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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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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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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