Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

    Apr16

    Growing as a Gardener.

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

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    So far in life I still haven’t done as much vegetable gardening as I’d like to. Ideal planting time comes and goes, and I have little or nothing in the ground or in pots. Our weekend sports, social and travel schedule fills in, and time flies.

    I have to say, too, that I’m a little intimidated about getting supplies right for planting, and then having time for watering and weeding later on. Finding the right place to plant in the ground or place in pots becomes something to ponder. There are considerations of whether to hide the plants at the side of the house, or make them a front and center feature. Read more »

    Feb11

    Health Effects of Chocolate?

    Posted in Posted in Food, Health by Lucy

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    This is fun to write about and to think about. And, frankly, I’m craving chocolate now!

    Of course, the idea that chocolate may be good for us is not new. Research over recent years has revealed much good associated with this delicious treat. Along with solid information about how chocolate may benefit us in important ways, there are some unproven claims, too. I’ll comment on those shortly.

    Simply put, chocolate (really cacao—the main ingredient in chocolate) is loaded with two important types of compounds: antioxidants and chemicals that affect how our blood vessels function. Read more »

    Jan31

    Super Bowl Snacks!

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

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    The Super Bowl is one of America’s favorite events. Football, funny TV commercials, and finger food—what’s not to like? Plus a highly anticipated half-time show with legendary rockers. Are you excited for the big game?

    The Denver Broncos will face off against the Seattle Seahawks for the Lombardi trophy in NFL Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be played on Sunday, February 2 at 6:30pm at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Because it’s an outdoor stadium folks have been wondering about snow! Read more »

    Jan27

    The Girl Scouts—Doing Good Business

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

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    It’s Girl Scout cookie season! And you know I love cookies! Also, as a Girl Scout Alum, I am a big fan of this other famous cookie organization!

    Did you know that the Girl Scouts have been selling their cookies for nearly 100 years? These cookies are truly part of American culture. (Lucy’s has been on the market for a mere six years! And, we’re becoming part of the culture, too!)

    Sold only a couple of months out of the year and still the Girl Scouts sell over 200 million boxes of cookies (at $3.50 to $5 per box) annually, raising nearly $800 million. And when the Girl Scout cookies are in the market, they’re the bestselling cookie of all brands. (People do love cookies! And, they love Girl Scouts!) Read more »

    Jan23

    Food Management 101: Emergencies

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

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    In times of trouble, when the lights go out or stores are closed, food planning can make all the difference. Do you have a variety of foods at home that don’t require refrigeration? I know some people prefer to keep a sparse pantry with only items they plan to use right away. Stocking for emergencies might be a reason to rethink this.

    Regardless of what food you store in the pantry, remember water is the number one priority! Ideally, it’s best to keep a significant supply of water on hand at all times. Here’s a great summary on water supplies. Read more »

    Jan20

    Who Likes Fancy Food?

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

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    I do!! I like something that tastes good, smells good, looks good—and if it comes in a package— I like a pretty package. (So, you guessed it—I like Lucy’s!)

    Over the years, I’ve exhibited Lucy’s delicious treats at numerous huge trade shows each year. Buyers from small and large retailers come to sample new items and decide what to sell in their stores. The Fancy Food Shows, produced by the Specialty Food Association (formerly the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade), are among my favorites. Read more »

    Jan15

    Food for the Philippines

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

    Lucy’s is partnering with Montero Medical Missions in a relief effort to bring food and hospital supplies to those in the Philippines affected by the devastating super-typhoon last November. Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people and displaced over 4 million people, many of whom are still scrambling to survive.

    As part of the effort, Peanut Free Planet (PFP) will be hosting a donation event on their Facebook page January 23-24. The food being gathered will be combined with supplies donated by Lucy’s, and are intended for shelters in the Philippines serving people with food allergies and special diets. Heather Selwa, PFP Founder and CEO, urges individuals and other allergy friendly food brands to participate in the mission. The shipment is planned for late January, and Philippines Secretary of Health, Dr. Enrique Ona, will direct the supplies where they are needed most—and they certainly are needed. Read more »

    Dec09

    Healthy Holidays

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

    With so much temptation and indulgence, staying on target with healthy living practices during the holidays can be a real challenge. Usually with the holidays comes a few extra pounds or generally less healthy discipline. Many of us (myself included) give excuses why we don’t have enough time to exercise during the holiday season. We’re too busy, we’re traveling, or it’s just too cold outside. Does this sound familiar?

    And, when decadent desserts are constantly at our fingertips a healthy diet can become obscured in the holiday haze. Cookies, chocolates, cheesecake. Sweets seem to be everywhere this time of year! Read more »

    Nov25

    Turkey Trivia

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

    Did you know?…

    • There’s no evidence that turkey was eaten at what many regard as the “first” Thanksgiving. Apparently, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the Indians ate venison and seafood instead during this historic three-day feast in 1621.

    • Turkey eventually became the Thanksgiving main dish of choice for Americans after President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.

    • Benjamin Franklin proposed that the turkey become the U.S. national bird. Franklin felt the turkey had far more noble qualities than the Bald Eagle.

    • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. This size turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat. Read more »

    Nov22

    Don’t Forget the Cranberry Sauce!

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

    Thanksgiving is less than a week away! I hope my week long cranberry focus helps you remember the cranberry sauce this year. Also, you might want to plan for enough to have with leftovers; and to savor it in a few surprising ways as the holiday weekend winds down!

    Some ideas I’ve come across include:

    • Cranberry-glazed Brussels sprouts

    • Cranberry pancakes

    • Cranberry muffins

    • Cranberry spread for toast

    • Cranberry cream cheese for a bagel

    • Cranberry mayonnaise for turkey sandwiches

    Do you have any other ideas or favorites to share?

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