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This gorgeous spring weather triggers so many thoughts and emotions. It could make you daydream about weekend beach getaways, lolling around in a hammock, fresh produce - hey, isn't rhubarb in season? A fresh pie sounds just delicious - and wouldn't it be so much prettier if you included a few of those lovely leaves?
Don’t do it, unless you're planning on making this your last meal. Rhubarb leaves are poisonous, raw or cooked (they contain a not-good-for-you substance - oxalic acid). The stalk isn’t toxic, although it’s crazy tart if it’s not cooked and somehow sweetened up. Here are a couple of other ingredients to avoid - or at least moderate your consumption of - this season.
"Balls, bumholes, penises. I haven't eaten all those things, but I've eaten most," says Chef Jamie Oliver.
Dunno about you, but this tongue we're biting over here is DELICIOUS. More offal recipes here.
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You've probably heard a lot about salmonella in reference to food poisoning, but the latest outbreak isn't about eating cooked animals – it's about touching live ones.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 93 people in a total of 23 states have been infected with strains of salmonella: specifically, strains known as Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Lille. Of those affected, 18 patients have been hospitalized and one death may be related to the outbreak under investigation too.
A large portion – 37% – of the those infected are 10 years old or younger, according to the CDC.
There's a hole lotta happy going on. The first Friday in June is National Donut Day!
Started by the Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938, the day honors the Army’s ‘Donut Lassies’ who served treats and provided assistance to soldiers on the front lines during World War 1. To honor the 75th anniversary of Donut Day, the Salvation Army is teaming up with Entenmann’s Bakery in New York to make the largest box of donuts ever created.
If you can’t make it to the NYC celebrations, be sure to stop by your local Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme, which are also participating in the festivities. Dunkin is offering a free donut with any beverage purchase, and Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut of any variety. Or you can celebrate your local independent donut shop.
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