Make a 3-Minute, 3-Ingredient Caramel Sauce in Your Microwave

This easy recipe gives you caramel sauce anytime you want it. Use it to make our Gooey Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake, or drizzle over ice cream, pancakes, or into your morning mug of coffee.

Source: 3-Ingredient Microwave Caramel Sauce

Why would you start with unsalted butter, only to add salt?  Control.  Consistency.  There’s no guarantee the right amount of salt is in the salted butter.

Use Up Stale Bread by Making This Classic, Hearty Soup

Soup is often hailed as the antidote to cold weather. But when winter really kicks in, brothy soups won’t suffice. Something with staying power, a little more stick-to-your-ribs goodness, is the trick to surviving winter. That’s why thickened, creamier soups win.

But you don’t need to add heavy cream or make a roux to achieve soups like this. All you need is some bread. All you’ve got is old and stale bread? Even better.

Source: Bread Is the Secret to Thicker, Heartier Soups

Turn Girl Scouts Cookies into a Cheesecake

With apologies to Andy Williams, now is the most wonderful time of the year … for it is Girl Scout cookie season.

But after plowing through several sleeves of Thin Mints, fatigue can set in. So we wondered, when you’re starting to feel sick of Girl Scout cookies, is there a way to rekindle the love?

We turned to Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast at WNYC studios, for advice. His book, Eat More Better, tackles this pressing public interest matter. He suggests mixing it up — quite literally, by baking a cheesecake crafted from a mashup of cookies. His recipes for Girl Scout Unity Cheesecake and Peanut Butter Cookie Centaur are excerpted below.

Source: Thin Mint Mashup: Grind Those Girl Scout Cookies Into Cheesecake

Make Perfect Chocolate Truffles With Just Two Ingredients

These treats look fancy and luxurious, but they couldn’t be easier to make. Since the truffle base is made from just two ingredients, using good-quality chocolate is key. Explore any fun toppings you like, from the traditional cocoa powder, to powdered sugar or your favorite chopped nuts or candy, to any of the more exotic flavor combinations below. Offer them to your sweetheart, serve them to guests after dinner, or pack them up for gifts—but make sure to save some for yourself!

Source: Two-Ingredient Truffles

Chocolate truffles are a classic Valentine’s Day treat, but they can cost a pretty penny. Instead of shelling out hard-earned cash, make your own treats at home with just two ingredients: chocolate and cream (how much vitamin K in cream?).

Cream cheese truffles are neat, but the superior one is goat cheese truffles.

Turn Leftover Beer (or Any Beer) Into a Tasty Toffee Sauce

Recently, I made beer caramel sauce and beer toffee sauce. (I have an entire list of things I’ve been meaning to try with beer… I’m just trying to check them off!)

Source: How to Turn Leftover Beer into Toffee Sauce

This recipe is stone soup. The non-beer ingredients this recipe calls for are the magic, not the “leftover beer” 😉

Curious now how much vitamin K is in dairy cream?

The 20 Best Full-Fat Foods for Weight Loss

…now I can get fat 😀

It’s time to get fat.

Not around your waist, but on your plate: A new report from the Credit Suisse Research Institute found that more and more of us are choosing whole-fat foods over skim, lite, fat-free or other modern monikers of leanness. And while many health organizations like the American Heart Association still want us to cut down on fat—particularly saturated fat—this full-fat trend may be a healthy rebellion against those decades-old credos, according to recent studies.

Source: The 20 Best Full-Fat Foods for Weight Loss

The article fails to mention why fat is good in our diet: fat soluble vitamin uptake is greatly improved when consumed with fat.  So I don’t know why they listed protein as something that is improved by eating fat…

Be mindful of how much vitamin K there is in the suggested foods:

Easily Save Over-Whipped Cream Without a Time Machine

If you do over-whip your cream past that soft peak stage and into the stage where it’s starting to get stiff and clumpy, there’s an easy fix: more cream! You’ll want to switch to whipping by hand to do this fix: simply pour about an extra tablespoon of heavy cream into the bowl and whisk gently, adding more cream tablespoon by tablespoon until it’s reached your desired consistency. It will actually come back from the edge.

Source: How to Save Over-Whipped Cream

When life gives you over-whipped cream, make butter 😉

Save Corn Cobs and Turn Them into Delicious Corn Cream

Don’t throw those cobs away!

The corn was inedible. It tasted like corn, but the kernels refused to break down as you chewed. So we stripped the cobs and soaked them in cream to make a corn stock. The cobs looked like chicken bones or chicken necks floating in the pot. But they infused the liquid with a beautiful corn flavor: a perfect match for blackberries.

Source: Corn Cream

A nice soak in some heavy cream will give you a deliciously corn-infused cream that you can use as liquid, or whip up for a naturally savory-sweet whipped cream in coffee, dessert, or in a stew/chowder.

Sour Cream, Crema, Crème Fraîche: What’s the Difference?

The headline makes me think of Seinfeld: “What’s the…”  But I digress…

Sour cream, crema, and crème fraîche: these three dairy products are often used to add a cool lusciousness and body to foods like potatoes, salads, and nachos. But while all three products are made the same way—by adding friendly bacteria to heavy cream—they’re all technically different ingredients.

Source: Sour Cream, Crema, Crème Fraîche: What’s the Difference?

While we’re here, might as well address vitamin K content…

Sour cream contains:

  • 1.8 mcg of vitamin K per 100 grams – that’s 2% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • 4.1 mcg of vitamin K per 1 cup/240 grams – 5%

I couldn’t even find information on crema – every search engine thinks I misspelt “cream”.  Sigh…

Crème Fraîche, according to sources, has 0 mcg of vitamin K.

If you consume in consistent quantity and frequency, you’re fine because your blood thinner medication dose already has it taken into account.  But depending on the amount you consume and timing just before an INR test, there’s a chance you could have a conversation with your doctor about changing your dose and testing again in the near future.