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How to make perfect hard-boiled eggs that are easy to peel

Making hard-boiled eggs is one of those skills you think you’ve mastered — Eggs. Water. Boil. Done… right? Not so fast. If you struggle to remove the shell or bite into a slightly sulfuric, green-tinted yolk, your eggs are less than perfect. It’s nothing personal: these problems arise when the proper level of doneness hasn’t been reached. Improve your process with these four steps for perfect hard-boiled eggs. Step 1: choose older eggs  The age of an egg does make a difference. The outer membrane of a freshly laid egg will cling to the shell more than older eggs, making the peeling process for difficult. Most likely, the eggs you’re getting at the supermarket are old enough that aging them in your fridge isn’t necessary, but check the expiration date. You don’t want expired eggs, but a week or two out are primed boiling candidates. STEP 2: Cooking the eggs Place eggs…

15 Foods that Can Last Forever on your Shelf

This weekend we turn the clocks forward, signaling American households that it’s time for spring cleaning. But your annual overhaul shouldn’t be limited to just your clothing closets. Chances are, you could benefit from extra shelf space in your kitchen, too. It’s great to toss that old bag of candy and stale box of cereal, but you may encounter other items that aren’t so obvious. The expiration date food system is confusing. There are as many as a dozen different ways processed food companies stamp their goods to tell us when to toss and when to keep — Sell By, Use By, Best Before. The list goes on. A new voluntary initiative is being led by two major trade associations, Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), that will streamline this process down to two phrases: “BEST If Used By” describes product quality, where the product may…

Here’s how long you’re contagious with the flu virus

If you’ve spent the last couple days cooped up inside your house fighting the flu and dozing off to Netflix, you may be wondering when you can return to civilization. You’re eager to do something constructive, yet you wouldn’t want to put your family or co-workers at risk for infection. So just how long are you contagious? Most people go back to work when their worst symptoms start to retreat, but that’s probably a little too early.  The CDC says you can be contagious the day before you start feeling sick and up to seven days after. Children, elderly and those with weak immune systems can be contagious even longer. Those unpleasant symptoms are actually the result of your immune system fighting the flu virus. For starters, your body increasing in temperature, resulting in a fever because the flu virus doesn’t spread as well at higher temperatures. And that mucus has…

The 8 most romantic food scenes from movies

Whether you’re happily married, spending time with a special someone, or actively avoiding the dating pool, we can all appreciate a perfect cinematic moment that restores your faith in love — and bonus points for including food, because, well, we might just love food more than people. Is there anyone that wasn’t rooting for Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’ Diary or wouldn’t splurge on a $5 milkshake after Pulp Fiction? From saucy to sexy, check out these flicks for a big old dose of the feels with food. Lady and the Tramp The 1955 classic has taught a lot of kids this super slick spaghetti move. https://youtu.be/1nWNXO3CZkU Pretty Woman Love is greater than table manners for Richard Gere. https://youtu.be/Tm80K0JuQds Annie Hall They could have gotten steaks, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as hilarious or lovable. https://youtu.be/iLBL-XeNrRI Pulp Fiction Sharing straws is a sure sign of love. https://youtu.be/zoJAc_aSM7E Like Water for chocolate It’s THAT good.…

14 things you should cover in chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate covered strawberries are incredible, but most things tastes delicious when smothered in a layer of smooth, warm, chocolate. Why not expand your skills this year, and try something new? Here are 14 new ideas for that pot of tempered, melty fudge. Marshmallow pops To get to that delicious, chewy marshmallow you must first break through a layer of sweet, melty fudge first. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/553520610438069437/ Banana split bites Most fruits can be a perfect companion to luscious chocolate. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/202591683215403774/ Chocolate and bacon covered pretzels A way to his heart… https://www.pinterest.com/pin/206602701631196610/ Chocolate covered apple slices Be sure to use good, firm apples for best results. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/302585668692928251/ Chocolate covered cookie dough balls Imagine receiving a heart-shaped box of these beauties. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/108790147222673563/ Chocolate covered potato chips Sweet and salty is always a good combo. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/13370130119218641/ Chocolate covered jalApeños Raise the heat this Valentine’s Day with these chocolate covered jalapeños. Spicy and smooth are an excellent…

These are the 100 Most romantic restaurants in America

Sometimes you just need to fill your stomach, but other times, you’re going out for the food as much as the ambiance. As the biggest dining out holiday of the year approaches, OpenTable, an online provider of dining reservations, unveiled what users voted as the most romantic restaurants. More than 12 million verified experiences were tabulated, so it’s safe to say this isn’t just one person’s opinion on romance. The complete list is pretty diverse and includes 32 different states. The food includes everything from Italian and French to steakhouses — proving the right atmosphere and charming location matters just as much, if not more than the type of food served. Listed in alphabetical order, here are the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018. 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2018 Altius – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd08yzeljz2/?taken-by=altius_pgh Ariana – Bend, Oregon https://www.instagram.com/p/Bbr9_dTBBQs/?taken-at=1986676 Arrowleaf Bistro – Winthrop, Washington https://www.instagram.com/p/w2vgC6pCVN/?taken-by=arrowleafbistro…

Survey reveals most popular Valentine’s Day candy by state

It’s no secret that people spend big bucks for gifts on Valentine’s Day. Flowers, perfume, jewelry, romantic getaways, and, of course, candy. It’s projected that Americans will spend about $1.8 billion on the sweet stuff in the weeks leading up to the holiday of love. But if you’re not sure what kind of sugar to buy your sweetie, a glance at this state-by-state map of favorite candies might give you some inspiration. CandyStore.com analyzed 10 years of online bulk candy sales from January 1 through February 14 every year to revel the trends. And it looks like there’s a new candy king in town. Conversation hearts are favored by more people than the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates. Other lovable favorites like Hershey Kisses and chocolate hearts also made the list. So which candy does your state prefer? Does it sync with your own favorites? When it comes to Valentine’s Day…

15 Sweet breakfast ideas for Valentine’s Day morning

There’s no better, or easier, way to score big points on Valentine’s Day than with a delicious breakfast-in-bed spread for your sweetie. Wake up a few minutes early and sneak off to the kitchen to whip up wondrous red velvet waffles, or keep it light with light pink smoothies and yogurt bits. Keep these 14 sweet recipes on hand for your most unforgettable Feb. 14 morning yet. Nutella and Strawberry stuffed french toast Nutella and strawberry is a match made in breakfast heaven. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/233272455673397780/ Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls Cinnamon rolls are even sweeter when when they’re reshaped like little hearts. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/207306389072827213/ Banana Pancakes Aside from the romantic song Jack Johnson wrote about them, banana pancakes are just a delicious morning meal. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/102034747785964220/ Strawberry Cream Cheese breakfast pastries These would be a sweet breakfast no matter what shape they are, but you’ll definitely get bonus points for the extra heart-shaped effort. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48343395978352965/ French Toast Churros Serve…

10 Little-known facts about Valentine’s Day candy hearts

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, and that means an explosion of pink and red cookies, cakes and stores full of those little chalky candy hearts. But as you toss back a few boxes this month, consider these 10 fun facts about Sweethearts. Hearty Beginnings The first hearts were invented in 1866 by Daniel Chase, brother of Necco founder Oliver Chase. They were called “Motto Hearts.” Necco was founded 14 years earlier, and the acronym stands for “New England Confectionery Company.” It’s one of the country’s oldest candy companies. Round-the-clock Rollout To satisfy demand for Sweethearts for Valentine’s Day, production for the next year starts right after the holiday in February and continues until mid-January. More than 7 billion candy hearts are made each year. In Demand Sweethearts are just behind chocolate in candy sales during the holiday of love. Some 13 million pounds of the little candies are sold every year —…

Some states are switching to beet juice and beer to ‘salt’ icy roads, sidewalks

Most snowy places around the country throw salt on the roads to eliminate ice and improve road conditions. According to New Herald, experts fear all this road salt tossed onto sidewalks and scattered on highways, is having an alarming impact on the environment. Conscious of this fact, some cities are turning to less conventional materials to get the job done: beet juice, molasses, cheese brine, and beer. Researchers on the subject cite mounting evidence that the 20 million tons of sodium chloride crystals used each year is increasing the salinity of hundreds of lakes — particularly in the Midwest and Northeast. In the past 50 years, chloride concentrates in some of the sampled lakes have quadrupled, and in a few cases, even increased a hundredfold. If the problem is not corrected, they warn, the runoff could threaten freshwater ecosystems and put everything from frogs to microscopic zooplankton at risk. As the negative effects are…