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Brown Butter Pecan Pie

 
It seems that every year around holiday time, I try to make some variation of pecan pie. It has long been one of my favorite desserts, and I enjoy finding ways to keep it new. The idea for this year’s little twist just kinda hit me one day. Brown butter travel mugs wholesale.

I’m no stranger to baking with pecans or brown butter. You’ll find those two showing up quite a bit around here. But, I’m not sure they’ve shown up in the same recipe.

I took my family’s traditional pecan pie recipe, made a couple of changes, browned some butter, and here we are with this pie. It’s still pecan pie, but it’s so much more. The flavors are more complex and, well, grown-up mathconcept.

Granted, I may change my mind with whatever version of pecan pie I bake next, but I feel confident that this is my favorite pecan pie. Ever. Quinn agrees, too. In fact, he has requested that we have this pie again for Christmas. I agreed rather quickly. It’s a little ridiculous how much I’m looking forward to enjoying a slice of this pie again Singapore company formation.
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Salted Caramel & Roasted Almond Clusters


You think, it would be fun to live with a lady obsessed with baking. Gorging on desserts, cakes n cookies all the time, well yes it does have its advantages, but the downside is , everyone around me is piling on the pounds and I have been given the red alert from my family, to not bake ( for a while at least). For the past two days I’ve been fantasising about making doughnuts, cinnamon n sugar doughnuts, doughnuts filled with custard, chocolate doughnuts, plain doughnuts with frosting … and the works. As I announced my nobel plan, everyone screamt in one voice – Don’t even think about it ! We’re all getting fat. You make you eat it all. Uh – Oh ! Now that doesn’t work for me either. So having suppressed my urges to make doughnuts, I asked, atleast let me make some simple chocolates. You all need a tiny bite after every meal : And I need to make something sweet ! To my relief that was reluctantly accepted. So I kept it simple and basic, and made a tiny batch of plain toasted hazelnut and dark chocolate clusters. Those were a big hit End Point Backup. Got over the next day. Inspired by the easy acceptance and consumption I dared to take it a step further.

This time, I thought let me not announce and ask, rather just make some and see how it goes. Now almonds, chocolate and sugar is something thats always sitting around the kitchen. Put together, its sure to make a wondrous treat. Roasted Salted Almonds coated in Caramel and then dipped in dark chocolate … hmmm, hard to resist. Actually I wasn’t planning a blog post with these, but as I got into making them, it looked so wonderful, I had to run for my camera and capture this to share with you. Simple as it may seem, look and be, its every bit fancy, decadent and delicious.

I started with toasting 250 gms of Almonds in a preheated oven at 180C for about 15 mins. I sprinkled about 2-3 pinches of salt on the almonds and tossed them and set them to cool. In a heavy based saucepan on medium fire mathconcept, I took 1 cup of sugar. I let the sugar melt , turn light brown and come to a boil. Before the sugar started turning a darker shade, I turned off the heat, put a tablespoon of butter and about 3-4 tablespoons of thick cream. The mixture bubbled up, and I gave it a good stir making sure the caramel sauce was homogenised. The caramel sauce was ready.


Now I tossed all the roasted almonds along with the salt in the caramel, coating them evenly, and spread them out on a silicon mat. Chucked it in the fridge for 5 minutes. In the meantime, I melted about 375 gms of dark chocolate in the microwave. Once the almonds were set, I chopped them up, and tossed them all in the chocolate, mixing them very well and making sure all the nuts were coated evenly.

Mini cupcake liners make the best holders for these little babies. Spoon a little in each or as much as you like. To set them, return to the fridge for 5 mins and then pack them in a air tight container, in the fridge. These do tend to get soft if left out at room temperature for too long, but then again its 38C here, which is insanely hot, so I’ve stored mine in a airtight container in the fridge. You may not have to if its cooler where you are. Making these took barely any time at all, and while these were being spooned in, my little brat was feasting on them, which only meant one thing. They were bloody good hong kong company setup !

Food News Round-Up: Chicago's Deep Dish in Deep Troubs


Second City Blues: First of all, the Sears Tower (I'm not calling it the Willis) gets downgraded to second-tallest building in the U.S. behind New York's Freedom Tower, and now New York-based comedian Jon Stewart rails against the Chicago-style pizza (both deep dish and stuffed, I presume), calling it "tomato soup in a bread bowl." As a proud fan of both styles (stuffed, not deep-dish, when it comes to Chicago), and also as someone who likes to make both at home, I say it's apples and oranges. They're just curly wigs... different. In other words, please don't make me choose sides on this one.

Conspicuous Consumption: Taking the concepts of the Luther Burger and the Ramenburger to their obvious conclusion, a pair of adventurous eaters in Melbourne, Australia, scarf down the Douche Burger--wagyu beef, foie gras, and jalapeno, lime and mayonnaise sauces--and lament the downfall of man. Note that this $20 Australian Douche Burger is not the same as the $666 New York Douche Burger (foie gras-stuffed Kobe beef with champagne-steam-melted Gruyere topped with lobster, truffles, caviar and kopi luwak barbecue sauce), which was intentionally invented as a joke.

Counting Your Chickens ... That chicken you saw running across the street the other day was neither a grade-school joke come to life nor a flashback to Orange Is the New Black. It seems that all those hipster urban chicken keepers--remember that fad Natural stone? We even have a separate category tag for it--are abandoning their birds once they're past egg-laying age. That's just cracked.

Big Mac With a Side of Homophobia: Two Manhattan men are suing McDonald's, claiming that when they tried to order food at one New York franchise last year, the cashier refused to serve them, assuming they were gay and saying that homosexuality was "not what God wants." Then another employee allegedly handed the cashier a metal pipe and encouraged him to attack the men. To top things off, the cops that the would-be customers called ended up arresting them instead. The moral of the story? Bad things happen to you when you go to McDonald's.

Didn't We Just Talk About Drinking During Pregnancy? Yeah, we did. Turns out yet another study finds that eight out of 10 women drink while pregnant. This is, however, a study that was conducted in Australia, so insert your favorite Australian stereotype here. Bonus points if you tie it back to the Douche Burger from above panamanian foundation.

Wild Mushroom Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Fontina, and Rosemary


Makes six 8-inch pizzas
Ingredients

7 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
3 onions, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise (about 6 cups)

2 pounds assorted wild mushrooms (such as crimini Cloud Provider, oyster, chanterelle, and stemmed shiitake), cut into bite-size pieces
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced shallot (about 1 medium)
2 cups dry white wine
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

Pizza Dough
Cornmeal (for dusting)
Garlic oil
3 cups grated Fontina cheese (about 10 ounces)

Preparation

Melt 3 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until golden, about 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter with 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil in another heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, and shallot. Sauté 4 minutes. Add wine and simmer until almost all liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently, about 13 minutes. Add rosemary; season with salt and pepper.

Position rack in bottom third of oven. Place heavy 17x11-inch baking sheet on rack (invert if rimmed). Preheat oven to 500°F at least 30 minutes before baking. Roll out 2 dough disks on lightly floured surface to 8-inch rounds, allowing dough to rest a few minutes if it springs back. Sprinkle another baking sheet (invert if rimmed) with cornmeal. Transfer 1 dough round to second baking sheet. Lightly brush dough with garlic oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Scatter 2 1/2 tablespoons onions over cheese. Scatter 1/2 cup mushrooms over onions. Sprinkle with salt.

Position baking sheet with pizza at far edge of 1 side of hot baking sheet. Tilt sheet and pull back slowly, allowing pizza to slide onto hot sheet. Repeat with second dough disk, garlic oil, cheese, onions, mushrooms, and salt, and slide second pizza onto second half of hot baking sheet. Bake pizzas 6 minutes. Rotate pizzas half a turn. Bake until crust is deep brown, about 6 minutes longer. Using large spatula, carefully transfer pizzas to cutting board. Let rest 1 minute. Slice into wedges and serve. Repeat with remaining ingredients mathconcept.

Weight-Loss Apps for Food Lovers


Our pick of the top diet apps for the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry
by Megan O. Steintrager

U sers of the iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry know there are hundreds of apps that promise to help you lose weight easily and quickly. Unfortunately, many health and fitness apps assume that you're willing to live on either fast food or cabbage; we're not sure which is worse. To find the best diet apps for the typical Epicurious member—somebody who loves to eat and generally prefers food made from scratch with few processed ingredients—we tested some of the most popular weight-loss apps in the Apple and Android markets, many of which are also available for the BlackBerry. (Some apps have iPad versions, and as tablets in general gain popularity, more apps will no doubt be developed for the platform.) Of course, you can already search thousands of healthy recipes using the Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List app, but for those who want to go the extra mile for weight loss Stainless steel tea infuser, we deemed the five apps in this chart to be the cream—or perhaps the skim milk—of the crop.

How We Tested
We created "EpiGal," a 40-year-old woman who's 5' 4" and weighs 150 pounds. She has a relatively sedentary lifestyle (a 9-to-5 office job) but is willing to exercise a few times a week. Using Self's Happy Weight calculator, we arrived at a target weight of 130, which she'd like to get down to by losing one pound per week—generally considered a reasonable rate by doctors, nutritionists, and dieters who want to avoid being ravenous, listless, and grouchy. For a sample day's meal for our test subject, we followed day one of Epicurious' Diet Solution. The plan—developed by nutritionist Dana Lilienthal—calls for cutting 500 calories from the typical 2,000-calorie diet, for a total daily caloric intake of approximately 1,500 calories, which translates to about one pound dropped per week.


How the Apps Stack Up
Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

Available for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry
Cost: Free
Grade: B+
The Bottom Line: Much of the data, including foods, measurements, calorie counts, and exercise stats, is user-submitted, which means it's plentiful but prone to human error. You have lots of choices, but just not always the ones you're looking for Business Education.

Ease of use Simple, clean design; easy to navigate between days and meals.
Calorie and goal tracking Daily summary lists nutrient goals, not just calories, so it encourages an overall healthy diet. The app clearly breaks down daily calories eaten and burned through exercise, with your net calorie count updated on your home screen every time you make a change.
Food search and accuracy Provides multiple ways to search for foods, but search results, while plentiful, are presented in illogical order. A search for "milk" turns up scrambled eggs with skim milk as the first choice, followed by low-fat blue raspberry milk. What we were searching for—a half cup of 1% milk—was the fourth choice.
Customization and personalization A "quick add" function allows users to input custom calorie counts for meals—perfect for recipes that have calorie counts, like the ones from the Epicurious diet menu. But recipe ingredients can't be edited, so if you make a mistake, you have to delete and re-add.
Tools and extras Includes a bar code scanner for packaged foods, programmed to work with both nationally well-known and obscure brands.
Nice touches At the end of each day, you get an encouraging note: "If every day were like today, you'd weigh 144.2 lbs in 5 weeks."
Worst drawbacks Food measurement choices are maddening—you have to hunt around for the right combination of food and amount, instead of just selecting the food and then the amount. For example, we couldn't select tablespoons of lime juice or cups of peanuts, so we had to convert to ounces.


MyNetDiary Calorie Counter PRO
MyNetDiary Calorie Counter PRO

Available for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry
Cost: $3.99
Grade: B
The Bottom Line: All aspects of the app—its language, imagery, and data-entry tools—are very utilitarian.

Ease of use Weight-loss goals, target dates, and daily calorie goals are easy to choose and change. But the app layout is not intuitive. We had to dig around to find out how to search foods, scan bar codes, and save favorite foods.
Calorie and goal tracking In addition to food consumption and exercise, you can also track water intake, body measurements, vitamins and medications, hours of sleep, daily steps, and blood pressure. But it is hard to tell if you get caloric credit for exercise—there are different amounts given for "food left" and "total left."
Food search and accuracy This weight-loss app has more detailed options for foods than other apps tested. But you have to be connected to the Internet to use the app, and in our test, it lost connection several times.
Customization and personalization Recipe-creation instructions and process are confusing and time-consuming.
Tools and extras The app has a bar code–scanner feature for supermarket foods, but it doesn't work as well as those in other apps, and has to be downloaded and installed separately.
Nice touches The helpful "bottom-line" analysis gives you thumbs-up for things like burning calories through exercise, staying below your daily calorie target, or consuming a small amount of cholesterol. Plus: No ads dc motor!
Worst drawbacks The app's instructions are poorly written and hard to follow, making it difficult to use without lots of trial and error.


Lose It!
Lose It!

Available for: iPhone
Cost: Free
Grade: B
The Bottom Line: The simplicity of this good-looking app is its greatest asset and its biggest downside. The screens aren't overcrowded with data and choices, but sometimes we'd like more data and choices.

Ease of use Clean and streamlined, this app has by far the most attractive interface, with user-friendly scroll bars, entry boxes, and buttons that make it easy to navigate and enter data.
Calorie and goal tracking The overview screen clearly shows daily calorie budget, food calories consumed, and calories burned through exercise, plus how many more calories you can eat that day. The app includes lots of exercise options, and your daily calorie tracker goes into the green if you've burned more calories than you've eaten.
Food search and accuracy A search for "pumpkin muffin" turned up only two options: a raisin-pumpkin muffin with fewer than 200 calories, and a Dunkin' Donuts muffin with 650 calories. Calorie counts this confusing could spell diet disaster.
Customization and personalization Adding recipes is difficult: There is no simple calorie "quick add" like some other apps have.
Tools and extras "Motivators" allow you to set up reminders to log your meals, get e-mail reports, and share progress on Facebook and Twitter, if you like.
Nice touches An attractive goals page with a weight-loss graph helps keep track of your daily weigh-in number.
Worst drawbacks Of the limited selection of preprogrammed foods available, most are packaged foods or from chain restaurants.


SparkPeople Diet & Food Tracker
SparkPeople Diet & Food Tracker

Available for: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry
Cost: Free
Grade: B
The Bottom Line: This app functions best as a companion to the SparkPeople Web site, but the app and site together make for a friendly diet companion with plenty of community support on the site.

Ease of use Relatively easy to navigate, and the overall tone of the app is very positive and encouraging, with messages like, "The more you exercise, the more calories you burn!" and "You have surpassed your calories-burned goal for today."
Calorie and goal tracking Daily totals and goals for calories, carbs, fat, and protein are clearly displayed, with straightforward messages such as, "To reach your goal, you can eat 340 to 690 more calories today." The app also shows you the light at the end of the tunnel by tracking the date by which you'll lose weight if you stick to your calorie budget.
Food search and accuracy Food-search functionality is poor overall. A search for "hot chocolate" turned up hamburger or hot dog buns first, followed by chocolate-chip cookies. That said, meals can be saved as favorites and copied from one day to the next, so you don't have to search for frequently eaten meals.
Customization and personalization: Recipes can only be added on the site, not through the app, and correct measurements are hard to find. However, the nutritional and caloric analysis seems quite accurate. (The analysis for Spicy Thai Tofu lined up almost exactly with NutritionData.com's analysis.)
Tools and extras There's an optional meal plan with complete menu and recipes, but foods include diet clichés like cottage cheese, fat-free packaged pudding, and turkey bologna.
Nice touches This one offers a greater level of personalization than other apps. For example, it asks if you are pregnant or if you have Type 1 diabetes. Plus, there are lots of exercise options, and the app allows you to set up goals for calories to burn, then gives you reminders like, "Your goal is to burn 187 calories today."
Worst drawbacks The initial account setup is buggy and required multiple attempts. The app selection of "real" food is spotty, with a bias toward packaged and chain foods. App does not allow you to go back in time, although you can do this on the site.


Tap & Track Calorie Counter
Tap & Track Calorie Counter

Available for: iPhone
Cost: $3.99
Grade: B-
The Bottom Line: This no-fuss app works well offline, but it's best for people who eat a lot of brand name/chain foods or know the calorie amounts for their meals and just want to "quick add" calories and exercise.

Ease of use You can browse or search for foods in a number of ways, but there's no search function for exercise or brand-name foods, which means you have to scroll through a long alphabetical list. Woe to you if you're trying to find "yoga," "Zumba," or "Wendy's."
Calorie and goal tracking The app features a cool slot machine–style display of your remaining calorie budget when you add food or exercise: When it gives you credit for calories burned through exercise, watching the number of remaining calories shoot back up is exhilarating!
Food search and accuracy Some food measurements in this weight-loss app are confusing. The only search-result options for "pumpkin muffin" are either in grams or ounces, and the only way to find tablespoons of soy sauce is to find a restaurant listing with tablespoons as a measurement.
Customization and personalization You can add a budget for fat, carbohydrates, protein, and "food score," plus you can "quick add" calories for food and calories burned for exercise. The app lets you record intensity level rather than pace for exercise, a more realistic way for many people to measure effort levels and therefore estimate calories burned. That said, recipes are not easy to add, and calorie analysis for added recipes seems inaccurate.
Tools and extras Pie charts and graphs showing nutrition information and caloric ratios are available by the day or week. But some seem too complicated for anyone without a nutrition degree. There are no clear definitions or explanations of the data available within the app or on the companion site.
Nice touches Offline database of foods and exercises means you don't have to have Internet access to use this app, although optional syncing with the Web site is available. Plus: No ads.
Worst drawbacks Proposed daily calorie allotment of 1,194 for "EpiGal" seems quite low. And the User Guide/FAQ is so poorly written that it leads to confusion rather than clarity. For example, your "food score" is prominently tracked in the app, but it's unclear what that is. Perhaps it refers to Weight Watchers points? The FAQ isn't very clear, nor is the discussion thread on the app's Facebook page.


Criteria for Picking Diet Apps
Our focus was on the top calorie-counting apps that work with any diet. Therefore, we omitted apps like Fast Food Calorie Counter that narrowly focus on chain-restaurant food, as well as apps that simply track weight or body-mass index. We also skipped the many points-counting apps designed for the Weight Watchers diet, but downloading one of those makes a lot of sense if you're following that popular plan.

Other Apps to Consider
In addition to our five highest-rated apps, fitness enthusiasts might also want to consider Calorie Tracker by LiveStrong or DailyBurn's Calorie, Workout, and Fitness Companion. Both have excellent workout options, but the apps were ultimately too buggy, dependent on the companion Web sites, and rife with up-selling of add-ons to make the final cut for our list. We also nixed SimpLabs' Diet2Go because it doesn't have a robust calorie-counting function, but if you're simply looking to eat healthier, this app's push-to-phone daily menu suggestions are good if you select carefully (try the Mediterranean Diet, not one of the many fad or cleanse options). And finally, Lose Weight with Andrew Johnson is a popular motivational app based on the premise that, as the iTunes description says, "Many weight problems start in the mind."

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