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Caramel Cayenne Popcorn

In Confections on November 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm
From Food Photography

I used to hate spicy food as a child.

I couldn’t understand how anyone could enjoy having their palate assaulted, or how they could stand eating as the outlines of their lips become embossed with pinpricks of pain.

I couldn’t tolerate heat, no matter the amount.  It distracted from the flavor of the food, forcing me to focus instead on the burgeoning pain at the back of my throat.

My father, on the contrary, loved the heat. He kept a jar of home ground, bright red and brown flecked chili flakes over the kitchen cabinet, and sprinkled what may as well have been a whole teaspoonful over every meal. He seemed to be immune to the burn.

So unlike him, I could detect minuscule amounts of heat in my food.

I would often spend hours with burning lips and tearing eyes after eating something he promised could not possibly have any detectable traces of chili. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brigadeiros

In Confections on March 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm
From Adriana Baking

I have been wanting to try brigadeiros ever since I saw them on 17 and Baking. A cross between a truffle and fudge, they sounded too good to pass up.

I was especially tired when I came home from a long day at school today, and needed to bake as a way of relaxing. I headed straight to the computer, and checked out a couple food blogs for inspiration. I didn’t have much time to spare, but wanted to make something that would be just as good as something time consuming. So I turned to brigadeiros. I had all the ingredients needed to make them: sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, and butter. They are really that simple. And I don’t know how I managed to mess them up. Read the rest of this entry »