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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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Socially Distant Food Fest Will Bring You Chicken Wings From Tyra Banks, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Anderson And More

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Can’t host a food fest this year? Ain’t no thing but a chicken wing.

The annual Wing Fest, hosted by Off The Menu, had to get creative when it came to this year’s food festival. Since 2020 has just been one giant epic fail after another the public cannot convene in one space to enjoy the scrumptious snack that is the chicken wing. Rather than canceling or postponing the event, Off The Menu has partnered with Uber Eats to create the Wing Showdown: a fundraising event where consumers vote for the wings that belong to their favorite celebrities.

Beginning on July 29th and running through August 2nd, celebrities like Tyra Banks, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Anderson and Haylie Duff will partner with restaurants so their wings can be delivered straight to your door. Each celebrity contestant will also post a video sharing their recipe on the Showdown siteso you can make each variation from home if you prefer a truly distant experience. Here’s what each celeb has cooked up:

  • Shaquille O’Neal – Shaq’s Big Chicken Hot Wings come coated in Nashville-style hot sauce
  • Haylie Duff – Haylie’s Honey Buffalo Wings feature a Texas-style dry rub and a sweet-and-spicy buffalo sauce
  • Jessie James Decker – “Just Feed Me” Chicken Wings are Jessie James Decker’s wings, which come grilled and spiced with Cajun seasoning
  • Tyler Cameron – Tyler’s Tangy Wings, from Tyler Cameron, get smoked in a brown sugar dry rub, then tossed in BBQ sauce
  • Snoop Dogg – Get Tha Chip” Fried Chicken Wings are Snoop’s signature wings, and they’re coated in potato chips and then deep fried
  • Phil Heath – Mr. Olympia’s Cheat Meal Wings are Phil Heath’s wings, fried and tossed in a honey Sriracha glaze
  • Anthony Anderson – Anthony’s Sticky, Garlicky Salt & Pepper Wingsare Anthony Anderson’s wings come twice-fried and doused in garlic sauce and three types of pepper
  • Zac Posen – The “Wingin’ It With Zac” option is Posen’s signature wings, and they’re topped with a honey and soy sauce blend
  • Tyra Banks – Tyra’s “Smize With Your Wings” are fried and tossed in a sweet-and-spicy maple glaze
  • Jo Koy – Koydobo Wings are Jo Koy’s wings, and a take on his family’s Filipino adobo chicken recipe

Once you’ve tried all 10 wings…ok I guess you don’t have to try all ten but what else do you have going on in quarantine?!…then simply go to the Off The Menu site to vote. The wings range in price from $12-$16 with proceeds from the contest going to charities like the Center For Policing Equity. And don’t worry if you’re not based in L.A, the Wing Showdown spans over nine cities this year NYC, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Toronto.

To check out each celebrity recipe or to find out more information on where to get your wings, click here!

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Ben &Jerry’s Shared Their Secret Recipe For Edible Cookie Dough And It Looks Dough Good

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Finally, a fearless way to eat cookies in their truest form.

By now, we know that the raw eggs and untreated flour in cookie dough can make us sick. By now, we also know there’s no resisting the urge to sneak a taste of that delectable dough right from the bowl it was mixed in. We are only human! Well, there is a way to enjoy all the raw cookie dough you want by simply omitting the eggs and heat treating the flour and luckily for us, Ben & Jerry’s just shared their scrumptious looking secret recipe.

Credit: Ben & Jerry’s

First things first: how the heck do you heat treat flour? According to Ben & Jerry’s official website “there are two main ways to heat treat flour so that it’s safe to eat in edible cookie dough. The easiest method is to microwave your flour on high until it reaches 165°F throughout. Use an instant-read thermometer to make sure that it has all reached 165°F, then stir it into your edible cookie dough recipe as usual. The other method is to heat your flour in a conventional oven. Spread the flour out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake it in a preheated oven at 300°F in 2-minute intervals, checking the temperature after each interval until it reaches 165°F throughout.”

Sounds simple enough! The edible dough making process is actually altogether simple, plus it will keep in an airtight container for one week in the fridge or six months in the freezer. Who has that kind of self control to wait six months to enjoy the deliciousness?

Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time:  15 minutes
Total Yield: About 2 cups

  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup flour
  •  ½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat treat your flour. Do not skip this step!
  2. Using a stand mixer, beat the sugar and butter until fluffy.
  3. Add in the vanilla, cream, and salt and mix to combine.
  4. Add the heat treated flour and mix to incorporate.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips
  6. Enjoy! No more worrisome dough eating!

This recipe is definitely a game changer and with the seal of approval from Ben & Jerry’s you know it’s going to be delicious!

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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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