Healthy Strawberry Thyme Gallettes


By Cooking Panda

When it’s good, it’s good. And what’s good is the combination of strawberry and thyme. I love balancing sweet flavors with fresh herbs. It’s refreshing and adds layers of dynamic flavor. It’s the beginning of strawberry season and I’m so excited about all the pastries I’ll be making the next few months with it. Buuuuuuuuuut…..

Let’s face it, swimsuit weather is right around the corner and everyone is paying attention to what they’re eating. Me included. That’s why I like Phoros Nutrition’s Pancake Mix. High in protein, low in carbs. And guess what? I used their mix in this recipe! You heard me! I made a pastry with their flour mix. These galettes are best served on the same day that they’re baked. They’re flakey, buttery, sweet, tart, and a bit earthy from the thyme. Just the right amount of sweet to satisfy the sweet tooth, but not enough carbs to make you feel heavy and go into carb crash mode.

The main ingredients in Phoros Nutrition Pancake Mix is wheat protein isolate and oat flour which makes it a good candidate for baking. A few advantages of oat flour: (1) it makes baked goods lighter and (2) no matter how much you knead it, the dough won’t get tough and your pastries come out tender and soft. Because galettes tend to be flakey and buttery already, using Phoros instead of normal all-purpose flour really lends to a more tender dough.



1 1/4 cup Phoros Nutrition Pancake Mix

1/2 cup sweet rice flour

1/4 cup corn starch

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed

4-6 tablespoons cold water (as needed)


2 pounds strawberries, hulled and sliced

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 lemon zest

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon chopped thyme

1/2 teaspoon salt


1 egg with 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)

Turbinado sugar



STEP 1: In a large bowl, whisk Phoros pancake mix, sweet rice flour, corn starch, sugar, and salt together.

STEP 2: Add cold and cubed butter on top and work into flour with either a pastry blender or fingertips until flour resembles wet sand (there may be some chunks of butter – that’s ok).

STEP 3: Add vanilla extract. Then add 1 tablespoon of water at a time and mix the flour with a spatula. Add just enough water until the dough sticks together when squeezed together (you may not need to use all 6 tablespoons or you may need to add more).

STEP 4: Dust a work surface with more Phoros flour and knead the dough for about 2 minutes. Then gather dough into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

STEP 5: In a medium bowl, toss all filling ingredients together and let stand until ready to use.

STEP 6: Preheat oven to 425 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

STEP 7: Dust work surface with more Phoros mix. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and work each piece into a ball. Gently roll out each ball to a 6″ circle (be very gentle

STEP 8: As there is no gluten, the dough is fragile and may tear) and place on baking sheet and chill for 10 minutes.

STEP 9: Take out chilled dough and place strawberry thyme mix onto the center of each dough round, leaving about 1″ on the sides (you may not be able to use up all the fruit).

STEP 10: Fold the edges of the dough around the filling and pleat along the way. You may tuck in more strawberries into the folds.

STEP 11: Brush all the tops of the dough with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

STEP 12: Bake for about 30-35 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

STEP 13: Remove galettes immediately and place on a cooling rack.

Images and recipe courtesy of Sandy Eats Blog

Tags: healthy snack, pancake mix, phoros nutrition, Strawberry Thyme Gallettes
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We tried protein pancakes and our verdict will surprise you


By Cooking Panda

Recently, we’ve heard quite a bit about protein. It seems like everyday a new protein product is popping up. From protein ice cream to protein poptarts (I swear that’s actually a real thing), it seems like protein products are everywhere. But which are actually worth trying?

All my life I’ve been a pancake lover. There’s just something about those fluffy, delicious and satisfying flapjacks that makes me feel all warm inside. But unfortunately, due to my ever-expanding love handles, I was forced to cut them out of my diet completely.

Until recently, the idea of a healthy pancake just sounded kind of wrong. But as I’ve shifted toward a more balanced and sustainable diet I decided to start bringing back more of my favorite foods.

After doing a quick Amazon search, I stumbled onto Phoros Nutrition’s protein pancake mix. Their mix had the highest protein and the least amount of carbs. When I scrolled to their reviews, their customers loved it! So I decided to take a leap of faith, and give them a try.

Since we live in the world of Amazon Prime the mix was in my hands the next day and I couldn’t have been more excited. The idea of reintroducing delicious pancakes back to my diet suddenly just felt right.

The pancakes were surprisingly really easy to make, all I had to do was add water or milk to the mix (I opted to use my favorite almond milk) and cook them in a frying pan.

After a few minutes, I was looking at a beautiful stack of pancakes.

My expectations were still low, so I was completely shocked after the first bite. I expected they would be bland, but they were packed with so much flavour that I forgot they were packed with protein.

Needless to say, I finished them in a heartbeat.

After licking my plate, I did a little bit more research about the product.

Protein, as you may know, is practically the most important component of every cell in the body. Your hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, make enzymes and hormones, and is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Personally having struggled with getting enough protein in my diet, I was ecstatic to see that this mix packs a whopping 30 grams of protein per serving. No more nasty protein shakes for me!

At the same time the mix is also low in carbs. This is great because it lowers your insulin levels, which causes the body to burn fat; so yeah these pancakes might help you lose, not gain, weight.

This protein pancake mix had officially won my heart. Not to mention I discovered the mix just as easily makes protein waffles, and it also comes in a Cinnamon Roll flavor that sounds mouthwatering.

If you like the idea of eating pancakes on a regular basis as much as we do, definitely head down to and get yourself a bag.

Tags: healthy snack, pancake, pancake mix, phoros nutrition, protein
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8 Kitchen Items You Should Always Buy If You See Them At A Thrift Store


By Cooking Panda

If you’re anything like us, you’ve got that special something that you keep an eye out for anytime you go shopping. Whether you’re thrifting, combing through estate sales and scrolling through online auctions, you know there are treasures out there and that you don’t want to miss them! Here, we’re taking a closer look at eight items you should always buy when you see them at a store. Whether it’s a famous brand that everyone’s clamoring for, or a unique piece that’s over 100 years old, here’s the breakdown on what to look for. Happy hunting!

If you’re anything like us, you’ve got that special something that you keep an eye out for anytime you go shopping. Whether you’re thrifting, combing through estate sales and scrolling through online auctions, you know there are treasures out there and that you don’t want to miss them! Here, we’re taking a closer look at eight items you should always buy when you see them at a store. Whether it’s a famous brand that everyone’s clamoring for, or a unique piece that’s over 100 years old, here’s the breakdown on what to look for. Happy hunting!

1. Pyrex

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A huge collector’s item that’s been around since 1915, vintage Pyrex dishes used to be made out of borosilicate, making them super durable and super adorable to boot, with gorgeous colors and detailing on each new line. Be warned: once you start collecting them, it’s extremely hard to stop. Many people find these vintage versions to be better than modern day Pyrex (which is instead made out of thermal resistance tempered glass) and take to scouring thrift shops, estate sales and the world wide web to get their hands on “one more piece” to complete their set.

2. Jadeite

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Similarly popular because of its durability and ability to withstand high temperatures – and its amazing color – Jadeite (a.k.a. Jade-ite) was produced during the 1930s, literally as a way to introduce more color and joy into people’s lives during the Great Depression. While many companies produced jadeite at one point, the top three companies were (and remain) McKee Glass Company, Jeannette Glass and Anchor Hocking Fire-King.

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If you see any jadeite while you’re out shopping, look and see if there’s a manufacturer’s mark anywhere on the piece; McKee will have “McK” inside a circle, Jeannette will have a “J” inside a triangle, and Anchor Hocking pieces will have a “Fire-King” logo of some sort. Pro tip: if it’s truly vintage jadeite that was made before WWII when uranium was still used in manufacturing, it will glow under a black light!

3. Bakelite

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What is Bakelite? Well, it’s a bunch of things, really. Named after Leo Baekeland in 1907, Bakelite product was made out of carbolic acid and formaldehyde, making it the first thermosetting plastic – a material that won’t bend, warp or melt once formed. Since it is such a versatile material, it was used to create tons of different products, ranging from electrical insulators (the original purpose of the company) to kitchen tools to jewelry.

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If you’re ever planning on going on a Bakelite hunt, make sure to come prepared; if possible, the swab test is one of the most accurate ways to test true Bakelite. Bring along a bottle of 409 and some cotton swabs with you, as rubbing a small area of potential Bakelite with a swab dipped in 409 will result in a yellow smear leftover on the swab or Q-tip. If you’ve already got items at home that you think might be Bakelite, another option is to run a small part of the plastic under hot water for 30 seconds. It it’s real Bakelite, there will be a distinct smell, similar to paint remover, indicating its authenticity.

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Considering that there are pieces of Bakelite originally sold for $250 that now retail for over $3000, this is definitely a vintage find that you don’t want to pass up. Now that you know what to look for, you can keep your eyes peeled and add to your kitchenware or jewelry collection.

4. McCoy Stoneware

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McCoy stoneware, of the Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company (est. 1910) is probably most famous for its cookie jars. Even though the company closed in 1990, their decorative cookie jars are still some of the most sought-after items when it comes to vintage kitchenware, retailing for thousands of dollars at auction. They started producing said cookie jars in the 1930s, and it was the fun designs that caught people’s eyes and made them a staple in people’s homes; whimsical figurines (e.g. carousels, penguins, bears, McCoy Mammy, etc.) representing joy and prosperity were what made these classics that are still treasured today.

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If you’re looking for McCoy pottery while you’re out thrifting, here are some things to keep in mind: have a list of the measurements of authentic products with you for comparison. Reproductions of famous styles will always be smaller than the originals, since the originals are used as the molds and then the clay for the reproduction shrinks when it’s fired. Also, take a look at known McCoy products before shopping. If what you’ve found at the thrift shop or estate sale doesn’t match any known products, it’s probably not authentic.

5. Milk Glass

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Milk glass was actually produced around 300 years before it reached the height of its popularity, which began around 1870 and lasted through the early 20th century. When it came to milk glass, the French were the trendsetters, ushering it into its golden era and inspiring American glassmakers to follow suit. Today French milk glass is particularly valuable. Emulating the French, well-to-do American families stocked up on milk glass dinnerware, serving dishes, and pitchers. The pieces, some bedecked with diamond-cut patterns, molded with latticework, or artfully painted, made a splash in turn-of-the-century America and remained popular until the days of the Great Depression. They came back into vogue during the 1960s thanks to the production of Hobnail milk glass, but fell out of the spotlight shortly thereafter. Some of the more American popular milk glass manufacturers include: Gillinder & Sons, Indiana, Westmoreland, New England Glass Company, Atterbury & Company, Bryce Brothers, and Fenton.

Milk glass is (quite literally) a centerpiece of American history, and today collectors gush over rare and one-of-a-kind pieces that highlight the nation’s past. Prominent figures often had milk glass produced in their honor, whether it was the bust on a casserole dish or a relief on a serving platter. If you’re a history buff, keep your eye out for plates featuring a border of 13 stars and George Washington’s likeness. Also of great fascination are the milk glass plates that launched the 1908 presidential campaigns of William Howard Taft and William Jennings Bryan. There’s even a rare platter featuring a Lincoln relief so ornate it’s speculated that the piece was part of dinner service at a commemorative event.

6. Fiestaware

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First produced in 1936 by Fredrick Hurten Rhead of Homer Laughlin Pottery Company, the Fiesta (a.k.a. Fiestaware) line was a bright, bold, Art Deco-inspired line of kitchenware that was durable and injected life and color into people’s kitchens. While having experienced soaring popularity initially, production of the line was temporarily halted between 1973 and 1985. However, that didn’t stop it from being one of, if not the most popular line of dishes in the United States in the past 100 years.

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While Fiestaware is still being produced today, the rarity of certain colors (e.g. original yellow and medium green) will drive up the price of those products in comparison to the same item in a more common color. Likewise, more uncommon pieces such as the relish plate sets or the tiered Deco candle holders can be far more expensive than standard, place-setting counterparts, due to their scarcity. Thankfully, there’s plenty out there still to be found, so if bright and colorful is your jam, Fiestaware is definitely the thing to snatch up when you see it at the store.

7. Molds

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Popular in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, copper or tin molds were used in myriad ways. For the more affluent, copper was the material of choice, since it conducts heat more evenly than tin, plus makes for excellent decor when not in use; tin was used more commonly since it was more affordable, incredibly versatile and one could still get the same level of detail in the mold as the copper version.

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If you’re thrifting and spy a kitchen section overflowing with molds, keep an eye out for versions that are more intricate or differently-shaped than typical versions today. Not only were molds for cakes popular, ones where you would pour a batter in and then pop it in the oven like a standard bundt, but molds with removable sides were common for making raised pies, as well as molds that have lids to close and trap in heat and steam. It’s always a safe bet (if affordable) to grab any tins you find if they’re unique in detail and/or have functional lids.

Remember: copper is only slightly magnetic, so if you have a magnet you can bring with you while you shop, you’ll be able to test any metal you find. It’s only copper if there’s no effect when you hold up the magnet (unless it’s a very strong magnet, in which case there might be some pull).

8. Cookie Cutters

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Similar to molds, you can find some cookie cutters that are still extremely valuable these days, sometimes hundreds or thousands of dollars! Copper, tin or aluminum cookie cutters can be good finds, and again, you’re looking for intricate designs that differ from standard cookie cutter sizes: so either really big or really small. Aside from the material, you should keep an eye out for cookie cutters with flat wooden backs, or with (painted) handles…if you’re lucky, you could find one dating back to 1850 or earlier.

While there are plenty of vintage gems out there waiting to be found, it helps to have a more condensed round-up of brands or items to look for before you start your search. Hopefully you find this helpful and you’ll be one step closer to completing the vintage kitchen collection of your dreams!

Originally posted on 12 Tomatoes, written by Decatur Macpherson

Tags: collectibles, pyrex, shop, thrift, vintage
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See How One Woman Transforms A Garage Into A Living Space Nicer Than Most Homes!


By Cooking Panda

Can you believe this was once a garage? This space looks so much nicer than my apartment – and it’s only half the size! At just over 350 square feet, this tiny garage was transformed into a living room, office space, kitchen, and bedroom.

A family of three (plus two dogs) live here, and they are loving it! Part of what makes this work so well is all the natural light streaming through. It gives the whole area a heavenly feel! Plus, with some good ol’ interior design tricks like strategically placed mirrors, this tiny house feels a lot bigger than it actually is.

Blogger and designer Whitney Leigh Morris knew she could take on the challenge of designing a beautiful home that was functional and practical for her family. I think you’ll agree, so totally nailed it! Whitney’s motto is, “You don’t have to live large to live well.” Isn’t that the truth? This has to be a controversial stance, especially considering where her tiny house is located – in the Venice district in L.A.

Share this beautiful home transformation and get inspired to live well!

This article originally appeared on 12Tomatoes, written by Jessica Griggs.

Tags: Home Makeover, Tiny House
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Couple Who Disappeared During WWII Found 75 Years Later


By Cooking Panda

In 1942 a couple in the the Swiss Alps set out for a hike and never came back. There has been no sign of what what happened to them for the past 75 years despite a lengthy search that lasted for months. Now the two have been found and it is has been a relief to their surviving children all these years later.

Via/ The Weather Network

On August 15th, 1942, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin went out to tend to their cows which were roaming free near the canton of Bern. Despite good weather for most of the day, two never returned. The couple had 7 children which were sent to live in 6 separate homes after their parents disappeared.

Via/ The Weather Network

The pair were discovered in July 2017 on the melting Tsanfleuron glacier when an employee working for the Glacier 3000 tour company observed something unusual on the ice which he at first thought might have been a grouping of rocks. But, further inspection revealed two bodies.

Via/ The Weather Network

The cold, dry conditions kept their bodies and their belongings preserved. DNA tests have confirmed that the two are indeed Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin. Found on and near the couple were a pocket watch, a book, and a bottle, among other items.

Via/ The Weather Network

A search party was sent out for the two in 1942 but was called off when no trace was found. It is suspected that they fell into a crevice which was then covered in snow, making detection of their bodies impossible until now when the Tsanfleuron glacier has melted to reveal their corpses. A funeral was held for them, attended by their 2 remaining children as well as their grandchildren. It is said that the Dumoulin children never stopped looking for their parents, walking near the area often.

This article originally appeared on 12Tomatoes, written by Rose Heichelbech.

Tags: Weird History, WWII
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5 Once Popular Foods We Don’t Eat Anymore (And Why)


By Cooking Panda

Food trends come and go throughout the decades, much like fashion and home decor. What was popular in the 70s – earth tones, bell-bottoms, and savory Jell-O salad – is now outdated, and sometimes for good reason! Go ahead and take a trip down memory lane with us and visit some of these once super popular foods that we hardly ever see in stores anymore!

1. TV Dinners

TV Dinners were made popular in the 50s by Swanson. The idea actually originated when Swanson was trying to figure out a way to package and sell their leftover Thanksgiving dinners. They decided to package it up in a dinner plate for one – and the rest, as they say, is history. Now, there are still frozen TV dinners available, even some by Swanson. However, a lot of the dinners are very high in sodium and other preservatives that aren’t healthy by any stretch of the imagination.

2. Congealed Salads

You know what they say – hindsight is 20/20. This perfectly sums up congealed salads. What were we thinking? Shrimp Jell-O? Solidified tuna gelatin? It’s pretty clear why these are not popular any more. These dishes first became popular during the Great Depression as a way to stretch food and make it last longer. For some reason, these salads had a burst in popularity during the 60s and 70s. Since that time, Jell-O switched gears and started marketing themselves as a sugary treat.

3. Sunny-D

This popular drink was everywhere in the 90s! It was marketed as an orange juice type drink that was a healthy part of a good breakfast or a good snack after a sports practice. However, it turns out Sunny-D is primarily corn syrup, with only 5% actual orange juice. The FDA said the drink was a “con” and falsely promoted health benefits. You can still find Sunny-D in stores, but there’s no denying it has dropped in popularity of the last 10 years.

4. Hi-C

Another popular drink of the 90s is Hi-C. Much like Sunny-D, this drink was marketed as a “juice drink.” It made its way into many school lunch boxes. In reality, there was less than 5% juice in the drink. The little box contained 27 grams of sugar – more than a grown adult should have in an entire day, let alone kids! The other nail in the Hi-C coffin was the containers – one report said the little boxes could take up to 300 years to decompose.

5. Crisco

Originally marketed as a healthy alternative to lard when making fried foods. This vegetable shortening was very popular not only for fried foods but for baked goods as well, used in place of butter. However, once people found out Crisco was pretty much a tub of trans-fat, they started looking for other alternatives. Trans-fats were banned in pre-packaged foods as of 2018.

This article originally appeared on 12Tomatoes, written by Jessica Griggs.Tags: Food Facts, food history, nostalgia
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Fresh Fruit Listeria Recall at Walmart, Aldi, and Costco


By Cooking Panda

Thousands of cartons of peaches, nectarines, and plums have been recalled in stores across the country – including Walmart, Costco, and Aldi – due to a possible listeria contamination. The FDA reports that the recall was a result of a routine sampling that showed fruit produced by Jac. Vanderberg, Inc. or Yonkers, New York contained the bacteria. The company is recalling 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines, and 365 cartons of fresh plums. The fruit was sold at six different grocery stores: Aldi, Costco, Fairway Market, Hannaford, Market Basket, and Walmart across eighteen states.

The fruit was distributed in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia. No illnesses have been reported to date. For more information, a complete list of products can be found on the Food and Drug Administration website.

While the listeria bacteria usually only causes fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, it can be very dangerous for children, the elderly, or those with weakened immune systems. It is also particularly dangerous for pregnant women, who are 10 times more likely to become infected. It can cause stillbirths or miscarriages and can also be passed on to the developing fetus. Again, no illnesses have been confirmed to date. If you are concerned, please return these items to the place of purchase or contact the company directly. Recalls are concerning, but there are ways to keep you and your family safe. For more info, read What To Do After A Food Recall.

This article originally appeared on 12Tomatoes, written by Kristy Norrell.

Tags: Fresh Fruit, recall, Walmart
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Butterball Turkey Recall


By Cooking Panda

Butterball, LLC has just recalled over 78,000 pounds of raw ground turkey due to a potential salmonella contamination. 39 tons of affected product were shipped to distributors nationwide, making this a class I recall with a high health risk; with five reported cases across two states, this is now considered a multistate outbreak. This product was packed and shipped last summer, with an establishment number of “EST. P-7345” and a use-or-sell-by date of July 26, 2018, meaning it’s highly unlikely to be found in stores, but could still be in people’s freezers.


Affected product include the following:

  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC codes 22655-71555 or 22655-71557 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71556 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (85% LEAN/15% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 22655-71546 represented on the label.
  • 16-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “BUTTERBALL everyday Fresh Ground Turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORING (93% LEAN/7% FAT)” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC codes 22655-71547 or 22655-71561 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY FRESH 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188, and UPC code 111141097993 represented on the label.
  • 48-oz. plastic wrapped tray containing “FOOD LION 15% fat ground turkey with natural flavorings” with sell or freeze by date of 7/26/18, lot code 8188 and UPC code 3582609294 represented on the label.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain, occurring anywhere from 12-72 hours after consumption. Though healthy individuals often recover after 4–7 days, the risk of a potentially lethal infection increases for the young, elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Consumers are urged to discard affected product; any other questions can be directed to or 1 (800) 288-8372.

This article originally appeared on 12 Tomatoes, written by Decatur Macpherson

Tags: Butterball Turkey, Fo, recall, turkey
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5 Foods You Should Never Buy At Walmart


By Cooking Panda

Walmart is known for its “rollback” prices, which is what makes it a popular place for a lot of people to do their grocery shopping. Not to mention, the store carries just about everything under the sun, so it’s that much easier for busy families to get in and get out with everything they need. However, there are some things you shouldn’t get at Walmart! See what they are, and why you should take an extra trip to a different store!

Organic Produce

Believe it or not, Walmart is actually one of the most expensive places to get your organic fruits and veggies. According to several studies done over the past decade, Walmart consistently comes in last place for both pricing and freshness. A better place to get higher quality and cheaper organic produce is Trader Joe’s.

Maple Syrup

There’s just nothing quite like real maple syrup. The imitation corn syrup will do in a pinch, and it is definitely a cheaper option, but sometimes you just need the real deal. If you’re craving that authentic maple syrup, you might want to skip Walmart! Not only is the quality not very good, but it’s almost twice as expensive as most places.

Organic Milk

Sure, by nature, organic milk is always going to be pricier than regular milk, due to the fact that farmers feed the cows non-GMO foods, and only milk them during times that are naturally occurring. However, the price doesn’t seem to fit at Walmart. It’s even more expensive at Walmart than at WholeFoods – which says a lot.


When purchasing shrimp, it’s important to take note of the country of origin. If your shrimp comes from Thailand, there are some human rights violations to consider if you want to purchase your shrimp in good conscience! In Thailand, a majority of the shrimp produced uses child labor and slave labor. Also, buying shrimp at chain stores can cause sickness. One study showed that 60% of chain store shrimp contained bacteria.

Ground Beef

Not only is the ground beef found at Walmart not the best deal you can find, but the quality of beef also varies wildly. Aldi routinely beats Walmart in price per pound of ground beef. Also, there have been several recalls from major suppliers of beef to Walmart. The most recent recall was in 2018, for 6.5 million pounds of ground beef.

This article originally appeared on 12Tomatoes, written by Jessica Griggs.

Tags: Shopping, wal-mart
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4 Easy Instant Pot Recipes


By Cooking Panda

We like to call it “miracle worker” but it’s officially known as an Instant Pot and it has changed our lives. The Instant Pot, for those who’ve yet to discover this kitchen tool, is a pressure cooker (just one of its many talents), and it has grown in popularity as of late because of how quickly it can prepare amazing meals. When time is of the essence, and so often in our lives it is, then an Instant Pot can become a real lifesaver for weeknight meals. If you’ve recently added this gadget to your kitchen, let us recommend a few recipes to help you break in this handy kitchen tool. The sky’s the limit when it comes to the amazing food that your Instant Pot can produce!

Instant Pot Chicken Florentine

If you’re fans of the traditional chicken Florentine you’ll be just as pumped to know that you can make it in an Instant Pot (or any pressure cooker) in less than half the time it would take to make normally. All the facets of the original dish are still in the mix – chicken, spinach, mushrooms (optional), and spaghetti – but now you don’t have to stand over a stove or preheat your oven to get it on the table…it practically cooks itself! Check out the recipe on 12Tomatoes.

Instant Pot Butter Beef

It’s hard to believe that a chuck roast can become completely fork tender in just over an hour, but thanks to the Instant Pot, it really can. We admit that we were a little skeptical about the popular appliance when we tried it for the first time, but both the Instant Pot and this amazing recipe had us hooked from the get-go! This butter beef tastes so good, plus, it doesn’t hurt that there’s an endless list of things you can do with shredded, tender beef. Click here for the recipe.

5-Minute Instant Pot Potato Salad

We’ve sung the praises of the Instant Pot before, but we’re here with another recipe that’s sure to blow your mind. It’s Instant Pot potato salad and it only needs four minutes for the potatoes and eggs to be cooked! That’s right, just five minutes of cook time!! While it does take a minute or two more to assemble the whole thing, this is the easiest potato salad recipe ever. Click here for the recipe!

Instant Pot Cheesy Beef and Potatoes

Okay, if you were on the fence about Instant Pot, try this on for size: it can cook potatoes in 10 minutes. Ten. Minutes. Isn’t that insane? Here, we’ve got a super filling, protein-packed, cheesy masterpiece for you – beef and potatoes instant pot casserole. So this is a bit of a two-part process, in that we cook the beef and potatoes in our Instant Pot and then bake it in a 9×13-inch baking dish to turn the cheese into melted perfection, but it’s all worth it in the end! And you can still get this dish on the table in under half an hour! Check out our recipe.

This article originally appeared on 12Tomatoes, written by Sarah Cool.

Tags: easy, instant pot, quick, recipes
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Cheesy Tuna Pasta Bake


By Cooking Panda


2 cans 5oz Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, drained

3/4 pound small pasta such as fusilli

1/2 cup frozen peas

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup flour

2 1/2 cups of milk

1 cup of cheddar cheese

1 teaspoon dijon mustard or dry mustard powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1 can of corn drained

4 green onions, thinly sliced


Cook pasta according to package directions. Add the peas for the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and set aside. In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook 2 minutes. Add the milk whisking in slowly to combine. Bring to a boil and allow sauce to thicken slightly. Add half the cheddar cheese and mustard, let melt. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Stir in tuna, corn and green onion to the sauce. Next, add in the pasta and peas, combining gently. 

Preheat the broiler. Pour mixture into a lightly greased baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Broil for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden. 

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Woman Drinks Almost A Gallon Of Water Every Day For A Month, Ends Up Looking Exactly The Same


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A woman recently decided to try drinking three liters of water per day — the equivalent of roughly three-fourths of a gallon — for 28 days, and the pictured results show the impact it had on her skin.

The pictures of the experiment’s results are astonishing, really, and Sarah Smith says that very quickly, her wrinkles, blemishes, and older features vanished.

“My skin lacks any lustre [sic]. It looks dead,” Smith said in a piece, prior to the experiment. “Every system and function in our body depends on water. It flushes toxins from the vital organs, carries nutrients to cells, provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues, and eliminates waste. Not drinking enough means all these functions become impaired. So I decided to see how I would look and feel if I drank three litres [sic] of water every day for 28 days. The results were astonishing.”

After discussing the idea with both a neurologist and a nutritionist, she upped her water intake daily for the 28 days, and as the pictures show, she wound up looking at least ten years younger than she did the previous month. Still, there are some skeptics who say the miraculous transformation has more to do with lighting than water.

“There is no convincing data that eight [or more] glasses per day of water truly improves skin texture and tone,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner told Cosmo US, according to The Daily Mirror.

Still, there is no denying the difference between the two pictures, shown above, and it does lead some to wonder whether or not they should increase their water intake.

There are a lot of different opinions on how much water you should be drinking every day to stay healthy. Health officials usually recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals a couple of liters, or half a gallon. This is called the 8×8 rule and is very easy to remember.

Related: Woman Eats Nothing But KFC For 3 Years

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Shirley Temple Poke Cake


By Cooking Panda

Remember to drink a Shirley Temple while you enjoy a slice of Shirley Temple Poke Cake.


20 Minutes



9 – 12


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Juice from one jar of maraschino cherries
  • 1 box cherry flavored Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold 7-Up or similar lemon-lime soda
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish


1) Preheat oven according cake mix instructions. Grease a 9×13 baking dish. 

2) In a large bowl beat together cake mix, eggs, oil and maraschino cherry juice until combined. Pour batter into baking dish and bake according to instructions. 

3) Remove cake from oven and using the back of a wooden spoon or chopsticks, poke holes all over the cake. 

4) In a bowl, dissolve Jell-O powder into boiling water. Stir in 7-Up. 

5) Pour cherry Jell-O over cake, making sure to get it in all of the holes. 

6) Frost with Cool Whip and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours. 

7) Garnish slices with a maraschino cherry, serve and enjoy! 

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Woven Pigs In A Blanket


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The only thing better than how cool this Woven Pigs In A Blanket looks is how great it tastes!


20 – 30 Minutes

25 Minutes


4 – 8


  • Pizza dough
  • 7 hot dogs
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out pizza dough into a long rectangle and place on a parchment lined-baking sheet. 

2) Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, slice pizza dough horizontally into 6 strips. 

3) Fold back every other strip. Place 1 hot dog in the center on the flat strips, then fold strips back over the hot dog. Continue this pattern until all of the hot dogs have been woven into the dough. 

4) Pinch together the sides of the dough. Brush dough with egg wash, and sprinkle with garlic powder and parmesan cheese. 

5) Bake for 25 minutes, or until dough is browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. 

6) Serve and enjoy! 

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McDonald’s Is Getting Brand New McFlurry Machines


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Have you ever gone to a McDonald’s on a bright, warm day and decided to order a McFlurry to cool off?

Their McFlurries are famous for being sweet, thick, and chock full of add-ins that give the dessert an interesting texture that never gets old. They are basically McDonald’s big take on the classic Blizzards served at Dairy Queen, and they are equally as addicting and satisfying too.

Unfortunately, we have been told many times that we can’t get our McFlurries … because the McFlurry machines are always down.

It’s an extremely common phenomenon. Originally, we thought it was just our local McDonald’s that always seemed to have issues with its McFlurry machine, but as it happens, the machines were prone to breaking down in general, and consumers have been reporting frustration over this fact.

Luckily, however, the Wall Street Journal reports that McDonald’s is planning to install much easier-to-maintain soft-serve machines.

Allegedly, the machines will come with fewer parts, which will make maintenance and cleaning of the machines easier and less prone to going out of order. Because the old machines took such a long time to clean, if employees at an establishment began cleaning the machines too long before closing, then chances are you wouldn’t be able to get your hands on a McFlurry until the next day.

So you know what easier-to-clean soft-serve machines mean, right? More frozen treats and more reliable availability!

Delish also reports that the new machines are made by an Italian company called Carpigiani, and that the machines might even be able to dispense more flavors than their predecessors.

We could get down for some new and delicious McFlurry flavor combinations! We’re already daydreaming about the possibilities…

Are you excited about the soft-serve upgrade at the golden arches? 

Sources: Delish, Wall Street Journal / Photo Credit: Alexandra Brunet/Instagram

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4 Easy Dinners You Should Make This Week


By Cooking Panda

The weekdays are upon us! Instead of being too tired at the end of the day to make dinner and going out every night, why not spend a few minutes making these totally doable dinners?

1. Thai Red Curry with Chicken and Mango

Make the most out of store-bought curry paste by using the tricks in this recipe. Plus, there’s a great hack to cut down the amount of fat in your coconut milk without sacrificing that gorgeously creamy texture.

2. The Best Steak Fajitas

Be the hero of Taco Tuesday with these super flavorful 30-minute steak fajitas.

3. Steak and Watermelon Salad

Watermelon prices are going down at the grocery store, so why not make the most of it by throwing a juicy melon into a deliciously salty salad? This recipe really doesn’t get much easier, especially if you have leftover steak from your fajitas.

4. Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil

Throw some sauce on your salmon and wrap it in some foil. You can grill or roast it. It’s great with roasted asparagus, squash, or potatoes – if you want to keep things as easy as possible, throw some vegetables in the foil packet with your salmon.

Photo Credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr

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4 Easy Dinners You Should Make This Week


By Cooking Panda

The weekdays are upon us! Instead of being too tired at the end of the day to make dinner and going out every night, why not spend a few minutes making these totally doable dinners?

1. Thai Red Curry with Chicken and Mango


Make the most out of store-bought curry paste by using the tricks in this recipe. Plus, there’s a great hack to cut down the amount of fat in your coconut milk without sacrificing that gorgeously creamy texture.

2. The Best Steak Fajitas

Be the hero of Taco Tuesday with these super flavorful 30-minute steak fajitas.

3. Steak and Watermelon Salad

Watermelon prices are going down at the grocery store, so why not make the most of it by throwing a juicy melon into a deliciously salty salad? This recipe really doesn’t get much easier, especially if you have leftover steak from your fajitas.


Throw some sauce on your salmon and wrap it in some foil. You can grill or roast it. It’s great with roasted asparagus, squash, or potatoes – if you want to keep things as easy as possible, throw some vegetables in the foil packet with your salmon.

Photo Credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr

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Grilled Cheese Gets An Irish Makeover! Corned Beef Grilled Cheese With Guinness Caramelized Onions


By Cooking Panda

Enjoy a taste of St. Patrick’s Day all year round with this corned beef grilled cheese sandwich with drunken caramelized onions.

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 2 slices rye bread, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 2 ounces cooked corned beef, sliced or shredded

  1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions. Saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 cup Guinness. Cover and simmer until the liquid has mostly evaporated, about 15 minutes. Repeat three times.
  4. Remove from heat. Add Worcestershire sauce and grainy mustard. Blend well.
  5. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat.
  6. Butter the outside of each slice of bread. Sprinkle half of the cheese on the inside of one slice of bread. Add half of the onions, the corned beef, the remaining onions, cheese, and the other slice of bread.
  7. Add the sandwich to the pan. Grill for 2 to 4 minutes per side. Flip over. Grill for an additional 2 to 4 minutes until cheese is melted and sandwich is golden brown.
  8. Serve warm.

Source: Closet Cooking / Photo Credit: Closet Cooking

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Tuna Cocktail Meatballs with Garlic Aoili


By Cooking Panda

Quick Aioli Ingredients
2 pressed garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pepper, to taste

Easy Tuna Meatballs Ingredients
2 cans 5oz Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, drained
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic
1 egg
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

To make the aioli, Whisk the aioli ingredients and adjust seasoning to your taste. Set aside in the refrigerator.

To make the tuna cocktail meatballs, pulse all the ingredients in a food processor until just finely chopped and blended. Scoop, shape and roll the mixture into generous tablespoon-sized meatballs. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and brown the meatballs on all sides, about 2 minutes total. Serve with the garlic aioli.

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4-Year-Old Boy And His Family Kicked Out Of Restaurant Because He Was Wearing This Shirt (Photo)


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Four year-old Lewis Roberts was asked to leave an Atlanta area restaurant because his shirt violated the restaurant’s dress code, reports USA Today.

The restaurant, known as the Tavern at Phipps Plaza, has a strict “Gentleman’s Dress Code.” The hostess informed the family of this upon seeing the boy’s sleeveless shirt, but the family did not see it as a major offense.

The hostess called the manager, who promptly kicked the family out of the restaurant, stating that the dress code applied to “gentlemen of all ages.”

The family, who pleaded with the hostess and manager before ultimately conceding and leaving the restaurant, says they did not see anything inappropriate about their young son’s sleeveless Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt.

The boy’s aunt, who was present for the ordeal, stated, “If we would have thought for a minute that he was inappropriately dressed, we would have gone to a different restaurant to save the embarrassment.”

When WXIA-TV Atlanta found out about the incident, they pressed the restaurant’s owners for a statement, but to no avail. Later in the week, the company’s spokeswoman clarified the incident, claiming that it was a mistake on the part of the hostess and manager. In the statement, the spokeswoman claimed that the company takes full responsibility for the incident.

“[The] rule does not apply for children and ladies — for gentleman only,” stated company spokeswoman Amber Stewart. “It was an embarrassing misunderstanding on our part. [The manager who asked the family to leave is] a manager in training who had a gross misunderstanding of our policy.”

In the statement, Ms. Stewart further apologized to the family and claimed that she would be reaching out to them. At this point, the family says they have accepted the apology and plan to continue visiting the restaurant.

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This Girl’s School Lunch Has People Outraged (Photo)


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Kaytlin Shelton and her family are upset that school children in Chickasha, Okla., are fed a “Munchable” lunch every other Monday that includes meat, two crackers, one slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower.

“It makes me want to take that to the superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” Shelton told OKC Fox.

“I can go pay a dollar for a lunchabe and get more food in it,” added Kaytlin’s father Vince Holton. “Schools are responsible for children while they’re at school, they’re responsible for feeding the children.”

In addition to the food that Shelton chose for her lunch, milk, beans and pears are also available to eat on “Munchable” Mondays.

However, School Superintendent David Cash stated, “You’ve got in some cases little kids that they’re only two meals are breakfast and lunch at school and they’re getting you know a grand total of 1100 calories. That’s not enough.”

“These regulations were put into effect two years ago and were still struggling with them,” added Asst. State Superintendent for Child Nutrition Joanie Hildenbrand.

Administrators think that as a result of these guidelines kids are going through the day hungry.

“I know they are,” Superintendent Cash said, “there is no doubt about that. My own kid comes home and the first thing he does is raid the refrigerator.”

The school is reportedly now looking into whether the Munchable is a legitimate food option for growing kids.

Sources: The Lost OgleOKC Fox

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Сhееѕу Brоссоli Соrnbrеаd


By Cooking Panda

This Brоссоli Cheese Cоrnbrеаd iѕ one оf those homestyle diѕhеѕ that has been mаdе in Southern kitchens for many уеаrѕ.

Inѕрirеd by a rесiре in аn оld сhurсh cookbook thаt I have, thiѕ vаriаtiоn iѕ a bit оf an update оn thе оriginаl.

Fillеd with ѕtеаmеd brоссоli florets, seasonings аnd рlеntу of sharp сhеddаr cheese, it bаkеѕ tеndеr аnd is расkеd with flаvоr.


⦁    1 1/2 сuрѕ ѕtеаmеd brоссоli florets rоughlу chopped

⦁    1 6.5 оz соntаinеr light gаrliс-hеrb spreadable cheese

⦁    4 lаrgе eggs

⦁    1/2 сuр butter melted

⦁    1 ѕmаll ѕwееt оniоn finеlу diсеd

⦁    2 сuрѕ ѕhrеddеd sharp whitе сhеddаr cheese dividеd

⦁    1 8.5 оz box соrnbrеаd mix [Martha White оr Jiffу]

⦁    1/2 tsp garlic роwdеr

⦁    1/2 tsp drу muѕtаrd

⦁    1/4 tѕр оniоn роwdеr​


⦁    Preheat thе oven to 350°F аnd buttеr a 7 x 11 inсh (2 Quаrt) bаking dish. Set aside.

⦁    In a mixing bоwl, mix together, the steamed brоссоli, gаrliс-hеrb сhееѕе ѕрrеаd, 4 eggs, melted buttеr аnd finely diced оniоn until blеndеd.

⦁    Add 1 сuр оf сhеddаr cheese, cornbread mix аnd ѕеаѕоningѕ. Stir until соmbinеd.

⦁    Pоur intо thе prepared dish and ѕрrinklе the rеmаining cheese оn tор.

⦁    Plасе into thе oven and bаkе fоr 30-35 minutеѕ until gоldеn and уоu ѕее mоiѕt сrumbѕ on a toothpick inѕеrtеd intо the сеntеr.

Recipe Notes

If you’d like tо spice up the flаvоr, add 1-2 tѕр. сrеоlе ѕеаѕоning аnd a ѕрrinklе of сауеnnе in рlасе of thе garlic аnd оniоn роwdеr. You саn аlѕо аdd 6-8 oz. сubеd hаm оr сооkеd ѕрiсу sausage fоr a twiѕt.

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Yummy Apple & Cinnamon Cake


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There are certain desserts that you look forward to more than others, and this Apple & Cinnamon Cake will quickly become one of them.

It hits all of the necessary checkpoints to enter your regular after-dinner rotation: it’s easy to make, it’s DELICIOUS, and it has so many different flavors that you won’t quickly get tired of it.

Very few desserts out there get the Cooking Panda stamp of approval, but this is most definitely one of them.

Scan through the directions and make it for your family this weekend.


Apple filling and topping

2 Tab Cinnamon

5 Tab Sugar

5 – 6 Cup Apples, cored and thinly sliced (or cut


For the cake

2 Cup Sugar

½ Cup Mild Olive Oil, (light tasting)

½ Cup Apple sauce

4 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 Cup Orange juice

1 pn Salt

4 Eggs, Lightly beaten

3 Cup Unbleached all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp Baking powder

1 tsp Baking soda

1 tsp Nutmeg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 12-cup tube or bundt pan with a little olive oil.

Combine the 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and 5 tablespoons of sugar. Set aside 1 tablespoon to use later for the topping

Toss sliced apple pieces with the cinnamon and sugar mixture and set aside.

For the cake, whisk together sugar, oil, applesauce, vanilla, orange juice, salt, and eggs.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg and fold into sugar and egg mixture. Whisk well and ensure batter is nice and smooth.

Spoon a little more than one third of the batter into prepared pan. Cover with half of apple mixture, then spoon in remaining batter and top again with the apple slices.

Sprinkle the top lightly with the reserved cinnamon-sugar.

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until done. Loosen sides with a butter knife, then invert cake onto a plate for serving.

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Employee Who Wrote Slur On Receipt Gets Fired


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A franchise owner of the fast food restaurant Wendy’s apologized for the misconduct of one of its workers, who has since been fired for embarrassing and fat shaming a customer.

The North Carolina man who was shamed said he felt really humiliated and embarrassed when he saw the moniker “chubby” written on his receipt after visiting the Wendy’s Gastonia.

The customer, Jimmy, explained that he placed an order for himself and his fiance. “The employee asked me of my name while at the register and I clearly articulated my name ‘Jimmy’ to her,” Jimmy Shue said. 

“After which she replied ‘okay thanks’ and handed the ticket to me.”

 “I wasn’t expecting anything awful,” Jimmy said, only to eventually take a glance at the receipt that was given to him and see a name different from his actual name. 

Shue said he felt reluctant to own up to the slur and wanted to ignore it. It wasn’t until one of the employees called him up for the order by using the name  “chubby,” as written on the ticket, that he finally stepped up.

“That’s not my name, but that’s my order,” Shue said.

“I walked straight to the patron, grabbed my ticket and walked out angrily because I felt very embarrassed as everyone in the restaurant started laughing”.

“I felt that I was being targeted because of my weight and that’s not a right treatment for anybody,” Shue said to local media.

Unfortunately, the franchise owner was not available at the time of the incident, so Jimmy decided to reach out to Wendy’s corporate.

When the incident got to Wendy’s, they issued a statement apologizing to Shue and said the employee involved had been immediately fired. 

A spokesperson for Wendy’s says “The matter has been investigated and appropriate actions are being taken. We worked very hard to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for our employees and customers.” 

Sadly, writing insulting names on receipts is nothing. An Alabama woman also claimed she was called a ‘crazy b—h’ after ordering a burger without cheese at a fast food restaurant.

Related: Waiter Caught Off Guard By What Was Written On Receipt

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