The Pugloaf Is the Greatest Invention Since Sliced Bread

Lou Lou P’s Delights, a bakery in Leeds, UK, has received a lot of attention since photos of its loaves of bread shaped like cats went viral. If you’re a dog person, then this bakery has something for you too. Under a challenge, Lou Lou P invented the Pugloaf, a pug-shaped loaf of bread. There is no dog more loaf-like than a pug, so before you try to eat a Pugloaf, make sure that it’s not an actual pug.

-via Foodiggity


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10 Types of Mexican Tacos That Should Be More Popular in the US

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Bill Esparza is a food critic and taco scholar in Los Angeles. He says, “I’ve tried tacos in 27 states in Mexico, and every time I go to a new town I see something I’ve never heard of.” The vast variety of regional food traditions in Mexico offer more options that most Americans are familiar with. He’s narrowed his essential list of tacos down to 10.

Among those 10 is this temptation: the bone marrow taco. Esparza writes:

In the state of Nuevo Leon, one of Mexico’s steak capitals, you can get roasted marrow bones and a stack of tortillas for making your own tacos. These have become a trend at fine dining Mexican restaurants in Baja California and Mexico City, following in the footsteps of the great chefs of Monterrey, Nuevo León. If you’ve ever indulged in a hot tortilla slathered with a little butter, this is a whole other level of richness. The marrow gives it a concentrated flavor of seasoned, buttery beef. It’s a simple and powerful taste requiring a quality corn tortilla.


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The Pluto Flyby in Bento

Food artist Mike Kravanis (previously at Neatorama) makes delightful bento versions of Disney and other characters out of lunch foods. When the New Horizons probe passed by Pluto, he was inspired to whip up this rice and nori illustration, which he posted to Facebook. You can see more of Kravanis’ bento artworks at his blog OMGiri.


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The Sad, Stately Photo Of Nixon's Resignation Lunch

Dan Charles at The Salt was doing research on cottage cheese and was sent this photo of cottage cheese and canned pineapple on a presidential plate. It was the lunch President Richard Nixon ordered just before he resigned from the office. It was never a custom for the White House photographer to take pictures of meals, so you have to wonder what was going through photographer Robert Knudson’s mind at the time.   

The discussion on this meal at Metafilter covers Nixon and his crimes, the best way to eat cottage cheese, and the demise of ordering milk with a meal.

By the way, the original article he was researching is The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt

(Image credit: Robert Knudson/Nixon Library) 


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Inside-Out Peppermint Patties

Hannah of the food blog Bitter Sweet came upon some very high-grade baking chocolate and decided to put it to good use in this novel experiment. These inverted mint patties have a mixture of chocolate and corn syrup in the center with cocoa butter, sugar, and peppermint oil on the outside. She waited for the centers to harden, then dipped them in the coating twice to create this unusual and eye-catching treat.

-via Tasteologie


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The Egg Master

Rhik Samadder has a column in The Guardian called Inspect a Gadget. Today he looks at an appliance called the Egg Master. It’s a vertical grill that extrudes cooked egg from the top. If you think that’s horrifying, wait until you read the review.

“Spray non-stick agent into container”, the box advises, which definitely gets the tummy rumbling. As instructed, I crack two whole eggs into the hot tunnel, trying to ignore the gurgling sound from within. It’s impossible to see what’s going on – but it smells bad. I squint into the dark opening. A bulging yellow sac peers back at me. Minutes pass; the smell does not. Then, without warning, a flaccid, spongy log half jumps from the machine, writhing like an alien parasite in search of a host body. It’s horrifying, like a scene from The Lair of the White Worm.

Samadder has plenty more to say about the Egg Master, with pictures and video to prove he really used it. Do not read while eating or drinking. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Sarah Lee for the Guardian)


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Drool-Worthy Fry Recipes Easily Made at Home

Image: Half Baked Harvest, Damn Delicious

French fries: who doesn't like them? I frequently fall prey to the call of their salty goodness, how about you? July 13 was National French Fry Day. And, although I probably wouldn't be above such a thing, I'm not just making that up to justify some french fry lovin'. 

This article features recipes that look as if they would live up to the "drool worthy" description in the headline. Two are restaurant french fry knockoffs: one for McDonald's and one for In-N-Out. So check it out, grab some potatoes and Make The Magic Happen. 


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How to Make a Watermelon Cake

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Rocket News 24 calls this marvelous cake a Baumkuchen. It’s popular in Japan, but originally from Germany. From the inside and outside, it’s a remarkable facsimile of a real watermelon, complete with seeds in the pulp.

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It’s made on a spit. The baker adds layers of batter onto a spinning rod until it becomes a thick mound of cake. It has rings like a tree, which is why the German name for it means “tree cake.”


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These Milkshakes Have Completely Earned the Name of “Freakshow”

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That’s what the bakery Pâtissez in Canberra, Australia calls its extreme milkshakes that are as big as your head and filled with everything they can think of to stuff inside. If it’s in the bakery, why not shove it into the milkshake? Sure, add ice cream and syrup as well. But don’t stop there. I want a chocolate fudge milkshake with an entire Boston cream pie as a garnish, followed by whipped cream and a single cherry.

You can see more pictures of people enjoying the “Freakshow” at BuzzFeed.


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The Strangest Ice Cream Flavor From Every State

Looking for a cool way to cool down on your next fifty-state road trip? Then you won't want to miss this great Delish article that features the strangest flavor of ice cream available in each state. As you might expect, not every state has particularly kookie flavors (Alabama, is black walnut really the wackiest you can come up with), but even so, there are plenty of outrageous tastes worth trying. 

Personally, I'd love to try Louisiana's champagne and violet or Kansas' pineapple cilantro sorbet, but I admit that I'm a little terrified of New York's horseradish flavor and Maine's lobster ice cream served with real chunks of lobster.


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Some of The Weirdest Drinks Sold In Japan

I'm willing to bet that you've never sat back, sipped on a nice beer and thought, "you know, this could really use some milk." Amazingly though, someone in Japan did, which is why Bilk is a real thing you can buy -featuring 70% beer and 30% milk.

Of course, I would drink a six pack of Bilk before I ever touched Placenta 400,000, which, as the name suggests, is made with real swine placenta. These terribly terrifyinig drinks and more were included in InventorSpot's list of the weirdest drinks in Japan, and believe it or not, this is actually the second such list -the original included such specialties as salad-flavored water and beer made for children.


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Chizza: Fried Chicken Pizza Crust or the Culinary Apocalypse? You Decide


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The pack of Tums marketers that KFC has locked in a basement somewhere churning out new menu items has struck again: this time with the Chizza, a fried chicken "crust" coated in tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and all manner of pizza toppings. Get your passport dusted off: the Chizza is only available in the Philippines for now. -Via Uproxx


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Ingenious Ways To Chop An Onion

Chopping onions often brings a tear to the eye and a knife wound to the fingers, leaving us feeling like there's got to be a better way.

People make products they peddle on TV, but those don't properly chop onions either. What we need is a better way to turn that bulb shaped vegetable into a bunch of tiny rectangular pieces without shedding a tear.

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Well, here comes the harshly named YouTube channel You Suck At Cooking to show us not one, not two but seven new, and totally ingenious, ways to chop an onion.

You can dice it, electrify it or simply throw it against the wall! They're all guaranteed to work, but don't hold me to it...

-Via 22Words


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“Today, nearly one out of every five dollars spent on cookies is spent on an Oreo.”

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That’s according to Roberto A. Ferdman of the Washington Post. He writes that in the past few years, Oreo has come to dominate the cookie marketplace:

Since 2005, Oreo sales have grown by more than 60 percent, which is easily the largest increase among any of the top cookie brands sold in the United States. For context, consider that cookie sales market-wide rose by only 10 percent over that period, or that more than 7o percent of that growth is directly attributable to increased demand for Oreos.

Ferdman writes that Oreo’s popularity can be attributed to simultaneous but contradictory marketing strategies: it’s both innovative and stable. The company offers variants, such as Oreo Thins and key lime pie. But these are clearly labeled as different from the standard, which has remained constant for decades. If people want to eat an Oreo, they know exactly what they’re getting in the package.

-via Joe Carter


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Playable Record Made Out Of An Uncooked Flour Tortilla

Move over kale and almond paste, tortillas are about to become the new superfood, but not because they’re great for your body.

They're a superfood because you can use them for more than just wrapping, chewing and swallowing- tortillas can make sweet music if you use a laser cutter to etch grooves into the smooth, floury surface.

Behold the power of the almighty flour tortilla!:

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This tasty project was cooked up by YouTube user Rapture Records, and it proves what Latinos have known all along- tortillas are the most versatile food product on the planet!

-Via Tastefully Offensive


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Are You Patriotic Enough for the Independence Dog?

Hot dogs are an American tradition and I'm willing to bet that almost any of you who went to a Fourth of July barbeque probably had the option to eat one, even if you chose not to. That being said, you can make a hot dog even more all-American with a little extra work -that's where the Vulgar Chef comes in.

When the Fourth came around this year, the Vulgar Chef took advantage of the holiday by making the most American hot dog of all time -the Independence Dog. This delightful monstrosity takes a typical hot dog, wraps in bacon, then covers it in in ground beef. The meat log is then deep fried, covered in marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and then served on a bun made of deep fried macaroni and cheese. 

Let freedom ring my friends!


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How Milk Became a Staple

Cheese and butter go back a long way as methods of preserving milk. But fresh milk was considered baby food, or a boost for growing children, through most of history. Only about a hundred years ago did milk drinking become common among adults. That was because of the convergence of several trends around the beginning of the 20th century. First, the milk trade became regulated and safer (see our previous articles on that development). Then there was the craze for healing through nutrition, which led to the development of cereals, served with milk (see our previous article on that). And there was the Temperance movement, with groups trying to get men to drink anything besides alcohol (which we also covered). Read more about these trends and how they led to people rushing out to buy milk before a snowstorm hits, at BBC Future. -via mental_floss


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How to Make a Giant Oreo Cake

How many Oreo cookies do you want to eat? I'll have just one--provided that it's one of these. YouTube user Hey! It’s Mosogourmet used special plastic baking pans to create this massively scaled-up version of an Oreo cookie. The creme filling has broken Oreos inside, so it's truly authentic. Now I'd like to have a huge glass of milk in which to dunk mine.

-via That's Nerdalicious!


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Cap'n Crunch Cereal Bowl

It's a bowl of Cap'n Crunch cereal in the most literal sense possible. Amy of the sugar-packed and deep fried food blog Oh, Bite It! made this bowl out of Cap'n Crunch, marshmallows, and butter. It's pretty much Rice Krispie treats (except with Cap'n Crunch instead of Rice Krispies) molded into the shape of a bowl.

As a result, the entire meal, right down to the bowl, is edible. Amy fills hers with milk and Cap'n Crunch, but you could use it to eat pretty much any liquid at all. I suggest trying Taco Bell's Cap'n Crunch frosting balls mixed with chocolate milk.


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Italian Grandmas Try Olive Garden

A group of sassy Italian grandmothers, who have cooked all their lives, get a taste of Olive Garden dishes for the first time.

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Their opinions are varied… well, they all hated it except for two sisters who were probably pretty hungry at the time. And they don’t mind to tell you exactly what went wrong. -via Buzzfeed


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The Worlds Weirdest Ice Cream Trucks

We all scream for ice cream, but you know what makes us scream even louder? Zombies. Fortunately, this brutal ice cream truck is ready to serve up all kinds of screams to unsuspecting victims patrons. And that's only one of the crazy trucks out there delivering delicious ice cream to the masses. Check out the rest of the list over at InventorSpot.


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How to Prepare a Traditional English Breakfast


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In Episode 32, the most recent episode of Anglophenia, host Kate Arnell explains all of the culinary components that make up a full English breakfast. How does it look to you, people not of English descent? Americans who've traveled to England, what did you think when you were met with your first English breakfast as shown in this video? Was it to your liking? I wish I could say I was a fan, but I can't honestly say that. I generally opted for an egg (cooked a bit longer than their usual time), some of their delicious tea and a slice of toast. -Via Laughing Squid


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An All-American Pie-Cake for the Fourth of July

A cherpumple is a cherry pie, a pumpkin pie, and an apple pie all baked separately, then baked into cake layers, which are then stacked and iced. It is a thing of glory sometimes attributed to American humorist and chef Charles Phoenix.

We most recently saw Phoenix unveil to the world his Uncle Watermelon party game and snack. He’s already getting prepared for the holiday weekend with a special cherpumple called the Cheruble. This recipe replaced the pumpkin pie with a blueberry pie, then seals the three pies inside red, white, and blue cakes in reflection of the colors of the US flag.

If you’re French, then you can use the same design for the upcoming Bastille Day. Just alter the order of the layers to match the French revolutionary flag.

-via Foodiggity


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These Are Some Mighty Tasty Looking Minerals!

Rockhound is an affectionate term for people who collect minerals, and rockhounds enjoy sniffing out and digging up new stones while they’re out exploring the natural world.

Mineral collectors are always looking for new pieces to add to their collection, and when they make a discovery they like to brag about the tasty new treat they discovered during a dig.

But even the most mineral hungry rockhounds should refrain from trying to chew on these delicious looking plates of simulated food spotted by Rock Feast at the 2015 San Diego County Fair.

These replica food products are made out of 100 percent mineral, and they're so lifelike they look tasty even when you're close enough to see what's cooking.

-Via Boing Boing


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A Different Kind Of Hot Dog For Every State In The Union

Hot dogs have become an integral part of the American barbecue, and this Fourth of July there are bound to be thousands of weenies getting grilled in backyards across the country.

But hot dogs are one of those universally liked food products that nobody can seem to agree on, because everybody likes their dog done up their way.

There are the tomato and pickle loving people in Chicago, the spicy pepper fans in Arizona, and this monstrosity representing Iowa:

Suffering succotash, what happened to that poor hot dog?!

See The United Hot Dogs Of America here


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Brutally Honest Wine Labels

VinePair's 26 Honest Wine Labels poke fun at the mini melodramas that often come up when one gets closer and closer to the bottom of that wine bottle. Feel free to pour another glass while you pour over the easy reading material that is the label on these beauties. Check out the entire collection at the link above to see which bottle is right for your discerning tastes. -Via Fooddiggity
 



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Hyperrealistic Pancake Art


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Pancake art has become such a refined art form that it's now possible to create images in pancake batter that are nearly photographic in their degree of realism. YouTube member Tiger Tomato demonstrates this by recreating cartoon characters, such as Rainbow Dash, Pikachu, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Finn the Human.

It's a father and son team in Melbourne, Australia. Together, they carefully outline the images in reverse, fill them in with layered colors, then flip the pancakes over to reveal the completed pictures. You can see more at their YouTube channel.

-via Incredible Things


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Ben & Jerry Celebrates Marriage Equality with "I Dough, I Dough" Ice Cream

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States. To celebrate marriage equality, Vermont-based ice cream company Ben & Jerry has renamed their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream "I Dough, I Dough".

"Ben & Jerry’s is proud of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision against discrimination as it boldly stands up for equality for same sex couples everywhere," said Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jostein Solheim, "And at Ben & Jerry’s, there’s only one way to celebrate: with a scoop of I Dough, I Dough, Marriage equality never tasted so good!”


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Incredible Sculptures Made Out Of Bubble Gum

Candy loving kids have been known to chew a pack of gum at a time, and if they have artistic inclinations they might turn that chewed up wad of gum into something shapely, like a small sculpture or sticky multi-colored ball.

But even Bazooka Joe himself couldn’t turn chewing gum into works of art as incredible as these pink bubblegum sculptures by Maurizio Savini.

The gum Maurizio uses in his works has not been chewed, it's unwrapped and melted into "layers of usable material" which is then applied to a plaster or fiberglass mold to help stabilize the sculpture's shape.  

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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