Valentine’s Day Cupcakes


Japanese Appetizer

Eel and Mashed Lotus Root Ball

Intelligent Scale with Wi-Fi

The wifi body scale uses Wi-Fi to automatically transmit a person’s weight to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac or PC computer. It also graphs the weight, BMI, and lean and fat mass so users can access it from their iOS devices at any time.

Highlights by Manufacturer

  • Ability to set objectives and goals
  • Feedback by email
  • Instant weigh-in by stepping on the scale
  • Easy one-time set up for one person or the whole family
  • Maximum 396 pounds (graduation 0.2 pounds)
  • Extra-slim scale and glass slab
  • Generate and print graphs showing your growth, weight, height and BMI for your medical records for your doctor


Bedwetting Can be Due to Undiagnosed Constipation

Constipation is often the cause of bedwetting in children, a new study suggests.

Failure to diagnose constipation as the cause of bedwetting can lead parents and children on an unnecessarily long, costly and difficult effort to cure nighttime wetting, the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers said.

They found that 30 children and adolescents, aged 5 to 15, who sought treatment for bedwetting had large amounts of stool in their rectums, even though most of them had normal bowel habits. Laxative therapy cured 25 (83 percent) of the children of bedwetting within three months.

The study appeared recently online in the journal Urology.

“Having too much stool in the rectum reduces bladder capacity,” study author Dr. Steve Hodges, an assistant professor of urology, explained in a Wake Forest news release. “Our study showed that a large percentage of these children were cured of nighttime wetting after laxative therapy. Parents try all sorts of things to treat bedwetting — from alarms to restricting liquids. In many children, the reason they don’t work is that constipation is the problem.”

The link between excess stool in the rectum (the lower five to six inches of the intestine) and bedwetting was first reported in 1986, according to Hodges. But the finding did not lead to major changes in clinical practice, likely because the definition of constipation is not standardized or uniformly understood by everyone.

International Children’s Continence Society guidelines recommend that doctors ask children and their parents if the child’s bowel movements occur irregularly (less often than every other day) and if the stool consistency is hard, Hodges said.

“These questions focus on functional constipation and cannot help identify children with rectums that are enlarged and interfering with bladder capacity,” he explained. “The kind of constipation associated with bedwetting occurs when children put off going to the bathroom. This causes stool to back up and their bowels to never be fully emptied. We believe that treating this condition can cure bedwetting.”


Beef Pot Roast


1/2 ounce (about 1/2 cup) dried porcini mushrooms
1 141/2-ounce can beef broth
1 4- to 5-pound boneless chuck roast
3 tbsp coarse salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp olive oil
3 large yellow onions, cut into eighths
1 pound cremini mushrooms,
cut in half (quartered if large)
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley


  1. Tie the meat around its “waist” with cooking twine so it doesn’t fall apart during cooking.
  2. Heat oven to 350° F. Combine the porcini and broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove the porcini with a slotted spoon, coarsely chop, and set aside. Strain the broth through a fine sieve and set aside.
  3. Rub the meat with the salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a roasting pan or large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the meat until well browned, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the meat to a plate and set aside.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, add the remaining oil, onions, cremini mushrooms, garlic, and rosemary to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms and onions are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Return the meat to the pot and add the porcini, strained broth, vinegar, and sugar. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Cover (with aluminum foil if using a roasting pan). Transfer to the oven and cook until the meat is very tender, about 2½ to 3 hours.
  5. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and cover with foil to keep warm. With a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables and reserve. Place the pan over high heat and boil the cooking liquid until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Add the parsley, stir, and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Source: Fine Cooking