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  • Red Hot Chilli Pepper: Beat the Chills With Some of the Country's Fiercest

    01/19/2018 11:12:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    LiveMint ^ | Mon, Jan 15 2018
    A look at chillies from across India and the world, the hot and the not-so-hot One of the distinctive qualities of Indian food is its “hotness”. From Manipur to Bijapur to Bilaspur, across India, you’ll find foods that are spicy in varying degrees. Several culinary dishes have chilli in them in some form or the other. In a number of Indian homes and restaurants, it is customary to serve raw or semi-fried green chillies as an accompaniment to the main course. Steaming hot curries, thick sambars with a variety of vegetables, different kinds of bhaaths (rice dishes), mutton rassas, onion...
  • Gourmets And Good Eaters: It's National Popcorn Day!

    01/19/2018 7:04:44 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    Cape News ^ | January 18, 2018 | Gail Blakely
    Today is National Popcorn Day. Why today? Some pundits declare that it is scheduled around “big game” time, which perhaps does make some sense. At any rate, we have a few “big games” coming up, so consider this inspiration for the next couple of weeks. In the mid-1890s Charles Cretors, a candy store owner, developed a machine for popping corn with steam. As soon as the popped corn became easily available, people were clamoring for more. By 1900, Cretors had horse-drawn wagons selling it through the streets of Chicago. Around the same time, Louis Rueckheim had the idea of adding...
  • Sushi lover’s stomach-churning discovery: a 5-foot tapeworm living inside him

    01/18/2018 8:25:44 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 55 replies
    KFOR ^ | 18 Jan 2018
    A California man is likely altering his regular sushi habit after discovering a tapeworm that may have entered his body through the raw salmon he loves so much... ...The man thought he was dying, Banh said, “Oh my goodness my guts are coming out of me,” and started pulling at the worm. Once the tapeworm moved in his hand, Banh said, instead of just being horrified, the man was also relieved to know that it wasn’t his own entrails.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    01/18/2018 4:15:34 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 90 replies
    I’ve never made gnocchi, the Italian potato-based ‘dumpling’ ; but recently while looking for recipes, I found this beautifully-presented and unusual style of ‘gnocchi’ done by my favorite YouTube chef, John Mitzewich of 'Food Wishes'. It makes a very pretty side-dish with little effort, and looks like real comfort food. You should be able to find semolina flour in the health-food store, or in some grocery stores – I’m sure it’s included in the Bob’s Mill range of grains. Here is Chef John’s recipe for ‘Roman Style Gnocchi’ (and please note that "no potatoes were harmed in the making of...
  • Concerns Grow That Infections From 'Zombie Deer' Meat Can Jump To Humans

    01/18/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | January 17, 20181:25 PM ET | Sam Brasch
    Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there's a slight possibility, it doesn't bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his wife and two daughters at their Northglenn, Colo., home are pan-seared venison steaks with mashed potatoes and a whiskey cream sauce. "We each have our specialty, actually," says States as the steak sizzles. "The girls made elk tamales this morning, but we use [venison or elk] in spaghetti, chili, soup, whatever." The States take pride in skipping the butcher counter at the grocery store. The red...
  • Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

    01/17/2018 2:17:34 PM PST · by Governor Dinwiddie · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | January 16, 2018 | Dan Charles
    This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that was made from soybean oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, but because they're required to, by law. The law is the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. For some, especially Midwestern farmers, it's the key to creating clean energy from American soil and sun. For others — like many economists — it's a wasteful misuse of resources.
  • South Korea's 'Kimchi Deficit' Hits Record High

    01/17/2018 12:37:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    South Korea's trade deficit in kimchi, its proud traditional side dish of fermented cabbage, reached an all-time high last year as low-priced Chinese imports flooded the market, statistics showed Wednesday (Jan 17). The spicy foodstuff is emblematic of Korean cuisine and accompanies almost every meal served in the country, whatever its culinary origins, with kimchi-making still an important annual ritual for many families. But the commercial market has been deluged by Chinese producers in recent years, resulting in what has been dubbed the "kimchi deficit".
  • Betty White turns 96 today, credits vodka and hot dogs

    01/17/2018 9:11:50 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 71 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 17, 2018 | Rachel DeSantis
    The mythical Fountain of Youth isn’t made of water, after all, but vodka — at least, according to Betty White. The famously spry comic actress, who turns 96 today, gave good news to those struggling to make it through January by offering some sage insight into her longevity. She told Parade magazine that she loves vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order.” She may be on to something — a recent study found that adults who were moderate drinkers were more than 20 percent less likely to die early of any cause. White added that she’s also made it...
  • Swiss Follies

    01/17/2018 5:27:10 AM PST · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | January 16, 2018 | Wesley J. Smith
    Swiss Follies Wesley J. Smith January 16, 2018, 12:30 PM Switzerland has followed New Zealand and a few other localities to outlaw boiling live lobsters. It also requires them to be shipped in salt water. Supporters claim that lobsters can feel pain, a dubious notion, given that they don’t have brains adequate to process such stimuli.But never mind. The Swiss epitomize the world we are creating once we reject human exceptionalism and elevate eliminating — as opposed to mitigating — suffering to top societal priority. That can drive policy into surreal regions of misplaced priorities. Consider: Switzerland has amended its Constitution to recognize the...
  • Why Stress Makes You Crave Chocolate According to Research

    01/16/2018 11:47:11 AM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 25 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Jan 15 2018 | Kaitlin Covel
    Have you ever wondered why you crave chocolate when you get stressed out? Research justifies our cravings and provides healthier ways to get our chocolate fix. Chocolate Makes Us HappyIt’s not all in your head. Well, actually it is, but in a literal sense. Physically, the consumption of chocolate does make you happy by stimulating the release of dopamine in your brain. This neurotransmitter has been called “the happy hormone”. Chocolate also stimulates the release of serotonin, a hormone that has a calming effect on the mind and body. The limbic system is the part of the brain responsible for...
  • Ben Franklin made up 200 terms for being wasted

    01/16/2018 3:00:35 AM PST · by beaversmom · 17 replies
    The NY Post ^ | December 30, 2017 | Larry Getlen
    Ben Franklin is often quoted as having said, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” But he was actually talking about wine. In a 1779 letter to French artist Francois Morellet, Franklin began by stating, “In vino veritas . . . Truth is in wine.” He then continued to wax lyrical: “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards. There it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” The new book, “Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin,” by...
  • How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany

    01/16/2018 1:33:09 AM PST · by beaversmom · 36 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | January 11, 2018 | Matthew Blitz
    IT’S FEBRUARY 1944, AND BERLIN is attempting to recover from American aerial bombing. But life and industry continues on the city’s outskirts. In farmhouses, bottles clang and a mix of ex-convicts, Chinese laborers, and other workers fill glass bottles of what was likely a cloudy, brownish liquid. This is one of Coca-Cola’s makeshift bottling operations, and they are making Nazi Germany’s signature beverage. Even during war, Germans want their Fanta. The soft drink Fanta was invented by Coca-Cola, an American company, inside of Nazi Germany during World War II. Developed at the height of the Third Reich, the new soda...
  • Brawl Breaks Out at Newark Pizza Place Over Missing Cellphone That Was Actually in Lost and Found

    01/15/2018 2:07:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jan 14, 2018
    Brawl Breaks Out at Newark Pizza Place Over Missing Cellphone That Was Actually in Lost and Found: PoliceA squabble over a supposedly missing cellphone broke out into an all-out brawl at a pizza place in Newark Saturday night before it was discovered that the phone had actually been turned in to the restaurant's lost and found hours earlier, according to police. The fight involving two large groups erupted at John's Incredible Pizza Company inside the NewPark Mall, according to police. Footage from the scene captured people exchanging blows and shouting. When Newark police officers arrived, they called in reinforcements from...
  • KFC launches a questionable range of gravy-infused cocktails

    01/15/2018 1:51:59 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 16 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 1/15/17 | Lisa Bowman
    [snip] This time? Oh, they’ve gone big. The Colonel and his cronies have only gone and made a KFC cocktail menu – with each drink featuring gravy as a key ingredient. Before you get all excited about KFC having got itself an alcohol license, you need to calm yourself down, for you won’t be able to buy a boneless Bellini with your bargain bucket anytime soon. They’ve created the saucy recipes, but you’re going to have to make them at home. The Gravy Mary. Now this one we can get behind – the classic Bloody Mary is a savoury affair...
  • Penzey’s “Soul Box” to Fight Racism with Chicken and Ribs Spices

    01/15/2018 6:26:30 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 49 replies
    Right Wisconsin ^ | 1-15-18 | James Widgerston
    Just in time for Martin Luther King Day, Bill Penzey is calling every Trump voter a racist. To combat that racism, Penzeys Spices is giving away a free “mini Soul Box” – normally $14.95 plus shipping and handling – for just a shipping charge of $3.95. The box contains some cinnamon, some Cajun Seasoning and, yes, a rub for chicken and pork called “33rd and Galena.” “Just the right gift for anyone on your list working to keep the goodness of the American soul alive,” Penzeys Spices’ online catalog claims. If the small box of spices isn’t enough for you,...
  • Kangaroo Crossing

    01/15/2018 5:14:55 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Melanie A. Mouras
    "…a parallel universe where life was at once recognizably similar but entirely different." Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country" Part One: Tucson to Sydney Day one and two and three: My husband (Ted) and I left Tucson at 5:30 Thursday night, arriving in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday morning at about 6. It was a very long Qantas flight out of Los Angeles and, sometime during the night, we lost Friday, which happened to be my brother’s birthday. Before we’d left Arizona, I told him that our going over the International Date Line meant he’d never have to age, at least...
  • Another country has banned boiling live lobsters. Some scientists wonder why.

    01/13/2018 6:55:50 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 107 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 13 Jan 2018 | Lindsey Bever
    The Swiss Federal Council issued an order this week banning cooks in Switzerland from placing live lobsters into pots of boiling water – joining a few other jurisdictions that have protections for the decapod crustaceans. Switzerland’s new measure stipulates that beginning March 1, lobsters must be knocked out – either by electric shock or “mechanical destruction” of the brain – before boiling them, according to Swiss public broadcaster RTS. The announcement reignited a long-running debate: Can lobsters even feel pain?
  • ‘Don’t drink the coffee on airplanes,’ flight attendant warns

    01/13/2018 9:46:42 AM PST · by markomalley · 53 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 1/12/18 | Joe Dziemianowicz
    Airline chow is infamous for being inedible, but one beverage is worse, according to an industry insider.“Don’t drink the coffee on airplanes. It’s the same potable water that goes through the bathroom system,” an unidentified flight attendant “for a major American airline” revealed to “We recently had a test for E. coli in our water and it didn’t pass, and then maintenance came on and hit a couple buttons and it passed,” the flight attendant added. “So, avoid any hot water or tea. Bottled and ice is fine, of course.”That said, sipping bottled water could lead you to use the...
  • Chipotle Promising to Pay Top Executives up to $1 Mln if They Don't Ditch the Chain Before New CEO

    01/12/2018 10:09:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Chipotle is promising to pay top executives up to $1 million if they don't ditch the chain before it finds a new CEOChipotle is paying more than $1.6 million to make sure executives don't jump ship before the struggling burrito chain finds a new CEO. On Friday, Chipotle reported in an SEC filing that it had entered into retention agreements with certain executives to convince them to stay at the chain as it searches for a replacement for founder Steve Ells. As part of the agreement, Chipotle will pay CFO Jack Hartung $1 million if he stays at Chipotle for...
  • Detroit Area Restaurant Selling $60 Tacos

    01/12/2018 8:23:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Fox2 ^ | JAN 12 2018
    A Metro Detroit eatery is doubling down on gourmet food with a $60 taco. That's right. A $60 taco can be yours at a Dearborn restaurant - as long as you call ahead. M Cantina on Michigan Avenue unveiled the pricey meal that isn't your standard beef and cheese taco. This expensive dish comes with wagyu beef, foie gras, caviar, and black truffles.