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Archive for March, 2011

22 Mar

Defending Olive Oil’s Reputation

oliveoilOlive oil’s reputation has been besmirched. It isn’t the magic life elixir fueling the teeming hordes of Mediterranean-dieting, crusty bread-eating, moderate wine-drinking centenarians, but it doesn’t deserve to be tossed in the trash heap with soybean, grapeseed, corn, and canola oils. I sense that it’s fast becoming a “fallen fat” among our crowd and I think it’s a darn shame. Are a few extra grams of linoleic acid, one or two unfortunate incidents of adulterated oil, and gushing praise from vegans, vegetarians, and the American Heart Association alike enough to turn us against a staple, phenolic-rich food sporting several thousand years of storied history?

21 Mar

Moms Need Steak and Yet Another Fasting Study

steakFirst on the docket for this round of Monday Musings: steak. Steak is an objectively good thing. It can heal wounds and improve your squat. There’s really no conceivable reason not to eat steak, and plenty of reasons to cram it down one’s gullet on a regular basis. O sacred slab, thou finest fuel for metabolic processes. Gift of cud and hoof… Okay, let me get to the point, before I get off track and turn this post into a terrible 2,000 word ode to steak.

Steak is a rich source of B-vitamins, especially B-12 (fish and dairy are also good for it), which is crucial for infant neurological development. A new study suggests prenatal B-12 levels might even influence a baby’s propensity to cry. Researchers tested the B-12 levels of 3,000 pregnant women three months into their pregnancy; after their children were born, they measured the infants’ crying patterns. Kids born to mothers with the lowest B-12 levels were more likely to cry louder and longer – up to eight times more likely than kids born to mothers with the highest levels. I don’t blame the kids. I become a weepy mess if, say, my ribeye isn’t thawed in time for dinner. Hmm, so what’s the solution? Eat some steak… right?

21 Mar

WOW: Disaster Response

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Complete 3 cycles for time:

10 Clean and Presses
100 Meter Partner Carry (Fireman, Piggyback, Bridal, respectively)
100 Meter Sprint
20 Lateral Weight Tosses (10 each side)

20 Mar

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveIrritable bowel syndrome is usually no laughing matter, but Blisstree blogger Lia Serbyn’s account of her battle with chronic IBS will make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

By now, you’ve probably heard that Dr. Oz faced off with Gary Taubes on Oz’s show last week. It was pretty much what you’d expect, but check out Taubes’ latest blog entry giving his side of the story.

Cocktail craftsmen are experimenting with adding animal products to alcoholic drinks – maple bacon bourbon, salmon-infused vodka, distilled Dungeness crab essence, a beef stock Bloody Mary – and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

19 Mar

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Kale with Ginger Steak

steakandkale2Kale is such a powerhouse vegetable that we never get tired of discovering new ways to cook it. We’ve made crispy kale chips, creamed kale, and kale sautéed with olives and though we’ve loved them all, we may have just found a new favorite recipe. Kale marinated in coconut milk then seared on the grill is a side dish that’s sweet, smoky and a bit spicy. This dish manages to taste decadent, which is something not often said about kale. We’re talking about kale with some real character, kale that might even win over those of you who resist this leafy green.

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