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Archive for January, 2008

Eat To Live

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Recently in the Yahoo! Eat To Live group, the topic of nutrition and recipe software came up. We all got to chatting and recommending, and I mentioned the one I’ve used for years, DietPower.

Susan, the list owner, asked whether it was easy to post the nutrition analysis to a blog. Indeed, it creates a rather attractive HTML page. So, I offered to show what it can do by crunching the numbers on one of her recipes. Unfortunately, the page it produces is too wide for the standard blog column. Click the image below to view in full.

This one ranks among her “Most Popular Recipes”:

It also lets you print out recipe cards, pie charts, and bar graphs. These last two are based on your PDA (Personal Dietary Allowance) settings, so I’m not posting them. :P Also, it would be a piece of (gluten-free) cake to remove their logo and such.

Enjoy the dish, and be sure to check out Susan’s award-winning blog for more scrumptious recipes, many of which meet the requirements of Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat To Live program. The link to her site is on the analysis sheet (and my blogroll). Also, the DietPower links on that page will credit you with $5 off… just for knowing me! ;)

Quick tip for my CRONies: You can replace the noodles with zucchini strips, or better yet, glucomannan lasagna noodles to shave mucho calories.

Calories On Menus: Will It Work?

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Woohoo! New York is at the forefront of public health again. Last time it was the banning of trans fats. And now, after much debate, the legislature there has mandated calorie counts be displayed on restaurant menus. Here’s the story on CNN.

They’re talking about it in Canada too. :)

Whether or not it does the trick to improve the overall health of the populace, I’m for it either way. My opinion is we deserve honest and accurate information. The rest is up to us. Take it or leave it. While I would not approve of yet another consensual crime being added to the books, like, say, possession of a hamburger, this measure seems perfectly logical. And, I don’t believe it’s a slippery slope.

So, what do you think? Will it work? Would you like to see this come to your neck of the woods?

Before you answer, you might want to check out the piece 60 Minutes did on the topic in November:

 
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Bobby Fischer Is Dead

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Sad news this morning: The first American World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer has shed his mortal coil. :(

Another article, this one from AFP.

 
To learn more about his tragic ascent and decline:
Bobby Fischer: Complete Games
Bobby Fischer: The Wandering King
Russians v Fischer

Kumquat!

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

No, I didn’t just curse.

I have to laugh, because I’m reminded of when my friend, and fellow chess afficionado, Hugh, decided the last name of the famous player, Efim Bogoljubov, sounded like an expletive.

Of course, Kumquats, also spelled with a ‘C’, are members of the citrus family, and I recently had the pleasure of my first taste. Yet Another Fruit or YAF, as we might say in the “geek speak” of the software development community. ;)

It was one variety in the mixed bag, or rather, ½ bushel (two “flats”), of citrus, kindly put together by the folks at Hickory Tree Grove:

The others shown here are the large navels on the bottom, hamlin juice oranges, satsumas (talk about easy to peel!), and tangerines.

Delicious, organic produce.

Thanks go out to Janet from one of the many raw food Yahoo! groups for bringing this small grower to our attention.

These are so fun to eat. You can just pop the whole thing, skin-and-all in your mouth. The peels are actually the sweet part of this little guy, while the inside is more tart. A great contrast. If you haven’t tried kumquats, I highly recommend you do. :)


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