Thursday, June 28, 2007

My Margarine Nightmare

Okay don’t make fun of me now. I had a dream about margarine last night. I know I know, I must be a pretty lame person if all I’ve got to dream about is margarine. Well, even though you don’t know me, you’re just going to have to take my word that I’m actually a pretty decent person who does have a life beyond that of margarine.

In my dream I was at a restaurant about to eat a delicious stack of hot pancakes. You could see the steam rising up from the pancakes and they smelled scrumptious. Side note, I didn’t know that you could smell things in your dream but apparently in my dreams you can.

Anyways, I always spread my pancakes wit a generous portion of margarine and then immerse them in syrup. I need lots of syrup or they don’t taste right.

Well much to my dismay there was no margarine to be found. Sure, there was loads of butter on the table but butter is bad for your health and margarine can be a good for you as long as it’s part of an overall healthy diet.

I asked and asked the waiter for margarine but he said they didn’t have any and that they had ran out. I had to eat my pancakes without margarine? AHHH!! It was at that second that I awoke from my horrible nightmare. As I write this I’m sitting at my table eating pancakes covered in maple syrup and of course…margarine.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

A Little Insight on the "Five Second Rule"

I read this on Ask Yahoo! this morning and I couldn't resist posting:


Dear Yahoo!:
Is there any truth to the "five second rule" about food that falls on the floor?


This piece of folk wisdom maintains it's hygienically safe to eat food dropped on the ground, provided it's been there no longer than five seconds. Generations of school kids have pleaded "the Five," popping potato chips into their mouths after swiping them off the floor.

But is this maxim, first codified by Genghis Khan who used a 20-hour limit (the steppes of central Asia being so immaculate), actually true? For disappointed butterfingers, two experiments provide somewhat inconclusive guidance.

The first, at the University of Maine, counted the number of bacteria clinging to various downed eats. Results? Contrary to what you might expect, the number of bacteria on "wet" foods like cheese actually decreased the longer the food was on the floor, seemingly making five seconds too short a time for wet foods, rather than too long.

In another study, a Chicago high-school student won an Ig Nobel Award after measuring the bacteria on Gummy bears and cookies dropped around a university campus. Astoundingly, she found the floored food was relatively bacteria-free. However, when she deliberately exposed the food to floor tiles inoculated with E. coli, contamination did indeed occur within five seconds. Foods with higher levels of naturally occurring microflora, such as meat, cheese, and vegetables, attracted the germs fastest.

So the rule is really in the eye of the beholder. Though most observers seem to think it wishful thinking at best, the particularly hungry might want to consider where the food was dropped, the relative food wetness of the food and the floor, etc. But more importantly -- is anyone watching?

Monday, June 18, 2007

Oven-Baked Buttermilk Chicken

Yield: 4 Servings

1 Envelope of Golden Onion Soup Mix
1 cups Unbleached All-purpose Flour
2 Large Eggs
½ cups Buttermilk *
3 lb Chicken Cut into Serving Pieces
¼ cups Margarine, melted
* Substitution: Blend 1½ t lemon juice with enough milk to
equal ½
cup; let stand 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine golden onion recipe soup mix with flour; set aside. Beat eggs with buttermilk. Dip chicken pieces in buttermilk mixture, then flour mixture, coating well. Place in large shallow baking pan, on rack, and chill 30 minutes. Drizzle with butter, then bake 45 minutes or until well done. NOTE: This is a great recipe for picnics or just eating on the patio.

Your Oven-Baked Buttermilk Chicken is ready. Thanks to recipe4all.com for this delicious and simple recipe!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Celebrities and Heart Disease

Can you guess which celebrities have or had a connection with heart disease? Let’s test your heart health smarts!

David Bowie
Peter Boyle
Toni Braxton
Drew Carey
Dick Cheney
Bill Clinton
Phyllis Diller
Mike Ditka
Bob Dole
Kirk Douglas
Linda Evans
Victoria Gotti
Kate Jackson
Elton John
Larry King
Ashton Kutcher
David Letterman
Regis Philbin
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Elizabeth Taylor
Vanessa Williams

So, which ones did you guess? If you guessed all of them then you are correct! Heart disease does not discriminate and could care less how much money or fame a person has.

Celebrities and Heart Disease

Can you guess which celebrities have or had a connection with heart disease? Let’s test your heart health smarts!

David Bowie
Peter Boyle
Toni Braxton
Drew Carey
Dick Cheney
Bill Clinton
Phyllis Diller
Mike Ditka
Bob Dole
Kirk Douglas
Linda Evans
Victoria Gotti
Kate Jackson
Elton John
Larry King
Ashton Kutcher
David Letterman
Regis Philbin
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Elizabeth Taylor
Vanessa Williams

So, which ones did you guess? If you guessed all of them then you are correct! Heart disease does not discriminate and could care less how much money or fame a person has.

Friday, June 01, 2007

TGIF!

Friday is finally here! You would think with it being a short week that this week would go by so quickly. Wrong! I feel as if this week has been longer than ever. Incredibly long hours at the office may have been contributing to this though. Thank goodness I love my job because it’s been crazy here!

Not much on tap for the weekend. Spending time at the pool tomorrow followed by the Virginia Highlands festival, which is supposed to be tons of fun. I’m a sucker for arts, crafts, jewelry and live music.

I hope everyone has a heart healthy weekend! Be careful and if you’re planning on spending time outside in the sun be sure to wear sunscreen!