Are we infested by Aliens?

Did you know that the latest scientific research shows the number of bacteria within the average healthy, human body out-number human cells by ten to one. That’s not a typo. Only 10% of the cells in your body are NOT microbes.

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Thai Iced Tea

If you have time to bring your cow in from the pasture and milk it, you can enjoy all kinds of delicious milk-based recipes. One of my favorites is Thai Iced Tea, which is made from strongly-brewed black tea, laced with spices such as star anise, crushed tamarind, cardamom and others (often making this beverage a favorite […]

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How to Milk a Cow

When I was a child, I remember a farmer parking his truck in our sprawling housing complex, striding the lanes yelling “STRAAAAAW – berries!”  My mother always ran out and bought a few baskets from him. Using your voice is the original form of advertising, and it remained the main form well after the invention of […]

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The Game is Afoot!

Crime Scene It was a dark and stormy night when I realized that I was out of celery. How can a person make dinner without celery? But duty called; and I sacrificed my good hair day for a trip to the store. I was only gone half an hour, but returned to find that a […]

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Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Secret Spice Blend?

In 2016 Jay Jones, freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune, shared the story of Colonel Sander’s nephew, who showed him an old family scrapbook listing (you guessed it) the family secret blend of 11 herbs and spices for KFC’s famous fried chicken. Countless people, through the years, have tried to unearth this gastronomic treasure. And KFC […]

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Officer O’Smarty: He’s No Dummy

In 1993, the entire city of San Francisco voted about whether police officer Robert J. (Bob) Geary was allowed to carry his dummy while on patrol.  How did this come to a citywide vote, you may ask? In 1991 Geary was assigned to a program which encouraged officers to be “highly visible” and use “creative and ingenious […]

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Swedish Meatballs and Cucumber Salad

Adapted from Eric Akis, cookbook author and Times Colonist http://www.timescolonist.com/life/food-drink/eric-akis-swedish-meatballs-in-gravy-1.11205497 This dish has been made for centuries in Sweden. There are numerous variations on how folks say it should be made. Some recipes ask for cooked, diced onions to be added to the raw meat, others call for raw, grated onion. Some prefer to make […]

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Ice Hotel—Brrrrrrrrrr!

How would you like to honeymoon on a bed of snow? While it sounds a bit chilly to me, people from around the world are signing up to enjoy the amenities of the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, where everything—the walls, the ceilings and even the furniture—is made from frozen water. This spectacular complex is built […]

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White Bean Soup with Toasty Cheese Bread

Steeping chicken broth with sprigs of rosemary and thyme for a few minutes adds great flavor to this creamy soup.  The sandwich is toasted under the broiler and served open-faced (with or without tomatoes). This delicious meal can be made in as little as five or six minutes.   2 sprigs rosemary 2 sprigs thyme […]

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Hey, that’s my Swan!

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II owns the mute swans (Cygnus olor) in England? The Crown claimed ownership of all the mute swans in England (and Wales) way back in the 12th century to stop commoners from depriving the royals of one of their favorite meals. (And you thought it was for altruistic reasons.) […]

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