A wasp’s dinner (everything eats)

A wasp’s dinner (everything eats)

This one may get the icky props. Thanks to my my friend Teresa McGrath, I got to see something out of the ordinary – in my world, at least. She writes: Survival of the fittest at its best. I was sitting by the pool and watched as this wasp grabbed (yes, with all of its legs like a bear hug) this caterpillar off of the plant next to me. The wasp chewed into it until its guts came out – the black stuff – and then ate some. This photo is of him finishing off the back end of the poor guy. Fascinating. Fascinating but kind of ewww. It reminds me of the time we’d been vacationing in the Sierras, a family trip. We were in the car driving home and LL got a pained look on his face and said he got a bite. He pulled over on the side of Highway 4, stuck his hand inside his shirt over his shoulder, and came out with a handful of green caterpillar goo. It was kind of...

Oatmeal recipe contest from Bob’s Red Mill

Have you ever heard of a spurtle? I had not but am probably in the minority; it’s a traditional Scottish kitchen gadget, a wooden stick used for stirring pots of oatmeal or flipping oatcakes, aka the porridge stick. I’ve also learned there a rich spurtle lore – try saying that 3 times fast! – with traditions and superstitions dating back to Renaissance Scotland. You probably didn’t know that porridge should is properly referred to as “they” and should only be stirred clockwise with the right hand so as not to “evoke the Devil,” did you? I love this stuff. I’ve even been looking at spurtles online; the hand-carved ones are pretty, like rolling pins. Here are a few from Orkcrafts: Spurtles came to my attention recently after receiving a nice email from the folks at Bob’s Red Mill telling me about their second annual Spar for the Spurtle contest – a wonderfully goofy name for a very serious porridge contest with some pretty big stakes . . . the winner gets an all-expense paid trip to Scotland to participate in this year’s in the Golden Spurtle competition. Since I do love their products, I decided to pass the news along. All you have to do is submit a short video of you making your own recipe, using oatmeal, by July 20. Click here for rules, guidelines, and entry information. Just be sure to comment below, email me, or tweet to let me know you’ve entered, and Bob’s Red Mill will send you a goody bag for participating. And no, this isn’t about making the perfect bowl of oatmeal. Here’s a photo of...

How many calories in a Domino’s bacon cheeseburger pizza?

Grist reported today that Domino’s, along with other fast-food pizza chains, are protesting proposed regulations required them to disclose calories per slice. Here’s a news article from today covering the same topic. That’s fine. There are independent labs all over the country who share their results. Here are a few I found online: Start with CalorieLab’s breakdown. They estimate a serving size is 1/8 of a Domino’s bacon cheeseburger pie, or 77 grams, and it contains: serving size: 77 grams (my note: compare to the 78 gram serving of a Doritos Locos Taco) calories: 220 calories from fat: 130.5 saturated fat: 5.5 grams total fat: 14.5 grams trans fat: 0 grams cholesterol: 30 mg sodium: 405 mg carbohydrates: 15 grams dietary fiber: 2 grams sugars: 2 gram protein: 11 grams For more information, visit CalorieLab’s website. Livestrong also has data, only their serving size is 2/8 a pizza instead of 1/8 – double the serving size. Even so, their numbers are more than double CalorieLab’s: serving size: no grams listed. (I could do the math, but this is their data, not mine) calories: 550 calories from fat: 234 saturated fat: 12 grams total fat: 26 grams trans fat: 0 grams cholesterol: 61 mg sodium: 1274 mg carbohydrates: 55 grams dietary fiber: 3 grams sugars: 3 gram protein: 26 grams For more information, visit Livestrong’s website. Finally, Domino’s Cal-O-Meter weighs in on the nutrition information of a medium, thin crust bacon cheeseburger feast pie: serving size: 154 g calories: 450 calories from fat: 250 saturated fat: 12 grams total fat: 28 grams trans fat: 0.5 grams cholesterol: 65 mg sodium:...