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Outsized Fruits & Vegetables; Chicken on Steroids?

I hadn’t gone shopping in a while, so when I came upon these grapes and jalapeño peppers at Albertson’s a month ago, they seemed normal at first. At home, they looked larger than life all of a sudden, like the Grapes that Took Over the World, and Jalapeños as Big as Texas. They may be genetically-modified (in fact, I’d put money on it). Yeah, them grapes were slightly smaller than golf-balls, and twenty years ago women would have been runnin’ scared at the sight of ’em. Those peppers ain’t just big, they are hotter than Hades. Talk about getting more bang for your buck–for all I know, the whole lot is deadly poison. Sure as shootin’, I am not going back to that store for more. The chicken breasts we bought there were just enormous, probably from a fowl critter named Dolly (in honor of the lamb created in a lab, not the huge-breasted singer, Ms Parton).

After poaching and frying those pieces of chicken, having spent more than an hour in the process, we were stunned at the foam-rubber texture of the alien meat. The animals had to have been pumped full of SOMETHING unnatural to make their breasts as large as those of turkeys and render their flesh absolutely inedible. My husband, who had innocently ordered the stuff at Albertson’s butcher counter, brought all the chicken back for a full refund. Don’t let grocery stores ruin your meals–make sure the chicken you purchase is of normal size. Good thing we did not unwittingly serve this faux fowl to guests. That would have been ruinous!~~M-J

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And now, the eternal question: which came first, the funky chicken enhanced by hormones, or the FREAK EGG?

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Elegant Survival Watch: G-Shock

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The Intelligent, Elegant Military Watch by Casio

This elegant military watch by Casio, which corresponds with the Atomic Clock, has a countdown timer, an alarm, world-time feature that shows the time in a different city for each time-zone (London and Stockholm, to name two), Daylight-Saving Time adjustment, a timer, and many more features. The Casio G-Shock is a work of art which illuminates at the lifting of your wrist with a soft gold light, if you set it to do so. Casio is the eminent Japanese designer and innovator of military and survival watches. This particular model was designed to withstand falling from a seventh-story window, and is waterproof to 200 meters.

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Harvest Pot au Feu

An autumn pot au feu with beef and sausage, home-grown vegetables, herbes de Provence, and Burgundy wine makes a hearty meal or two. Cooked over low heat for several hours, the flavours blend and the meats become tender. I didn’t have bacon at hand, so I substituted it with sausage, which of course is optional.
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Elegant Taco Salad

This elegantly-arranged taco salad contains about 20 grams of carbohydrate–mostly from the three mini-tortillas, which were cut into halves. There are some finely diced tomatoes in the seasoned taco meat, which represent a negligible number of calories. Other components are shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.
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Beware of Hidden Monosodium Glutamate

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Monosodium glutamate is a potent excitotoxin. It  is not always listed by name on food packages where it appears in stealth-form. Dr. Leonard Coldwell introduces the unsuspecting public to this dangerous food-additive in his newsletter.


Dr. Thomas S. Lee at Naturodoc cites some sources of MSG that are frequent ingredients in edible products.

For more information, there are these excellent publications:

Blaylock, Russell L., M.D.   Excitotoxins:  The Taste that Kills, Health Press, Santa Fe, NM  87504, 1994.
Schwartz, George R., M.D. and Schwartz, Kathleen A.  In Bad Taste: The MSG Symptom Complex, Health Press, Santa Fe, NM  87504.

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Making Pasta for Lasagne

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Egg-based “fresh pasta” is hung to dry on the handle of my stainless-steel kitchen cart, after being rolled and cut by hand. It will be boiled and set into a rectangular pan on top of a layer of meat sauce, covered with a ricotta-cheese mixture, which will then be covered with more of this pasta, on top of which will go some more meat sauce, pasta and béchamel (balsamella) sauce.

Here is the assemblage of lasagne and fillings, ready to bake:

©M-J de Mesterton 2011

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The Intelligent, Elegant Military Watch by Casio

This elegant military watch by Casio, which corresponds with the Atomic Clock, has a countdown timer, an alarm, world-time feature that shows the time in a different city for each time-zone (London and Stockholm, to name two), Daylight-Saving Time adjustment, a timer, and many more features. The Casio G-Shock is a work of art which illuminates at the lifting of your wrist with a soft gold light, if you set it to do so. Casio is the eminent Japanese designer and innovator of military and survival watches. This particular model was designed to withstand falling from a seventh-story window, and is waterproof to 200 meters.

©M-J de Mesterton
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