Office

For more advanced coffee-maker chefs, Food 2 suggests making your own chicken pesto pasta for lunch. Simply grill the chicken breasts on the base, boil the pasta in the coffee maker and then use a coffee grinder to create your own pesto sauce from scratch. If you’re really going to make this one though, you might want to buy a new coffee pot and grinder first or else everything is going to taste a little strange.

Brewing Beer With A Coffee Maker

Build An Android Bartender

For those of you with some serious hacking skills, many of these tips and tricks will seem too easy or even downright boring. If that sounds like you, then here’s something more inspiring: an Android-powered bartender called “iZac.”

Using a battery-powered aquarium pump, a scale and a tablet with Android software, Nick Johnson devised this electronic bartender that can make any cocktail for you provided he has the ingredients on tap. He also offers an “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature that will provide you with any three liquids at random, providing for some disgustingly hilarious results.

Turn a Broken Wine Fridge Into a Fermentation Chamber

For most people, a broken wine fridge is little more than fodder for the closest landfill, but when Instructables user sklarm found out his neighbor was throwing away an old wine fridge, he jumped into action, hacking it into a top-notch fermentation chamber. By removing the cooling components and adding a lamp and temperature gauge, he was able to turn a piece of waste into an ideal chamber for fermenting bread, yogurt, kombucha and more. If you want to make your own, the process seems pretty straight forward even for the slightly-less tech savvy.

Use Liquid Nitrogen to Make Ice Cream In A Jiff

Homemade ice cream is so delicious, but making it can be so darn boring. What’s a geek to do?

Get an electric drill and liquid nitrogen involved in the process, that’s what. DocBug has all the directions you need to make your own delicious orange raspberry sorbet made with power tools and liquid nitrogen. While you can change up the flavors all you want, whatever you do, don’t forget your safety gear.

Make Some Stew While Taking A Drive

Going on a long road trip and don’t want to get stuck eating fast food? Why not take advantage of the heat generated by your engine? This great Manifold Stew recipe instructs you how to prepare a stew that can be cooked on your car’s engine by driving for about 4 or 5 hours. While it asks for squirrel, you city folk who find squirrel meat in short supply could try using rabbit or chicken in its place.

Personally, the only cooking trick like this that I ever used was making Top Ramen in a coffee pot. Have any of you ever hacked something to cook food it wasn’t intended to create? Are any of you planning to try some of the tricks here?

Snowman Crafts and Recipes

The winter months bring shorter, darker days, cold, rainy, sleety, and snowy weather (of course, depending on where you live in the world!), and 2020 has been an even more grim year, and we are certainly in need of some festive fun!

Why not bring some joy and entertainment to cold winter days by getting creative! Whether that is with glue and a few craft supplies, or in the kitchen mixing up a pan of something yummy &ndash is an awesome way to spend a morning or afternoon (or even a whole day!).

Whether you do these snowman activities with your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, friend&rsquos kids, classroom, activity group (delete as appropriate!), or on your own, I guarantee you will have an awesome time and make lots of great memories too.

Before I get into the snowman crafts and recipes, here is some handy information for you.

If you are looking for something specific, please use the search function below. If you can&rsquot find what you are searching for, then please do contact me as I take all reader suggestions on board!

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2. See the view from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Photo by Rick Massey CC BY 2.0

Getting There: From the Bund Sight Seeing Tunnel, you can walk here and exit at the Pudong Side you can also take the metro and stop at Lujiazui Station and use Exit 1

One of the top-rated (5A) scenic areas in China is the Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower. There are 15 levels where you can check out the city’s view the highest, Space Module, is 351 meters high, while the Sightseeing floor (glass floor) is 259 meters high. Aside from the view, there’s a revolving restaurant, a hotel, and a shopping area.

Suggested Tour: Oriental Pearl Tower

#1 Hing Fatt Fish Head Noodle

Nestled in Hing Fatt Coffee Shop is the fish head noodle that’s popular around the neighbourhood. Thick and fragrant fish broth is infused with milk, giving it the creamy aftertaste. It has this sweet aroma with a hint of sour finish, thanks to the tomatoes. You can either opt for fish meat or fish paste, a bowl hot comfort fish head noodle at Hing Fatt will brighten and fuel you up. Hing Fatt Fish Head Noodle is no doubt one of the best things to eat in Seri Kembangan.

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Address: 26,, 20, Jalan Muhibah 4, Taman Muhibbah, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Operating Hour: 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed on Thursdays)

#2 Kedai Makanan Wing Heong

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Another famous things to eat in Seri Kembangan is definitely Wing Heong’s chicken rice. Flocked with locals daily, people keep coming back for their roasted chicken and char siew! You can opt for normal white rice or oil rice which is a lot more fragrant. Their soup is another highlight, coconut chicken soup, no “ajinomoto” and super refreshing. Wing Heong offers a simple hearty meal that will make you come back for more.

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Address: 260, Jalan College, Seri Kembangan, 43300, Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
Operating Hour: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed on Mondays&Tuesdays)

#3 939 ABC Ice House

Cr: @ahsengsmith

What’s the best things to eat in Seri Kembangan during the hot days? ABC (air batu campur), our beloved local desserts. Here at ABC Ice House, you get a ton of options. From the typical ice kacang and chendul to dragonfruit shaved ice, there’s something for everyone. There’s a variety of fruits to add to your shaved ice, very refreshing, plus you get to enjoy it like a true local. No fancy seatings, no air conditioner, but a true neighbourhood. We made a video on this, check it out!

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Address: 939, Jalan Pasar, Kampung Baru Seri Kembangan, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)

#4 Taktaz Restaurant

Cr: @zulharisghazali

We’re putting a break on local food, and onto Arabic food. We gotta show some diversity, and this Taktaz Restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Loved by many locals, Taktaz serves authentic Arabic food at an affordable price. They have special menu during the weekend and most of them are really interesting. if you like the classic, stick to mandi lamb, delicious, fragrant and will make your tummy happy.

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Address: No. B-G-3, Block B, Persiaran Serdang Perdana, Taman Serdang Perdana, Seri Kembangan, 43300, Selangor.
Operating Hour: 12:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Daily)

#5 亚仔炭炒福建面


Probably one of the hidden things to eat in Seri Kembangan known only in the neighborhood, this place sells pretty good hokkien mee, also offering other Chinese fares. Well we’re here to tell you, stick to the hokkien mee will do, the rest might not reach your standard. The fragrant hokkien mee fried with wok hei and generous amount of ingredients has this silky texture. Dark and rich soy sauce adds flavors to it, try it for yourself.

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Address: Kampung Baru Seri Kembangan, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
Operating Hour: 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. (Daily)

#6 Take a Shot Studio Cafe

Cr: @rickykazaf

Nestled in an industrial area, it’s possible to miss this place at first hunt. Combination of a studio and a cafe? Brilliant. The idea was to provide for the photographers and people working at the studio, but now has expanded to serving customers as well. Food over here is above average. That said, you could lay back and enjoy your quiet time over here at Take a Shot Studio Cafe, a break from the bustling city.

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Address: 1, Jalan Teras 3, Taman Industri Selesa Jaya, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
Operating Hour: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Daily)

#7 Yoke Heng Seafood Restaurant

Cr: @david_0ng

Yoke Heng Seafood Restaurant is known for their famous claypot Lou Shi Fan (silver needle noodle). Cooked in a claypot, the noodle soaks up all the flavors, and the thick consistency of the sauce gives it a fragrant, charred flavor. Their lala, marmite pork ribs are also very notable. They have two sections, one air-conditioned and one open seating. Get there early or make a booking to avoid disappointment especially during the weekend.

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Address: 31 & 33, Jalan Serdang Raya 8/4, Taman Putra Indah, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
Operating Hour: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)

#8 868 Mamak Stall

Cr: @zeeehao

“Got things to eat in Seri Kembangan for supper?” Sure do, head over to 868 Mamak Stall, the favourite millennial hangout spot. Since it’s a mamak, we all know about the environment and hygiene, standard. They have a ton of options for their roti, try out Roti Micheal Jackson and Roti Diana. Their fried noodle and nasi lemak aren’t bad as well, overall it’s a good place for supper and chill.

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Address: SK 8, Jalan Pasar, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
Operating Hour: 3 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

#9 Iron House Kopitiam

Cr: @beejinnnnn

This is no ordinary kopitiam, but a hybrid between kopitiam and cafe. Iron House Kopitiam was even featured in TV Show “Ho Chiak.” It has the rustic coffee shop vibe decorated aesthetically like a cafe, with a touch of nostalgia. You get to sample local fares with a better plating and at a better environment. Try out their nasi lemak, pan mee and desserts. We heard their fried chicken is bomb. Menu might be small but definitely enough for you to get a full meal.

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Address: Jalan BS 3/1, Taman Bukit Serdang, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Operating Hour: 6 p.m.-12 a.m. (Closed on Mondays)

#10 One Best Friend Dim Sum

Cr: @quennieyap81

On to the last one, we have breakfast for you. One Best Friend is a neighbourhood dim sum shop flocked by locals daily. They serve a wide variety of dim sum at an affordable price. Their staffs are friendly and there are ample seating to cater large crowd. What more could you ask for? Try out their Hakka Siew Mai as recommended by many.

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Address: No. 1717A, Jalan SK 6/1, Kampung Baru Seri Kembangan, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Operating Hour: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Daily)

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10 Healthy Recipes for Cast Iron Skillet Desserts

1. Pear Bread Pudding from Vine Ripe Nutrition

This better-for-you bread pudding is made with whole wheat bread and fresh pears.

2. Pumpkin Skillet Cake from The Lean Green Bean

I love that you don’t even need a mixing bowl for this recipe. You melt butter in the skillet, mix in the wet and dry ingredients, and pop it in the oven.

3. Healthy Berry Clafoutis from Halsa Nutrition

This skillet dessert recipe is perfect for the spring and summer. We go berry picking all the time in June and July, and I can’t wait to whip up this lovely dessert with those fresh berries.

4. Chocolate Strawberry German Pancakes from Your Choice Nutrition

You can’t find too many tasty chocolate desserts that have minimal added sugar, but this is totally one of them. Only 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of honey are used in the whole dish! The fresh strawberries add a natural sweetness that combine well with the chocolate.

5. Chocolate Fudge Banana Skillet Cake from Happy Healthy Mama

This rich, fudgy dessert is made with less than 10 common ingredients and doesn’t contain any flour. It’s both paleo and vegan, so it’s a great treat for anyone following those dietary patterns.

6. Healthy Chocolate Brownie Skillet from The Clean Eating Couple

Sweetened with honey and pumpkin puree, this brownie is a great alternative to those refined sugar boxed versions.

7. Strawberry Peach Cobbler from Danielle’s Kitchen

This vegan cobbler recipe is jammed packed with the fruits of summer – strawberries, peaches and blueberries. Plus, the cobbler topping is made with whole wheat flour and oats, making it much better than refined flour options. This has got to be one of my favorites from all these cast iron skillet dessert recipes!

8. Baked Dutch Apple Pancake from Snacking in Sneakers

Yep, had to put one of my own in here! This is the recipe though that gave me inspiration for this roundup. I absolutely adore this gluten free and vegan baked dutch apple pancake. You can have it for breakfast or dinner! It’s so simple to make and is really quite good for you.

9. Skillet Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding from Athletic Avocado

Does anyone else use bread pudding as a way to not waste stale bread? (I legit made bread pudding with stale donuts once, lol.). I love this recipe because it uses just a few simple ingredients and can be modified according to any dietary needs.

10. Yogurt Cake with Roasted Strawberries and Rhubarb from Making Healthy Choices

I’ve only ever used rhubarb in a pie with strawberries, so I was intrigued by this yogurt cake! I’m going to bet that the yogurt gives it a nice richness (and adds a little extra protein) to the cake. And you can always try using whole wheat pastry flour rather than all purpose – I bet it would work just fine!

Meet The Internet's Most Obsessed Food People

Eden Grinshpan traveled the country to meet the most outrageous and original food bloggers and social media stars.

Mac Lethal

Mac Lethal is a rapper, author and entrepreneur whose I'm Making Pancakes rap garnered over 1 million views in its first week on YouTube. He's charted in the Billboard Hot 100, has sold over 50,000 CDs and has toured North America over 15 times. Mac created the blog "Texts from Bennett," which earned him the reputation of "one of the most unintentionally hilarious people in the universe" from the Montreal Mirror.

Shaun Martin

Shaun Martin from Austin, Texas, is a designer and beer aficionado. In 2012, she and six of her girlfriends founded Bitch Beer, a blog about beer for bitches, by bitches. When she's not blogging, Shaun frequents local bars to enjoy a nice hefeweizen and the occasional round of beer pong.

BigCat Trucker

BigCat is a trucker and YouTube sensation. Born and raised in Houston, this Texas boy is doing it up BIG! After entering the trucking industry, BigCat chronicled his journeys through his YouTube channel, The BigCat Trucker Show. His show offers practical advice and honest thoughts on life on the road –– including food and cooking. He now has the BigCat Trucker Web series on

The Foodie Girls

The Foodie Girls are two ordinary girls with extraordinary appetites. Xochitl and Verity are both Los Angeles-based actresses eating their way through Hollywood, one massive bite at a time.


Academy Award-nominated actor, author, eco-enthusiast and healthy lifestyle-brand entrepreneur Mariel Hemingway and life partner Bobby Williams co-authored Running with Nature: Stepping Into the Life You Were Meant to Live. They are committed to living well, in balance, in love, in optimal health, in the present and in connection with the self and the outdoors.

Davey Wavey

Famous for his authentic and often irreverent approach, Davey Wavey is a YouTube personality with more than 100 million video views in more than 160 countries around the world. Davey's love of food is usually paired with his love of exercise, however most of his website is dedicated to spreading a message of gay acceptance.

Gabe the Fish Babe

Gabe the Fish Babe is an online chef and fishmonger of underutilized and abundant species. She sells her sustainable seafood to some of the best chefs across the United States and to individuals through her frozen retail program. Gabe is as committed to the plight of American commercial fishermen and the communities that rely on them for survival as she is to supplying the freshest and most seasonal seafood available to her customers.

Men Who Dine

Alan Watts and Gennaro Pecchia are the Men Who Dine, and their mission is to bring you inside the best and most authentic restaurants, bars, lounges and all things food-related in their own unique way! They are not conventional restaurant critics, but rather new social media foodies –– texting and tweeting midmeal, snapping pictures of their food and connecting with chefs, restaurants and fellow online food lovers.


Arnold Myint is the executive chef and owner of three popular restaurants in Nashville who picked up a strong following after appearing as a contestant on Top Chef, Season 7. However, what really sets Arnold apart from the rest is his alter ego, Suzy Wong. Suzy is a domestic diva, performer and savvy mixologist. She is the reigning Miss Gay Tennessee America and is the spokesperson for Suzy Wong's House of Yum in Nashville.


Famous Fat Dave offers his Famous Fat Dave's Five Borough Eating Tour on the Wheels of Steel out of his vintage Checker Cab in New York City.

Jason Feirman founded one of the most popular pizza websites,, as well as the New York City Pizza Run (, an annual charitable race.

David Klose

David Klose is a BBQ maker and the founder/owner of BBQ Pits by Klose. He has been making award-winning and record-setting custom BBQ smokers for over 20 years –– and he makes them out of anything: baby carriage? Torpedo? No problem!

Just Desserts

Beth and Amanda are two Midwest dessert-loving girls. Whether gracing a Broadway stage or Radio City Music Hall as professional dancers, they found they also shared a love for desserts. Therefore, was born! They are proud to have critiqued desserts not only all over the United States, but all over the world!

Vegan Black Metal Chef

Brian Manowitz, aka the Vegan Black Metal Chef, received over 1 million hits on his first online cooking video. Set in a dungeon-like kitchen with implements of culinary torture everywhere, you will learn vegan cooking to a black metal soundtrack where the lyrics to the songs are the recipes. To learn top-notch vegan cooking, with a double side of blasphemy, bang your head along with the Vegan Black Metal Chef as he takes your senses for a ride through heaven and hell.

Log On & Eat More

Watch Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan every Tuesday at 9:30pm ET to see how more of the world's biggest food people on the Web express their love of eating and cooking.

10 Quick and Easy Snacks to Make When You’re Hungry

When you’re hungry, making a snack can seem like a big task. After all, you’re hungry now, not in half an hour. That’s why it’s so easy to turn to prepackaged, sugary snacks that are loaded with processed ingredients. However, those kinds of snacks provide a short burst of energy followed by a sugar crash. Instead of going the prepackaged route, it’s a good idea to have some quick and easy snack recipes in your back pocket to pull out when you’re hungry.

How to Make Quick and Easy Snacks

If you’re hungry and craving a snack right now, you don’t want to slave over a hot stove for an hour. Instead, you need quick and easy snacks to make in a few minutes or less. Luckily, you can find tons of easy recipes online. We’ve gathered up ten of the best recipes for quick and easy snacks to make below, but there are countless more from food bloggers, food networks, and so much more. Just pay attention to the amount of ingredients required and the “total prep time” listed on the recipe. Total prep time accounts for the time required to chop, mix, and bake the snack, so it’s more helpful than the “bake time” allotment.

You also want to pay attention to the ingredients required for the snack. When you’re tired and hungry, you don’t want to have to go through your entire pantry looking for some obscure ingredients. If you choose snacks with five or less ingredients, you’ll often have more success finding what you need easily. You also want to briefly review the recipe instructions. Skip any snack that calls for excessive chopping or mincing. That’s the last thing you want to be doing while hungry. It’s better to choose options that call for throwing everything into a blender or food processor, or just hand mixing ingredients.

It’s also a good idea to keep your fridge stocked with wholesome, real food options for snacks, such as cut-up vegetables and fruit, Greek yogurt, or hard boiled eggs. If you have wholesome options that are on hand and easy to grab, it makes it a whole lot easier to turn down that candy bar.

Top 10 Easy Snacks to Make

If you’re looking for some quick and easy snacks to make in a short time, you’ve come to the right place. Here are ten easy snacks you can make whenever the craving strikes:

Made with pineapple daisies, strawberries, melon, grapes, and more, this sweet treat makes a great snack night or day. Plus, it’s topped with a Granny Smith apple slice covered in gourmet chocolate and decorated to look like a colorful donut.

With a bountiful box of fresh fruits, a sampler box of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolates, and a delectable bag of Maddy and Maize™ gourmet popcorn, this bundle has everything you need for anytime snacking. Popcorn flavor selection will vary, including dark chocolate caramel, raspberry lemonade, birthday cake, and more.

With just a few ingredients, including nuts, sugar, butter, and cinnamon, these caramelized nuts are just what you need for a quick and easy snack. They’re quick and easy enough to make when you’re craving something sweet and crunchy.

Cheesy, gooey mozzarella sticks in five minutes or less? This recipe pulls it off by frying mozzarella string cheese rolled in an egg roll wrap.

Sweet potatoes are so much more nutritious than regular potatoes. This recipe turns this wholesome food into addicting chips in just four to five minutes in the microwave.

All you need for these yummy bites are pecans, almonds, dates, shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder. Chop everything up in a food processor and then you can roll in your favorite toppings, such as sprinkles, sesame seeds, or coconut.

With just five ingredients (fruit, honey, Greek yogurt, and granola) and less than five minutes of prep time, these frozen yogurt bites are sure to please. Plus, these little bites will keep in the freezer for two to three weeks for an anytime snack.

Did you know you could make rich and chewy brownies with just three ingredients? This easier-than-pie recipe calls for Nutella, eggs, and all-purpose flour, with a baking time of just 20 minutes.

These banana granola bars are quick and easy to make and are ready in just 15 minutes. They’re crispy and crunchy and with just two teaspoons of sweetener, they’re incredibly wholesome.

Chocolate chip cookie dough is so sweet, buttery, and delicious, but it’s also loaded with processed sugar, not to mention time consuming to make. That’s why this five ingredient cookie dough is such an upgrade. It’s quick, easy, and made with real, wholesome ingredients you can pronounce.

Creating delicious, satisfying snacks at home doesn’t have to be time consuming. Try one of these delectable snacks the next time you have a craving.

20 Amazing Vegan Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Celebrated every year on May 5, Cinco de Mayo today in America is celebrated as a day of Mexican heritage and pride. As most vegans and vegetarians know, food from other cultures is often much more friendly to meatless fare. And let's face it: Mexican food and culture are incredible. And Cinco de Mayo is just fun. Below you'll find twenty absolutely fantastic recipes that range from appetizers on through dessert and even include the delicious and refreshing rice milk beverage horchata. The great thing about preparing a Mexican feast is the inventiveness inherent in Mexican cooking-- recycling the same basic and perfect ingredients into a wide range of different dishes sure to please even the most eclectic-minded of cooks and guests.

Not to mention, so many of the basic ingredients in Mexican kitchens are such perfect compliments to a healthy vegan diet-- whole beans, fresh tomatoes, cilantro, tortillas, jalapenos, rice, and the list goes on. While eating out at Mexican restaurants can be easy and wonderful, the cooking there is often packed with sodium and hidden animal ingredients, namely lard and animal stock. Why not create your own celebration at home and skip all that? Pull out the colorful plates, invite over a few of your favorites for Monday, and celebrate both Cinco de Mayo and the welcoming of spring, with a gorgeous hearty spread of Mexican awesomeness.

Top 10 Food Blogs

Now here is one top ten list which is sure to make you yearn for more. Food forms such an integral part of our lives, and we spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about it, planning it, cooking it and above all eating it. Food Blogs have become very popular and the ones we have mentioned below have achieved their fame not only due to their recipes but also due to their style of writing and their ability to make even the most mundane of foods sound good.

1. 101 Cookbooks:

One of the world’s most popular food blogs, this one is authored by Heidi Swanson, she “focuses mainly on natural whole foods and ingredients that are good for you and the planet”. The blog is very user friendly and her writing style is very casual and friendly. She has indexed her recipes ingredient wise and also category wise. The photographs are simple and so are the recipes. This blog is believed to one of the most popular food blogs all over the world.

2. David Lebowitz:

Based in Paris, David Lebowitz has made a reputation for himself due to his insightful comments about restaurants and recipes and also his interview with other food industry celebrities. A cookbook author and a former pastry chef, he has over 25,000 visitors’ every day to his blog. Witty and droll, he gives an excellent guide on all the culinary stories and secrets about Paris.

Pim quit her job in 2005 to start her blog and has become a celebrity in her own right. She writes about food, recipes and restaurants. Her chatty style and her ability to write authoritatively about all aspects of food have made her blog a very popular one. Somehow she makes cooking seem so simple and easy!

4. Orangette:

Molly Wizenberg’s blog has been described as the “ultimate food-lover’s blog.” Her recipes range from the elaborate to the simple and each one is accompanied by her chatty comments about them and also about anything else that she can think of.

5. Chocolate and Zucchini:

An odd combination for a name of a blog – but this blog is also a showcase of the author’s passion for everything connected with food. As she says in her blog – ” The blog was created in September of 2003 as an outlet for someone who feared her friends might tire of hearing about what she cooked/ate/baked/bought, though they didn’t seem to have a problem with being fed dinner.” Once again there are recipes which make cooking look easy and simple, and encourage you to venture into the kitchen.

6. Delicious Days:

A Munich based blog written by Nicky Stich, this blog has an enormous following. It has an international flavour, with a predominance of the German influence. There is also a good guide for people who may want to set up a food blog of their own. One of the more popular European blogs, it has recipes collated from other places and also the author’s own recipes.

7. Bittersweet:

Apart from food recipes collected from various sources and comments and discussions about food, she also has a section on crochet and knitting patterns. Well photographed, simply written and presented, this is an interesting blog written by a vegan.

8. The Wednesday Chef:

Louisa Weiss began this blog so that she could chronicle her travels and her collection of recipes. Five years down the line the collection of recipes has not got any smaller but her blog has become all the rage and she has become a food authority among blog lovers everywhere.

9. Smitten Kitchen:

One of the most technologically savvy food blogs, the writing and photography at this site are both excellent. As they say ” What we are wary of is: Excessively fussy foods and/or pretentious ingredients.” Deb and her husband Alex have combined together to make this highly readable and interesting food blog.

10. Serious Eats:

There are many contributors to this website, but it was started by New York Times journalist Ed Levine. Everything you needed to know about anything connected with food has been answered here. There is an American flavour to the blog but it also covers international aspects also. There are restaurant and gadget reviews and of course lots of recipes.