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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 6, 2017 at 2:05pm

Daniel, congratulations on your evolution as a baker with your tender flaky crust.  Looks delicious.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 6, 2017 at 1:54pm

Joan, I first started questioning WebMD when I read them saying Acupuncture, is good for some pain, but I've read several places that say It's no better than placebo.  

Wikipedia says acupuncture is not scientific, it's pseudoscience, alternative medicine, and many trials have reached inconsistent results.

Rational Wiki is mostly negative about acupuncture:

Quack watch is also negative about acupuncture:

This article is very critical of WebMD:

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2017 at 12:44pm

I agree, with "experts" issuing conflicting results, I want to read what I can find, make a decision on what is true, and either suffer from my bad choice or benefit by my curiosity. 

@ Idaho Spud, that bean photo makes my mouth water for a great "mess of beans". 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2017 at 12:32pm

@Idaho Spud, you wrote, "WebMD, which I've since discovered is not always scientific or unbiased,"

I didn't know WebMD is not always scientific or unbiased; my Dr suggested I read that link. What can you tell me about WebMD's reliability and validity? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2017 at 12:24pm

I agree on cast iron, properly seasoned, cleaned, and oiled. 

L&L threw away their microwave because of concerns about leakage. We never cooked in the microwave because we preferred the cast iron. We use cast iron for everything, now, including eggs.

Stir fry is a favorite of ours. 

Maillard reaction? I don't remember learning this reaction. I'll go on a hunt to see what I can learn. 

Thanks, Spud, for the new word. 

"One reaction hot spot is the lens of the human eye, where Maillard-based chemistry is partly responsible for nuclear cataracts. In this prevalent form of the disease, the cataracts darken and need to be extracted. Because lens cells don’t regenerate over a lifetime and they have high levels of ascorbic acid, which can enhance Maillard reactions, 'the lens is a trash can for human Maillard reactions,'” 

"After 100 years of studying the reaction, we’ve come to realize there’s really a Maillard paradox, Cooking kills bacteria, increases shelf life, and creates attractive aromas.” But these same processes can create harmful chemicals in food. And in our body, the reaction is linked with inflammation, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Vincent M. Monnier, a medical researcher at Case Western Reserve.

The Maillard Reaction Turns 100

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 1, 2017 at 12:33pm

One of these days for me as well.  Pizza and bread both look tasty.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 1, 2017 at 6:38am

Mmmm. The pizza looks delicious. One of these days.......

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 30, 2017 at 11:34pm

Daniel, very impressive!  The pizzas and the bread look and sound delicious.  I wanna toast a slice of that bread and spread some cream cheese on it!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 23, 2017 at 6:45am

Another interesting "factoid" about the importance of salt: pregnant women really need it, not only for their well being, but for the fetus. I guess there's a relationship between getting plenty of salt in one's diet and the development of the child.

Although I've never had any problems, I think I'll ask my doctor about discontinuing lisinopril.

Comment by kathy: ky on June 22, 2017 at 11:37am
The beans look like the package I buy for sixteen bean soup. But I don't add the artificial ham flavoring package and I alter the recipe.
Lisinopril makes me black out dizzy. All the b/p med's do after about three months. So my dr changes them to different meds about every three months. It works for me.

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