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—Paula Forbes

Johnny Carson and Dom DeLuise Egg Fight [video]

carsondeluiseeggIn honor of Sunday's holiday, we thought we'd share a video that would delight both vigilant observers and those who couldn't care less. In this video, a very young Dom DeLuise goes on The Tonight Show to perform a magic trick involving eggs. Turns out, the yolk's on him. (Sorry, we had to.) Video below.

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Linksplodge 4/1/10


The Beta Cup Challenge to Create Recyclable Coffee Cups


Photograph: Brittany Hardin

It can be a challenge to lug around reusable coffee cups, not to mention clean them and keep track of them. Thus, for many, our morning cup of coffee comes out of a paper cup. After the last lukewarm drops, the cup is tossed into the garbage without so much as a second thought to what happens to it. It turns out nothing happens to it, as practically all those cups are non-recyclable and non-biodegradable.

The Beta Cup Challenge is a way to find a way around this mess. The contest is to design the best alternative to bulky reusable cups and environmentally detrimental paper cups. Designs must address issues such as waste reduction and the resources needed to manufacture them. The winner receives a $20,000 prize from Starbucks, as the coffee company is aiming to use entirely reusable or recyclable cups by 2015. Good thing, too, because we can’t all bring our “World’s Best Dad” mug on the subway every morning.

[via Core77]

—Ann Marie Awad

Artists Design Table Linens at Flat Design


Photograph: Paolo Riolzi / Flat Design

In another addition to the cool-yet-mostly-unusable-designer-product file, Flat Design brings us a line of table linens with embroidered designs from international artists and designers such as Karim Rashid and Martin Saemmer. The designs range from geometric and futuristic to sweet and quirky, and the line includes napkins, tea towels and placemats. On the plus side, the designs will hide the Kool-Aid stains nicely. On the negative? They may be too pretty to actually use.

Rachael Oehring

Food World April Fool's Day Jokes


Photograph: thornj

April Fool's Day is a divisive topic: people either love it or they hate it, probably because either way it's pretty much unavoidable. Since we here at EMD lean a bit towards the latter, we decided not to pull your leg this year. Instead we rounded up all the food media pranks we could find, and ranked them in order of their groaner-factors.

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Taste Test: Umami Paste vs MSG

Taste 5

Photographs: Rachael Oehring / Eat Me Daily

Laura Santtini's Easy Tasty Magic is a line of food goodies designed to enhance all different kinds of dishes. The most interesting product in this line is called Taste No. 5 Umami Paste, a concoction which enhances the umami flavor in any (savory) dish. Though it's only available for purchase in the UK, we had to have some, so we, begged, pleaded, and lo! There it was, two weeks later, being held hostage by the Post Office because of its customs sticker.

In order to fully appreciate the flavor-boosting qualities of the umami paste, I thought we'd put it to the test against the original umami enhancer, MSG, to see which would come out on top in terms of pure tastebud-exploding savory enhancement. Four rounds. Only one winner.

Release the Kraken! I mean, Accent.

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Elise Bauer Hires Beard Nominee Hank Shaw

Pinky-And-The-BrainThis just in, via Twitter: two-time James Beard Award nominee Hank Shaw of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook is teaming up with Elise Bauer to write for Simply Recipes. The announcement was spurred by a mention of Shaw in a profile of Bauer in The Sacramento Bee. While there have been plenty of shake-ups in the world of food media, this is the biggest recipe blogger alliance we can think of. Is this Bauer shooting for a JBF nomination of her own? Or something...bigger?

—Paula Forbes

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