Gobbler Cakes

It doesn’t get much simpler than this!  After all that exhausting Thanksgiving Day preparation and cooking, here’s an easy-to-make, savory treat. Ingredients 1 large egg 2 cups cooked stuffing 1-1/4 cups finely chopped cooked turkey 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes 1 tablespoon canola oil Cranberry sauce and turkey gravy, […]

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Talkin’ Turkey

The modern domesticated turkey descends from the wild turkey; which didn’t originate from Turkey at all, but Mexico. The turkey is believed to have been a sacred bird in ancient Mexican cultures (the Mayans, Aztecs and Toltecs referred to the turkey as the ‘Great Xolotl’, viewing them as ‘jewelled birds’). An ancient text called the […]

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Who Invented the First Robot?

One of the most prolific inventors of all time conceived the plans for a robotic knight. Some of his other groundbreaking ideas included an instrument to measure wind speed; a helicopter; a parachute; an armored car; a triple barrel cannon, a hydraulic power saw, scuba gear, scissors and a revolving bridge which could be packed […]

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A Genius Meal

Many people know that Leonardo da Vinci kept meticulous notebooks. These texts give great insight into his relationship with food and health. He started writing them when he was 37 and continued until his death. Much like diaries, his notebooks consisted of random thoughts, notes and drawings and they were written in “mirror script” from […]

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Saddle Up!

Have you ever ridden a zebra?  Me neither.  But have you ever wondered why? Maybe not, if you don’t ride horses very often either. But think about it. Zebras look so awesome! Forget about the boring old limousine–imagine how cool it would look for a movie start to arrive to the Oscars on a zebra! […]

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What Time is It?

You’ve probably seen a sundial before. A sundial shows the time by displaying the position of the Sun’s shadow on a flat surface, providing of course that there is enough sun to cast a shadow. But if you live in Seattle, you might not want to depend on a sundial. According to the following weather […]

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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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