What’s for Dinner?

Summer Set Dinner at Takinoue Hotel Keikoku in Hokkaido, Japan

The price is 3,000 yen (plus tax).

Chuckles of the Day

Marriage Proposal

There were two elderly people living in a Florida mobile home park. He was a widower and she a widow. They had known one another for a number of years.

Now, one evening there was a community supper in the big activity center. These two were at the same table, across from one another.

As the meal went on, he made a few admiring glances at her and finally gathered up his courage to ask her, “Will you marry me?”

After about six seconds of ‘careful consideration,’ she answered. “Yes. Yes, I will.”

The meal ended and with a few more pleasant exchanges, they went to their respective places.

Next morning, he was troubled. “Did she say ‘yes’ or did she say ‘no’?” He couldn’t remember. Try as he would, he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory.

With trepidation, he went to the telephone and called her. First, he explained to her that he didn’t remember as well as he used to. Then he reviewed the lovely evening past. As he gained a little more courage, he then inquired of her, “When I asked if you would marry me, did you say ‘Yes’ or did you say ‘No’?”

He was delighted to hear her say, “Why, I said, ‘Yes, yes I will’ and I meant it with all my heart.”

Then she continued, “And I am so glad that you called, because I couldn’t remember who had asked me.”

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Senior Discount

The minister announced that admission to the next church social would be $6 per person.

“However, if you’re over 65, the price would be only $5.50,” the minister said.

From the back of the church a woman’s voice rang out, “Do you really think I’d give out that information for only 50 cents?”

Is Zinc a Friend or Foe to Kidney Stones?

The nutrient zinc can be both helpful and harmful when it comes to kidney stones, a new study finds.

There have been two conflicting theories about the link between zinc and kidney stones. One suggests zinc stops the growth of the calcium oxalate crystals that make up the stones. The other suggests zinc changes the crystals’ surfaces, which encourages further growth.

Turns out both are correct, according to findings recently published in the journal Crystal Growth & Design.

“What we see with zinc is something we haven’t seen before,” said study author Jeffrey Rimer, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston.

“It does slow down calcium oxalate crystal growth and at the same time it changes the surface of the crystals, causing defects in the form of intergrowths,” he explained in a university news release. “These abnormalities create centers for new crystals to nucleate and grow.”

Rimer referred to the situation as a proverbial double-edged sword.

To learn how zinc affects the growth of kidney stones, Rimer’s team used lab experiments and modeling. The techniques could lead to new ways to prevent kidney stones, he said.

“These are enabling tools that allow us to understand at an almost molecular level how various species in urine can regulate crystal growth,” Rimer said.

The researchers also examined how similar ions like magnesium affect kidney stone formation.

“We wondered what would happen if we used alternative ions commonly found in urine, such as magnesium, and the answer was nothing. It had little to no effect, whereas zinc had a major effect,” Rimer said. “This is an excellent demonstration of how subtle differences in the nature of various species impacts their interaction with crystal surfaces.”

Kidney stones are made up of calcium oxalate crystals and various hard deposits of inorganic salts and proteins.

They can cause severe pain as they pass through the urinary tract. They are becoming more common, resulting in an increase in suffering and a steep rise in medical costs.

Source: HealthDay

Ginger Chicken Thighs with Parsnips


2 pounds chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
2 large onions, cut into 1-inch dice
2 tablespoons minced ginger
3 large parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths
4 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch lengths
5 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Season the thighs with the salt and pepper. Heat a large heavy roasting pan or heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil and swirl to coat the bottom. When the oil is hot, add the thighs skin side down. Brown, turning once, about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the thighs to a platter and set aside.
  4. Add the remaining oil to the pan, swirl, and heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions, ginger, parsnips, celery and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and saute the vegetables, stirring, until softened, about 6 minutes.
  5. Top with the thighs, skin side up, and bake uncovered until the chicken and vegetables are done, 30 to 40 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a platter or four individual serving plates and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Simply Ming One-pot Meals

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