Flamin' Hot Cheetos Grilled Cheese Is the Perfect Recipe for a Virtual Cooking Party

The spicy grilled cheese ingredient you never knew you craved.
The spicy grilled cheese ingredient you never knew you craved.
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April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and there's no better way to enjoy the comfort food than with the cheese-loving people in your life. If you're quarantined away from loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can use the social streaming platform Airtime to make the same recipe together from anywhere in the world.

Airtime is an app that merges Group FaceTime and YouTube onto one screen, so you can watch and react to videos with your friends while social distancing. You can use the app to watch memes, music videos, or, as the app suggests for Grilled Cheese Month, instructional videos everyone can follow along with in real time.

The recipe below for a Flamin' Hot Cheetos grilled cheese sandwich is one of the videos recommended by Airtime. If you're looking for a fun, indulgent recipe to make at home, assemble the ingredients beforehand (bread, butter, Velveeta, and Flamin' Hot Cheetos) and join a video session with your friends where you can watch and follow the recipe together. When it's over, you can see whose masterpiece best matches the video—and who's brave enough to eat the whole thing. Even if you don't feel like cooking along, watching over-the-top recipe videos online with friends can be a fun activity on its own.

Airtime is recommended for four to five friends per session, and you can download the app for Android or iOS. For more virtual activities to do with loved ones when you're apart, check out these board games you can play online.

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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The 25 Best Cities in America for a Staycation

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Summer fun will look a lot different in 2020. Many regions are still in lockdown due to the COVID-19 crisis, and even as businesses start to open up, travel remains risky, according to the CDC. But you don't need to go far to take a break from daily life—especially if you live in one of the cities below.

According to WalletHub, these are the ultimate staycation spots in the U.S. The personal finance website rated 182 cities on two main criteria: recreation, and rest and relaxation. Within those categories, they weighed factors like weather, average home square footage, and parks per capita.

Plano, Texas, came in No.1, with a total score of 66.88 out of 100. The city owes its larger-than-average homes to its high ranking. It was followed by Boise, Idaho, in the second slot and Tampa, Florida, in third. You can check out the top 25 cities below.

Even if you're not able to physically leave your home base, you should still take breaks from work if that's something you're able to. And just like a normal vacation, the key to a great staycation is unplugging. Here are some tips for disconnecting from work on your days off.

  1. Plano, Texas
  1. Boise, Idaho
  1. Tampa, Florida
  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  1. Lincoln, Nebraska
  1. Fort Smith, Arkansas
  1. Scottsdale, Arizona
  1. Grand Prairie, Texas
  1. Austin, Texas
  1. Orlando, Florida
  1. Tallahassee, Florida
  1. Nampa, Idaho
  1. Huntsville, Alabama
  1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  1. Springfield, Missouri
  1. Peoria, Arizona
  1. St. Petersburg, Florida
  1. Overland Park, Kansas
  1. Garland, Texas
  1. Salt Lake City, Utah
  1. Knoxville, Tennessee
  1. Little Rock, Arkansas
  1. Missoula, Montana
  1. Glendale, Arizona
  1. Houston, Texas

[h/t WalletHub]