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You may not have known this, but today is National Grilled Cheese Day, and there’s no doubt lots of Americans can’t live without cheese in their daily lives.

Don’t believe us? Well, a new poll by Boar’s Head finds that 87% of Americans would rather give up coffee, chocolate or alcohol than give up cheese. Americans love cheese so much that 60% of folks can name more than five types of cheese.

And that’s not all, 46% of Americans say cheese is either their favorite, or second favorite food, with 25 to 34-year-olds more likely to say it’s their top choice. Overall, most Americans (68%) prefer American cheese for their sandwiches, although Cheddar tops the list for salads (59%).

  • And believe it or not, cheese is so important to some people that 66% of respondents actually say that if cheese were banned where they live they’d either definitely move, strongly consider it or possibly move.

Source: Yahoo Finance

While many of us dread the day our kids will be old enough to get behind the wheel of a car, mostly because then we'd have to worry about them on the road, there’s an even bigger fear that some parents have to endure – actually teaching their kids how to drive. 

A new thread on the anonymous Whisper app has parents’ honest confessions about having to teach their kids to drive, and we bet most people can relate. 

Confessions from parents who survived teaching their kids to drive include:

  • “I’m teaching my daughter to drive. I say ‘ok press the gas’ and the car doesn’t move. She looks at me like ‘why won’t it move?’ so I look at her foot, it’s on the break!!”
  • “My daughter is 16 and learning to drive. It’s her first day and she has already almost killed us dodging a chipmunk.”
  • “Teaching my daughter how to drive is terrifying. Pray for me.”
  • “I’m teaching my daughter how to drive and I think 5 mph is a perfectly acceptable speed right now.”
  • “I’m teaching my kids how to drive. Literally just got into the car with a helmet and knee pads on.”
  • “I’m teaching my son to drive and I would love for him to go at LEAST 5 mph.”
  • “I’m teaching my son to drive a stick. When he complains that it’s too hard, I ask ‘what if a stick shift is your only getaway in a zombie apocalypse.'”
  • “I’m currently teaching my son to drive and we actually get along when we’re in the car together. This is the closest I’ve felt to him in years.”
  • “I turned into my mother while teaching my son to drive. It was horrifying.”
  • “The first time I taught my son to drive, I gave him a bunch of energy drinks, blasted rap music, and took him out during a thunderstorm. He’s now the safest driver I know.”

Source: Whisper

While you may be used to seeing teens hanging out at the local McDonald’s, it seems more and more of them are abandoning the Golden Arches for a different fast food chain. According to a new survey, Chick-Fil-A is now the most popular fast food chain amongst teens, beating out not only Mickey Ds, but Chipotle and Strabucks as well. The popularity is on th rise despite the controversy surrounding the CEO's opposition to gay marriage. 

Source: New York Post

New research shows that extreme diets don’t work and could actually lead to weight gain as people age. A new study from the University of Helsinki monitored the weight of 4,900 Finnish adults between 24 and 34 and found that just following a regular eating schedule - not crash dieting - is the best way to keep the pound off.

Researchers point out that steady exercise and healthy eating habits are important to maintaining a healthy weight, but they say even more crucial is avoiding diets. Men and women in the study who had no history of dieting and just maintained regular eating habits had the most successful weight maintenance.

“Often people try to prevent and manage excess weight and obesity by dieting and skipping meals,” the study’s lead researcher explains. “In the long term, such approaches seem to actually accelerate getting fatter, rather than prevent it.”

So trying to lose weight is a bad way to lose weight and dieting doesn’t work. Well, we were right all along!

Source: New York Post

You may know your way around a kitchen, but there’s a good chance you’re still making some mistakes. Here’s what three chefs say most of us make wrong and how we can get it right.

  • You’re overcooking pasta - Instead of cooking pasta completely, chef Robert Irvine says we should cook it very al dente and add it to the sauce still very firm. He suggests saving a cup of the water you cooked the pasta in and adding that to the pasta with the sauce to let it continue to cook and keep the sauce at the right consistency.
  • You’re adding sugar to your marinara sauce - Chef Steve Martorano says if you use a great tomato, like a San Marzano, it’ll be sweet enough you won’t need the sugar.
  • You’re burning garlic - It should only be browned to a light brown color, not cooked until it’s black or it could make food bitter.
  • You’re cooking rice by the bag - Follow the directions on the back of the bag of rice and you’ll end up with clumpy rice that sticks to the bottom of the pot. Instead, chef Ben Canaryadvises washing the rice in a bowl of water then straining, and repeating the process until the water isn’t cloudy anymore. Then soak the rice for about 45 minutes before cooking.
  • You’re overcooking scrambled eggs - Because eggs trap heat and continue to cook even when you take them out of the pan, stop when they’re just slightly undercooked so they come out perfectly done.
  • You’re cooking bacon on the stove - If you haven’t been baking bacon, you’re missing out. Cook it on a foil lined pan at 400 for 15 minutes - no oil needed - and from there, it could take longer depending on how crisp you want it and how thick the bacon is.
  • You’re chopping asparagus - Pros know that if you just bend the spear of asparagus, it’ll break at the right spot so you can get rid of the woody base without cutting.

Source: This is Insider

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