The Coconut

I have started enjoying coconut a lot more recently. I had no idea it had so many uses! Details from NutriLiving:

Plant of Life: All About the Coconut

Drink the water hidden inside, eat the flesh of the fruit and use the hard shell to build utensils and furniture. Is there anything the mighty coconut can’t do?

Dr. Joseph Mercola breaks down for us the many uses of the coconut.

Mmm, our mouths are watering!

Drink a Strawberry?

I love strawberries! They have probably been my lifelong favorite berry. Did you know you can drink them? Shari’s Berries shows us

16 Ways to Drink a Strawberry

Sweet, juicy summer strawberries. Let us count the ways, we love to eat you. Fresh-picked from the patch. Between buttery shortcake and whipped cream. And sipped through a straw. Expand your strawberry repertoire with 16 refreshing recipes. Greet the sunrise with a smoothie. Toast the sunset with a sake cocktail. Just muddle, stir and celebrate.
16 Ways to Drink A Strawberry

Top photo courtesy of Matthew Kenwrick.

Wok Fried Peanut Butter

I love peanut butter (crunchy is my fav!). I don’t like a lot of preservatives and additives. Here is a pretty simple way to make your own customized peanut butter at home from Alton Brown:

Wok Fried Peanut Butter

Alton-Brown's-Wok-Fried-Peanut-Butter

This recipe is part of the AB/TV series on YouTube, watch the video here: http://bit.ly/AltonswokPB

Wok Fried (Chunky) Peanut Butter

Recipe Courtesy Alton Brown, 2014

Software:

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 pound peanuts, raw, shelled, skinned

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons honey, optional

Procedure

  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large pan over medium high heat until shimmering (time 5 minutes, 350 degrees F). Add the peanuts and stir-fry for one minute. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the peanuts are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the peanuts to a paper towel lined half sheet pan and immediately season with salt.
  3. Cool the peanuts completely (20 minutes), then transfer a third of the peanuts (one cup) to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped (20 pulses). Remove the chopped peanuts from the food processor and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining peanuts to the food processor and add the salt and honey. Process the peanuts for 5 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the processor as needed.
  5. Continue pureeing until the peanut butter is completely smooth. Add the chopped peanuts and pulse 3 to 4 times until well incorporated.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

 Yield: 16 ounces, approximately 2 cups

Serving Size: 16, 2 tablespoon servings

Active Prep Time: 10 minutes

Inactive Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Video is here

Cool Practical Tips

These are awesome (and mostly new to me) tips from my loyal DLT fan Robin – Thanks!
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The simplest way to slice a bunch of cherry tomatoes is to sandwich them between two plastic lids and run a long knife through all of them at once!
 

 

 
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This has to be the simplest way to open those annoying blister packs!
 
 
 
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Wrap rubber bands around the ends of a coat hanger to prevent dresses from slipping off.
 
 
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Yet another use for drinks can ringpulls! Use to create a hanging loop for picture frames by screwing into the back.

Map of the Worlds Food

This is cool.

A World Food Map

World Food Map
Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

A culinary map of the world showing the most popular dish/meal/food for each country. Data has been collected using Google’s search suggestions – the first result (coming up on top) was used for a particular country. Used search phrase was “How to make [Belgian] …” or “[Belgian] * recipe” (where suggestions were not appropriate). See more at: http://visual.ly/world-food-map#sthash.NEZKgg40.dpuf

Sabrage (Sabering) Champagne

Some dear friends of mine know how to do this! SO very cool! Take a look at this fun and informative video from Sploid on

How to open a bottle of champagne with a sword and science

How to open a bottle of champagne with a sword and science

People don’t keep a saber in the kitchen drawer, but opening a champagne bottle with a sword is so cool that it should be mandatory—at least—in every single restaurant. Here’s food star Alton Brown showing you how you do it and why this method works so well.