The Perfect Grill If You Are Completely Afraid of Grilling

The Big Green Egg: no, it’s not a Dr. Seuss book, it’s a grill, and you’re going to want to get your hands on one. For years, I’ve heard grilling enthusiasts gush about it and have even eaten at restaurants that boast the meat is Big Green Egg-grilled a few times. When I found out that my co-worker Bjorn is the proud owner of one, I nicely asked if I could invite myself over to check it out, and he graciously agreed.

When Bjorn stripped the egg of its protective nest covering, it was like a magician unveiling a trick. The Big Green Egg sparkled, and so did my eyes. He explained that beyond being completely in love with the grill, he’s a big fan of the product’s eggcessories, the fire starters and charcoal being two “egg-sentials.” I was amazed how easy it was to build the fire, start it, and control the heat. One of my favorite features of the BGE (look at me, sounding all legitimate) is the thermometer on the grill, so you can constantly monitor the heat. Though the Big Green Egg can easily and quickly reach 700°F (and higher!), the temperature can just as easily come down using the sliding air flow controls located on the top of the bottom of the grill.

As we waited for the BGE to come to temperature, Bjorn schooled me on the features. That night, we used the BGE as a grill only, but it can also serve as a smoker and outdoor oven. According to another POPSUGAR employee, the baking stone eggcessory is a must as BGE pizza is just as good, if not better, than pizza from a wood-burning oven. After seeing the BGE in action, I can see how.

We roasted asparagus in a flash (less than a minute!!) and a whole lamb leg in under an hour. It turned out succulent and perfectly medium-rare on the inside while evenly caramelized on the outside. It was a true marvel how little fussing we had to do over the coals and the meat.

The BGE is like the Apple of the grilling world. It’s exceptionally designed and constructed. It’s so easy to use, you hardly need an instruction manual. You’ll feel an immense boost of confidence in your ability to grill, even if you are a total newbie. Yet, even seasoned grillers will salivate over the BGE’s immaculate features. So here’s where things get a little disheartening: the price tag. While there are a bunch of different BGE sizes, the smallest one (the mini) is $699. Eeks! Here’s to throwing your loose change in a piggy bank, because you will definitely want to save up for this grilling toy.

67 No-Cook Recipes For When You’re Feeling Hot and Can’t Be Bothered

In the middle of a heat wave? Don’t give up on cooking entirely. Instead, stay cool during these dog days of Summer with these no-cook recipe ideas, including everything from breakfast to salads to sweets – none of which require the use of your oven or your stove.

– Additional reporting by Hilary White

Giada’s Ingenious Hack Will Change the Way You Eat Leftover Spaghetti

Giada De Laurentiis’s fans have a new way to get even more recipes from the Italian guru thanks to the launch of her new lifestyle site, Giadzy. This recipe for pasta nests proves that Giada is not only a master of cooking pasta, but also of using up the leftovers in a creative way. Instead of simply reheating her spaghetti, Giada repurposes it into an entirely new meal or afternoon snack by creating individual “nests” of spaghetti in a muffin tin. After adding plenty of freshly grated parmesan cheese to the pasta and portioning it into a muffin tin greased with olive oil, Giada adds the cherry on top: a fresh mozzarella ball that gets nice and gooey in the oven. Get a quick rundown of the dish in the Instagram video below, and then head to Giadzy for the full recipe.

Leftover pasta? Make @giadadelaurentiis’ genius pasta “nests” 🍝 Great for kids’ lunch too!

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Get the recipe: Giada’s pasta nests

The Most Decadent Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon Items Available Around the World

No childhood trip to the mall was complete without a pit stop for a warm Auntie Anne’s pretzel or a gooey Cinnabon cinnamon roll. And as much as we’ve come to know and love the items available across the US, we’ve got proof that the menu items available internationally are even better. Prepare for a serious pretzel craving as you discover the most decadent Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon items available around the world, and you just might be adding these to your sightseeing list.

No Fall Breakfast Is Complete Without Pumpkin Spice Rolls, Am I Right?

Your breakfast is about to get awesome, thanks to Pillsbury Grands Pumpkin Spice Rolls. The popular brand is bringing back one of its limited-edition favorites for the season, and we’re seeing them slowly roll out to grocery stores all over the place.

The rolls are packed with pumpkiny goodness and all the spices that go along with it. And of course no Pillsbury Grands roll is complete without the sweet and creamy icing, and these are no different. We highly recommend getting your hands on a can of these as soon as you see them, because they won’t be on shelves for very long.

8 Fun Facts From Dairy Queen That Will Make You Crave a Blizzard

We reached out to a Dairy Queen representative to get the scoop behind one of the most beloved ice cream shops, and the results will make you hungry for a Blizzard. Ahead, discover eight interesting facts you might not have known about the creator of the chocolate-dipped cone, the most popular Blizzard flavor, and how you can treat yourself to discounts beyond Free Cone Day.

The iconic Blizzard was created in 1985.

“One of our franchisees created the wildly popular Blizzard Treat in 1985. Since then, we have been combining cookies, chocolates, nuts, fruits, and candies with our signature DQ soft serve to create the iconic Blizzard Treat. More than 100 million Blizzard treats were sold in the first year alone.” As for the signature chocolate-dipped soft serve, the idea came from a customer’s request. “Long ago, one of our fans asked a franchisee how they can have a touch of chocolate with their soft serve, and the chocolate-dipped cone was born.”

One of the most popular menu items isn’t dessert.

“Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Treats and soft-serve cones are two of the most popular items on the menu. In addition to our iconic soft-serve treats, our fans love our $5 Buck Lunch. The Deluxe Cheeseburger or the three-piece Chicken Strips are served with crispy fries, a 21-ounce beverage, and a choice of DQ’s sundae. We also offer limited time only $5 Buck Lunch specials throughout the year.”

Learning how to create the signature DQ curl is part of employee training.

“Creating the signature curl on top of our cone is an art. This is part of our team-member training. It’s all in the wrist!”

Dairy Queen has a dedicated research & development team that dreams up menu ideas.

When we asked about how DQ comes up with new desserts like the Treatzza Pizza, the spokesperson said, “Dairy Queen has an entire research and development team dedicated to product testing and creating innovative new menu items. We looked at the popularity of pizza and said, ‘Hey, we can do that in a sweeter way.’ Thus Treatzza Pizza was born.”

The most popular Blizzard is . . .

“Oreo is our most popular Blizzard Treat. Any Blizzards with chocolate are also fan favorites. Every month, we add a new Blizzard Treat to the menu for a limited time, which are also very popular. For example, our most recent Guardians of the Galaxy Blizzard was created as part of our promotion with Marvel. Then there is the popularity of our seasonal Blizzard Treats, which we bring back annually, such as Pumpkin Pie, Mint Oreo, and Candy Cane Chill.”

There’s a history behind the famous Dilly Bar’s name.

“Two franchisees in Los Angeles were experimenting with making a treat on a stick. They took a lid from one of the round quart containers, lined it with a piece of wax paper, filled it with soft serve, and inserted a flat stick. They froze a tray of their creation and then dipped them in chocolate. As they were handing out the treats to fans, one of them said, ‘Boy, this thing is a dilly!'”

DQ Grill & Chill is a little different than a regular Dairy Queen.

“All of our locations serve treats. DQ Grill & Chill restaurants offer all of the treats and food options that we are known for, including the $5 Buck Lunch value meal and our DQ Bakes! menu, including hot sandwiches, hot desserts à la mode, and Snack Melts.”

Free Cone Day isn’t the only way to score a freebie.

“In addition to DQ’s annual Free Cone Day, fans will receive a Buy One, Get One free Blizzard Treat coupon when they sign up for the DQ Blizzard Fan Club and a surprise on the anniversary of joining. If you are a Fan Club member, you also receive an extra special DQ coupon on your birthday.”

– Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts

Anti-Inflammatory Living to Heal Inflammation Naturally

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3 Pumpkin Treats From Entenmann’s Returning to Store Shelves This Year!

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin spice, including the return of some of the best Entenmann’s products! The beloved grocery-store bakery brand, which we turn to for all of our store-bought doughnut and crumb-cake needs, is blessing pumpkin-lovers with the return of three seasonal favorites, including its festive box of pumpkin doughnuts. As you’re adding every available pumpkin spice product to your grocery list, be sure not to miss these sweet treats, available nationally this Fall.

Girl Scouts’ Honest Response About the Problem With Buying Cookies on Amazon

Girl Scout cookie season only comes once a year, so what’s a girl to do when the craving hits at any given moment? Buying Girl Scout cookies on Amazon – where Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Trefoils are available for a high price – is one option, but it’s one that’s sparking controversy.

While this cookie-buying option is convenient, there’s a reason it’s problematic, too. A Girl Scouts representative told POPSUGAR, “We caution against purchases of Girl Scout Cookies found for sale online at auction and via community list sites, such as eBay and Amazon, because GSUSA, your local Girl Scout council, and our licensed cookie bakers cannot guarantee the freshness or integrity of these cookies. In many instances, these cookies are actually expired. Further, purchasing cookies in this way does not support Girl Scouts participating in the cookie program.”

The good news is that you can buy Girl Scout cookies in person through April (use the Girl Scout cookies finder to find out where), and you can stock up on as many boxes as you want knowing that your purchase is going toward a good cause. Pro tip: Thin Mints taste great frozen, so you can enjoy them all year round, no online shopping required.