This Is Your Brain On Pizza

Pizzerias represent 17% of all restaurants throughout the world, but one Philadelphia shop stands out a slice above the rest.

According to its website, Pizza Brain is a pizzeria with the world’s largest pizza museum attached. Why would anyone want to visit a pizza museum?

Because that museum hosts the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia, and we feel like that’s the one place everyone in the world could just finally get along.

Your Holiday Work Party Unwrapped

Staying Healthy in the Midst of Holiday Parties is Piece of Cake

‘Tis the season for holiday parties at the office! While these events are great for getting to know your coworkers outside of emails and away from the copy machine, they are also a death trap for whatever is left of your summer diet. Staying healthy over the holidays can be a challenge, here’s help.

Potlucks are filled with unhealthy snacks. But they’re so delicious that even we Agents of Goo fall victim to their temptations! So what would it take to counteract the unwanted results from these popular goodies? We’ve compiled a list of party food recipes common over here in the States, and the ways you can look out for your health and shed some of the extra weight without feeling too much of a burn.

  1. Chewy Sugar Cookies – Gale Gand

    What’s a holiday party without sugar cookies? This recipe is hard to avoid with the combination of easy preparation and a perfectly soft end-result. Have you eaten one (or two, or three…) too many? Build a giant snowman to burn off those extra sugars!

  2. Scotcharoos –

    Scotcharoos have to be one of my favorite party treats of all time. Consequently, I hear them calling my name at a party and end up eating too many of them. If you have the same problem that I do, play a game of ice or roller hockey to combat the calories.

  3. Buffet Meatballs – Taste of Home

    Whether they’re meatballs or little smokies, these hors d’oeuvres are practically guaranteed to be at every holiday party you attend. And why wouldn’t they be? They’re super easy to make (and you already learned how much I love my slow cooker). However, it’s easy to fill your plate with these deceiving little guys – and when a serving of only three meatballs is 160+ calories, you’re looking at a quick way to rack up your caloric intake. But no need to fret, you can burn some of that off by playing a game of basketball.

  4. Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Alton Brown

    Serve this delicious appetizer with a warm baguette and your coworkers will thank you. The ooey goodness of this dip makes it nearly impossible to keep from inhaling the whole dish. Scrub, vacuum, and declutter your way back to your pre-Spin Dip weight. While you’re at it, spread some holiday cheer by donating your unused clothes and household items to a local charity.

  5. Buffalo Chicken Dip – Claire Robinson

    This is another dip that is a must-have at parties. The buffalo sauce brings the perfect amount of heat and is balanced by the cream cheese and bleu cheese. If you’re like me and have had more scoops than you should, get active by having a snowball fight with your family.

  6. Outrageous Brownies – Ina Garten

    A party isn’t a party without brownies! While they may not be everyone’s kryptonite, the fudgey goodness is certainly dangerous to my (attempted) healthy diet. A winter hike may be the answer should you devour a few too many.

  7. Chex® Muddy Buddies® – Betty Crocker

    Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow, whatever you choose to call it, is addictive! Who could resist the combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar? It’s easy to lose track of how many handfuls you’ve had of this delicious snack. To counteract the adverse effects, grab a friend and go ice skating at your local rink.

  8. Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sprinkles – Paula Deen

    You are bound to see some of these goodies this holiday season. Chocolate covered pretzels are a quick dessert and make for an easy small gift for those extra people on your list! With the perfect balance of sweet and salty, you may find yourself reaching for a few more. Keep the fun going while working off some of those extra calories: turn on the Nintendo Wii and go virtual skiing.

How to be Lazy and Healthy


4 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes to Try This Autumn

We all Deserve to Relax

My favorite season is finally here! Autumn brings Pumpkin Spice Lattes, piping hot soups, layers upon layers of clothes…and the inevitable demise of your summer diet. While these cooler months can make you want to throw some Easy Mac in the microwave and curl up under the blankets, you don’t have to completely abandon good-for-you food. You can come home from work to a home cooked healthy meal without sacrificing your lazy evening on the couch.

Pizza and the Power of a Slow Cooker

Though we Agents of Goo love our pizza, we also recognize the importance of balance in living a healthy life. However, we know that a hectic work schedule can make finding that balance difficult. Our easy solution for wholesome food this autumn? Let your slow cooker do the work! Below are a few healthy, easy recipes that are must-haves during the cooler months.

  1. Crockpot Quinoa and Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

    From Cup of Judy
    While some stuffed pepper recipes cause you to sacrifice health for taste, this recipe doesn’t! If you’re watching your fat intake, ground turkey can be a good alternative to beef, but only if you check the labels! The important thing is to make sure that the meat you select is at least 90/10 (90% lean and 10% fat content). Remember, certain cuts of the same meat contain more fat than others, so read your labels to make sure that you’re selecting the leaner option.
    That being said, when I made this recipe last week, I omitted the canned tomato sauce and substituted a mixture of tomato paste, water, and lemon juice. While I cooked the ground turkey, I added some cumin, chili powder, and a hint of Nature’s Seasoning – delicious! Finally, you can substitute cooked rice for the quinoa, but bear in mind that quinoa is the healthier option.

  2. Easy Crockpot Applesauce

    From The Frugal Girls
    Apples are in season in autumn and I just went to an orchard and pumpkin patch on Sunday. Therefore, stumbling upon this slow cooker applesauce made my week! In this recipe, Heidi from The Frugal Girls uses one teaspoon of sugar and adjusts that amount to taste. However, using sweeter apples can allow you to completely omit the added sugar. Also, I’m a big fan of cinnamon, so you can bet that my applesauce will include a aving lot of it!

  3. Wake up to Crockpot Breakfast Burritos

    From Cooking Books
    Nothing beats waking up and having breakfast already made! This recipe requires little effort when you’re feeling groggy – just scramble some eggs, place them in soft shell tortillas, and add some of your slow cooker filling. You can serve these breakfast burritos with your favorite toppings, such as hot sauce, salsa, and homemade guacamole. An added bonus: this slow cooker filling can be reheated easily when you’re in a breakfast-for-dinner mood!

  4. Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

    From If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
    What would an autumn recipe list be without a hearty soup? This chicken chili has little prep time and a LOT of flavor. For a little bit more of a kick, add some extra cumin and chili powder.

A Doritos Fan Challenge Turns Us Into Detectives

doritos jacked

What awaits you inside this bag?

Three mystery flavors, labeled only by their numbers, were suddenly available in my supermarket.

Test flavors 404 and 2653 come in yellow and blue bags, respectively.

I had always wanted to be Nancy Drew as a child, and here were mystery chips that needed solving. (When I was a kid, it was Mystery Dum Dum lollipops). Clues could be found on the nutritional facts label as required by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), but really the only way to find out the flavor was to try them.

Would customers really buy chips when they didn’t know what they were getting into?

Here’s how Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, sweetened the deal and created lots of buzz.

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America’s first cupcake truck


Food trucks are enjoying a renaissance in the US thanks to Twitter. And it all started in my former digs, New Haven, Connecticut.
Even better, it started with cupcakes!

In late 2008, “America’s first cupcake truck” started roaming the streets of downtown New Haven, home to the ivy league Yale University. Truthfully, it doesn’t roam, but instead parks in a different location each day.
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