9 condiments that are good for you

Boost your health with a squeeze of this and a dash of that. Eating just one meal that contains capsaicin — the compound that gives hot sauce and chile peppers their heat — not only reduces levels of hunger-causing ghrelin but also raises GLP-1, an appetite-suppressing hormone, says new research in the European Journal of Nutrition. Other scientists found that people who drank capsaicin-spiced tomato juice before each meal over 2 days ingested 16 percent fewer calories than those who drank it plain.

Serving tip: Splash on tacos, brown rice, or low-fat tomato or lentil soup. Hot sauce also pairs well with citrus, adds Meyer. Top half a grapefruit with a few shakes, plus a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Read the full article via nbcnews.com here.

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Healthy. Spicy. Turkey – Bacon – Egg breakfast on the go.

Cook Mothers Day breakfast like a boss with these delicious ideas. Thanks mom, you rock!

Cheesy-Baked-Egg-ToastCheesy baked egg toast. RECIPE

Biscuits-and-Gravy-Casserole-0350Biscuits and gravy. RECIPE

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Sunrise baked potatoes, eggs and bacon. RECIPE

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Churro french toast. RECIPE

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Bell pepper eggs in a hole. RECIPE

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Maple bacon pancake bites. RECIPE

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Stuffed french toast. RECIPE

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Bacon, spaghetti squash and parmesan fritters. RECIPE

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Epic breakfast cupcakes. RECIPE

Click here for more breakfast ideas. Happy eating. 

Deviled Egg recipes gone wild

When deviled eggs make a presence at a party, you bet they will be eaten! These recipes below are not your regular ol’ egg on egg. Rolled, dipped, stirred, spread with spice and delicious mouth watering additions like bacon and avocado –  you may have to make more than a dozen! Enjoy…

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Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs. Recipe at iamfoodblog.com

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Delicious Loaded Deviled Eggs. Recipe at talesofarantingginger.com

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Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs. Recipe at babble.com

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Devilish Avocado Sriracha Devils Eggs. Recipe at cookincanuck.com

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Avocado Deviled Eggs. Recipe at cakescottage.com

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Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs. Recipe at closetcooking.com

Click here for even more deviled egg recipes

5 Bloody Marys That Went Too Far

1. This Bloody Mary is all about the appetizer sampler.

This Bloody Mary is all about the appetizer sampler.

Served at The Nook in Atlanta, GA.. Photo by i.imgur.com

2. This Bloody Mary is so intensely garnished, you need a beer to wash her down.

This Bloody Mary is so intensely garnished, you need a beer to wash her down.

Served at Sobelman’s in Milwaukee, WI. Photo by cheezburger.com

3. This Bloody Mary has seriously expensive taste.

This Bloody Mary has seriously expensive taste.

King crab claws? Upward of $35 per pound. Recipe: The Ultimate Bloody Mary. Photo by Todd Wagner / honestlyyum.com

4. This Bloody Mary has a meat straw.

This Bloody Mary has a meat straw.

Face it, tomato juice is better when it tastes faintly of Slim Jim. Get Benny’s Beef Straws here. Photo by bennysbloodymarybeefstraw.com

4.This Bloody Mary will never be too good for string cheese.

This Bloody Mary will never be too good for string cheese.

Frankly, neither will I. Served at Revere’s in Delafield, WI. Photo by jchapiewsky / Flickr: 24311566@N07

Original post via Buzzfeed. 

The top 5 insane burgers of 2014 (so far)

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Sara Norris

1. Slater’s 50/50 Bracket Burgers
We blindly support anything Slater’s 50/50 does, but perhaps their most stunning achievement came this past May, when they ran a bracket of their greatest burger hits. It included this hot mess (in a good way!), the Supreme Nacho Burger.

 

The Vulgar Chef

The Vulgar Chef

2. Rice Krispies Treats bun burger

Packing enough calories to put Snap, Crackle, and Pop into food comas, here is the sweet treat burger in all its glory. Topped with peanut butter and bacon, this will be a taste you may never forget. You’re welcome.

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The Habit

3.  The Habit Burger

Creating habits since 1969, The Habit serves all kinds of burgers from The Santa Barbara Style to the Teriyaki Charburger. Make sure you get a side of the tempura fried green beans.

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ALBERT LAW

4. Lark Creek Steak – San Francisco
Our last two burgers are right here in the heart of San Fran. The steakburgers are all aged beef, ground in-house, and often include scraps chopped away while butchering more expensive cuts of meat, like rib eyes and Wagyu filets. The cowboy-style burger tacks on bacon and crispy onion.

 

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ALBERT LAW

5. Spork
While the Valencia St. restaurant has finally added a “normal” burger, we prefer the innovative inside-out burger: Two 4 oz. Marin Sun Farms patties on the outside encase the house-baked bun. It also comes with all the trimmings, as you can see, and the smashed new-potato fries are not to be missed. How do you eat it? With a knife and spork. Obviously.

Do you have a favorite burger? Tell us about it. Published by Hotlicks 2014

SPICE + CHOCOLATE + ICE CREAM = Summer!

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This recipe produces cookies and pecans that have a noticeable, but not overwhelming, heat. If you’re comfortable with medium-heat salsas, these will probably be perfect for you. If you like less spice, feel free to decrease the cayenne by half, and if you like more, increase it by a bit to really feel the burn! I like making these sandwiches with cinnamon ice cream, but coffee or chocolate ice cream would also be delicious.
Author: Elizabeth LaBau
Ingredients
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, cubed
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 7½ oz (1 cup) packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4¼ oz (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  • 1 oz (1/3 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips (can substitute finely chopped chocolate)
For the Spicy Candied Pecans:
  • 2 cups pecan pieces or halves
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 quart ice cream, flavor of choice
Instructions
To Make the Spicy Chocolate Cookies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, and cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the butter and semi-sweet chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after every 30 seconds, just until the butter and chocolate melt. Stir until smooth, then set aside for a few minutes to allow the chocolate/butter to cool to lukewarm.
  2. Add the brown sugar and whisk it in. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition. After the last egg is added, keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth and shiny, like chocolate pudding. This might take 1-2 minutes of steady whisking. Add the vanilla and whisk it in.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir them together with a spatula. Finally, add the mini chocolate chips and stir them in.
  4. Scoop large spoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet. You should get about 24 cookies from this batch. Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes at 350 F, until the outside is puffed and shiny, but the center is still soft. Cool the cookies completely before assembling the ice cream sandwiches.
To Make the Spicy Candied Pecans:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the pecans on the baking sheet and toast them in the oven until dark and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Stir every 3 or 4 minutes.
  2. While the pecans are toasting, prepare the coating mixture. Microwave the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl until melted. Stir in the brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne.
  3. Once the pecans are fragrant, remove them from the oven and pour the hot nuts into the coating mixture. (Be careful as it might splutter and hiss.) Stir until the nuts are evenly coated, and pour them back onto the foil-lined baking sheet and spread them in an even layer.
  4. Bake for another 10 minutes, stirring after every 3-4 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the nuts from the oven and allow them to cool and crisp up on the baking sheet.
To Assemble the Sandwiches:
  1. Coarsely chop 1 cup of spicy pecans. Let the ice cream sit at room temperature for 5 minutes, just until it starts to soften slightly. Place 1 scoop of ice cream on top of a cookie, and top it with a second cookie. Press down slightly so the ice cream is squished to the edges of the cookie. Take a handful of chopped nuts and press them into the sides of the ice cream. Serve immediately.

12 Ways Your Obsession With Spicy Food Can Help Make You Invincible

Some people just can’t resist the urge to spice up their lives. And by spice, we’re referring to the peppers, sauces and seasonings that numb your mouth and leave you wiping the sweat off your forehead.

And to these people we say: You are warriors. While you may wince in what looks like pain while scarfing down that insanely hot curry, the truth is you’re ingesting a slew of super healthy ingredients that could make you closer to invincible… or at least help protect you from some serious health issues. So, if you feel like you are utterly and shamelessly obsessed with food that packs heat, don’t sweat it (ha). Here are 12 ways you can do your body good by turning up the heat.

1. Want to protect your eyes? Eat plenty of chipotle peppers.

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Chipotle Braised Lamb Tacos with Balsamic-Soaked Raisin” by Food52

The great chipotle pepper (a smoked jalapeño) contains phytonutrients called lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of these are deposited in your retinas, and according to the American Optometric Association, getting a healthy dose of these nutrients could help reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

2. Trying to stay on that diet? Throw some Tabasco on your food.

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Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes by Food52

You’re likely to eat less if you sprinkle some dashes of Tabasco or other hot chili pepper sauce on your dish. The red chili peppers in the popular hot sauce contain compounds called capsinoids that will help your body activate more “brown fat” (a healthy fat that, when initiated, burns calories). Research is still unclear on how exactly these compounds activate the fat, but it’s suggested that they trigger a reaction in your gut that tells your nervous system to produce more fat of the brown variety.

3. Wanna punch cancer in the face? Keep on ordering those spicy curries.

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Spicy Chickpea and Sour Tomato Curry with Noodles by Food52

Most spicy curries contain tumeric, which contains a substance called curcumin. Curcumin could possibly to inhibit the growth of skin cancer and slow the spread of breast cancer. This is obviously not a magical cure, but it’s at least a tasty dietary way to try to ward off cancer.

4. Feeling gloomy and sad? Douse that dish with crazy amounts of Sriracha!

This beloved sauce is made out of chili peppers, and these little guys contain a chemical called capsaicin, which is responsible for making peppers spicy. In fact, capsaicin is responsible for a lot of the healthy benefits associated with different hot peppers.

When you eat enough capsaicin, your body starts producing endorphins to block the pain of the heat. A man named Ted Barrus has made it his hobby to sample the world’s spiciest peppers. He told “Good Morning America” that he likes to eat the peppers because of the endorphin rush they produce. “My body starts tingling all over, my hands and arms start to go numb, and I sometimes get lightheaded and euphoric. It feels good,” he said.

Of course, the effects of this capsaicin will vary depending on the person and how much hot food they’re eating. And take it from us, more spicy food does not always equal a better time.

5. Or perhaps you’re suffering through a cold. Hot sauce can help clear up that stuffy nose.

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The kick in Tabasco has been used by many people to clear up their sinuses during bad colds. Former HuffPost Taste editor Rebecca Orchant, created a genius “Tabasco Toddy” for sick days. The soothing (and spicy!) drink calls for honey, boiled water, lemon and, of course, and a few drops of Tabasco — or more if you want it hotter.

6. If your muscles are sore from a hard workout, consider sprinkling crushed red pepper on your next meal.

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Capsaicin to the rescue again! Hot peppers have lots of this wonder compound, whichcan help reduce pain and inflammation. Jim Carpenter, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, suggests putting a bit (or a lot) of crushed red pepper flakes on pasta or meat for a simple way to help alleviate “minor pain from sprains and strains.” Not working? Keep putting on more, until your mind is distracted from muscle pain and refocused on the intense burning in your mouth.

7. Sick of relying entirely on oranges for your vitamin C? Start getting it from jalapeños.

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Cheeto-Crusted Jalapeño Poppers by Food52

One ounce of sliced jalapeño peppers contains about 40 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 66 percent of your daily requirement.

8. Feeling bloated? Grind some black pepper on your dinner.

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Salt and Pepper Shrimp by Eating Well

Your pepper grinder could help get rid of that pesky water-filled feeling (especially if you are a female and it’s that time of the month). The spice acts as a diuretic by helping the body sweat and get rid of toxins.

9. Looking to avoid heart attacks and strokes? Fire up that takeout order of spicy Thai food.

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Pad Kee Mao by Notions and Notations of a Novice Cook

Most of those mouth-numbing Thai dishes you love are made with chili peppers, and these peppers have been shown to improve heart health. The capsaicin can lower bad cholesterol levels and help prevent a gene that causes contracting arteries from taking action.

10. Allergies getting you down? Try knocking them out with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

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Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili by Food52

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is made with a blend of cayenne peppers, and all the capsaicin in that bottle will help reduce stuffiness associated with common allergies. Clifford W. Bassett, M.D., Medical Director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, told The Huffington Post that he uses cayenne pepper in conjunction with green tea as natural remedies to relieve allergies.

11. Suffering from arthritis? Tame the pain with habanero peppers.

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Habanero Pepper Jelly by Food52

Nutritionist Joy Bauer offered up some delicious advice to “The Today Show” on ways to relieve arthritis pain, claiming that chilis are just one way to help with creaky joints. The spicier the pepper, the better at relieving arthritis. Habanero peppers are one of the hottest varieties out there, meaning they contain plenty of capsaicin in their seeds, which inhibit substance P, a neuropeptide that causes inflammation.

12. If you want to improve your digestion, keep eating kimchi.

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Kimchi Fried Rice by Food52

The spicy Korean condiment made of fermented cabbage and chili peppers not only perks up a dish; it also provides the body with a good amount of lactobacilli, a “healthy bacteria” that aids smooth digestion. Added bonus for females: This particular bacteria also works to halt and prevent yeast infections.

Original Article via Huffington Post #hotsauce