Food Facts & Lore, Monday Magazine

The Monday Mag – Apr 4, 2016

In This Edition Of Our Weekly Magazine:

  • Broccoli is Spelled TAS2R38
  • Having Pizza? Drink This
  • Two Glorified PB & J Snacks

Our Favorite Quote Of The Week – “I’m proud to be paying taxes in the United States. The only thing is—I could be just as proud for half the money.” – Arthur Godfrey

i hate broccoli

Broccoli is Spelled TAS2R38 – According to John E. Hayes, PhD, of the Sensory Evaluation Center at Penn State, you may be able to claim pure and unadulterated scientific truth as your reason for disliking broccoli. You are not just fussy after all. So there. Genetics are most likely to blame, reports Hayes and colleagues. More specifically, a variation on a gene known as TAS2R38. Now, you can take a stand and affirm, “This gene affects how we perceive bitterness, and IT decides if I’m going to eat this broccoli, not I!” In fact, research reveals that this very gene may be responsible for our overall taste in fruits and vegetables.


Having Pizza? Drink This – So you’re having a few friends over for pizza. Or you’re just creating a special stay-at-home night with delicious take out, and who could blame you? But while you may always go for the same pizza (and again, who could blame you?), you might consider a little touch of different with these easy drink pairing suggestions.

  1. Offset the savory meat pizza with a sweet daiquiri.
  2. Whisky adds a tasty accent to simple, 2 or 3 ingredient pizzas.
  3. A vegetable pizza benefits from a fruity rum-based cocktail.

pb & j

Two Glorified PB & J Snacks –
~ ROLLIN’ BANANAS: Carefully separate the two sides of a flatbread round. Lay flat, inside facing up. Spread evenly with favorite peanut butter. Center full-length banana near one edge. Roll, carefully shaping the banana straight as you go. Slice sushi style. Serve with fruit preserve.
~ A LA FRENCH TOAST – Spread one slice Maple Wheat bread with fruit preserve of choice. Spread another slice with peanut butter. Assemble into a sandwich. Carefully dip both sides into a mixture of 1/3 cup milk, 1 lightly beaten egg, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Place in a warm, oiled skillet over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes on each side. Cut in 4 squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. This one is good with a side of tart apple.

…Ask your 158 Main server about our home made flatbread, breads and baguettes. Or find out more about our breads HERE


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