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This week 05-19-15

It's how big???

I thought I would be scientific this week and tell you about some physics. The biggest physics experiment ever, CERN's Large Hadron Collider was first turned on September 10th 2008. It cost $6 Billion, has thousands of giant magnets and it is cooled by tons of liquid helium to 1.9 Kelvin (just above absolute zero - Absolute zero is where molecules quit moving, it's really cold, 459+ below zero … my fridge won't get that low) .. It will guide 2 beams of protons around a 27 kilometer tunnel at nearly the speed of light and crash them in to each other, the highest energy particle collisions ever. They hope to fine new subatomic particles… particles much smaller than an atom!!!!!  One part of the collider is the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid). It has 11 parts. One of those 11 parts weighs  1,270 metric tons, about the same as 600 full size pickup trucks. This thing is at least 40 feet high. It has to be this big so that it can trap muons trying to escape through it's many layers. A muon weighs 206.7 times more than an electron. You could get hit by 100,000 muons and you would never feel it. A light breeze or a fly landing on your arm would have a much bigger impact. I thought is was so strange that it took something so large to see something so small (so small that you can't even see it with an electron microscope) … can't wait to see what they find … The Large Hadron Collider

 God's like that: He's so big that we can't even imagine it. We can't imagine the size of the universe, better yet the God who made it. But there he is…  At the same time, we are so small.  But God has invested everything he has in us, so that we can know him …. The size difference is staggering, The love is hard to comprehend…..


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes - Living Well - Mediterranean Diet:
Sometimes you just feel like a big fat steak with everything. And you know it will cost a of money and calories. What do you do? Easy, grill or bake big Portobellos and pretend like it's steak. Thie recipe is better than steak and you can have it every day, about 200 calories each.. Sounds like dinner to me. Throw in some pecans, and if you have to have some meat on it, cook a piece of salmon to put on top or fry an egg. All of that will make it even better.. 

This is from Laurent Tourondel. His Restaurants are BLT Steak, Arlington Club, LT Bar & Grill.

Four Cheese-Stuffed Portobellos

Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
1    tablespoon chopped basil
4    garlic cloves, minced
1    cup panko
3    tablespoons chopped parsley
Ten 3- to 4-inch-wide portobello mushroom caps, black gills removed
3    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3    ounces of shredded Gruyère
3    ounces of shredded Muenster
3    ounces of shredded mozzarella
3    ounces of shredded Manchego

1.Preheat the oven to 375°. Brush the mushroom caps on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet, gill side down, and bake until tender, about 20 minutes, then turn gill side up.

2. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses with the lemon zest, basil, three-fourths of the minced garlic and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season the cheese filling with salt and pepper. Mound the stuffing onto the mushroom caps. Bake the stuffed mushrooms until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

3. Preheat the broiler. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the panko and parsley with the remaining minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle the panko mixture over the mushrooms and broil 4 inches from the heat until browned, about 2 minutes. Serve right away.

MAKE AHEAD - The stuffed mushrooms can be refrigerated overnight before baking.


Posted by Mack Oates at 11:38 AM