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Banana Bread Bake Off Competition, And the Winner Is…

I’ve baked more than fifteen loaves of banana bread this past year, with the recipe from the Cook’s Illustrated American Classics cookbook being my go-to source of inspiration. But then, King Arthur Flour released its 2018 Recipe of the year Whole Grain Banana Bread—and it was clearly time for a banana bread bake off competition.

I assumed the outcome would be close, but I could not have been more wrong. The King Arthur Whole Grain recipe was SO MUCH BETTER that I ended up dumping the Cooks Illustrated recipe faster than you can spell banana. However, I did make two substitutions in the King Arthur recipe, one being quite significant.

For banabrea cook off, Dr. Paul's banana bread loaf and two slices

Substitutions

— I used ⅔ cup butter [10 tablespoons] instead of the ½ cup of vegetable oil that the recipe calls for. Head’s up: if you are substituting for the vegetable oil, King Arthur says you need to use ⅔ cup of melted butter.

Why would anyone use soy bean oil, aka vegetable oil, when you can use real butter? But that’s another story for another time.

—I used 2 cups of King Arthur White Wheat flour [226 grams] instead of 1 cup White Wheat Flour and 1 cup of All Purpose Unbleached Flour.

I’ve been blow away by how much I like the King Arthur White Wheat Flour, given that I am in no way a fan of whole wheat flour. King Arthur flour isn’t cheap, but it does go on sale every couple of months at Safeway, Kroeger, Fred Myers and other large retailers. I wait until it’s on sale before I buy it, and then stock up.

Other Substitutions to Consider:

Sugar—You can lower the amount of brown sugar from 1 cup [213 grams] to ¾ cup [160 grams appx] without messing things up.

Diabetic?—From the reader’s comments for this recipe at the King Arthur Website “I’m diabetic, for the brown sugar I used Truvia brown sugar blend,” and “I substituted Splenda Brown Sugar for regular brown sugar,” “ I substituted Splenda for the sugar and substituted one half of the all purpose flour with half a cup of almond flour. Turned out tasting just like the banana bread I grew up eating”.

Gluten Free—King Arthur says you can substitute Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour. I haven’t tried this, so you’re on your own.

For the banana bread bake off, a grid with pictures of the 12 ingredients in the winning recipe

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FREE Chapter: Sex with a Co-Worker

When you date someone you meet through work, you know what they look like, how they behave under stress and how they treat others. You’ll know if they have a good sense of humor and if they have a solid work ethic. If they have personality problems, their fellow workers will usually rat them out. These can be luxuries in the age of digital dating when what you see is not necessarily what you get.

People you meet through work will often be geographically desirable, unless they’re in the Omaha office and you’re in Maine. You won’t have to explain your company’s quirks and culture to them, and there’s a good chance you’ll have each other’s backs.

There can also be problems. So think of this chapter as the missing section from your employee handbook—on negotiating the workplace environment when a fellow employees’ legs are wrapped around yours when you are off the clock.

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FREE Chapter: Pee Shy? Bashful Bladder?

Do you find it nearly impossible to pee in a public restroom? Millions of people have what is known as Bashful Bladder Syndrome (aka, “paruresis” or being “pee shy”). We are happy to provide you with helpful information about this very challenging and frustrating condition.

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How To Cure a Noisy Bed

Let’s say you just moved back home with your mom and dad and the last thing you want is for the whole house to know when you’re having sex thanks to a squeaky bed.

This is easier said than done, given how intercourse can turn a bed into a battering ram. The entire bed will sway toward the foot with each out-thrust and toward the head with each in-thrust. So if it’s hitting the wall, try moving the bed away from the wall. If that doesn’t work, stabilize it by cramming pillows or gasket-like material between the headboard and the wall.

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For Guys Who Are Uncut: Putting on a Condom

Here’s the best video I’ve ever seen on different ways of putting on a condom for guys who are uncircumcised. They show a method we never see here in the States for men whose foreskins are long or don’t retract.

This video is from a great site in New Zealand that’s for gay guys called Love Your Condom from the Ending HIV group. Hopefully, you won’t have a problem with that if you’re straight. And if you do, sorry mate. While www.Guide2Getting.com is for men and women who have sex with each other, we encourage 100% respect for men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women.

If you’d like to try out different condoms to find the ones that are best for you, see our page full of condom sampler packs.

This site also has the best how-to videos you’ll find on how to have anal sex, which are just as helpful for straight couples as gay couples: How To Have Anal Sex.

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A Leading Cause of Infertility in Young Men Is…

One of the leading causes of infertility in young men is athletic injuries. Fortunately, there’s a new generation of cups you can try, in addition to comfortable compression shorts to hold them in place. You probably won’t find the coolest of cups at your local Target, Walmart, or sporting goods store chain, but that shouldn’t stop you. Spend some time on the following websites and find a cup that will work best for you, your sport, and the position you play.

The Spider Guard Cup, designed by an engineer who creates medical equipment. His teenage son was a shortstop who wouldn’t wear cups because they were so uncomfortable. So he studied the physics of testicle injuries and came up with an entirely new concept in cup design.

Shock Doctor’s new AirCore Soft Cup and AirCore Hard Cup are pretty cool, unless you are playing catcher or goalie, in which case you’ll want nothing short of their Titan Alloy Cup.

2 Mistakes Men Make When Kissing Women

Learn how to up your kissing game with this helpful and highly entertaining video from Dr. Paul and Bob the Llama. There is also an important discussion about consent that every person with a penis should pay close attention to.

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“My boyfriend’s foreskin hurts when I touch it”

Dr. Paul

My boyfriend and I have not had sex, but when I’ve touched his foreskin he says it hurts him. If I retract the skin its too much for him, it hurts. But when I don’t, he doesn’t feel anything. He hasn’t had sex with anyone. I will be his first. He masturbates with the skin all the way up. It never seems to retract. Honestly, I’ve been doing most of the research and he doesn’t know what the problem is. I think it may be mild phimosis.

YouTube viewer of Your Video “A Woman’s Guide To Men’s Foreskins”

Dear YouTube Viewer,

It’s never a good sign when you’re the one having to figure out what’s going on with a boyfriend’s penis!

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FREE Chapter: Sex When You Are Living with Your Parents

It used to be that most young adults either got married soon after college or they shared a place with roommates. But this has changed, and it’s changed in a big way. More young adults are living with their parents than ever before. Here’s some great advice for adult children and their parents when they are all sharing the same roof.

If you are having sex while living at home with your parents, you might also want to see our advice on How To Cure a Noisy Bed.

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Anemones—Sex Maniacs of the Sea

This anemone lives at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which is about 20 minutes from where we live. (My wife, Toni, snapped this with her iPhone.)

I couldn’t help but wonder if anemones are all one sex, or if there are males and females. That’s when I learned there are not only male and female anemones, but a small number of hermaphrodite anemones as well. I also discovered that anemones have gonads and they are hornier than their majestic little tentacles might lead you to think.

Anemones reproduce both sexually (egg and sperm) and asexually, which would be the human equivalent of creating a child each time you masturbated—a sobering thought if there ever was one.

Anemones that are created with sperm and egg are more diverse and probably hardier because they receive genes from two different parents. Anemones that are created asexually have zero diversity. They are an exact clone of the mother ship. But reproducing asexually is the better option when anemones need to rapidly populate an area because, like masturbation, asexual reproduction requires no partner and no need to shave or shower first.

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FREE Chapter: When Sex Always Hurts

Few men understand how painful sex can be for some women. This isn’t pain from sex that’s rushed or rough. It’s more like when a Q-tip is pressed against a woman’s genitals and it causes her to flinch in pain. Or when intercourse with a gentle lover creates an intense burning sensation in her vagina or makes her feel like she’s being stabbed with a knife. Or when the muscles around the opening of her vagina are clamped so tight she can’t insert a tampon.
Fortunately, for plenty of women with sexual pain, it’s not this severe. But it still makes sex something they endure rather than enjoy. This chapter provides a helpful overview of the different steps you can take to help make the situation better.

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