CK Friday Links--Friday November 20, 2009

Here's yet another selection of particularly interesting links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts and your feedback.

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Are vegetarian diets truly healthy? It's a common question, and this post gives a balanced and well thought out answer. (Food Politics)

Ten great tips on how to stay focused on your diet and fitness goals during the holiday season. (Functional Fitness) Bonus post: CK's own 15 Creative Tips to Avoid Holiday Overeating.

Everything you need to know about brining turkey. (Serious Eats)

15 things you probably didn't know about coffee. (The Oatmeal via Eat Me Daily)

Got a cold, or worse, H1N1? Here's a spicy drink that will ease your pain and clear your sinuses. (Food Woolf)

A food blogger finds a lost wallet and rediscovers what's truly important in life. (5 Second Rule)

Recipe Links:
How can a potato recipe be both this easy and this good? Potatoes Anna. (The Buttery Blog)

One of the coolest looking cakes ever: Zebra Cake. (AZ Cookbook)

How to make a simple and delicious Pork Roast. (Beach Eats)

Not sure whether this is vile or brilliant: making Scrambled Eggs with the steam wand of an espresso machine. (Abstract Gourmet, after The Amateur Gourmet)

Off-Topic Links:
Unsolicited book recommendations of the week: If you're looking for a few investment/stock market related books, either to get a jumpstart on investing next year, or to give as gifts this Christmas, let me recommend three excellent ones: Jim Cramer's Real Money (I know he might play the buffoon on TV, but this book is extremely useful on many levels), One Up On Wall Street (really good for beginner investors) and Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits (for intermediate/advanced investors).

Does social media simply feed our delusions? (Dave Johnston's Blog)

Our three primary obligations as bloggers: show up, deliver value and keep improving. ( via @dragosroua)

An interesting personal finance idea: your household should practice "financial fire drills." (Bargaineering)

How to stop fearing death. (Erin Pavlina's Blog)

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The Diva on a Diet said...

Dan, thanks so much for the link love both here this Friday and last with the chili flakes. You are an absolute doll!

I'm having a bit of a laugh on the link to the book about fear of death ... but only because its my number one fear. That link surely has my name written all over it, so thanks for that as well!

Happy weekend!

Daniel said...

Any time Diva! Thanks for sharing your great content. Also, regarding the "fear of death" article, I'd encourage you to poke around and read more of Erin's site, she has a real knack for making her readers think.


Melissa said...

Mmm potatoes Anna. Been meaning to try those. And Diva's recipes are always welcome links in my world.

Love the wallet post by Cheryl.

The NY Times web/delusion piece, and the blog post on it, were also very intriguing.

The post on fear of death is wonderful. I think I'm hesitant to admit that I sometimes fear it. But that fear only comes because of self-doubt. What I mean is, deep down I have a belief in something wonderful beyond this existence. I feel it to my core, though I don't know what it is. A faith, if you will. So only when I have times in my life when I doubt myself, in general, when I'm struggling through a phase, do I ever fear what death will bring, even though I know it doesn't serve me well. Seriously great article link Dan!

Daniel said...

I'm so happy that these articles resonated with you Melissa, thanks so much for the feedback!


Brooke said...

Thanks for the link love. I never even thought of my cold-flu cocktail as a possible H1N1 cure...Must start selling it as such!