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.

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 Your Own Fine, Seasoned Popcorn Salt at Home

If you’re feeling culinarily adventurous, try stirring in 1-2 tablespoons of Furikake (see note below) before adding the butter.

Why does popcorn taste so darn good? Well, for a start: pyrazines, phenols, pyrroles, carbanols and furans.

Source: Darn Near Perfect Popcorn

  • That also works for pickling salt (same product), or, if you have pickling salt use that for popcorn.
  • Do not use curing salt (it is pink) as that is not supposed to be eaten directly.
  • There’s a product called True Lime (crystalized lime powder) that, when mixed with pickling salt, makes a mind-blowing popcorn experience.

Make This Tangy Citrus Dessert With a Simple Ratio

Citrus fruits, like all the orange varieties, grapefruits, lemons, and limes, truly are winter’s shining stars. With varying degrees of sweetness, tart, tang, and bitterness, these bright fruits have a knack for brightening winter’s coldest days.

Of course, you can eat them out of hand, or turn them into cocktails, vinaigrettes, and baked goods, but one of the very best ways to put that citrus to work right now is by making a sweet and tangy curd.

Source: Your Template for Sweet and Tangy Citrus Curd, 5 Ways

Curd will last five days in the fridge, but three months in the freezer.

Turn Cookies Into an Awesome Pie Crust in Under a Minute

Sure, smash the cookies if you want.  I’ll just use my food processor (while sticking to my recipe), thanks! 😉

You should only buy salted butter, except for baking. Unsalted butter is extremely perishable, and not flavorful at all. If you rely on salting everything you use butter on or in, you are very likely to oversalt. Unsalted butter is used in baking because salt can affect the way doughs and batters behave, so you need precise control, and you follow recipes in baking for this reason, which also means you aren’t in danger of oversalting. There are also differences in moisture retention between salted and unsalted butters. Salted butter is the standard, if you ever read any recipe or description of a dish that includes butter, they mean salted butter unless it specifies unsalted.

Eat Like an Astronaut with NASA’s Recipe for Cornbread Dressing

Preparing a Thanksgiving feast in space is a lot easier than here on Earth, but the end after dehydration, irradiation, and rehydration aren’t exactly the height of appetizing. Still, the environment more than makes up for it, and apparently the cornbread dressing is (relatively) fantastic.

Source: Eat Like an Astronaut with NASA’s Recipe for Cornbread Dressing

The recipe is not vegetarian.  There’s no room for dietary restrictions when your food is determined by weight with respect to payload & getting it into space/upper atmosphere.