HAL’S KITCHEN: It’s so hot… how hot is it?

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It’s so hot that a meteorologist in Chattanooga, Tennessee recently made “mailbox lasagna.” So, the next time we have a very hot day in Manitoba with very high humidity, here’s what to do, according to meteorologist Brian Smith. Use fully cooked meat, assemble your lasagna in a small dish, and drop it in your mailbox by 10 a.m. In four to eight hours, your lasagna will be cooked if the outside temperature is high enough throughout the day. Be sure to check the lasagna before eating. You know what, I’ll try. Why not, my father used to cook the fish in the dishwasher. Please share weird recipes like this with me via email at [email protected]

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An Arizona woman has an unusual way of cleaning her vegetables. Ashley Echols puts them in her washing machine. His video showing how to do it has gone viral online. Even though she claims to do a vacuum wash cycle with vinegar before and after making her vegetables, people’s comments are filled with sarcastic posts concerned about bacteria.

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TikTok is going crazy for a new vinegar drink that tastes like Coca-Cola. The social media platform refers to the drink as “healthy coke”. The trend is to mix balsamic vinegar and seltzer water. The drink was originally shared by Amanda Jones who got the idea from her pilates instructor. All you need is a splash of balsamic vinegar, ice and a sparkling drink. You can add flavored seltzer water or a wedge of lime for extra flavor.

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A new study of more than 90,000 women aged 50 to 79 shows a worrying trend. Daily consumption of sugary drinks increases the risk of liver cancer by 78% in older women. Dr Xuehong Zhang says: “Our results suggest that sugary drinks are a potentially modifiable risk factor for liver cancer.


A cup of coffee can make you spend more when shopping. A new study by researchers at the University of South Florida found that shoppers who sipped a free cup of coffee before shopping ended up spending 50% more money and buying 30% more items than their caffeine-free counterparts. Lead author Dipayan Biwas says, “Caffeine, as a powerful stimulant, releases dopamine in the brain, which excites the mind and body. This leads to a higher energy state, which in turn improves impulsivity and decreases self-control.

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Chicken is now the number one meat on the BBQ. A new survey for Grilling Month also indicates that 63% consider barbecuing a healthy pastime and 62% plan to use their barbecues to experiment with different cooking techniques.


Alright, that’s just weird. A Swedish company has created a meatless burger that tastes like human flesh. Phew! says the weird burger is made with mushrooms, wheat protein, spices and vegetable fats. The brand doesn’t say how they came up with the flavor, but they promise no one was harmed during its creation.

– 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 [email protected]

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