Caffeine – The Science behind your morning cup of Joe

Cup of Coffee

Ever wonder if that morning boost does more than just clear up the fog?  Coffee is a great source of caffeine and comes with a number of added benefits such as warding off depression, various types of cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s — which in my opinion outweigh the negatives associated with coffee drinking.  I’ve (mostly) given up soda and other soft-drinks, so coffee and cream (no sugar) is my primary source of caffeine now since it’s a natural way to get caffeine without any fake sweeteners or other chemicals.   Essentially,  I like to think of coffee as a dehydrated type of fruit juice.

I’ve never understood exactly how coffee and caffeine works.  This 4 minute science video explains — in an ever increasingly caffeinated way — what happens when caffeine hits your system, how the drug affects in your brain, and how much it would take to kill you.  Spoiler alert, it’s pretty tough to coffee yourself to death.

Bacon and Rocketry, a Perfect Harmony

Sizzle, Sizzle, Sizzle it must be Friday because I hear sizzling Bacon!

“Bacon is great, there’s only one way to top it,
and that is to power bacon with a powerful rocket”

Thanks to SpenceMan for passing along a video from the folks over at RatherGood.com. If you’re not familiar with these guys, they brought us such greats as Pavoratti Love Elephants and She’s Got a Chicken to Ride.  Today we have a video about bacon, a rocket, and a catchy tune. ((Headphones Recommended))

Friday Bacon: Bacon-wrapped pork meatloaf sandwiches

Cookin’ bacon with Skinny Al Roker

So if you’ve been trying to cut down on Beef consumption and can’t get away from the meat candy that is bacon, this cooking video is for you.  “What tastes better than pork on top of pork?

Below you can watch the full video with chef Matt Gennuso

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Recipe: Bacon-wrapped pork meatloaf

Chef: Matt Gennuso

Ingredients
  • 3 lbs. ground pork shoulder
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup ground Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tbls. bacon fat
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 tblsp. chopped garlic
  • 2 tsps. chopped fresh sage
  • 2 tsps. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 tblsps. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsps. fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lb. pre-sliced bacon
Baking Directions

It is best to prepare this dish a day in advance of serving.

In a large mixing bowl, add the ground pork, eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. No need to mix at this time, just place into the refrigerator until later.

In a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, add the bacon fat and allow to melt. Once melted add the onions, cover and allow to cook until translucent. Then add the garlic and continue to cook for two more minutes.

Next add the chopped herbs and cook for another minute. Once herbs have been added, be sure to stir frequently so that they don’t burn. Now remove the mixture and allow to cool thoroughly in the refrigerator. Once the onion-herb mixture is cool, combine completely with the pork and place back in the refrigerator while you line the molds with bacon.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

How to Line the Loaf Pan with Bacon: At one end of the loaf pan, place the narrow part of the bacon on the bottom edge of the pan where the side and bottom part of the pan meet. Run the bacon across the width of the pan and up the edge, overlapping on the other side. Then take your next slice of bacon and reverse, having the narrow edge of this piece meet the bottom edge of the other side (the side that your first piece made its way up the edge), and again have it come across the bottom of the pan and up the other side, almost like ribbons coming out of a box. Continue this process until you reach the end of the pan. This will provide the wrapping for the meatloaf.

Once the molds are lined with bacon, place your meatloaf mixture into the mold. You should fill the mold ¾ to the top. Now take your overlapping bacon and use it to cover the top of the meatloaf. Place the meatloaf into a water bath and then into a preheated 350-degree oven and cook for 1½ hours or until it reaches 150 degrees.

Remove the meatloaf from the water bath and place into a refrigerator until fully cooled. It is best that it sits over night before slicing.

Bacon Donut Cheeseburger (NYC)

Bacon Friday

It’s Friday! And Friday is BACON DAY!  This Friday I bring you the Bacon Donut Cheeseburger from the Crave Shack in NYC.   Not for the squeamish, this dish is called the Crave Doughnut Burger and includes a 1/4 lb beef patty, with cheese and “crave sauce” served on a toasted glazed donut.   It’ll run a very reasonable $6.50. The only cop-out is that it is Turkey Bacon. So then I suppose that classifies it as a health food, right?

You can add a Happytizer or two such as Onion Rings, Nuggets, Jalepeño Poppers or Nachos.  What about fries you say?  Well donchya know they have a number of options including Frenchie Fries – “Cuter than your average fries” (with or without cheese) or Seasoned Fries which are reported to be “Loads of fun.” The dessert and shake and float menu looks pretty enticing as well.

I’ve never been to the Crave Shack, but I’ll see if I can swing by next time in in NYC and feeling like I could use a little cardiac lubrication.

Crave Shack – the home of New York’s First Donut Burger – can be found at:

25-47 Steinway Street
Astoria, NY 11103

You can read more about the Crave Shack on the NY Daily News