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Friendly PSA: Milano Pumpkin Spice Cookies Are Now Back on Store Shelves!

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A whole two months before Halloween, the floodgates have been opened, and pumpkin spice season is upon us! *Cue excessive tears of joy.* Hot on the heels of the mouthwatering pumpkin pie-flavored M&M’s release, we’ve just learned that not one but three of our favorite Fall-themed cookies are officially back on store shelves. According to Instagram user snackbetch, Pepperidge Farm’s Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies, Pumpkin Spice Milanos, and Caramel Apple Pie cookies are now available once again at both Safeway and Walmart. Heck yes!

To be clear, these three sweet treats are nothing new, as we already taste-tested them last year, among a multitude of other Fall-ready store-bought goodies. But now that they’re back in action, you officially have our permission to dive headfirst into all things pumpkin spice until Oct. 31 arrives.

30+ Cheesy Vegetarian Appetizers, Because Cheese Makes Everything Better

When it comes to appetizers, we’ll take everything with extra cheese, please. These 32 recipes are so good, you’d never guess they’re all vegetarian (because what else do you need when you have copious amounts of cheese?). Whether you’re looking for something to serve at your next girls’ night in or you want to keep your favorite cheesy appetizer all to yourself, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this gloriously cheese-filled list of recipes.

11 Reasons You’re Going to Want to Shop at Lidl

Lidl is finally about to make its grand entrance in the United States! The European grocery store, which is akin to Trader Joe’s or Aldi, will officially start opening stores in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia this Summer. If you’ve never heard of it, allow us to help you. Not only will we tell you what you can buy at Lidl, but we’ve also given you 11 amazing reasons – other than fun food products – that will make you want to shop there as soon as a store lands in your neighborhood.

  1. The store ensures lower prices by letting you bag your own groceries. Lidl also keeps prices down by storing items in boxes rather than shelving them.
  2. All fresh and frozen seafood will be certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), or the Aquaculture Stewardship Council.
  3. Most products in the store will be brands exclusive to Lidl. This makes the shopping experience one of a kind. In looking at a sampling of the products recently, I got Dean and Deluca vibes (a high-end grocer in New York City), but with ridiculously low prices. That’s the kind of store I can get on board with.
  4. Each store will have a bakery near the entrance where bread, pastries, and other bits of deliciousness will be made fresh every day.
  5. The stores will be super easy to shop – they’ll only have six aisles!
  6. Lidl will offer more than just food. There will be a constantly changing selection of nonfood items like fitness gear, small kitchen appliances, toys, and outdoor furniture.
  7. The new US stores will create 5,000 jobs by next year.
  8. The stores’ wine selection is curated by a master of wines. For the record, only about 350 people with that title exist in the entire world!
  9. Lidl is partnering with Feeding America to donate food to those in need.
  10. You’ll be able to shop before you know it. Lidl is opening its first 20 stores in Summer 2017, with the first batch opening their doors on June 15.
  11. Even Food Network chef Amanda Freitag is a fan of the store. She specifically loves the bread selection, she said at an event announcing the new stores.

Get Your Wallets Ready For DQ’s BOGO Blizzards – You Can Get 1 For 99 Cents!

To celebrate this Summer’s solar eclipse, Dairy Queen is offering a supersweet deal for Blizzard fans. Starting on eclipse day, Aug. 21, and running through Sept. 3, DQ Blizzards will be available as part of a buy one, get one for $.99 deal. You heard correctly: a Blizzard for under a dollar! Participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations nationwide will be offering all Blizzards – including the Triple Truffle – as part of this deal to not only celebrate the eclipse but to send Summer out in style. So grab a spoon and put on your solar eclipse playlist, because obviously, and get a buddy who loves ice cream as much as you. Dairy Queen is waiting.

Cecily Strong’s 20-Second, 2-Ingredient Nachos Will Make You LOL

I’m reminiscing with SNL‘s Cecily Strong about our earliest Triscuit memories. “When I grew up, my mom would put Triscuits with shredded cheddar cheese in the microwave for 20 seconds. It was our version of nachos,” she tells me. What a thrifty hack, especially for those all-too-often days when we must be extra resourceful in the kitchen. However, she’s refined her Triscuit snack-making as of late. Cecily explains, “I’ve moved on to goat cheese.” She’s referring to her favorite Triscuit topping. “[I]f theaters would sell me goat cheese and garlic with Triscuit crackers, I’d give them all my money,” Cecily told Bon Appetit magazine in an interview. From this declaration, a partnership formed, and Cecily is now starring in two Triscuit ad campaigns.

Cecily is gearing up for the second advertisement to air on Aug. 21. This time, it’s to promote Triscuit’s Non-GMO Project Certification and its commitment to containing only three simple ingredients: whole grain wheat, oil, and sea salt. In the meantime, she’s taking a much-needed break before SNL picks back up again this Fall. She says last season “was an intense season” and she’s “still unpacking it.” Though she couldn’t pinpoint a favorite sketch from last season (“It’s so hard – it moves so fast.”) she did say she “really enjoyed working with two writers, James [Anderson] and Kent [Sublette].” Cecily added that she also loves “any time we get to play with animals;” see Gemma with the mini pig.

What Genius Do You Have to Thank For the Root Beer Float?

The root beer float, a simultaneously sweet and refreshing dessert beverage made of fizzy root beer and thick vanilla ice cream, is a dessert people have enjoyed for decades. Whom do you have to thank for the blissful invention? His name was Frank Wisner, the owner of Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company in Colorado.

It’s said that on an August night in 1893, Wisner gazed out of a window as he thought about the root beer sodas he was inventing. When he noticed the full moon shining over the snow-capped Cow Mountain, he was instantly reminded of a scoop of ice cream. The next day, he dropped scoops of vanilla ice cream into Myers Avenue Red Root Beer. The result was a frothy, creamy beverage tasting strongly of honey, bourbon vanilla, and cloves, softened by sweet ice cream. It was a hit that locals called the “Black Cow,” and today it’s enjoyed nationwide as the root beer float.

You may not be able to personally thank Wisner for his creativity today, but you can definitely show appreciation by whipping up a root beer float of your own.

Ina Garten Swears by This 6-Ingredient Summer Pasta Recipe

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When Ina Garten says she’s found the “easiest, freshest Summer dinner ever,” you know it’s going to be good. The Food Network host and all-around culinary goddess shared an Instagram video of her recipe for Summer Garden Pasta, and we know what we’re having for dinner. The light and seasonal pasta recipe only calls for a few ingredients besides staples like olive oil and salt: angel hair pasta, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, red pepper flakes, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.

While the preparation is beyond easy, you’ll have to practice a little bit of patience and allow yourself a few hours to marinate the tomatoes. Ina recommends allowing the tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and red pepper flakes to sit in a bowl covered in plastic wrap for about four hours. It seems time-consuming, but it’s totally worth it – the tomatoes soak up the salt and olive oil to become even juicier, and the garlic and chili flakes add layers of flavor. Besides that, all you have to do is cook the angel hair (in three minutes!) and toss with the marinated tomatoes, basil, and cheese, and dinner is served. As Ina would say, “How easy is that?”

Get the recipe: Ina Garten’s Summer Garden Pasta

Quick Avocado Pasta Your Whole Family Will Love

Preparing a family dinner that even the pickiest eaters in your household will adore is an ambitious undertaking. However, the key to creating a dish that kids and parents can agree on is a union of sophisticated flavors with kid-friendly elements. This flavorful and vegetable-packed recipe made with pasta is something your family can prepare together and savor. Read on for the tasty recipe that will encourage your family to linger over dinner.

Avocado and Cherry Tomato Pasta

Original Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 1 box penne pasta
  2. 2 avocados
  3. Zest of 1 lemon
  4. Juice of 1 lemon
  5. Juice of 1 lime
  6. 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  7. 1 bunch of basil
  8. Cherry tomatoes, halved
  9. Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. While pasta cooks, add avocado, lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, 1/2 cup fresh basil, salt, and pepper to a food processor. Blend until smooth.
3. Once pasta is cooked, drain and combine with avocado sauce. Add 1/4 cup fresh basil and cherry tomatoes and stir to combine.
4. Garnish with zest from 1/2 lemon and serve warm or cold.