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A Nightmare Before Christmas on the Death Star

A Nightmare Before Christmas on the Death Star

Stormtrooper Bruce and his BFF’s have gotten together for an evening of holiday movies and to exchange gifts when suddenly Vader shows up unannounced.

Vader: I’ve decided to enter Palpatine’s Bake Off this year. And as you are the only Trooper I know who bakes, I wanted you to taste my first batch of cookies. Please tell me what you think. It’s OK to be honest.

Stormtrooper Bruce: Umm, gee, thanks, Lord Vader. What kind of cookies are these?

Vader: What? You can’t tell what they are?!

STB: Oh, yes, of course I can. I meant, who’s recipe did you use? They look …so … interesting.

TK-1110: Dude, don’t do it. It’s a trap!

Fett: No offense Vader, but shouldn’t we call a Medic Droid just in case he needs his stomach pumped?

Vader: My bad. Perhaps honesty is not what I’m looking for. Let’s try this. The first Trooper to eat a cookie and not pass out will get a full week of R&R.

STB: I’ve got a bad feeling about this!

Viewing Large is always fun – just click on the image and check out Vader’s cookies.

Posted by ChicaD58 on 2014-12-22 04:30:06

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Ring Galaxy NGC 922 (NASA, Chandra, 12/05/12)

Ring Galaxy NGC 922 (NASA, Chandra, 12/05/12)

In this holiday season of home cooking and carefully-honed recipes, some astronomers are asking: what is the best mix of ingredients for stars to make the largest number of plump black holes?

They are tackling this problem by studying the number of black holes in galaxies with different compositions. One of these galaxies, the ring galaxy NGC 922, is seen in this composite image containing X-rays from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (red) and optical data from the Hubble Space Telescope (pink, yellow and blue).

NGC 922 was formed by the collision between two galaxies – one seen in this image and another located outside the field of view. This collision triggered the formation of new stars in the shape of a ring. Some of these were massive stars that evolved and collapsed to form black holes.

Most of the bright X-ray sources in Chandra’s image of NGC 922 are black holes pulling material in from the winds of massive companion stars. Seven of these are what astronomers classify as "ultraluminous X-ray sources" (ULXs). These are thought to contain stellar-mass black holes that are at least ten times more massive than the sun, which places them in the upper range for this class of black hole. They are a different class from the supermassive black holes found at the centers of galaxies, which are millions to billions of times the mass of the sun.

Theoretical work suggests that the most massive stellar-mass black holes should form in environments containing a relatively small fraction of elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, called “metals” by astronomers. In massive stars, the processes that drive matter away from the stars in stellar winds work less efficiently if the fraction of metals is smaller. Thus, stars with fewer of these metals among their ingredients should lose less of their mass through winds as they evolve. A consequence of this reduced mass loss is that a larger proportion of massive stars will collapse to form black holes when their nuclear fuel is exhausted. This theory appeared to be supported by the detection of a large number (12) of ULXs in the Cartwheel galaxy, where stars typically contain only about 30% of the metals found in the sun.

To test this theory, scientists studied NGC 922, which contains about the same fraction of metals as the sun, meaning that this galaxy is about three times richer in metals than the Cartwheel galaxy. Perhaps surprisingly, the number of ULXs found in NGC 922 is comparable to the number seen in the Cartwheel galaxy. Rather, the ULX tally appears to depend only on the rate at which stars are forming in the two galaxies, not on the fraction of metals they contain.

One explanation for these results is that the theory predicting the most massive stellar-mass black holes should form in metal poor conditions is incorrect. Another explanation is that the metal fraction in the Cartwheel galaxy is not low enough to have a clear effect on the production of unusually massive stellar-mass black holes, and therefore will not cause an enhancement in the number of ULXs. Recent models incorporating the evolution of stars suggest that a clear enhancement in the number of ULXs might only be seen when the metal fraction falls below about 15% of the Sun’s value. Astronomers are investigating this possibility by observing galaxies with extremely low metal fractions using Chandra. The number of ULXs is being compared with the number found in galaxies with higher metal content. The results of this work will be published in a future paper.

A paper describing the results for NGC 922 was published in the March 10, 2012 issue of the Astrophysical Journal. The authors were Andrea Prestwich and Jose Luis Galache of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, MA; Tim Linden from University of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA; Vicky Kalogera from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL; Andreas Zezas from CfA and University of Crete in Crete, Greece; Tim Roberts from University of Durham in Durham, UK; Roy Kilgard from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT; Anna Wolter and Ginevra Trinchieri from INAF in Milano, Italy. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages the Chandra program for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory controls Chandra’s science and flight operations from Cambridge, Mass.

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Posted by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on 2012-12-07 04:34:32

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1970 Food Ad, Kraft Products, Manhattan Christmas Party Recipes (2-page advert)

1970 Food Ad, Kraft Products, Manhattan Christmas Party Recipes (2-page advert)

"Manhattan Christmas – You know it tastes better when you make it with Kraft"

Kraft recipes included in advertisement: Penthouse Appetizer, Manhattan Meatballs, Beignets, Shrimp Sauté, and Marzipan.

Opening advert text:
"From Park Avenue to Elm Street, Christmastime jingles with gaiety – good food, good friends and good times. A great time for Kraft. We never want to disappoint you on flavor or quality – and always try to come up with new food ideas to make entertaining easier. So count us in on any festivities you plan. We’re good help in the kitchen – the kind a smart hostess makes sure she has. Christmas is bound to be merry when we good friends get together."

Published in Ebony, December 1970 – Vol 26, No. 2

Fair use/no known copyright. If you use this photo, please provide attribution credit; not for commercial use (see Creative Commons license).

Posted by classic_film on 2014-10-31 13:38:44

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Orange-Glazed Roast Turkey with Gluten Free Cranberry-Orange Stuffing Recipe

Orange-Glazed Roast Turkey with Gluten Free Cranberry-Orange Stuffing Recipe


3/4 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup sweet white sorghum flour
1/4 cup potato starch flour
2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1 1/4 cups almond milk, soymilk or regular milk
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup ghee (measured melted)

1/3 cup butter or margarine
3 medium stalks celery, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1 large onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
4 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage leaves
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 1/4 cups gluten free Progresso® chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

1 whole unbasted turkey (12 lb), thawed if frozen
2 teaspoons dried sage leaves, crumbled
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 cup gluten free orange marmalade, melted


1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray bottom and sides of 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray (without flour). In medium bowl, mix cornmeal, all flours, the baking powder, baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, the xanthan gum and guar gum. In large bowl, beat milk, vinegar, sugar and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. Gradually add ghee, beating constantly until thoroughly mixed. Add cornmeal mixture; beat on low speed about 1 minute or until well blended. Pour into baking dish.

2. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly in center and cornbread pulls away from sides of baking dish. Cool 15 minutes. Cut into cubes; set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.

3. In 10-inch skillet, melt 1/3 cup butter over medium heat. Cook celery and onion in butter about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender. In large bowl, mix cornbread cubes, celery mixture and remaining stuffing ingredients.

4. Stuff turkey just before roasting. Fill wishbone area with stuffing. Fasten neck skin to back with skewer. Fold wings across back with tips touching. Tuck drumsticks under band of skin at tail, or tie together with heavy kitchen string, then tie to tail.

5. In small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons sage, 1 teaspoon salt and the pepper; rub into turkey skin. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Brush with melted butter. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of inside thigh and does not touch bone.

6. Roast uncovered 3 to 4 hours. After about 2 hours of roasting, cut band of skin or string holding legs. Place tent of foil loosely over turkey when it begins to turn golden. Brush marmalade on turkey about 20 minutes before turkey is done. Thermometer will read 165°F when turkey is done, and drumsticks should move easily when lifted or twisted. Thermometer placed in center of stuffing will read 165°F when done. Let stand about 15 minutes for easiest carving. Brush again with marmalade before carving.

Posted by Betty Crocker Recipes on 2011-11-22 19:54:58

Tagged: , Betty Crocker , General Mills , recipe , Thanksgiving , holiday

Deviled Chex Mix Recipe

Deviled Chex Mix Recipe


3 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground chili powder
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup assorted unsalted nuts, such as peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans
3 cups Rice Chex® cereal
3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
1 cup miniature cheese crackers
1 cup miniature pretzels


1. In small bowl, mix sugar, paprika, chili powder, curry powder, cumin, coriander, pepper and salt; set aside.

2. In large microwavable bowl, combine oil and nuts. Microwave uncovered on High about 2 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in cereals, crackers and pretzels until evenly coated. Stir in sugar mixture until evenly coated.

3. Microwave uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every minute, until mixture is thoroughly heated. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

Posted by Betty Crocker Recipes on 2009-12-08 01:34:30

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cherry pies

cherry pies

for two portions
2 tablespoon of cherry jam
1 tablespoon of corn flour
2 tablespoon of wheat flour
2 teaspoon of sugar
0,5 teaspoon of baking powder
Mix the wheat flour, sugar, baking powder with water to make a thick dough, do the same to the corn flour. put the jam into the forms, then put the wheat dough and corn dough over it , scatter some sugar over and bake about 20 min.

Posted by Mary Oceans on 2013-11-27 09:25:04

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JACKIE ALPERS FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: Goat cheese and corn pizza

JACKIE ALPERS FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY: Goat cheese and corn pizza

Roasted corn, goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs. Recipe and photo by Jackie Alpers for the Food Network. How to:…

Posted by Jackie Alpers on 2015-03-27 16:15:16

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