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What’s the difference between mayonnaise and miracle whip?

Mayonnaise is one of the most versatile condiments on the market. You can thank that creamy combination of egg yolks and oil for tons of delicious salad dressings, dips, super moist steaks, and even that restaurant-quality crispy grilled cheese crust. In fact, it can even be used to shine up the leaves on your dusty old house plant and these 8 other unusual ways. (Who knew?) But when it comes to mayonnaise and Miracle Whip, what’s the difference? Both taste great smeared on top of a turkey sandwich, but can you always substitute one for the other in recipes? Here’s the difference: What is mayonnaise? Mayonnaise is a a delicious condiment made from fat (soybean oil), eggs, and a liquid such as vinegar or lemon juice. The eggs work as a type of glue that holds everything together in a thick, spreadable solid. According to the FDA, anything labeled as “mayonnaise” must contain…

The sweet history of the heart-shaped box of chocolates

Conversation Hearts might be cute and festive, but unless you want to be a sucker this Valentine’s Day, you better gift your sweetie with some serious chocolate. And if you want your true love to know these aren’t just regular chocolates—these are Valentine’s Day chocolates—they better be bundled in, specifically, a bright red heart-shaped box. You could put those chocolates in just about any shaped box—a square, a triangle, a rhombus. Yet, it’s the heart shape that has stood the test of time this holiday. But when and where did the first heart-shaped box of chocolates come from? As with the origins of many holiday traditions, a genius sale and marketing effort was at its core. British chocolatier Richard Cadbury (yes, that Cadbury) created the first heart-shaped box design, but before that, he first had to invent chocolates as we know them today. In the early 1800s, chocolate’s popularity was waning…

Snowman Donuts

Looking for an easy wintertime treat? These snowman donuts are so easy to make, even the kids can help. They’re a great no-bake dessert for last minute classroom parties or winter get-togethers with friends. Put these cute three-ingredient Snowman Donuts together faster than you can throw a snowball! Note: You can also use candy corn for noses if you still have some leftover from Halloween. Orange Starbursts can also be cut into triangles for another nose option. Snowman Donuts Ingredients 1 box or bag of mini powdered donuts handful of mini chocolate chips orange M&M’s You might also need:  skewers (if you just want to make the snowman heads, you can omit this item) Directions Remove donuts from their packaging. Skewer 3 donuts per stick and set aside. Put 1 orange M&M inside the hole of the first donut on each skewer. Place mini chocolate chips point side down into the…

How to order gluten-free at Chick-fil-A

If you’re gluten-free, you know eating out at a restaurant presents challenges. You’re not sure what fits your diet, and taking a guess can be all too risky. If you’ve just made the switch, you often end up skipping out on your favorite restaurants. Thankfully you don’t have to pass on Chick-fil-A. The beloved chicken chain has some gluten-free options on its menu. Here’s what to order: In 2017, Chick-fil-A introduced its gluten-free bun. It’s made with a mix of ancient grains, including sorghum, amaranth, millet, and quinoa. This new bread option made eating sandwiches on-the-go easier for those with gluten issues. Order any sandwich with a gluten-free bun. But what else is gluten-free at Chick-fil-A? These items are sealed to so cross-contamination will never been an issue:  Honest Kids Appley Ever After Organic Juice Drink Cinnamon Apple Sauce (Buddy Fruits) Milk Simply Orange Orange Juice Waffle Potato Chips (catering only)…

The best way to reheat a baked potato

Whether you’re serving them oozing with chili and cheese or slathered with butter as a simple accompaniment to a steak dinner, baked potatoes make for a tasty, versatile side dish. But perhaps you found you made too many and now have leftovers.  Don’t pitch that potato. Here’s how you can make sure they taste as great in the few days following as they did when you first pulled them out of the oven. The best way to reheat a potato: The oven No question about it, the best way to reheat a baked potato is in the oven. This method keeps potatoes moist while skin stays crispy and delicious. The downside is that it takes a lot longer than zapping the potato in the microwave, but the extra time is totally worth it. First, remove potatoes from fridge and let them warm up to room temperature. Preheat the oven to…

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup with a kick

Blistering cold winter nights are made just a bit better with warm comfort food. This week’s weather calls for a delicious Cheesy Cauliflower Soup. Cozy up on the couch with a big bowl tonight or whip some up this weekend and stay in with your favorite movies. This soup does not disappoint. What makes this soup so special is the surprise kick. People may ask you what your secret ingredient is—It’s just the right amount of cayenne pepper. It gives tons of flavor without bringing overwhelming heat. Making this soup is super simple. Just some steamed veggies, a simple sauce/broth, and a slow simmer will have this homemade meal on your table in under 35 minutes. Also try, Easy Tomato Basil and Gnocchi Soup. Cheesy Cauliflower Soup Ingredients 1 medium head of cauliflower, washed and broken into florets 1 medium-to-large onion, diced 14 ounces of chicken broth 1 chicken bouillon…

20 creative ways to use your KitchenAid Mixer

A friend of mine recently said she received a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas, but didn’t know what to use it for. If you too have one of the brightly-colored beauties just sitting on your counter, let me share with you my top 20 favorite ways to use my KitchenAid. I admit, I was a bit slow to take to it at first too, but after eight years together, we’ve whipped up some pretty delicious stuff. 1. Mix meatballs or beef for burgers Whether it’s seasonings for meatballs or burgers, dump all your ingredients into the bowl and mix until combined. Keep an eye out—you don’t want to overmix—but using your KitchenAid to make meatballs means your free to prep other items. 2. Shred chicken, pork, or beef Place your roasted or crock pot chicken in the mixing bowl, attach the dough hook, and run on low for about 20 seconds at a…

Does ginger ale actually help an upset stomach?

Think back to when you were feeling a little under the weather as a kid. If an upset stomach was your complaint, Mom’s go-to remedy might have been a carbonated can of ginger ale. While you may have fond memories of swigging the spice-flavored soda for the good of your gut, Mom’s old school method might not actually have been as helpful as you think. Ginger ale has long been used as a treatment for soothing minor stomach-related issues. But research has shown that it isn’t the queasy cure-all we once thought. While it does make for a delicious drink, Canada Dry and many other name brand ginger beverages are made purely of sugar and water—there’s very little, if any, actual ginger. (Ginger beer though actually has quite a bit! Permission to drink?) Try this anti-inflammatory celery, apple, kale, ginger juice. The problem with that is that sugar can actually…

Panera to offer a more plant-based menu in 2020

Whether it’s animal welfare concerns, climate change, nutrition, or just preference, it seems everyone nowadays has a reason for eating less meat. In response to the cultural shift, Panera is the latest restaurant chain to announce it would introduce more plant-based offerings to its menu. In fact, the popular quick-service restaurant and bakery said it plans to have half of its menu be plant-based within the next few years. Consumers can expect to see a new plant-based item added in every category by 2021. Panera’s bakery-café is also onboard with the switch-up. While 25 percent of its menu is already plant-based, the offerings will increase to make up at least half of the entire menu by 2021. Other fast food chains have responded to consumer demand by offering meat-like substitutes from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, but Panera will dish out more plant-based whole foods like quinoa and edamame. Two new…

Natural sunlight helps kill germs in your house, study shows

If you’re looking for easy, natural ways to combat cold and flu season, listen up. A study published in the journal Microbiome says that letting natural light pour into your home helps kill germs. You may remember Grandma claiming something of this nature. You may even have had an intuition. But there had not been much research to explain how or why this is the case inside, until now. Researchers at the University of Oregon set up a study of 11 dust-ridden, doll-sized rooms and observed what happened when indoor rooms were exposed to daylight through regular glass, UV light, or when the rooms were kept dark, NPR reports. Dust was collected from actual homes in Portland then the miniature room were let to collect dust from outside, all while researchers kept them at a normal room temperature. Dust can sit around your house for 90 days (even if you…