Friday, February 26, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
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Sunday, February 14, 2010
* The peas only need to be cooked until they are tender, but if you like a smoother, creamier texture, cook them longer until they soften and fall apart.
* If you like really silky soup, take the extra step of pureeing the peas once they have softened. This is a great job for your immersion blender if you have one, but you can also do it in batches in your regular countertop blender.
Fill 'er Up
Ham, bacon, and sausage all go exceptionally well with peas. One of the most traditional ways of making split pea soup is to flavor it with ham bones. Most recipes include onion, celery, carrots, and potatoes. In the herb department, bay leaves, thyme, mint, marjoram, rosemary, and parsley are all delicious enhancements to a pot of pea soup. If you like to flavor your soup with tomatoes, lemon juice, vinegar, wine or any other acidic ingredients ...
Not only do split peas make a thick and hearty pot of soup, they're also an excellent source of protein, folate and fiber. Once you add some vegetables and slice a few thick pieces of fresh multigrain bread to serve on the side, you've got a deeply satisfying meal that's low in fat and high in flavor and nutrition.
Overnight soaking does help to shorten the cooking time, but split peas cook relatively quickly. Unsoaked peas take from 1 to 2 hours of simmering, depending on how broken down you like them;
There's no difference between yellow and green split peas--just color.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
“At some point something caused their range to contract to this part of southern North America,”
found at a site
with fossilized salamanders, small primitive mammals, insects and water crustaceans. During the Jurassic era, the fossil bed was part of a lake in a volcanic region
Spider fossils from this period are rare, because the arachnids’ soft bodies don’t preserve well. The pristine fossil pictured in these photos was probably created when the spider was trapped in volcanic ash. The ultrafine clay particles squashed the spider without breaking up the animals’ delicate cuticle
findings also suggest this family of spiders
was once much more widespread than it is today. Currently, the family has only been found living in
California, Arizona, Mexico and Cuba.
165 million years ago
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Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
"Through me is the way into the woeful city; through me is the way into eternal woe; through me is the way among the lost people. Justice moved my lofty maker: the divine Power, the supreme Wisdom and the primal Love made me. Before me were no things created, unless eternal, and I eternal last. Leave every hope, ye who enter!"
The result was Hell, represented as scenes, mythological figures, and as some of the most famous characters from Dante’s Inferno.
Jesolo Lido has a theme-based sand sculpture festival each year and last summer they asked a team of 18 professional sand sculpture artists to illustrate Dante’s Inferno. More specifically, the participating artists were asked to take their inspiration for verses 1-9 of Canto III of Inferno.
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