Making the Classic Vietnamese Coffee

During the era of French colonialism, the Vietnamese took coffee and made it their own. Now everyone in Saigon drinks coffee, which is made one cup at a time, with a generous amount of ground coffee, and not in a hurry.

The Vietnamese like their “cà phê” sweet. Real sweet. As if spoonfuls of sugar weren’t enough, they also add sweetened condensed milk. This habit developed because canned condensed milk was easier for the French to import into the country than fresh milk, and the Vietnamese have just rolled with it.

I never sweeten my coffee, so I’ve had a hard time adjusting… Oh, what a liar, I don’t know why I even typed that! It took me like thirty seconds to adjust.

As they prepared to leave Saigon, Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell wanted to learn the secrets of the coffee they had grown to love. They got a barista at their favorite local cà phê shop to teach them how to make their own Vietnamese coffee. And armed with the proper coffee press, they are ready to move on. Where will they live next? Only time, and their first post from a new location, will tell.


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Japanese Instagrammer Creates Beautiful Pop Culture Bento Boxes For Husband

Bento boxes are the Japanese equivalent of a sack lunch, and the contents of these portable lunch containers range from freshly prepared meals to last night's leftovers.

But those foodies who put the same amount of love into the preparation of a bento box as they would any other meal turn bentos into a work of edible art.

Japanese Instagrammer @kinakobun makes fantastic and colorful bento boxes inspired by pop culture for her husband, including characters like the Minions, Totoro and Japanese mascots like Kumamon.

Her colorful bento boxes are so cool looking her husband must be the envy of his fellow employees!

今日の旦那さん弁当。 * けろけろけろっぴと薔薇ハムと言う、何とも変な組み合わせ(笑) 昔けろっぴが大好きで、色んなグッズ持ってました。 最近昔のキャラが復活してるのかな? タキシードサムとかも可愛くて好きだったなぁ。 * お弁当に使ってるカラフルな粒々とお花の材料をよく聞かれます。 何度か書いてますが、また書かせて下さいね。 粒々はぶぶあられで、ネットで購入してます。 * お花はスライスチーズやビアハムなどを型抜きして作ってます。 型抜きに関してはシュガークラフト用の物を使用しています * * #お弁当#曲げわっぱ#キャラ弁#デコ弁#旦那弁当#ぶぶあられ#おにぎり#おむすび#ロカリクッキング#kaumo#サンリオ#けろけろけろっぴ#サンリオ弁当

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Unicorn Pizza

The restaurant Industry Kitchen NYC already makes the world's most expensive pizza. Now they've introduced a new menu item called Pop Candy Land Pizza, although people are calling it "unicorn pizza." You can see that it's colorful, but you'll be glad to hear that it does not try to combine classic pizza flavors with candy. This pizza is a large rainbow sugar cookie topped with cream cheese frosting, sprinkles, Pop Rocks, and cotton candy. My teeth hurt just thinking about it.

Unicorn pizza exists and it's basically a giant sugar cookie covered in fluffy cotton candy #cosmobites

A post shared by Danielle Tullo (@danielletullo) on Jun 8, 2017 at 9:02am PDT

What's even stranger is that Industry Kitchen NYC doesn't list it under "desserts," but rather under "pizza" in their menu. Would you try a slice? -via Laughing Squid

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Extreme Pizza Delivery

Domino's Pizza used to be obsessed with delivering pizzas hotter and faster than any other pizza chain, and they would have won the Pizza Wars in the 80s and 90s too if it weren't for that pesky Noid.

But there's one delivery element Domino's overlooked in their fight to become the fastest- the two-story toss. Pizza pies are tossed while they're being made, so why not toss them up to the customer when they're done? (NSFW language)

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I hope that customer didn't order extra cheese...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Haggis: Scotland's Dish

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader.

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Back in the 1950s, the BRI's future food historian, Jeff Cheek, took a trip to Scotland while on one of his clandestine missions with the CIA. (He won't tell us why he was there.) But he did write this story of haggis for us- the origin, the tradition, and the elusive hunt for a wee, wee beastie.

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

Scotland has given the world many gifts: plaid, golf, the poetry of Robert Burns, and Scotch whisky. They have also offered us their national dish -haggis- but there are few takers… once they find out what haggis is made of. It is the offal (the waste parts) of a slaughtered sheep, minced and then boiled in a sheep's stomach. The dish and name most likely came from the Vikings- the Swedes have a similar dish, hagga, but they use choice cuts of meat to make it. The frugal Scottish farmers, however, wasted nothing, so instead of discarding the lungs, heart, and liver, they used these along with homegrown oats to make haggis. And the Scots have revered it for centuries.

In his "Address to Haggis," 18th-century poet Robert Burns called the dish "the Great Chieftain of the Pudding Race." And it has become a Scottish tradition to serve haggis on Burns Night, January 25th, to celebrate the poet's birthday. Loyal Scotsmen are also supposed to eat haggis on November 30, St. Andrew's Day, to honor Scotland's patron saint.

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What Really Goes Into Each Jar Of Nutella

Many people prefer Nutella to peanut butter, jam or plain butter on bread, and I've known a couple or three people who really go gaga for the stuff, eating it up by the jar as a staple in their pantry.  

But given the sweet, chocolaty and deliciously hazelnutty taste of Nutella I've always thought it must be terrible for you and contain very few hazelnuts - and I was right on both counts.

Redditor MrFlow shared this eye opening image originally created by the Consumer Center in Hamburg, Germany that clearly reveals what actually goes into each jar of Nutella.

And although this graphic shows a jar of Nutella is about half sugar the information on the label indicates it might contain even more sugar than that:

While Nutella contains just five ingredients (palm oil, cocoa, hazelnuts, skimmed milk powder, and sugar), a whopping half of the stuff is sugar.

According to its nutritional label, a jar of Nutella has 21 grams of sugar per 37 grams of spread (two tablespoons), meaning that in reality more than half is sugar. Much of the rest is palm oil — solid fat some claim causes cancer.

Peanut butter wins again!

-Via Daily Mail


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Free Doughnuts for National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day is upon us! The holiday is set for the first Friday in June every year. The history of Doughnut Day is interesting: it was first celebrated in 1938 as a "thank you" to volunteers of the Salvation Army who handed out doughnuts to soldiers fighting in World war I.    

Many national doughnut chains are giving away freebies today. Unfortunately, there are no national doughnut outlets in my hometown. Those doughnuts are sold through the local groceries. But if you live in a larger city, check out the list of freebies at Uproxx. 


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How Crystal Rose Candy is Made

Look at this beautiful candy! Each piece looks like an antique glass paperweight with a rose blossom inside.  Gregory Cohen of Lofty Pursuits (previously at Neatorama) shows us how they are made. While this batch of candy is cherry-flavored, later batches produced rose-flavored candies.

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A lot of work goes into these, so I don't think you'll be making them at home. But while we watch the magic unfold, Cohen keeps us entertained by talking about everything under the sun. You can buy the candy at Public Displays of Confection. -via Laughing Squid


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The Craziest Cravings Women Had During Their Pregnancies

Nothing like a little Nutella on your burrito, right? Yeah, while most pregnant woman don't really have over-the-top pregnancy cravings, the ice cream and pickles craving does strike a handful of ladies. Over on Buzzfeed, you can read some of the strangest pregnancy cravings you could even imagine -like pickles stuffed with grape jelly, vanilla ice cream topped with pulled pork and even the outrageous sweet & savory pasta on Elf

Check out the full list of crazy things woman have craved while pregnant over on Buzzfeed


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How Fast Food Chain Failures In America Led To Success Overseas

It's hard for new fast food chains to compete with the big names who have cemented their control of cities across America, and even Kenny Rogers couldn't compete with the big chicken chains- his chain of Kenny Rogers' Roasters officially closed for business in 2011.

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But many failed fast food chains have found success overseas, because these American exports are popular around the world and the market isn't saturated in Asia or Europe like it is here in the U.S.

Kenny Rogers' Roasters was sold to a Malaysian firm in 2008 and has since become so big they now have 400 locations worldwide (more than they ever had in the U.S.), and they just opened their first restaurant in India.

Read The Surprising Resilience Of Failed Fast Food Chains at Atlas Obscura


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Brimstone Bread

This recipe makes bread that looks like crusty balls of molten lava! But that's just the appearance. It's really just tasty bread that you can use for sandwiches, burgers, or hot rolls for dinner. These rolls are not quite as "hot" as they appear. It's an illusion from Helen Die, aka Tye Lombardi.

When I make this in Hell, I like to roll my dough in the deep pits of sulfur and soul dust and cook them in the hot brimstone vents.  Unfortunately, as you are mortal and have neither access to soul dust or brimstone vents, I’ve had to make a few adjustments to the recipe for you.

The inside is standard bread dough from your favorite mix, colored red. The crust is what makes the magic. Get the recipe and instructions at the Necro-Nom-Nom-Nomicon. Bone appetite!


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A Preview of Some of the Craziest Foods at the San Diego Fair

The San DiegoFair doesn't start until June 2, but journalists already got a sneak peak of some of the amazingly strange snacks that will be offered this year at a media preview last week. Naturally, the legendary Chicken Charlie's was there in full force, this year offering a Krispy Kreme ice cream chicken sandwich that features fried chicken, ice cream inside a Krispy Kreme donut all topped with syrup and Fruity Pebbles.

But while we expect strange things from Chicken Charlies, some of the more outrageous treats were far more surprising -like the ninja pizza cupcakes that feature tomato spice cake, caramel marscapone buttercream and candied pepperoni.

And while fried octopus might not be that outrageous, the decoration for this display advertising the seafood snack is all too entertaining.

You can check out more of the bizarro foods at the fair over at KPBS


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What Popular Foods Look Like Before They're Harvested

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It's funny how many "raw food" fanatics out there don't actually know what their favorite natural foods look like in their raw form, and thereby would probably walk right past dates or artichokes if they were out foraging.

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Many of the "organic" foods you buy in stores go through quite a bit of processing before being sold, which totally makes sense from a consumer standpoint- considering this is what rice looks like before it's harvested.

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But if you truly want to call yourself an organic foods expert you should be able to identify this very popular yet quite obscure food. Here's a hint- it goes great with sushi.

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That's right- it's wasabi! Won't your raw food fan friends be wowed when you show them what wasabi looks before being harvested?

See Here's What Some Popular Foods Really Look Like Before They're Harvested here


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20 of the Craziest Burgers from Around the World

If you believe a burger is made up of a ground beef patty and two buns, then you might just consider these burger monstrosities pure blasphemy. But if you like extreme food creations you might consider these to be right up your alley. Some of these are pretty simple concepts that most people might be open to -like the Hawaiian burger with pineapple and ham on it, but others ask the diner to keep a very open mind -like the bogan burger that features steak, chicken schnitzel, a potato cake, bacon, egg, cheese, onion and even a slice of beet. No matter how brave you are though, I somehow doubt you'll be willing to try the beyond outrageous garbage burger that has over 20 ingredients, including five cheeses, peanut butter, peppers, marinara sauce, ice cream hot fudge and a cherry on top (read all the 20 ridiculous ingredients here).

Thanks to Food Republic for the great infographic.


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Alien Egg Cake Balls

You know where facehuggers come from, don't you? From xenomorph eggs, of course! We can skip the middleman and just ingest the eggs first without all that face-hugging unpleasantness, when the eggs are made of cake.

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Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies shows us how to recreate the eggs from the Alien movie series in delicious mint chocolate cake. This would be perfect for that Alien marathon party you've planned to prepare your crew for the new movie Alien: Covenant. Just don't blame us when they want to re-emerge from your chest. -via Geeks Are Sexy 


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Avocado + Latte = Avolatte



The latest hipster food obsession is the "avolatte," a latte (which is a fancy term for coffee with milk) served in an avocado shell. Developed at the Truman Cafe in Melbourne, the idea has spread through the internet and around the world, pretty much instantly.

It appears to be an eco-friendly way to add a bit of avocado flavor to the drink, but not everyone likes the idea. Personally, I do not like avocado, and I do like having a handle on my coffee cup. -via Laughing Squid

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5 Ways to Define a Sandwich, According to the Law

You can always find an argument somewhere on the internet about what is and what is not a sandwich. With new food items constantly being developed, the line has grown quite thin. Is a hot dog legally a sandwich? It depends. How about a corn dog? A burrito? An ice cream sandwich? A Pop Tart? It all depends on who you ask, and why. For some jurisdictions, whether a food item is a sandwich makes a difference in how it is taxed or zoned. Some definitions come from courts, others from organizations. Mental Floss dug up five definitions of a sandwich from different governing bodies, which should be enough to keep the arguments going for a while.
 
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The Perfect Accessory for a Fancy Picnic

Love a good picnic with a lot of class? Then you won't want to miss out on this wine and cheese table that easily sits right in the ground and provides support for a bottle, two glasses and a plate -ideally for your cheese or chocolate pairing. Sure it's easy enough to throw down a blanket and put your bottle and plate of snacks on the ground, but those wine glasses are always problematic at picnics and at the beach. This clever table solves that problem by hanging them off of the ground where they won't tumble over. 

They are available for sale on Faircraft USA's Etsy page.


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Watermelon Bread Recipe

It looks like a watermelon, but it's really raisin bread! This bread recipe combines kneading the dough with mixing in your colors. It even has stripes!

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May Lynn shows us how it's done. She's done this before; your mileage may vary. The ingredients list can be copied from the YouTube page. -via Nag on the Lake


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The History of Tea

The Chinese discovered it, the Japanese revered it, and the British went nuts over tea. Oh yeah, then Americans loaded it with sugar, lemon juice, and ice cubes. Tea has always been popular, even back when it was eaten instead of being made into a drink.

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Learn the history of the second most popular drink in the world (after water) in this TED-Ed lesson from Shunan Teng. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Tokyo Ghoul Inspired Cafe

The Japanese manga series Tokyo Ghoul is getting a live-action film version hitting theaters this summer. As part of the promotion for the movie, a cafe will be open May 27 to June 28 in Toshima, Japan, serving ghoulish themed food. The cafe's website is in Japanese, but you can get a glimpse at some of the creepy menu items at TVOM.


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Pickle Popsicles and Pickle Soda Are Just What You Need This Summer

Looking for something a little refreshing this summer? Then head to your local novelty popsicle shop (that has to be a thing, right?) and pick up a Van Holten pickle popsicle

Or do you like your pickles a little less cold with a little fizz? Then maybe you need one of these pickle juice sodas from Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop. Sure, you could just drink regular pickle juice, but it lacks all that delightful carbonation you know you've always needed in your pickle juice.

Via Incredible Things


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Have Your Been Storing Your Champagne in the Fridge? Stop It

It's pretty common for liquor and grocery stores to keep champagne in the refrigerator section and many people buy champagne and store it in their fridge from the moment they get home until they drink it. The problem? Well, unless you drink the champagne within three or four days of putting it in the refrigerator, you're actually ruining your sparkling investment. 

The science is sound too. The cold, humidless air in the refrigerator dries out the cork, which might not release enough air to let the bubbles get away, but it does release enough air to oxidize the champagne and change the flavor. 

So what are you supposed to do? Either put your champagne in the fridge the day before you're ready to drink it or put it in a bucket of cold ice 15-20 minutes before drinking.

Read more about it in the Huffington Post.


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Can You See What's Wrong With This Package Of Caramel M&Ms?

The internet community gets a kick out of some pretty dumb stuff, and I can't count the number of times an image has gone viral simply because a few people found it funny so the rest felt they had to LOL as well.

But this silly and "totally controversial" viral story made me laugh so I thought I'd share- it involves something sinister happening on a package of Caramel M&Ms.

Can you see the problem with the package? Here's a close-up to make it a bit more obvious:

That's right- Red and Yellow are savagely tearing their new buddy in half to show the world what he's made of, his sweet guts spelling out the word "caramel".

Why are Red and Yellow bisecting a fellow candy person like total creeps? The answer may lie in this promo:

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-Via Good Housekeeping


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Custom Food Orders That Were Hilariously Misunderstood

If you eat at a restaurant with an actual chef in the kitchen you can ask for a custom order and they'll try to get it right, but people who go out to fast food restaurants and ask for custom orders are asking for trouble.

That's because the folks preparing your food don't take kindly to custom orders, and they show it by going the extra mile in the wrong direction.

Ask for extra mayo at some places and you'll get a sandwich that's drowned in the stuff, ask for "sour cream on the side" and that's literally what you'll get.

See Food Orders That Were Totally And Hilariously Misunderstood here


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How To Cook A Cheap Steak Vs. An Expensive Steak

You don't have to break the bank to enjoy a great steak, but you do have to treat your meat purchase right to get the best flavor. How much you spend determines the cooking method, and there are things you van do to make a relatively cheap steak truly delicious.

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Of course, if you insist on buying the bottom-of-the-barrel meat at your local butcher's counter, you might be better off to make stew or something. -via Digg


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What's So Great About 350 Degrees?

For a long time, 350 degrees was the most common oven temperature in cook books. What was the thinking behind that?

The magic of cooking at 350 degrees isn’t magic at all, but chemistry. It is, for example, the level associated with the Maillard Reaction, the chemical process that gives so many foods a complex flavor profile—and an appealing golden-brown hue—when sugar and protein are heated together just so.

“Without Maillard chemistry we would not have a dark bread crust or golden brown turkey,” wrote the authors of a Royal Society of Chemistry book about the reaction, “our cakes and pastries would be pale and anemic, and we would lose the distinctive color of French onion soup.” The Maillard Reaction—which actually entails a series of reactions—isn’t all toasty goodness, however. It’s also responsible for making apples turn brown, which many people find unappetizing “despite negligible effect on flavor,” the authors write.

Well, it turns out that oven temperatures weren't nearly as precise before they had degrees on the dial, and it hardly mattered. They aren't even that precise now. Cooks from bygone eras pretty much learned what worked by experience. If your oven was hotter or cooler, you just adjusted your baking time. An article at the Atlantic tells us about how precise oven temperatures came about, and why recipe publishers chose the settings they did. I use 400 degrees more often these days, since I'm putting something frozen in the oven.  -via Digg


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The Best Diner In All 50 States

Unless you're too fancy to sit in a booth and chow down on a grilled cheese sandwich you know the deal with diners- they're often the comfiest and most affordable places to eat no matter which state you're in.

And as long as you don't order the Clams Casino they definitely beat most fast food joints by a mile for just a few bucks more, but more importantly they're a great starting point when exploring a new city.

Wanna try the famous Lunch Box Burger and get a slice of kitschy Americana while you're in Minneapolis? Visit the Band Box Diner, which dates back to 1939 and is the last of its kind.

Looking for some down home cooking with a rich and decadent twist while you're in Winnemucca, Nevada? Head over to The Griddle (open since 1948) and treat yourself to their cream cheese-filled Pecan Crepes, which they top with bacon caramel sauce. *drool*

And if you're looking for local history in Salt Lake City, Utah then you've gotta go to Ruth's Diner, which was started by a cabaret singer named Ruth back in 1930.

It's rumored that Ruth's used to be located across the street from a house of ill repute, and that Ruth used to feed the girls and listen to all the local gossip, making Ruth's a hub for travelers. I wonder how they felt about her Pulled Pork Benedict?

See The Best Diner In All 50 States at Mental Floss


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Was Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino Actually A Ripoff?

Starbucks' legendary unicorn Frappuchino has already disappeared from stores, but it won't soon disappear from the minds of customers -of from the minds of its board members after the company has been slapped with a lawsuit this week. Brooklyn-based The End cafe filed the suit claiming that Starbucks copied their unicorn latte, which was brought to market over a year before Starbucks' creation. 

While the two drinks look pretty similar though, the Brooklyn version was quite a bit healthier than Starbucks' sugary creation, as it is made from ingredients like cold-pressed ginger, lemon juice, dates, cashews, blended with dried maca root, blue-green algae, and vanilla bean. The healthy drink quickly became The End's most popular creation so they filed for a trademark in January, which naturally doesn't bode well for Starbucks. 

So will Starbucks' big corporate lawyers beat out the little guy with a trademark? Only time will tell, but the corporation will almost certainly be more careful next time they release an outrageous concoction like this.

You can read more about the story at Thrillist.


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Hilarious Cooking Fails That Will Make You Feel Like A Master Chef

It's mean to laugh at other people's failures, and downright villainous to laugh in their face while they fail, but when people post their fails online they know the laughs are coming and they don't care.

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And when they post pics of their cooking fails online they expect people to crack up, relate and share their messed up dish with others, because every cook has been there, burned that.

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Cooking fails shouldn't discourage you if you're not that skilled in the kitchen, they should make you feel better about your own fails and inspire you to get in there and cook until your dishes stop falling flat.

And when you're able to cook up a feast for your whole family without breaking a sweat you'll look back on these bad fail days and smile.

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See 10+ Of The Worst Kitchen Fails Ever here


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