A slice of salmon with ginger, garlic and soy sauce sits in the coffee maker’s carafe. Sliced broccoli and cauliflower are steamed in the basket while the salmon poaches below.
That’s so smart and low-fat healthy!
The coffee maker contains three cooking methods in one appliance:
Steam: The basket at the top is a great place to steam vegetables. You can throw in broccoli, cauliflower or any vegetable that cooks in about the same time as those.
Poach: The carafe at the bottom serves as a simple vessel for poaching fish and chicken. You can also use it to hard-boil eggs or make couscous and oatmeal.
Grill: This technique is a bit more advanced — and time-consuming. But if you’re really itching for a grilled cheese sandwich or a cinnamon bun in a motel room, the coffee maker’s burner can serve as a miniature grill.
Voilà! Your poached salmon, steamed broccoli, and couscous all prepared in a Mr. Coffee. :)
Back at the office, I turn on the computer to write a note in the electronic health record, or EHR. In addition to recording the details of our visit, I must meet the new federal criteria for “meaningful use” that have been adopted by my office, with threats that I won’t get paid for my work if I don’t.
At day’s end, I review my meaningful use. I spent more time checking boxes than talking to patients and their families. I spend more time talking to the information technology team than I do answering messages from patients.
As a teaching doctor, my feedback to the residents now consists mainly of explaining how to document their visits so that we will all get paid, instead of teaching them how to take care of elders in their homes.
I look at the parting gift from the home visit — a jar of homegrown pickled okra — and I think of the patients and their families. And I know where my meaningful use lies.
Jamie Harrison: “He called my nephew a nasty name and my nephew Cole cocked (sic) him in the mouth. I`m proud of my nephew for doing that.”
Nate Goof: “This kid has done things to get people mad that I think he could probably control.”
Their total ignorance of the subject matter…is just too painful. Thankfully, there was this comment from someone who knows what it’s all about:
Comment: “My 7 year old son has Asperger’s…he was being bullied by his whole class this year. His teacher defended him, but I found out he was being bullied and targeted by his own special education case worker and the school nurse …
I have decided that when we move next month he is going to be home schooled. My child has an extremely high IQ and has been tested and deemed gifted. His social skills however suck. He absolutely cannot relate to kids his own age, he’s too damn smart.
The kids see him as weird and freak out when he talks about stuff they don’t understand: for example he was sent home because he told a child that if you are sucked into a black hole in outer space you will die. The child told my son’s caseworker and my son was sent home for threatening behavior. I kid you not.
The school nurse called me up and said he was faking being sick at school…turned out he had pneumonia. She didn’t even listen to him.
These parents make me ill. I hope his mother is like me and doesn’t back down. I discovered that if the school won’t do something about it, I WILL.”
The secret to the sweet potato pies Matthew Raiford’s Nana makes is their size. “When you eat sweet potato pie, you’re supposed to have just enough,” Raiford recalls his Nana saying.
And the piece de resistance — the key to the ‘golden brown and delicious’ that tops it all off — is a coating of evaporated milk that cooks down to a beautiful, caramelized layer.
Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie 3 large sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds) 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 stick unsalted sweet butter, at room temperature 1 can evaporated milk 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 9-inch pie shell (or mini shells)
1) Boil sweet potatoes in their skin until they are knife tender (knife inserted into the potato slides off easily). 2) Drain the water off and allow sweet potatoes to cool. Peel and discard the skin. In a medium mixing bowl, add the sweet potatoes, eggs, butter, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg and 1 1/4 cups of the sugar, and whip until incorporated. 3) Add evaporated milk a little at a time until the filling becomes loose. Pour the filling into the pie crust. 4) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 5) Take the remaining evaporated milk, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and sugar and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Brush the mixture on top of the filling. 6) Place pie into the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until the pie is firm to the touch. 7) Remove pie from the oven and allow to cool slightly before eating.
Mindfulness and meditation are some of the most popular practices among leaders in fields as disparate as business and the arts. But even before meditation entered the mainstream, a few public figures quietly credited the practice with their greatest ideas and successes …
Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland Press Herald and author of several books, says North America can be broken neatly into 11 separate nation-states, where dominant cultures explain our voting behaviors and attitudes toward everything from social issues to the role of government.
“Our continent’s famed mobility has been reinforcing — not dissolving — regional differences, as people increasingly sort themselves into like-minded communities.”
Looks like the European Union isn’t the only one having trouble coming together.
"When you are in public office you understand that the role of the press is to investigate things that are done right or things that are done wrong and make it known to the public. And if you are in office you know that you come under public scrutiny and public scrutiny comes with public criticism and you cannot use national security as an argument and much less challenge as treason something that is informing the public, even if it is embarrassing information for those that are in office."
Former President Jimmy Carter says the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House.
He said that years of tax breaks for the wealthy, a minimum wage untethered from the inflation rate and electoral districts drawn to maximize political polarization have reduced the quality of life for all but the richest Americans.
Olive oil expert Tom Mueller says olive oil is good for two reasons: It’s mostly unsaturated fat, and extra-virgin oil (the highest-grade and least-processed form of olive oil) contains a whole range of other beneficial plant compounds called polyphenols.
But unlike wine, extra-virgin olive oil doesn’t get better with age — “It’s never better than the day it was produced” because many of the heart-healthy compounds degrade and fizzle over time.
So look for the freshness date and store your bottle capped and away from light.
Oils with the highest levels of heart-healthy compounds tend to be pungent and peppery: If the oil stings the back of your throat a little that tells you the beneficial polyphenols are really there.
… the lab work and molecular detection that can link far-apart cases and define the size and seriousness of outbreaks are not happening. At the CDC, which operates the national foodborne-detection services FoodNet and PulseNet, scientists couldn’t work on this if they wanted to; they have been locked out of their offices, lab and emails.
What’s in those delicious chicken nuggets? According to a new study, only about 40-50 percent of it is meat — and the rest could be anything from blood vessels, fragments of bones, fat to connective tissue and skin.
If you think that’s bad, here’s something that’s DISGUSTING (and still FDA-approved!):
Awarded by the European Parliament, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought honors “exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression,” according to the parliament’s website.
"The surveillance of whole populations, rather than individuals, threatens to be the greatest human rights challenge of our time," Snowden said in a statement that was read aloud in the Parliament on Monday, The New York Timesreports.
Thanks for letting us know — because “Ignorance is NOT bliss.” :/