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Foodie Friday—Some Like It Hot: Sriracha and Our Capsaicin Fascination


The bottle alone is iconic: The white silhouette of the rooster, the Kelly-green cap, and the vibrant red-orange glow of the mouth-watering sauce within. (more…)

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Foodie Friday—Meaty Veggies: Bringing the Flavor with Plant-Based Food

Handsome man cooking at home preparing salad in kitchen.

A growing interest in healthy eating paired with studies about what actually goes into a good-for-you diet has lead many to increase their consumption of minimally processed, plant-based foods—namely: leafy greens, vegetables, and grains—over and above meat and dairy products. It’s a fantastic idea. After all, veggies, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds are naturally full of vital nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. What’s not to love about that?

Yet, as just about anyone who has tried a fast, a “cleanse,” or a strict New Year’s resolution to eat more kale-and-beet salad can quickly attest, plant-based diets can be challenging to maintain. Case in point: Despite limitless resources and the pressure of paparazzi documentation, even Beyonce and Jay-Z seem to have gone back to their carnivorous diet after a 22-day experiment in veganism. What’s more, many people associate meat- and dairy-free eating with bland, unsatisfying meals. It’s difficult to not get discouraged and overwhelmed by the task of improving our diets and overall health while still enjoying delicious food.  (more…)

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Inconvenient Al joins Inquisitive Jimmy …

Today’s Notable Quote: "I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize," Gore said. "We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity." – Al Gore, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The last American winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, former President Jimmy Carter, has long been interested in the peaceful co-existence of humans on this planet. If historic records are any indication, however, it appears that the former President has long held a similar interest in peaceful relations with extraterrestrials who might be visiting this planet, since his sighting of a strange unidentified object in Leary, Georgia in 1969.

Carter has always been open to talking about the 1969 UFO sighting, which he described as a "very remarkable sight," and "the darndest thing I have ever seen." The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" had been the President’s favorite movie while in the White House. Carter has talked about it in many question and answer sessions following speeches, or on open-line talk show promoting the many books he has written.

Interesting choices to represent the United States of America. Your thoughts?

Motivational_speaker_al_gore Jimmy_carter

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15 Minutes of Infamy

Notable Quote: (adapted from Andy Warhol) "In the present, many people will be infamous for 15 minutes."

Shameful. Despicable. Selfish. Thoughtless. Damaging. Inflammatory. Sickening. Disgusting. Imprudent. Ill-advised. Guilt-worthy. Capricious. Evil. Opportunistic –these and many, many other adverbs could and should be used to describe the absolute irresponsibility of certain members of the media who decided to air the videotaped rantings of the mentally ill young man (I will not lend to his ill-gotten notoriety – or his family’s pain and shame  by mentioning his name) responsible for the shootings at Virginia Tech.

If others see and relate to the young man’s grievances–it’s entirely possible that he could become a "folk hero" of sorts.  If this exercised "freedom of the press" serves to hearten those who would gain notoriety through a spectacular act of violence–my opinion is that those responsible for airing and promoting the material will bear a measure of responsibility for their actions .

There are more important things in life than "scooping" the competition.

The "Golden Rule" says: "Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you", not "Do unto others before they do unto you."

At any rate, it seems that I am not alone in my outrage over this horrendous decision by short-sighted ratings-seekers. Pray for healing at Virginia Tech, and for the families of the victims.  Read on for more…With a backlash developing against the media for airing sickening pictures from Virginia Tech shooter

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Lies, damned lies, statistics, and polls

Notable Quote: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." –  Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881)

Perhaps we should add a fourth kind: Public opinion polls. Given the media’s penchant for polling the populace on just about anything and everything these days (got to have plenty of fodder for the 24-hour news cycle, you know)…perhaps it warrants taking a closer look at how some of the poll questions are phrased, and how much credence should be given to their published results.

The following is a great article from World Magazine…Tricky poll questions skew what Americans believe about the war in Iraq

Telephone_survey Am I asking the right questions?

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B Hussein Obama and Cheney

Observation: B. Hussein Obama has very little foreign policy experience–and virtually no access to "Classified" intel. VP Dick Cheney has more than 3 decades of experience in dealing with sensitive international issues. Who are you going to believe?

The "payback" continues. If Illinois Republican Congressman Ryan hadn’t elected to step down due to a potential "lambasting" over his imminent divorce a few years ago, we wouldn’t be listening to B. Hussein today (he [Obama]didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of being elected to the House at the time). It’s interesting to see how that now, just a few short years later–following Oprah’s endorsement of his book "The Audacity of Hope", and the backing of a few entertainment moguls–he has become an expert on foreign policy.

Obama, speaking at a massive outdoor rally in Austin

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Refusing to “Chicken Out” in Mexico

Today’s Notable Quote: "  "If a lot of chicken comes in from the United States, we’re not going to be able to maintain our farms. People are going to get fired.  People are going to go north." – Pedro Martin, poultry farm employee in Pegueros, Mexico

According to this Washington Post story, there are many in Mexico who would rather remain–but feel they must choose to move to the U.S. due to economic necessisity resulting, at least in part from the 1994 NAFTA agreement. Take a moment to read the perspective of Pedro and some of his co-workers. Interesting. Even as his village emptied, Pedro Martin stayed behind.

Chick_fil_a_cows_1 These cows must bear at least some of the responsibility for the growing demand for chicken…

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