Warm Brownie Pudding Slow-Cooker Dessert

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This fudgy brownie pudding cake makes its own chocolate sauce as it bakes in the slow-cooker. For an over-the-top dessert, top with a scoop of ice cream, cherries, and whipped cream.

Directions
Using 1 tablespoon butter, generously butter a 4 -quart slow cooker.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ¾ cup sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk, oil, and vanilla; stir until blended. Spoon the batter into the buttered slow-cooker.
In another bowl, whisk together the remaining ½ cup sugar, remaining ¼ cup cocoa, brown sugar, and the boiling water. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved, and then pour gently over the batter in the slow-cooker. Do not stir.
Cover the slow-cooker and bake on high for 2 to 2½ hours or until the top is set. Unplug the slow-cooker and let stand for 30 minutes.
To serve, spoon the warm brownie pudding and sauce into individual dishes and top, if desired with whipped cream, a cherry, and ice cream.

INGREDIENTS
* 1  Tablespoon  unsalted butter
* 1  Cup  flour
* 3/4  Cups  plus one half cup sugar, divided
* 3  Tablespoons  plus one fourth cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 1/2  Teaspoon  baking powder
* Dash of salt
* 1/2  Cup  milk
* 2  Tablespoons  vegetable oil
* 1  Teaspoon  vanilla
* 1/2  Cup  packed brown sugar
* 1 1/2  Cup  boiling water
* Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
* Cherry, for garnish (optional)
* Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)

You’ve Been Eating Avocados Wrong

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Like most of us, you probably cut your avocado in half, remove the seed, and toss it in the trash, right? Wrong. According to One Green Planet, a site dedicated to all things plant-based, “The seed holds 70 percent of the avocado’s antioxidants, including the well-respected polyphenols associated with green tea.”

Enjoy every part of this nutritious fruit whose healthy fats have been proven to reduce bad cholesterol levels. Cure whatever digestive problems ail you by adding powdered avocado seed to your favorite morning smoothie, sprinkling some of the fibrous seed on top of your overnight oats, or mixing it into your favorite almond butter snack.

Instead of chucking the seed next time you go to add some creamy slices of avocado to your lunch, save the seed, and process the tough pit into a fine powder with your food processor that you can add to just about anything for a little more healthful fiber

Research Points To Mental Health Risks Associated With Meatless Diet

image Many Americans have turned to a vegetarian diet for many different reasons. Maybe you just think it will make you generally more healthy. Perhaps you want to trim a few pounds. Maybe you want to supplement your already healthy lifestyle.
However, will you be happier?
Some research suggests that the exact opposite is the truth and Women’s Health recently looked into some of the research and cautions people to be well aware of how going meatless can impact your mental health.
The article cites an Australian study from last year which found that vegetarians reported that they were less optimistic about their future more often than people who kept meat in their diets. That same study found that vegetarians were 18 percent more likely to report having depression and 28 percent more likely to experience panic attacks and anxiety.
The question that people considering a vegetarian diet have to consider is whether or not the gains outweigh the risks. Will the number drop on the scale be worth it in the long run if you feel more sluggish or anxious than usual?
While there might be some clear reasons to avoid meat, it has benefits as well that impact your mind and your mood.
B Vitamins, zinc, iron and tryptophan are all found in abundance in meat and are often time in low quantities, or missing altogether, in vegetarian diets.
Women’s Health suggests not quitting meat too suddenly. There is support for the notion that if you want to take on a meatless diet, you should do so in increments to allow for some meat eating while you gauge for yourself how your body is reacting to the new diet.

Are you’re loving it? McDonald’s launches new McChoco Potato dish offering Japanese diners fries with a double CHOCOLATE topping

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The fast food giant will start selling the ‘salty-sweet’ McChoco Potato dish (pictured) from next week, but fans eager to try it may be disappointed to discover it will only be served in Japanese branches

McDonald’s purists may be alarmed by the development, but the chain’s Japanese branches are known for creating unusual and quirky gastronomic combinations.

Previously, they offered Shaka Shaka Potato fries topped with cheese sauce or bacon, a shrimp burger and even a ‘cream stew pie’.

image McDonalds purists may be alarmed by the development, but the chain’s Japanese branches are known for creating quirky combinations
A McDonald’s spokesman said: ‘Customers will find McChoco Potatoes enjoyable for different occasions, as it also makes for a great dessert.
‘The combination creates a wonderful salty and sweet harmonious taste. This limited-time menu item is a creative way of enjoying McDonald’s delicious French fries.’
The world’s largest burger chain is known for amending its restaurant menus to reflect the tastes of the country it is based in.
Many branches across Asia serve soup, in Indonesia it serves a McRice dish and some German restaurants even serve beer.
Meanwhile in New Zealand, McDonald’s sells meat pies, and it has previously promise to open vegetarian-only diners across India.
The McChoco Potato is available at participating McDonald’s restaurants across Japan starting January 26.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman told CBS News there are no plans to introduce the treat in Britain or the US.

Caribbean Chicken Wings

image Recipe for your Super Bowl Party
Ingredients:

1 habanero, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons fennel seed
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons allspice
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 garlic cloves, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup orange juice
7 pounds chicken wings

Directions:

In a food processor, blend together all the ingredients but the chicken until smooth. Reserve 1 cup of marinade. Place chicken wings into a large resealable plastic bag and pour remaining marinade over them. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator 4 to 6 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 sheet trays with parchment. Remove chicken from bag and place on the baking sheets. Bake 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan bring reserved marinade to a boil. Reduce by 1/3 until it thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove chicken from oven. Brush chicken with the glaze. Raise the heat to 400 degrees F and cook chicken until cooked through, another 20 minutes.

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Creamy Tomato Soup with Low-Fat Grilled Cheese Croutons

image You thought you couldn’t possibly get your tomato soup fix without some grilled cheese? Think again! The part-skim cheese and non-stick spray assure a lower calorie count but still pack these croutons with the same expected flavor!

Directions

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute more or until fragrant.

Add water, tomato sauce, and tomato paste to saucepan; stir to combine. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until thickened slightly, stirring occasionally.

Remove soup from heat. Carefully blend mixture in saucepan with hand-held immersion blender until smooth. Stir in milk and keep warm aside.

Make grilled cheese croutons by spraying non-stick spray on one side of each bread slice, then place cheese slices on half the bread on the non-buttered side. Top with remaining bread slices, sprayed side out, then cook in a skillet over medium heat until both sides are very crisp and cheese is melted. Remove from heat and let rest for 2 minutes. Trim top crust and cut into cubes. Place one cubed sandwich into each bowl of warm creamy tomato soup. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and serve.
INGREDIENTS
* 1/4  Cup  canola oil
* 1 1/2  Cup  yellow onion, chopped
* 1/2  Cup  carrot, chopped
* 2  Tablespoons  garlic, finely chopped
* 4  Cups  water
* 1  carton (thirty-three and a half ounces) tomato sauce, such as Hunt’s® Tomato Sauce
* 2  cans (six ounces each) tomato paste, such as Hunt’s® Tomato Paste
* 1  can (twelve-ounce) low fat evaporated milk
* 2/3  Cups  Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
* 8  slices of whole grain bread
* 8  slices of part-skim Cheddar cheese slices

Start Reducing Your Belly Fat by Drinking This Before You Go to Bed!

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Trimming belly fat can prove a difficult task. Many slimming tricks and routines end unsuccessfully, leaving those who attempt them vastly disappointed. However, with a better idea of how the metabolism functions, anyone stands a better chance of making those extra inches disappear.

Metabolism is described by the Webster dictionary as “the chemical and physical processes continuously going on in living organisms.” Unfortunately, these continual processes take place at a much slower rate in some than in others. Metabolic rate is affected by age, gender, and muscle mass. The metabolism works fastest during periods of spontaneous growth, such as during infancy or adolescence. Additionally, because men generally have a naturally higher ratio of muscle to fat, their metabolisms are often faster than those of women. One simple way to speed up the metabolism and eliminate belly fat regardless of age or sex is to consume a drink crafted from the following revitalizing ingredients.
This beverage is created with a blend of one cucumber, parsley or cilantro, one lemon, a tablespoon of grated fresh ginger, a tablespoon of Aloe Vera juice, and half a glass of water. Cucumbers contain only forty-five calories each, along with a high water and fiber content. Parsley and cilantro are also low in calories, and high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to aid the body in counteracting the deterioration of stored food products. All of these components work together to retain water without causing bloating or feelings of discomfort within the stomach.

Pringles has released Chili Cheese Tortilla and Hot Diggity Dog Flavorchips that you can combine for a wacky flavor combination

image Flavored Pringles: they’re way beyond sour cream and onion now.
We’ve already reported on the unusual new hot dog Pringles, described as the Hot Diggity Dog Flavor, but there’s more where those came from. Pringles has announced two other new flavors: Lightly Salted Cheese and Chili Cheese Tortilla. The Lightly Salted Cheese flavor is a low-sodium option for snackers who are looking to make better choices. The Chili Cheese Tortilla ones are reminiscent of Doritos. Pringles wants the world to try out a mind-blowing “recipe” for chili cheese dogs, achieved simply by combining Hot Diggity Dogs with Chili Cheese Tortillas.”Pringles has always been about bold, fun flavors,” says Mark Miller, Pringles marketing director. “Hot Diggity Dog is just our latest fun flavor offering. Fun fact — if you stack them with a Pringles Chili Cheese Tortilla you get a chili cheese dog!”
We tried out the Hot Diggity Dog Pringles and found that they mostly tasted like ketchup-flavored chips; they were bizarre, but not necessarily terrible. Combined with the Chili Cheese Tortilla variety, we’re sad to report that the chili cheese dog recipe missed the mark, and tasted more like tangy, ketchup-y Doritos with an aftertaste of cheddar cheese. We’ll probably stick with Sour Cream and Onion from now on.

Why Are So Many Crimes Committed at Waffle Houses?

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Being open around the clock may have something to do with it.
Every week, it seems like we hear reports of a crime being committed at a Waffle House. And it’s true: A quick scan of Google News reveals a Lawrence, Indiana, Waffle House robbed four times in three months; a fatal shooting at a Waffle House in New Albany, Indiana; shots fired at a Waffle House near Charlotte; a Waffle House robbery in Camden, Delaware; a woman shot at a Waffle House in Oklahoma City; a woman who grabbed money from the register at a Hermitage, Tennesse, Waffle House; a beating at a Waffle House in North Little Rock, Arkansas; and the murder of a waitress at a Waffle House in Biloxi, Mississippi; all in news reports from the past month! So what gives? Why does Waffle House appear to be a hotbed of criminal activity? There are a few factors at play here. One, there are many Waffle House locations in cities and neighborhoods that historically have high crime rates. Two, Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, and if anyone’s ever been to an all-night diner at 3 a.m., you probably know that some unsavory characters can come out at night. Three, in many places, Waffle House is the only restaurant open around the clock, so it’s bound to attract some misfits. It’s also inexpensive and open to all day and night.image But it’s also important to keep in mind that this is a problem that faces the entire 24-hour diner industry, not just Waffle Houses. “It’s not that more of these stories happen at Waffle Houses,” Kelly Thrasher, a spokesperson for the chain, told Minyanville in 2011. “It’s just getting more attention when it happens at a Waffle House.”

Margarita Forés is Asia’s Best Female Chef 2016

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Margarita Forés has been named as the Asia’s Best Female Chef ahead of the announcement of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list on February 29th 2016.
Forés, who was originally inspired to cook by a trip to Italy back in 1987, was awarded the prize for her work in Manila where she operate a number of Italian inspired restaurants and catering company.
The chef has also recently opened a culinary institute in the Philippines where she teaches young chefs about the traditional cooking techniques of Italian cooking. She has also helped co-author a book called Kulinarya – a collection of regional dishes from the Philippines.
Speaking about the award, William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “Margarita Forés is a worthy recipient of the Asia’s Best Female Chef Award. A true leader in her country’s restaurant sector, her dedication, culinary skills and pioneering efforts have elevated the dining scene in the Philippines and set a new benchmark for other chefs and restaurateurs to follow.”

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