Put popcorn on your Super Bowl snack roster

Put popcorn on your Super Bowl snack roster

The salty—or sweet—goodness. The crispy crunch. The buttery, finger-licking mess. It’s hard to imagine that those little, white fluff balls of deliciousness are whole grains wrapped in only 133 calories per cup—well, when “lightly” buttered, that is. Yet it’s not difficult to understand why Popcorn Day exists. After all, Americans chow down on 16 billion quarts of popcorn annually, according to the Popcorn Board. Opinions differ on when Popcorn Day is; some say Jan. 19, while others opt for Super Bowl Sunday.

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10 super slow-cooker recipes for game day

10 super slow-cooker recipes for game day

The worst thing about hosting a Super Bowl party is that you’re stuck in the kitchen preparing and serving food while everyone else is gathered in front of the TV drinking beer. Enter the slow cooker, which as one brand brags, you can “set and forget.” Make taco filling or if you prefer more sophisticated fare, there are lots of slow cooker recipes online that don’t resemble anything that came out of a slow cooker in the 1970s. Here are some recipes from … (read more)

Super Cool Suspended Bedroom Creatively Maximizes 50m2 Apartment

The Chez Valentin Apartment in Montrouge, France is pretty small at only 50 m2 but the condo owner still wanted to have an impendent bedroom somewhere in the space. Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec Architects met the challenge by suspending a white cube from the ceiling to create a completely separate and independent bedroom within the open space below. Centrally located, the bedroom acts as a room divider between the dining area and the living area. Made of a metallic structure, covered with wooden panels, the cube as … (read more)

Five super cleaning products for the super scrubbers

Five super cleaning products for the super scrubbers

Do you tackle an average of 18 cleaning tasks each week over a total of five hours? If so, you’re part of an influential breed of cleaners dubbed “cleaning routinists” by S.C. Johnson & Son. As the Wall Street Journal reports, manufacturers are courting these power scrubbers with advanced cleaning products that, they hope, will ultimately be embraced by the mainstream. “It’s like if you’re designing running wear and testing it on triathletes,” Don Frey, Method’s vice president of … (read more)

Food safety tips to prevent sidelining your Super Bowl guests

Food safety tips to prevent sidelining your Super Bowl guests

No matter what team you’re cheering for, the Super Bowl is a long game, typically four hours not counting the pre- and post-portions. That’s twice as long as it takes for bacteria to start multiplying in food that’s been left at room temperature for too long. As the host of a viewing party, make sure you observe the two-hour rule so your guests don’t remember your party for all the wrong reasons.

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A top-notch blender could be your Super Bowl party MVP

A top-notch blender could be your Super Bowl party MVP

Scrambling to plan the menu for a last-minute Super Bowl party? A blender could handle a lot of the meal prep, from pre-game pass-arounds to the post-game desserts. But it has to be the right machine. In our latest report on blenders, Consumer Reports spotted several top models that should be up to the challenge. Here are three brands to consider, along with sample party menus drawn from their respective recipe books, available online.

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