Dumbing Down Chocolates:Tell FDA Don’t Mess with Our Chocolate

What’s this world coming to when the Chocolate Marketing Association wants to change the formula of chocolate? If the Chocolate Marketing Association gets their way, chocolate will be more diluted in quality with a waxy texture and greasier taste; yuck, sounds gross. The plan is to eliminate all of the cocoa butter and replace with a mystery vegetable oil product. Another part of the plan is to eliminate whole milk powder and replace with a stripped down version called milk protein concentrate, also known as whey. Not anything can be called chocolate. The making and designating of chocolate must follow
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Do Real Men Go Grocery Shopping?

Does your man know his way around the grocery aisle? According to a recent report put out by TNS Retail Forward, men shop inefficiently which leads to missed sales at the checkout counter. Many men have difficulty finding items, forgo items rather than risk buying the wrong item, or simply cannot find their way to the correct aisle — and — this is shocking — refuse to ask for directions! One enterprising store has come up with a computerized gadget that goes on the shopping cart and will help lead men to the products they want without having to ask
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Home Wine Tasting Party with Personal Chef

I belong to a group of women who get together once a month to socialize.  We all work and sometimes a little business exchange might come out of it, but mostly we just talk. We usually go to a restaurant or meet at someone’s home, which is what we did this month, but with a little twist — we had a professional wine tasting demonstration put on by The Traveling Vineyard followed by dinner prepared by a personal chef.  It was held outside — poolside.  This wine tasting was a lot of fun because we had so many people that knew each other —
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Recipe Rating Scale Brings Friends Together

One of my friends let me borrow her cookbook once and specifically requested that I write my comments right alongside the recipe after I had tried it. What a wonderful idea!  Not only did it give her another person’s opinion of the recipe but it gave her a very personalized way to remember me.  I have since started doing this also.  I use the following rating scale: Excellent – It looks great and tastes great — enough so that I would serve it to guests with confidence, knowing that they would enjoy it. Very Good – It tastes great but may not
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To-Die-For Brownies with Prunes

Here’s a great low-calorie brownie recipe that uses prunes instead of oil.  Each brownie counts as 1 fruit and 1/2 fat.  You won’t believe how good it is – very moist and rich.  I got this years ago from Jenny Craig.  You won’t find this in their online recipe database.  But you can here! Fudgy Brownies 2/3 c. (4 oz) pitted prunes 3 T water non-stick cooking spray 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate 3 large egg whites 1 c sugar 1/2 t salt 1 1/2 t vanilla 1/2 c. flour Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Combine prunes and water in a food
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Micro Fiber Mop: The Modern Way to Clean Your Kitchen

“The Atomic Housewife” series: Post Grape-Nuts, 1958, I hate to vacuum. Too heavy. Too noisy. Too inconvenient. My husband does the vacuuming as a result. Yes, I know I’m lucky. His mother trained him well. Well, he came home today with a new toy. No, not a set of golf clubs — a micro fiber surface mop. I’m not kidding. There is a method to his madness. I was using it as soon as it came out of its bag. Let me tell you, this thing is too cool! No noise. And it works great. Did I mention, no noise?
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How Sweet It Is:Whey Low-Low Calorie Sugar

Sugar, sugar, sugar…if you have a sweet tooth…it’s high on your list of must-haves. But diabetics and people on diets cannot have sugar so they often resort to denying themselves which never works for very long or using artificial sweeteners. The jury is still out as to how safe artificial sweeteners really are. In the long run who really knows how damaging the chemicals in cyclamates and aspartame really are. I’m not saying that Whey Low is safe as time will tell. (When you think of safe food sources, that’s all really muddled any more.) However, Whey Low is a
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Easy Recipe: Chicken Marsala – Wine Pairing-Merlot and Pinot Noir

Here’s a recipe for super easy chicken marsala, very tender, great flavors, so simple you might want to have the ingredients on hand, as it is a great go-to meal when you are in a rut. Shameless self promotion: Hey all, sorry about the delay in getting this posted but I had a very jam packed weekend. As it is my first few months living in San Francisco I thought I should participate in as many local events as possible, and so I ran the Bay to Breakers this weekend. And in preparation for such an event I was thinking healthy
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Food Blog Humor: Food as Science Project / Mystery Meat

Here’s a heads up to food PR personnel — your choice of descriptive words is crucial as to whether or not a product sounds right or plain weird or downright humorous.  I received this press release from an agency in a major Midwest city. It said: “Hi Karyn, Remember Steak-Umm Sandwich Steaks?  They’re back!  But they’re not just for sandwiches anymore. Now, Steak-Umm can metamorphose into anything from breakfast burritos to shepherd’s pie, American chop suey, sloppy joes, and more.’  They cook in 90 seconds or less straight from the freezer, so they’re always there when you need them, and they’re
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Dine in Style on Your Patio

Food tastes so much better when you have a nice place to enjoy it.  Think of those times when you walked into a restaurant where they seated you in a patio area with flowers and a water element and you couldn’t wait to enjoy the experience.  Well, you can recreate some of this elegance in your own patio, just like I did, with some simple elements.  This photo shows a patio dining table I put together years ago that I just love.  It is made from an old wrought iron gate, a large metal urn, and a lucite plastic top cut-to-size. 
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