Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Learn Something New With These Helpful Websites

April 22, 2014 11:16 am

Most of us spend at least a few hours a day checking Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other websites that are known to be "time wasters." Why not balance those social media updates with websites that actually put your time to good use and help you learn something? Here are five of our favorites:

Do you see DIY projects on sites like Pinterest and wonder how you can make them yourself? Stop pinning those projects and start making them using the helpful instructions on

Colleges all around the country are offering free courses on topics from playing guitar and nutrition to physics. Each class is taught over a couple of weeks via videos and webcasts, and courses involve different amounts of work. Sign up for as many as you want and start learning.

TED Talks
TED is not actually a person named Ted. The acronym stands for technology, entertainment, and design. Watch these thought-provoking videos on all types of topics, like the digital age, violence, and marketing.

Find your next favorite book on Goodreads. Keep a running list of all the books you've read, and the website will recommend books you may like based on past selections. You can also connect with friends to see what they're reading.

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Fresh Seafood Steals the Show at Mickey’s Oceanic Grill

April 15, 2014 1:21 pm

Considered by many to be a Hartford landmark, Mickey's Oceanic Grill has been serving fresh seafood to hungry diners since 1953. Open for breakfast and lunch, you can cruise by in the a.m. to fuel up for the day with tasty muffins, yogurt, or an egg sandwich. Lunch offerings include a spicy fish sandwich, lobster roll, lobster baked macaroni, a crab roll, and grinder sandwiches.

Fried seafood dinners come with New England clam chowder. Choose from shrimp, scallops, shrimp and chips, and whole clams. Add on a tasty side like fresh fruit salad, coleslaw, four-cheese baked macaroni, french fries, or sauteed mushrooms.

Mickey's Oceanic Grill is open Mondays through Saturdays.

Mickey's Oceanic Grill
119 Pitkin Street
East Hartford, CT 06108
(860) 528-6644

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Plan Tonight’s Dinner With These 3 Nutritious Pork Recipes

April 8, 2014 1:08 pm

While we’ve all had a classic pork chop, most people aren’t aware of the many other recipes involving pork. If you want to expand your at-home culinary creations without ruining your healthy diet, these delicious and nutritious pork recipes from the NIH will help you do just that:

Pork Chops in Warm Cherry Sauce
Add a sweet, tangy update to the usual pork chop with this simple recipe. By cooking the meat in red wine, cherries and a few common spices, this dish is both elegant and quick enough to prepare after a long day at work.

Pork Mignons With French Applesauce
Continuing the fruity flavor trend, this pork dish uses applesauce to add taste without adding fat and calories. These pork mignons add up to only 250 calories and a full 26 grams of healthy protein, with a cinnamon and apple flavor that’s perfect for fall or winter dinners.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin
The lean pork tenderloin has a texture similar to chicken, which makes it simple and quick to prepare. Seasoning with garlic, soy sauce and fish sauce helps the dish take on an Asian flavor that tastes much more complex than it actually is. At only 8 grams of fat, you really can’t go wrong with this unique pork recipe.

For more pork recipes and other healthy eating tips, visit the NIH website.

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