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Walmart study shows which states prefer hot dogs vs. hamburgers

No matter where you live in the United States, cook-outs are a much anticipated part of summer. Is there anyone that doesn’t look forward to grilling hotdogs and hamburgers and piling a plate high with all the fixins’? To dive further into this American tradition, Walmart tracked sales of hot dogs and hamburgers in every state leading up to the Fourth of July to gauge where the hot dog and hamburger people hail from. Overwhelmingly, America is a burger nation — a whooping 39 states fell on the burger side of grocery shopping. Maine, Michigan and North Carolina were among the 11 states that made more hot dog purchases. And what’s a cook-out without condiments and side dishes? Walmart also tracked sales of ketchup, mustard and sides. Ketchup beat mustard in all 50 states while potato salad and coleslaw proved to be the country’s preferred side dishes. The study also showed that Texans love their buns. The…

Planning your food for outdoor adventures

When you’re heading out on an adventure, with days planned full of activities, you want food that will nourish and revitalize you. Hiking, climbing, swimming, paddling, gathering fire wood, lugging equipment — you’re going to be burning more calories than you think. An adventurer should plan for about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds of food — about 2,500 to 4,500 calories — per person per day, depending on the individual and their exertion level. Even if you’re car camping, you’ll still likely be exerting yourself more than on a typical day. Extra food is essential for any overnight trip, but a common beginner mistake is to pack too much food, forcing you to haul extra weight everywhere you wander. Only experience will allow you to dial in your personal food requirements, but Bob Frye, outdoors editor for the Tribune-Review, everybodyadventures.com and lifelong outdoorsman, offers expert advice. Day Hike Even if your weekend adventure won’t include any overnights,…

Mother’s Day is busiest day at KFC

Mom has a secret love she’s never shared all of these years. Mother’s Day is a big day for dining out. More than half of Americans celebrating Mother’s Day plan a special brunch or dinner. According to the National Retail Federation, 55.9 percent of mothers celebrating will get taken out for a special meal. But when we can assume Mom has her pick of places, where does she choose to dine? KFC. According to YUM Brands, KFC sees its best day of business all year on Mother’s Day. And it’s not even close. Single stores report sales jumps of 50 percent on the annual holiday. KFC says it serves about 370,000 families each Mother’s Day. That translates to 6.5 million pieces — or 1.5 million pounds — of chicken and 815,000 servings of mashed potatoes and gravy. So celebrate your favorite matriarch this Sunday with a box of chocolates and a bucket of…

16 Mimosas for Mother’s Day

Because without booze, it’s just breakfast. Give Mom what she really wants this Mother’s Day. Show that you love her — more than your siblings, obviously — and go beyond the basic OJ with one of these 16 simple recipes. STRAWBERRY PINEAPPLE MIMOSAS CRANBERRY ORANGE MIMOSA BELLINI STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MIMOSA Creamsicle Mimosas TEQUILA SUNRISE MIMOSA Pomegranate Kombucha Mimosa Grapefruit Mimosa ORANGE SHERBET MIMOSA PUNCH Unicorn Mimosas APPLE CIDER MIMOSAS Mimosa Floats Lemon Mint Pineapple Mimosa Strawberry Cream Mimosa BLUEBERRY LIME MIMOSAS MIMOSA SANGRIA Blackberry Mint Mimosa

Cadbury Creme Eggs Top Pizzas for an Easter Themed Twist

Forget the pepperoni. Put aside the pizza sauce. Easter 2017 is upon us and that means the world is about to be introduced to the Cadbury Creme Egg pizza. One London-based pizza maker teamed up with a British food delivery company, Deliveroo, to create the “Fior-egg-tina” — a twist on the Italian classic egg-topped Fiorentina. But before you get grossed out thinking about that creme center melting into your mozzarella, know that this is a completely different type of pie. A strawberry sauce base is topped with marscapone, mint leaves and Cadbury Creme Eggs halves, then sprinkled with crunchy mini eggs. It’s an unbelievable ode to one of the world’s most beloved Easter candies. The credit for this completely sweet pie goes to Crust Bros — but they’re only available via Deliveroo in London from April 7 through 14. As an American, if you’re upset this masterpiece isn’t available to you then…

VIDEO: Galaxy Swirl Egg Dying With Shaving Cream

Whether you’re looking to make deviled eggs for Easter brunch or to dye them fun colors, spring is the season for hard-boiled eggs. But, before you get to the fun part, make sure you’re boiling your eggs the right way. If you’ve ever cut open a hard-boiled egg and found a green ring around the yolk, you’re familiar with that unappetizing sulfur smell and chalky flavor. That ring is a sure sign that the eggs have been overcooked. Follow the recipe below to make sure your eggs are cooked perfectly and easy to peel. Keep in mind, fresh eggs are great for scrambling and frying, but eggs a few days old will peel much more easily. Perfect hard-boiled eggs Serves 6 Ingredients: 6 large eggs 1 pot of water Directions: Place the eggs in a large pot and fill with cool tap water until water is 1 inch above eggs. On…

Guinness Recipes will Boost Your St. Patrick’s Day Party

Isn’t it time you elevate your annual Irish celebration? Enjoy the goodness of Guinness beyond the basic beer mug or car bomb with these clever recipes. The extra dry, dark stout imparts that instantly recognizable Irish flavor. The beverage works exceptionally well in recipes with meats and chocolate. (If you’ve never tried a Guinness cupcake, you must skip to #7 and get baking right now.) 1.GUINNESS CHOCOLATE PUDDING 2.GUINNESS CHOCOLATE BROWNIES 3.GUINNESS AND IRISH CHEDDAR MACARONI & CHEESE 4.GUINNESS BRAISED SHORT RIBS 5.GUINNESS CHILI 6.CROCK POT GUINNESS CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE 7.Guinness Cupcakes With Bailey’s Frosting 8.Slow cooker Guinness honey pork roast 9.guinness chocolate cheesecake 10.Guinness and Mustard Cheese Dip 11.Slow Cooker Guinness French Dip Sandwiches   12.Guinness Bread 13.Guinness French Onion Soup 14.GUINNESS BEER BATTERED ONION RINGS 15.Chocolate Guinness Whoopie Pies with Bailey’s Buttercream 16.Guinness Popsicles with Irish Cream Soaked Brownies 17.Beef and Guinness Hand Pies 18.Guinness Pancakes…

Celebrate with cinnamon swirl pancakes on National Pancake Day

Today is National Pancake Day, and IHOP is serving up a free buttermilk stack for customers at restaurants around the country from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. “In return, we ask that you make a donation to our charitable partners,” IHOP said on its website. IHOP will donate money from National Pancake Day to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event is 11 years running and has raised more than $24 million for charity. If you can’t make it to IHOP, or don’t have one nearby, try this fun recipe at home for breakfast, lunch, dinner — or all three. After all, it is National Pancake Day. But then consider making a donation to your favorite charity because any day is a good day to do a good deed. INGREDIENTS: Pancakes: 1 cup Buckwheat Flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill Pancake and Waffle Mix) 1…

17 Naturally Green Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that we tend to celebrate most via food coloring. Americans squeeze a few green drops into everything possible this time of year — donuts, cupcakes, milkshakes, ketchup, and, of course, beer. You’re bound to wind up consuming some level of FD & C Green No. 3 in the name of “celebration” this month. There isn’t a lot of evidence proving that dyes are bad for us, but some experts think they could possibly worsen hyperactivity in children, and they might be bad for digestion. The Huffington Post reported, “The worst that could happen is probably some gastrointestinal discomfort, according to Dr. Braden Kuo, an assistant physician at Harvard Medical School and at the GI Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital. Artificial food dyes and additives are often not meant to be absorbed by the body, he explains, and instead may weigh heavily on the bowel, which, in turn, can suck water into the bowels, resulting…