It's been a while since I've posted to our blog - our practice has been keeping me very busy! The long Independence Day holiday offers a little more time to do something that is therapeutic and a labor of love for me - baking! Yes, I know that the last thing I should be doing is heating up the kitchen in July! I should be posting something about Forth of July parades or ice cream or teeth, however, when the mood to bake strikes you just need to go with it! Bake From Scratch magazine features the recipe for the above essential Milk Bread (cooling in our sunroom) in their July/August issue (Sorry! The magazine does not feature the recipe on their website - but if you love to bake I recommend that you run out to a Whole Foods store and grab an issue or subscribe online www.bakefromscratch.com/), If you're really, really desperate contact me directly and I will see if I can share!
The origin of this fluffy sweet loaf bread hails from the dairy region of Hokkaido, Japan. It's unique because milk and flour are heated on the stove and stirred into a creamy paste. This roux helps lock in moisture without making the bread heavy and it helps extend the bread's shelf life for up to four days - not that it will last that long! I just shared some with our neighbors and Greg and I tasted it and we enthusiastically approve of the recipe and method.
As I reflect upon today's baking, I think baking and dentistry share similarities. Both require science, skill, and an appreciation for esthetics. And both can utilize baking soda! Please be assured that if I happen to recommend baking soda to you and I'm wearing my white coat and not my baker's apron it's for brushing your teeth! ;-)
Column: Two wolves
In the not-too-distant past we could engage our minds on these issues for a short while, then put them aside and go about our daily lives. Today however we are bombarded with a steady flow of information from social media sites, constantly-updated news streams, and twenty four-hour TV news channels. As pervasive as they are it becomes ever more difficult to just “turn them off.”
While all of these sources of information can have value, they survive and thrive on a hidden agenda. Many sources of “news” purport to supply information and knowledge, but what they’re really providing is conflict. Watch any cable news segment where guests with differing viewpoints attempt to shout over each other and this becomes readily apparent.
Today we must be ever more aware of our responsibility to act as the gatekeeper of our thoughts. One of my favorite stories is the legend of a Cherokee chief talking with his grandson:
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy
“It is a terrible fight between a black wolf and a white wolf. The black wolf is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, bitterness and ego.” He continued, “The white wolf is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth and compassion.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and asked, “Which wolf will win?”
The chief replied, “The one I feed.”
Keeping up to date on current events and having an opinion on them is certainly a worthwhile endeavor and critically part of the human condition. However when we choose to “ingest” information from our various sources, an important question to keep in mind is “Which wolf am I feeding?”
Patrick McGann is a dentist in Lake Elmo and a member of the Bayport city council.
A customer with River Ventures, a manatee-tour operation in Crystal River, found these dentures while swimming in Hunters Cove in King's Bay.
ERIN EGBERT/Special to the Chronicle
If these dentures belong to a manatee, they need to schedule a teeth cleaning post-haste!
The Hope Dental Clinic in Saint Paul and their volunteers do great work. Here's a shout out to Dr. Patrick McGann (My brother!) for all he does for the clinic. Dr. Patrick is quoted in this Minneapolis-Star Tribune article.