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|Definition:||(noun) A rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it, as along the front of a gallery.|
|Usage:||She leaned over the balustrade, trying to see what was happening below.|
|Before the issuance of the Penny Black—the first adhesive stamp to indicate prepayment of postage—letters were commonly paid for by their recipients. Part of an effort to reform the antiquated British postal system, the stamp featured a profile of Queen Victoria. Because its dark background made cancellation marks hard to see and made reusing stamps quite easy, it was soon redesigned.|
|Considered one of the founders of neuroscience, Ramón y Cajal was a Spanish histologist and Nobel laureate. He devised a method of staining nerve tissue that allowed him to study the structure of the nervous system and make many important discoveries. In 1906, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Camillo Golgi.|
|As April 30 approaches, marking 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, people in Vietnam with severe mental and physical disabilities still feel the lingering effects of Agent Orange. Respiratory cancer and birth defects among both Vietnamese and U.S veterans have been linked to exposure to the defoliant.|
In the Hole
Photograph by Christoph Jorda, National Geographic
To get this shot, taken in Austria, Christoph Jorda set up two Profoto B1 flash systems: one on top of the ice cave and one inside. “We had to dig out the entrance of the cave because it was almost totally closed by the snow you see in the foreground,” Jorda writes. The problem? According to Jorda, the ice cave was at an altitude of nearly 9,800 feet, the temperature was at minus 4ºF, and the flash didn't work properly. “So he [had] to jump a couple of times to get it right,” he says.
knit, 2 - 12 yrs
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a spicy perspective
fill with cooked veggies or meat
My favorite kind of take-out is Indian. I was thrilled when I came across a recipe for an Indian Masala-inspired slow cooker recipe onMichelle's What's Cooking Blog. After reading her ingredient list, I finally got up the nerve to buy my very own spice bottle of garammasala---I had put it off long enough.
I'm so glad that I did. It was well worth the $3.99, because now that I know how flavorful and how full of depth it is, I am sure I will use it often. If you'd like to not buy a bottle, you can make your own by following this mixture (scroll down to the bottom where it lists the ground spices).
There's a lot. It'll be okay.
--frozen chicken pieces--enough to feed 4 grownups
--1 can tomatoes (drained, mine had seasoning, I don't think it matters)
--1/2 diced onion
--1/2 t ginger
--2 cloves garlic, minced
--1/2 t ground coriander
--1/4 t cayenne pepper
--1 t garam masala (1/2 t to add now, 1/2 later)
--1/2 cup plain non fat yogurt
--put your chicken pieces into the crockpot and add the can of tomatoes and all of the spices, minus 1/2t of the garam masala.
Don't add the yogurt yet.
cook on low all day. I cooked this for 8 hours, and the chicken shredded and lost it's shape, but tasted so good that it didn't matter. Remember that the food you cook at home in your crockpot will not look like restaurant food---but trust me that the spice combo is spot-on.
30 minutes before serving, stir in the yogurt, and taste. I wanted the garam masala flavor to be pronounced, so I added another 1/2 t to the mix. Add what tastes right to you.
All four of us enjoyed this a lot. The kids liked the sauce a lot and dipped warmed corn tortillas into the rice and "juice" to soak up the yummy flavors. I am interested in trying this again with pieces of lamb, and watching my chicken a little closer so it retains shape. Very yummy.
Corn Chips, Her ONLY Meal
35-year-old Debbie Taylor loves cooking big meals for her boyfriend and teenage son. But when the time comes to sit down at the table and dig in, she just pulls out a packet of Beef-flavored Monster Munch crisps instead. In fact, that’s about all she’s been eating for the past decade!
Debbie, a hotel chambermaid in Harlow, Essex, is so paranoid about food that she actually takes a packet of crisps when she goes out to restaurants, and munches on them while her boyfriend Gerald indulges in a traditional meal. She takes them everywhere. For example, when the boyfriend took her and her son Luke for a holiday in Spain, she actually packed a separate suitcase full of Monster Munch for the trip!
“I’m not a fan of the cooked meal,” she wrote in a life and style experience article in The Guardian a few years ago. “I’m much happier with Monster Munch crisps – beef flavor; I wouldn't touch pickled onion. When I open the bag, I check if they have enough beef coating on them; if it’s not enough, I’ll throw them away.”