Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

    Jun06

    I Scream!

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

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    I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream—especially on a warm day! In honor of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day tomorrow, let’s explore the sweet world of ice cream, the tasty frozen treat that so many people know and love.

    First, have you ever thought about all of the different kinds of ice cream? Hard, soft, light, no sugar added. Some made with cow’s milk, others with soy, rice, or coconut milk. Also, gluten free, organic, Italian-style gelato, and French. So many varieties! No matter what kind of diet you follow, there are certainly many options to choose from.

    Next, what about all of the flavors? There are literally thousands. Pretty much, you say a flavor—no matter how weird—and it exists! Interested in trying Salmon or pizza-flavored ice cream? Corn on the cob or asparagus? In my opinion there’s just something so special about the classic standbys like vanilla (my favorite!) and chocolate. And I’m not alone in thinking this. While chocolate falls slightly behind vanilla in sales in the U.S., these are the most popular flavors. In fact, like chocolate ice cream, vanilla has its own special day—National Vanilla Ice Cream Day is on July 23. I plan to celebrate again on that day! Read more »

    Jun03

    Spice for Health!

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

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    Have you thought about how the seasoning in your food affects your health? Many kitchen shelves are stocked with bottles of spices and herbs, but oftentimes people don’t take full advantage of seasonings when cooking. Read on to find out about nice surprises lurking in your kitchen.

    Spices and herbs are an excellent way to add flavor to food without adding extra calories or health risks. They are a smart alternative compared to other flavor boosters such as salt, sugar, and fat.

    Not only are spices and herbs a low-cal way to infuse zest into a meal, they may help protect against chronic conditions, such as cancer and heart disease. This is because many spices and herbs are rich in phytonutrients, such as carotenoids, flavonoids, and other phenolics—possessing health-promoting anti-oxidant properties, which protect against cell damage and inflammation. Read more »

    May15

    National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

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    That’s right, today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. You might not have even known this “holiday” existed! But, being a cookie person myself, I’m here to tell you about it!

    For many people, the sight and smell of these cookies makes us feel nostalgic and reminiscent of our childhoods. Thoughts of wholesomeness, comfort, and good times come to mind—whether from our own memories of baking cookies at home or recalling episodes of the popular TV show Leave it to Beaver, with Mrs. Cleaver and the plate of warm, fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies waiting on the table for her sons. Our pop culture is full of references to chocolate chip cookies—TV commercials, comic strips, children’s books (such as Laura Numeroff’s bestselling book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), and children’s shows. Who doesn’t know the Cookie Monster on Sesame Street? Read more »

    May12

    Food Allergy Mom!

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    Perhaps it’s fitting that Food Allergy Awareness Week—in 2014 from May 11 through 17—started on Mother’s Day. This observance/celebration might even top Mother’s Day in importance to me. You may know that my son has several very severe food allergies, so I’m a great supporter of anything about keeping him safe, happy, and healthy. I’m a Food Allergy Mom!

    What does a Food Allergy Mom do? The same thing that other Mothers do—plus—she carries epinephrine; teaches others how to recognize reactions and use epi; reads food package labels; carries snacks and sandwiches in case safe food is not available where she and her family go; wipes down tables, chairs, airplane trays, and anything that food crumbs or grubby hands might have touched. Read more »

    Apr24

    Love of Recipes!

    Posted in Posted in Food by Lucy

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    If you love to cook, or just love to eat, chances are you have a collection of recipes. Mine is a true representation of my love of food, though not necessarily an indicator of my performance in the kitchen. “Good intentions” would be a proper name for some of my piles and binders full of recipes.

    I clip and save, but don’t always use. Apparently this is a common habit; which I intend to continue. I sense in myself some sort of gain from doing it; perhaps in my recipe pondering, clipping, saving, and filing I am having a sort of vicarious food experience. One without calories or fat. Sadly, though, it’s also without vitamins, minerals, protein, or fiber. Read more »

    Apr16

    Growing as a Gardener.

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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 »

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