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World of WarCrafts: Cranberry Chutney

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Zarhym may not care for cranberries
, but we do -- and since Pilgrim's Bounty is over and you can't get the ingredients for a good Cranberry Chutney anymore in game, we'll just have to make it at home instead.

Although the word "chutney" sounds like it would be on the slimy and disgusting side for both cooking and eating, it's actually a tasty little condiment. We turned to Wisegeek.com (style points for that reference, please!) for a non-biased description of this dish: "Chutney is similar in consistency to jelly, salsa or relish, and is used as a sweet and sour condiment. Usually made fresh, chutney contains fruit and sugar to give it a sweet taste, and almost all chutney contains vinegar and perhaps onions to give it a corresponding sour flavor. The ingredients are mixed together and then simmered slowly. While chutney is primarily sweet and sour, there can also be many variations of spices, often giving it a hot and spicy flavor."

Sound tempting? We've got a version for cooks and non-cooks alike.

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Well Fed Buff: Delicious Chocolate Cake

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

Are you happy? Are you so happy that you're Very Happy? You would be, if you had some Delicious Chocolate Cake. This cake is so fabulous that it's even listed by The Chocolate Cake Church. And now, this delectable delight is your ticket to some very tasty achievements, in game with the Echoes of Doom (patch 3.0.2). Make this cake out of game, while you make this cake in game – you can have your cake and eat it, too.

When Delicious Chocolate Cake was introduced a year ago, nobody could figure out what the one-hour Very Happy buff was all about. For a while, it rumored to increase xp gain. Players eventually determined the effect was simply a vanity buff, including a few happy-fun fireworks, a smoke rocket and the infamous one-hour Very Happy buff.

But the cake is not a lie. User Snuggly over on wowhead.com points out that Delicious Chocolate Cake, which can now be purchased from Misensi in Dalaran for three Dalaran Cooking Awards, is a necessary ingredient for quite a few achievements. (More details, after the break.)

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Well Fed Buff: Baked Salmon

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

With Wrath of the Lich King barreling down upon us, we felt somewhat compelled this week to pull a recipe from a less well-travelled area of the old world. Come with us back to Feralas this week for a simple but satisfying recipe from a gentler, simpler time.

Baked Salmon
Reagents: Raw Whitescale Salmon, Soothing Spices
Requires Cooking (275)

Pick up the recipe in Feralas from Sheendra Tallgrass (Horde) or Vivianna (Alliance). You can fish Raw Whitescale Salmon in Eastern Plaguelands, Winterspring, Alterac Valley, Burning Steppes, Feralas and Zul'Gurub.

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Well Fed Buff: Rock-Salted Pretzels

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

I would hate to be accused of waxing melodramatic about a snack food (or a computer game, for that matter) – but have you ever noticed how positively persistent fans of pretzels can be about their gnosh of choice? There seem to be two camps among homemade pretzel lovers: those who crave the satisfying simplicity of recipes that send pretzels straight into the oven for a quick and easy bake, versus others who want dyed-in-the-wool traditional pretzels made the old-fashioned way.

While the 'net-addicted crew at WoW Insider is easily mesmerized by clicking around the intertubes in search of authentic pretzel history and methodology, we recognize that our intrepid readers may want to get on with the show, make the pretzels already and log in to play. Well Fed Buff brings you what we think is the best of the quickie pretzel recipes. Keep reading for a link to the whole fermented truth about pretzels.

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Well Fed Buff: Carrion Surprise

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

This week's recipe is for all you QQers out there who want epics with no effort – admit it, you know you act the same way in the kitchen that you do at the keyboard. We've prepped the perfect summertime recipe for EZ-mode cooks. Got a grill? Got foil? Got ... (gulp) hot dogs or (bigger gulp) SPAM(R)? Then you're ready to fire up some Carrion Surprise.

Recipe: Carrion Surprise
Requires Level 25
Use: Restores 874 health over 27 sec. Must remain seated while eating. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 8 Stamina and Spirit for 15 min.
Requires Mystery Meat, Hot Spices

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Well Fed Buff: Soft Banana Bread

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

I don't have a fancy introduction for this week's recipe -- I'm just doing it. That's by direct order, in fact, after my daughter got a look at the page I was pondering from our well-worn file of favorite recipes: "Banana bread – Mommy, that is in World of Warcraft! DO it!"

She has a point. We eat this stuff up, in game and out. And while it may not be as sexy as stat food, its wholesome goodness patches a player's hp right up for the next challenge – all via an easily trainable recipe with no rare mats required.

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Well Fed Buff: Dry Pork Ribs

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

Whatever the Fourth of July may mean to you, I think most of us can agree that it's a great day for grilling. Amid the symphony of pops and bangs coming from my neighbor's fireworks of varying degrees of legality, I grilled up these splendid ribs for your reading pleasure. Expect a taste that's slightly spicy but delightfully tangy.

Dry Pork Ribs are a low-level Cooking recipe and are edible by level five characters. They can be prepared at 80 skill. The mats for the in-game recipe are simple Boar Ribs and Mild Spices. It's nearly as simple in real life, just ribs and rub. Dry Pork Ribs restore 243 Health, and will give a 4 Stamina and Spirit buff for 15 minutes if you sit down and eat them.

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Well Fed Buff: Warp Burgers

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course. Sorry Well Fed Buff is a little late. The burgers kept warping off the grill. But here they are in all their glory. I'd like to dedicate this week's WFB to my mom. Congrats on Level 40!

I remember when I first wandered into Terokkar Forest just after the release of the burning crusade. I have to admit the Warp Stalkers creeped me out just a little bit. I found a wee bit of revenge I creating these tasty burgers.

The in-game version yields one Warp Burger per cut of Stalker Flesh. This recipe restores 7500 health over 30 sec. If you spend at least 10 seconds eating you will become well fed and gain 20 Agility and Spirit for 30 min.

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Well Fed Buff: Ogri'la Chicken Fingers

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

The fun of whipping up recipes for Well Fed Buff is that, like WoW itself, you can play at so many levels: a Fisherman's Feast for readers who cook, Conjured Croissants for those who don't ... Moonbrook Riot Taffy for those who simply want a snack, or Cherry Grog for players who prefer to avoid slaving over a hot oven at all ... There's something for every play style.

Up this week: a low-level dinner recipe that everyone should work into their basic spec – Ogri'la Chicken Fingers. Attention, casters: no frying is involved, so you can pull this one off at range, without getting into melee on the stovetop.

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Well Fed Buff: Spiced Wolf Meat

Every week, Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP and stats, just in time for your weekend gaming.

It can be a real challenge to fit balanced meals into your heavy gaming schedule -- or work/school/life for that matter. In-game, we whip up a stack of meals and consume them when needed. I like to do the same in the real world. This week, we'll be making a stack of Spiced Wolf Meat for easy meals throughout the week.

In Azeroth, Spiced Wolf Meat can be learned from any cooking trainer as soon as your cooking skill reaches 10. The ingredients required are Stringy Wolf Meat, which drops from wolves in Elwynn Forest, Dun Morogh, Tirisfal Glades and Mulgore and Mild Spices, which is purchasable at any Trade or or Cooking Supplies vendor. The in-game dish only supplies 2 Stamina and Spirit, but our version will be much heartier.

This recipe is very similar to the Cuban dish Ropa Vieja. It is best cooked on a weekend when you have lots of time (though most of the time it is cooking you can be playing) and heats up very well in the microwave for quick, tasty and complete meals that are easily eaten beside the keyboard.

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Well Fed Buff: Conjured Croissants

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

Your friends will stand in awe of your mage-ly prowess when you conjure up these delectable Conjured Croissants. Not only do these morsels add a hefty 7500 calories hp to your heroic hulk, but their 3-second 10-minute cast time and low mats requirement means you can conjure them up in at a moment's notice – all while projecting the nonchalant air of a true master of the elements. Our version comes with a special twist: a gooey center of dark chocolate. Roll up this simple, two-ingredient version of pain au chocolat for a treat that impresses.

One caveat: Conjured items disappear if logged out for more than 15 minutes. Don't AFK, or you may find yourself the only one in the group stuck using bandages (you did level your First Aid skill, didn't you?).

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Well Fed Buff: Essence Mango

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

Those Trolls from Yojamba Isle were on to something. Before The Burning crusade, one of the cool foods that players could get were Essence Mangoes, a quest reward that could be obtained by handing in a Zandalar Honor Token. These weren't actually any better than Alterac Manna Biscuits, and back when Zul'gurub was still in vogue, the tokens weren't quite worth turning in for an average food that didn't give any buffs. But the quest describes mangoes as luscious fruits from the South Seas, and it couldn't be more true.

Mangoes are significant fruits in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. In the Philippines, where I live, mangoes are an everyday treat and I think we have the best mangoes in the world. Today on Well Fed Buff, we'll put a new spin on the Essence Mango (which is essentially just a fruit) by making a simple, healthy drink that is sure to restore your health and mana as well as tickle your taste buds.

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Well Fed Buff: Moonbrook Riot Taffy

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

The cool thing about food and drink in the World of Warcraft are all the little real-world and lore references you'll find tucked into the items: Cuergo's Gold and Cuergo's Gold with Worm (from one of the funnest puzzle quests in the game) never fail to bring a smile to my face when I encounter them in game. So it amazed me a bit when I realized I'd never noticed Moonbrook Riot Taffy, because I'm a huge fan of yummy noshes that kids can help make at home.

Rather than present you with a taffy recipe here, I'd like to point you to what I think is the coolest-of-the-cool taffy recipes at a coolest-of-the-cool web site (are you catching how cool I think this stuff is?): The Accidental Scientist Science of Cooking's Saltwater Taffy recipe. If you've never visited the Accidental Scientist, you're in for a treat. They offer recipes, activities and webcasts that point out the science behind cooking. This taffy recipe, for example, poses questions (and answers) about what the corn starch does, what the glycerin does and what the pulling part of taffy-making is all about – topped off with a list of teasers designed to get you trying variations (and figuring out what makes them work or not work).

Back in Azeroth, you can buy Moonbrook Riot Taffy from Alowicious Czervik in Orgrimmar, Emmithue Smails in Stormwind City or seasonally from the Hallow's End candy vendors in Ironforge or Orgrimmar. Or make your own taffy at home -- it's a workout, science class and delicious treat all in one. You'll never look at Moonbrook Riot Taffy the same!

Submit your own Warcraft-themed noshes for Well Fed Buff (subject line: Well Fed Buff) – we're always looking for a tasty stat boost!

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Insider Trader: Cooking, the final stretch


Cooking is a secondary tradeskill that most players should strongly consider learning, and maximizing. The buffs that many of the foods award can be quite helpful, and aside from damage buffs, there are also healing buffs, tank buffs, and food for hunter and warlock pets, among other yummy treats. If you rely on purchasing the foods from the auction house, you'll find your consumables bill soaring upward.

You can also make a profit from cooking, especially regarding pet food. Because many players are stubborn and won't learn any of the secondary skills, you can sell your dishes for a hefty price.

Still, if you don't fall madly in love with cooking, searching high and low for the latest recipe and farming to your favorite tunes, then you might have some trouble and confusion when trying to reach 375. This week, Insider Trader will take an in-depth look at the easiest path to cooking 375, avoiding fishing altogether. Although they go hand-in-hand, they can be done separately, and many cooks do not want to become fishermen.

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Well Fed Buff: Runn Tum Tuber Surprise

Well Fed Buff serves up tasty dishes to boost your HP, stats and appetite – with that special WoW twist, of course.

The calendar says that spring has spring, which means we should be out Bar B Queuing, but the Earth Mother seems to disagree. It has been unseasonably cold and windy in many areas, which gives us plenty of opportunities for hot chili, soup, and stew. This week we indulge in Runn Tum Tuber Surprise.

In game the recipe calls for Runn Tum Tubers and Soothing Spices. The tubers are found in Warpwood Pods in Dire Maul or drop from Pusillin, who also drops this recipe. This dish can be consumed by characters 45 and higher. It restores 1933 health over 27 seconds and increases your Intellect by ten for ten minutes. The real life version is relatively simple to make, and requires considerably less talent than the 275 Cooking skill required for the virtual version.

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