A Different Banana Split

I was never a big fan of banana splits, probably because they were all about quantity and not about quality. The bananas were never ripe enough, the ice cream was always cheap stuff, and I’m not crazy about bananas drizzled with the traditional chocolate sauce.

The first thing I did here was make a crazy rich and flavorful ice cream. With something this rich, a little goes a long way. And the bananas were fully ripe and sliced into rounds instead of lengthwise. Much easier to eat that way.

I made the ice cream in a half-pint ice cream maker. Because of alcohol in the ice cream, it didn’t set up very hard in the ice cream maker. It needed time in the freezer to harden a bit, but it still stayed nice and soft.

This ice cream might be a little strong to eat on its own because of the whiskey, but it worked well with the bananas – and no sauce needed. And because it packs such a punch of flavor, a little bit of ice cream was all I needed to go with one whole banana.

While I’m not fond of regular chocolate sauce with bananas, the white chocolate garnish was just right.

Banana Split with Irish Cream Ice Cream

For the ice cream:
1 1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup Irish whiskey
1/4 cup sugar

Pinch of salt
For the banana split:
Bananas, as needed

White chocolate, for garnish

To make the ice cream:
Combine all the ingredients and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Freeze it in your ice cream maker, then transfer to a storage container and freeze until needed. It will be too soft right after churning, but will become solid enough to scoop nicely after freezing
To make the banana split:
Slice the bananas, and arrange them in a bowl with a scoop of the ice cream in the center.

For the garnish, shave white chocolate with a vegetable peeler.

from Cookistry http://www.cookistry.com/2012/08/a-different-banana-split.html?utm_source=fee…

17 Simple Canned Foods That Go the Distance

Canned goods

While I???m all about fresh, whole foods making up a large portion of my grocery budget, but the truth is that having canned foods on hand is a huge help when our family???s schedule gets out of control. When it does, there are certain canned foods I like to rely on in order to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible. Here are 17 of our most commonly used ones. (See also: How to Organize Your Pantry and Save Cash)

1. Manwich Sauce

It can be used for tangy ground beef casserole with a cornbread topping or to whip up fast and easy sloppy Joes with brown lentils. Either way, it???s a great pantry staple that many of us in this country remember growing up with.

2. Baked Beans

As far as meat substitutions go, baked beans are one of the simplest and most affordable. Sure, it???s great to bake your own from dry pantry staples, but when there isn???t time, grabbing a large can off the shelf to heat up along with a green salad and a baked russet can make your life notably easier.

3. Corn

If you need a quick soup ingredient or want to jazz up your jalapeno cornbread, using canned corn is an easy answer. It also makes for a no-fuss dinner side and hearty salsa ingredient.

4. Black Beans

To create a stick-to-your-ribs mango salsa or hearty lunch burrito bowl, try using canned black beans from the pantry. A quick strain and rinse will have you dining in style without a long wait.

5. Pumpkin

Great in flavored lattes, dinner casseroles, soups, and pies, canned pumpkin is a great food to keep in your pantry all year long. And during the holidays, be sure to indulge in your favorite recipes for sweetbreads, scones, and whoopie pies.

6. Salmon

Rather than stress over power outages with your freezer, try using canned salmon for things like sandwich fillings, dinner patties, party dips, and more. It will store for a long time, is available affordably, and provides flexibility during chaotic work weeks.

7. Coconut Milk

When you???re looking for a fast alternative to takeout curry or need a dairy-free ingredient to make your soups creamy, consider coconut milk. It???s one of my favorite plant-based diet tricks for new vegans, and it has a great flavor.

8. Chili

Great on its own, in chili dogs, or to use as a topping for potatoes, chili is one of the more flexible canned foods you can choose. Purchasing the meatless variety is one of my favorite ways to eat vegan on the cheap, because it lets me enjoy the flavors I always used to before I reduced my meat intake.

9. Tomato Products

Keeping a supply of tomato paste, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes is something I???ve done for most of my adult life. It???s great for making homemade pizza sauce, jazzing up pot roast, and rounding out vegetable soup recipes.

10. Pie Filling

When you need a fast holiday pie, dump cake, or turnover filling, canned pie filling is a fantastic resource to have on hand. Available in flavors such as blueberry, apple, and cherry, it???s an open-and-dump solution for cooks on a tight schedule.

11. Clams

Purchasing seafood at the last minute can be problematic. That???s why having a few recipes for canned clams in your cooking repertoire is a good idea, especially when last-minute company comes by. Red clam pasta sauce, hot dips, and even clam fritters can be prepared with this canned food item.

12. Ham

If you???re a meat eater and you enjoy having more to your hurricane preparedness meal plan than cheese, crackers, and bottled iced tea, then you may want to consider adding some canned ham to your supply of pantry foods. It can be used to make breakfast fried rice, sandwiches, and even cold salads in summer.

13. Gravy

Sure, homemade is what many prefer, but if you end up hosting Thanksgiving at the last minute or need to pull off Sunday dinner with limited time, a can of mushroom gravy will take you a long way. It???s also great when you want to do something with leftover steak tips and broccoli.

14. Pickles

Preserved goods can also come in glass, and pickles are a great penny-pinching example of that. They are great for jazzing up sandwiches or enjoying on the side with a dinner of burgers or salmon patties.

15. Peaches

I???ve used canned peaches in fruit salads, in cobblers, and even for salad add-ins. They’re cheap and shelf stable, and they also work well in breakfast smoothies.

16. Salsa

An affordable addition to any organic vegan grocery list, salsa is a very flexible condiment. Use it for dunking quesadillas, snacking on tortilla chips, or blended for an easy, fat free homemade salad dressing.

17. Kidney Beans

Purchasing the generic brand of these when shopping at Whole Foods makes buying organic groceries affordable for me. They are one of my most frequently purchased canned foods, and I use them for everything from red beans and rice to dinner salads and gourmet hummus.

It isn???t necessary to use canned foods for every single meal, but it is nice to know how to use them to make dinner happen quickly when you need to. These are some of my favorite resources for doing so. What are yours?


from Wise Bread http://www.wisebread.com/17-simple-canned-foods-that-go-the-distance?utm_sour…

Carl’s Jr. Unveils ‘Meat-On-Meat’ Pulled Pork Burger

Behold, the latest creation from Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s: the Memphis BBQ Burger, a pulled pork cheeseburger.

carls jr pulled pork burger

The burger will feature a charbroiled patty topped with cheese, Sweet Baby Ray???s BBQ sauce and crispy onion strings. Burger Business writes that the dish will clock in at an astounding 1,000 calories.

A press release calls the creation a “meat-on-meat” burger and makes light of a 2006 comment by Jay Leno that the fast food company was just using “meat as a condiment for other meat.” We’re not sure Leno meant it as a compliment, but Carl’s Jr. certainly seems to be taking it that way.

Since then, the fast food chains have been pushing the envelope with meat creations like the Pastrami Burger, Philly Cheesesteak Burger, the Prime Rib Burger and the French Dip Thickburger.

Of course, the company that once shot a commercial featuring a barely-clad Paris Hilton chowing down on a burger isn’t going to skimp on advertising for new Memphis-inspired offering.

A new ad spot titled ???BBQ???s Best Pair” will feature models Sara Underwood and Emily Ratajkowski hasn’t dropped yet, but we’re guessing it’s going to be racy based on the below still. Previous ads for the company have highlighted Kim Kardashian, Padma Lakshmi and Kate Upton.

carls jr pulled pork burger

Promo images for the burger look tantalizing, but OC Register reporter Nancy Luna snapped some rather unappetizing shots back in June at the Carl’s Jr. flagship in Anahaim, Calif. during what seems to have been the burger’s testing period. Luna noted that various types of baked potatoes were also being sold at some California locations, but those don’t appear in current Carl’s Jr. offerings.

Carl’s Jr. isn’t the only outfit that’s exploring BBQ. Burger King introduced its own Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich in June, and Sonic Drive-In will soon introduce a line of FlatMelt flatbread sandwiches with hickory BBQ sauce. McDonald’s cult hit, the McRib, also showcases BBQ flavors.

from Latest News http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/carls-jr-hardees-bbq-pulled-pork-bur…

Next Mars Mission Selected For Funding

First time accepted submitter Dr Bip writes “Flush with the good news coming from Mars, NASA has announced that JPL has won funding for the next mission to Mars. It seems that the lander will be carrying a self-driving mole developed by the German space agency (DLR). Commiserations to the two other projects that were also in the selection finale (TiME and CHopper). Note the DLR mole’s last attempt to get to Mars was with the Beagle 2 lander, fingers crossed for this second attempt.”

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How to Get Automated Alerts When Your Favorite Artists Release New Work [Media]

How to Get Automated Alerts When Your Favorite Artists Release New WorkSick of missing out on your favorite author, director, or musician’s new work? Just because you like entertainment doesn’t mean you can keep track of every single release. Thankfully, it’s easy to automate so you don’t miss a thing.

Most artists aren’t prolific enough to release content quickly enough that they stay on your radar year round. Even if you think of yourself as a media-hound???always digging through reviews, news, and blogs???it’s easy to lose track of a new release now and again. Personally, I often find myself in conversations where people are like, “You didn’t realize ‘so-and-so’ had a new book? It’s been out for months!” So, I decided to give up on my own discovery skills and get notifications for a few of my favorites.

Get Release Dates for Your Favorite Authors

How to Get Automated Alerts When Your Favorite Artists Release New WorkAuthors are particularly tough to keep track of, because oftentimes they’ll go upwards of a decade without releasing a new novel. Alternately, they’re so prolific it’s hard to keep track of everything they’re doing.

It’s really easy to keep track of authors in a few different ways. One is with Google Alerts. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Head over to Google Alerts and type this into the search box: inauthor: “author name” (alternately, you can do intitle: “subject” if you want alerts for say, books about the civil war)
  2. Select “Books” from the Result type drop down menu
  3. Select the interval for how often you want Google to check for your search under How Often
  4. Select “Only the best results” under How many
  5. Select the email you want the alert to deliver to, and you’re done.

If DIY isn’t your thing, a number of webapps exist that will send you an email when an author releases a new book. We like Track New Book because it’s simple to set up, and doesn’t send you any junk you don’t want.

Get Updates When Your Favorite Musician Releases a New Album or Tours

How to Get Automated Alerts When Your Favorite Artists Release New WorkMusicians and bands are constantly releasing new albums, remixes, and singles year-round. If you have a few standby favorites you want to keep updated on without digging into music blogs or magazines, it’s easy to do.

For notifications via email or Google Reader we like Album Reminder. All you have to do is enter in the artists you want to get updates about, and Album Reminders will notify you when an album is released. The handy thing about Album Reminders is the fact you can also create an RSS feed for notifications so your email inbox isn’t cluttered. The result is a feed that displays the album, release date, and artwork if it’s available. No extraneous info, just a simple update.

For live shows, Songkick is a service that will alert you when tickets go on sale in your town for bands you care about. Songkick also integrates with Spotify and automatically scans your library and displays shows you might be interested in.

Get Releases for Your Favorite Directors, Actors, and TV Shows

How to Get Automated Alerts When Your Favorite Artists Release New WorkIf you’re a cable cutter or you don’t go to the movie theater often, it’s hard to keep track of when your favorite actor or director releases a movie. To track these, we’re going to set up an <a href=”http://www.ifttt.com”If This Then That recipe using RSS feeds from Movieweb.

We’ve shown you how to use IFTTT before, and it’s pretty simple to set up an alert for your favorite director or actor. In this case, we’ll use the Release Date RSS feeds from Movieweb (either theater, DVD, or TV, whichever you prefer). Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Create a new recipe in IFTTT, and select the RSS button.
  2. Click the “New feed item matches” box.
  3. Enter the actor or director you want to follow in the “keyword or phrase box,” and paste the feed URL from Movieweb.
  4. Select where you want to get notified (email, SMS, etc).
  5. Create and save recipe.

When you’re done, you final result will look something like this this recipe that adds any Nicolas Cage movies into your Google Reader. Simple as that.

If you’re an iPhone user, we like Flickd for a simple tracking method that keeps an eye on actors, directors, and movies (note: some reviewers have had problems with the app crashing and while we didn’t have any troubles, you might want to check out the lite version first). Flickd tracks the release date in theaters, and also on DVD and Netflix Instant.

How to Keep Track of All This Info

How to Get Automated Alerts When Your Favorite Artists Release New WorkAnnouncements are handy, but then what are you supposed to do? If you plan on buying something for sure, it’s easy enough to preorder pretty much anything on Amazon by searching for it and clicking preorder. If preorders aren’t an option, you can use Amazon’s 1st to Know Notification Service to get an email when you can buy a book, album, or movie.

If you’re not sure you really want to buy it straight off the bat on release day, you can also integrate those releases into your calendar. Personally, I keep a separate calendar filter dedicated just to different media junk (movie releases, books, etc), so I remember to check back in and look at reviews.

from Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/5936151/how-to-get-automated-alerts-when-your-fav

Boost Your Google Searching Skills with Google’s Free Power Searching Course [Google Search]

Boost Your Google Searching Skills with Google's Free Power Searching CourseBrushing up your search skills can save a ton of time and frustration. Perhaps there’s no better source for increasing your Google-fu than Google itself. This free online course on power searching is available now, and you can take the classes whenever you like.

We mentioned the power searching course when it opened up in July, but if you missed the signup period or didn’t get a chance to take the classes when they rolled out in the two-week window, no worries. All of the six classes are available now for viewing at your leisure.

The free classes include advanced techniques (e.g., using operators), finding facts faster (e.g., search shortcuts), and more. They include activities and challenges for you to try as well. Lessons within each (approximately 50-minute) class are only a few minutes long, so you can boost your Google-fu in bite-sized segments.

Power Searching with Google | Google via Gizmo’s Freeware

from Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/5935679/boost-your-google-searching-skills-with-googles…