Pickled pequin peppers (Chile pequin en escabeche)

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UPDATE:  It’s been brought to my attention that the name of the peppers  featured here is not “pequin”.  Common names given to these are “tepin” or “chiltepin”.  Various websites show pequins as similar in size to those in the photo but slightly elongated.  I identify these as “pequins” because that is the name I’ve known them as since very young.  My dad, who grew up on the Texas Mexico border called these peppers “chile pequins”.  I’m no expert on nomenclature and history of these types of peppers so I’m disclaiming any kind of authority.  My guess is that “pequin” was an acceptable common name in some parts of the country.

Throughout the years, there has always seemed to be a pequin pepper bush around my house.  It’s never from my doing though,  I’m pretty sure they’ve always sprouted up from bird droppings.  They always pop up by a fence, under a tree,  or under…

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What is rice bran oil? Amazing health benefits of rice bran oil

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Jul 24, 2018, 06.16

You must have seen the advertisements and promotions, highlighting the pros of cooking with rice bran oil. Though, we often blindly follow the advertisements and try the new launches. What we often overlook is how beneficial or harmful that product can be! Well, it is always a good idea to find out more about that product before you just buy it. As making a healthy choice is entirely your call. So, here’s all you must know before you switch to rice bran oil and add it to your daily diet.

What is rice bran oil?
Extracted from the outer coating of rice, this oil is packed with the goodness of natural nutrients, which is essential for the functioning of the human body. Made with the chaff (rice husk), the rice bran oil has a high ignition temperature, which is used for stir frying and deep frying. Enriched with the goodness of MUFA and PUFA, this oil is a balance of polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. What’s more, rice bran oil is a rich source of Vitamin E and antioxidants, which makes it a much healthy alternative as compared to other cooking oils. The fad around rice bran oil is simply because of its incredible health benefits. Moreover, it is commonly used in many Asian countries like Japan and China. In fact, it is mostly used to prepare pan-asian culinary delights.

Health benefits of rice bran oil.
Rice husk is loaded with nutrients, which can effectively cure and prevent several diseases. At the same time it has great immunity boosting properties. In fact, the regular use of rice bran oil can reduce cholesterol, help in weight management and reduce allergic reactions. Here’s a low down on the incredible health benefits of rice bran oil.

Rice bran oil can reduce cholesterol.
Rice bran oil has a balance of fatty acids, which makes it a much healthy alternative to go for. As per research, this oil has an equal ratio of saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. This rice oil blend is free from trans-fats.

Improves heart health.
Rice bran oil promotes a healthy balance of fatty acids, which further maintains a healthy balance of cholesterol and reduce the growth of LDL in the body. This leads to a healthy heart condition and prevent several coronary diseases. Apart from that the presence of oryzanol, makes this antioxidant rich oil a healthy option to go for. Also, it helps in improving heart health by striking a perfect balance of essential fatty acids. To naturally improve heart health, you can also add flaxseeds, red rice and noni juice to your diet.

Rice bran oil absorbs less.
The high ignition temperature of this oil makes it perfect for stir frying and deep frying. The best thing about this oil is that it maintains the nutritive balance despite the heat and absorbs very less oil, which is again a blessing in disguise.

Prevents from cancer.
Loaded with the goodness of vitamin E, this antioxidant rich oil can boost immunity. The antimutagenic properties of this oil can prevent cancer. You can also add black grapes and noni juice to keep life threatening diseases like cancer at bay.

Healthy for hair and skin.
Rice bran oil can effectively delay the signs of aging and this is due to the presence of a component tocopherol in vitamin E, which can help in keeping the skin youthful and provides ample nourishment to the hair. Pollution and free radicals often lead to early signs of aging, the vitamin E helps in cell regeneration and reduce the effects of aging. Although, vitamin E is good for hair and skin, you can also add omega 3 fatty acid rich food, which can bring back the youthfulness of skin.

Helps in curing inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory properties in rice bran oil can relive hot flashes and other inflammation in the body. All its needs is just a healthy switch over from regular vegetable oil to healthy rice bran oil.

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Does High Heat Hurt Olive Oil?

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Is it safe to heat olive oil to high temperatures? If not, what cooking oil do you consider preferable for high-heat cooking?

August 9, 2018

I am frequently asked if it is ok to fry in olive oil. The question of how safe a specific type of oil is for high-temperature cooking has long been somewhat murky, but a study from Australia published in May 2018 provides new and useful information.

When cooking oils are exposed to heat in the presence of air, they break down into toxic by-products called polar compounds that have been linked to the development of serious health problems including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Some oils are more heat-stable than others, due to their chemical structures. In general, a limit of 24 to 27 percent of polar compounds in a frying oil is considered safe for human consumption, the Australian researchers noted. But they added that fried foods stored for a period of time before being consumed should have even lower levels.

The investigators tested the heat stability of 10 of the most commonly used cooking oils in Australia: extra-virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil, refined olive oil, canola, grapeseed, coconut, avocado, peanut, rice bran and sunflower oils. Results showed that extra-virgin olive oil was the safest and most stable when heated to temperatures even higher than those commonly used for sautéing, deep-frying and baking. It produced the lowest quantity of polar compounds compared to the other oils tested. The runner up was coconut oil.

The study also disproved the commonly held view that oil with a high smoke point is best suited for high-temperature cooking. In fact, an oil’s smoke point doesn’t indicate how it will perform when heated.

The researchers also found that canola oil isn’t as healthy as commonly thought, even though, like olive oil, it has A high content of monounsaturated fat. They reported that canola oil was the most unstable of all the oils tested, producing more than 2.5 times the amount of polar compounds of extra-virgin olive oil and about twice that in heated refined olive oil.

We know that olive oil has a very high percentage of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Quality olive oil also contains abundant antioxidants, substances that have been shown to have protective cardiovascular and anti-cancer effects. And it provides oleocanthal, a unique anti-inflammatory compound. And, of course, quality olive oil tastes great. We now know it is also the safest oil for sautéing and other high-temperature cooking.

I should note that in general it is best to cook foods, especially animal foods, at lower temperatures to avoid formation of AGEs (advanced glycation end products), other toxic compounds that undermine health, and to avoid deep-frying and other cooking methods that add excessive fat to the diet.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Gregg Jarrett: Rod Rosenstein’s coup attempt to depose Trump should not go unpunished

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By Gregg Jarrett | Fox News

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s actions, as recounted by the New York Times Friday, are the equivalent of an attempted coup — a plot to overthrow the president.

As the Times reveals, Rosenstein was furious that Democrats blamed him for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Rosenstein, who had volunteered to write the firing memorandum, was “regretful and emotional.”  His behavior was described as “erratic.”

He blamed Trump.

So, in an apparent act of vengeance, he proposed secretly recording the president to try to gain damaging information about him.

He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director. Rosenstein is said to have discussed recruiting cabinet members to depose Trump under the 25th Amendment.

All of this is reportedly evidenced in memos, including those written by McCabe.

Friday afternoon, in response to the Times story, Michael R. Bromwich, Andrew McCabe’s attorney issued this statement for the record:

“Andrew McCabe drafted memos to memorialize significant discussions he had with high level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions. When he was interviewed by the Special Counsel more than a year ago, he gave all of his memos — classified and unclassified — to the Special Counsel’s office. A set of those memos remained at the FBI at the time of his departure in late January 2018. He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos.”

Rosenstein strongly denied that the facts recounted by the Times.

“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he told Fox News. “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

Additionally, Rosenstein also said this in a statement: “I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false.”

So who is telling the truth?

Consider this: Is it any wonder that Rosenstein has refused to produce those records which Congress lawfully demanded months ago? Rosenstein has been trying to cover-up evidence of his own wrongdoing.  This may constitute obstruction of justice by withholding incriminating evidence.

Were Rosenstein’s words merely sarcasm, as some suggest? Here are two critical passages in the Time’s story:

“One participant asked whether Mr. Rosenstein was serious, and he replied animatedly that he was.”

According to the others who described his comments, Mr. Rosenstein not only confirmed that he was serious about the idea but also followed up by suggesting that other FBI officials who were interviewing to be the bureau’s director could also secretly record Mr. Trump.”   

This invites the question: did Robert Mueller, who interviewed with Trump to be FBI Director the day before he accepted the job as special counsel, wear a wire? Probably not. But as I explained in my book, “The Russia Hoax,” Mueller may have been there to gather evidence against Trump during his interview with the president.  It was one of the three reasons why Mueller should have recused himself.  Yet, he refused to do so.

Mueller’s Investigation Should Be Terminated

Rosenstein should be fired immediately. Proposing to secretly record the president is, at the very least, a violation of regulations that govern a security clearance.

Importantly, the entire special counsel investigation should be promptly terminated.  This illegitimate probe has been tainted by corruption from the outset, and this is just the latest in a mountain of damning evidence.

Rosenstein has been in charge of the Mueller probe. Yet, it is clear that he harbors an extreme bias against Trump. How can anyone now view the investigation as fair, objective and neutral? It is not.  It never has been.

The special counsel probe has been compromised and contaminated by Rosenstein’s actions, Mueller’s refusal to disqualify himself, the misconduct of former FBI agent Peter Strzok, and the obvious bias of lead prosecutor Andrew Weissmann.

From the moment Trump was sworn in as president, saboteurs at the FBI and Justice Department have worked furiously to undue the election results and frame Trump for “colluding” with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.

They conjured a false case based on a fabricated “dossier” paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and composed by a British spy who was fired for lying.

They misappropriated that document to launch the Trump-Russia investigation without probable cause. They then exploited the same “dossier” to wiretap a Trump campaign associate, Carter Page. In the process, they concealed vital evidence and deceived FISA judges, perpetrating a fraud on the court.

Those who abused their positions of power to subvert the rule of law and undermine the democratic process should be held accountable.

It should begin with the firing of Rod Rosenstein. It should end with a presentment to a grand jury for potential criminal indictments.

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