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    Wouldn't you love to open up your freezer and find it stocked with prepared meals that are ready to pop into the oven? It's one of those things you hear about people doing, cooking several meals and freezing them to save time later. And it's a brilliant idea. But where do you get started? Can you just whip up a giant lasagna and plop the thing in the freezer? We spoke with three home cooking experts to find out everything you need to know to freeze meals at home.

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    A Fourth of July celebration ended tragically after 47-year-old Walter Eagle Tail died choking on a sausage while taking part in a hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota.

    In recent years, extreme eating contests -- especially those involving hot dogs -- have become iconic American sports. After all, they honor one of our most popular foods and pay tribute to our two favorite pastimes: gluttony and the attempt to eat as quickly as possible.

    This is a horrible tragedy and it's one I'm surprised doesn't happen more often.

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    Back in the day (according to every Western movie I've ever seen), a fellah could mosey into any saloon with his gun in its holster and not expect any trouble. But nowadays? Most folks prefer their dining establishments gun-free. But for those who long for the wild, wild west, there's Shooters Grill, a restaurant where waitresses pack heat. And it's located in (wait for it ... wait for it ... ) a Colorado town called Rifle, of course! Here's what you'll find at this dining establishment.

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    I love the taste of barbecue, but I don't always have time to fire up the grill for dinner. Fortunately we've got a little kitchen helper to fix that. Slow cooker to the rescue! Here are 7 Crock-Pot recipes for your barbecue favorites. It can all be waiting for you when your family comes home from a busy day working and playing. Grab some napkins!

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    Has something been missing from your life lately? Something you just can't put your finger on, something buttery that goes with sweet tea. Oh yes! Paula Deen is launching her own cooking network -- online. Do not search for your Paula fix on the tee vee. Nope, our lady of the deep fryer will be broadcasting via subscription Internet channel. And we can't wait. What kinds of decadent treats will she whip up for us, I wonder?

    Oh man, I plum forgot. Paula's got the sugar. Now that she's revealed that she has diabetes, she's supposedly eating healthier now. What does that mean for her cooking channel, I wonder? Will Paula still be Paula? I shudder to think of what meals and recipes she'll start featuring now. Please tell me it won't look like this:

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    I love, love, love corn season. When I see the piles of bright green and yellow ears at my local market, I feel compelled to buy a bunch on the spot ... and I usually do.

    While there's something oh-so-perfect about a simple ear of corn with just butter and salt, there are a slew of more interesting things you can do with it. Now that it's in season, it's the perfect time to celebrate the favorite summer staple and have a little fun in the process.

    Check out these 6 tasty ways to prepare your fresh corn:

     

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    Summertime, and the eating is easy ... who doesn't want to escape the stove once the hot weather takes over? When we think Crock-Pot cooking, we think warm winter stews and casseroles, but it's actually the steamy summer months when the slow cooker becomes a life-saver. That doesn't mean eating beef stew in July, though. Here are 10 lighter Crock-Pot recipes that are perfect for summer.

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    A lot of people don't like onions, period. They don't like chopping them, don't like cooking them, and they definitely don't like eating them. And who can blame you for not being a fan? Onions are kind of tricky. They release fumes that make you cry, they bite back, and sometimes they just seem to rudely take up space in your dish without really contributing anything yummy. It makes you wonder, why do we even bother with this vegetable?

    Well, the truth is, onions are among the most misunderstood and abused foods out there. It's not them, it's us. We're not treating onions right! Here are 6 tips for cooking onions that could change how you feel about them. As for bad breath from eating onions, well, that one's still on you.

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    Wouldn't you love to come home from work or picking up the kids from school and find dinner already waiting for you? That's why they invented crock-pots! But some slow cooker recipes can be a little daunting first thing in the morning with their long ingredients lists. It's not like you have SO MUCH time at the beginning of the day for prep work. That kind of defeats the purpose, right? So here are 5 simple crock-pot recipes that use just 5 ingredients, excluding salt, pepper, and garnishes, of course.

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    There's always been a special relationship between marijuana smoking and fast food. But you usually partake of one before the other. You don't use pot as a garnish, usually. But maybe that's a new food trend I just don't know about? An Iowa couple claims they found pot between the patties of a cheeseburger. And why they decided to complain about this rather than enjoy I'll never know -- oh, because the woman is pregnant! Yikes, what happened here exactly?

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