As a kid, it didn’t get much better than grilled cheese: the buttery toast, the molten cheese and the savory satisfaction from that first bite to the last. Fast-forward to adulthood. Somehow throwing together two pieces of white bread with a slice of processed cheese simply doesn’t have the same appeal.Fortunately, chefs around the country are reimagining the kid-approved favorite and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are popping up on the menus of restaurants everywhere. Their secret: Mix up the ingredients and cooking methods to reinvent this classic comfort food into a palate-pleasing meal for all ages. Here are our secrets for recreating a gourmet grilled cheese in your own kitchen.Think beyond the sliceThe heart of any great grilled cheese sandwich is the cheese itself. Don’t limit yourself to plastic-wrapped options. Taste buds will dance when you blend different flavorful varieties. Some of the best options for a simply better grilled cheese include:Gouda: Has a rich buttery, slightly sweet flavor and a smooth, creamy texture that’s irresistible when melted. Savory flavors complement Gouda — try it with prosciutto or tomato.Muenster: Has a mild flavor and smooth, soft texture that stands out alone or is the perfect complement when melted alongside other cheese varieties. Match Muenster with sliced avocado for a sandwich that’s a smashing success.Get decadent flavor without the guiltClassic comfort foods like grilled cheese will fill the belly and warm the heart, but they don’t necessarily have the healthiest reputation. A more wholesome grilled cheese doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor. Elevate your grilled cheese with these healthful tricks:Get choosy with cheese: Not all cheese is created equally. Try Arla cheese — a better-for-you cheese from a farm-to-fridge company. The naturally delicious cheese is made without any artificial flavors or preservatives and follows traditional recipes that have been handed down from generations.Veg out: Fresh fruits and vegetables can be the perfect addition for a nutrition and flavor boost to grown-up grilled cheese recipes. Add in avocado, amp it up with apple slices or get a little crazy with cucumber. The sky is the limit. A bonus tip is to stack your veggies inside the slices of cheese to lock in every bit of gooey, delicious flavor.Pack in the protein: The average person should get approximately 30 grams of protein at each meal, according to the Journal of Nutrition. You can get a jumpstart with Arla cheese, which has between 4 and 6 grams of protein in each slice.Banish butter: Traditionally grilled cheese is made with butter or margarine, but you can still grill a mean sandwich when you select a lighter option. For example, swap in coconut oil or olive oil, which feature nutrient-packed fats and omegas, so you feel good as you munch on grilled goodness.Polish your cooking strategyThe final step in creating a better grilled cheese is to revise your cooking strategy. Some ideas to try:Skip the spread: Put down that butter knife entirely and instead add oils directly to the skillet rather than spreading it on bread. Warm up the pan, melt your oil and then get ready to grill to a golden brown.Grill both sides: The perfect pairing to that awesome Havarti or Gouda is lightly toasted bread. To get a decadent crunch, try grilling both sides of the bread. Start by placing the plain bread slices on the skillet in oil to toast, then flip and add the cheese. Both sides get grilled and the cheese melts quicker.Cook low and slow: Have patience! You’ll get better results when you use medium-low heat rather than rushing. If you use too high of a temperature, you’ll burn the bread without thoroughly melting the cheese.brandpointcontent.com
LTE subscriptions passed the 1 billion subscription mark during the final quarter of 2015 and are set to continue strong double-digit growth for the next five years, according to global analyst firm Ovum.Ovum’s latest research reveals that the overall count is top heavy, with five countries accounting for nearly three-quarters of all subscriptions. China is by far the biggest driver for growth, accounting for half of net additions during the last quarter and 35% of the total.Growth will remain robust through 2020, as China’s fellow BRIC members and Indonesia rise into the top 10 to dominate net additions and maintain annual LTE subscription growth rates well above 20%. Of particular significance is the rapid rate of LTE adoption, which has taken around half as long as W-CDMA to reach various milestones.Reaching 1 billion LTE subscriptions has taken less than 6 years compared with more than 10 years required for W-CDMA. This highlights just how critical wireless data speeds have become, as operators aggressively roll out 4G networks to meet consumer demand for capacity, which continues unabated. According to Ovum the number of LTE subscriptions will double by 2017 and triple by 2019 as smartphones become cheaper and mobile broadband services become more and more indispensable. The majority of 2G subscribers will become a rarity, with 3G and 4G accounting for 85% of all subscriptions by end-2020.
Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced the word’s fastest gallium nitride (GaN) field-effect transistor (FET) driver, the UltraCMOS PE29100. Built on their UltraCMOS technology, this new GaN driver empowers design engineers to extract the full performance and speed advantages from GaN transistors. Designed to drive the gates of a high-side and a low-side GaN FET in a switching configuration, the driver delivers the industry’s fastest switching speeds, shortest propagation delays and lowest rise and fall times to AC-DC converters, DC-DC converters, class D audio amplifiers and wireless charging applications.GaN-based FETs are disrupting the power conversion market and are displacing silicon-based metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). Compared to MOSFETs, GaN FETs operate much faster and have higher switching speeds in the smallest possible volume. The promise of GaN is that it can dramatically reduce the size and weight of any power supply. To reach their performance potential, these high-performance GaN transistors need an optimized gate driver. This FET driver must charge and discharge gate capacitance as fast as possible, and it must have very low propagation delay to allow fast signals. It also must avoid “shoot through” by not turning on high-side and low-side FETs at the same time. The PE29100 is designed specifically for this purpose.According to Alex Lidow, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder at EPC – Their enhancement-mode GaN (eGaN®) transistors deliver a whole new spectrum of performance compared to MOSFETs. GaN FET drivers, like the UltraCMOS PE29100, enable design engineers to unlock the true potential of eGaN FET technology. The availability of this driver further enhances our ability to deliver the best possible solution into the power conversion market where size, efficiency and simple design are critical.Peregrine’s UltraCMOS technology platform is the driving force behind the PE29100’s industry- leading speed. This technology enables integrated circuits to operate at much faster speeds than conventional CMOS technologies. It empowers them to manufacture a GaN FET driver with the industry’s shortest propagation delay, the lowest rise and fall time and the fastest switching speed. This speed advantage results in significantly smaller power converters, which benefits the design engineer with increased power density.“Design engineers are increasingly using GaN transistors for applications where higher switching frequency and high power is required,” says Mark Moffat, director of Peregrine’s power management product line. “However, the currently available gate drivers and controllers do not support the full potential of GaN. With the enabling power of UltraCMOS technology, the PE29100 achieves the industry’s fastest switching speeds at frequencies higher than competing products. By enabling GaN to reach its performance potential, UltraCMOS technology is enabling power innovation.”Manufactured on a truly insulating substrate, UltraCMOS technology has no bulk or well junctions, and therefore has low parasitics. This technology also has low on-resistance for improved efficiency and low off-capacitance at higher operating frequency.The UltraCMOS PE29100 is a half-bridge GaN FET driver with internal dead-time control. The high-speed driver operates up to 33 MHz and handles voltages up to 80V. It delivers a short propagation delay of 8 ns. It has a rise time of 2.5 ns and fall time of 1.8 ns when driving a 1000 pF load and 1 ns rise and fall times with 100 pF load. It has a one-pin, single-phase input mode and has an output source current of 2A and an output sink current of 4A.
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede Former Browns wide out and founder of the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance Reggie Rucker was charged today in federal court with using hundreds of thousands of dollars from the account of an inner-city Cleveland charity to satisfy Las Vegas gambling debts and to pay personal expenses.The Associated Press has the story about the charges filed against the 68-year-old and how Rucker has agreed to plead guilty to charges. The charges against Rucker, 68, are contained in an information, which indicates Rucker has agreed to plead guilty. Rucker was a wide receiver who played 12 years in the NFL from 1970 to 1981, including seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He’s charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to an FBI agent. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 24.Rucker was executive director for Amer-I-Can Cleveland, a nonprofit group that is an outgrowth of an organization created by Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown in Los Angeles. Rucker also played a lead role with Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, a coalition of groups that employs outreach workers to quell violence between rival gangs and factions in Cleveland. Amer-I-Can Cleveland is a registered nonprofit; Peacemakers Alliance is not.According to the information, Rucker solicited foundations, organizations and individuals to make donations and would routinely begin withdrawing money for his personal use after funds were deposited into the Amer-I-Can account. The withdrawals occurred from 2011 to 2015. Rucker used $65,000 in donations to pay off markers at Las Vegas and made $48,000 in ATM withdrawals at casinos in Las Vegas, Cleveland and Tampa, Florida, the information said. Around $35,000 of the casino withdrawals were in 2014.Rucker attorney Michael Hennenberg said Tuesday that Rucker ended his involvement with the two organizations within the last year.“Reggie has been cooperating with the government for approximately a year,” Hennenberg said. “Reggie accepts responsibility totally for his wrongful conduct and, in addition to his punishment, he will do everything possible to make it right.” Related TopicsBrownsReggie Rucker