Republicans: you have to pass our health care plan to find out what’s in it

The most ill-advised remark of the fight to pass Obamacare arguably came from then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy,” she said. That “fog of controversy” bit — which is usually dropped from recitations of Pelosi’s quote — reveals what she was actually saying, which was that once the fight over the law’s passage died down, the American people would find there was quite a lot to like in it. But Republicans…

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Our Food Resolutions for the New Year

Consensus around the Bon Appétit office is that 2016 couldn’t leave soon enough. Unfortunately, 2017 isn’t looking, uh, full of promise either. Amid a lot of anxiety and uncertainty, it’s good to remember that some things in this world are constant. Like food. For what it’s worth, we will continue to eat food in 2017. In that spirit, here are some staffers’ personal food resolutions for the new year. Entertaining I want to master the effortless dinner party! Dinner parties should be fun and not scary—one easy app when people…

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Trump’s Education Secretary Choice Is A Blow To Our Nation’s Science Health

Donald Trump’s transition team has announced his choice for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, a billionaire from Michigan who has actively campaigned against marriage equality and for school vouchers. Of note, DeVos, now tapped to oversee our nation’s public school system, also has reportedly never been part of a public schoolas a teacher or staff member or sent her children to one. DeVos, a graduate of Calvin College, is the founder of All Children Matter, an organization dedicated to rerouting taxpayer dollars into school vouchers for parents to use to send their…

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Poor mental health care is a ‘stain’ on our country. But whose fault is that?

Today’s warning from every former Health Secretary from the past 20 years about inadequate mental health provision raises a number of questions. The first is whether the government really is serious about its pledge to make parity of esteem between physical and mental health a priority. Mental health has become more of a political issue in recent years, which is a good thing: parties now worry about their standing on the issue because society has become better at talking about mental illness, and therefore more people are aware of the…

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The food our New to the Parish community miss the most

For Carlinhos Cruz, nothing tastes quite as good as a well-prepared dish of rice and beans. When the Brazilian musician arrived in Ireland five years ago, he would meet up with Brazilian friends to buy Tesco value kidney beans and cook them with rice. “We found a cheap, almost satisfactory replacement but now there are Brazilian shops which sell our beans and even our rice, Tio João being the favourite,” he says. “Rice and beans sounds simple and in fact it is: brown pinto beans cooked in a pressure cooker…

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Why Donald Trump’s Education Policies Are Bad For Our Students

I’m tired, I have a headache and I’m really glad the debates are over. Like most Americans, I have post-presidential debate hangover syndrome. Watching the debates and then arguing about them with friends (and a few strangers) into the wee hours of the morning can do that to you. Now that I’ve had a little time to reflect, what I find striking about the debates is that we heard the candidates’ views on a range of issues, but we didn’t hear much regarding their thoughts on education, especially from Donald…

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Chicken korma, Eton mess and a genetic variant provide clues to our food choices

People who carry variants in a particular gene have an increased preference for high fat food, but a decreased preference for sugary foods, according to a new study led by the University of Cambridge. The research has provided insights into why we make particular food choices, with potential implications for our understanding of obesity. This is one of the first studies to show a direct link between food preference and specific genetic variants in humans. Most people find high fat, high sugar foods particularly appetising. This can lead to eating…

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Are we ready to welcome velvet back into our lives?

As a millennial, your last memory of velvet was probably a party frock from when you were in school. Having stayed away from the soft-to-touch yet what seemed like a horribly dated fabric, fashion has come a full circle to celebrate the decadence of velvet. From glove shoes to band jackets and skirt hems, the fabric is what you need to bring the party to your closet. Whether it’s the texture of your sunglasses or a date night dress, these are the pieces you should be eyeing night now.  [Source:-Vogue]…

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Our Best-Ever BBQ Chicken Makeover

The secret to our best, juiciest chicken ever? It’s in the skin. Grilling the meat with the skin on, then removing after cooking, actually leaves you with a succulent chicken breast that is more tender, tastier, and has less fat than a skinless, boneless breast. How so? The skin creates a barrier during cooking, not only locking in natural juices but also collecting and trapping the internal fat. Classic recipes for BBQ chicken are either drowned in an “award-winning” (but salt- and sugar-loaded) sauce to help make up for dry…

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