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5 must-have Food & Recipe Apps!

With the influx of food and recipe apps for mobile devices, finding and cooking memorable meals has never been easier. Here are 5 foodie-friendly apps to make your phone or tablet all the more appetizing.

Brought to you by the go-to website for home cooks, Epicurious’ popular cooking app allows you to search thousands of recipes, save your choices to a ‘recipe box’, and even create custom grocery lists, saving you the trouble of writing all those ingredients out on a post-it and subsequently losing that post-it note. Recently upgraded, the app is free to download and including customer ratings and more importantly, incredible photos of all the delicious food you could make.

HOW-TO
Today is National Candied Orange Peel Day!

Today is National Candied Orange Peel Day. Yea, it exists. But why is this a holiday? Probably because we want an excuse to eat delicious (yet full of vitamins) treats. In celebration of this National holiday we decided to share with you a recipe to make your own! Epicurious has a great recipe for a simple candied orange peel and you don't need much to make it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large oranges, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
  • 4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups water
HOW-TO
Make Your Own Salmon Marinade
  • 1 large bunch freshly cilantro
  • 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed with the flat blade of a knife
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground cumin, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon very fragrant crushed dried red pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground sweet red pepper paprika, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or white wine vinegar (lemon is better, I think)
  • 6 to 8 small salmon steaks, each weighing about 6 ounces
What To Do:
Chop the cilantro and parsley leaves together to a very fine mince. You should have 1 cup of minced herbs. Transfer to a saucepan.
ENTERTAINING ISH
Respect the Classics
The hot toddy is as essential to the winter holidays as eggnog or Santa Claus. It somehow manages to combine the best things of the season: rum, cinnamon, apples, and butter. Now that I have your attention, I present you a map to tradition. 2 or 3 ounces dark rum Twist lemon peel Stick cinnamon 2 cloves Sweet cider or water 1 tablespoon sweet butter Nutmeg

Warm a kettle by rinsing it with boiling hot water. After dumping the water pour in the rum and add lemon peel, cinnamon, and cloves. Then boil the cider/water and pour into the rum. Add the butter and stir everything together. Pour into a mug and grate some fresh nutmeg to garnish. Add sugar if desired.

ENTERTAINING ISH
Double The Trouble
Okay. So this may seem long and disparaging but don't worry, these cookies are worth the hard work. Now, New Year's Eve may seem far away but at the pace these months have been flying by it'll be here in no time. This recipe from Epicurious makes a perfect dessert to share with friends in the new year. So roll up your sleeves and make a resolution to try new things and get cookin'! Here's what you need... dough
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
ganache
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3/4 pound fine-quality white chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
CULINARY OCCASIONS
Fried Mozzarella Balls

Some cheese and a deep fryer. What is there not to like about this magical mixture of ingredients? Ok, lets be honest; this is not the most healthy treat created by mankind. BUT every once in a while it's ok to fill your mouth with as many of these cheesy balls as you can handle. My girlfriend and I, well we decided that this New Year's, we will stuff ourselves with these tasty fried pieces of perfection.

Ingredients:

About 5 cups vegetable oil

1 pound drained marinated bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), patted dry.