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Salad?

I saw this in a magazine at the doctor’s office. I don’t remember the name of the magazine but I think it was the one with a photo of Michelle Obama sitting at a picnic table full of produce. I don’t have the exact recipe of course but this is the jist of it:
Fresh green beans, trimmed.
Onion,diced or sliced.
Peaches or Nectarines, diced.
Carmalize the onion in olive oil. Then throw in the green beans until they soften, then the fruit. Plate and squeeze some lime juice on it. It was wonderful.

I’m going to throw up now

I was just watching Jamie Oliver (cute as a button and sexy too) on The David Letterman Show and he said that vanilla ice cream is made with an ingredient called castoreum. Castoreum is made from beaver anal gland secretions!!!

From Wikipedia

Both beaver testicles and castoreum, a bitter-tasting secretion with a slightly fetid odor contained in the castor sacs of male or female beaver, have been articles of trade for use in traditional medicine. Yupik (Eskimo) medicine used dried beaver testicles like willow bark to relieve pain. Beaver testicles were exported from Levant (a region centered on Lebanon and Israel) from the tenth to nineteenth century.[30] Claudius Aelianus comically described beavers chewing off their testicles to preserve themselves from hunters, which is not possible because the beaver’s testicles are inside its body. European beavers (Castor fiber) were eventually hunted nearly to extinction in part for the production of castoreum, which was used as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic. Castoreum was described in the 1911 British Pharmaceutical Codex for use in dysmenorrhea and hysterical conditions (i.e. pertaining to the womb), for raising blood pressure and increasing cardiac output. The activity of castoreum has been credited to the accumulation of salicin from willow trees in the beaver’s diet, which is transformed to salicylic acid and has an action very similar to aspirin.[31] Castoreum continues to be used in perfume production.

Much of the early exploration and trade of Canada was based on the quest for beaver. See Canadian canoe routes (early) and related articles. The most valuable part of the beaver is its inner fur whose many minute barbs make it excellent for felting, especially for hats. In Canada a ‘made beaver’ or castor gras that an Indian had worn or slept on was more valuable than a fresh skin since this tended to wear off the outer guard hairs.

Oh the poor little beaver.

Feed the birds.

With all of this snow, ice and cold I think the birds would appreciate a little extra help. Besides it’s a great way to recycle scraps instead of throwing them in the trash. I took these oranges out and stuck them onto the bare branches of a shrub where the birds hang out. It looks kind of silly but oh well.

Groovy Smoothie

After reading the recipe for the Avocado-Banana Smoothies that I found on Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s blog, Lindsay Cooks, I decided to give it a try. It turned out pretty well. I’m not a huge smoothie fan but I love the nutritional aspects of it. I like one dish food. No silverware needed. I did leave out the ginger as I do not care for ginger at all. Also I used vanilla-honey and peach flavored yogurt.

Breakfast anyone?

Rabbit Running on the Plains