Make Perfect Chocolate Truffles With Just Two Ingredients

These treats look fancy and luxurious, but they couldn’t be easier to make. Since the truffle base is made from just two ingredients, using good-quality chocolate is key. Explore any fun toppings you like, from the traditional cocoa powder, to powdered sugar or your favorite chopped nuts or candy, to any of the more exotic flavor combinations below. Offer them to your sweetheart, serve them to guests after dinner, or pack them up for gifts—but make sure to save some for yourself!

Source: Two-Ingredient Truffles

Chocolate truffles are a classic Valentine’s Day treat, but they can cost a pretty penny. Instead of shelling out hard-earned cash, make your own treats at home with just two ingredients: chocolate and cream (how much vitamin K in cream?).

Cream cheese truffles are neat, but the superior one is goat cheese truffles.

Quick Pickle Pretty Much Anything with One Simple Ratio

Ask me what I’d do with nearly any summer vegetable, and the answer is almost always the same: “Pickle it.” Yellow squash, pickle it. Green beans, pickle them. Cherries, pickle those too. It’s hard to beat the sharp tang and crisp snap of a good quick pickle, a fast and easy process that leaves them tasting of summer.

Source: How to Pickle Basically Everything

I’ll have to make room by eating the oven roasted peppers I did a while back…

There Are Strawberries Growing Underwater Off the Coast of Italy

The air of the greenhouse stands at 79 degrees with humidity hovering around 83 percent. That’s a pretty good environment for a typical plant.

But this is no ordinary greenhouse: It’s 20 feet under water, anchored to the floor of the sea just off the coast of Noli, Italy.

Source: The world’s most beautiful greenhouses are underwater, and growing strawberries

The artificial reef aspect is nothing new – it’s been documented about oil rigs. But it’s all fun and games until the octopus discovers how good strawberries are…

The climate will be an issue, and size to make a proper yield.  But otherwise I figure that it makes for use of space without interference from the elements, animals, insects, etc.

Keep Your Strawberries Fresh Longer with These Three Simple Rules

Whether you plan to eat the whole carton out of hand (I can’t blame you!), or you have a stack of recipes at the ready to put them to use, the real key to making those berries hold up is storing them properly. Do you know the right way to store strawberries?

Source: The Best Ways to Store Strawberries

Strawberries have vitamin K:

  • 1 pint/357 grams, pureed contains 7.9 mcg of vitamin K – 10% Daily Value (DV)
  • 1 cup/232 grams, pureed contains 5.1 mcg of vitamin K – 6% DV
  • 1 cup/144 grams, whole contains 3.2 mcg of vitamin K – 4% DV

1 cup or less, I wouldn’t worry about.  More than that, there’s a decent risk of impacting your INR.

Can You Substitute Strawberries For Tomatoes When Cooking?

Strawberries are at their sweetest right now, going all the way through the summer. And while everybody knows how delicious they are in desserts, we’ve actually heard you can use them as a replacement for a tomato. I decided to try this out and see how well it worked.

I can’t take credit for this concept. That would go to Dave Woolley, a Denver-based culinary consultant (who, full disclosure, does work with California Strawberries). He said: try using strawberries in place of tomatoes in a veggie sandwich with goat cheese, in a Caprese-style salad, or in a salsa with seafood dishes.

Source: Tip Tester: Can You Substitute Strawberries For Tomatoes When Cooking?

No mention of spaghetti with strawberry sauce…  How about a big ol’ slab of strawberry on a BLT or burger?  You can also put them on pizza. They benefit from some balsamic reduction added post-bake. Slice like pepperoni.

An interesting idea for people who are allergic to tomatoes!  I’m not, but a co-worker is.  The article admits that this isn’t cost-effective.

Another tomato substitute is watermelon. It doesn’t have the acidity, but you can add lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, or what-have-you.

Study: Pesticides May Be Killing Off Your Sperm

Men who consume the pesticide residue found in many fruits and vegetables may have nearly 50 percent lower sperm count, according to a paper published in the journal Human Reproduction. The study, conducted by a team of Harvard researchers, is the first to examine the link between pesticide consumption and reproductive health.

Source: Pesticides May Be Killing Off Your Sperm

They didn’t actually address pesticides directly. They asked each man what he ate, then went to a USDA database to estimate their pesticide consumption based on what fruits and vegetables they ate Different fruits and vegetables have different amounts of pesticides residues. No specific pesticide was measured or estimated, just pesticide residue in general.

The men were also selected in a biased fashion, as they were all a part of couples seeking fertility treatment.  The observed sperm count was 50 % lower with men estimated to have consumed the most pesticides, so it was a pretty pronounced effect. This finding is consistent with other studies that showed that agricultural workers who work directly with pesticides have a lower sperm count.  However the study size was small (~150 men), and they did not actually measure pesticide exposure or pesticide metabolites.