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The Hands-Off Way to Create Ideal Burger Patties

All you need is ground beef and two takeout container lids

One of F&W’s top burger commandments is thou shalt not overwork the ground beef. If you take too much time to form the patty, the heat from your hands emulsifies the fat and results in tough, chewy burgers. In this week’s episode of Mad Genius Tips, F&W Test Kitchen hamburger helper Justin Chapple demonstrates his easy hands-off approach to forming a perfect patty. All you need is ground beef and two takeout container lids.

For more smart cooking hacks, watch all of F&W’s Mad Genius Tips videos.

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Take a First Look at Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

New photos from the Netflix prequel series

In the new photos for Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, all your favorite Camp Firewood counselors look fresh-faced, eager to take on the summer, and, well, older. Time is an abstract concept in the Netflix series, a prequel to Michael Showalter and David Wain’s 2001 movie, which took place on the last day of camp.

The movie’s original stars are back for the eight episodes. So you’ll see Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper’s musical theater enthusiasts Susie and Ben sharing a keyboard, Christopher Meloni’s nutty Gene doing the splits with a precariously placed knife, Paul Rudd’s jerk Andy massaging Marguerite Moreau’s Katie, and more familiar—if more mature—faces.

The series debuts on July 31.

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Why You Should Spiralize Your Hot Dogs This Summer

And add some DIY condiments

Cutting hot dogs into a spiral isn’t just fun—it makes the hot dog better, because it gets crispier on the grill and condiments like relish and mustard fall into the meaty grooves. In this week’s episode of Mad Genius Tips, F&W Test Kitchen grilling guru Justin Chapple reveals an easy way to spiralize your hot dogs using a sharp knife and a wooden skewer.

Here, three great DIY toppings for spiral hot dogs:

Chicago-Style Salsa
In a bowl, toss 1 finely chopped Persian cucumber with 1/2 cup celery leaves, 1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup thinly sliced peperoncini, 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion, 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; serve on hot dogs.

Apricot Mostarda
In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup each of apple cider vinegar and water with 1 cup chopped dried apricots, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 minced shallot and 1 minced garlic clove. Bring to a boil, then simmer over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the apricots are soft and coated in a light syrup, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard and 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard. Season with salt and let cool; serve on hot dogs.

Pickled Pepper Slaw
In a bowl, toss 1 cup sliced sweet and/or hot pickled peppers with 1/2 cup shredded romaine, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/4 cup each chopped parsley and dill. Season with salt and pepper; serve on hot dogs.

For more smart cooking hacks, watch all of F&W’s Mad Genius Tips videos.

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New Magic Mike XXL Poster Features More Abs Than You Can Count

Just unbelievable

Is there a law against showing too many six-packs in one photo? If so, the latest Magic Mike XXL poster ought to be illegal.

Six of the cast of the early anticipated sequel – including Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer – are featured shirtless in the new poster in all their ab-tastic glory.

The male stripper movie, which hits theaters July 1, features Tatum and his crew hitting the road for one last show, three years after the last film left off.

While Matthew McConaughey isn’t reprising his role as club owner Dallas, the film features former So You Think You Can Dance star Stephen “tWitch” Boss as well as Jada Pinkett Smith and Andie MacDowell.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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Grilling Tips for Your Summer Barbecue

Become the grill master

  • Fennel-Garlic Chicken Legs

    Food And Wine
    Con Poulos June Grilling

    Tip: Cut slits for better flavor.

    To get the most from a marinade—like the fennel-garlic one used for the chicken here—slash the skin and meat so the flavors can seep in.

    Go to recipe.

  • Juicy Grilled Tomatoes

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    Tip: Grill tomatoes in a foil packet.

    The only way to grill tomatoes without losing their delicious juices is in a foil packet. Flavor the tomatoes with any fresh herbs or aromatics, then use them in a briny summer clam chowder or crostini.

    Go to recipe.

  • Harissa Chicken

    Con Poulos

    Tip: Add smoky ingredients.

    Grilling gives foods a great smoky flavor, but for even more of that flavor, turn to wood-fired ingredients like smoked paprika and chipotle chiles.

    Go to recipe.

  • Grilled Glazed Salmon

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    Tip: Add sweet glazes at the end.

    As with any sweet glaze, brush the honey-horseradish-mustard sauce on the salmon in the last minutes of grilling, or else the sugars in it might burn.

    Go to recipe.

  • Smoky Glazed Asparagus

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    Tip: Use mayo in marinades.

    Chef Nate Appleman swears by coating vegetables with a mayonnaise-based marinade; it creates a beautifully blistered crust when grilled. Here, he offers a marinade for asparagus that is also fabulous on broccoli and fennel.

    Go to recipe.

  • Middle Eastern Lamb Skewers

    Quentin Bacon

    Tip: Tenderize in onion juice.

    Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia adds onion juice or pureed onions to his Middle Eastern-style marinades to tenderize and caramelize the meat. The marinade is great on chicken breast as well as lamb.

    Go to recipe.

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6 Best Cheeses for Burgers

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Go beyond cheddar

As chefs Michael Chiarello and Sang Yoon discuss in their Chefs in Conversation video, there are a lot of ways to screw up a burger. One way to make sure you’re treating a burger right is to top it with really great cheese. Here, the six best cheeses for burgers.

Cheddar
Perhaps the most popular option behind American cheese, salty cheddar holds up to strong flavors like the barbecue sauce on these incredible chicken burgers or the bacon and Russian dressing on these BLT burgers.

Brie
Ultra-gooey, creamy Brie takes any burger to the next, luxe level. Try it melted on top of these bacon burgers or stuffed into these scallion-flecked burgers.

Goat Cheese
Tangy goat cheese is a lighter choice for cheese. It’s great on these salty, sweet, piquant green-chile bacon burgers or these simple but super-filling double-decker burgers.

Smoked Gouda
Smoked Gouda and smoky barbecue sauce are a perfect match. Try the pairing on these messy burgers from Slows Bar-B-Q. It’s also a perfect complement to spicy horseradish on these flavorful turkey burgers.

Monterey Jack
This is one of the best cheeses for melting, which makes it perfect for a super-gooey cheese sauce like the one on Bobby Flay’s nacho burgers. Thanks to its mild flavor, Monterey Jack can also handle bold Italian flavors like those in Michael Symon’s 50/50 burgers made with hot Italian sausage and ground chuck.

Stilton
Pungent, salty and stinky, Stilton is for real cheese lovers and big, bold burgers like these topped with an insanely good port reduction. Or try it in small doses, like on these mini cheeseburgers topped with onion jam.

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Watch Martin Short Hit The Streets With Billy Eichner

A special 'Billy on the Street' for Red Nose Day

You can’t say that Martin Short didn’t try to do his part to raise money for Red Nose Day. The comedy legend hit the sidewalks of Manhattan with Billy Eichner for a special episode of Billy on the Street, but unfortunately very few people were willing to cough up some cash for the charity.

In the video, which was part of NBC’s imported fundraiser, Red Nose Day, Eichner escorted Short through the city. While normally Eichner will give people a dollar if they recognize David Letterman, plan to watch the Emmy Awards, sing with Amy Poehler, or promise to sleep with Paul Rudd, for this video, Eichner asked for cash for a good cause.

While some people might consider it an honor to have Eichner yell at them, others seemed intimidated by the entourage of a yelling Eichner, Short, and a cameraman. Others simply refused to believe that Short was actually the Martin Short and wouldn’t make a donation to an imposter.

 

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Model Breastfeeds Her Son on Cover of Elle Australia

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Elle Australia

The Australian model hopes the image will make moms more comfortable about breastfeeding in public

A cover of the June 2015 issue of Elle Australia, which is only available to subscribers, is going viral because it shows model Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her son Zion Rain Clark. The issue also features a story about Trunfio and new motherhood, as the 29-year-old and fiancé Gary Clark, Jr., welcomed Zion to the world four months ago.

“This wasn’t a contrived situation: Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set,” Elle‘s editor-in-chief Justine Cullen said on the magazine’s website.

Supportive comments started trending on social media via hashtags #normalizebreastfeeding and ‪#‎weareonlyhuman:

Others, however, think it was cowardly of Elle Australia to only make the cover available to subscribers. An example of the outraged comments on Elle Australia‘s Facebook page:

“How sad you were not brave enough to use the image of a women’s body at its most beautiful on all of your mags.”

“You’re sending an incredibly negative message about the suitability of breastfeeding in public by choosing this image as a cover, yet only making it available to subscribers (ie only women). Yes, men will surely be offended by the photo, but 1) they don’t buy your magazine and 2) THIS ATTITUDE IS WHAT WE NEED TO ELIMINATE IN SOCIETY!”

Trunfio wrote on Facebook that she is proud of the photo, taken by photographer Georges Antoni, hailing it as a “positive and healthy” statement:

There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than motherhood. The last thing I want to do is be controversial, so please take this for what it is, let us‪#‎normalizebreastfeeding‬ there is nothing worse than a mother that is judged for feeding her hungry child in public. ‪#‎weareonlyhuman‬ I’m so proud of this cover and what it stands for. I obviously don’t look like this or wear [this] while I am breastfeeding but this stands for all women out there, whether you breastfeed or not, we gave birth, we are women, we are mothers.

It is the latest magazine cover of a breastfeeding mom to go viral, from Brad Pitt’s photo of Angelina Jolie breastfeeding for the Nov. 2008 W magazine cover to a May 2012 TIME cover “Are You Mom Enough” showing a mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son, photographed by Martin Schoeller.

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Watch Jimmy Fallon and The Rock Give the Worst Graduation Speech of All Time

They play two high school students with the lowest GPAs, in 1989

Just in time for graduation season, Jimmy Fallon decided to spoof the typical commencement address with the help of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. On Thursday’s episode of The Tonight Show, they performed as two high school students graduating in 1989 (after eight years in school.)

They ramble idiotically for several minutes and offer absolutely no helpful advice to their fellow graduates. Fallon does basically come up with the idea for Facebook — though the pair immediately dismisses it as a “big sack of never gonna happen.”

The speech may not offer any pearls of wisdom, but we appreciate it for the opportunity to watch Jimmy Fallon and The Rock act like total morons for five minutes.

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A Gilmore Girls Reunion Could Be Heading Our Way

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Warner Bros./Getty Images Lauren Graham as Lorelai and Alexis Bledel as Rory in Gilmore Girls

Scott Patterson just hinted that dreams may come true in Stars Hollow

Scott Patterson a.k.a. Luke Danes, a.k.a. Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong depending on your feelings about Lorelei’s relationships, just dropped some serious hints about a possible Gilmore Girls reunion.

Patterson stopped by the Gilmore Guys podcast and hinted that fans might soon get to see a cast reunion from the beloved show. “I will say this, there are talks going on at the moment,” Patterson said, before clamming up. “I can’t really go into any details, but there is some activity. I’m hopeful, and I’m in. I think it would be a big event, and I think it would be a great fan celebration.”

Did Patterson mean that Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelei (Lauren Graham) would be heading back to Stars Hollow? Or was Patterson just reminding fans that the cast will be reuniting next month at the ATX Television Festival in Texas? It will be a big reunion with Patterson, Graham, Bledel expected to be joined by Kelly Bishop, Danny Strong, Todd Lowe, Jackson Douglas, Matt Czuchry and more. Also on hand will be Jared Padelecki, who played Dean. (In the podcast, Patterson revealed that he is firmly on Team Dean, even though he played the uncle of rival love interest Jess on the show.)

To fully parse Patterson’s statements for clues, listen to his full interview on the podcast on iTunes.

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