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Idea #2568397 to live a little more artfully: get a fun appliance to make breakfast! A groovy waffle maker can revolutionize your kitchen for very little money.  And, bonus points on this one? Try pouring brownie mix on your greased waffle iron for brownie waffles in a couple of minutes! This idea comes from the fabulous Chow.com!!!

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sexy southern comfort apple pie recipe
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“Best pie, ever?” I asked. “Like, best apple pie?”
“No. Best pie ever. Any pie. This apple pie is better than any other pie in the world.”
Bold words. Bold words for a bold pie. This is not your grandmother’s  apple pie. This apple pie is sexy. Dangerous. This apple pie lives on  the edge.
It all starts with a perfectly buttery, flaky crust. The pie dough is  easy to work with, which earns extra points in my book. But the  Southern Comfort-caramel-super cinnamon-y apple filling is clearly the  star of the show. Say it with me: Southern Comfort-caramel-super  cinnamon-y apple filling. These are ingredients that clearly belong  together. I had to go out and buy a bottle of Southern Comfort, because  yes, my college days are over, and I’m not exactly tossing back SoCo  lime shots at home on a quiet Friday night – though I do have quite a  bit left in the bottle, and a few limes sitting in a bowl on the  counter, so I’d be lying if I didn’t see anything happening with that in  my near future.
In the Pastry Queen cookbook, the recipe  is called “Chef Mark’s Southern Comfort Apple Pie,” so wherever you are,  Chef Mark, I salute you for discovering this heavenly combination. It  takes a true chef and stroke of genius to pair something as wild as  Southern Comfort (what is it, anyway?…a whiskey of some sort, but it  sort of falls into it’s own subcategory) with apple pie. It’s magic.
I have to tell you, this is the first apple pie I’ve ever made, but  as I understand there are many ways you can make it. Often, apples are  placed directly into the pie crust rather than cooked down in a pan. In  this recipe, the apples are cooked down just a bit and then removed from  the pan, where what’s left becomes the most marvelous Southern  Comfort-caramel sauce. Don’t be nervous by my mention of the word  caramel; this isn’t that difficult kind of caramel people are always  losing their wig about, but just a thick, pourable sauce that the  Southern Comfort gets poured into and cooked down until the alcohol  burns away, at which point a nice pour of heavy cream is added. Can you  think of a time when adding a little heavy cream was a bad thing? Me  neither.
And then there’s the texture of the apples. They retain their shape  and bite – we’re talking the antithesis of mushy apples. And they’re  perfectly tart against the sugary cinnamon-spiked caramel. The topping  is equally delicious – it’s a streusel/praline/crumb type of topping,  and it will rock your socks. Fact.
I should warn you, however, that there is a potential negative effect of making this pie: No apple pie you taste may ever be the same.
Serve with vanilla ice cream, cinnamon ice cream, or whipped cream.  Rebecca also offers a Rum-Spiked Caramel Sauce to serve it with, but  this pie doesn’t even come close to needing any of that business.
{Click here to see what the other members of Project Pastry Queen thought}
Basic Pie Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup (10-2/3 tablespoons) chilled unsalted butter
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

Using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine flour, salt,  and sugar on low speed for about 30 seconds. Cut butter into 1/2-inch  cubes. Add butter to flour mixture and combine on low speed for 1 to 1  1/2 minutes until mixture looks crumbly, with bits of dough the size of  peas. Add 4 tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing on low  speed for 10 seconds after each addition. After final addition, dough  should begin to clump together in a ball. If it doesn’t, continue mixing  for about 10 seconds longer. (If it still looks too dry, add 1 more  tablespoon ice water.) Gently mold dough into a disk, cover in plastic  wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Transfer unwrapped dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll into a  1/8-inch-thick circle large enough to cover bottom and sides of a  9-inch-diameter deep-dish pie pan; do not use a regular (shallow) pan.  Transfer dough to pie pan, crimping edges with your fingers or a fork.  Prick bottom with a fork.
Topping:
1/2 cup pecan halves
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons firmly packed dark-brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (5-1/3 tablespoons) chilled unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange pecans on a baking sheet in a  single layer and toast until a rich brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Coarsely chop  nuts and set aside.
In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process sugars,  cinnamon, salt, and flour for about 1 minute. Cut butter into small  pieces and add to sugar-flour mixture. Pulse 10 to 15 times until  mixture is crumbly. Remove from processor and stir in pecans.  Refrigerate topping, covered, until ready to use.

Apple Filling:
A note on the apples: If you have a nice-sized deep-dish pie pan,  you may have room for more apples. I used 6: 3 Granny Smith, 3  Honeycrisp (my absolute favorite). I truly loved this combination, but  I’m sure those mentioned below would be just as perfect. I probably had  room for one more apple because my Granny Smith’s were rather small –  but you don’t want to get too apple-crazy, because if you fill the pie  too much, your precious caramel filling will bubble over into the oven.  Bake your pie on top of a baking sheet if you’re worried about that  happening.
5 to 6 medium-sized tart apples, such as Braeburn, Cortland, or Winesap
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup Southern Comfort liqueur
1/2 cup whipping cream

Increase oven temperature to 375 degrees. Peel, core, and cut apples  into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Melt butter in a large skillet over  medium-high heat. When butter starts to foam, add apples and sauté for 5  to 8 minutes. In a small bowl stir together cinnamon and sugar;  sprinkle on apples, and stir to combine. Simmer apples over medium-low  heat for about 1 minute longer. Remove apples from skillet with a  slotted spoon, leaving as much of butter-sugar mixture in skillet as  possible. Transfer apples to a baking sheet and arrange in a single  layer until ready to use. (If heaped in a pile, they will become soggy.)
Pour Southern Comfort into butter-sugar mixture in skillet. Simmer  mixture over medium heat until alcohol burns off, at least 5 minutes  (sniff mixture at close range; if it burns your nostrils, the vapors are  still burning off). Add cream and continue simmering until mixture is  quite thick but still pourable, 5 to 10 minutes. Return apples to  skillet and stir to coat.
Pour apples and cream mixture into unbaked piecrust (do not fill to  more than 1/2 inch below top of crust) and sprinkle evenly with topping.  Bake until filling is bubbling and topping is brown, 50 to 60 minutes.
“A nickel will get you on the subway, but garlic will get you a seat.”
—-Old New York Proverb”
A Collection of Culinary Quotations

Beyonce arrives at  the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles.                                                       (AP Photo/Chris  Pizzello)

 (Newser)  –                                                                 More  proof celebrities are just like us: They get weird pregnancy food  cravings, too. The Sun reports that Beyonce is already hankering for some pretty weird  combinations, which, perhaps too predictably, include pickles. “She’s  snacking on Oreo biscuits and gherkins,” says a source. Also, “Bounty  ice creams with hot chili sauce and she loves dipping bananas in  ketchup.” In B’s honor, The Frisky runs down 13 more weird preggo-celeb cravings:
 Britney Spears: The once-troubled pop star wanted to eat … dirt?
 Halle Berry: She drank pepperoncini juice.
 Jessica Alba: Apparently she never tired of ham and cheese sandwiches, and ate them every day.
 Minnie Driver: She ate olives. Lots of olives. She even dreamed about them, reportedly.
 Tameka Foster: Usher’s wife liked to eat ice.
 Nicole Richie: made her husband Joel Madden go on runs to In-N-Out at all hours of the night to satisfy his wife’s burger cravings. 
  Angelina Jolie: craved chocolate flavored with cinnamon and chili, and onion rings with mustard.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: wanted cheese, chocolate, gluten-free cookies, and watermelon with salt and lime.
Jennifer Lopez: drank orange soda and indulged in M&Ms and salsa. Not together, we hope
Katie Holmes: ate vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. Yum
Catherine Zeta-Jones: longed for Branston Pickles, a brand that isn’t easy to find in the U.S

Click for the full list, including one lady who preferred raw spaghetti, or click to see photos of a pregnant Beyonce … in a bikini.
Round Up: Food Shaped Furnishings and Home Accessories
 By Gregory Han | Apartment Therapy
I think I must be hungry because I spent way too much time gathering  these food related home items and now I’m in dire need of some lunch.  Below the jump are eleven food inspired home furniture items that run  the gamut of tables, chairs, rugs, wallpaper, pillows and more, some  looking good enough to devour…

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Adele Rotele Chocolate Bar Bench: break me off some of that!
Toasted Notes: everything is better with butter…even your to-do notes.
Cupcake Table: love the scalloped trim and understated nod to one of our favourite treats.
Chinese Take Out Lamp: these should have come with fortune cookie light bulbs.
 Fry Up Candle: a visual yolk joke.
Donut food-shaped FM Radio: Mmmm-mmm donuts.
Baguette Wrist Rest: this might cause hunger pangs and unnecessary snacking urges by the computer.
Blood Sausage, Bierschinken and Salami rugs: put these inbetween a couple of these toast mattresses and you’ve got one helluva a sammy.
Scratch ‘n Sniff Wallpaper in Tutti Frutti: we’d like one in BBQ and one in bacon, please.
Sushi Pillows: sadly, these are still cheaper than most outings to the local sushi bar.
Banana Hammock: we threw this one in there just for the amusement of typing “banana hammock” and the keen carrying case.
“Cool Hamburger Shaped Bed”,
via Cool Furnitures
this stylish furniture is a real unique kids furniture most comfortable  and soft for use, you can enjoy when you will use this creative bed.  You can see this stylish furniture for how you could use this unique furniture. So kids hurry up and get this cool furniture which is the best 2010 stylish furniture,  so enjoy with new creative furniture. I hope all kids and youngsters  like this, if you like this than feel free to comment about this stylish  furniture.

Candy Bar Beds
  Chocolate Furniture by Iris Koser Looks Good Enough to Eat
Chocolate Furniture by Iris Koser Looks Good Enough to Eat

The Chocolate Furniture by Iris Koser is an all-in-one accessory for  your home. The couch, which also serves as a day bed, resembles a great  big chocolate bar with perfect brown square panels.

 The Chocolate Furniture is convertible and customizable and even  comes with its very own aluminum wrapping in the form of a blanket and  coffee table. The day bed couch also has a secret deposit box to stash  all your real tasty treats away.

References: iriskoser-design.de and apartmenttherapy

Massive Muffin Chairs
 The Cupcake Seat Can be Used as A Tasty Ottoman

The Cupcake Seat is a giant, tasty-looking treat that is topped with fake chocolate frosting.
This costly cupcake seat sells for $900 and comes in a range of  finish colours including red, orange, yellow, brown, metallic silver,  baby blue, violet, pink and lime green.
Check out the Cupcake Seating above for a closer look at how you can  add a little treat to your everyday life, without the calorie intake!
Implications - Consumers in the modern sphere are looking for  items that will comfort them. Products featuring an aspect of feeling  like home are appealing to those who want to relax for a bit. In order  to attract more customers, companies could focus their efforts on this  element.

  References: jellio

Fruit-Inspired Furniture
 Rocking Banana

Rocking Banana Sofa for Saloni 2009

This big golden banana sofa has integrated workings that create a  gentle rocking motion. The fun couch was materialized by Lithuania-born  designer Andrej Statskij for the Saloni 2009 furniture fair.
I have to admit the piece looks rather comfy, but the yellow color  may not be my favorite. I think the same sofa in black would look much  less like a banana and easily fit into a modern décor—but what fun would  that be?
The other samples here are contemporary concepts also designed by Statskij, an architect and industrial designer.

References: andrejstatskij.jimdo and design-milkFruit-Shaped Terrariums
 Recycled Glass Pear Vases From Viva Terra

Recycled Glass Pear Vases From Viva Terra

Grow a little greenery in these lovely glass pear vases. These  beautiful fruit-shaped terrariums are made of recycled glass and come  with sand and four air plants that require minimal care. This is the  perfect gift for those who may not yet have a green thumb, but still  want to gaze upon a lovely bit of nature.
These glass pear vases house a mini desert landscape that will  fascinate. You can also buy the case alone to create your own little  world inside.
References: vivaterra and designspongeonline

Sushi Furniture
 Mimi Tin’s Fishy Furniture is Interior Decor for Sushi Lovers

Mimi Tin’s Fishy Furniture is Interior Decor for Sushi Lovers

Atlanta-based Designer Mimi Tin’s idea for her Sushi Style line of  furniture came to her in grad school as an  assignment fulfillment to  create a piece of furniture from a design period.  She chose pop art  with an Asian influence.  Her original design evolved into her premier  piece, the Carrot Ottoman, which consists of six individual wedge-shaped  cushions that sit on top of a wooden base, and are held together with a  “seaweed wrap” to complete the sushi look.
Mimi’s talents go beyond furniture design, as she offers mini  versions of the sushi furniture as accessories for the two dolls in her  Sushiami  plush doll collection.  Click on the pictures of the Sydney  and Brooke dolls in the gallery above to see how sushilicious they  really are!

References: sushistyle and nytimes

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