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  • Scientist: Humans Are Helping the Planet’s Ecology—Carbon Dioxide Is ‘Very Good’ for Plants, Animals

    05/04/2015 3:41:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 4, 2015 | 2:38 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Freeman Dyson, an award-winning British scientist and retired professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, said that the science on climate change isn’t “at all clear,” and in fact, humans are actually helping the planet. […] “Well, what I would like to emphasize is that human actions have very large effects on the ecology which have nothing to do with climate. Carbon dioxide is what we’re producing in big quantities and putting into the atmosphere,” Dyson said. “It happens to be a very good fertilizer for all kinds of vegetation, good for wildlife, good for agricultural production. “So...
  • Ag Secretary Vilsack to announce national conservation work

    05/04/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2015 11:32 AM EDT
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Colorado to announce funding for conservation projects in all 50 states. […] The Department of Agriculture says the projects concern water quality, soil health, wildlife habitat and agricultural viability. …
  • McDonald's to Simplify Structure, Focus on Customers

    05/04/2015 6:10:53 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MAY 4, 2015, 8:55 A.M. E.D.T. | A.P.
    NEW YORK — McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook says he's stripping away layers of bureaucracy so the company can move faster to keep up with changing tastes.During a 23-minute video message posted online Monday, Easterbrook said the company's structure is too "cumbersome" and that it can no longer afford its "legacy structure."
  • Charcoal Grill vs. Gas Grill Throwdown: Let's Settle This Once And For All

    05/03/2015 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 89 replies
    AMAZINGRIBS.COM ^ | 04 MARCH 2013 | MEATHEAD GOLDWYN
    "Gas or Charcoal?" The most frequently asked question since "Chicken or Egg?" The flame war between charcoal purists and gas hotheads burns brighter than the debate between Mac and PC users. You should read some of the slop slung on the barbecue message boards. On second thought, don't. Let me try to sort it out for you with a few inflammatory thoughts.
  • MSG to go with vegan-only menu for upcoming Morrissey show

    05/01/2015 6:44:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | Carl Campanile and Chris Perez
    Carnivorous fans flocking to Madison Square Garden to see rocker Morrissey next month will be forced to go vegan or go hungry — because the arena is giving in to his demands to ban meat at the performance. The former frontman for the British band “The Smiths” — which had a smash-hit album called “Meat is Murder” — is scheduled to perform June 27. Concertgoers craving a burger or hot dog will be asking, “Where’s the beef” after the singer revealed that the Garden had agreed that only strictly vegan foods would be served during the show. So no meat...
  • 'Three Pumpkins' Wine Ready to Hit the Shelves

    04/30/2015 10:31:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Boreal Winery in Warren, east of Sudbury, is trying something new: pumpkin wine. They've used some giant pumpkins grown in Sudbury, and fermented the wine right inside the pumpkins. It was bottled just a few weeks ago, and the winery will start selling it this weekend. Owner of Boreal Winery Greg Meilien said the wine is fantastic. "[We were] quite surprised. We weren't sure what was going to happen but it turned out very, very nice," he said. Meilien said as for the taste, it's something you need to try for yourself, but added it does have a melon mid-palette...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    04/30/2015 4:00:07 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 73 replies
    Panzanella, and other hearty sides! Every year around the first of June, my office has a barbecue party. Thinking of a side dish to take this year, I remembered one that I haven't made in a while. I first had 'Panzanella' - or Tuscan Bread Salad - at the home of a friend, and looked for a recipe of my own. This one is very good: Tuscan Bread Salad 1/2 loaf day-old dense, country-style bread (I always use Italian bread) 3 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced...
  • People love chickens that are “vegetarian fed.” But chickens are not vegetarians.

    04/30/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2015 | Peter Whoriskey
    Many of the largest U.S. sellers of organic eggs boast that their hens are vegetarian, and for an increasingly food-curious public, this may be great advertising. A carton of Eggland’s Best advertises that the company uses “vegetarian fed hens.” Horizon promises that their eggs “come from hens that are fed a 100% organic, vegetarian diet.” Land O Lakes hens have a diet with no animal fat or by-products. Yet for the chickens, who are natural omnivores that readily devour bugs and small animals when they’re available, the forced vegetarianism can be a disaster.
  • Vietnamese foodie guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson dishes about 25 best things to eat in Little Saigon

    04/29/2015 2:38:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 29, 2015 | Brad A. Johnson
    Vietnamese foodie guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson dishes about the 25 best things to eat in Little Saigon The scent of Little Saigon hits me in the face. An intoxicating perfume of jackfruit and bananas and the vanilla-y scent of pandanus leaves wraps itself around me in a warm, tight embrace. It’s a sunny Friday afternoon, and the line to purchase something cold and sweet at Thach Che Hien Khanh in Garden Grove stretches out the front door and down the sidewalk, past a vendor of exotic fruits and knickknacks — chopsticks, paper lanterns, plastic Buddhas, various figurines of the...
  • Everything you think you know about milk is wrong

    04/27/2015 2:52:07 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 41 replies
    National Post ^ | April 25, 2015 | Rebecca Tucker
    An actor named Sean Whalen sits at a desk, spreading a generous helping of peanut butter on a slice of bread, listening to a classical music radio station. The scene of the ad makes it clear he’s surrounded by artifacts from the Burr-Hamilton duel, the historic 1804 showdown between U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and vice-president Aaron Burr; Whalen’s character is, apparently, something of an expert. The song on the radio fades, and the radio host announces that day’s $10,000 trivia question as the subject shoves a peanut butter sandwich — the whole thing! — into his mouth...
  • The 11 craziest foods sold at ballparks this year

    04/26/2015 4:58:31 PM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies
    Fortune ^ | APRIL 24, 2015 | by Colleen Kane
    Hit the concession stands at MLB ballparks this year, and you’ll find Fried S’mOreo, 8,000-calorie burgers, and many more monstrosities. It’s the great American pastime: gorging on obscenely unhealthy food. In recent Major League Baseball seasons, over-the-top ballpark foods have become their own attraction. These bombastic new recruits of the concession stands are often riffs on ballpark classics like the hot dog and hamburger, but they’re jacked up and deep fried into stunt food territory. They can also cost $25 or more a pop — and still sell. One report has the Texas Rangers moving nearly 20,000 of their first...
  • Petaluma Burglar Eats Tater Tots, Falls Asleep on the Couch

    04/26/2015 4:01:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Apr 26, 2015 | Kale Williams
    A Placerville man was arrested in Petaluma Thursday afternoon after he broke into a house, had himself a snack of tater tots and set down on a sofa to take a nap, only to be discovered by the startled resident, police said. Around 2 p.m., the homeowner was minding her own business in an upstairs bedroom on the 1600 block of Caulfield Lane. For one reason or another, she decided to venture to the first floor, where she found a man — later identified as 44-year-old James Adams — peacefully snoozing on the sofa.
  • Adeline Myers Celebrates Meatballs From Around the World

    04/26/2015 3:16:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/14 | Michael Floreak
    In the introduction to her book “Global Meatballs: Around the World in 100-Plus Boundary-Breaking Recipes,” Adeline Myers celebrates the imperfections that make these “humble, misshapen rounds” a home kitchen favorite. When it comes to assessing both flavor and aesthetics, Myers, 31, knows her stuff. The author, trained at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco, has baked desserts for many area restaurants, and also works as an art conservator, recently on assignment to restore a gilded picture frame for Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Myers set off to research the worldwide variations on one of the world’s great comfort foods...
  • Hot Sauce Expo Heats Up Brooklyn & More Scorching Weekend Eats

    04/26/2015 11:09:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Gothamist ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | Nell Casey
    This Saturday marks the return of the Hester Street Fair to its home in Seward Park on the Lower East Side. On tap for this season: fried squid on a stick from Kaya NYC; delectable sandwiches from Red Star Sandwich Shop; fluffy biscuits from Field & Clover; and a ton of other awesome eats. The Hester Food Court, as they're calling the dining section of the Fair, will operate from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also on Saturday, the Court Tree gallery in Carroll Gardens transforms into the Kar Yee Noodle Shop, a pop up noodle soup outfit run by...
  • Why Nothing, Especially Chicken, Tastes Like It Used To

    04/26/2015 10:33:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 148 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 26, 2015 | Mark Schatzker
    SNIP In the town of McPherson, Kansas, there is a butcher shop called Krehbiels Meats, where, not long ago, an elderly woman bought a chicken that moved her to tears. The chicken had longer legs, a smaller breast and yellower skin than regular chickens, and on the back appeared two words the woman, who was in her 70s, would not have seen in a very long time: “barred rock.” SNIP She had every reason not to be excited. During the course of her 48 years of marriage, chicken had only ever brought disappointment. The problem was chicken and dumplings. It...
  • Drinking Alone: A Bad Idea or a Toast to Oneself?

    04/25/2015 5:55:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/24/15 | LETTIE TEAGUE
    WINE IS A BEVERAGE with its own set of rules. Some of these rules, such as “Wine must be served in a glass with a stem,” are more like suggestions. Others, such as “White wine must always be chilled,” are regarded as near-gospel truths. A rule that many drinkers seem to follow is the one that dictates wine should not be consumed alone. Wine is a social beverage and is best enjoyed in the company of others, ideally in the context of a meal. But what of wine lovers who live or travel alone or cohabit with a non-oenophile? Does...
  • Why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Is Technically Obese

    04/25/2015 5:52:08 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 39 replies
    Yahoo Health sourced from Men's Health ^ | April 23rd, 2015 | Lou "p@nis envy" Schuler
    You might be surprised who the government considers too fat, too skinny, and just right(Photo: Getty Images) When Furious 7 set box-office records on its opening weekend, there was one story lurking in the shadows of the celebrity-industrial complex that no one wanted to talk about: The star, Vin Diesel, is overweight. And costar Dwayne Johnson? Dude’s obese. Johnson has a body-mass index, or BMI, of 34.3. Which means, according to U.S. government standards, the Rock is obese. And Diesel, at 27.1, is overweight.* ... ... ...They published their first set of weight-for-height tables in 1942, and then updated it...
  • AT LAST .. acceptable Saturday morning animation !

    04/25/2015 2:48:59 AM PDT · by knarf · 9 replies
    FreeRangeStudios ^ | April 25, 2015 | knarf
    Opened my e-mail this morning and just flat out enjoyed this short
  • Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns

    04/24/2015 12:06:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 89 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | Apr 24, 10:56 AM (ET) | By CANDICE CHOI
    NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning away from popular diet sodas. Competitor Coca-Cola said this week that sales volume for Diet Coke, which also uses aspartame, fell 5 percent in North America in the first three months of the year. Executives at Coke and Pepsi blame the declines on perceptions that aspartame isn't safe. That's even though the Food and Drug Administration says aspartame, best known by...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    04/23/2015 4:13:22 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 113 replies
    Sammiches! With Summer coming, I'm looking forward to nice tomatoes, and one of our favorite sandwiches is the classic BLT, for which nobody needs a recipe. (Before he died, my father-in-law would ship us boxes of his first eating tomatoes from PA, and we always looked forward to that - and to the sore gums that were a measure of our delighted excess :-) But when I was growing up, my favorite Summer sandwich was just thick tomato slices on white-bread toast, with lots of mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Due to this love of fresh tomatoes on bread, I...
  • 1978 Flashback: Bruce Jenner, Wheaties, and the ‘Breakfast of Champions’ [Romans 1]

    04/23/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 35 replies
    Yahoo Food ^ | 4/23/2015 | Cassie Carothers
    With America fixated on all things Bruce Jenner and the anticipation around his Diane Sawyer interview Friday night on ABC, it seemed an interesting moment to revisit another time when he captured this country’s attention. In 1978, Jenner snagged one of the sports world’s biggest honors: appearing on the Wheaties cereal box. While this might not sound impressive in today’s era of multi-million dollar endorsement deals, back then it was one of the ultimate prizes for a top athlete. A lot of people know Jenner today from his relationship to the Kardashian clan. But decades ago, he became a national...
  • McDonald’s Is Doomed

    04/23/2015 1:22:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/23/2015 | Stephen Green
    You probably saw the story yesterday that McDonald’s had yet another rough quarter, with sales down globally yet again. I didn’t think it was worth blogging again after reading this part, but please indulge me before we get to the good stuff: Shares of the fast-food company were up almost 5 percent in early trading. At midday, they remained 3 percent higher at $97.70 as investors shrugged off declines in quarterly earnings and sales.McDonald’s global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months fell a worse-than-expected 2.3 percent in the first quarter, and the company warned of another drop in...
  • USDA app aims to stop Americans from wasting 36 lbs. food a month

    04/23/2015 9:19:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 22, 2015 | 9:23 PM | Paul Bedard
    The Agriculture Department has determined that 36 pounds of food per person is wasted every month, about 21 percent of the available food in the United States. And one big reason: those expiration dates are wrong or overly cautious. The solution: Hold your nose and just eat it. Even if it is 18 months past the expiration date. It sounds yucky, but officials think they’ve got the trick to get moms to feed expired but safe food to kids and adults alike—they’ve even got an app. It’s called FoodKeeper and it is supposed to have a more accurate calculation of...
  • US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

    04/23/2015 12:41:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 1:26 AM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global warming—and don’t require congressional approval.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed the sweeping farm bill into law last year. The efforts, many of which have their roots in that law, aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, boost carbon capture and storage and come with various enticements, including grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance. […] Obama administration aides have said the issue of...
  • For classic Alabama barbecue, only white sauce will do

    04/22/2015 7:54:37 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 67 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/22/15 | Elizabeth Karmel
    When people think barbecue sauce, they usually think something tomato- or vinegar-based. But today, I want to convince you to consider another breed of barbecue — white...
  • Vanity: Share your GRILLING Recipes for Earth Day. :)

    04/22/2015 2:34:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 62 replies
    What are you gonna be grilling today? I may be cooking some burgers. What is the best way to cook a spotted owl on the grill?? I'll start with a spotted owl recipe. Moo Goo Owl Gai Pan 3/4-1 lb Fresh if possible spotted owl 1 cup fresh button mushrooms 1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots, sliced 1/2 cup canned water chestnuts, sliced 1 slice ginger, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced SAUCE 1 cup chicken stock 1-2 tablespoon oyster sauce 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch SEASONINGS 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry 1/8 teaspoon...
  • Apparently No One Noticed What This Woman Was Staring at When They Chose Her for Their Label

  • Lamesa Counting Down Til Chicken-Fried Steak Festival

    04/20/2015 8:34:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    With the fifth annual chicken-fried steak festival just under a month away, much of the event's entertainment lineup is set. The festival is April 24-26 in Lamesa’s Forrest Park. The three-day event kicks off with a dinner Friday night, April 24. Plates of — you guessed it— chicken-fried steaks and sides are $12 for adults and $7 for children. Saturday activities include a cook-off, balloon launch, team roping and a classic car show. A 5k glow run is set for about 8:30 p.m. The musical lineup includes: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday — Coby Carter 8 p.m. - midnight Friday — Jody...
  • 170-year-old champagne recovered from shipwreck still delicious, tasters say

    04/20/2015 7:38:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    sciencerecorder.com ^ | Delila James
    Biochemist Phillipe Jeandet.... who has analyzed the early 19-century bubbly, says there were surprising amounts of copper and iron in the wine. The copper most likely came from copper sulfate, which vintners used to kill mildew and fungus on growing grape vines, the report said. The nails used to hold the wooden storage barrels together probably account for the liquid’s high iron content, he said. Even after 170 years lying some 165 feet deep in the ancient sunken cargo vessel, the champagne corks had not deteriorated because, scientists say, there was liquid both inside and out. And, according to Andrew...
  • This List of Senior Discounts for People Over 50...

    04/19/2015 10:31:42 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 49 replies
    MOGUL ^ | April 19, 2015 | Steve Herman
    RESTAURANTS: Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+) Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +) Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+) Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+) Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+) Boston Market: 10% off (65+) Burger King: 10% off (60+) Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+) Chili's: 10% off ( 55+) CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
  • Not drinking enough water has same effect as drink driving

    04/18/2015 8:07:19 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 45 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 18, 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Having as few as five sips of water an hour while driving is equivalent to being over the drink drive limit. Drivers make more than twice as many mistakes when they are just mildly dehydrated, according to new research. The study revealed that drivers who had only had 25ml of water an hour made more than double the number of mistakes on the road than those who were hydrated - the same amount as those who have been drink driving.
  • Waynesboro Man Suspected of Stealing Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks, Runs From Police (Hillary Veep?)

    04/17/2015 4:04:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC29 ^ | Apr 06, 2015
    Waynesboro Police Department News Release: The Waynesboro Police Department arrested a Waynesboro man Friday morning after he stole a box of fruit snacks from a local grocery store and then fled from officers. Marquis Lamar Pullen, 19 years old, faces two misdemeanors after last week's incident at the Kroger, 245 Arch Avenue, which happens to be across the street from the Police Department. At11:15 AM on March 20, an officer responded to the store for a report of a male shoplifter, later identified as Pullen, who had taken some merchandise. Before the officer arrived, the WEOC broadcast that the suspect...
  • This Woman Smiled after shooting a giraffe, and the Internet is Outraged

    04/17/2015 12:13:29 AM PDT · by Oztrich Boy · 69 replies
    Mashable Australia ^ | 16-04-15 | Brian Reis
    Real life Big Buck Hunter "Hero" Rebecca Francis thought she had snagged yet another trophy animal when she shot and killed a giraffe in Africa in 2010. The 41-year-old mother of eight, who's hunted and killed everything from bears, moose and bighorn rams to zebras, lynx and antelopes, downed the beast with a bow and took a picture laying next to its carcass. That, it seemed, was that. But she never considered what Ricky would think. Five years later, the comedian Ricky Gervais found the picture and tweeted it to his followers, asking, "What must've happened to you in your...
  • Austin Gives Early Approval To Regulate BBQ Smoke (TX)

    04/16/2015 9:45:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 16, 2015 - 10:41 AM | Eric Scheiner
    WXAN reports Austin City Council members debated a plan earlier this month to put restrictions on smoke from barbecue restaurants. Council member Pio Renteria asked council to regulate the amount of smoke that comes from food trucks and restaurants within 100 feet of residential areas. Renteria said residents complained to him that smoke coming from BBQ joints caused them to not be able to open their windows or enjoy their backyards. …
  • Weekly Cooking(and related issues) Thread

    04/16/2015 3:56:27 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 96 replies
    I like savory tarts, quiche-s, pies. I think I enjoyed my first quiche in the mid-1970s, at a little party. I had never had anything like it, and began making them. Many years ago, I found on the 'young' WWW, a recipe for a sausage quiche on the website of the Mason House Inn of Betansport, in Iowa. I don't see the recipe on their website anymore, but it's been saved here: https://virtualcities.com/ons/ia/z/iaz86011.htm The change I make in it is to use hot sausage, not Italian Sweet. Also, I recently found this 'Tomato Galette', which is more of a rustic...
  • Lawyer Eating at Chick-fil-A Dropped Hundreds of Dollars on the Floor. Here’s What Happened ...

    04/14/2015 7:16:42 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 71 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | Apr. 13, 2015 | Zach Noble
    Think the people at Chick-fil-A are honest, upstanding folks? This story will confirm your hunch. A civil rights lawyer in Decatur, Georgia, made a huge mistake when he dropped hundreds of dollars on the floor at a Chick-fil-A while eating breakfast, but a restaurant employee saved him from losing the cash, WXIA-TV reported. Attorney Victor Long had $1,200 in cash on him — money bound for the bank — on April 1 when he ate breakfast at the restaurant, he told WXIA. “I didn’t even think about backtracking, because I figured anybody who found the money, the way people need...
  • Green Jackfruit: is ‘Pulled Pork for Vegetarians’ the Next Big Food Craze?

    04/13/2015 9:43:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Late last year, after 18 years of litigation, a senior government official in Kerala, south-west India was given a prison sentence after being convicted of theft. The object he stole was government property, and it was so large he had to have it cut up to get it home. A piece of art, perhaps? A precious metal? Actually, it was a 40-year-old jackfruit tree, and, once you’ve tasted its fruit, you begin to understand why he did it. To say the jackfruit is big is an understatement. It is the largest tree-borne fruit on the planet – it isn’t unusual...
  • Caffeine High: Space Station Getting Espresso Maker

    04/13/2015 2:07:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 12, 2015 | Marcia Dunn
    The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy. SpaceX is scheduled to launch its unmanned rocket with the espresso maker — and 4,000 pounds of food, science research and other equipment — Monday afternoon. The experimental espresso machine is intended for International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy. It was supposed to arrive in January, shortly after her arrival, so she could get some relief from the station's instant coffee. But it ended up on the back burner after a...
  • Extreme $100 Doughnut Decorated With Real Gold Flakes Available in Kelowna Bakery

    04/12/2015 2:19:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    As far as $100 doughnuts go, Jeanne Kaminski believes the Donutopia is a good deal. The doughnut — the humble fried confectionary of the masses — has been blinged out to the extreme at West Kelowna’s Dolicious Donuts. “Each one takes three to five hours to make. The value of the doughnut is more than $100,” said Dolicious owner Kaminski, co-creator of the lavish delicacy. The Donutopia, which rests in a sugar bowl and is decorated with 24-karat gold flakes and edible sugar “diamonds,” starts with the same simple, yet secret, 40-year-old recipe that Dolicious uses for all its doughnuts....
  • Grilled cheese lovers have more sex, study says

    04/12/2015 12:58:26 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/10/11
    Here’s yet another reason to love grilled cheese: Fans of the ooey, gooey sandwiches have more sex, a new study has found. Thirty-two percent of grilled cheese fans have sex at least six times a month, versus 27 percent of those who don't like the sandwich, according to the dating and social-networking site Skout, which released the findings before National Grilled Cheese Day on Sunday.
  • Agriculture poses immense threat to environment, German study says

    04/12/2015 12:37:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04/10/2015 – 08:12 | Nicole Sagener
    Conventional agriculture is causing enormous environmental damage in Germany, warns a study by the country’s Federal Environment Agency, saying a transition to organic farming and stricter regulation is urgently needed. EurActiv Germany reports. Spanning over 50% of the country, agriculture takes up by far the biggest amount of land in the country, and is one of its most important economic sectors. But intensive farming still harms the environment to an alarming extent, according to a study conducted by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). The use of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as intensive animal husbandry, have a negative impact on...
  • Is the world ready for Ruth Bader Ginger ice cream? (Ben & Jerry’s—maybe)

    04/11/2015 8:57:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2015
    She’s already got a Lego figure, so why not an ice cream? Ben & Jerry’s fans are appealing to company known for its wacky flavors with pop culture references to create a Ruth Bader Ginger flavor to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg --and there’s even a petition to further the cause. Boston resident Yael Mazor Garfinkle started the Change.org petition after Buzzfeed reported that Ben & Jerry’s has named more than twenty ice cream flavors after people in the past 30 years—but only two have been for women. …
  • Can you eat healthy on $4 a day?

    04/11/2015 7:16:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 153 replies
    fortune ^ | APRIL 10, 2015, | Mitch Rothschild
    One CEO tests how healthy low-income families can eat under the U.S. governments’ food assistance program.
  • Bird flu confirmed at 1 ND turkey farm, 4 more in Minnesota

    04/10/2015 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 10, 2015 11:23 PM EDT | Steve Karnowski
    A deadly bird flu strain was confirmed Friday at one North Dakota turkey farm and at four more in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected across the Midwest to 20 and the toll to almost 1.1 million birds since the outbreak was first confirmed in early March. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the new cases in Minnesota of the highly contagious H5N2 strain are in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties. The four new farms housed a combined 189,000 turkeys. In North Dakota, State Veterinarian Susan Keller said the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa confirmed the H5N2...
  • Moscow Ponders €17 Million Russian Rival to McDonald’s

    04/10/2015 11:34:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | 4/9/15 at 12:29 PM | Damien Sharkov
    The Russian government is mulling over funding a €17 million project, planned as a Russian rival to U.S. fast food chain McDonald’s, according to Russian press. The initiative, instigated by film directors Andrei Konchalovsky and Nikita Mikhalkov has already been looked at by Russian president Vladimir Putin and on his request Russia’s deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich will review the idea today, Russian newspaper Kommersant reports. According to a letter from the two directors, addressed to Putin last month and obtained by Kommersant, the catering chain is intended to become “an alternative to Western fast food chains.” It is planned...
  • France outlaws employment of anorexic fashion models

    04/09/2015 6:10:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    In one of the most elegant cities on earth, France's Parliament has moved to make it a crime to use anorexic models or encourage anorexia, as authorities try to crack down on the glorification of dangerously thin women. Other countries including Israel and Spain have taken similar action. The French measure would only apply within France, but could have symbolic impact beyond, because of its outsized influence in setting style and image trends around the world.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    04/09/2015 4:04:37 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 104 replies
    I'm still thinking about gardens, and vegetables - especially summer squashes. I found the following in the Smith and Hawken 'Gardeners' Community Cookbook' (a great recipe book!) Summer Squash with Spinach Filling For the Squash: Boil 2 large or 4 medium, whole Summer Squash until they can be easily pierced by a knife tip, but are still firm. Allow to cool slightly, and then split them lengthwise, and remove the seeds with a spoon. Set Aside. Spinach Filling for Summer Squash 1 large bunch spinach, using leaves and tender stems, coarsely chopped and well-drained (3/4 lb.) (often I just buy...
  • A true malt bomb...

    04/07/2015 6:14:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    4/7/15
    The recipe: 10 lbs Munich Malt 8 oz Black Patent 8 oz Caramel 20 8 oz Chocolate 8 oz Carapils (for head retention only) 1 oz Challenger pellets @60 mins 1 oz Challenger pellets @30 mins 1 oz Wilamette pellets @5 mins Safale S-04 Mashed for 90 minutes @ 157°F using Brew-in-a-bag. Mashed-out for 10 minutes @168°F. 60 minute boil. Fined with Irish Moss @15 minutes. Held in primary for a week; secondary for 2 weeks. Kegged @10 lbs. The numbers: Pre-boil SG: 1.045 OG: 1.054 FG: 1.024 ABV: 3.94%
  • The Best Beer From Every State; Happy National Beer Day!

    04/07/2015 2:20:16 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 89 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 7, 2015 | Melissa Stanger
    It's National Beer Day, the perfect excuse to break out a frosty mug of your favorite brew. Because everyone's tastes and preferences for beers differ so significantly, it can be hard to objectively decide which ones are the cream of the crop. That's why we enlisted the help of the experts at RateBeer.com to come out with a list of the best beer from every state. Take a look at the map below to see if your favorite local beer made the list, or read the full feature for more information on the best brews.
  • McDonald’s to roll out bigger burgers

    04/07/2015 1:14:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2015 1:28 PM EDT
    Bigger burgers will be back on the menu at McDonald’s, at least for a while. McDonald’s says it’s introducing a trio of “Sirloin Third Pound” burgers for a limited time starting later this month, the latest sign the chain is pushing to improve perceptions about the quality of its food. The sirloin burgers would have the biggest beef patties on the chain’s menu and come after McDonald’s dropped its Angus Third Pounders in 2013. At the time, some analysts said the Angus burgers were too pricey for McDonald’s customers. McDonald’s says the sirloin burgers will cost around $4.99, although franchisees...