HAL’S KITCHEN: the best kitchen gadget ever


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I hate most kitchen gadgets. Often they don’t work or if they do they get used to it for a while and then end up in the cupboard or on the counter taking up space. But during a moment of weakness at a grocery store recently, I bought a microwave omelet maker. It was there, just at face level, as I pushed my cart past the eggs. I like eggs but I don’t eat a lot of them. I actually had a dozen aging ones in my fridge and thought maybe this device could help me put them to use. Well, it worked. I even bought more eggs because this thing makes a great omelet without having to mess up a pan. It makes a perfect non-stick omelet every time. You just beat two eggs and put half on each side. After microwaving it for a minute, you add cheese or whatever you want in the middle of your omelet, then close it and microwave it some more. So ! It works great and it’s so quick and easy. This is my best kitchen purchase in a long time. Infomercial pitchman Vince Offer needs to get rid of the Slap Chop and start selling it. But wait, there’s more! Below are more food items from my Hal’s Kitchen, so keep reading…

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Winnipeg Pizza Week is underway. It runs until May 14 at 75 local restaurants. I’ll let you go to LaPizzaWeek.com to discover all the different pies but here are a few names that caught my eye. The Fresh Prince at Smitty’s, Just Figgin’ Peachy at Saddlery on Market and Bedazzled Basil at Hildegard’s Bakery. And don’t be afraid to try several, because the event is also a fundraiser for Centraide.

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Japanese researchers have developed computerized chopsticks that enhance savory tastes. The idea is to help those who need to reduce sodium in their diet. The wands use electrical stimulation and a mini-computer worn on a wristband. A weak electrical current transmits the sodium ions from the food, through the chopsticks, to the mouth, where they create a sensation of saltiness. Meiji University inventor Homei Miyashita has also developed a lickable TV screen that can imitate various food flavors.

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A diet rich in antioxidants could protect your brain. Green leafy vegetables and colorful fruits are also good for the rest of your body. According to new research, people whose blood is high in three key antioxidants are less likely to develop dementia. “But the only way to prove the link between antioxidants and brain health is with a long-term randomized clinical trial to see if fewer people who take a carefully controlled amount of antioxidant supplements develop dementia over time,” he said. said Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, scientific director of the US National Institute on Aging.


A new study indicates that vegetarian children may face some challenges. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital of United Health in Toronto have found that even though vegetarian children have similar levels of nutrition to their meat-eating peers, their risk of being underweight is twofold. Being underweight could indicate a greater risk of malnutrition or a lack of calories and nutrients needed for proper growth, but more research is needed. The study’s lead author, Dr Jonathon Maguire, says: “Vegetarian diets seem to work for most children.

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The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research says switching from meat to mushrooms just once a week can prevent deforestation. Replacing 20% ​​of beef with a mushroom-based meat alternative could halve deforestation by 2050. Experts say this mushroom meat can replicate the taste and texture of real beef, but it doesn’t require so much land to produce and there are also fewer emissions. And this is interesting: it could also prevent the appetite…


Kellogg’s has a new cereal for Star Wars fans. You might have to make a trip to Grand Forks to buy it or order it online, but Frosted Flakes Obi-Wan Kenobi is said to combine the rich chocolate flavors of Frosted Flakes Chocolate with the sweet taste of the original Frosted Flakes for a “masterful combination”. of the “dark and light” sides. Its official release is scheduled for the end of this spring.

-Hal has been writing articles for years. He also hosts Connecting Winnipeg weekday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at 680 CJOB. You can email him at Hal@HalAnderson.ca.

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