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Delicious party rings your guests can’t pass up

Party rings are always so inviting. They’re packed with all kinds of goodness, and you can cut off as much or as little as you want to eat. And every circle has a center, meaning a built-in hole for a delicious dip meant to be shared with friends. Sure, there is shrimp cocktail, but there’s a whole world of ideas out there from buffalo chicken to biscuits and gravy. Party rings usually simple to make and pretty to look at, making them the perfect thing to bring to a holiday get-together. Here are 10 party food rings you can make and take to your next party. Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring It’s easy, spicy, and who doesn’t love buffalo chicken dip? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/154881674664849364/ Garlic knot chicken alfredo ring There are just too many good things in that title to pass up. Yum! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/405183297717303686/ Chili Dog bread ring This would be a hit at any kids party, for…

Coffee makes for a healthier liver, experts say

Coffee fans, go ahead and fire up that kettle or that Keurig and prepare some celebratory swings. A new report says that coffee consumption reduces the risk of chronic liver disease. According the roundtable report from the Institute for Scientfic Information on Coffee, people who were regular coffee drinkers — that is, drank between three and five cups of coffee a day — cut their risk of developing liver diseases like cirrhosis and liver cancer by up to 70 percent. The roundtable, held at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, included academics, media medics and representatives from national liver associations from across Europe. They discussed recent research connecting coffee drinking and liver health and how to best disseminate the findings to healthcare professionals and the public. Chronic liver disease is one of the most common disease-related deaths in the United States today. An estimated 31,000 liver-related deaths occur every year. About one…

Foodies have reason to watch the 2018 Olympics now, too

Even if sports aren’t your thing, the 2018 Winter Olympics are shaping up to be a can’t-miss, epic affair. The event will showcase the city of Pyeongchang and of course hundreds of the world’s most awe-inspiring athletes. But NBC is also adding a hefty number of food-related features to its coverage. According to Food & Wine, celebrity chef and five time James Beard Award winner, David Chang has officially joined NBC as a special culinary correspondent to the 2018 Olympics. People who don’t care much for curling or bobsledding can still enjoy Chang’s special assignments. They’ll strictly focus on the local food traditions of the South Korean host country. Chang will be educating the masses about Korean temple food, street snacks and modern fare in and around Pyeongchang. Best known as the creator and head chef behind the Momofuku restaurants and cookbooks, Chang is also credited as guy who brought Korean food mainstream in America. Chang told Variety, “This…

Former Buckingham Palace chef dishes on the eating habits of the royal family

The royal family doesn’t have to go digging around their kitchen looking for something to eat. They have an arsenal of accomplished chefs at their service who can whip up their every culinary whim. And with a huge family like the royals to cater to, the kitchen staff is constantly kept busy. Marie Claire spoke to Darren McGrady, former royal chef to the Queen, Prince Philip, Charles, Princess Diana, and William and Harry. McGrady shared secrets of their often times intense meal time habits. Some info is even refreshing — royals eat McDonalds, too! Chef Darren revealed that sometime dinner was quite formal. “They’d come down in dressy ball gowns, and sit at the table — like a Downtown Abbey dinner. All the fine china was brought out,” he said. But sometimes dinner was far less stuffy and a quick fast-food run did the trick. “I remember the Princess came into the kitchen…

10 food trends you can expect to see in 2018

Whole foods released a list of the items its experts anticipate will have a place in your shopping cart in 2018. The list was compiled by industry experts, trend forecasters and buyers, so what they think will sell is likely what we’ll also be seeing on store shelves — and in Instagram photos — in the coming months. Many of the items aren’t brand new. Take tacos for instance. They appear on the list even though we’ve been obsessing over them for years. But it’s the boundaries the taco folks are pushing that lands them on the list — seaweed shells and even chocolate tortillas filled with ice cream. Here’s the full list of projected food trends for 2018: Flowers on everything From foragers to celebrity chefs, the edible petal trend will be in full bloom. Full flowers or even just the petals will appear in drinks and snacks. The trend adds subtly sweet taste, fresh aromatics…

The most searched Thanksgiving recipe in each state in 2017

Thanksgiving is the one meal that brings the whole country together, but where you live determines what you can expect to feast on. While you’re sure to find roast turkey, stuffing and potatoes on nearly every table, how different regions interpret those recipes and what other sides are served is sure to vary. Food giant General Mills tabulated its online search data from BettyCrocker.com, Pillsbury.com and its other online food websites to bring us the results. It would seem most states have the basics down, since not a single state had “turkey” as the most common search. Similarly, only Illinois is still confused about how to make mashed potatoes. Most states want to know how to perfect side dishes and desserts. Casseroles, sweet potato pie and various sweets all made the list. Some states stay true to character. It seems New Yorkers love learning how to perfect the  cheesecake. South Carolinians absolutely…

Diner to add new teen-tax to young patrons’ bills

A New Jersey restaurant has come under fire for adding a mandatory gratuity to the bills of teenage patrons. Wayne Hills Diner and Restaurant, located in Wayne, New Jersey, says the so-called teen-tax was created as a result of teenagers coming into the restaurant in large groups “of 20 or 30 people,” staying for one or two hours, and not tipping their waitresses, according to the restaurant’s attorney. He added that refusing to tip is “not fair to the waiters and waitresses who earn a living based on tips.” But some teenagers and parents are not pleased about the tax. “It’s not how much she paid. It’s the simple fact she didn’t have a choice,” Melissa Desch told CBS 2 about her daughter’s recent diner bill. The 11-year-old girl, Bella, was charged an extra $0.90 for her milkshake. The Desch family has been visiting the restaurant for years, so they were disappointed with the new tax.…

11 restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about home cooked meals, but that doesn’t mean all restaurants will be shutting their doors. According to the National Restaurant Association, holiday dinners and Thanksgiving brunch are big business. About one in every ten Americans will eat out this Thanksgiving, with Millennials being especially likely to skip out on making the meal. But regardless if you’re giving up cooking this Thanksgiving, going out for breakfast, or in a pinch and need to pick up a take-out side dish, these national restaurant chains have you covered. They’ll be leaving their doors open on national Turkey Day to help you celebrate however you see fit. Here are 11 restaurants open on Thanksgiving. ApplebEe’s Select Applebee’s locations around the country will offer a special Thanksgiving meal with all the usual sides done Applebee’s style. Call your local restaurant ahead of time to make sure they’ll be ope. Boston Market Order by…

Where vets can eat for free this Veterans Day

It’s become a tradition for many in the military family — loosen your belt buckle on Veterans Day and get ready to gorge on lots of free food. Here is a list of restaurants that want to say “thank you” to active and retired military personnel this week by offering free or discounted meal deals. Most are dine-in only and will require proof of service. And be sure to call ahead to make sure your local eatery is participating. Sunday, November 5, 2017 McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant McCormick is reaching out to military veterans as well as Gold Star family members. “Gold Star” refers to family members who have lost a loved one in service to the military. Reservations are encouraged. All eligible personnel will receive a free lunch or dinner entrée on Sunday, November 5. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017 Chipotle U.S. military and veterans can head to Chipotle on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 from…

Why being skinny was easier for your parents

It’s unfair but true: Even if young adults today ate the same diet as their parents did at the same age, they would still be heavier. According to a study published in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, adults in the ’70s could eat more food and exercise less with significantly less chance of gaining weight. The study observed the diets of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008, as well as physical activity logs of 14,419 people between 1988 and 2006. Researchers found that people whose eating and exercise patterns were on par with people 20 or 30 years ago, still weighed about 10 percent more. The study shows that weight management is much more complex than commonly thought. “Our study results suggest that if you are 25, you’d have to eat even less and exercise more than those older, to prevent gaining weight,” Jennifer Kuk, a professor of kinesiology and health science…