Archive for March 21, 2012
A simple yogurt sauce pairs nicely with broiled salmon; this elegant main dish comes together easily in about 15 minutes.
- Prep Time 15 minutes
- Total Time 15 minutes
- YieldServes 8
- 1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, plus leaves for garnish
- 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 3 pounds skinless salmon fillet, cut into 8 pieces, or 8 skinless salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
- Make sauce: Stir together yogurt, chopped tarragon, and lemon zest and juice; season with salt and pepper.
- Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place salmon on sheet, and season with salt and pepper. Broil until opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes. (Keep at room temperature up to 1 hour.) Serve salmon, garnished with tarragon leaves, with sauce alongside.
Sauce can be refrigerated up to 1 day.
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Even the staunchest broccoli-hater will be tempted by this pasta dish, in which the underappreciated veggie teams up with salty prosciutto and crunchy breadcrumbs. Keep these ingredients on hand for a quick and satisfying weeknight dinner.
What to buy: Panko is coarse Japanese-style breadcrumbs, available in many grocery stores.
- 1 pound broccoli crowns, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 pound dried short pasta, such as penne or rotini
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, small dice
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 2 medium shallots, minced
- 2/3 cup panko
- Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for serving
- Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Prepare an ice water bath by filling a bowl halfway with ice and water; set aside. Once water boils, add broccoli and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or strainer, remove broccoli and plunge in the ice water bath; return cooking water to a boil.
- Remove broccoli from the ice water bath and place in a colander or strainer set over a bowl to drain. Once cooking water returns to a boil, add pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water.
- Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto and cook until crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove prosciutto to a plate; set aside (and do not wash the pan).
- Return the pan to the stove over medium-high heat; add remaining olive oil. When oil shimmers, add garlic and shallots, cooking until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in panko and cook until toasted and golden brown, about 2 minutes; remove from heat.
- Return pasta to the pot and place over medium-low heat. Add reserved pasta water, broccoli, and prosciutto. Taste pasta and adjust seasoning, adding more salt if necessary; stir until ingredients are well mixed and broccoli is heated through.
- Transfer pasta to a serving platter and sprinkle panko mixture over top. Pass freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on the side.
Beverage pairing: Lis Neris Pinot Grigio, Italy. This wine has a steely, lean edge from its tank fermentation, yet a broad, round breadiness from aging on its lees. The upshot is that it has the body to pair nicely with the pasta and good, green flavor to go with the broccoli.
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So what is baking soda? Scientifically speaking, its sodium bicarbonate. But for most of us, it’s something we always have in the kitchen that is used for baking. There’s a lot of things that you can use baking soda for around the house, though. Here are some of our favorite uses.
You can add baking soda to your wash to not only serve as a fabric softener, but also as a deodorizer. Just pour one quarter to half a cup of baking soda in the wash when your adding your detergent.
My grandmother always kept an open box of baking soda in her refrigerator, as it neutralizes food odors. That’s not the only place you can deodorize with baking soda; try leaving an open box in your closet or in the bathroom to take care of unpleasant smells.
Baking soda makes a great natural skin exfoliant, because it has a gently coarse texture. Try adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your face cleanser, mix it well and apply just like normal. This helps remove dead skin cells, leaving your face smoother and fresher looking. (My girlfriend says that it also gets rid of blackheads when used in lieu of cleanser.)
You can polish brass door knobs or window latches with baking soda. It’s slightly gritty consistency helps wipe away gunk, but is still safe enough to not scratch the metal.
Remember in elementary school when you would make a volcano-like explosion by pouring vinegar on baking soda? You can use this same science fair trick as an environmentally friendly drain cleaner. Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by cup of vinegar. This helps loosen any debris or clogs. After ten minutes, flush the drain with a pot of boiling water to finish breaking up the clog.
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Residents of the developed world may not think twice about heading to the lab for a blood test, but things are a little more complicated in the developing world. Blood tests are expensive, and in any case, it’s often difficult to get them from testing sites to the lab. In places where potentially deadly diseases like HIV and malaria run rampant, this is a problem.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed what they think could be an alternative to traditional lab tests for malaria and HIV: an origami-inspired paper sensor. The sensor costs less than 10 cents to produce.
Paper sensors aren’t exactly new–they’re commonly used in home pregnancy tests. But pregnancy tests use one-dimensional paper sensors, while the folded 3-D sensors developed by the UT researchers can test for more results in a smaller area, giving them the ability to do more complicated testing.
The sensor consists of a hydrophobic material (like wax) laid into “canyons” on chromatography paper. These canyons direct the sample (i.e. urine or blood) to specific places on the paper where test reagents are located.
“Biomarkers for all kinds of diseases already exist,” says Richard Crooks, one of the researchers involved in the project, in a statement. “Basically you spot-test reagents for these markers on these paper fluidics. They’re entrapped there. Then you introduce your sample. At the end, you unfold this piece of paper, and if it’s one color, you’ve got a problem, and if not, then you’re probably okay.”
The UT sensor can be printed out using photolithography or just a simple office printer. Once it’s printed, folding it takes under a minute.
No word on whether the sensor will be commercialized in the near future, but if it is, the device could work well with cell phone-based programs that gather malaria data in real time. If a sensor detects that an individual had malaria, for example, an aid worker could quickly upload that information to the cloud. When enough people report cases, an outbreak warning can be dispatched to health workers via text message. The technology could be used even using traditional lab tests, but a 10-cent sensor makes tracking outbreaks a whole lot easier.
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