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Try Monica’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe From The Upcoming ‘Friends’ Cookbook

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Could I be any more excited about these cookies?

Friends may have ended its initial run over 15 years ago but the impact it left on pop culture has withstood the test of time. Aren’t we all still pining for the Ross to our Rachel? Haven’t you spent years trying to come up with an alias as influential as Regina Phalange?  Don’t you and your roommate spend most nights trying to master the game of cups…ok that last one might just be me. In any event, the beloved sitcom has found yet another way to wiggle its way into our homes with the release of an upcoming cookbook, “Friends: The Official Cookbook,” expected to hit shelves this fall. Since it’s 2020 and the year is moving by at a glacial pace, news of an upcoming book simply won’t keep us satisfied. Luckily for us, a few pages of the book are available as a sneak peek and Yahoo has shared one with the recipe for “Chocolate Chip Cookies The French Way” from the episode “The One With Phoebe’s Cookies.”

In case you haven’t seen the episode recently in one of the many rerun marathons on various networks, in this episode Monica asks Phoebe for her grandmother’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe so she can be the mom who makes the best cookies. After Phoebe reveals that the recipe was lost in her recent apartment fire, they try to recreate the recipe by tasting the last remaining cookie Phoebe had in her freezer. After 22 attempts at replicating the recipe it’s discovered that the “friend” from whom Phoebe’s grandmother learned the recipe was none other than Nestlé Tollhouse…aka the major Swiss food and beverage company. In Phoebe’s disappointment she looks down at the floor and screams to her dead grandmother “It’s because of stuff like this that you’re BURNING IN HELL! ” which only solidifies my theory that Phoebe Buffay is the best character ever.

Well instead of wasting 22 batches of cookie dough on an almost perfect cookie, although one batch did make Ross vomit, you can simply just follow the recipe listed in the upcoming book. The trick seems to be refrigerating the dough several times throughout the process but according the Yahoo, these will be the best cookies you ever make. Here’s the recipe:

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Yum, sounds even better than Emma’s inappropriate, phallic-shaped 1st birthday cake.

The official cook book is expected to hit shelves on September 22nd. For more on Yahoo’s experience baking the cookies, click here.

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POLL: YouTuber Tyler Oakley Made A 12-Minute Video Ranking Different Ways To Eat Potatoes So We Have To Know Which Is Your Favorite?

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Is your spud a stud or a dud?

The potato is really the Meryl Streep of the food world. It is grounded, versatile and adored by many. I’m sure Meryl wouldn’t necessarily like being compared to a root vegetable but it’s not like I’m comparing her to Brussel sprouts. In any event, with all of the ways to enjoy a potato, whether it’d be mashed, fried, baked, boiled or sipped (here’s looking at you Vodka), it couldn’t hurt to have a definitive ranking of all the ways you can enjoy a spud. Well luckily for us YouTuber Tyler Oakley created a nearly 12-minute video dedicated to just this.

In the video, which Tyler describes as “controversial,” the viral sensation breaks down 20 different forms of potato and ranks each one from “God Tier” to a big, old, stinking F. Tyler comes out swinging by stating he does not like the classic baked potato. I feel I have to oppose this strong start because while a baked potato may not be the fanciest way to enjoy the carbohydrate, it is like the little black dress of the potato world. It can be dressed up, dressed down, accessorized and perfect for any occasion. For those keeping track I have now compared a potato to both an Oscar winning actress and a fashion staple. The video continues on with some more controversial tater-takes, hilarious commentary and only two contenders making it to the “God Tier” ranking.

So we want to know, how do you like your taters?

Vote on the poll below to see just how popular your potato is.

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Carla Hall’s Mixed Berry Shortcake Mug-cake Is Exactly What You Need This 4th Of July

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Perfect for making sure your celebration is a hootie-hoot.

The grill gets all the glory at 4th of July celebrations but what cookout would be complete without a little patriotic dessert? Well luckily for us the confectionary queen Carla Hall gave a virtual appearance on The Talk earlier this week and shared a recipe for her Mixed Berry Shortcake Mug Cake. And let me just say it looks good enough to stick a flag in.

In my opinion Carla can do no wrong. Her recipes match her cheery disposition so you know anything she makes is going to put a smile on your face. This recipe seems pretty straight forward even though it contains the word “macerate.” (Don’t worry though, that’s just a fancy way of saying the fruit will soften as you let it sit.) The best part about Carla’s celebratory confection is that eating the entire mug is much more calorie conscious than eating an entire sheet cake so you are really doing your body a favor here. It’s simple math really.

Here’s the recipe:

Mixed Berry Shortcake Mug Cake
(Makes 2 cakes and about 4 cups of macerated strawberries and blueberries)
Strawberries
1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 pint blueberries
1/4 – 1/2 cup strawberry jam
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, if necessary
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Yellow Cake 
⅓ cup all purpose flour
⅓ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla paste or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
Whipped cream
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Prepare the strawberries:
1. Place the cut strawberries, blueberries, jam, sugar (if using), and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Toss to combine. Set aside to macerate.
Make the cakes:
1. Set aside two large mugs (12oz) or microwavable bowls.
2. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) in a medium bowl.
3. Combine the butter and oil. Stir into the dry ingredients.
4. In another small bowl, whisk the egg until light yellow; add in the milk and vanilla. Fold in the flour mixture until combined. Do not over mix.
5. Divide batter between the two mugs. Cook on HIGH for 1½ -2 minutes or until the cake has risen and is set. Cool slightly.
Make the whipped cream:
1. While the cakes cool, prepare the whipped cream. In a metal bowl, combine the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla.
2. Whip until soft peaks form.

Then you just assemble the dessert with the cake on the bottom, berries in the middle and the whipped cream on top and voila the perfect Independence Day dessert is complete. If you want to see Carla make the dessert from start to finish check out the video below!

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Hold Onto Your Bucket, You Can Visit Colonel Sanders on KFC Island In ‘Animal Crossing’

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Kentucky. Fried. Crossing.

If I told you to live in a tent for a few days, pull a bunch of weeds from the lawn and chop down a few trees for lumber that you will then have to turn into tools with your own two hands all while trying to pay off a ridiculous debt that you unwittingly acquired you might think I’m into corporal punishment. Yet, it’s all those things that make Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch so damn addictive.

The life simulation video game has grown unbelievably popular over these last few months and it’s probably because the game provides a great creative outlet that can keep players entertained for hours while remaining home during quarantine. Even some celebrities have jumped on the virtual bandwagon with Elijah Wood, T-Pain, Chrissy Tiegen and more all sharing their obsession on social media. Well scoot over movie stars, big time singers and supermodels because the biggest household name just changed the game (not literally as I’m sure the game has some sort of coding that prevents actual changes to be made but metaphorically the pun works). That’s right, Colonel Sanders has an avatar and an island and is ready to serve up some chicken.

Credit: KFC Philippines Twitter

Earlier this week, the KFC Philippines Twitter account revealed the news that “KFC Island” would be opening for lucky visitors. To get to the island you have to message their Facebook account with the #KFCVirtualStore for a chance at getting a Dodo Code. Because I am one of the many who have fallen in love with this game I know that a Dodo Code is a unique code which can be shared with select visitors to grant them access to your island. I feel like such a gamer. On the Kentucky fried island there is a restaurant that is replicated to look like the real thing! There’s booths, a kitchen and even promotional posters. Oh and as if this wasn’t exciting enough, if you find the Colonel hiding somewhere on the island you could win an 8-piece chicken bucket from KFC…in real life! (The promotion is only valid for players in the Philippines.)

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Visits to the island are only available until June 20th, so be sure to hop on this finger lickin’ experience while you can!

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