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December 20, 2009

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Thomas Keller's recipe for caramel sauce

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From his book "Ad Hoc at Home," it appeared in the December 6, 2009 issue of the New York Times' T Magazine.

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Caramel Sauce

Makes about 2-1/2 cups

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/4 cup water

1-1/2 cups heavy cream, warmed

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, at room temperature


Combine the sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan and stir in the water. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Then adjust the heat as necessary to continue simmering. Cook without stirring, for 30 to 35 minutes, until the caramel is a rich amber color. If you want to check the color, use a small spoon to drop a small amount on a white plate. (You want a dark caramel so the finished sauce will be a rich color.) Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the cream, being careful because the mixture will bubble up. If the sauce seizes, stir it over the heat to slowly remelt any hardened caramel. Whisk in the butter. Serve warm. Or cool and refrigerate in a covered container for up to one month. Warm before serving on ice cream or popcorn.



December 20, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Shot Glass

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Designed by Chaiyut Plypetch and Ankul Assavaviboonpan for Propaganda.

[via Milena]


 

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Bust of a Japanese Warrior

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From the Kofun period (A.D. 250–538), it's part of a new show, "5,000 Years of Japanese Art: Treasures From the Packard Collection," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, up through June 6, 2010.

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Reflexology Socks

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Individual toes; one size fits all; "labeled with each pressure point in your body."

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£6.95.

December 20, 2009 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Smart Masks' Change Color When Your Temperature Rises

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 From Ecouterre:

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'Tis the season for the flu, and if the regular strain wasn’t bad enough, we have a new, porcine terror to contend with. These brightly patterned medical face masks, however, may ward off H1N1 and its brethren simply by virtue of being stylish — looking like Wacko Jacko in his latter days notwithstanding. Designed by Marjan Kooroshnia, a Swedish textile-design student, these face masks have a bonus feature: They’re printed with thermochromic ink that changes color with any uptick in breathing temperature.

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Inspired by the swine flu pandemic, Kooroshnia’s early warning systems—for other people, at least—span the design gamut, from the traditional medical mask to a rather fetching wrap-around scarf. In addition to full-face sinus masks that detect temperature increases around the forehead or mouth, Kooroshnia has also designed masks with patterns (such as flowers) that indicate the wearer’s allergies.

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Kooroshnia, who focuses her research on smart textiles, is investigating how reactive, color-changing technologies for fabrics can not only serve as a form of visual communication, but also as a potential red flag to prevent contagious diseases from spreading. A person with a different colored mask, for instance, can be spotted easily and quarantined if necessary.

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But the quirky masks can also be worn for fun, she notes. “Using different patterns for masks might be suitable for different people, from the aspect of beauty and color,” she says.

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[via Milena and Talk2MyShirt]

December 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The entire universe in the palm of your hand

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Created by design collaborative to22, it's a ring with one tiny imperfection.

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A speck no larger than a piece of dust, at a glance it is barely noticeable. 

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Upon close examination, it appears more clearly defined.

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Under magnfiication, an object emerges.

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A model of the known universe.

[via TwistedSwifter and Pulp]

December 20, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

'The 10 Best Years That Are Books'

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Laurence Hugheswriting in the December 18, 2009 Huffington Post, chose these:

1. "1421: The Year China Discovered The World" – by Gavin Menzies

2. "1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus" – by Charles C. Mann

3. "1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare" – by James Shapiro  

4. "1603: The Death of Queen Elizabeth I, the Return of the Black Plague, the Rise of Shakespeare, Piracy, Witchcraft, and the Birth of the Stuart Era" – by Christopher Lee

5. "1776" – by David McCullough

6. "1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification" – by Dewey Markham, Jr.

7. "1984" – by George Orwell

8. "1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About" – by Joshua Clover

9. "2001: A Space Odyssey" – by Arthur C. Clarke

10. "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl" – by Daniel Pinchbeck

December 20, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Refill Required' T-Shirt

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$19.95.

[via m'appeal and That's Right]

December 20, 2009 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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