21 Fabulous Kitchen Gadgets Every Family Needs

Ward off the witching hour with these sanity saving tools.

BabyCakes Doughnut Maker

BabyCakes Doughnut Maker

Who needs trips to the donut shop when you can make your own healthier versions at home? Make Saturday mornings special again with this fun favorite that will have the whole family smiling.

Find it here for $29.99

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Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

From bread to cakes to cookies and doughnuts these heavy duty mixers are putting in work in the kitchen and living up their names as a true “aid.”

Find it here for $239.99

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Calphalon Apple Slicer

Calphalon Apple Slicer

It might not look like much but this handy little tool can save you both time and sanity to get snacks on the table.

Find it here for $9.99

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The Cook & Carry Crockpot

The Cook & Carry Crockpot

No longer a 70’s splurge, the latest version of the crockpot is the millennial parent’s dream. Throw in your ingredients in the morning, turn it on and walk away. Dinner is done, son!

Find it here for $29.99

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Bakers Around The World Celebrated J.K. Rowling’s Birthday With Incredible “Harry Potter” Cakes

How do you art? How do you cake?

As many fans know, J.K. Rowling and her most famous character, Harry Potter, were born on July 31.

As many fans know, J.K. Rowling and her most famous character, Harry Potter, were born on July 31.

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23 Food Gadgets For Lazy People

Do less.

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Corn Zipper

Corn Zipper

This easy-to-use corn “zipper” cuts and collects your kernels with one push. Get it here.

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These herb scissors:

These herb scissors:

Quickly chop your herbs with these handy, multi-cut scissors. Recipe here.

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This pizza-cutting fork:

This pizza-cutting fork:

If you’re too proper to eat pizza with your hands, but also too lazy to get and knife and a fork, then this is for you! Get it here.

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What Is An Artificial Ingredient, Anyway?

Food companies are taking artificial additives out of food to suit consumers’ changing tastes. But “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “better,” scientists say.

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This spring, some of America’s biggest fast-food chains proudly announced that their menus were going natural, a change that would ripple through tens of thousands of restaurants nationwide.

Panera committed to removing artificial additives and banned more than 150 ingredients from its menu. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut — both owned by Yum Brands — followed with their own plans to nix artificial ingredients. Subway, the country’s biggest chain with 27,200 stores, declared that it too would no longer serve foods with artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Papa John’s jumped in to advertise its long-held policy of using “clean” ingredients. And Chipotle, which helped to pioneer the healthy fast-food movement, announced it would switch to a natural tortilla.

Meanwhile, in supermarkets, giant food manufacturers including General Mills, Nestlé, and Kraft all made their own promises about removing artificial ingredients.

It seemed as if the food industry had reached a turning point in the name of wellness, and consumers largely greeted these changes with relief and support. But what many people don’t seem to realize is that removing artificial ingredients isn’t likely to have any impact on their health.

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What is missing from the discussion about ingredients is the fact that “natural and artificial flavors really aren’t that different,” according to the Environmental Working Group. “The actual chemicals in these two kinds of flavors may be exactly the same: The chemical structures of the individual molecules may be indistinguishable.”

The chemical vanillin, for example, is found in vanilla bean extract and is the primary flavor people associate with vanilla. Vanillin can also be synthetically produced as an artificial flavor. It doesn’t have the same range of flavors as natural vanilla extract, which contains other chemicals that make the taste more complex, but it does the job at a lower cost. According to Markus Lipp, a senior director of food standards at United States Pharmacopeial Convention, a nonprofit that publishes quality standards for the food industry, “there is no known and accepted study that would prove” it is less healthy than natural vanilla.

It gets even trickier when it comes to whether finished products, rather than the specific ingredients in them, can be labeled “natural.” According to the FDA, “It is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth.”

Consider for example, the very idea of an all-natural hot dog.

“However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances,” Kenneth Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, said. “A food is not healthy because it has fewer industrial additives in it. But we’re waking up to the fact that industrial additives are put in without rigorous review.”


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Women Have Been Sharing Pictures Of Themselves Eating Cake After A Troll Tried To Fat-Shame A Blogger

Jenny Rushmore says she’s seen an “overwhelming tide of support and positivity and public cake eating”.

When Cashmerette blogger Jenny Rushmore shared a picture of a swimsuit she was designing from her “curvy sketchbook”, she experienced some all-too-familiar trolling.

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In a comment that has now been deleted, “a guy in his early 20s, who really, REALLY, loves gym selfies” said that her body was disgusting and that she should eat less cake, Rushmore said in a blog post on 29 July.

“To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t that surprised or upset: this is the kind of thing that happens every day to women like me,” she added.

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But when Rushmore mentioned the incident in this Instagram post using the hashtag #CakeWithCashmerette, something amazing happened.

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The caption read: “Also: to the random jerk who fat shamed me this morning in a comment and suggest I eat less cake: as you can see from this pic my life is just a sad mess, so I’m glad you’ve helped steer my dietary choices, cheers! #effyourbeautystandards #CakeWithCashmerette.”

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Women on Instagram responded to Rushmore’s picture by posting pictures of themselves proudly eating cake and dessert, also using the hashtag.

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On her blog, Rushmore called it a “lady-cake explosion,” adding that “bigger women deserve to eat whatever they’re hungry for just as much as smaller women”.

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Instagram user sarajoliesews said “sorry someone tried to rain on your parade! You are beautiful!” as she shared her support.

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I Ate Like A Tourist In London For A Week

Table for one at the Aberdeen Angus Steakhouse.

Novelty cafés open and close on the regular but Spaghetti House continues to please its punters with the food its been serving since 1955. Peruvian flavours might come and go, but Garfunkel’s stands tall.

What is about these chains that makes them so successful? Is the food that good? Are they that good value? Is the atmosphere warm and charming? And if so, why is it no Londoner ever thinks, “Yeah actually, Angus Steak House looks like a nice little spot for dinner”.

Here’s my list of destinations:

Spaghetti House: A popular know-what-you’re-getting option for visitors with various locations across the city.
Hard Rock Café: An international site of pilgrimage for many fast food fans.
Rainforest Café: Shaftesbury Avenue’s most remarkable restaurant that’s half-zoo half-restaurant.
Garfunkel’s: A proper classic West End institution.
Angus Steak House: The most ubiquitous steak house in London, and the true corner stone of Piccadilly Circus.

I’d approach each restaurant with an open mind. I’d visit for dinner after finishing a day’s work, bringing my boyfriend along to help me test the menu. We’d order modestly, as we usually do when out for dinner, with probably a wine or beer each, a main each and the odd side for share.

How would we rate the restaurants? Success in our eyes is good food, enough food, and affordable food.

Day One, Spaghetti House, Holborn

Day One, Spaghetti House, Holborn

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