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Antibacterial Soap Myth

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Antibacterial Soap Myth

Have you noticed that practically everywhere you go you see pump bottles of antibacterial soap on the bathroom sink in stores, offices, homes, etc.? Pump. Pump. Signs urge us to protect each other from illness by pumping this liquid soap onto our hands. For many people, this act has become automatic. But is it any better than simply washing our hands the old-fashioned way with regular soap and water? Turns out it isn’t. Antibacterial soaps are no better than ordinary soap and water for germ removal or disease prevention. Researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

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Happy New Year To All!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy New Year To All!

  Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates, of beginnings and transitions, lent his name to this month of January. He is depicted with a double-head, one face looking backward and the other looking forward.  Janus is said to be contemplating the old while looking forward to the new. I’m wondering, readers . . .   Have you given yourself the kudos for all the hard work you mustered up to achieve your goals in 2011? Are you judging yourself for a lack of progress or a “one step forward, two steps back” feeling about some of your goals that haven’t transpired yet? As I...

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Pumpkin Mole

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in Condiments & Sauces, Gluten-Free, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pumpkin Mole

On the way home from a Cyclocross race in Astoria a few weeks ago, we stopped by a a restaurant in Seaside where Mark had Chicken Enchiladas with a Pumpkin Mole sauce that was, well, to die for.  I had to recreate it! Mole, a type of Mexican sauce, comes in a variety of flavors and ingredients, with chili peppers as the common factor. Modern “Americanized” moles usually have the spice from the pepper, the sweet from the fruit (blackberry, raspberry, and in our case, pumpkin) and a good hint of chocolate. When I looked online for a healthy pumpkin mole recipe, most contained wheat...

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