Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Things I Learned Today

    a rainbow of carrot colors
  • Carrots from our farm share have come in wide variety of colors, just as carrots do in the wild and as they have during most of its domestic history.  So how did orange carrots become standard?  Political reasons: William of Orange led the Dutch, who were carrot farmers, in revolt against the Spanish rule in the late 1500s.  Later the Dutch farmers began growing orange carrots in tribute, and it stuck.  Princess Goat, though, believes the orange ones just taste better.
  • Olympic athletes apparently believe beet juice can give them an edge!  Too bad it doesn't taste good
  • I think popcorn made on the stove (this is the method I use) using just oil and a bit of salt tastes better anyway, but if you want another reason to skip the microwave popcorn, diacetyl, a flavoring often used to make microwave popcorn smell and test buttery, is linked to Alzheimer's
  • I really could use these conversion tea towels from West Elm.  I'm always looking how many tablespoons are in a quarter cup, or whatever.

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