Food & Party Snacks  &  Desserts

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    Check your nut butters before you make lunch today. nSpired Natural Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling six brands of peanut butter and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination: Arrowhead Mills peanut butters, MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters, and private labels sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger, and Safeway. The affected products are sold throughout the US.

    The company has not specified how many jars are being recalled, but 45 production lots have been affected. The salmonella contamination was found during routine testing by the FDA. Four illnesses have been reported that may be linked to the recall.

    Here's everything you need to know to respond to this recall.

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    Ever since I picked up a jar of rose petal jam on my trip to Paris this summer, I've been obsessed with it. Rose petals have been used in sweet and savory cooking around the world for hundreds of years. They deliver a wildly romantic and unexpected taste sensation. I'm serious. 

    If you're not the type to eat flowers, we'd love to tempt you to try something new. If you're STILL not convinced, at least look at the stunningly beautiful photos and dream of what could be. And what woman doesn't love roses, anyway?

    Behold these 8 beautiful rose-petal recipes (pesticide-free, of course). Ooh la la!

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    Here's a problem we never talk about: how to dampen your sex drive. When was the last time you saw the headline "10 Ways to Stomp Out Your Libido & Have the Non-Existent Sex Life You Crave"? Never, that's when. But back in the 19th century, that was actually a thing. And that's why graham crackers were invented.

    Yes, those delicious cinnamon-sugar coated crackers we use to make decadent s'mores had a much more dismal beginning. For one thing, they weren't made with cinnamon and sugar. They were invented by evangelical minister Sylvester Graham to curb salacious desires -- as a way of liberating people, of course.

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    Every day there's a new, supposedly healthy super food on grocery shelves promising you eternal youth -- or at least a trimmer figure. Some of those foods are actually legit. They really do deliver a high dose of powerful nutrients. Also? Most of them have been around forever, and you'll find them in the produce aisle. They're called fresh fruits and vegetables. You should try some!

    Womp, womp. But seriously, we're not judging you for trying out some of the trendy health foods out there. That can be fun. It's just that some of them are rip offs. You're shelling out a lot of money for food that doesn't actually do that much for you. Here are 6 health food rip offs you can cross off your grocery list.

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    A video just went up on Reddit that's stirring up controversy. It's called, "My drunk wife makes grilled cheeses." Except the woman making grilled cheeses while slugging rosé is not actually the poster's wife. She's single comic Ashley Bez. And those grilled cheeses? They're fake, too. But that's the really interesting part. Sit up and pay attention, because grilled cheese just got reinvented by Ms. Bez. If I didn't know better, I'd think this recipe was created by a kindergartner, it's so weirdly brilliant. You have to see this.

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    My husband loves two things -- peanut butter and dark chocolate. I don't blame him. The sweet and salty combo is a winner. And my children go gaga for the taste as well! These Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossoms are not only easy to whip up, but the batter freezes well enough to make a second batch later on in the week. Shhh ... don't tell him, but I'm going to make him a batch of these cookies for his birthday! That is, if the kids don't get to them first. 

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    If you're anything like me then you might have some kids at home complaining about being hot and bored this summer! I'm always open to trying out new activities I see, and when "ice cream in a bag" pins started making their way through my Pinterest stream, I knew my children would love to try it!

    To start, I gathered heavy cream, vanilla, milk, and sugar. I added those ingredients to a small Ziploc bag, put that into a larger Ziploc bag, and covered it with ice and rock salt.

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    Every once in a while, you may want to go beyond your ordinary picnic. You want to pack a gorgeous picnic -- the kind you see in magazine spreads. A picnic so ingenious and pretty, total strangers will pin photos of it to Pinterest. (Because you Instagrammed it, shamelessly.) Not that that's the main purpose for this meal! Of course you're doing it for your own enjoyment and the pleasure of your picnic companions. But you know what I mean. You open that basket and everyone gasps: Ooh! Ahh!

    Here are 12 ideas for a beautiful, Pinterest-worthy picnic. They're not all the most practical tips -- that's not what this is about. For once, we're putting form just a wee bit ahead of function. But at least these are do-able ideas.

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    Lately I've got ice cream on my mind. Not just ice cream, but ice cream concoctions -- sundaes, sandwiches, you name it. I've been craving decadent ice cream desserts like crazy lately. So I've been looking around the web for sundae inspiration. AND! I just tapped Jeni Britton Bauer, founder and chef of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, for her sundae-building tips. Bauer is also the author of the insanely yummy cookbook Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts. And all I can say is: We are about to change our ice cream sundae game in a major way.

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    I think we can all agree on this one thing about ice cream: It melts when it's warm outside. Heck, it melts in a slightly chilly room. So when Christie Watson discovered her son's ice cream sandwich hadn't melted (much) after sitting in 80-degree weather for 12 hours, she was naturally suspicious. After checking the box of Walmart Great Value bars to verify that they are made with real ice cream, she tried a little experiment. She left another bar out overnight. Sure enough, that one didn't melt, either. "I thought to myself: What am I feeding to my children?" Watson said.

    What's the deal with these ice cream bars?

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