Got a Picky Eater?

Got a Picky Eater?

Do you have a picky eater who seems to call the shots at mealtime?

I’ve been around pretty long and have had ample opportunity to observe how various generations of moms deal with this challenge. I want to tell you what I’ve seen.

I also want to admit to you that I was once the world’s pickiest eater, who now eats almost everything – and lots of it. So, I’m coming from a good place.

And, as with most of my blogs, I want to share what I’ve learned about food through my many years in the food industry and much study. Please keep in mind I am not a healthcare professional. But, I am one who makes it a practice to question the experts. For the most part, I’m not all that impressed with what they tell us.

Years ago, when I was little (uh oh. I’m dating myself) moms would make one dinner which the entire family ate. Because processed food was not as prolific as it is today, these meals were usually homemade. Lucky for you if your mom was a good cook. Mine was not.

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Pick While the Pickin’s Good

Pick While the Pickin’s Good

As you may know, Jeff and I finally took some time off to spend with family who came in from out of state. In preparation for their visit, I did quite a bit of research to create a fun – but not too grueling – itinerary. I always work diligently to ensure my guests have a very good time when they come. In fact, I like to refer to myself as the Julie McCoy of the family. (Do you remember Julie, the Love Boat’s cruise director?)

On Sunday we went strawberry picking. I had never done that before. And, I must say, it has been a very, very long time since I’ve so enjoyed run-down-your arm juicy fruit. It seems the only fruit to be found these days is the kind that may look real, but tastes like Styrofoam.

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The Birth of Our Blog

The Birth of Our Blog

I’ve been sitting at my desk all morning working on our new website. Google tells me my old site is no longer acceptable. It doesn’t play nice with mobile devices.

Though this is something I’ve been putting off, I’m glad I finally made it to this item on my to-do list. Soon, I’ll be able to check the task off and move on.

And, truth-be-told, I’ve been having a good time and am excited for the upcoming GoLive date, which will have happened by the time you read this.

There’s an addition to our new site – this food blog. I know… I may be adding even more work to my life than I really want to take on. But, who knows? Maybe it will be fun. Maybe I’ll be able to exercise those creative muscles that seem to have atrophied over the years. Maybe I’ll make some new friends. And, who knows. Maybe I’ll actually add value to someone else’s life.

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Butter vs Margarine: The Battle Rages

Butter vs Margarine: The Battle Rages

As I mentioned in a previous blog ‘Why Does Wheat Make Me Sick,’ our food journey and education – which is ever evolving – has really surprised us and has often disheartened us. We are learning more than we set out to learn. We are becoming more and more aware of both the facts and the fallacies. And, we’re still learning.

With regards to the 200-year-old butter/margarine debate, I know I can’t possibly present all the facts in this blog. My hope is that you will comment and share something we may not have touched on here. However, I do know that most food and pharmaceutical lobbies do have good reason to mislead us by claiming saturated fats make us fat and promote cardiovascular disease.

I want to start out by stating that both the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association recommend soft margarine over butter. And, for those of you who follow the ‘experts’ no matter what facts may get in the way that may be good enough.

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What Peppers to Use When

What Peppers to Use When

If you subscribe to the myth that hot peppers cause ulcers and indigestion, please read on.

Capsicum, found in peppers, gives off heat and stimulates all your nerve endings – increasing blood flow – which not only heals, but actually prevents many bad health issues. And, peppers are high in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium.

Eating peppers in the capsaicin family can benefit you because they play a role in both digestive and cardiovascular health as well as in long-term cancer prevention. They even help you to lower your cholesterol levels.

Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.

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Why Does Wheat Make Me Sick?

Why Does Wheat Make Me Sick?

During the past many years, Jeff and I have learned a lot about food and food production in America. Our newfound and constantly-evolving understanding of what has been done to our most basic foodstuffs has boggled our mind and has changed us.

Today, I want to discuss wheat – or should I say what most refer to as wheat. This has become a highly-controversial topic and my goal is to break it down into an easy-to-understand format.

My objective, always, is to educate and inform. Because, once we thoroughly understand a topic, we are in a better position to make good decisions. Though it is always easier to go along with the crowd, that is not always the best course of action.

Grains – full of life and nutrients – have been consumed for thousands of years by storing in whole kernel form and milled fresh.

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Learn About Cheese

Learn About Cheese

Almost everything tastes better with cheese. And, it’s good for you, too.

Today, I thought I’d put together some fun cheese history and facts.

Cheese has been around a long time. History shows about 4,000 years. Its beginning coincides with when people started to breed animals and process their milk. Usually, cheese is made from the cows’ milk but can also be made from sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels and yaks.  It is very nutritious and is made from the curd of the milk, coagulated by rennet, separated from the whey, and pressed in a vat, hoop or mold.

It is said the first type of cheese to arrive in the America was goat cheese, with first mass production of cheese in 1851 in New York. Demands for cheese have risen steadily ever since.

The variety of cheeses include: fresh soft, fresh firm, soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, hard, semi-firm and firm.

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