Microwaves, No Flavor but Totally Safe

There are two broad categories of radiation- ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation.

Ionizing radiation is radiation that carries enough energy to liberate electrons (ionize) from other molecules and therefore can alter or mutate DNA and increase the risk of cancer.

Examples of ionizing radiation- Ultraviolet rays from the sun, x-rays and CT scans.

Non-ionizing radiation is electromagnetic radiation that does not carry enough energy to liberate electrons (ionize) from other molecules and therefore cannot alter or mutate DNA. It carries no increased risk of cancer.

Examples of non-ionizing radiation- MRI scans, AM and FM Radio waves, Cell phones, Power lines, Computers and Microwave ovens.

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Spicy Dry Rub

This is a very versatile recipe for our favorite dry rub. It can be used on any type of meat but our favorites are grilled shrimp, prime rib, baby back ribs and chicken.

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Poppyseed Bread

If you make this recipe, there is a good chance that you will eat it all in one sitting. It is perfectly sweet with a soft center and a crunchy glaze on the outside. It can be made into small loafs or into a bundt cake and is perfect for breakfast, brunch or even dessert.

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The Westside Local

The Westside Local is a casual and elegant farm to table restaurant located in the up and coming, you guessed it, Westside of Kansas City, Missouri. It has an awesome beer garden with rustic picnic tables, creative flower arrangements, hanging plants and a vine covered pergola providing shade even on the hottest summer days. They grow many of their own ingredients in their backyard urban style garden. The beer and wine menu is plentiful and the food menu is ever changing to accommodate the season.


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Duvel Belgian Golden Ale

Overall Rating- 92

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Corn Smut the New Truffle

Corn smut, also known as Huitlacoche is a fungus that infects corn and replaces the normal kernels with large distorted fungal tumors similar to mushrooms. The origin of the name is debated but probably means either sleeping excrement or raven’s excrement. Sounds tasty right?

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Spicy Asian Marinade

This is one of the most versatile marinades I’ve ever had. It goes well with chicken, beef, salmon and pork.

It has all of the elements of a perfect marinade. The spiciness from the Sriracha chili sauce, wasabi paste and fresh grated ginger. The saltiness of the soy sauce. The tartness of fresh squeezed lemon juice and rice wine vinegar. The sweetness of brown sugar.

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Elyse Winery

If you’re looking for a wine tasting experience that shows off what’s magical about the Napa Valley, Elyse Winery should be one of your first stops. Located just southwest of Yountville, this is a family owned, hand-crafted, small production winery with a focus on affordable reds.

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Linger Eatuary

You better make your reservation now because Linger is a very popular place (for good reason). Located in the Highlands district of Denver in the former Olinger Mortuary, the name and sign were cleverly altered into Linger Eatuary. The old stainless steel medical charts from the mortuary are now used as drink menus. Slightly morbid, yes, do I care, no because the food and drinks are so damn good. The genre is described as global street food and is similar to a tapas bar meaning they offer a large variety of small plates mostly in the $8-10 range. The menu is divided into categories such as, Americas, Asia, South Asia, Africa and The Middle East, Europe and Eurasia.


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Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

The science behind bread is very interesting. In order to make bread rise you need bubbles. To create these bubbles and make a soft light bread, there are two options.

First, you can use yeast which ferments the natural sugars in flour into alcohol and carbon dioxide. This will also create a unique flavor which in the case of biscuits is undesirable.

The second option, which we will use in this recipe, is a leavening agent called baking powder. Baking powder is a combination of acid (sodium aluminum sulfate and mono calcium phosphate) and a base or alkaline chemical (sodium bicarbonate AKA-baking soda). When the acid and base react with the liquid in the biscuit mix, they create carbon dioxide bubbles which will make the dough rise.

I have been working on perfecting the biscuit recipe for years. I have finally figured it out. It is not a technically difficult recipe and only requires basic ingredients. You will not be disappointed!

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