A Growing Debate Over Whether Naturopaths Should Treat Children After Death of Toddler in Canada

Trial is still underway for the Canadian couple accused of allowing their toddler son to die of meningitis after they treated him with herbs instead of taking him to the hospital. David and Collet Stephan have pleaded not guilty, but the case is sparking a larger debate over whether naturopathic doctors should be permitted to treat children at all.

Source: A Growing Debate Over Whether Naturopaths Should Treat Children After Death of Toddler in Canada

There were 2 reasons someone I know chose their pediatrician, and it was based on negative Yelp reviews:

  1. The pediatrician would not see any parents who had guns in the home.
  2. The pediatrician refused to serve parents who refused to vaccinate.

Sounded like a good criteria to me.

Upgrade Boring Bread Crumbs by Sauteing Them in Butter and Herbs

It’s a focused reverence that most chefs reserve for, say, caviar. Their signature rye crumbs are meant as a finishing touch—loaded with toasty, herby flavor to crown everything from braised chicken to long-cooked vegetables. “We treat them like you would a piece of meat, cooking them in oil, butter, and aromatics,” Carbone says. “They’re perfect for bringing another layer of texture and flavor to a dish that’s already been fully cooked.”

Source: Cook Your Breadcrumbs Like You Cook Meat (Oil, Butter, Aromatics)

  • Can we generalize this by just saying everything gets better when sauteed with a half stick of butter?
  • The first step is about crushing the breadcrumbs, but a food processor would be a lot easier


Create a Base Sauce on Sunday You Can Customize for Quick Weekday Meals

If you know you’ve got a crazy-busy week ahead, take a few hours over the weekend and do all five of these things. If the week ahead is looking a little less hectic, just knock a few of these off the list. Even if you only have time for one thing, it will help you cook better, smarter, and faster throughout your week.

Source: 5 Things to Do This Weekend to Make Weeknight Cooking Easier

I do stuff like this, making navy beans and mashed sweet potato that I’ll use throughout the week.  Stuff that can be microwaved in a minute or two, so I can quickly eat to maximize digestion time before doing something.

Brighten Up Any Dish by Adding a Little Acidity

There are times when seasoning more with more salt, pepper and herbs just isn’t the answer. For those times, a dash of acid usually rounds things out perfectly. Adding an acid (like lemon juice, vinegar or tomatoes) punches up a dish, often completely changing or rounding out the flavors and creating more balance. I cook a lot with grains at home, and if I throw together a ho-hum grain bowl or pasta dish, it’s often a little lemon zest and juice that wakes things up and makes it truly tasty. Citrus also cuts through fat nicely, making heavy bland sauces more delicious.

Source: Quick Fix to a Bland Meal? Add Some Acid!

Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over fresh steamed broccoli for an amazing experience.  Way better than melted butter!

How to Make Flavored Spirits That Are Way Tastier Than Store-Bought

Walk into any big box liquor store and you’re likely to see shelves and shelves of colorfully packaged vodkas with flavors ranging from “cookie dough” to “Swedish fish.” Though marvels of flavor chemistry, these spirits often taste cloying or artificial, and aren’t good for much more than a novelty shot. Homemade infusions, however, are a completely different story, and have the added benefit of letting you control the outcome.

Source: How to Make Flavored Spirits That Are Way Tastier Than Store-Bought

Everclear is an even better option than vodka, if you can get it.  I have the zest of Meyer lemons for limoncello, just as soon as I can get some.

If you’re looking to speed up the process, you need are the ingredients you’d use anyway and a whipping siphon. You’ll also need some nitrous oxide (N2O) chargers for the siphon to get the job done. The siphon is designed for whipped creams and toppings, but it works great for infusions as well.  The video shows you how it’s done:

Use Cold Butter to Make a Better Butter Sauce for Pasta

Italians are pretty specific about how to cook and dress their noodles, and we urge you to adhere to our ten basic rules when cooking pasta!!

Source: The 10 Most Important Pasta Cooking Tips

Ugh, first one is about salting the water.  Don’t do that – it’s a waste of salt.

Salad Spinner: 10 Alternate Uses

Those who eat a lot of salad probably swear by a salad spinner and use it often enough to justify the large amount of cabinet space it takes up. But there are those who need some more convincing to justify buying or keeping this bulky kitchen tool.

Here are 10 more ways to put a salad spinner to good use so it comes out of the uni-tasker pile and becomes a hardworking part of your kitchen!

Source: 10 Alternate Uses for Your Salad Spinner

How to Quickly…

…Peel, Seed and Cut a Pumpkin.  There’s a series (currently 38) on the youtube playlist that are a little over a minute each.  Subjects include:

  • Watermelon
  • Garlic
  • Bell Pepper
  • Pineapple
  • Butternut Squash
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Avocado
  • Corn
  • Herbs
  • Mango
  • Basil
  • Pesto
  • Pomegranate
  • Chimichurri sauce
  • Olive Tapenade