1. Always check your clean dishes for burrowing owls…

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  3. S’more keyboard! Nom, nom, nom…

    The PS experts at Gizmodo say:

    "Sadly, it is Photoshopped, as you can tell from a variety of tells and mistakes."

    If only it were real…

    (Source: foolishgadgets.com)

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  6. Broccoli House by Brock Davis

    "I wasn’t able to build my son a treehouse, so I built him this broccoli house instead.

    Made with balsa wood.”

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  8. Popularity of gluten-free baked goods on the rise

    Because they are good! Cakes, muffins, and bread made without gluten used to be dry, tough, and blah. But now, you can scarcely distinguish gluten-free items from their traditional counterparts. Several factors have contributed to this change:

    • Trial and error recipe testing by the likes of Erin McKenna and Shauna James Ahern (Babycakes, anyone?).
    • The increased availability of gluten-free flours and gluten-free mixes.
    • The growing number of gluten-free cookbooks.

    The article includes suggestions for substituting gluten-free flours in your favorite recipes and a ratio for mixing your own gluten-free flour. Ready to test-drive a gluten-free recipe? Here’s the one for the¬†cinnamon sugar cake doughnuts¬†shown above.

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  9. A quick way to peel an entire head of garlic. No tools—other than two deep bowls—required. Totally trying this the next chance we get!

    (Source: saveur.com)

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  10. Is Paula Deen getting more than her share of flak?

    Paula Deen has Type 2 diabetes. (Hands up if you found this revelation shocking. Thaaaaat’s what we thought.) Not surprisingly, there has been a flurry of media coverage, most of it criticizing Deen for continuing to feature/promote less than healthy food for three years before announcing her diagnosis earlier this week—now that she’s a spokesperson for a diabetes program.

    But of the media flurry, we think this little snowflake by John Birdsall is worth pondering. Birdsall asks whether social class and gender might not be playing a role in the way some people (particularly Anthony Bourdain) are responding to Deen’s confession:

    "Perhaps our notions of health and excess are rooted in class. Deen, we assume, speaks to a down-market audience who need to be lectured about nutrition and willpower. Bourdain speaks to the well-heeled traveler for whom a foie gras hot dog is an occasional indulgence, not a moral failing. Right? Or is it somehow acceptable for men to engage in extreme eating, while women have an obligation to show restraint?"

    For more on the connections between gender, class, and food (particularly as they relate to body image), check out Susan Bordo’s Unbearable Weight.

    (Source: Flickr / bunchofpants)

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