This app is handy for both first-time grillers and veterans. It can calculate your cook time based on the cut of meat, size, thickness, and how done you want it, it also includes a timer to tell you when to flip and when to take your steaks off the grill. The app has instructions for preparing over 100 different foods, recommended internal temperature guides and resting times. It allows for multiple simultaneous timers, so if everyone is having steaks but there's one person who insists on having a chicken breast...you can time them all. AND---it syncs with your apple watch, so you don't need to keep checking your phone.
The app is only available on iTunes and it isn't free: $2.
Makes 4 1/2 cups
4 fl. oz. heavy cream
28 fl. oz. whole milk
5 1/2 wt. oz. granulated sugar
3 fl. oz. egg yolks
2 vanilla beans, pulverized
1/8 tsp. salt
4 wt. oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
1 Tbsp. espresso
Heat cream, milk, sugar and vanilla beans in a heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling.
Place egg yolks and salt in a separate bowl and whisk briefly. Still whisking, slowly add hot cream mixture into egg yolks using the liaison method. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens slightly. Add chocolate and espresso. Don’t let it boil. Strain the mixture, and place in the refrigerator to cool. Fill the machine and freeze. Swirl in brownie batter before serving if serving soft serve. Or fold in brownie batter and place mixture in freezer to harden overnight.
Brownie Batter for Ice Cream
1/4 cup prunes (about 8 prunes)
3/4 cup water
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped (OPTIONAL)
In a small saucepan, combine prunes and water and simmer for 5 minutes, or until prunes are soft; allow to cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt, and stir until combined.
In a blender, puree prunes and simmering liquid with the oil, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla until thoroughly incorporated. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and mix until just combined. If the batter is still dry, add water 1 Tbsp. at a time, just until the batter comes together; too much water may make the batter harden more in the freezer. Mix in the walnuts.
Recipe for brownie batter from persnicketypalate.com
This is a new app that filters your pictures to look like they were painted by the likes of Picasso, Van Gogh, Salvadore Dali, and other artists and styles. Snap a pic, choose the famous work of art you wish to emulate and voila! Your photograph is transformed...suitable for posting, sharing, or framing.
The app is free in the AppStore.
2 lbs fresh or frozen peaches, sliced
½ cup blackberries
2 Tbsp Amaretto
½ cup sugar, granulated
2 Tbsp corn starch
1 tsp vanilla Sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chopped and chilled
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together filling ingredients.
In a separate large bowl, combine flour, oats, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla sugar until it resembles coarse bread crumbs.
Place fruit mixture in a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle crumble mixture over the fruit.
Bake in oven for approximately 20-35 minutes, until topping is a rich golden brown.
This is the official ODOT traffic app! It uses the state department of transportation's network of cameras, sensors and live operators to provide accurate, up to the minute information for your commute. The latest on accidents, construction, delays and closures, previously available only on ohgo.com is now at your fingertips on your mobile device! Customize the app with your commute route, set-up push notifications when there is trouble on your way to or from work, or highlight an area where you'll be traveling.
Tomato, Cucumber, and Corn Salad
2 Ears of corn, cooked
2 garden gomatoes
1 large cucumber
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
Peel cucumber. Chop vegetables into a small mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and adjust to taste
Pulled Pork Sliders
8 Kaiser buns
2-3lbs Bone-in Pork Shoulder
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup onion, minced
2 qts water
Place all ingredients into a large sauce pot with lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow mixture to cook 3-4 hours until pork reaches internal temperature of 140°F. Remove pork from sauce, but do not discard sauce.
Use fork to shred meat off shoulder and place back into sauce pot with sauce. Heat and adjust seasoning to taste.
When you need a little time to relax, ease stress, and unwind, use this breathing exercise app. Breathe+ instructs you on how long to inhale, hold and exhale, using the screen as a visual cue. Customize your session for anywhere from 1 to 60 minutes...you can even change settings mid-session. This is a great app for meditation or breath training, too.
Free for iOS.
aka Beef Massaman Curry
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon peanut oil
1 cup pearl onions
3 garlic cloves chopped
1 1/2 lbs. beef tenderloin, cut into 1 inch chunks
3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 Tbsp. Massaman curry paste
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups beef stock
2 Tbsp. soy sauce or Thai Fish sauce
2 tsp. brown sugar (optional)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup green peas
Salt and pepper to taste
6 cups jasmine rice, cooked
3/4 cup peanuts, ground
Heat oils in a large sauté pan. Add onions, potatoes and beef and sauté until beef is cooked. Add garlic and curry paste and cook until garlic is light brown.
Add stock, coconut milk, sugar, cinnamon, peas, and soy sauce and simmer to blend flavors until potatoes are tender. Adjust flavors to taste. Serve over rice garnished with peanuts.
If you don't have it yet...here's the perfect addition to your Cavs Championship celebration! The Cavs have their own emoji keyboard. Just like adding smiley faces and poops to your texts, now you can add a cartoon of LeBron or Deli. A huge library of faces, logos and gifs to spice up your texts and posts.
Ever wish you could keep track of multiple facebook accounts on your phone without having to log-out and log back in? Maybe you have a personal profile and a work profile, maybe you're in charge of the company's account this week, maybe you have a super hero alter ego. Other multiple account monitoring apps don't give you the full app, just the ability to post.
You need Parallel Space. It allows you to run two instances of the same app, with different log-ins simultaneously. And it isn't just for Facebook, ANY app on your phone that requires a log-in can be accessed in Parallel Space. Twitter, Instagram, email, bank apps, even gaming apps, can all live in Parallel Space.
Open the app, select the app you wish to use with multiple accounts, enter the log-in info and BOOM! You have a second app! Even make a shortcut to your home screen for faster access. And you won't get the two confused because the shortcut from Parallel Space has a rainbow border around it.
The app is free on GooglePlay for your Android device.
This is a game for iPhone and iPad users. Sort of like Flappy Bird where you tap the screen to make your bird flap his wings...in this situation, you tap the screen every time you want the character to take a step.
Nobody wants to break their mother's back...so the object of the game is to avoid stepping on cracks (and other obstacles). It is way harder than you think.
Added bonus: the main character looks like he should be in a Dire Straits video.
Free on iTunes give it a try!
1 lb. small red new potatoes, scrubbed and halved
6 large eggs
1/2 lb. green beans, stems trimmed
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup black or Kalamata olives
Salt and pepper to taste
(You can add tuna fish either canned or fresh that has been seared if desired)
Separately boil green beans and potatoes until fully cooked. Set aside to cool.
Boil eggs until hard boiled.
Chop green beans into bite size pieces. Slice potatoes into medallions. Peel eggs and slice into quarters.
Arrange all salad items neatly on a salad platter. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. honey
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Ground pepper In a food processor blend together vinegar, mustard, honey and pepper.
Slowly add oil to create an emulsion. Toss with salad.
Makes 2 dozen
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, diced
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup whole milk
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
Vegetable oil for frying
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. apple juice
1 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
In a medium mixing bowl combine apples, sugar and cinnamon. Set aside for 15 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, melted butter, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and vanilla. Add apple mixture and mix.
Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix dry ingredients into batter.
Heat the oil in a large skillet to 365-370° F.
Using an ice cream scoop, carefully scoop one to two scoops of the mixture into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides. Remove from oil and drain on a cooling rack over a paper toweled lined baking sheet.
In a different mixing bowl, whisk together glaze ingredients and dip fritters into glaze. Return fritters to rack for a couple minutes to allow glaze to set up.
I have mentioned both of these products here before, but not together. Last summer, I purchased the Karma Go portable 4G wifi hotspot to take camping. The hotspot is pay-as-you-go, so there's no plan and no contract. Simply load it with data (about $14 per gig) and use as little or as much as you need. The data never expires.
The Karma Go requires web site authentication to use it, so you must have a web browser, you can't just enter a wifi password. Recently, Roku launched an update for their streaming stick to allow it to talk to wifi hotspots that require this sort of access (click here to read that post).
Last weekend, I moved to a new house and I don't have cable yet. This was a problem for Game 6. My family wanted to watch the Cavs, but we didn't want to go to a bar to do it.
We were able to live stream ESPN through the Karma Go, to the Roku stick and onto our TV...in full, high definition.
The Karma Go costs $119 at YourKarma.com (data not included...get 10Gigs for $100).
*streaming the game at up roughly 1GB of data.
Roku Stick costs $50 in stores or at Roku.com