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Futuristic ‘Smart Toaster’ Is Programmed To Perfectly Toast Baked Goods

To be honest, toasters really haven’t changed much in the past couple of decades. Thus, it was only a matter of time before we got a futuristic “smart toaster” that takes technology possible with a toaster and puts it over the top.

Photo courtesy of Revolution Cooking

Created by Revolution Cooking, the toaster comes with a touch screen that lets you control the level of browning on your bread. It even has a function that lets you see how brown the bread is without having to restart your toaster completely.

Is it extra AF? Absolutely. But, it also addresses problems with toasters that we may never really think about, and yet would welcome some pretty intriguing solutions too.

The smart toaster is designed to get a variety of baked goods, including bread, waffles, bagels, and more, to the shade of brown you want it to be. It can also customize based on whether what you throw inside is fresh, frozen, or being simply reheated, and comes with a digital or analog clock, in case you need your toaster to tell time as well.

Admittedly, the auto lowering and lifting mechanism is pretty cool, as you can see in the above video of the toaster in action.

While you can get a basic toaster for as little as $10 today, this smart toaster comes in at a whopping $300. If you’re obsessed with smart gadgets and having that level of control on your bread, however, it may well be worth the cost to you.

You can purchase the smart toaster on Revolution Cooking’s website, as well as at places like Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers and online websites.

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Open-Faced Mussel Sandwich Is The Seafood Dish You Must Try This Summer


In the digitally driven world of Instagram-able food, it’s hard to focus on the beauty and allure of fine dining. However, Tabañero Hot Sauce and FOODBEAST are working to eliminate that issue with this Open-Faced Mussel Sandwich as part of our The Tabasutra Series.

This strikingly beautiful and sophisticated seafood plate reimagines the classic restaurant dish, and also incorporates the elegance of one of the most recognized Tabasutra poses known to man — but we’ll get to that later.

Sautéed in a mixture of shallots, cumin seed, garlic, red bell pepper, and a red wine vinegar, and served on two thick slices of French bread, this sandwich will give any foodie an instant O-face.

That’s probably why “The Sommelier” was the perfect candidate for this exotic Tabasutra grip.

With 12-15 freshly cooked black mussels, a healthy helping of harissa paste for spice, this Tabañero mussel sandwich packs a spicy seafood punch you’ll only be able to recreate with the help of the Tabasutra Series recipe book.

So, what’s your favorite Tabasutra position?

Ingredients
For the harissa

3oz Tabañero hot sauce

1/2 cup red onion, minced

1/2 tsp caraway seed

1/2 tsp coriander seed

1/2 tsp cumin seed

4 cloves garlic minced

1 roasted red bell pepper

olive oil, as needed

3oz red wine vinegar

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp unsalted butter

For the mussels

2 thick slices of baguette or French bread

1/2 c chopped fennel

Fennel fronds for garnish

1/2 c heirloom cherry tomatoes

1 shallot, diced finely

1/2 c white wine

1 tbsp unsalted butter

12-15 fresh black mussels

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 tbsp vegetable oil

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Step 1

Toast all the dried seeds in a sauté pan on medium until fragrant, be careful not to burn. Roast Bell pepper on open flame until charred black, and then immediately put in bowl and wrap with plastic so it can steam off charred skin. When cool, peel skin under running water, de-seed and rough chop. Put dried seeds in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, grind, and reserve.

Step 2

In a sauté pan, add 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté garlic and onion till translucent. Add tomato paste and deglaze with red wine vinegar and reserve.

Step 3

In a food processor, combine the sautéed garlic, onion, and tomato paste. Mix with the dried spices, Tabañero hot sauce, and roasted bell peppers and pulse. Drizzle olive oil and season to taste until desired consistency and flavor is achieved.

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Step 4

In a medium sauté pan heat vegetable oil. Add in shallots and chopped fennel and sauté until translucent. Add in Mussels and harissa paste and deglaze with white wine. Cover the sauté pan and cook until mussels are completely open, approximately 2min.

Step 5

Mount with butter and season to taste to make sauce. Toast bread and spread sauce on bread, pick mussels out of shell and build open faced sandwich. Garnish with sliced heirloom tomatoes and fennel fronds. Assemble like an avocado toast.

Photos by Peter Pham


Created in partnership with Tabañero 

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Health News

Four Facts To Know About Acrylamide, The Carcinogen In Your Toast And Fries

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My dad loves to have a toasted bagel for breakfast. For as long as I can remember, he’s always toasted it to the point where it’s slightly blackened. Several of us in the family have told him that blackened baked goods aren’t good for his health and can potentially cause cancer.

This is due to a compound called acrylamide, a concerning carcinogen that caused the UK Food Standards industry to publish guidelines on how to toast bread and fry potatoes to avoid the compound.

Acrylamide has definitely been a compound of concern around the world, and is a well-known carcinogen. What exactly is this compound, though, and why is it present in our food? Here are some interesting facts on acrylamide to familiarize you with this cancer-causing compound:

 

Acrylamide isn’t added into foods, but can be produced by cooking foods.

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Acrylamide is formed when sugars naturally found in food reacts with asparagine, a common amino acid that is also found in our foods. Some specific foods, such as potatoes, grain products, and coffee beans, tend to be higher in asparagine content. These foods tend to produce higher amounts of acrylamide as a result when cooked. Higher temperatures (above 250 degrees Fahrenheit) and longer time periods of cooking will affect the level of acrylamide present, so toasting your bread for a shorter period of time or lower temperature will decrease acrylamide production.

 

Gentle cooking methods like boiling will help prevent acrylamide production.

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Microwaving and steaming are also gentle cooking methods that won’t lead to the production of acrylamide. Boiling potatoes and steaming desserts are great ways to get your starch without the acrylamide that follows. Considering the British have both of these (mashed potatoes and puddings), they know what they’re doing when it comes to lowering cancer risk.


Starchy foods are more likely to form acrylamide, but meats can as well.

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High temperatures, long cooking times, and free asparagine are the key things you need to produce acrylamide. Grilled and smoked meats will definitely be higher in acrylamide as a result — especially when barbecue sauces and marinades are brushed on to add the sugars needed to produce more acrylamide.


The FDA recommends a healthy diet to combat acrylamide intake.

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Fried, roasted, and baked foods definitely have acrylamide and can cause cancer, but a healthy diet contains many cancer-fighting compounds that can combat the effects of acrylamide. Following the dietary health guidelines from the FDA is helpful in combating cancer. Of course, cancer can come from a one-time tiny dose or long periods of consumption of acrylamide, depending on the person. But, it’s always good to have a healthy diet to combat it regardless.

Hopefully, this sheds some light on the mysteries of acrylamide and why its such a taboo compound. And maybe, after my dad reads this, he’ll burn his bagels a little bit less in the morning.

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Sizzler Celebrates ‘National Cheese Toast Day’ By Giving It Away For FREE

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We haven’t been to Sizzler in a minute, but one of our fondest memories is of their signature cheese toast. With National Cheese Toast Day coming up, Sizzler will be giving away FREE slices of their famous bread.

Made with toasted bread with a secret cheese spread, the first slice of Cheese Toast made its debut at a Hollywood Sizzler in 1968. It’s since grown so popular that all Sizzler’s began to serve them.

On Sept. 15, patrons can get a slice of cheese toast from noon to 2 p.m. While cheese toast is usually complimentary with your meal, you won’t have to buy anything this time.

Each year, Sizzler serves about 12,333,024 slices of Cheese Toast. We probably ate about half those slices.

 

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Hit-Or-Miss

Toasting Etiquettes From Around The World

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Traveling the world can be a profound experience. Especially when you’re drinking with newfound friends.

Let’s Grab A Beer created this cute video showcasing different toasting etiquettes from around the world. When you’re drinking with someone, it’s probably best to be a bit familiar with customs. For example, did you know you should clink glasses in Germany, but not Hungary?

Check out the video below and learn exactly how to toast like a local. Cheers!

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This Appliance Brews Coffee and Toasts Bread at the Same Time

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The early morning rush can get hectic. You’re running around the kitchen stumbling over appliances just to get your coffee and toast ready for the car ride. Because who actually gets out of bed the first time their alarm goes off? If only there was an appliance that could save you multiple trips through the kitchen.

A group of South Korean designers Won Kang, Hyo Kang and Min Kyu have built a machine, dubbed the Baking Pot, that not only brews coffee, but toasts bread simultaneously. Pretty convenient if you’re the type of person who needs those precious extra seconds getting to work. The base of the Baking Pot toasts a slice of bread, while the kettle starts brewing coffee. Really straightforward stuff.

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For those worried about getting coffee drippings into their toast or crumbs into their coffee, the unit separates. More information about the Baking Pot can be found at Yanko Design.

Blankman aficionados will remember a similar breakfast machine designed by Damon Wayans’ character. Such a great piece of cinema.

H/T First We Feast

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Technology

TOASTIE: A Step-By-Step Guide to Taking a Selfie with Toast

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For anyone sick to death of seeing selfies posted on their social media feeds, here’s a way raise the bar. Apparently, it’s possible to take a selfie of yourself on a piece of toast. Provided you have the time and equipment, or enough internet savvy to place an order at Burnt Impressions, home of the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corp.

CEO and President Galen Dively explained the process for creating images of people on toast  to Mashable. Dively bought a CNC Plasma Cutter, a computerized metal cutting machine that creates requisite plates. The company makes novelty toasters with various logos, including the famous Jesus face. Now you can submit your own photos, for a price, get your custom toaster made and shipped.

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Designing the Image

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A digital photo is first uploaded onto the Vermont Toaster website.  There, the image is thrown on Photoshop and touched up. A hi-res image over a white background, however, is the preferred option as it speeds up the process.

Once edited, the photo is uploaded to a computer aided design program. It creates a relatively close duplicate of the face on toast by eliminating unnecessary lines.

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Cutting the Plates

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The image is sent to the Plasma Cutter which combines compressed air and electricity to create an incredibly hot plasma that can cut through metal. Once the plates are cut, and it looks good, the team makes the second plate.

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Final Touches

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The plates are polished throughly to get out all the rough edges.

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Adding Custom Toaster Plates

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Finally, the finished plates are added to a custom-made toaster with built-in rails to hold the plates inside. Each side of the toaster gets one plate with a face embedded onto it.

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Boom. Selfie toast.

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Picthx Galen Dively

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What 24 Pizzas From The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cartoon Look Like IRL

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As a kid, I loved watching the ’90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Who didn’t? One of the things that stuck was all the ridiculous pizzas Michelangelo and his brothers would order throughout the series. As the years passed, I started to think some of those pizzas could actually be pretty delicious if done right. Though it did take a solid 22 years for anchovies to grow on me.

Like his Renaissance namesake, who would have thought Mikey was ahead of his time. Using some hunger-fueled imagination I recreated 24 of the most disgusting pizza orders from the TV show and turned them into something you could order at a restaurant. Cowabunga.

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Tuna fish, peanut butter and grape jelly

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Tuna ahi poke on top of a bed of seaweed salad and drizzled some hot, melted peanut butter and grape jelly on top. Went more for color than taste. Ending up tasting great so that worked itself out.

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Peanut butter and clams

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Drenched the pizza in a cajun peanut butter sauce with four fresh calms. The heat from the sauce really made the clams, no pun intended, pop. Crawfish for garnish.

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Peanut butter, avocado and extra pickles

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A bed of guacamole topped with avocado slices, melted peanut butter and some sweet dill pickle chips. This is actually a sandwich I make on many an occasion.

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Marshmallow and pepperoni

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Pepperoni and cheese pizza topped with roasted marshmallows. The marshmallows look like haunting little lifeboats on a sea of pepperoni.

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Marshmallow and asparagus

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Asparagus and cheese baked directly into the crust and topped with toasted mini marshmallows. Had to many different versions of this one before I settled on this. Couldn’t be happier.

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Guacamole and Marshmallow

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A generous heap of freshly made guacamole and topped with a single marshmallow lit on fire. Kids, don’t try this at home. Grownups, go nuts.

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Butterscotch, onions and anchovies

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Onion and anchovies caramelized in brown sugar and a butterscotch sauce. Tasted great but stunk up my kitchen like nobody’s business. Do turtles have nostrils?

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Tea and toast

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A buttered slice of toast on top of tomato sauce and sprinkled with tea leaves, parmesan cheese and more tomato sauce. The original concept for this had chunks of toast drenched in tea. NOT. APPETIZING.

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Chocolate sprinkles and clam sauce

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A cheese pizza made with a hearty clam sauce and chocolate sprinkles and garnished with green onions. Not easy to make clam sauce pop on a pizza. Had to tweak it into a chowder. Master Splinter would be proud.

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Chocolate-chip

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Chocolate chips baked into the pizza and drenched with a generous amount of hot fudge. It’s essentially a cookie.

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Chocolate fudge with extra garlic

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A generous amount of fried garlic on top of a pool of melted chocolate fudge. Definitely not something you’d order on a first date, but then again, are any of these pizzas?

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Chocolate fudge, sardine, chili pepper, whipped cream

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A cheese and whipped cream pizza topped with shaved chocolate fudge and red chili flakes. Served with a fried sardine filet in chocolate fudge sauce. Any nutrients that piece of sardine contains is neutralized by that mountain of whipped cream. I guarantee it.

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Anchovies and hot fudge

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Hot chocolate fudge drizzled over anchovy filets on a sauceless white pizza. Until the day anchovies turn into giant mutated fish that eat people, they’ll forever be my favorite fish.

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Pepperoni and hot fudge

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A classic pepperoni and cheese pizza drizzled with a little chocolate fudge. Just a little. We’re not animals.

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Pepperoni and pickles

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Cheese and pepperoni pizza with sweet dill pickle chips. The pickles add a crunch that can be heard all through the New York sewer systems.

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Jelly bean and sausage

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A spicy pork chorizo and sour cream pizza topped with queso fresco and fresh cilantro and served with a jalapeño jellybean gastrique. The jelly beans had us stumped but luckily Reddit came to the rescue.

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Salami pizza with double yogurt

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Two servings of vanilla yogurt topped with fresh salami slices and drizzled with blackberry jelly. If you can get over the idea of salami and yogurt, it goes down pretty tastily.

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Shredded coconut and sweet pickles

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Pizza is topped with shredded coconut, drizzled with hot mustard and topped with sweet pickle chips. Shredder would be a crazy handy guy to have in this situation.

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Strawberry with anchovy sauce

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Caramelized strawberries served with an anchovy butter sauce and topped with whipped cream. This one was the most difficult to come up with. Thankfully, whipped cream saved the day.

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Hot oatmeal

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Hot, buttery oatmeal topped with brown sugar, honey and fresh strawberries. It’s another side to breakfast pizza.

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Popcorn

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Truffle oil popcorn with parsley flakes and parmesan cheese. There’s a pizza somewhere under that mountain of popcorn.

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Anchovies and banana

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Caramelized rum bananas and anchovy filets. The pizza that inspired this post. The bananas and anchovies were the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

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Goulash

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Hot goulash served with crumbles of queso fresco. After a quick Google search of what exactly goulash was, it was pretty easy to make.

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Granola and licorice 

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Vanilla yogurt topped with granola and shaved red licorice. It was a bitch to hand shred licorice, but doesn’t it look pretty?

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