Get Excited About Parchment Paper, One of the Most Useful Things In Your Kitchen

It’s the non-waxy wax paper 😉

For those of you who don’t know, parchment paper is a grease and water-resistant paper that has been treated with some sort of coating to give it its non-stick properties (usually silicone). Contrary to what you may have heard, parchment paper is not wax paper. Wax paper is coated with wax (duh) and, though it’s a good parchment substitute for tasks like letting chocolate-covered strawberries set or covering a work space for easy cleanup, it doesn’t do so well in the oven, as the wax can melt or even catch on fire (which is usually frowned upon).

Source: Get Excited About Parchment Paper, One of the Most Useful Things In Your Kitchen

FYI – en papillote does not mean you eat the parchment.  Not saying I witnessed someone do it …but I totally did.

Last time I looked, parchment paper cost more than wax paper.

Study: Sharing Dessert Reduces Guilt

Normally, people do not enjoy being forced to do something. People also do not enjoy the guilt that comes with doing something that is bad for them. Surprisingly, these two wrongs seem to make a right: when people are compelled to engage in vices, they feel better than when they freely choose the vice for themselves. According to a new paper in the Journal of Consumer Research, persuading a friend to share a dessert removes the burden of choice from them, reducing their feelings of guilt and making them less conflicted about the decision.

Source: Get ordered to eat a brownie, and you’ll feel good about it

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Recipe: Brownies – Black Bean

I got this after chatting with a someone at a potluck.  They said they would let people eat it before telling them that it was vegan, made largely from black [turtle] beans…

I had to add more water than the recipe called for – somewhere around a quarter to a third of a cup.  The result was a tad wet.  I also added almonds and walnuts on top. The nuts could’ve used to be pressed into the brownie mixture  a little because the baking process did nothing – they fall off easily.

But the result was something else.  I could taste the cocoa, but a pan later and I still can’t pickup on the beans.  Guess I’ll just have to test more…

Here’s the recipe.