Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Probably Made This Chicken Recipe the Night They Got Engaged

Prince Harry didn’t need fireworks or roses to propose to his fiancee Meghan Markle. In fact, they were roasting a chicken on a “cozy night” in Nottingham Cottage when the low-key royal popped the question.

“It was just an amazing surprise,” Markle said during their BBC interview. “It was so sweet and natural and very romantic; he got on one knee.”

The story caused some to speculate whether the actress served up Glamour‘s infamous “engagement chicken,” a recipe purportedly so good it inspires men to propose instantly. But sexist tropes aside, the couple likely chose another beloved dish when the big moment went down.

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In fact, Markle told Good Housekeeping that not only is there “nothing as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken,” but she also has go-to method.

“If you have an Ina Garten–level roasted-chicken recipe, it’s a game changer,” Markle said in an interview last year. “I bring that to dinner parties and make a lot of friends.”

He’s more than a friend now, but Prince Harry must be a fan of Barefoot Contessa’s “perfect” recipe too. With ingredients like lemon, thyme, and garlic, the traditional dinner is a surefire winner — and potentially a recipe for romance.

“I always knew roast chicken had magic powers!!” Garten tweeted at the couple this morning. “I’m so happy for both of you!”

The best part of the whole story, however, is that Prince Harry and Markle made it together. Now that’s how you get engaged.

Weight Watchers Is Coming Out With Its Own Wine

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Diet empire Weight Watchers is getting into the wine business — kind of. The company just announced a lower-calorie Sauvignon Blanc, called Cense, which has fewer points per glass than the typical vino.

It may seem like a random brand extension, until you see the raw data. Wine is the second most-tracked beverage — coffee being first — according Ryan Nathan, Vice President of Products, Licensing, and Ecommerce at Weight Watchers. So, the company partnered with California producer Truett-Hurst Winery (which makes wines for retailers like Trader Joe’s). The goal was to create a wine that clocked in at three points, rather than the typical four, says Nathan.

The trick turned out to be in an algorithm that kept sugar and calories low — so a 5-oz. glass contains just 85 calories, compared to the typical 120 — but it also lowered the alcohol level. Most wines are labeled between 9 and 15%, with Sauvignon Blancs coming in around 11-13.5. Cense is 9.6% alcohol by volume.

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Developing a lower-calorie wine while also ensuring the wine tasted good wasn’t easy, says Phil Hurst, Co-Founder and President and CEO of Truett-Hurst Winery. The company initially imagined that if they started with a big, round red — like a Zinfandel or Syrah from California’s Dry Creek — and reduced the alcohol, they’d still have a wine that was incredibly robust. They were wrong. In fact, it took the company two years to land on its ideal formula. Winemaker Ross Reedy posited that choosing a naturally aromatic wine that was crisp, high in acidity, zesty in flavor, and didn’t need oak treatment — and then reducing the alcohol — would do the trick. So, they turned to Sauvignon Blanc.

Grapes for Cense are sourced from a vineyard in Marlborough and made into wine there, then the wine is shipped to the U.S., where the alcohol is reduced and the wine is bottled.

Sometimes when you put a lower alcohol wine in a lineup it can seem thin or wimpy in comparison to its higher alcohol brethren. Not so with the Cense. After sampling a bottle, we were surprised to find how much it tasted like a classic Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is heavy on the grapefruit — mostly ruby red grapefruit — plus a good bit of Meyer lemon, followed by a hint of candied pineapple. Those aromas carry through to the flavor, which is citrusy with a touch of green jalapeno-like notes. The Cense has screaming acidity, although not mouth-puckeringly so.

As of today, you can buy a bottle at Censewines.com starting at $15 and at Kroger stores where it retails for $13.99. The two companies expect to launch a rosé in the near future.

Dairy Queen's Holiday Blizzards Are Hitting Stores Now

As candy canes and inflatable Santas slowly encroach on seasonal aisles, Dairy Queen is also already decking the halls with its most famous dessert.

The chain is bringing back its classic seasonal Blizzard — the Candy Cane Chill — and it’s introducing a whole new hot cocoa-inspired flavor. Like all of its namesake treats, both feature ice cream loaded with plenty of mix-ins, in a soft serve-based concoction so thick you can flip it upside down without spilling a drop. Hopefully.

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The Candy Cane Chill combines vanilla soft serve with crushed peppermint candies and chocolate chunks swirled throughout it.

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This year’s new flavor, the Oreo Hot Cocoa Blizzard, isn’t too far off from the returning favorite. It also starts with a vanilla ice cream base, which is hand-blended with hot fudge and Oreo cookie pieces. And, like a classic hot chocolate, it’s garnished with a dollop of whipped cream. Because when you’re feeling extra enough to order your hot cocoa frozen, you deserve a lil’ extra on top.

Desserts aren’t the only new addition to the menu. Dairy Queen is also rolling out a new $5 Buck Lunch, featuring an onion ring-topped barbecue bacon cheeseburger, fries, and a drink. It’s only available for a limited time, according to a press release.

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The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Make Cooking Mashed Potatoes

Everyone looks forward to the sides at Thanksgiving — they’re the best part, after all. But no one’s going to reach for seconds on your mashed potatoes if they’re gluey, cold or tasteless. Seriously, Is there any worse food than cold mashed potatoes?

To get it right, start out with your favorite recipe (this is a great one!) and avoid these common pitfalls. Once you mater the basics, the fam will be begging you to make mashed potatoes every year.

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PS: Don’t miss the basic step-by-step video above for the easiest way to make mashed potatoes that taste great ever. single. time. GUARANTEED.

1. Using the wrong type of potatoes

Choose higher starch potatoes (like Russets or Yukon golds) for the fluffiest, smoothest mash. They also absorb flavorings more easily. Waxy potatoes (such as red or white varieties) require more mashing to become creamy, which could lead to the dreaded “potato paste.”

2. Not salting the water

When potatoes cook, the starch granules swell and absorb water and — if you’ve added it — salt. You won’t need to add as much at the end, and your final product will be well-seasoned, not bland.

3. Starting them in hot water

Cover them with cold water, add salt, then heat to boiling and reduce to a simmer. If you start in hot water, they’ll cook unevenly, with the outside falling apart before the inside is cooked.

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4. Under-draining

Make sure to drain well after cooking. You want them to taste like potatoes, not water. If you’d like, gently reheat the drained potatoes on the stovetop to dry them out slightly before mashing.

5. Adding your flavorings straight from the fridge

Let your butter come to room temperature before melting it into the hot potatoes, then mash in the warm milk or cream. It will be absorbed more easily, and won’t cool everything down.

6. Overworking

The swollen starch granules in your cooked potatoes are in a delicate state. Mashing them too vigorously — say, in the food processor — or for too long releases lots of starch, which can make them gluey and unappetizing. Be gentle with your potatoes, and you’ll be rewarded with light, fluffy spuds, and happy, well-fed guests.

7. Making them too far ahead

We’re big fans of preparing food ahead of time, especially when there’s lots of cooking involved, but potatoes don’t take kindly to sitting around for long periods. Refrigerating them overnight sounds like a no-brainer, but they’ll start to taste like cardboard. Want to make them ahead anyway? You can hold the prepared potatoes in a heat-proof bowl, with the surface covered with plastic wrap, over a pot of simmering water for up to 2 hours. If you have a slow-cooker with a Warm setting, that will work too. Fluff ’em up again before serving.

Starbucks Is Giving Away Free Holiday Drinks This Week

Even though the holidays might seem ages away at this point, Starbucks is ready to start spreading the Christmas cheer with a BOGO deal you can’t miss out on this week.

If you buy a holiday beverage at Starbucks between November 9 and 13 — a.k.a. this coming Thursday through Monday — you can get another hot, iced or blended holiday drink of equal or lesser value to share with a friend or family member for free.

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The “Give Good” sharing event takes place between 2-5 p.m. local time and includes holiday drinks like the Chestnut Praline Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte, Holiday Spice Flat White and Teavana Joy Brewed Tea.

Feeling hungry? The offer also extends to all cake pops, as well.

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Stop What You’re Doing: You Can Now Buy A Ranch Keg

Hidden Valley seems to operate under a sort of if you build it, they will come mentality. No one needed the $100 ranch fountain they debuted earlier this year, but condiment diehards bought out the entire stock. Same goes for the bejeweled bottle and beach towel that launched alongside it. And while you’ve been resting on your laurels for months now, content with telling your grandchildren about the time someone invented a machine that could make ranch flow freely, ready for some carrots or your bare hands to dip into it at any moment — WHABAM: Hidden Valley Ranch Outlet drops a holiday collection.

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This is the stuff dreams, and really fun parties, are made of.

A keg

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It’s perfect for hypochondriacs who want ranch on tap — a la the fountain — but contained, to prevent double-dippers from spreading their truth.

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A sweater

Sarah Weinberg

This looks like something your grandmother embroidered (itchy and outdated) but feels like something you buy at a college bookstore (soft and ironically relevant).

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A fountain skirt

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If you were #Blessed enough to score a ranch fountain when Hidden Valley’s inaugural collection dropped, consider yourself #Charmed: You can now get a skirt, like one you’d fit around the base of a Christmas tree, for said fountain.

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A pair of socks

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One sole reads “If you can read this,” while the other says, “Bring me ranch.” Ranch lovers don’t have time to wait around, you know?

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Jam Sandwich Cookies

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Fill these classic Christmas cookies with the jam of your choice and then package them up in a festive paper envelope. Download our PDF and use the template as your guide on sturdy card stock paper. Choose whatever paper suits your style — gold, silver, you name it — then simply trace, cut out, fold in corners and seal with a sticker. Keep your sweets safe and sound by adding a layer of wax paper between the cookie and the paper.

Nearly 11,000 Pounds of Raw Chicken Recalled for Possible Metal Contamination

 

Empire Kosher Poultry has announced a recall of nearly 11,000 pounds of raw poultry products after discovering they may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically metal.

The raw chicken breast products were produced and packaged on November 2, 2017, and have the establishment number “P-1015” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

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The items were shipped to retailers nationwide such as Acme and HEB as well as online at jet.com and freshdirect.com. The following products are affected:

  • 4 to5.25-lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 46375 and “Sell By” date 11/14/17.
  • 1 to1.25-lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 7488 and “Sell By” date 11/16/17.
  • 2.5-lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 7598 and “Sell By” date11/16/17.
  • 1 to1.25-lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 92615 and “Sell By” date 11/17/17.
  • 1 to 1.25 –lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 7888 and “Sell By” date 11/16/17.

The Food and Safety Inspection Service has not received any adverse reactions, injury or illnesses due to consumption. If you have purchased a recalled chicken product, the FSIS urges you not to eat it and to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase immediately.

If you have questions, you can contact the Empire Kosher toll-free line at (800) 570-5718.

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This Is What You Should Bring to EVERY Party This Season

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“What should I bring?” It’s a question that we all say (and hear) a lot, but that ends today. Because we’re going to make it a lot easier for you. The answer is always cranberry brie bites. It’s what you should you to bring to every friend’s get together, and what you should tell people to bring to yours.

Chelsea Lupkin

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You can never ever go wrong with baked brie. It’s always the first to get (aggressively) devoured in the app spread. People seriously can’t control themselves, but this recipe makes the whole brie situation less stressful. There’s no attempting to wait patiently while someone else digs (and digs and digs) for their fair share. Mini isn’t just cute, it’s better.

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Instead of puff pastry, each brie bite is encased in crescent dough, which puffs up like a buttery pillow. On top goes a little scoop of cranberry sauce (the whole berry kind), some chopped pecans, and a little sprig of rosemary. It’s super creamy, a little tart, and kinda nutty; in other words, it’s AMAZING. The recipe makes 2 dozen, which sounds like a lot, considering how quickly they’ll go (mere seconds!), you may want to think about doubling it.

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Is Costco's $5 Rotisserie Chicken Actually Healthy?

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Every experienced Costco shopper always leaves the wholesale store with two things: a belly full of samples and a Kirkland-brand rotisserie chicken in hand.

Always seasoned to perfection and with a $5 price tag, it’s no surprise that this product is a fan favorite from the retail chain.

But is the seemingly addicting bird bad for your health?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Dr. Oz teamed up with food journalist Mark Schatzker to find out the truth behind Costco’s famous chicken. Schatzker explained that rotisserie chicken is usually processed, meaning the meat is “pre-seasoned in factories” and then sent off to supermarkets to be cooked by employees.

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A quick glance at the list of ingredients reveals that the tender meat often contains sodium, sugar, and even modified corn starch. Furthermore, the skin is usually flavored with MSG and more sugar — which explains why we can never seem to take just one bite.

But , Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute says concerns for processing or additives are unfounded in this case. “Rotisserie chicken is a lower sodium, affordable way to consume lean protein — and it’s one of the best things you can buy at Costo (and other retailers of its kind!),” says London. “The ingredients used are all safe, thoroughly evaluated by the FDA,and the product overall provides far more nutritional benefits than it does raise any cause for concern. Dig in!”

So, there you have it — looks like it’s safe to keep snacking on your favorite rotisserie chicken.