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Fried Chicken Has Been Taking Over The Internet, And Here’s Why

Sometimes there is nothing quite like a quality piece of fried chicken. As it usually identifies with the United States, more specifically the South, American restaurants and patrons alike go crazy for the crispy drumsticks. But when does this obsession become just too much?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. As May approaches, high school students are all in a tizzy about one thing, and it’s not finals. Nope, I’m talking about prom. For the girls, the dress is the top priority — as they have been looking for one since probably February. For the boys, it’s about matching their tux to their date’s dress (or tux). But the most important accessory, by far, is the corsage.chicken+corsage+kfc+web

Now, high schoolers and Kentucky Fried Chicken fans alike can wear their favorite food to prom with the new Chicken Corsage. Selling for $20 each, KFC launched the crispy corsage this month through Nanz & Kraft Florists. Unfortunately, the select 100 Chicken Corsages sold out.

But wait, that’s not all! Dominos, known for their stuffed crust pizza among other delectable munchies, recently came out with a new menu item featuring, you guessed it, fried chicken. While many people thought this meant the well-known pizza chain was coming out with a pizza with fried chicken as the crust. Wrong.

The Huffington Post debunked these rumors by showing that, in fact, Dominos is just coming out with Specialty Chicken — fried chicken topped with signature Dominos pizza toppings, zero dough involved. Sorry to burst your bubbles, but that pizza monstrosity just isn’t happening.412198__blenderss-innovations-sorry-domino-s-pizza-crust-made-out-of-chicken-isn-t-an-innovation

But this shouldn’t shy you away from trying all of the chicken concoctions Dominos has to offer, featuring flavors such as Crispy Bacon & Tomato, Spicy Jalapeno-Pineapple, Classic Hot Buffalo and Sweet BBQ Bacon. Sounds like a chicken party in your mouth to me! The Specialty Chicken is a part of the $5.99 mix-and-match menu at Dominos.

Keep calm and chicken on, my friends.

Images: Mike DelGaudio/Flickr, KFC, Dominos

Understanding Kale: Why You Should Eat And Love This Trendy Veggie

It’s green, it’s leafy and it’s stocked in your local grocer’s produce section: kale is currently one of the most trendy foods out there. Photos of this vegetable litter Pinterest and Instagram with it’s green allure. Health nuts and everyday foodies alike gawk over this veggie because of it’s high vitamin content, low calorie count and distinct taste.

An omelette made with kale by Kristina King. Follow her Instagrams @alltheloveinyou.

An omelette made with kale by Kristina King. Follow her Instagrams @alltheloveinyou.

Kale is a member of the Brassica family, that includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards and Brussels sprouts. According to WebMD, one cup of kale is only 33 calories and contains 9 percent of the daily value of calcium, 206 percent of vitamin A, 134 percent of vitamin C, and a surprising 684 percent of vitamin K. WebMD also raves about kale because of it’s cancer-preventing and cholesterol-lowering powers. In short, everyone should begin eating more kale — it’s a vegetable from the gods.

Recently, Kale has been so popular that Costco will be selling “giant bags of kale” to match competition from Amazon Prime’s new “pantry” and target young customers. If you haven’t thought about it by now, it’s time to begin thinking about how you can incorporate kale into your diet.

The simplest way to prepare it is to sauteé the leafy greens with olive oil and sea salt. However, there are plenty inventive, and delicious, recipes on the Internet that makes the vegetable look too good to not grab off the produce shelf.

Take this kale pesto and goat cheese pizza for instance. The recipe calls for minimal ingredients, yet the result looks nothing short of mouth-watering. Not in the mood for a healthy pizza? Try one of the many salads pinner Mylene Pollock displays on her seriously awesome board dedicated to the superfood. Kale can be incorporated into everyday dishes, such as soups, baked potatoes and quesadillas, for a vitamin and flavor boost. The possibilities are quite endless.

Images: Family O’Abé/Flickr, Kristina King/Instagram