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Playing God With Mosquitoes 

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  • In 2021, 750 million genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes are set to be released in the Florida Keys and a string of surrounding islands. The Environmental Protection Agency granted permission in May to the British-based but US-operated company, Oxitec, to produce the genetically engineered, male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, known as OX5034.
  • Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread deadly diseases like dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and yellow fever to humans. Only female mosquitoes bite humans because they need blood to produce eggs. So the plan is to release the GM male mosquitoes who will then hopefully breed with wild female mosquitoes.
  • However, the male mosquitoes now carry a protein that will kill off any female offspring before they reach mature biting age. The males, which only feed on nectar, will survive and pass on the genes. Over time this will reduce the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the area and thereby reduce the spread of disease to humans.
  • Green-lighting the pilot project, which has been debated for years, drew a swift outcry from environmental groups, who warned of unintended consequences. One group condemned the plan as a public “Jurassic Park experiment.” Activists warn of possible damage to ecosystems, and the potential creation of hybrid, insecticide-resistant mosquitoes. (BBC)

Strawberry Lime Smoothie Pops Recipe | Allrecipes


via Strawberry Lime Smoothie Pops Recipe | Allrecipes

Strawberry banana smoothie pops make an easy summertime frozen treat.

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  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Vanilla almondmilk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 medium banana
  • ½ lime, juiced
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    Blend all ingredients, then pour into ice pop molds.

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ½ cup heavy cream
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    Heat chicken broth, pumpkin puree, onion, garlic, and Cajun seasoning to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

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    Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Stir in heavy cream before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

156.5 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 11.9g 4% DV; fat 11.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 43.9mg 15% DV; sodium 987.1mg 40% DV. Full Nutrition

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Garlic Basil Pizza

BASIL AND GARLIC WHITE PIZZA

Traditional pizza is always delicious, but there’s something about a cheese-filled white pizza that really hits the spot. Add on a slathering of garlic oil and plenty of basil and you’ll be in pizza heaven!

Overhead view of multiple slices of basil and garlic white pizza on a marble tray with recipe title at the bottom of the image

(This recipe for Basil and Garlic White Pizza was originally published in May 2012, but has been updated with new photos and content in 2018.)

File this under an actual conversation that really happened in real life:

Check-out boy at grocery store, ringing in my baby basil plant: Hey, I hear some people actually eat this stuff!

Me: Um, yes; it’s basil.

Check-Out Boy: Ew. It’s a plant.

Me: Yes, basil.

Check-Out Boy: If it grows in the ground, you won’t find me eating it!

Me: Like pretty much all vegetables? What about this pepper? (holding up a green bell pepper)

Check-Out Boy: That’s spicy, so it’s OK! But that (pointing at basil) is a plant and it has leaves. Why do I want to eat leaves?

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Me: Because they taste good? And they’re healthy? Have you ever tried basil before?

Check-Out Boy: NO! I don’t eat plants!

At this point, I give up, collect my bags, and leave. LE SIGH.

And then I proceeded to go home and make a pizza with plants on it. Because I like plants. And also because I love white pizza and know it always tastes better with basil. And I figured I at least need one plant on this cheese-filled pizza. Grocery store boy doesn’t know what he’s missing out on.

WHAT IS WHITE PIZZA?

When we think of pizza, many of us think tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and maybe a topping like pepperoni, sausage, or basil. Of course, traditional pizza is delicious, but once you try white pizza, chances are you’ll be hooked!

White pizza is essentially pizza without tomato sauce and extra cheese instead, usually ricotta and mozzarella (sometimes they even involve alfredo sauce).

In my opinion, white pizzas often need a little something to add dimension to the cheese, which is why I use a garlic olive oil here plus lots of basil. The added parmesan cheese also adds a nice sharpness. I can pretty much promise you that you won’t be missing the tomato sauce at all!

WHAT KIND OF DOUGH IS BEST?

You can really use any pizza dough you want for this recipe, even store-bought. But I’m including the recipe for a whole wheat dough because I think it goes so perfectly with the pizza toppings.

I almost never make whole wheat dough for my pizza, but now that I’ve tried this half whole wheat dough, I feel like I’m going to be making it all the time. It is seriously so, so good!

I adapted the recipe from Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois’s Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day (affiliate link), which is a must-have book for anyone interested in learning absolutely everything about pizza dough making (in case you don’t know Jeff and Zoe are Gods in the bread-making world).

You only need about 1/3 of this recipe for one pizza, but you can always put the leftover in the fridge for a few days (until you start craving another one of these!) or you can even freeze it for up to 3 months.

HOW TO MAKE BASIL AND GARLIC WHITE PIZZA

This white pizza is a pretty simple one, but one that is going to be on your mind for days after it’s long gone… It basically involves garlic, cheese, and basil. Hello, heaven.

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To start, pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Cover a 12-inch round pan with foil and lightly brush with 1 Tbsp olive oil. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 12-inch round and place  on prepared pan.

Mix together minced garlic and 2 1/2 T extra-virgin olive oil in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush dough with garlic olive oil mixture.

Layer slices of mozzarella on top of dough and spoon crumbles of ricotta cheese around. Cover pizza with 12 basil leaves and parmesan cheese shavings.

If you want to add additional toppings here, you certainly can. Anything works, but sausage or roasted chicken breast is especially delicious on white pizza! Also, if you’re feeling a little crazy, go for clams (white clam pizza is seriously to die for!)

Bake for about 18-22 minutes, until crust is browning and crispy.

Collage showing process for making pizza, including dough rolled out with garlic; mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, and basil on dough; and pizza baked and just out of the oven

Call me crazy, but I love the little little burn marks on top of the cheese. Burnt cheese= best ever! I also love the combination of mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan cheese. Give me all your cheese, people.

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But also, give me all your garlic olive oil because I will drink that ish out of a water bottle. Isn’t “slathered in garlic” one of the best phrases ever? Garlic-slathered white pizza? Yes, please!

Overhead close-up of a slice of basil and garlic white pizza on a marble tray with other slices of pizza in the background

Don’t forget to chiffonade your leftover basil and sprinkle that around, as well. Basil baked at 450 degrees is nice and crispy and yummy, but fresh basil is even better. I feel like basil is one of those things you can enjoy year round and it will give you a little bit of summer happiness in the middle of winter.

Also, my grocery store sells basil plants almost all the time and how happy is it to have a basil plant in your kitchen in the middle of winter?

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This partially whole wheat crust was honestly perfect. Delightfully chewy, but not overly so. Hearty without being heavy. And really, more satisfying than the typical all-purpose flour crust.

I’ve totally been back on my pizza-making game lately and I never want to stop. It feels like 2011 again. It’s super rare that I make tomato sauce-based pizzas, but I also haven’t made a white pizza in forever.

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Oh, grocery store checkout boy, how I wish I could have brought you a slice. Maybe then you could have seen how glorious plants are. And not just those “spicy” peppers that are actually bell peppers. Oh man, I fear that the youth of today is in serious trouble.

Do you love white pizza or are you more of a tomato sauce traditionalist? 

If you like this non-traditional pizza, check out my French Onion Soup Pizza and my Shrimp Scampi Pizza. Oh and for my fellow white pizza lovers, you have to try my Bacon White Pizza Dip! Oh, and I love the idea of burrata pizza like this one from Spices in my DNA.

Basil and Garlic White Pizza -- Traditional pizza is always delicious, but there's something about a cheese-filled white pizza that really hits the spot. Add on a slathering of garlic oil and plenty of basil and you'll be in pizza heaven | wearenotmartha.com

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Basil and Garlic White Pizza

Traditional pizza is always delicious, but there’s something about a cheese-filled white pizza that really hits the spot. Add on a slathering of garlic oil and plenty of basil and you’ll be in pizza heaven!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthier Pizza Dough, Unique Pizzas, White Pizza
Servings: 1 pizza
Author: Sues
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Ingredients

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Whole wheat pizza dough (1/3 of recipe below or you can use store-bought)
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, cut into slices
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 15 basil leaves, divided
  • 1 oz. shaved parmesan cheese

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

  • 1/2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp honey (can substitute with sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
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Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Cover a 12-inch round pan with foil and lightly brush with 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  • Mix together minced garlic and 2 1/2 T extra-virgin olive oil in a small bowl.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 12-inch round and place  on prepared pan.
  • Using a pastry brush, brush dough with garlic olive oil mixture. Layer slices of mozzarella on top of dough and spoon crumbles of ricotta cheese around.
  • Cover pizza with 12 basil leaves and parmesan cheese shavings.
  • Bake for about 18-22 minutes, until crust is browning and crispy. Chiffonade remaining 3 basil leaves and sprinkle over the top.

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

  • In a large bowl, combine yeast and water. Let sit for 3 minutes. Stir in salt, honey or sugar, and olive oil.
  • Using a wooden spoon, stir in whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour until just blended. If dough is still wet, add in a bit more flour, 1 Tbsp at a time.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and set aside at room temperature for about two hours, so it can rise. Once risen, either use dough or refrigerate if not using right away.

Notes

  • Pizza dough recipe adapted from Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in 5 Minutes a Day.
  • Leftover dough can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored in fridge for 5 days.
  • You can also freeze it for up to three months. Just make sure to divide it into individual portions before freezing.
  • Feel free to add more toppings to this pizza before baking, including pepperoni, sausage, roasted chicken breast, etc.

United States: Huawei facing more US sanctions to stop access to chip technology


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