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Ez Squeeze Candy Cane Jello Shot – Tipsy Bartender

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Delicious candy cane jello shots, perfect for your Christmas Holiday or New Years party! RECIPE ======= *White Layer 1 Packet White Peppermint Ez Jello Mix 2 1/2 Cups Water 1 1/2 Cups Vodka *Red Layer 1 Packet Cherry Bombed Ez Jello Mix 2 1/2 Cups Hot Water 1 1/2 Cups Vodka Whipped Cream Crushed Candy Cane (sprinkles) Get yer drank on!  Tipsybartender  ...

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With A Little Help From Your Cheesemonger

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With A Little Help From Your Cheesemonger

NOVEMBER 19, 2014 | BY ADAM ROBERTS   This is Molly. She works at The Cheese Store of Silverlake, one of my favorite places to shop before a dinner party, and recently I decided to go in without an agenda. “Look Molly,” I said, “usually I come in here with a recipe and then just get the stuff I need, but this time I’m putting my fate in your hands!” She gave me a weird look. “What’s the best thing I could possibly make for dinner using the cheeses from your shop?” She thought for a moment and then said: “Ummm…what about spaghetti in a spicy tomato sauce with white anchovies and a raw pecorino?” Umm…what about YES!??! That’s the thing: when you go into a cheese shop and ask the person working there to tell you what to make for dinner, chances are they have everything you need to make that dinner–and what they have is better than anything you could buy at your local grocery store. So look what Molly gathered up: There’s fancy tomato paste, high-quality spaghetti, a bag of dried vegetables with herbs (I actually ended up passing on those, though I could’ve soaked them in hot water and then added them to the sauce), authentic San Marzano tomatoes from Italy, Pepato cheese (raw Pecorino), and Boquerones (aka: white anchovies). I also asked for a cheese to go with the salad I was making that night, a riff on my usual fall salad (this one with persimmons and pears); she suggested Ricotta Salata, so I bought some of that too. When it came time to cook, I used some Lidia Bastianich techniques, sautéing several sliced garlic cloves, tomato paste, and a teaspoon of hot chile flakes in a big glug of olive oil until the garlic started to brown (I actually added the chile flakes towards the end so they didn’t burn): Then I dropped in two cans of tomatoes, added a big pinch of salt, and let that cook down for about 45 minutes at an active simmer. That was one spicy, zesty sauce: First up, the salad, with the ricotta salata—a big hit: Then, I dropped 1 1/2 pounds of spaghetti in salted boiling water and when it was just al dente, I lifted it into the pan with the sauce and let it finish cooking in there on high heat: To finish, I drizzled that with some fresh olive oil, twirled it on to plates, and then topped with the white anchovies and shavings of the Pecorino: Good people of the world, this dinner was far out. I mean, I’m a big fan of cooking anchovies into a sauce, but having those white anchovies on there at the end totally changed everything about it–they were so much more intense and exciting. And the pecorino had so much character and took everything in an even more exciting direction. Our dinner guests, including our new friend Melissa (who’s planning our wedding! Shhh….no more about that) fully agreed So thanks, Molly, for such good advice and for such a winning recipe. You cheesemongered your way into our hearts. Via The Amateur...

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It May Be Possible To Train Your Brain To Prefer Healthier Food

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It May Be Possible To Train Your Brain To Prefer Healthier Food

September 4, 2014 | by Justine Alford photo credit: Cookie M, “Rich Donuts,” via Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 We all know how difficult it is to say no to junk food. Fries, chips, cakes, cookies, burgers, pizza (drool) all stare at us in the supermarket, making the salad bar look infinitely less appealing. But being delicious is not the only reason that we want to eat junk food. Overindulging in unhealthy food for a prolonged period of time can cause excessive activation of the brain’s reward system for high-calorie food cues, which makes us more likely to choose that oozy chocolate pudding over an apple when a selection is available. However, all may not be lost for us. A new pilot study, published in Nutrition & Diabetes,suggests that it may be possible to gradually train the brain to prefer healthy foods over junk foods, reversing the addictive power of unhealthy food. It’s been known for some time that obesity is associated with abnormalities in the reward circuit of the brain. Whether this is plastic and can therefore be reversed, however, was unknown. To shed light on this area, Tufts University researchers enrolled 13 healthy, adult, overweight or obese men and women into the study. Eight of the participants took part in a specific weight loss program designed by the researchers, whereas the remaining five acted as controls and were placed on a waiting list for the program. The intervention group was given portion-controlled menus, recipe suggestions and high-satiety menu plans. The recipes had specific compositions designed to reduce hunger, such as providing 25% energy from protein and fat and 50% from low GI carbs. They were also given information on snack selection and evenly spacing meals. To investigate whether the program could alter neural circuitry, the researchers took functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans before the participants were randomized into groups, and did this again six months later. The scans were used to investigate activity in a brain region called the striatum which is thought to be critical for reward processing. When the participants were presented with images of healthy, low-calorie foods, they foundthat those in the diet group showed significantly more activity in their reward centers compared to the control group. Reward center activation also significantly decreased in the diet group when images of unhealthy, high-calorie foods were shown. According to the researchers, this suggests the participants experienced an increased reward and enjoyment of healthy food. “The weight loss program is specifically designed to change how people react to different foods, and our study shows those who participated in it had an increased desire for healthier foods along with a decreased preference for unhealthy foods, the combined effects of which are probably critical for sustainable weight control,” study author Sai Krupa Das said in a news release. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of this important switch.” I’m sure many have already noticed that this study is very small, therefore it is difficult to be confident about the results. Furthermore, baseline dietary restraint was different between the two groups of participants, which they acknowledge could have affected the outcome. However, larger studies in the future would address these issues and hopefully make the results more watertight. [Posted at IFLscience   Via Tufts University, Nutrition &...

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Video Interlude: Watch an Animated Argument for Drinking More Coffee

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Video Interlude: Watch an Animated Argument for Drinking More Coffee

By Erin DeJesus Who says you’re over-caffeinated? BuzzFeed presents this video argument for “Why You Should Drink More Coffee,” and it’s basically a rundown of caffeine and coffee’s supposed health benefits. The presentation, however, does deliver fun facts like “coffee is the source from which Americans consume the most of their antioxidants” (tea, bananas, and dry beans come in #2-4). Go, watch: Video: Why You Should Drink More Coffee · Why You Should Drink More Coffee [YouTube] · All Coffee Coverage on Eater [-E-] Source: Video Interlude: Watch an Animated Argument for Drinking More...

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COMING SOON!!!

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Meat America – Epic Meal Time

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EpicMealTime celebrates the 4th of July by putting together a revolutionary masterpiece. To mark the festivities, we use tomahawks to throw down a ton of game meat brought to us by our good friend Connor. Bison steaks, deer meat and a side order of rabbit carcass have never looked so real. More Epic Eats here: Epic Meal...

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