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Archive for December 27th, 2006

So All May Eat, Inc.

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DesignVerb has a nice post on this nifty idea: a restaurant set up so that everyone can eat, with money or not. (And the menu looks pretty good, too.)

Written by LeisureGuy

27 December 2006 at 8:39 pm

Posted in Business, Food

Barbecue sauce from my childhood

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“Barbecue” at the time also referred to grilling—and no wimpy Webers: this was the 1940s, and a grill was open and used charcoal pieces, not briquettes. Webers and briquettes came much later. This sauce was created, so far as I know, by the guy who had the local Chevrolet dealership. I recall having it on grilled steaks. Very simple:

1 bottle Heinz ketchup (about 12 oz)
1 10-oz bottle Worcestershire
Juice of 2 big lemons
1 stick butter, melted
3 cloves crushed garlic

Mix with whisk. Baste meat as it grills.

It was yummy.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 December 2006 at 6:39 pm

Posted in Recipes

Welsh rabbit

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I love a good Welsh rabbit (though this recipe uses the alternative “rarebit”). Great food for a cold night.

Welsh Rarebit
Time: About 20 minutes, plus cooling
Adapted from Fergus Henderson

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon mustard powder, or to taste
½ teaspoon cayenne, or to taste
¾ cup strong dark beer, like Guinness
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, or to taste
1 pound Cheddar, Double Gloucester or other English cheese (or other good semi-hard cheese, like Comté or Gruyère, or a mixture), grated
4 to 8 pieces lightly toasted bread.

1. Put butter in a saucepan over medium heat and, as it melts, stir in flour. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and very fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in mustard and cayenne, then whisk in beer and Worcestershire sauce.

2. When mixture is uniform, turn heat to low and stir in cheese, again stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and pour into a broad container to set (you can refrigerate for up to a day at this point).

3. Spread mixture thickly on toast and put under broiler until bubbly and edges of toast are crisp. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 or more servings.

Here are three others on the theme that I’ve had for years:

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Written by LeisureGuy

27 December 2006 at 6:36 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Recipes

Spinach and lettuce may lower blood pressure

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Good news:

A type of nutrient found in vegetables like spinach and lettuce may be Mother Nature’s way of keeping blood pressure in check.

A small new study suggests the nitrates in many vegetables may keep blood vessels healthy and lower blood pressure.

Previous studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, can reduce blood pressure.

But it’s been difficult to determine exactly which nutrients in fruits and vegetables are responsible for these blood-pressure-lowering effects, researchers in this study say.

Nitrates Lower Blood Pressure

In the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences examined the effects of short-term nitrate supplementation in a group of 17 healthy, nonsmoking young adults.

Each participant rotated between taking a daily dose of nitrate supplement equivalent to the amount normally found in 150 to 250 grams of a nitrate-rich vegetable — such as spinach, lettuce, or beetroot — for three days, and taking a placebo for a different three days.

The results showed that average diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number in a blood pressure measurement) was 3.7 mm Hg lower after three days of nitrate supplementation than it was after taking the placebo for three days.

The researchers say these benefits are similar to those found among healthy participants in the DASH trials and suggest that nitrates’ blood-pressure-lowering effects merit further study.

Roasted beets are really yummy, and the greens are tasty, too.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 December 2006 at 5:13 pm

Posted in Food, Health, Science

The war plan for Iran

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Glenn Greenwald lays out the neoconservative war plan for Iran—and the neoconservatives still direct George Bush’s views. His post begins:

It is hardly news to point out that the warmongers and neoconservatives in the Bush movement are radical, and are becoming increasingly more desperate with the rapid worsening of the predicaments for which they are responsible.

But if you really spend intensive time digging deeply into the things they’ve been saying and thinking for the last five years — as I’ve been doing recently in writing my book — it is nonetheless astounding: (a) just how deranged and detached from basic reality are their statements and (b) that they have not been forcefully cast out of respectable and mainstream political dialogue as a result of what they say and how they think.

Neoconservatives have now become such caricatures of themselves that it almost pity-inducing to read what they are writing (though even the briefest reminder of the tragic damage they have wrought precludes any possibility of real pity). When it comes to operating within the minimum confines imposed by basic rationality and plain reality, neoconservatives really are indistinguishable from, say, Lyndon LaRouche or Fred Phelps or any number of other deranged extremists who are not merely radical in their ideology, but are so far removed from reality that they command no attention beyond the occasional derisive reference.

Yet there is little doubt that these same neoconservatives still exert the greatest influence on the thinking of our current President, and the more decorated among them still command great respect from our nation’s media stars. They are as bloodthirsty as they are detached from reality, as amoral as they are radical, and it is long past the time that just a fraction of the scorn that they so plainly merit be heaped upon them.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 December 2006 at 5:08 pm

Get ready for more food-borne illness

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Thanks to the GOP. From TPMmuckraker:

Contaminated spinach, suspicious green onions, E. coli-laden lettuce — it seems like green vegetables are the newest threat to America.

Turns out there may be a reason: the Food and Drug Administration, charged with ensuring the country’s food safety, hasn’t gotten the funding to do the basic studies it needs to draft appropriate regulations. From today’s Baltimore Sun:

Recurring outbreaks of food-borne illness from contaminated produce are “unacceptable” in today’s society, the government says. But the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t done much of the basic research that would let it write regulations to fix the problem.Six years after the FDA first issued general guidance to the produce industry on how it might prevent contamination from microbes such as E. coli 0157:H7, experts say federal regulators still can’t answer key questions. . . .

Without such specifics, FDA talk of regulations to protect consumers from more outbreaks like the recent ones involving fresh spinach and Taco Bell restaurants could be little more than bureaucratic saber-rattling. . . .

In a business-friendly administration, many new regulatory efforts advance slowly, if at all. But the FDA’s predicament is more acute because an agencywide budget squeeze is putting disproportionate pressure on its foods program. . . .

An internal budget analysis prepared this summer, “FDA Financial Realities,” concluded that the FDA’s food program budget would need $176 million more in 2007 to provide roughly the same level of service as it did in 2003.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 December 2006 at 4:52 pm

I still can’t understand the GOP

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They just can’t seem to take seriously their responsibilities. I mentioned this earlier, but here’s just a partial list:

Readers keep finding examples, so we keep growing our list of information products “disappeared” by the Bush administration which appear to have contradicted its policy preferences. We’re up to 28. You can see the complete list here. The latest:

* For more than a year, the Interior Department refused to release a 2005 study showing a government subsidy for oil companies was not effective.* The White House Office of National Drug Policy paid for a 5-year, $43 million study which concluded their anti-drug ad campaigns did not work — but it refused to release those findings to Congress. (Thanks to skeptic)

* In 2006, the Federal Communications Commission ordered destroyed all copies of an unreleased 2004 draft report concluding that media consolidation hurt local TV news coverage, which runs counter to the administration’s pro-consolidation stance. (Thanks to Jim Tobias)

* After Bush assumed power in 2001, the Department of Labor removed from its Web site “Don’t Work in the Dark — Know Your Rights,” a publication informing women of their workplace rights. (via the National Council for Research on Women)

* The Department of Labor also removed from its Web site roughly two dozen fact sheets on women’s workplace issues such as women in management, earning differences between men and women, child care concerns, and minority women in the workplace. (via the National Council for Research on Women)

* In February 2004, the appointed head of the Office of Special Counsel — created to protect government employees’ rights — ordered removed from a government Web site information on the rights of gay men, lesbians and bisexuals in the public workplace. (via the National Council for Research on Women)

Written by LeisureGuy

27 December 2006 at 4:49 pm

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