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5 Foods Every Guy Should Know How to Make for his Girlfriend

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If you want to impress a girl, you’ve got to know how to cook

Whole Roasted Chicken. If you use the right seasoning and cook the chicken for the correct amount of time, this impressive dish will turn out perfectly every single time. Click here for more instructions.

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Really Good Tacos. Everyone loves tacos. Everyone. Once you learn to make a delicious filling, add toppings like avocado, pickled red onions, cotija cheese, or shredded cabbage. Click here for our best taco recipes.

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Stir-Fry. Why order takeout when you can impress your girlfriend with homemade stir-fry? Perfect for stay-at-home movie nights, this stir-fry cooks in a matter of minutes. Click here for the recipe.

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Scallops. Pan-seared scallops deliver lots of “wow factor” for ridiculously little work. Scallops can be a bit expensive, but if you need an easy dinner for a special occasion, this is your go-to dish. Click here for the recipe.

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Chocolate Cake. Nothing turns a bad day around like a slice of chocolate cake. Don’t worry about trying to make something fancy — any chocolate cake will do the trick. I like this recipe because you add all the ingredients into one bowl, mix, and then bake. Click here for the recipe.

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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

Michelin-starred chefs share 8 delicious breakfast dishes everyone should know how to make

Breakfast, especially on a weekday, is usually an afterthought. A stray banana as we run out the door, a quick bowl of cereal before the morning commute, maybe some avocado toast if we're feeling fancy.

But as we continue to spend time at home, breakfast has become a bigger part the day. And after a couple of weeks, it's easy to get bored of that usual bowl of oatmeal.

So, Insider reached out to Michelin-starred chefs from around the world to see what they're cooking for breakfast, and learn their tips for making the first meal of the day as delicious as the rest.

From lemon ricotta pancakes to tortilla Española, these dishes are sure to bring some excitement to your mornings.

24 Romantic Dinners Literally Anyone With an Hour and a Brain Can Make

So it's approximately 6:00 p.m. and you&rsquore knee-deep in Pinterest, trying to find a meal you can make fast with stuff that isn't expensive or hard to find. Oh, and it also needs to seem somewhat impressive and romantic. This is basically the finale of MasterChef IRL you did not ask to be a part of.

Pretty much anybody can set up a few cute candles and set the mood with a sexual, The Weekend-heavy playlist. No problem there. But if you're attempting a beef bourguignon, chocolate soufflé situation&mdashand you have exactly 45 minutes to execute&mdashthat's a problem.

* cue fire alarms, crying, sweating, and emergency takeout *

But that doesn't mean you have to pull a Mrs. Doubtfire and pretend you whipped up a Michelin-star-level meal (though, maybe keep that Seamless order on standby). Do-able, fancy-looking, delicious romantic dinners DO exist. We know because we scoured the interwebs to find them.

So if you&rsquore down to the wire and lacking an Ina Garten-level skills, take a breath, do a shot of tequila, and scroll through this list of romantic dinners you can totally cook. Our menu includes vegan options, lots of Italian things (mmmm pasta), a fancy grilled cheese, Thai curry, and so much (drool-worthy) more.

1 . Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

This plant based dish only requires 15 minutes of prep, and the roasted red peppers add a delicious kick. Swap in gluten-free spaghetti if you or your bae can't handle the wheat.

2. Braised chicken

This Thai-Indian fusion dish is sure to impress, plus it's perfect if your locale is effing cold this time of year. The best part: It only takes 30 minutes to prep and cook.

3. Mushroom Stroganoff

If you're lucky enough to have an Instant Pot at home, this pasta dinner is your new best friend. Prego (that's Italian for you're welcome).

4. Turkey Piccata

Delicious turkey dishes don't have to be limited to the holiday season. Try this recipe out for a creamy, lean protein option.

5. Cauliflower Gnocchi

This take on spaghetti bolognese is another tasty meatless option that comes together in just 30 minutes.

6. 20-Minute Spaghetti Carbonara

Impress your S.O. with these masterful noods: Cheese, bacon, carbs, and 20 quick minutes make this dish the easiest, tastiest trick up your sleeve.

7. Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken for Two

Sure, this meal might be what we like to call "project cooking"&mdasha.k.a. it takes more than throwing together a frozen one from Trader Joe's&mdashbut if you can wrap a present, this is a piece of cake. Especially when you've got a PIC (partner in cooking, that is) by your side.

8. Faster Steak Frites

Psst, wanna know the secret here? Frozen French fries! Cook your steak to perfection, and you're basically dining in a 5-star restaurant.

9. Eggplant Florentine with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce and Toasted Ciabatta

This bad boy is ideal when one of you is a vegan and the other one wants to be supportive but really just wants a whole bunch of cheese. Luckily, this main can trick even the most diehard dairy lover.

10. Buffalo Chicken Bowl

Try not to let your S.O. drool when their favorite game-day snack becomes a totally satisfying bowl of goodness.

11. Tomato Paprika Soup with Hearty Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled cheese + tomato soup = peak coziness. Up the wow factor by cutting the sammies into li'l hearts.

12. Japanese Bento Box with Teriyaki Pineapple and Speckled Rice

For when you both want a little taste of everything&mdashand an impressive-looking meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make, leaving plenty of time for everything else.

13. Totally Loaded Veggie Nachos

Up your nacho game with this all-star riff on the classic plate. (Although this recipe calls for vegetarian-friendly alternatives, feel free to add some meat if that's your thing.)

Get the recipe from Kelly Peloza of Upton's Naturals.

14. Breakfast for Dinner

Become bae's favorite short-order cook with a sweet (and cheap) twist on the breakfast classic. Serve with bacon, sausage, or home fries for extra lovin'.

15. Thai Red Curry Shrimp

Kick off your special night with a dish that brings a little heat.

16. Burst Tomato Pasta

Sitcom people are always running into trouble with their soufflés falling. Learn from their mistakes, and cook a dish where ingredients collapsing and falling apart are what make it taste good.

17. Chili Lime Steak with Roasted Vegetables

Steak is a go-to dish for a fancy meal&mdashdon't fight that. This oh-so-slightly elevated take is a great way to level up your night.

18. Lemon Garlic Pasta

It's hard to mess up pasta, and this one has the advantage of being delicious without calling for a sauce that'll ruin the tablecloth you've never used before.

19. Truffle Oil Roast Salmon and Mushrooms

Bottom line? Truffle oil makes everything better.

20. Almond-Crusted Pork Loin with Red Wine Raisins

Soaking raisins in red wine not only makes them pair wonderfully with pork loin, it also means you have an open bottle of vino to sip from as you're cooking.

21. Coconut Shrimp with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

Having a romantic dinner with a picky eater? It happens. Happily, even the most selective palates will enjoy awesome fried shrimp.

22. Spiced Sirloin Roast for Two

Few things are more impressive than a perfectly cooked roast, because it takes a little confidence to cook something that needs a thermometer to tell you its done. And nothing's sexier than confidence.

23. Roasted Pork with a Raspberry Gastrique

With its Frenchness, gastrique (a sugar and vinegar-based flavoring for sauce) can sound a little intimidating. So just call it "raspberry sweet and sour sauce," and you've got this. (Then call it gastrique when you serve it.)

24. Baked Chicken with Tomatoes and Garlic

You know whats the last thing you want to do after a romantic dinner? Wash dishes. This baked chicken is delightful and keeps the washing to a minimum.

19 He Makes Your Date Nights A Staple In His Schedule

The guy who wants you to be his girlfriend is going to want to hang out with you. Like a lot.

Forget the idea that guys need tons and tons and tons of space. It's simply not true. not if they really like you. He'll make sure that you two are going on a lot of date nights. And he'll make sure that he never cancels on you or comes up with a lame and silly reason that he needs to reschedule. He'll literally stop at nothing to see you. You're that important to him. Even if he's tired or stressed from work or getting over a cold or flu, he'll still want to keep the plan, and that's a pretty big deal since that's exactly what you want.

Five Meals Every Man Should Master

Never before in human history has mankind been so utterly fire-hosed with recipes – the Food Network, celebrity-chef cookbooks, vast recipe databases on the internet. But how many meals should a man really work to master? How many key moves will allow a guy to shine every time it counts – whether it’s the fiancée’s birthday, a dinner party, or anytime he simply owes himself a righteous steak?

The answer, it turns out, is five.

Not six, not four, but five.

How do I know? I asked Thomas Keller, the most celebrated chef in the country – the tall, wry son of a Marine drill sergeant, and the only American ever to have two restaurants simultaneously holding three Michelin stars, which is like the food-world equivalent of winning the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Oscars in the same year. Keller so enjoys the refinement of the classics and is so good at teaching technique that my personal copies of his 50-dollar coffee table worthy cookbooks hang together with duct tape and spilled Bordelaise sauce, reassuring me that if I just follow Obi-Wan’s instructions, I’ll triumph every time. And he not only agreed with my premise, he offered to help define the Ultimate Culinary Short List.

But Keller even went a step further, making an offer that comes along about every 20 lifetimes for a food lover: two full-blown master classes, eight hours total, laying out every nuance of every dish on what is now a definitive list for the ages – first at his Napa flagship, the French Laundry, and then at his Manhattan redoubt, Per Se.

No. 1 – Rack of Lamb

Valentine’s Day, boss dropping by, meeting in-laws for the first time: Nothing beats a “frenched” rack of lamb. “It’s one of those elegant dishes royalty ate,” Keller says. “It’s the most flavorful, tender part of the animal.”

On a properly frenched rack – in which the bones have been scraped clean of all muscle and fascia – graceful white fingers arc up beautifully from the crimson meat. Any good butcher can french a rack for you, but Keller encourages doing it yourself – not to save a few bucks, although you will, but for the pleasure of the process, and the pride of craftsmanship. This isn’t changing-your-own-oil stuff it’s tying your own flies.

“To me this is what it’s all about,” Keller says. “Taking a whole rack and breaking it down, using your knife skills, transforming it into something beautiful, but also something satisfying and generous, and very luxurious. Your girlfriend may never even notice, except in a kind of heightened …”

“That’s it,” Keller says. “Awareness.”

The Complete Recipe: Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb

• 1 head of garlic
• 3 tbsp finely chopped parsley
• 1/2 tsp minced thyme
• 1 1/2 cups brioche (or any white bread) crumbs
• 8-bone rack of lamb (3 lb)
• Kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

Step 1
Preheat oven to 425, wrap the head of garlic in foil, and roast for 40 minutes, until soft. Let cool, slice in half across the cloves, and squeeze each to remove the soft brown roasted garlic within. For the persillade crust, combine 1 tbsp garlic with the parsley, thyme and bread crumbs, and mix. It should be moist enough to clump if not, moisten with canola oil.

Step 2
Using a paring knife, french the bones and then remove all fat and fascia from the meat. Wrap the bones individually in aluminum foil. Set rack, bone side down, ribs facing away from you, on a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush the meat with enough Dijon mustard to create a thin, translucent layer.

Step 3
Spread the crumb mixture onto the parchment paper in front of the rack, then bring the paper to the meat and press the crumbs into it.

Step 4
Set the lamb on a roasting rack in a roasting pan, put it in the oven, and cook for 25 to 35 minutes, until the temperature in the center measures 128 to 130.

Step 5
Let the lamb rest in a warm place for about 20 minutes for medium-rare. Carve the rack into four two-bone chops. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

No. 2 – Bistro-Style Skirt Steak

“If i came up with a list of five meals for men and I didn’t include a steak, it wouldn’t make sense. People would be like, ‘What’s up?'” Keller tells me.

He’s got a point, and not just because everybody thinks of steak as the ultimate guy food. Seared cow meat and burly red wine really do have some incantational power to stitch a weary male soul together again, reassuring a man that he’s living right and all’s well in the universe. Anyone can learn to grill a porterhouse, but Keller recommends the classic French bistro steak – an intensely flavored cut known as the bavette or, to any good American butcher, the “outside skirt.”

The Complete Recipe: Skirt Steak With Red Wine Jus and Caramelized Shallots

• 10 oz “Outside skirt” steak, a.k.a. bavette
• Kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tbsp canola oil
• 2 tbsp unsalted butter
• 1 cup thinly sliced shallots
• 1 tsp minced thyme

For the Red Wine Jus
• 2 cups red wine
• 1/4 cup diced yellow onions
• 1/4 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
• 1/4 cup sliced leeks, white and light-green parts only
• 1/4 cup sliced shallots
• 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
• 1 thyme sprig
• 2 parsley sprigs
• 1 bay leaf
• 6 black peppercorns
• 1 garlic clove, smashed
• 1 cup veal stock (MJ alternative: 1 tbsp Williams-Sonoma veal demi-glace)

Step 1
Combine all ingredients for the red-wine jus, except the veal stock, in a saucepan. Simmer until the wine reduces almost to a glaze. Add the stock and simmer another 15 minutes. (Alternative: Add the veal demi-glace and 2 tbsp water, then stir. No need to simmer further.) Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. The jus should have the consistency of a thin sauce. Reduce further if needed. Set aside.

Step 2
Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. Add the canola oil to a large skillet over high heat. When the oil begins to smoke, add the steak.

Step 3
After about 2 minutes, or when the steak is nicely seared and browned, turn it over and set the butter on top. Once the butter begins to melt, baste the steak.

Step 4
After about 7 minutes total cooking time, transfer the meat to a warm place (a cutting board is fine) and let rest for at least 10 minutes – this is key, as it allows moisture to redistribute evenly.

Step 5
While the meat rests, add sliced shallots to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, or until soft.

Step 6
Add thyme, reduce heat, and cook gently until shallots are completely softened and golden brown.

Step 7
Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes to caramelize. Stir juices from the steak into the shallots.

Step 8
Spoon about 2 tbsp of jus onto a plate top with the steak (sliced or whole) and then the shallots.

No. 3 – Roast Chicken

Juicy breast meat and crispy brown skin – those are the hallmarks of the perfect roast chicken. And Keller, who loves roast chicken so much he once placed it on a hypothetical menu for his own last meal – along with a half-kilo of osetra caviar ($1,600) and a homemade quesadilla (50 cents) – delivers both in the single easiest roast chicken recipe ever, the one he makes at home.

“People love roast chicken it makes them feel comfortable,” Keller tells me, setting a raw chicken on his cutting board. And then he shows me the critical techniques: getting the entire bird bone-dry before you cook, trussing it up tight, and positively coating it with salt.

The Complete Recipe: Roast Chicken

• 2-1/2- to 3-lb chicken
• Kosher salt
• 1 tbsp chopped thyme

Step 1
Use paper towels to dry the chicken inside and out. This helps the skin to crisp.

Step 2
Preheat oven to 450 and truss the chicken. Leave the bird out for at least 30 minutes before cooking. A room-temperature chicken will cook more evenly throughout.

Step 3
Salt generously, then place chicken, breast side up, in a roasting pan. Set in the oven and leave alone – don’t baste it, don’t add butter. Roast for 50 to 60 minutes.

Step 4
Remove from oven and sprinkle chopped thyme into the pan juices. Baste with the juices let rest 15 minutes.

Step 5
Remove twine, legs and thighs. Cut the breast down the middle and serve each half on the bone, wings attached.

No. 4 – Pork & Beans

Part I: The Pork

Even the best home chef can’t be pan-frying fillet of sole for 12: too much last-minute hassle, no way to nail the timing. That’s where the one-pot meal comes in, the richly satisfying braise that actually gets better if you cook it three days in advance, so the flavors have time to develop. A braise takes minimal last-minute effort and can easily be scaled for a huge group or to leave a week’s worth of the best leftovers you’ve ever had.

“And the thing I especially love about pork and beans,” Keller tells me, “is all the ways you can repurpose it into other meals.” He shows me exactly what he means, whipping up the single best plate of huevos rancheros I’ve ever eaten (and eat them I do, hunched over his kitchen’s counter) and a killer bean soup that takes all of about 10 minutes to make (see for those recipes). But the pièce de résistance is the pork-and-beans proper, a classic Keller dish in which the simplest comfort food becomes a minor culinary miracle.

The Complete Recipe: Braised Pork Shoulder With Slow-Cooker Beans

• Kosher salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 4- to 5-lb bone-in pork shoulder
• 4 tbsp canola oil
• 2 chopped carrots
• 1 chopped Spanish onion
• 1 chopped leek, white part only
• 8 cups veal or chicken stock
• 1 rosemary sprig
• 4 thyme sprigs
• 1 bay leaf
• 4 diced garlic cloves
• 1 tbsp black peppercorns

Step 1
Sprinkle salt and ground pepper on the pork very generously on all sides (don’t be shy you can’t really overdo it here).

Step 2
Place a large cast-iron pot on the stove on high heat, and add the canola oil.

Step 3
When the oil is shimmering, lower the pork shoulder into the pot gently. Sear on all sides until golden brown, rotating the pork by hand, setting it up on its edge when necessary – then remove the meat and set aside.

Step 4
Pour out excess oil, then add chopped carrots, onion, and leek. Stir to coat with remaining oil in the bottom of the pot.

Step 5
Lay the shoulder on top of the vegetables (fatty side up). Add the veal or chicken stock so that it comes only halfway up the side of the pork, then add rosemary sprig, thyme sprigs, bay leaf, garlic, and peppercorns to the liquid. Bring to a simmer.

Step 6
Cover the pot, leaving lid slightly ajar, and place in a 250 oven. Braise the pork for 3.5 hours, or until the meat is tender enough to pull apart with two forks.

Step 7
Remove the pork from the pot and let cool to room temperature. Strain braising liquid through a fine-mesh strainer, return the pork and liquid to the pot, and refrigerate overnight.

Step 8
Once ready to finish the dish, debone the pork and then cut the meat into 2-inch-square chunks.

Part II: The Beans

The dilemma: Dried beans take forever to get tender, and you invariably overcook some, turning them mushy before others lose their hardness. Keller’s solution: Rancho Gordo-brand beans, which are guaranteed fresh from, and a Crock-Pot or other slow cooker to help achieve even cooking.

• 1 pound Rancho Gordo-brand borlotti or cannellini beans
• 6 cups veal (or chicken) stock
• 6 cups water
• 2 thyme sprigs
• 1 bay leaf
• Kosher salt
• 1/2 leek
• 1/2 carrot
• 1/2 white onion
• 1 oz bacon

Step 1
Wash and rinse beans – do not soak – then heat the stock and water in a pot and add to slow cooker.

Step 2
Tie together thyme and bay leaf and put in liquid with 1 tsp salt, leek, carrot, onion, beans, and bacon. Slow-cook on high until tender, about 4 hours. Cool and store in their liquid.

Part III: The Finish

• 3/4 cup large-diced leeks, white parts only
• 1 cup large-diced carrots
• Canola oil, as needed
• 3 tbsp butter
• 1 tsp red-wine vinegar

Step 1
Scrape fat off surface of pork-braising liquid. Discard.

Step 2
Warm the meat and stock over low heat. Remove the pork. Pour the braising liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into another pot.

Step 3
Return pork shoulder to its liquid. Simmer until needed.

Step 4
In a large skillet, sauté leeks and carrots in oil until tender.

Step 5
Strain the beans and put half in the skillet. Add one cup of the pork-braising liquid, the butter, and the red-wine vinegar to bind the sauce. Simmer 20 minutes, until the liquid thickens.

Step 6
Set pieces of warmed pork in the beans and serve.

No. 5 – The Gourmet BLT

The scene: in the 2004 romantic comedy Spanglish, John Clasky, a three-star fine-dining chef played by Adam Sandler – and modeled after Keller – comes home hungry, late at night.

The challenge, as put to Keller by Sandler himself: What, exactly, would a chef make himself to eat after work? Keller’s answer: a sandwich so rich and soul-satisfying I shall forever after consider it the last word in hangover cures, the perfect accompaniment to a Sunday-afternoon ball game, exactly the right put-out for poker with the boys. Put simply, it’s a BLT plus melted cheese and a fried egg – but as with all of Keller’s food, God is in the details.

The Complete Recipe: BLT With Melted Cheese and a Fried Egg

• 2 slices crusty country-style bread
• Monterey Jack cheese, sliced thin
• Mayonnaise
• 2 leaves crunchy lettuce, such as iceberg, romaine, or butter lettuce
• 3 slices tomato
• 4 slices applewood bacon, cooked crisp
• 1 egg
• 1 tbsp unsalted butter

Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 toast both slices of bread. Cover one with cheese and set in the oven to melt, approximately four minutes.

Step 2
Spread mayonnaise onto one side of the other piece of bread, cover with lettuce, then set tomato slices atop the lettuce.

Step 3
Fry the bacon (press often to avoid curling), then carefully layer it onto the melted cheese.

Step 4
Fry an egg – without breaking the yolk – then carefully lay it on top of the bacon. Tip: Keep a layer of lettuce between bread and tomato so your sandwich doesn’t turn soggy.

Step 5
Slipping the egg onto the layered bacon, Keller takes care to position the yolk directly in the sandwich’s middle. Then he sets the other piece of bread, complete with tomato slices and lettuce, on top. Finally, Keller slices gently through the upper piece of bread, deliberately piercing the egg yolk so that it oozes orange throughout the sandwich.

“Are you hungry?” Keller asks me.

“I kind of feel like a snack. Let’s have a snack,” I reply. And with that, we each pick up half of the best sandwich in the world and wolf it down.

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10 Dishes Every Jamaican Should Know How to Cook

Whether or not you’re a foodie, you certainly do have to spend significant portions of your life eating food. And it certainly adds to your reputation as a Jamaican when you not only know how good food, but you know how to cook them as well. Here are 10 dishes that every Jamaican should be able to prepare.

1. Jerk chicken and jerk pork

Jamaican Jerk Pork – Photo by X. Murphy

Jerk meat dishes are loved everywhere for the spiciness and smoky flavour that many swear are as a result of super secret ingredients in the jerk seasoning. So what are these secret ingredients? Most likely allspice – a spicy seasoning made from dried pimento berries, scotch bonnet pepper, onion, thyme and ginger. If you’re aiming for the authentic jerk taste, allow the meat to marinate in sauce made from the spices, and then slow cook on a grill with pimento wood. And that’s real Jamaican jerk! However, if you’re using the oven you may also want to add bottled jerk sauce to your list of ingredients and forget about the pimento wood.

2. Ackee and Saltfish

Jamaican Ackee and Saltfish with yellow yam, flour dumpling, boiled green bananas, fried plantains and steamed cabbage – Photo by Xavier Murphy

Ackee and saltfish is an easy-to-prepare dish that’s quite sumptuous and gaining fans beyond the country’s borders. As the country’s national dish – every Jamaican should know how to prepare it. The saltfish is put to soak hours before preparation to remove excess sale. When it’s cooking time, the saltfish and ackee are washed and boiled separately. When boiled to satisfaction, the saltfish is de-boned, flaked, and sautéed in onions, scallion, thyme and black pepper, then combined with the ackee for one of the most heavenly creations ever to grace the tastebuds.

3. Curry chicken and goat

Succulent and juicy to the bone, curry chicken and curry goat are two very popular dishes at many Jamaican gatherings. Jamaicans have developed a special love for curry! You’ll need curry, garlic, allspice, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, black pepper and vinegar. The meat whether chicken or goat is first seasoned with the spices and allowed to marinate. The next crucial step is what Jamaicans call, “burning the curry’ which involves heating the oil with curry powder until the colour starts to change. Finally the meat is added and allowed to slowly simmer until tender and cooked to perfection.

4. Oxtails

Jamaican Oxtails – Photo by X. Murphy

This belly-filling dish can be found at almost every Jamaican restaurant. But for cooking this dish at home, you first need an ounce of patience – cooking may take an hour and a half or even longer. To get the taste just right, the meat is fried on high heat until both sides are a dark brown colour. (Some persons skip this stage and just add browning during cooking.) Then, the oxtail meat is cooked in a pressure cooker for 20-30 minutes until the desired softness is reached. The pot is then seasoned with local herbs and spices along with carrots and optional butter beans and simmers until the sauce is thickened.

5. Red Peas Soup

Jamaican Red Peas Soup – Photo by X. Murphy

Red peas soup is a delicious hot soup that is sold all over the island. However, the best bowl of soup is the one you make at home. It uses mostly the same ingredients as other soups with the exception of a healthy dose of red kidney beans which give the dish its unique flavour and colour. Some cooks swear that red peas soup could never be complete without a small addition of pigtails, however, others insist it is just as tasty without it. A bowl of red soup is especially welcomed when it is raining.

18 Propose: Get Super Romantic (Especially If That's Just Not His Style)

Some guys are hopeless romantics and love showering their girlfriends with surprises and epic date nights on a regular basis. Others just aren't that into it. It doesn't mean they don't love the person that they're with, of course. It's just that people have different styles.

Whether or not your boyfriend is the romantic type, you'll most likely notice him getting super romantic when he's about to propose. Makes sense, right? He'll be thinking about his future with you and get super excited about this big life change that is about to happen for both of you.

You might think that he's being weird if he's not normally romantic, so you might actually guess that he might be able to pop the question. And that might actually work out pretty well for both of you because if you bring it up and ask him if he's going to ask you to marry him, he might not be able to wait and he might say yes. Then you'll be engaged and can start the celebration (and can post about it on social media since, let's be real, that's one of the best parts about getting engaged. besides marrying your best friend and love of your life, of course).

5 Foods That Will Make You Ejaculate MORE&hellip

Ok&mdashsugar, check. Processed carbs, check. Those are the main foods to avoid, because they decrease your load size.

Now on to the positive! What should a guy eat to increase his load size?

You guessed it&mdashvegetables! But not just any vegetables.

Carrots! Carrots contain lots of vitamin A, which produces sperm and helps those little guys swim.

Plus, carrots are great because you can snack on carrot sticks raw, or you can cook them up in a delicious stir fry. You can even try some creative winter recipes, like carrot soup!

Carrots are some of the most affordable vegetables you can buy. And, they increase your load size. It's a win-win.

Other foods that include vitamin A, like carrots? Apricots and oatmeal.

Of course eating one bowl of oatmeal with apricots isn't going to double your load size overnight&ndashbut over time, you may notice a difference.

And you'll notice a difference even faster if you add a few more &ldquoexotic&rdquo foods to your diet.

Looking to spice up your diet while improving your love life? A couple of strange herbs will do just that: ginseng and maca root.

Maca root is commonly known as a miracle herb. This powdered root, which you can find at health food stores, is said to be great for sperm health and production. It might even boost your libido, too!

Ginseng, another miracle ingredient, can not only increase your load&ndashit may also improve your stamina and libido.

Studies have shown that ginseng can have a powerful effect on your performance in the bedroom&hellip although you do have to prepare it properly.

Here's what I mean:

The 5 Compliments Every Girl Really Wants To Hear From A Guy

If you haven't noticed yet, I've been doing my best to help you boys (the nice ones anyway) understand what women want and how to keep them around. And I've witnessed a lot of dumb lemon-head behavior in my day, so you could use a little help. By now, you should know how to attract a lady and how to give her the right amount of attention without scaring her off.

Explaining the female mindset from a broad point of view is great and all, but sometimes you still don't know what to do with that information. Like, what are you actually supposed to say to a girl, without her taking it the wrong way?

Every guy has had the experience of attempting to harmlessly compliment an attractive woman by saying, “You look really nice today.” You hope that she'll thank you and see you for the charming gentleman you are.

But no, she gives you a dirty look and replies, “What, I don't look good every day?” before storming off.

Women are impossibly picky with how they want to be complimented. Say something too forward and you're a sex offender say something overly platonic, and she doesn't get the hint. It seems like you can't win, but you actually can. I promise.

Men have egos, obviously -- our patriarchal social system is basically a product of the male ego. However, something rarely stressed is that women have egos too. BIG ones. Monstrous, buff, protein-drink-chugging egos that will smash a chair over your back.

More often than not, the blame for our melodramatic outbursts is misplaced and credited to all women being “overemotional,” “neurotic," or -- my personal favorite -- “crazy”. In reality, we're usually pissed off because of a blow to our ego that triggered our defense systems.

I mean, really think about it, and think about it in the context of dating.

Why are women competitive with other women? Because our egos (and thousands of years of evolution) fuel us to be the most dynamic, attractive and capable female in the room. Why do we feel the need to control our boyfriends' extracurricular lives outside of the relationship? Because our egos make us afraid of being walked all over like a doormat. Why do we waste our time on men who ignore us? Because our egos persuade us to conquer them.

Mess with a woman's ego, and there will be hell to pay. Screaming matches, subtweets, breaking into your phone -- the torture will not end until we say it ends. You are more likely to see God himself than to win an argument with a defensive woman.

Fortunately for the beaus and hubbies of the world, you can easily prevent this drama with just a few words.

Compliments, my friends. Compliments are the solution to making your girl feel confident, secure, and most importantly, to keep her from yelling at you.

I figured it would be most helpful to confer with other women, and find out which sweet nothings make them feel all warm and fuzzy toward men. The common consensus was that women value compliments on their personality and mannerisms over their physicality, and that occasional compliments are more effective sedatives than expensive presents.

Time and time again, women warmly recalled moments where their men said these words, or at least a similar variation of them.

You're about to have a leg up on all of the catcallers, virgins, and bitter single guys out there, and know exactly how to make a girl blush and write songs about you. These are the five compliments your girl really wants to hear.

1. “The way you *insert specific mannerism here* is really adorable.”

If you're nervous about seeming too forward, affectionately showing adoration for an involuntary quirk is a precious way to show that you're paying attention to her. We rarely forget things like this, and will appreciate something sweet and subtle more than “Baby, yo ass is like a planet.”

One sweet compliment I will never forget: “The way you scrunch your nose when you laugh is so cute.” Ugh, talk about melting my damn heart.

2. “Can I get your opinion on something? You always have such a great perspective.”

Intelligent conversations feel like dry-humping with your brain.

Letting her know that not only do you think she's smart, but that you also respect her point of view will develop your intellectual chemistry. She'll see you as more than the guy that buys her food. She'll finally recognize you as a guy with partner-in-crime potential.

3. “I feel so comfortable with you, like I can really be myself.”

Vulnerability wins you points on points on points. Semi-reluctant vulnerability is even more endearing, and makes a girl feel like she's your weakness.

This applies to both relationships and strong friendships: Admitting that you can be open makes the other person willing to reciprocate and feel safer engaging with you.

4. “You taste amazing.”

Say this when you're… you know… doing that thing… down there. You're not saying pussy in general tastes amazing, you're saying HER pussy tastes amazing.

I don't know how self-conscious guys are about their eggplants (I'm assuming not very, considering the amount of dick pics I receive in a calendar year), but most girls are self-conscious about their vaginas. We have virtually no realistic barometer for how one should look, taste or smell, so a little verbal encouragement helps.

If you sense shyness or insecurity during sex, tell her how good she tastes and how incredible she feels. She'll be busting it wide open in no time.

5. “Every guy in this room has been staring at you.”

This one is my absolute FAAAAVE.

Women want to be desired, and we also enjoy being desired by men outside of our relationship. It doesn't even have anything to do with wanting to f*ck other guys, outside sources of desire plus your jealousy equal us feeling prettier and more like Beyoncé. It's true.

While you're out on a date night, at a work event, or at a birthday party (not when you're walking by, like, a line of leering construction workers), pull her close and whisper in her ear that every guy keeps checking her out. If you really want to make her entire day, follow up with a protective squeeze around her waist or a territorial kiss. You're showing that not only is she sexy, but that you want her all to yourself.

My ex once told me he started working out regularly at the start of our relationship because he just knew he would have to fight a guy off one day. He was obviously lying out of his ass, but I LOVED how he pretended I was worth risking getting punched in the head.

These lines are best spent on a girl that you are comfortable and familiar with. You have to have at least some level of friendship for these compliments to be sincere, because it is important to make them unique to her.

If you're skeptical of building your boo up too much, knock it off. The alternative is to never verbalize the nice things you think about her, so that she can remain either insecure about your feelings for her, or get that validation from someone else.

No matter how confident a girl is on her own, we appreciate being appreciated -- especially by the guys we want a relationship with.

(But seriously, even if you ignore everything else I say, tell her she tastes good. She'll totally bang you again.)

20 Best Superfoods for Men

The old adage is true: You are what you eat. That’s why on some days you end up feeling more like a cream-filled Twinkie than the lean cut of beef you aspire to be.

But you probably already know that. That’s why, like all of us, you’re trying to clean up your act and start eating healthier. But the truth is, that’s just not enough. Because if you’re scarfing down salads made of iceberg lettuce, tossing back cold-pressed juices, and eating bananas by the bunch, you’re eating healthy-ish—but you’re not eating smart.

The Superfood Endorsed by Runners

To get the shrink-wrapped abs and three-dimensional arms, the lightning-quick brain and unquenchable libido you need to make every bite of food you put in your mouth count. That means building your diet around the most potent, nutrient-dense, disease-fighting, muscle-growing foods around.

But where do you start? And what foods are the absolute fittest? To find out, we decided to put some of the nation’s top nutritionists to the test.

Nutrient-Packed (and Easy-to-Make) Smoothie Alternatives

First, we polled 40 of the country’s most respected food experts—registered dietitians, college nutrition professors, and authors—asking them each: What are the 10 most important foods every guy should include in his diet for maximum fitness? Then, as the results rolled in, we ranked our experts’ recommendations.

We not only tell you which foods made the list, but how much of each you should eat on a weekly basis. So read on to see how you can elevate your nutrition.

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