A Tarte Tatin is basically an upside-down apple tart that is flipped over before serving. First brown the butter and sugar over the stove, and consider buying a ceramic dish made from a material called Flameware, which is less expensive than copper and won't crack over direct heat.
American restaurants have moved away from the practice of serving coffee after dessert in favor of serving both at the same time. But espresso is best at the end of a meal, and the best waiters know to ask customers whether they want it before, during or after dessert.
A study indicates that the chemical dihydrocapsiate, found in mild chili peppers, can aid weight loss by amping up metabolism. Other studies have found that capsaicin, which gives peppers their heat, may boost metabolism while slowing appetite.
Farmers markets are typically open just a few hours a week, and require farmers to travel long distances. More efficient ways to get local produce to consumers might include selling it directly to local supermarkets, or encouraging participation in community-supported agriculture programs.