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Cheetos Duster: A Gift For The Die-Hard Cheetos Fan

The Cheetos Duster is a gift for the die-hard Cheetos Fan. The snack brand is causing mischief in the kitchen with its first-ever cooking gadget.

What is the Cheetos Duster? It spreads Cheetle, the orange dust from Cheetos, to elevate your dishes to epic proportions.

From mac and cheese to salads to fries and beyond, your dishes can reach new levels of cheesy goodness. Here are some ideas to spark culinary inspiration:

  • Cheetos-Coated Mozzarella Sticks: This cheesy, spicy, and crunchy take on the classic appetizer is sure to please a crowd. And don’t forget the ranch dressing.
  • Flamin’ Hot Turkey Legs: Looking for an upgrade to the traditional holiday turkey? A simple coating of flour, spices, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetle takes these to the next level.
  • Cheetos-Rimmed Cocktails: From Bloody Marys to spicy Margaritas, Flamin’ Hot Cheetle adds a kick to any cocktail as a rim garnish.
  • Cheetos-Dusted Donuts: A cheesy sweet and spicy mash-up, a sprinkle of Cheetle adds an unexpected cheesy bite or spicy punch to a sweet donut treat.
    To use the Cheetos Duster, simply fill the glass jar with any Cheetos snacks and press the power button. Cheesy magic awaits.

    Fans can purchase the Cheetos Duster exclusively on Amazon. You’ll also find an array of Chester-approved recipes to spark inspiration.
    > The history of Cheetos & Cheese Doodles


    Cheetos Duster
    [1] The Cheetos Duster (both photos © Cheetos).

    Cheetos Duster
    [2] What will you dust first?






    French Toast Recipes & History For National French Toast Day

    French Toast Sundae
    [1] Raspberry-Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast with Balsamic Glaze (photo © DeLallo).

    Banana Split On French Toast Recipe
    [2] French Toast banana split (photo © Tillamook County Dairy Association).

    Savory French Toast
    [3] Savory French Toast with cherry tomatoes and Parmesan cheese (photo © Castello Cheese).

    French Toast Sandwich
    [4] Monte Cristo, a French Toast sandwich.

    Croissant French Toast With Cherries
    [5] Croissant French Toast with cherries and chocolate (photo © California Cherries).


    November 28th is National French Toast Day, and we have both sweet and savory French Toast recipes for you. First, a bit of history.

    The dish known in America as French toast has roots at least as far back as ancient Rome, where it was a sweet dish.

    In fact, pain perdu (or lost bread), the current French name for the dish, was once called pain à la romaine, or Roman bread.

    While the story evolved that French toast was a food of the poor trying to scrape together a meal from stale bread, recipes from ancient and medieval times were food for wealthy people. Recipes used white bread, a luxury, with the crusts cut off.

    Poor people ate brown bread, which was cheaper because the wheat endosperm did not have to be milled and sifted through screens to create white flour.

    Costly ingredients such as spices (cinnamon, cloves, mace, nutmeg, and sugar), and almond milk are found in numerous recipes. The cooked bread was topped with costly honey or sugar.

    And cookbooks themselves were the province of the wealthy: Only wealthy people and clergy learned to read.

    In addition to savory French toast recipes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, more recently, French toast has evolved into a savory sandwich, the Monte Cristo.

    It’s an evolution of the Croque-Monsieur, a crustless sandwich of ham and Gruyère cheese, buttered and lightly browned on both sides in a skillet or under a broiler.

    The Croque-Monsieur was invented in Paris in 1910. A variation with a baked egg on top is a croque-madame. Neither sandwich was battered, like French toast.

    The Monte Cristo sandwich was invented in the Coronado Hotel in San Diego, according to the L.A. Times. The first recipe in print is in the Brown Derby Cookbook, published in 1949. It’s a triple-decker sandwich, battered and pan-fried.

    Here’s a Monte Cristo recipe.

    Sweet French Toast 

    Sweet French Toast recipes can be served for breakfast, brunch, and dessert.

  • Apple Pecan French Toast
  • Baked Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
  • Banana Split French Toast
  • Bananas Foster Grilled Cheese On French Toast
  • Banana-Stuffed French Toast With Chocolate
  • Blackberry Grand Marnier Baked French Toast
  • Brioche French Toast Recipe With Dulce De Leche
  • Cream Cheese Stuffed Baked French Toast
  • Create Your Signature French Toast
  • Eggnog French Toast
  • Eggnog French Toast Christmas Tree
  • French Toast Nuggets
  • French Toast Sandwiches
  • French Toast With Sautéed Apples
  • Grand Marnier French Toast
  • Havarti-Stuffed French Toast With Blueberries
  • Irish Soda Bread French Toast
  • Pandoro Star French Toast
  • Panettone French Toast
  • Panettone French Toast With Nutella & Jam
  • Pumpkin-Apple French Toast
  • Pumpkin Liqueur French Toast
  • Pumpkin Swirl Bread French Toast
  • Raspberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast With Balsamic Glaze
    Savory French Toast 

    Savory French Toast recipes can be served for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.

  • Blue cheese and sliced apples
  • Cherry Tomatoes & Parmesan
  • Feta & Kalamata Olives With Dill Or Oregano
  • Foie Gras With Brioche French Toast
  • French Toast Sandwiches
  • Monte Cristo Sandwich
  • Savory French Toast With Heirloom Tomato Salad
  • Smoked Salmon, Caviar, & Crème Fraîche




    STOCKING STUFFER: Chunk Nibbles Crunchy Snack Mix

    We love a good sweet-and-salty snack. Chunk Nibbles crunchy snack mix is based on a recipe that the founder’s grandfather had been using for decades.

    It’s a mix of confectionary wafers, nuts, pretzels, corn squares, and different accents like graham crackers and marshmallows (for S’mores) or peanut butter chips (for Peanut Butter Chocolate).

    The treats are both nostalgic and modern, packed full of delicious flavors and textures. You can “truly taste the magic of a Grandma’s recipe in every chunk.”

    The snack mixes are handmade in small batches from quality ingredients.

    In two sizes, they can be stocking stuffers, party favors, and additions to gift bags.

    But before you give them away, make sure you have a stash for yourself.

    Available in 2-ounce “personal pouches” and 4.25-ounce pouches, flavors include:

  • Original
  • S’mores
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • Strawberry
    There are also seasonal flavors:

  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Peppermint
    We must admit a preference for Peanut Butter Chocolate and Peppermint (we haven’t tried Apple Cinnamon). Original is nice, but the other flavors are, understandably, more complex.

    Chunk Nibbles has partnered with Blue Star Service Dogs, a non-profit organization that rescues and trains shelter dogs to be service dogs, and pairs them to military veterans living with PTSF or traumatic brain injury.

    A portion of each sale is donated directly to Blue Star. Here’s more about Blue Star and its mission.

    Head to


    Bag Of Peppermint Chunk Nibbles Snack Mix
    [1] Peppermint, delicious for the holidays (photos #1 and #2 © QVC).

    Bags Of Chunk Nibbles Snack Mix
    [2] Pouches are available in two sizes.

    Bag Of Chunk Nibbles Snack Mix
    [3] Apple Cinnamon is the fall flavor.






    More About Espresso Drinks For National Espresso Day

    Cup Of Espresso
    [1] While this moka pot makes strong Greek or Turkish coffee, it is not an espresso machine (photo © Andres Vera | Unsplash).

    Krups Espresso Machine
    [2] This is a home espresso machine adapted from a professional model that forces pressure through the spigot (photo © Krups).

    Nespresso Home Espresso Machine
    [3] Another home version uses capsules to make an almost-as-good cup of espresso as the larger models (photo © Nespresso).


    There’s National Coffee Day and National Coffee Month, but November 23rd celebrates a specific type of coffee. It’s National Espresso Day. What is espresso, and how does it differ from coffee in general?

    One of the primary differences between coffee and espresso is how they are made. Trade, a coffee trade association, tells us that:

  • For most other coffee brewing methods, the extraction process takes place over a moderate amount of time (4–5 minutes) either by full-immersion steeping, like in a French press, or through a kind of progressive extraction aided by the force of gravity, like with a pour-over or drip brewer.
  • Espresso, on the other hand, is brewed using the force of significant additional pressure. (Think of the “press” in “espresso” as a reminder.)
    In the original days of espresso coffee, this pressure was created using steam power.

  • Today, most modern espresso machines use electric pumps that can force water through the bed of coffee grounds at 9 atmospheric bars of pressure, or about 130 pounds.
  • This pressurized brewing allows the extraction to happen much faster, typically between 20 and 30 seconds.
  • And that pressure and extraction is the key difference.

    In addition, espresso is a concentrate; coffee is diluted.

    Espresso is also brewed as a concentrate, meaning there is less water and more coffee flavor in the finished beverage. That’s why the taste is stronger (although ounce-for-ounce, the caffeine is the same).

  • While you can certainly brew a stronger, or more concentrated, cup of drip, French press coffee, or moka pot (photo #1) or use dark roast or French roast capsules in a K-cup machine, your final product will likely contain less than 2% of extracted coffee.
  • An espresso, on the other hand, generally contains between 10%–13% extracted coffee.

    The history of espresso.

    The different types of espresso drinks.

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  • Espresso Cocktails
  • Espresso Ice Cream Shooters
  • Espresso Mousse In Espresso Cups
  • Irish Espresso (Irish Coffee Shots)
  • Kahlua Espresso Martini
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream Pops
  • Spiked Iced Coffee & Iced Espresso

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    Thanksgiving Salad: America’s Favorite Salads For Turkey Day

    What green salad would you add to the Thanksgiving bounty?

    The team at turned to online search data to find out which salads were in demand and where.

    They gathered 48 search terms from sources like Taste of Home and Taste Atlas and analyzed five years of data to determine every state’s most searched-for salad and dressing.

    They also looked at “nontraditional” salads—those without lettuce, such as tuna salad or poke.

    While the data don’t specifically answer the question, “What salad do you serve on Thanksgiving,” here’s what they indicate overall:

  • Wedge salad was the most searched (12 states), followed by Southwest salad and Cobb salad, which tied for second place (9 states).
  • Ranch dressing reigned supreme (13 states), followed by ginger dressing (11 states), and apple cider vinegar (6 states).
  • Not a big veggie person? Chicken salad (11 states) was the most searched non-green salad, closely followed by Caprese salad (10 states).
  • Looking to bring a more unusual dish?
    > Michigan was the only state to choose fattoush, a Middle Eastern salad with crunchy pita croutons.
    > Oklahoma chooses tabbouleh, a combination of chopped parsley, with tomatoes, mint, onion, and bulgur.
    > Hawaii favors poke.
    > Wyoming’s biggest search was for frog eye salad (don’t worry: no frogs are harmed in the making of this dessert—see the footnote*).
    Here are the favorite salads by state.

    To serve a salad, or not to serve one at the big meal?

    Whichever, have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.


    Butternut Squash Salad for Thanksgiving
    [1] Our Thanksgiving salad includes roasted butternut squash and pecans in a lemon vinaigrette (photo © Go Bold With Butter).

    Thanksgiving Salad With Honeycrisp Apples, Pecans & Sultana Raisins
    [2] Another Thanksgiving salad idea: romaine and radicchio with walnuts and sultana raisins (photo © Le Coq Rico | NYC [permanently closed]).


    *Frog eye salad is a sweet pasta salad made with acini de pepe pasta (tiny rounds the size of peppercorns), canned fruits such as pineapple and mandarins, an egg custard, and whipped topping. Often it’s topped with marshmallows and/or coconut.





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