September 13, 2013 |
Let's face it: The Nobel Prizes aren't for everyone. That's why we celebrate the Ig Nobel Prizes, which were handed out Thursday night at Harvard's Sanders Theater. Among this year's winners were scientists who discovered that alcohol makes people think they're attractive and that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely she is to stand up. These awards are handed out by the folks who publish the Annals of Improbable Research. Though the discoveries they recognize can seem obvious, inconsequential or just plain goofy, the awards do have a purpose: To “honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.” Here are the achievements that earned the 2013 Ig Nobels : The Medicine Prize was awarded to a group of Japanese researchers who determined that mice who got heart transplants survived longer if opera music or Mozart was playing in the background during their surgeries, compared with mice who went under the knife to Enya or to a single-frequency tone.
August 3, 2013
1 hour, plus cooling time. 10 servings 1/4 cup medium-grain rice, such as baldo, well washed 1 lemon 15 large artichokes 1 1/4 cups (300 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1 onion, very finely diced into 1/8-inch pieces Salt and freshly ground pepper 12 to 15 cloves garlic, chopped or thinly sliced, divided Leaves from one bunch parsley, chopped 1. Soak the rice in hot water for 30 minutes, then drain. 2. Meanwhile, peel the rind from the lemon into thumbnail-sized pieces and halve the lemon, squeezing the juice into a bowl of water.
May 25, 2013
1 hour. 6 servings 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, sliced in ¼-inch half-moons 4 slices prosciutto, cut in ¼-inch ribbons 6 red and yellow bell peppers 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1 pound spaghetti Grated Pecorino Romano 1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion and prosciutto, and cook until the onions have softened but...
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April 27, 2013 |
An environmental group has warned that a federal agency's plan to designate 98.4 acres as critical habitat for an endangered plant in western Riverside County is inadequate and could result in the extinction of the species. In response to a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this month designated the small area just west of Lake Elsinore as critical habitat for Munz's onion. The wildlife agency also rejected the center's request for it to protect habitat for the endangered San Jacinto Valley crownscale, which inhabits portions of the San Jacinto River flood plain near Hemet.
April 26, 2013 |
Chef Emeril Lagasse will bring his passion for seafood to three of his Las Vegas restaurants during a celebration of soft shell crab May 6-12. Delmonico Steakhouse , Emeril's New Orleans Fish House and Table 10 each will feature three to four soft shell crab dishes, with different offerings for lunch and dinner. Prices will range from $20 to $40. The evening menu at Delmonico Steakhouse, which is inside the Venetian , will feature a crispy soft shell crab Louis salad.
April 6, 2013 |
A spring onion isn't a type of onion; rather, it's an onion that has been harvested at an immature stage, when it has just begun to form a round bulb and the top is still green. At this point, it will seem sweeter than a mature onion because it hasn't yet developed its full chemical complex, including the elements that give onions their characteristic bite. Really, though, it's probably more accurate to call it milder, because it hasn't developed its full sugar yet either. At farmers markets, you will find spring onions in all sorts of varieties -- red, white and yellow.