All I can say is…yum.

My Kitchen/Studio

hot fudge

Although much belated, I wanted to post my favorite hot fudge recipe as a follow-up to my last ice cream post. Although I don’t own the Joy of Cooking, I scanned this page from my Mom’s copy (note chocolate stains on page) years ago. The recipe has been an institution in my family, and although was used most frequently as a topping for peppermint stick ice cream during the Christmases of my childhood, has found a place in my year-round dessert repertoire.

Locating that dusty bottle of corn syrup, leftover from last year’s Thanksgiving pecan pie, is probably the longest step in creating this delicacy. From there, it’s a quick moving, science experiment-esque process of boiling and bubbling together butter, chocolate, water, corn syrup, and sugar. Once done and cooled a bit, the sauce can be transferred to a glass jar, covered tightly, and stored in the refrigerator. Just a…

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by Emily Esfahani Smith

Oliver Sacks

Religion, God, transcendence, spirituality: do these things exist independently of the human mind or are they products of neurochemical firings of the brain? When Saul had his revelatory experience on the road to Damascus, had he fallen under the spell of a seizure, as some have claimed, or was it a flash of the divine that caused his conversion to Christianity? When Fyodor Dostoevsky experienced the self-transcendent moment he describes below, was he momentarily elevated into a mysterious mystical realm or was he having a fit of temporal lobe epilepsy?

The air was filled with a big noise and I tried to move. I felt the heaven was going down upon the earth and that it engulfed me. I have really touched God. He came into me myself, yes God exists, I cried, and I don’t remember anything else. You all, healthy people . . . can’t imagine…

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

130_1452 These can be for your Soul Mate, or just for yourself! Either way, they make a great Valentine’s Day Treat.

They are also high in protein and whole grains, and have a list of ingredients that even I can remember off the top of my head. Recipe to come in my book, Cooking for Emotional Wellness, due out this fall!

The downside of high deductible health plans | The Incidental Economist

This study has a good graph showing how people in high deductible health plans forego or delay care. It also notes that the incidence of foregoing and delaying care goes up as the poverty of the individual increases. Conclusion: HDHP’s are making access to care even more challenging for the poor. I would like to see how the Affordable Health Care act plans to remedy this.

The downside of high deductible health plans | The Incidental Economist.