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Here’s how much water you should actually be drinking

Hydrating your body is the most important thing you can do when the weather heats up. Most people undervalue the importance water plays in their overall health. From clearing skin to alleviating headaches, helping with weight loss and aiding in digestion, just increasing your water consumption can save you money on a lot of other medical bills down the road. If your pee is light enough you can barely notice it in the bowl, you’re doing a good job. But if you’re leaving behind a bowl full of what could be described as Chernobyl yellow, you might want to make adjustments. So how much water is enough? Just like calorie intake, that answer depends on the individual. The old adage said you should drink 8 glasses of water every day, but experts are beginning to cater their advice more to the individual. The Mayo Clinic says men should drink about 13 cups (3 liters) of water…

Kick off grilling season with proper food safety

For many Americans, the official kickoff to summer picnic and grilling season happens this weekend. With all of that food handling happening, it’s inevitable than many of us will end our fun afternoons with no-so-fun circumstances. An estimated 128,000 people nationwide will end up in the hospital with foodborne illnesses this year, but many of these can be prevented by properly cooking and storing foods when traveling and cooking out. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recommends that you refresh your memory on food safety before diving into summer festivities. Grilling basics: Keep perishable foods at or below 40ºF. Food should never sit out longer than 2 hours. If weather is hot, knock this down to 60 minutes. Pack separate coolers for perishable items and other items like drinks, if people will be reaching in and out. This will ensure your meats or poultry stay cold,…

You can now buy a keg of rosé because dreams do come true

Just in case you were worried about running out of rosé for your next party, one company has taken note of our favorite millennial pink summer drink and is producing a party-sized keg of the stuff. Bridge Lane Wine is selling bright blue kegs of rosé, perfect for Memorial Day parties, outdoor weddings or just about any other type of gathering you might be having. https://www.instagram.com/p/BizSgFMh1fr/ Bridge Lane Wine sells its wine kegs in five different varietals: chardonnay, red blend, sauvignon blanc, white merlot, and rosé — each with a different colored label. Each wine keg is the equivalent of 26 bottles, or about 130 glasses. The kegs costs around $240 each, meaning that you’re paying less than $2 a glass, making them a great economical alternative to filling up your recycling bin with empty glass bottles. According to the description on Bridge Lane Wine’s website, the rosé is fruit-forward with notes of  guava, peach blossom, strawberry and…

Festive fruit kabobs perfect for patriotic holidays

Some people can pull off elaborate cakes that look like perfect American flags. Those works of art are inspiring, but hardly practical. For the party host who wants to add patriotic flair to the table, without staying up too late the night before, here is a simple recipe solution. These fruit and pound cake kabobs make for a cute and tasty table-topper. Just wash some berries, cube your favorite white cake (vanilla cake, angel food cake, etc.) and skewer away! To make this even easier, I used a store-bought vanilla pound cake. You can also use blueberries and strawberries instead if you prefer. Happy summer holidays! American Flag fruit kabobs Makes 10 kabobs Ingredients Approx. 50 raspberries, washed and dried Approx. blackberries, washed and dried 10 long skewers 1 half loaf of poundcake or angel food cake, cut in 3/4″ cubes Directions Starting with a red raspberry, alternate red raspberries…

14 foods that have different names in the UK and US

Between binge watching The Crown, fascinations with the new Royal baby and the upcoming Royal wedding, it seems all of the Western world has become unapologetic Anglophiles. But just because you’ve taken up drinking tea and wearing Burberry doesn’t mean you’re a full-blown expert on British culture. In fact, you may even struggle just looking at a simple restaurant menu. Americans and Brits speak the same language, but after 400 years of history and one giant ocean of separation, navigating the two dialects can be difficult. For anyone planning an upcoming trip to England (or anyone just looking to expand their studies past six seasons of Downtown Abbey) here are 14 foods that go by different names across the pond. (UK — US) Abergine — Eggplant Brits call the purple vegetable “aubergine” instead of “eggplant.” Keep an eye out next time you’re shopping. Some American retailers have picked up on the word, and you’ll see that dark purple shirt or accessory…

Is it safe to eat watermelon seeds?

It turns out that story Mom used to tell you about watermelon seeds sprouting fruit in your stomach was all just a myth. While we’ll assume you’ve realized this already, have you ever wondered if the seeds are actually safe to eat? Well, not only are the seeds safe to consume, but they contain a lot of nutrients that you definitely don’t want to waste (okay, maybe spitting a few at your sibling is fine — just for the sake of nostalgia). Here’s what you need to know about eating those little black seeds dotting the fleshy part of this delicious summer fruit. NEWLY-SEEDED INTEREST “We’re seeing a increase in the popularity of watermelon seeds on their own, which is interesting because 90 percent of the watermelons nowadays are seedless,” said Stephanie Barlow, Senior Director of Communications for The National Watermelon Promotion Board. “But if you can get your hands on a juicy, seeded watermelon,…

Get ready for Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day, May 8

In case you missed out on Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day and Dairy Queen’s free cone, the universe is giving you another chance for a free frozen treat. Häagen-Dazs is offering its own Free Cone Day soon. On Tuesday, May 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., walk into any Häagen-Dazs scoop shop and received one free scoop of ice cream or sorbet. Choose from flavors like White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle or Espresso Chocolate Cookie Crumble, or keep it light with fruit sorbet flavors like Mango or Lemon. Get it to-go in a cup, cake cone or sugar cone. https://twitter.com/HaagenDazs_US/status/989528704941359104 For the past decade, Häagen-Dazs has used its Free Cone Day as a way to raise awareness for honey bees. The population has been disappearing at an alarming rate, and without them, the food system would be altered drastically. For Häagen-Dasz, that means flavors like Strawberry, Rocky Road and Mango…

Here’s how to spring clean your spice rack

You might be diligent about spring cleaning every year, but when was the last time you cleaned out your spice rack? Spices and herbs don’t spoil the same way produce or dairy does, but time does cause them to lose their potency and flavor. To help you decide what to keep and what to toss, McCormick Spice posted some interesting information on Facebook. According the Maryland-based spice maker, any spice label that says “Baltimore, MD” is way out of date. The company hasn’t produced spices there for at least 25 years. McCormick was founded in 1889 in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, but moved it’s production plant to Hunt Valley, Maryland about a quarter century ago. McCormick recommends replacing their ground spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon or curry, every two or three years, and their whole spices, like cloves, every three to four years. Seeds such as anise have a shelf life of about four…

How to brew the perfect french press coffee

French press coffee might look intimidating, but if you can drop a plastic pod into a Keurig, you can easily brew a great cup of French press. It’s totally worth waking up a few minutes earlier to use this flavorful method and save yourself from buying those expensive machines and wasteful K-cups. Experts estimate that every year, coffee drinkers are trashing enough single serving coffee pods to circle the planet between 10 1/2 and 12 times. But your freshly ground coffee beans produce zero waste and actually work as great compost among other things. There is no wasteful paper filter involved in the process (although you can compost this paper, you probably don’t), which allows the oils in the coffee bean to stay in your cup and give you a more satisfying serving of coffee. Are you ready to make the best brew you’ve ever had? It’s as easy as spooning coffee grinds to your French…

Rent The Chicken provides backyard birds for fresh eggs and down-home fun

If you’ve ever thought about raising hens but chickened out, Jenn and Phil Tompkins have an egg-sellent solution. The Armstrong County, Pennsylvania couple incubated their company, Rent The Chicken, to be a low-risk introduction to backyard bird farming. The business model is all about giving the general public an opportunity to get closer to one source of food, while taking the hard work and commitment out of raising birds. The concept is simple. For the $400 standard rental package, Rent The Chicken supplies a portable coop, food and water dishes, all the food you’ll need, two egg-laying hens, and some other fun odds and ends. Add $200 and get four chickens for your backyard brood. Rent The Chicken will take care of set-up and delivery as well as walking you through the basic information you’ll need to know to care for and enjoy your chickens, and their eggs, all summer long. The portable coop has a wire bottom and wheels which allow customers…