National burger day is coming, are you ready?

If you are a foodie, this day is already marked in your diary. May 28, 2015 is National burger day… are you ready?  This is a day when foodies unite for one thing.. the hamburger. Whether you are a vegetarian, non-red meat eater or an all around red meat eater – we shall celebrate!  There are so many different varieties and the best part is you customize the burger to suit you.. just change up the patty to suit your lifestyleye! Although hamburgers originated in Hamburg, Germany, eating the burger in a bun is actually an American innovation.  Let’s carry on the tradition, turn that BBQ up and get to grilling with these lip smacking, mouth watering, sauced up insane burgers..

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Jalapeno cheddar burger. RECIPE1

Cheese filled burgers with barbecue ranch dressing. RECIPE

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LOW CARB BURGER. Sweet potato no bun hamburger. RECIPE

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Daddies open face hamburger. RECIPE

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Mexican chorizo and garlic shrimp burger. RECIPE

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VEGETERIAN YUMMINESS: The ultimate veggie burger. RECIPE

Click here for a rundown on the history of the hamburger. 

What’s your burger style? Tell us how you like to eat your burger in the comments below.

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Cook Mothers Day breakfast like a boss with these delicious ideas. Thanks mom, you rock!

Cheesy-Baked-Egg-ToastCheesy baked egg toast. RECIPE

Biscuits-and-Gravy-Casserole-0350Biscuits and gravy. RECIPE

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Sunrise baked potatoes, eggs and bacon. RECIPE

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Churro french toast. RECIPE

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Bell pepper eggs in a hole. RECIPE

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Maple bacon pancake bites. RECIPE

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Stuffed french toast. RECIPE

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Bacon, spaghetti squash and parmesan fritters. RECIPE

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Epic breakfast cupcakes. RECIPE

Click here for more breakfast ideas. Happy eating. 

Spice up Cinco De Mayo with these blazing recipes and drinks.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Recipe with Lime and Melted Mozzarella (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) – Recipe at  Kaylan’s Kitchen

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Chicken flautas with spicy avocado sauce. Recipe at Heather Christo

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Taco Cupcakes – Recipe at Tablespoon

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Loaded Mexican Pizza – Recipe at Weary Chef

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Mexican Street Corn – Recipe at Team Traeger

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Chili Relleno Dip. Recipe at Dip Recipe Creations

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Spicy Black Bean Empenadas. Recipe at Campbells

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Crock Pot Margarita Chicken Dip. Recipe at Dip Recipe Creations

Cinco De Mayo is all about food, friends, family and celebrations! Take your dessert to the next level with these cinco de mayo inspired treats.  Check out these sweet recipes that will have you licking the bowl!

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Frozen Margarita Bars – Recipe at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

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Margarita Cookies With Salty Sweet Tequila Glaze. Recipe at Love From The Oven

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Churro Chex Mix. Recipe at sweetcharlie.com

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Oreo Taco Cookies. Recipe at Erica’s Sweet Tooth

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Mexican Fried Ice Cream. Recipe at Life in the Lofthouse

and of course.. always make sure there are plenty of jello shots to go around….

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Recipe at Brit & Co

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Agua Fresca. These drinks are delicious and you make them with or without alcohol. Recipe at The Happier Home Maker

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Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots. Ummm yes please! Recipe at Drinked In

Will sing for food – literally. Where to get free stuff on Tax Day 2015

In order to ease the blow of Tax Day, a slew of restaurant chains and retailers are serving up free, discounted foods and coupons on Wednesday April 15. But read carefully: There are some silly stipulations that you might have to follow in order to grab your free stuff. Enjoy!

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HARD ROCK CAFE: Calling all karaoke enthusiasts. Sing for your supper and get a FREE Local Legendary Burger, specifically, an entire rock song (lyrics will be provided) onstage.

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BOSTON MARKET: 2 for the price of 1 meals. On any items including a whole sandwich, salad bowl or other entree option.

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ARBYS: FREE Jalpaeno hushpuppies (this is right up our alley).

PIZZA HUT: Pizza Hut has a gimmick where customers file a “P-2″ form and customers get a gift card in the amount of your “net pizza return.”

TAX DAY CHEAPIES 2015

Via about.com

These aren’t tax day freebies but they’re some great deals that are being offered on tax day, April 15.

  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt – Fill your cup full of frozen yogurt for $4.15.
  • Boston Market – Buy one individual meal and get one for free on April 15 at Boston Market.
  • Sonic Drive-In – Every cheeseburger you buy on April 15 is half off.
  • Schlotzsky’s – Get a free The Original small sandwich with the purchase of chips and a 32 oz. fountain drink. No coupon required.
  • California Tortilla – Whisper the secret password “Taxes Shmaxes” at California Tortilla on Tax Day and you’ll get free chips and queso with any entree purchase.
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Get 15% off your entire meal through April 29 when you show this coupon.
  • Sonny’s BBQ – Get half off a rib dinner on Tax Day.
  • Beef O’ Brady’s – Visit a Beef O’ Brady’s on April 15th to get 15% off your entire bill.
  • Bonefish Grill – Show this coupon to get $10 off your bill. It’s valid through April 20th.
  • McDonalds – Buy one Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese on April 15th and get another for just one penny. This is valid at participating McDonalds locations only.
  • IHOP – Get a short stack of pancakes on April 15th at participating IHOP locations for just $1.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels – Big Bagel Bundle (baker’s dozen of bagels and two tubs of cream cheese) for only $10.40 with this coupon. Valid April 11 – 15.
  • ESquared Hospitality – Get half off all alcoholic beverages at participating ESquared Hospitality locations on Wednesday, April 15th.
  • Burger King – Use this coupon at participating locations to get one free Whopper when you buy one. It’s valid through April 19.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Get 15% off your dinner check through May 3 with this coupon.
  • Babies R Us – Save $8 on all Huggies and Pampers value boxes of diapers through April 30 by using this coupon.
  • Cabela’s – Save up to 60% on online purchases at the Cabela’s Cyberwalk Sale through April 15.
  • Justice – Use this coupon to save 40% on your entire purchase. It’s valid through April 16.
  • Roybal Caribbean International – Valid through April 15, Royal Caribbean will pay for your fees, taxes, and port expenses when you book a cruise.

RETAILER TAX DAY DEALS 

Via huffingtonpost.com

In addition to Tax Day food freebies and deals, GOBankingRates also found a number of offers from retailers. We found the most offers on apparel, as well as sports and outdoor gear, books, and office suppliers.

  • Alloy: A RetailMeNot-exclusive code, AVDRMN, gets shoppers 15 percent to 30 percent off purchases, with shoppers saving more as they spend more. Offer valid through April 30.
  • Ann Taylor: Get 25 percent off full-price items with the coupon code ANNT3BE, good through April 30.
  • Babies”R”Us: Shoppers can use this coupon to get $8 off Pampers or Huggies value boxes of diapers, valid through April 30.
  • Barnes & Noble: With taxes out of the way you might have time to catch up on your reading. If so, use coupon code X8W8L3A when shopping online to get 20 percent off a single item through May 1; exclusions apply.
  • Bon-Ton: Use this coupon to get $25 off when spending $75 or more through April 30.
  • Cabela’s: Shoppers can save online only during the Cyberwalk Sale, which has sporting gear and outdoor equipment marked down up to 60 percent through April 15.
  • Carter’s: Get 25 percent off purchases of $40 and up with code OKSP1514.
  • Dress Barn: Get 20 percent off a purchase by using promo code MMAR20 through April 21.
  • Express: Use coupon code 9068 online or this coupon in store to get 15 percent off through April 30. Some exclusions apply.
  • Finish Line: Through April 30, get $10 off purchases of $100 or more with coupon code APRIL10.
  • Foot Locker: Get 10 percent off when spending $50 or more online when you use code LKS10AFD through April 30.
  • Gap: Shoppers will get $25 of GapCash for every $50 spent through April 26 that can be redeemed May 13 through May 17.
  • HydroMassage: You can get a free HydroMassage experience with this coupon, valid April 13 through April 17.
  • Justice: Get 40 percent off an entire purchase through April 16 by presenting this coupon at checkout.
  • L.L.Bean: Get a $10 gift card for every $50 spent through April 19.
  • Lane Bryant: Save up to $75 with code APRILGCLB through April 22. Savings are tiered by purchase minimums; spending $75 yields a $25 discount, $150 gets you $50 off or $75 off $225.

 

 

Spice up your Easter table with these delicious ideas

Spice Roasted Carrots

SPICY ROASTED CARROTS side dish.  Recipe at The Cilantropist

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SPICY MAC, HAM & CHEESE. Recipe at Flamingo Toes

Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers 500w 7740

Hot and spicy jerk SHRIMP along with sweet and juicy PINEAPPLE on a stick is a fabulous combo! Recipe at Closet Cooking

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SPICY HORSERADISH MACARONI SALAD. Recipe at noblepig.com

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POMEGRANATE – JALAPENO – GLAZED HAM. Recipe at foodandwine.com

Click here for even more lip smacking Easter recipes

One Pot Spicy Taco Rice Skillet

This dish is so versatile, you could add more veggies, add beans or even change up the meat from beef to chicken, turkey, or even a meat substitute. It is fabulous in tacos and burritos, salad bowls- or even baked in a bell pepper! Of course, this is incredibly delicious on it’s own too. There is just something you can’t beat about a creamy, spicy and rich dish that you can make in under 40 minutes in just one pan!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese
  • green onions, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pan, brown beef.
  2. When beef is lightly browned, add diced onions and peppers.
  3. Cook until beef is fully cooked, onions and peppers are soft.
  4. Add can of tomatoes with green chili- no need to drain.
  5. Add salsa, rice, water and stock.
  6. Stir well to combine.
  7. Add in spices and mix, cover.
  8. Let simmer on low until rice is soft and liquid has cooked off.
  9. Top with cheese, stir in until it melts.
  10. Serve!

Recipe & photos courtesy of SweetCDesigns

 

5 Ghost Pepper foods that appear so innocent.

The Bhut Jolokia — also known as Ghost Pepper has been around for many centuries and it is believed to have originated in Assam, India. The word Bhut, given from the Bhutias people, means “ghost” and was probably given the name because of the way the heat sneaks up on the one who eats it. It was only introduced to the western world in 2000. In that same year, a report was published stating it’s level of heat as almost double that of a Red Savina Habanero which was believed to be the world’s hottest pepper. In 2007 The Ghost Pepper was certified as the hottest Chili Pepper on the planet in The Guinness Book of World Records. Here are some foods for the brave… have a huge glass of milk standing by or friends to hold you up.

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 Ghost Pepper Macaroni & Cheese. It’s not for the faint of heart or those who are on the fence about spicy foods. RECIPE by searchingfordessert.com

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Make sure to wear protective kitchen gloves -– and avoid touching your face when making these cute little crackers. RECIPE by Washington Post

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 “Ghost Pepper” combined with a soothing dose of peach jelly and brown sugar creates a sassy chicken wing sauce that is hands down one of the most delicious wing recipes ever eaten! RECIPE by BlogHer.com

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Ghost Pepper Infused Gummi Bears. If you’d like an adorable little gummy treat that’ll burn your face off, Evil Hot Gummi Bears are here to help.  Found at http foodiggity.com

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Along with chili flakes, cayenne pepper and chipotle hot sauce, this Ghost Chili Dog will have you crying or laughing.. its insane! RECIPE by Kitchen Tested

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For more recipes and ideas visit GHOST PEPPER

6 Greatest Football Snack Recipes

HAWAIIAN TWICE BAKED HAM AND SWISS SANDWICHES.  Recipe at http://bit.ly/WF5pi3

HAWAIIAN TWICE BAKED HAM AND SWISS SANDWICHES.
Recipe at http://bit.ly/WF5pi3

PIMENTO CHEESE STUFFED, BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO POPPERS. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1uuPyPH

PIMENTO CHEESE STUFFED, BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO POPPERS.
Recipe at http://bit.ly/1uuPyPH

FRIED MAC & CHEESE. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1hVZIRK

FRIED MAC & CHEESE. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1hVZIRK

SWEET HEAT MOLASSES MEATBALLS. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1qJGMvF

SWEET HEAT MOLASSES MEATBALLS. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1qJGMvF

Buffalo Chicken Cupcake. Recipe at http://bit.ly/QAQbrN

Buffalo Chicken Cupcake. Recipe at http://bit.ly/QAQbrN

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BUFFALO CHICKEN CHEESE FRIES. Recipe at http://bit.ly/1inwn1c

5 Epic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Combos You Must Try

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1. We freakin’ love garlic. When a recipe says “A clove” we read “A bulb.” Our breath could keep up to three states clear of vampires after a meal. Which is precisely why we dig this recipe for Roasted Garlic & Gruyere Cheese Toasties.  (RECIPE)

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2. Grilled cheese is probably my favorite comfort food. Served with Campbell’s Cream of Tomato Soup and I am back to being a kid again. It’s the simple things; cheese, bread, and butter, all melted together, to make one gooey, beautiful feast; that make me sit back and say, “aaahhh… life is good.” Then when you add apples and bacon to the mix, it only gets better. Of course, doesn’t everything get better with bacon? (RECIPE)

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3. Why don’t sweet potato and melted cheese go on dates more often? They’re perfect together. (RECIPE)

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4. Sometimes you need to tuck your napkin into your shirt and look like a rich, stuffy old man when you eat. This would be one of those times. Between the bacon grease and the guacamole, you could wind up with part of this sandwich on your t-shirt. You’d then have to eat that t-shirt. (RECIPE)

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5. Chocolate and Cheese – seriously? Why does this sound insanely good? The combination of sweet, bitter and savory all in one mouthful makes me salivate uncontrollably. Going to make this now. Goodbye! (RECIPE)

The top 5 insane burgers of 2014 (so far)

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Sara Norris

1. Slater’s 50/50 Bracket Burgers
We blindly support anything Slater’s 50/50 does, but perhaps their most stunning achievement came this past May, when they ran a bracket of their greatest burger hits. It included this hot mess (in a good way!), the Supreme Nacho Burger.

 

The Vulgar Chef

The Vulgar Chef

2. Rice Krispies Treats bun burger

Packing enough calories to put Snap, Crackle, and Pop into food comas, here is the sweet treat burger in all its glory. Topped with peanut butter and bacon, this will be a taste you may never forget. You’re welcome.

The Habit

The Habit

3.  The Habit Burger

Creating habits since 1969, The Habit serves all kinds of burgers from The Santa Barbara Style to the Teriyaki Charburger. Make sure you get a side of the tempura fried green beans.

ALBERT LAW

ALBERT LAW

4. Lark Creek Steak – San Francisco
Our last two burgers are right here in the heart of San Fran. The steakburgers are all aged beef, ground in-house, and often include scraps chopped away while butchering more expensive cuts of meat, like rib eyes and Wagyu filets. The cowboy-style burger tacks on bacon and crispy onion.

 

ALBERT LAW

ALBERT LAW

5. Spork
While the Valencia St. restaurant has finally added a “normal” burger, we prefer the innovative inside-out burger: Two 4 oz. Marin Sun Farms patties on the outside encase the house-baked bun. It also comes with all the trimmings, as you can see, and the smashed new-potato fries are not to be missed. How do you eat it? With a knife and spork. Obviously.

Do you have a favorite burger? Tell us about it. Published by Hotlicks 2014