A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!
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For Superbowl Sunday, go ahead and make some dip using Washington Highlands, Wauwatosa Village, or Austin Mansion seasoning from the Kavanaugh Hill Spice Shop. But you might want to think about new ways to deliver it. Individually is a good idea. Because it turns out George Costanza was wrong. Double dipping chips is not only gross, but it really does spread germs.
Nine student guinea pigs in Clemson University food scientist Paul Dawson's class double dipped wheat crackers in salsa, cheese dip, chocolate syrup, or water. They found that 3-6 double dips transferred 10,000 anaerobic bacteria from the eater's mouth to the dip, according to the New York Times.
Thick dip was better because it stuck to whatever they dipped instead of falling back into the bowl. Runny acidic dips, like salsa, suffered the effects of drippage but eventually killed off some of the bacteria.
This argues for guacamole, I'm thinking, and hot fudge straight from the refrigerator as opposed to chocolate syrup for your Triscuit dipping pleasure.
Some people have the best jobs. This not-very-significant research really was inspired by Seinfeld. You can see some of Dawson's other "niche-based" work in the "Five-Second Rule Surface Contamination PowerPoint." For those who don't know, the five second rule gives you that much time to pick up something you've dropped and declare it germ-free.
On second thought, I might not want the man's job. It includes "recovery and use of underutilized poultry products including MDBM and spent fowl meat." MDBM stands for "mechanically deboned broiler meat," which isn't as nasty as I first thought. But I don't know about that "spent fowl meat."