June 11, 2010

It's a Wonderful World We Live In

I may need a special category called "I think I died and went to heaven"  just for this...

Yes people - chocolate wine.  It's the most incredibly great stuff ever concocted! 

It's rich and I can only drink a little bit at a time, but it's too wonderful for words.

Our incredibly great local liquor store guy had just gotten some in and he poured a tasting for my husband and me.  Naturally I had to have it. Best of all it's only $9.99 a bottle.  Too good to be true. 

Yes, we live in a wonderful world. Heavenly in fact.

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April 23, 2010

And Now a Word From...


In the interest of keeping the government off my back I will state here that the following is a free endorsement. Heh. (like anyone would give me anything to plug their product... right)

I just ordered a bag of trail mix from nutsonline.com.  I was looking only to buy roasted salted pecans (because I love pecans but can only find the raw ones in the store and I am too too lazy to roast my own).  So I started searching and ran across this site.

I decided - well - why not just create the mix I want instead of buying only the pecans.  So I did.

The smallest bag you can mix like that is 5lbs.  (Ordering one type of nut you can get smaller bags and they have sample sizes)  So I got a mix of roasted/salted pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, and chocolate covered gogiberries. 

All I can say is - phenomenal!  I have always bought nuts from the grocery store.  These are nothing like the ones from the grocery store.  Nothing at all.  I've never had nuts that tasted so fresh.  They are "light" and crunchy.  Not dense and dry.  It's quite amazing.  I may go through the bag in record time. 

So, if you like to snack on nuts, I would highly recommend them! 

We now return you to our regularly scheduled blog (where I have nothing else to say tonight). 

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April 03, 2008

Drink Up!

I've seen it all around the internet today...

Daily caffeine 'protects brain'

Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests.

The drink has already been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer's Disease, and a study by a US team for the Journal of Neuroinflammation may explain why.

Yay - my daily Starbucks is good for me!

But drink quick. You KNOW there will be a new study proving exactly the opposite next week.

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March 19, 2008

It's About Time

I have made no secret of the fact that I love my frou-frou "coffee". 

In a bid to get out of the house at least one time per day, I head to my local Starbucks and I get my daily Soy Mocha.  If it's later in the day and I'm getting another drink I'll pick up a Soy Chai or a Mocha Frappuchino (no whip cream please).

At every store I've visited on a regular basis over the years, I have to say that all the people working there have been great.  Very nice indeed.  Even stores I only buy at one time, I've never had a problem. They may be rushed at times, but they've always been nice to me. I appreciate that since sometimes they have been the only people I've seen all day. 

Well, it looks like they've got the original boss man back in the saddle at their corporate headquarters. I am very happy to hear this because it means one of the more detestable changes over the past few years will soon be a thing of the past...

He also said Starbucks would stop selling a line of breakfast sandwiches that were served warm, creating an aroma that overwhelmed that of the coffee in stores.

I laugh at that euphemism "creating an aroma".  Ha!  Those things stink to high heaven.  It's hard for me to believe anyone can actually eat one.  I feel so bad for the people who have to stop everything to throw these conglomerations into an "oven" and have to smell that horrid plastic smell all day.

It was certainly not worth the extra work the barristas had to do while lines stretched out the door.  And now maybe Starbucks will start to smell like coffee again.  (I do love the smell of coffee - even if I don't actually drink the real thing). 

I know all the people working at the store I visit will be VERY happy to see those ovens gone!  Not a single one of them likes them.

Better yet...

Beginning in mid-April, users of the customer card will be able to customize their drinks — with soy milk or vanilla, for example — at no cost.

Excellent!  I've had a card for years now. Periodically they've given out "extras" but I like this one.

I hope their plans all work - I don't know what I'd do if my Starbucks went away.  It would be annoying to have to try and make my own drink... not to mention a total bore because then I'd have to sit home and talk to myself...  and I do enough of that already. 

Good luck Mr. Schultz!  I'm pulling for you to succeed.

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December 23, 2007

Banned no more

Now there are peeps who won't need to travel to have a sip.

Although I prefer the "wearing of the green" to the "drinking of the green".

I'm just sayin'...

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October 18, 2007

Chicken Soup... Not for the Soul - It's Just a Recipe

Now that I feel human again and I'm not falling asleep at my keyboard, here's the recipe I used to make the chicken soup. 

It's actually 2 recipes - sorta - combined.  The first part comes from one of my new books called The Slow Cooker Ready and Waiting Cookbook by Rick Rodgers.  I was immediately impressed that he had written part of his own blurb on Amazon.

Controversial or not, I refuse to pretend that slow-cooked food prepared by the typical "dump in the pot" method is as good as my (admittedly longer) technique. My experience as a professional cook showed that the old method is a sure way to waste groceries and time.

On reading his recipes, I admit to nodding my head and agreeing that a little extra work would certainly make many crockpot dinners so much more flavorful.

But - there is not really a chicken soup recipe.  (he has stock making recipes, not quite what I wanted, but I wished I had some of that stock when I was finishing up the soup at the end... next time)

That left me searching the internet, where I came across this recipe:

Great Aunt Nina's Chicken and Noodles

After reading through it, and the comments - I started putting the 2 types of cooking together and decided to try it out.  To keep this from becoming book length on the front page - I'm putting the recipe below the fold. 


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October 12, 2007

Oh It Smells So Good In My House

I've had chicken and veggies in the crockpot all day (yes my OLD crockpot as I decided to use it until it dies rather than buying a new one now - it still works well). 

I'm in the midst of making chicken soup (beloved husband has a cold).  I've cobbled together 2 recipes and I'll let you know how it turns out.  Also I've made a loaf of "beer bread" that I got from Tastefully Simple when HFS was having her online party.  Right now I'm trying to remember why I should wait to eat it... OMG it smells so good! 

I think dinner will be pretty excellent tonight.

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October 09, 2007

And Yet Again

I say it so often, I think maybe I should just stop and let it be. 

Correlation is NOT Causation.

Yesterday, this article popped up on my news feed.

Diet and Fat: A Severe Case of Mistaken Consensus

Once again it is a case of one person crying wolf and everyone else taking up the cry, with little evidence to back it up.

In 1988, the surgeon general, C. Everett Koop, proclaimed ice cream to a be public-health menace right up there with cigarettes.

As usual, the proclamation came down from on high - the almighty Surgeon General - and few questioned it.  Of course this was the days before the internet.  This was a time when "studies" could be conducted and "results" touted and the general public had almost no access to the basic information, not to mention the actual study itself and how the conclusion was derived.
...as Gary Taubes demonstrates in his new book meticulously debunking diet myths, “Good Calories, Bad Calories” (Knopf, 2007). The notion that fatty foods shorten your life began as a hypothesis based on dubious assumptions and data; when scientists tried to confirm it they failed repeatedly. The evidence against Häagen-Dazs was nothing like the evidence against Marlboros.

The thing that has bothered me most about all the diet fads over the years is the fact that even though our diets have changed so tremendously over the last 30 years, people are gaining weight, not losing weight.  There is still heart disease, there is an even greater onset of Type 2 diabetes. 

Yet, even with abundant evidence that "diets" tend to make people miserable and tend to fail at a tremendous rate - those who tout their particular type of eating - never seem to see these little annoyances. It's always the failure of the person, not a failure of the diet.

So, how does a faulty theory become "common wisdom"? 

First you get one prominent person with this view in a position to spout his theory to the world as "fact".
The evidence that dietary fat correlates with heart disease “does not stand up to critical examination,” the American Heart Association concluded in 1957. But three years later the association changed position — not because of new data, Mr. Taubes writes, but because Dr. Keys and an ally were on the committee issuing the new report.

Then you get reporters involved - critical thinking is not their specialty:
The association’s report was big news and put Dr. Keys, who died in 2004, on the cover of Time magazine. The magazine devoted four pages to the topic — and just one paragraph noting that Dr. Keys’s diet advice was “still questioned by some researchers.”

Then you get the even more clueless legislators involved (because they get their "scientific background" from news sources):
After the fat-is-bad theory became popular wisdom, the cascade accelerated in the 1970s when a committee led by Senator George McGovern issued a report advising Americans to lower their risk of heart disease by eating less fat. “McGovern’s staff were virtually unaware of the existence of any scientific controversy,” Mr. Taubes writes...

And thus a mindset is born. 

Anyone see a parallel here with the Environmental Evangelists?  It looks so amazingly similar it's quite disturbing. 

However, we now have the internet and we have people who are able to speak up and be heard - even though they are subject to ridicule for actually voicing a dissenting opinion.

In the case of dietary fat, the lone voice of dissent was a brave soul who was nearly completely ignored, because he was not in the majority.
Mr. Taubes told me he especially admired the iconoclasm of Dr. Edward H. Ahrens Jr., a lipids researcher who spoke out against the McGovern committee’s report. Mr. McGovern subsequently asked him at a hearing to reconcile his skepticism with a survey showing that the low-fat recommendations were endorsed by 92 percent of “the world’s leading doctors.”

“Senator McGovern, I recognize the disadvantage of being in the minority,” Dr. Ahrens replied. Then he pointed out that most of the doctors in the survey were relying on secondhand knowledge because they didn’t work in this field themselves.

Of course Dr. Ahrens was never heard by the general public. Even though he worked in the field and was a true expert.  His problem?  He didn't agree with the "majority".  Yet, instead of putting his arguments out there and letting the "majority" show why they were right and he was wrong - they simply dropped his argument and plunged ahead.

Because they knew they were right.  Now don't you feel so much healthier after reading this? 

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October 04, 2007

Tasty Recipes with Excellent Results!

I just stopped by over at Sissy's place and found the most delicious sounding post...

Chelsea Baked Beans

And the lovely Sissy casually mentions that she has dropped 34 pounds with her Cold Turkey Cookbook Recipes!!! 34 in 4.5 months - I am so impressed and the beans sound wonderful.

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October 02, 2007

If You Eat At Some Else's House...

While I posted a request for comments on crockpots, I also went and searched about.  I came upon the slow cooker page at Epinions. 

Since there seem to be somewhere in the vicinity of 100,000 different crockpots in the world, I started clicking on brands and reading the reviews. 

When I was reading about the Kitchen Aid Slow Cooker - one of the reviews had this tasty tidbit...

...I long for a more variable temp control and a delay start timer...(emph mine --ed)

I kid you not... someone wants to put uncooked food in a crockpot and have it turn on LATER.

The imagination boggles. I have to wonder how the person  has survived this long without dying of food poisoning.  Good Grief!

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