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Could White Bread Be Making You Fat?

If you are watching your weight, you may have to watch your white bread consumption, too.
When white bread is a diet staple, you may be more likely to become overweight or obese than if you favour whole grain bread, according to a new study.
Researchers tracked the eating habits and weight of more than 9,200 Spanish university graduates for an average of five years.
Participants who ate both white and whole grain breads were not at increased risk for weight gain. But those who ate only white bread and had two or more portions of white bread a day were 40 percent more likely to become overweight or obese than those who ate less than one portion of white bread a week, according to the study authors.
There was no significant link between eating whole grain bread only and becoming overweight or obese. This may be because of the types of carbohydrates, fibre content and other ingredients in whole grain bread, according to Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, a professor at the University of Navarra in Spain, and colleagues.
"Consumption of white bread of two portions per day or more showed a significant direct association with the risk of becoming overweight or obese," they concluded.
The study was scheduled for presentation Friday at the European Congress on Obesity in Bulgaria. The research does not actually show a cause and effect relationship between white bread consumption and weight gain, just an association. And study results presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

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Droopy, Rubbery And Squishy

Do you have Droopy Celery?  Rubbery Carrots?  Squishy Potatoes?  Think you need to throw them out? 
Well stop right there as you can revive them!
I am embarrassed to let you see my celery, but the good news is that I had learned how to rejuvenate soft celery, carrots and potatoes a while back, so I did not have to throw it out.

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I never like to throw food out, so I decided that I needed to figure out how to revive my carrots, celery and potatoes and preferably without needing to take up to much space in my refrigerator.
With a little experimenting, I learned that you can revive limp celery, carrots and even soft potatoes in room temperature water, but for that extra crispy crunch it is best led overnight in the fridge and here is how to do it.
For Celery:  cut a bit off the bottom end before putting in the water.  Place bottom down in the water.
For Carrots:  cut a bit off the top end before putting in the water.  Place top (fat end) down in the water.
For Potatoes:  Peel and cover with water.
Left whole, it will take two to three hours to make these veggies crisp again and if you cut the veggies into strips or pieces and totally cover them with water, it will take as little as thirty minutes.

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It is a quick tip that might just make life on the top shelf of your fridge a little easier.
Digging through the back of your fridge to find a certain ingredient is a pain. Instead, use a Lazy Susan to bring that food to you!

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Dog In A Spin

Cooking a hot dog is not rocket science, but making that hot dog something really special can be trickier than loading it up with toppings. By giving your hot dog a quick spiral cut before putting it on the grill, It will cook up perfectly straight, you boost the surface area so you get more of that nice grilled flavour, and once it's on the bun there are plenty of nooks and crannies for relish and other toppings to fit into.

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It turns out the spiral cut is really simple. You just skewer the hot dog, hold your knife at an angle, and roll it away from you under the knife. Take the dog off of the skewer and drop it on the grill. One of the benefits of the spiral cut is that the hot dog will cook up perfectly straight, and you will not have to worry about it curling up, the skin ripping, or it cooking unevenly. Every tiny corner of the dog will cook up with that nice, caramelised flavour that makes grilling so delicious.