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My Whirlwind Romance with a Perfect Slice of Banana Bread — Down Under

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On December 7, 2016, I fell madly in love with a slice of banana bread. Yes, a slice of banana bread! But not just any banana bread — this particular one was topped with a luxuriously creamy espresso mascarpone and crunchy buckwheat groats.

And it has haunted me ever since.


I Tried KFC’s Secret Fried Chicken Recipe and Here’s How It Went — On Trend

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If there was a magical list of secret recipes that everyone on the internet has attempted to make before, KFC's fried chicken is pretty much at the top of that list. There are many copycat recipes around the internet, and they all claim that theirs is the one that reigns supreme, but KFC claims that none come close to the original.

Recently I found out that the supposed real mixture of magical 11 herbs and spices was released, and of course I scrambled to put it to the test. Man oh man, I'm sure glad I did!


The Diner-Approved Method for Your Ultimate Summer Milkshake — Take the Back Roads

There's a whole lot to love about an old-fashioned diner — the extra-fluffy pancakes, the greasy hamburgers, and the crispy home fries — but perhaps the best part are the milkshakes.

A diner milkshake isn't just any ol' milkshake; it's arguably a superior milkshake, and that's because they do this one special thing.


The Breakfast Burrito That Inspired Me to Get Creative in the Kitchen — The Restaurant Meal That Got Me Back in the Kitchen

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My default breakfast was plain yogurt and fruit with a sprinkle of Stevia. It was fast, healthy, and easy enough to be thrown together while still in my morning fog. And honestly, I was okay with this go-to until I visited a café located in a humble strip mall in Temecula, California.

It's called E.A.T. (Extraordinary Artisan Table) and it has a laser-like focus on seasonal ingredients — most of them organic, GMO-free, sustainable, and ethically sourced — which is great, but what I want most from my food is that it tastes good. The rest is proverbial gravy.


10 Cooking Tricks Only a Diner Can Teach You — Take the Back Roads

We love diners for their homey, no-nonsense food. But sometimes it seems like a magic show, doesn't it? The menu is massive and yet, each and every item is perfectly executed. No, it's not fancy, but it’s the kind of food you wish you could recreate at home.


7 Tips for Making a Restaurant-Quality Salad — Salad Pro Tips

Have you ever tried to recreate your favorite restaurant salad at home? At the restaurant, it feels so special — there’s something about the crunch and the zip of the dressing that keeps you ordering it time and time again — but at home, even with what you’d think are the same ingredients, it falls flat.

That won’t be the case for long. Chefs have a few tricks up their sleeves to make salads so good. Take a peek behind the kitchen door with me and you’ll be making better versions at home. Here are seven simple tips for making restaurant-quality salads at home.


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