These Peanut Squares are Better Than a Candy Bar

These cake squares are light, fluffy and topped with a chopped peanut frosted coating that makes them irresistible.


cups granulated sugar
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon salt
cup whole milk
cup butter, melted
teaspoon vanilla

cups powdered sugar
cup butter, softened
tablespoons milk
teaspoon vanilla
cups lightly salted peanuts, chopped

Boy Bait To Banana Bread: 8 To-Die-For Breakfast Cakes

Cake for breakfast? Yes, please! From blueberry coffee cake (aka boy bait) to marbled chocolate banana bread, these recipes will motivate you to jump out of bed and start your day.

1. Blueberry Coffee Cake (aka Boy Bait)

The recipe for this old-fashioned blueberry coffee cake traces back to a 1954 Pillsbury Recipe & Baking Contest. Its creator, 15-year-old Renny Powell, called her tender, easy-to-make cake “Boy Bait” for its habit forming effect on young men. (She won 2nd place in the junior division.) My version is updated with lemon zest to complement the flavor of the blueberries and a crunchy cinnamon streusel topping. GET THE RECIPE

2. Peach Cake with Pecan Streusel

Heavy on the crunchy streusel topping and spiced with fragrant cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, this peach coffee cake is a natural for breakfast, but it’s also wonderful topped with vanilla ice cream after dinner. GET THE RECIPE

3. Marbled Chocolate Banana Bread

Tender and sweet-scented with a gorgeous ribbon of melted chocolate running through it, this banana bread is the perfect way to start the day. Plus, it’s fun to make: you spoon the banana and chocolate batters into a loaf pan alternately, then artistically swirl the two together with a knife. GET THE RECIPE

4. Honey & Spice Cake

This gem of a cake comes from Marcy Goldman’s much-loved cookbook, A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. It’s tender with tremendous depth of flavor — there’s coffee, orange juice and booze in it! — and the taste of honey shines through. GET THE RECIPE

5. Harvest Grape and Olive Oil Cake

Studded with juicy red grapes with hints of vanilla and citrus, this is a simple and lovely Italian-style cake — perfect for breakfast, brunch or tea. It’s called a “harvest cake” because it’s traditionally made during the grape harvest season to use up the small grapes not going for pressing. GET THE RECIPE

6. Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Rich and tender from the addition of sour cream, and jam-packed with chocolate chips, this is the kind of old-fashioned, homey cake that appeals to just about everyone — and it’s super-simple to make. GET THE RECIPE

7. Chai Spiced Banana Bread

Chai is the actual word for tea in many countries but when we say chai in the States, we’re usually referring to Masala chai, which is a smooth and calming beverage made of black tea, milk and fragrant Indian spices. Its flavor goes beautifully with bananas, so this quick bread is infused with warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.GET THE RECIPE

8. Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake

If there were ever a cake for lemon lovers, this is it. Lemon zest and lemon juice are added to the batter, which lightly perfume the cake. Then, while the cake is still warm from the oven, it’s doused with a lemon syrup to further enhance the lemon flavor. Finally, the cake is drizzled with a tart lemon glaze, which adds a pop of intense lemon flavor in every bite.

The Best Avocado Recipes For All The Addicts Out There

There’s a lot of potential beneath the skin of the humble avocado. They can be mashed into guacamole. They can be fried into tacos. Or better yet, filled with eggs and baked into the best breakfast this side of the Atlantic.

Not only are avocados delicious, but they’re good for us too. They’re an excellent source of healthful fats and could help improve heart health.

Avocados are great. You know it, we know it. And these recipes right here know it. We have the best avocado recipes you could dream of, so get cooking because this right here is for all you avocado addicts out there:

1 Crispy Beer Battered Avocado Tacos

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2 Mediterranean Avocado Chicken Salad

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3 Citrus Fennel And Avocado Salad

Foodie Crush
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4 Avocado Boats

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5 Avocado Brownies

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6 Avocado Tabbouleh

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7 Avocado And Banana Bread

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8 BLT Lettuce Wraps With Avocado Ranch

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9 Breakfast Enchiladas With Avocado Cream Sauce

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10 Grilled Corn and Feta Egg In A Hole Avocado Toast

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11 Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding

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12 Spicy Smashed Avocado And Asparagus With Dill Havarti Grilled Cheese

Foodie Crush
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13 Avocado Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing

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14 Black Bean Tacos with California Avocado-Sweet Corn Salad

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15 Green Goddess Egg Salad With Avocado

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16 Avocado Bruschetta With Balsamic Reduction

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17 Chilled Avocado Soup

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18 Avocado Hummus

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19 Portobello Steaks With Avocado Chimichurri

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20 Buffalo Chicken And Avocado BLT Wraps

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21 Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

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22 Beet, Avocado and Fried Goat Cheese Salad

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23 Sweet Corn Cake Eggs Benedict With Avocado Hollandaise

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24 Avocado Pound Cake

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25 Cheesy Avocado Crab Stuffed Piquillo Pepper Ciabatta Pizzette’s

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26 Avocado Caprese

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27 Avocado Egg Rolls

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28 Grilled Corn, Tomato And Avocado Salad

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29 Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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30 Avocado Chickpea Salad

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31 Avocado, Egg And English Muffin Sandwich

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32 Roasted Summer Vegetable Mac And Cheese

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33 Southwestern Avocado Dressing

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34 Avocado Chocolate Mousse With Summer Fruit

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35 10-Minute Garden Herb Avocado Dip

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Zagat Is Hitting Up The Best BBQ In Texas. Watch It Live.

Starting today and ending July 4, we’re celebrating all things barbecue and hitting the road for the next 37 days to find our favorite spots around the country with our BBQ Nation social takeover featuring daily livestreams.

Ahead of our big BBQ-themed road trip, we surveyed over 3,500 people on their preferences and it looks like we’re not alone in our upcoming quest for great ‘cue. Forty-two percent of those surveyed answered they’d drive several hours to find good barbecue. Looks like we’re on the same page here!

America has dozens of specialty styles that vary from state to state and often region to region. As for favorite styles, about a third of our survey respondents picked Texas-style BBQ as the “best” (32%). Kansas City and Memphis styles took second and third place respectively

When diners are ready to order at the counter, they’re picking ribs (34%) and brisket (28%) as the top cuts, followed by pulled pork and the modest burnt end. What are you pairing with your barbecue? Turns out coleslaw and baked beans were the most popular sides, followed closely by cornbread and classic potato salad.

While 53% said they have a favorite local spot, the true barbecue lover isn’t afraid to hop in the car and hit the road for some seriously good stuff. As mentioned, 42% answered they’d drive hours to find good barbecue. Let’s just hope the line isn’t too long, because a third of our respondents would only wait 30 minutes or less, and another third would wait only one hour for great ‘cue.

Be sure to follow Zagat on (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) as we hit the road with HuffPostto capture all the action as we’ll be livestreaming daily from top ‘cue spots around the country.

Also be sure to Instagram your favorite barbecue dish or eatery with #ZagatBBQNation. At the end of the tour, we’ll announce a People’s Choice winner!

Check out this handy infographic for a recap of some key results:

Big Batch Cocktail Recipes You Should Have At The Ready

Let’s all be honest here: the reason we don’t enjoy cocktails at home as much as we do when we go out is because there’s a lot of work involved in making just one simple drink. That’s why we usually reach for wine or a beer. But there’s a solution: big batch cocktails.

Big batch cocktails provide a bigger reward for the amount of work you put into mixing. Depending on how big your batch is, the rewards could be tenfold. Genius, right? Here are a few recipes to get you started. But really, with the right sized pitcher, most cocktail recipes can be multiplied to make a batch. Cheers!

1 Rosé Sangria

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2 Blood Orange Margarita For A Crowd

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3 Earl Grey Lemon Vodka

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4 Watermelon Gin Punch

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5 Strawberry Citrus Punch

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6 Sparkling Cranberry Vodka Punch

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7 Pineapple Sangria

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8 Big Batch Meyer Lemon Whiskey Sours

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9 Moscato Sangria

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10 Blackberry Champagne Punch

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11 Whiskey With Homemade Lemonade

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12 Amaretto Bourbon Punch

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13 Hard Lemon And Raspberry Iced Tea

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14 Grapefruit Ginger Spiced Rum Punch

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10 Easy Summer Dinner Recipes, So You Can Chill

These easy and super-delicious summer recipes require minimal time and effort, so you can spend more time relaxing outdoors with friends and less time in the kitchen.

1. Pasta with Roasted Summer Vegetables

Summer in a bowl! Hang on to the last bits of the season with this incredibly easy and tasty pasta dish made with roasted summer veggies, sharp Pecorino Romano, crunchy pine nuts and fresh basil. It’s a delicious way to use up all your seasonal produce. GET THE RECIPE

2. Grilled Chicken Fajitas

For these smoky fajitas, you can do all of the prep ahead of time, so all that’s left to do at dinnertime is quickly grill the chicken. And fajitas are just fun — perfect for getting the whole family together and sharing at the dinner table. GET THE RECIPE

3. Grilled Moroccan Meatballs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Ground beef is laced with warm spices, fresh herbs and garlic, and then grilled in meatball form until smoky and charred. Served over couscous with a cooling yogurt-cucumber sauce, it’s a quick and easy meal that’s big on flavor. GET THE RECIPE

4. Easy Thai Shrimp Curry

With shrimp in your freezer and a few pantry essentials, you’re never more than 25 minutes away from this delicious meal, alive with the vibrant flavors of Thailand.GET THE RECIPE

5. Pecan Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Sauce

These aren’t your everyday chicken tenders. The tenderloins are breaded in a mixture of pecans and panko, then pan-fried until crispy and golden and served with a creamy whole grain honey-mustard sauce. Kids love them! GET THE RECIPE

6. Southwestern Sliders

These drip-down-your-chin sliders are jazzed up with smoky Southwestern spices, jalapeño pepper and Jack cheese. Serve them with Roasted Tomato Peach Jam instead of ketchup and your family will swoon. GET THE RECIPE

7. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Grilled cheese for dinner? Yes, please! Sun-dried tomato pesto gives these sandwiches a gourmet twist. My son calls them “pizza paninis” since they taste like hot, crispy pizza sandwiches. GET THE RECIPE

8. Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups

Boldly flavored with fresh ginger, lime, chili pepper, fish sauce and brown sugar, these easy Thai-style lettuce cups touch all your taste sensations. GET THE RECIPE

9. Grilled Salmon with Creamy Cucumber-Dill Sauce

Warm weather cooking is all about keeping it simple: no fussy sauces or heating up the kitchen, just good food made from fresh ingredients. This grilled salmon with a refreshing cucumber salad is just that! GET THE RECIPE

10. 30-Minute Asian Beef Bowls

This dish is a MAJOR family-pleaser and can be made in just 30 minutes from ordinary supermarket ingredients. And the beauty of “bowls” is that everyone can create their own. GET THE RECIPE

Here’s The Secret Ingredient Your Tomato Sauce Needs

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Tomato sauce is an essential kitchen staple that every cook must master. Avoid the mistake of making a bland tomato sauce by adding peanut butter (yes, we’re entirely serious).

The Secret Ingredient

This surprising ingredient will round out the flavor and give the sauce a salty kick. Packed with nutrients, peanut butter will also add protein and healthy fats to your dish.

Don’t be afraid to combine tomatoes and peanut butter — you might find that it’s a match made in heaven. Just add the peanut butter once you’ve sautéed the onion and garlic. Be careful not to add too much, as it might overwhelm the other flavors in the sauce. Once this forms a paste, add the tomatoes and let simmer.

Serve over spaghetti, on a pizza, or in a marinade. It’s one of the most versatile sauces around, so the possibilities are endless! For more inspiration, check out food blogger Blue Bear Wood’s peanut butter tomato sauce recipe here.

Like this cooking tip? Find out what your soups and stews are missing.

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Watermelon Gazpacho is Your New Fave Summer Soup

Cool down this summer with a chilled soup, like this refreshing watermelon gazpacho. It comes together fast, and you can easily make a big batch for a party, or simply, to eat throughout the week. Pour it into pint size mason jars for a quick grab and go lunch option throughout the week.


Watermelon is 92% water, making it a delicious way to hydrate. It’s an excellent source of  the antioxidant lycopene, which provides your skin some protection against the sun when eaten regularly. It’s also a good source of Vitamins C and Vitamin A.

Cucumber contains a variety of antioxidants and minerals, and helps reduce inflammation. It also contains fisetin, an antioxidant that can improve memory and protect brain cells from age-related decline.

Chile Peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that has been found to support the metabolism, aid in fat burn, and even protect against certain cancers.

Here’s the recipe:
Watermelon Gazpacho

6 cups watermelon, cubed

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced

2 tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 red chile pepper (fresno chile), seeded

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 tsp fresh lime juice

salt and black pepper to taste


1/4 cup mint

1/4 cup olive oil


Place watermelon, 1 1/2 cups cucumber (reserve rest for garnish), tomatoes, red chili pepper, garlic and lime juice in a Vitamix or high speed blender. Blend on medium until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Taste, and add more lime juice 1 tsp at a time if needed to balance the flavor if your watermelon is very sweet. Salt and pepper to taste.

Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Place mint and oil in a blender and blend until fully incorporated.

After gazpacho has chilled, pour into bowls, top with diced cucumber and drizzle with mint oil.

Mouthwatering Mushroom and Broccoli Frittata Recipe

Mushroom and Broccoli Frittata Cooking Tips

You can use different types of fresh mushrooms for this recipe, like shiitake or portobello. Ideally, your mushrooms should have a fresh and smooth appearance, and should be free from blemishes. Keep them in the fridge at all times, and use within days of purchasing.

To clean mushrooms, wipe with a soft brush or damp cloth to remove particles. Quickly rinsing them with cold water also works, but make sure to immediately pat dry with a paper towel. Do not soak mushrooms, as they are very porous and easily absorb water. In fact, do not wash your mushrooms until you’re ready to use them for cooking.1

You don’t need to peel mushrooms, but check the stems to see if they’re dry. You may also need to remove the tough stem portion of shiitakes and/or the root of the portobello.

As for broccoli, make sure to select tight and firm stalks that are not tough. The buds should be closed tightly, and the leaves should be crisp and very green, while the florets should be dark green. Avoid buying broccoli where the buds are starting to turn yellow, or the leaves already have a yellow tinge to them. Make sure to check the odor as well. If the broccoli has a very strong smell, it means that it’s already old.2

As much as possible, buy fresh, organic, and free-range eggs from a local farmer that allows his hens to forage freely outdoors. You can also find these at local health food stores. These are more nutritious than conventional eggs sold in supermarkets, which come from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and are usually lacking nutrients.

To distinguish free-range eggs from pastured varieties, check the color of the yolk. Foraged hens have bright orange yolks, while CAFO eggs usually have dull, pale yellow yolks.

When cooking the frittata, aim for a custard-like texture. It should be trembling and barely set. An overcooked frittata will have a texture (and interior) that’s similar to a kitchen sponge. To get a deep golden-brown crust, sprinkle more cheese in the last few minutes while it’s in the broiler.3 To check if the frittata is cooked, cut a small slit in the middle. If raw eggs run through the cut, bake for a few more minutes.4

Coconut Kale,with Sesame Crusted Salmon Recipe

A research published in The Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that eating oily fish once or twice a week may increase your lifespan, primarily due to its high omega-3 levels.1 Of course, you have to consider that most fish sold today may have contamination issues, but I believe that if you make really wise choices, the benefits can outweigh the risks.

So if you’re going to serve fish for dinner, I recommend you  use wild Alaskan salmon. This is the only fish I’ll eat on a regular basis, and the  one I feel comfortable recommending as an ideal source of healthful fats.

To further enhance salmon’s nutritional content, why not serve it with superfoods kale and coconut? Here’s one recipe that’s bursting with flavor and nutritional goodness.

Did You Know?
  • If you’re going to serve fish for dinner, I recommend you to use wild Alaskan salmon – it’s the only fish I eat on a regular basis as an ideal source of healthy fats
  • According to a research published in The Annals of Internal Medicine, eating oily fish once or twice a week may help increase your lifespan, mainly due to its high omega-3 levels
  • To further boost salmon’s nutritional content, serve it with superfoods coconut and kale – here’s a delicious recipe you can try
  • 3 tablespoons Dr. Mercola’s coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the ginger and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the kale, sauté, stirring constantly for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the coconut milk and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat, and simmer until kale is tender.
  • 6 wild Alaskan salmon steaks
  • 4 tablespoons raw butter
  • 4 tablespoons Dr. Mercola’s coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • Dr. Mercola’s Himalayan salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Serving Size: 6
  1. Preheat oven to 475° Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small pan, melt the butter and oil with the ginger.
  3. Brush the butter, oil, and ginger on the pieces of salmon. Roll the salmon in the sesame seeds. Place the salmon on an oiled sheet pan and refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
  4. Place the salmon in the oven and roast until the sesame seeds are brown and the salmon is rare inside, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.