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8 insanely mouth-watering recipes to satisfy you on National Meatball Day.

Every year pounds of meat are rolled into balls, flavored, dipped, battered, baked, fried or bbqed and consumed by the masses. On National Meatball Day, 2015 we introduce you to some of the greatest meatball recipes we could find on the world wide web. Warning, you may drool, head to the store and attempt these recipes at home. Cheers to National Meatball Day! The greatest day of the year.. so far!

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Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs. Recipe at bsugarmama.com

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It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere Friday: Bourbon Meatballs. Recipe at theviewfromgreatisland.com

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French onion stuffed meatballs. Recipe at orwhateveryoudo.com

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Smokey mesquite bbq meatball sliders. Recipe at toprecipeblog.com

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Meatball Sub on a Stick. Recipe at cookiesandcups.com

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Honey-Balsamic BBQ Meatballs. Recipe at iowagirleats.com

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Healthy 30 minute Sriracha teriyaki meatball bowls. Recipe at bakerbynature.com

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Spicy Lasagna with Sausage Meatballs. Recipe at theviewfromgreatisland.com

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Slow Cooker Spicy Chex Mex Recipe

SLOW COOKER CHEX MIX

Did you know that your favorite homemade Chex Mix recipe can be made in the slow cooker? Give it a try!

INGREDIENTS

  • 9 cups Chex cereal (I used equal parts corn, rice, and wheat Chex)
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup Cheerios
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/3 cup (6 Tablespoons) butter, melted and hot
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon (or more depending on your spicy preference) of your favorite chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Add cereal, pretzels, cheerios and peanuts to the bowl of a slow cooker.

In a separate bowl, whisk together butter and seasoned salt, chili powder until the salt is dissolved.  Stir in the Worcestershire sauce until combined.

Drizzle the sauce evenly over the top of the cereal mixture.  Toss for about 1 minute, or until the mixture is evenly combined.

Cover and slow cook on low for 3 hours,  stirring at the 1 hour, 2 hour and 2.5 hour marks so that the mixture does not burn.  Then spread the mixture out onto a few baking sheets or parchment paper in an even layer until it cools to room temperature.  Serve, or store in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.

Original recipe and photos courtesy of Gimme Some Oven: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-chex-mix-recipe/

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

 

6 jobs that actually exist in this world.

1. ICE CREAM TASTER

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Yes, this is an actual paid position. John Harrison, he has the most delicious job in the business. As Official Ice Cream Taster for Dreyers Ice Cream (not to be confused with Breyers), John gets paid to sample three cartons of each flavor daily to check product quality. He claims the gig isn’t all fun and games since he must maintain a strict, spice-free diet; however, being surrounded by Rocky Road sounds like a sweet deal nonetheless.

2. LAUGHTER THERAPIST

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Goodbye Tears.. laughter may just be the best medicine. Laughing is an excellent way to reduce stress in our lives, and can help you to cope with and survive a stressful lifestyle. We were born with the gift of laughter. Laughter is a natural medicine. It lifts our spirits and makes us feel happy. Laughter is a contagious emotion. It can bring people together. It can help us feel more alive and empowered. Laughter therapy, also called humor therapy, is the use of humor to promote overall health and wellness. It aims to use the natural physiological process of laughter to help relieve physical or emotional stresses or discomfort. HAHAHA

3. Feng Shui Consultant

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Feng Shui can be used in any space – home, office, garden, store, etc. Accordingly, a Feng Shui decorator will account for color, lighting, and organization in a room. Feng Shui consultants can be self-taught, but may also have formal certification or training. Go on, organize.. and get paid.

4. Pick-up Artist Instructor

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“PUA,” or “pick up artist” training is sometimes sought after by men who have difficulty meeting women. A “PUA bootcamp” can cost as much as $3,000, and are held in locations all over the world. The most prominent PUA instructor is James Matador, whose “Mystery Method” of attracting women was made famous by his reality television show on VH1. Wow.

5. Academy Awards Ballot Counter

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For the past 72 years, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Entertainment and Media practice has been counting the ballots cast for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Academy Awards. The two partners who run the 10-day ballot-counting team get to sit backstage and pass out the envelopes with the winners’ names inside. Inside Public Accounting says the average compensation for an accounting partner was $452,744.. Since your odds of becoming one of the two partners handling the task are as remote as your odds of winning an Academy Award, consider an alternative: working as an accountant in the entertainment industry.

and lastly…

6. SELLING YOUR LIFE

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Mike Merrill used his business brain to invest in something most people wouldn’t ever risk: himself. He decided to split himself into $100,000 shares at a $1 a piece allowing shareholders to run his life as they please. In other words they choose his significant others, the food he eats, his hair style, you name it.

Happy Labor Day!

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

25 hot dogs that went above and beyond

1. Loaded Cheddar Hot Dogs

Loaded Cheddar Hot Dogs

Extra credit awarded for bacon bits. Get the recipe.

2. Banh Mi Hot Dogs

Banh Mi Hot Dogs

Everything a sophisticated dog could want: cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro, jalapeño and peanuts. Get the recipe.

3. Mac ‘n’ Cheese Dogs

Mac 'n' Cheese Dogs

Hello, lover. Get the recipe.

4. Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dogs

Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dogs

These are great for a big group, since you can cook the dogs right IN the chili and let guests go fish for their own. Get the recipe.

5. Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs with Cheddar Beer Sauce

Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs with Cheddar Beer Sauce

If a hot dog believes it can be a pretzel, who are you to deny its dreams? Get the recipe.

6. Honey Mustard Slaw Dog

Honey Mustard Slaw Dog

Shredding it. Get the recipe.

7. Buffalo Hot Dogs

Buffalo Hot Dogs

Blue cheese, celery bits, spicy buffalo mayo, and a drizzle of Frank’s for good measure. Get the recipe.

8. Reuben Hot Dogs

Reuben Hot Dogs

Wrapped in pastrami, buried in swiss and sauerkraut, and good enough for anybody’s bubbe. Get the recipe.

9. Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Hot Dogs

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Hot Dogs

The love child of a jalapeño popper and a hot dog. Get the recipe.

10. Tot Dog

Tot Dog

Tots, cheese sauce, sour cream, and bacon. Get ten more awesome topping ideas here.

11. Pulled Pork Hot Dogs with Broccoli Slaw

Pulled Pork Hot Dogs with Broccoli Slaw

It must be good for you if it involves broccoli, right? (RIGHT?) Get the recipe.

12. Texas Corn Dogs

Texas Corn Dogs

Corn chili + Fritos. Well, alrighty. Get the recipe.

13. Crunchy Nacho Crescent Dogs

Crunchy Nacho Crescent Dogs

Wrap a hot dog and a piece of American cheese inside a piece of crescent roll dough. Now roll them in crushed tortilla chips, bake, and congratulate yourself on being a genius. Get the recipe.

14. Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa

Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa

Who needs a vacation when you’ve got tropical dogs? Get the recipe.

15. Green Chile Mole Hot Dogs

Green Chile Mole Hot Dogs

A little bit of peanut butter is the secret ingredient in this spicy mole. Get the recipe.

16. Sloppy Dogs

Sloppy Dogs

Joe? Who’s Joe? Get the recipe.

17. Homemade Corn Dogs

Homemade Corn Dogs

Step aside, state fair. Get the recipe.

18. Sriracha Guacamole Hot Dogs

Sriracha Guacamole Hot Dogs

If you’re gonna have guac, make it hot guac. Get the recipe.

19. Coney Island Hot Dogs

Coney Island Hot Dogs

That’s a dog with chili, onions and mustard, to you. Get the recipe.

20. BLT Hot Dogs with Caraway Remoulade

BLT Hot Dogs with Caraway Remoulade

Your favorite sandwich just got dog’d. Get the recipe.

21. French Onion Hot Dogs

French Onion Hot Dogs

Tres chic. Get the recipe.

22. Yum Dogs

Yum Dogs

What could go wrong with a bacon-wrapped dog nestled in a pile of Asian-style slaw? Honestly, nothing. Get the recipe.

23. Mexican Hot Dogs

Mexican Hot Dogs

We’re talking avocado, cilantro, cheese and chipotle mayo. Get the recipe.

24. Hot Dogs with Kimchi Relish

Hot Dogs with Kimchi Relish

Finally, a good excuse to throw out the weird little jar of pickle relish that’s been languishing in your fridge. You won’t need it anymore. Get the recipe.

25. Cowboy Hot Dogs

Cowboy Hot Dogs

Onion, bacon, cheddar, barbecue sauce and more. Get the recipe.

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SPICE + CHOCOLATE + ICE CREAM = Summer!

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This recipe produces cookies and pecans that have a noticeable, but not overwhelming, heat. If you’re comfortable with medium-heat salsas, these will probably be perfect for you. If you like less spice, feel free to decrease the cayenne by half, and if you like more, increase it by a bit to really feel the burn! I like making these sandwiches with cinnamon ice cream, but coffee or chocolate ice cream would also be delicious.
Author: Elizabeth LaBau
Ingredients
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, cubed
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 7½ oz (1 cup) packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4¼ oz (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1 oz (1/3 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips (can substitute finely chopped chocolate)
For the Spicy Candied Pecans:
  • 2 cups pecan pieces or halves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 quart ice cream, flavor of choice
Instructions
To Make the Spicy Chocolate Cookies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, and cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the butter and semi-sweet chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after every 30 seconds, just until the butter and chocolate melt. Stir until smooth, then set aside for a few minutes to allow the chocolate/butter to cool to lukewarm.
  2. Add the brown sugar and whisk it in. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. After the last egg is added, keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and shiny, like chocolate pudding. This might take 1-2 minutes of steady whisking. Add the vanilla and whisk it in.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir them together with a spatula. Finally, add the mini chocolate chips and stir them in.
  4. Scoop large spoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet. You should get about 24 cookies from this batch. Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes at 350 F, until the outside is puffed and shiny, but the center is still soft. Cool the cookies completely before assembling the ice cream sandwiches.
To Make the Spicy Candied Pecans:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the pecans on the baking sheet and toast them in the oven until dark and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Stir every 3 or 4 minutes.
  2. While the pecans are toasting, prepare the coating mixture. Microwave the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl until melted. Stir in the brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne.
  3. Once the pecans are fragrant, remove them from the oven and pour the hot nuts into the coating mixture. (Be careful as it might splutter and hiss.) Stir until the nuts are evenly coated, and pour them back onto the foil-lined baking sheet and spread them in an even layer.
  4. Bake for another 10 minutes, stirring after every 3-4 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the nuts from the oven and allow them to cool and crisp up on the baking sheet.
To Assemble the Sandwiches:
  1. Coarsely chop 1 cup of spicy pecans. Let the ice cream sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, just until it starts to soften slightly. Place 1 scoop of ice cream on top of a cookie, and top it with a second cookie. Press down slightly so the ice cream is squished to the edges of the cookie. Take a handful of chopped nuts and press them into the sides of the ice cream. Serve immediately.

Father’s Day Brunch – Spicy Sausage Gravy

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces pork sausage $
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/3 cups milk $
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite hot spice – check out http://bit.ly/1nTa5NY

Directions:

  1. Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove sausage, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet.
  2. Whisk flour into hot drippings until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, 5 to 7 minutes or until thickened. Stir in sausage, salt, and pepper.
Original recipe by Southern Living

How to Cool Your Tongue After Eating Spicy Food

1. Before eating the spicy food, eat something sweet and cold, such as ice cream or fruit.
2. Put sugar in your mouth, and suck on it for about 20 seconds.
3. Drink milk or another dairy product.
4.Drink beer. The carbohydrates in the beer also coat your tongue and decrease the heat levels.
5. Eat something light and fluffy, such as wheat products, bread, muffins, bagels, etc.
6. Chew a good sized slice of lemon or lime with the skin to take away the spiciness. The oil from the citrus skin will strip the oil of the chili from your tongue.
7. Eat tomatoes.

DO NOT

  • Do not drink plain water because water simply spreads the capsaicin around on your tongue.
  • Do not suck out all the saliva!! That helps cool you down too.
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