Diet: Abstinence Eating Plan

Image via Wikipedia In 2010 I plan to try something new. Every year I say I going to exercise more. I don’t. I say I’m going to do this and I’m going to do that. I don’t. This year I’m taking a new approach.  Every month I’m going to give up something. I’m going to forfeit or omit. I’m not going to give up salad or exercise. I’m going to give up or abstain from a food that I like. It’s makes more sense to me to do without than to try to do more. Giving up is so uncomplicated.
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No Chlorine, No Twinkies!

Image via Wikipedia I was in Half Price Books the other day and was having a good time browsing through the cookbook / food section.  The book that caught my eye was “Twinkie, Deconstructed” by Steve Ettlinger.  It is about his journey to discover how the ingredients found in processed foods are grown, mined (yes, mined), and manipulated into what America eats. It was the one book that I bought.  (Get your copy here) Twinkies are iconic —  I certainly grew up eating them, and we’ve all heard the stories about how if you put a Twinkie out in the desert, it
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2010 Food Predictions

Image via Wikipedia On Wednesday, The Early Show had Bon Appetit Magazine’s restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton speak about  predictions for 2010’s food selections. To start, Andres Knowlton talked about how his predictions for southern food were right for 2009. His prediction for the biggest dish of the year for 2010 is meatballs. He talks about meatballs in all different forms and from different places around the world. The cuisine of the year is new Austrian. This is from the beer boom. Some of these foods include the new macaroni, and making pretzels. The ingredient of the year is Sriracha. It is basically a
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New Years Traditions

Image via Wikipedia When you think of the year coming to an end, most people think of big parties, fireworks, and of course the ball dropping at midnight. A big tradition for most people on New Years Eve is going out to celebrate the new year. My family usually does something different each year, but the common thread is food, friends, drinking (for those over 21) and a celebration. Whether it be staying in with your friends, or going to a huge event, New Years Eve is always a fun time. This year, I am going to Sandusky with my
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SweetFreeStuff.com

Image via Wikipedia This website, sweetfreestuff.com, is a great website to look at every couple of days. This website contains coupons for food, coupons for restaurant, free items with coupons, and free samples that get sent to your house. If you use this site as a tool to save money, it can really help. I have received a lot of free items the past couple of months from looking at this site. I also use thunderfap.com but they all usually have similar deals. Some of the deals I found on this site included free sandwiches from fast food places, 50% dinner
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TrueLemon

Image by bookgrl via Flickr This is a relatively new product that is very interesting. It is a sugar substance with no actual sugar, similar to sweet n low or equal, but it also contains a flavor for your beverage. I sampled true lemon, true lime, and true orange from free samples from a website. This not only added a calorie free sweetener to my drink, but also made it flavored. I used the true lemon in unsweetened ice tea. I tried the true lime in diet coke and I have yet to try the true orange packets. I think this
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Tucson Restaurant News-JBall, Pineapple Drop, Sparklies, Chicken Soup

Image via Wikipedia Tucson restaurants: New Years Eve and Chicken Soup Chicken Soup I must comment on Pastiche’s chicken soup campaign – Chicken Soup for Tucson’s Soul. Earlier this year, Pat Connors decided to donate $1 for every cup and $2 for every bowl of chicken soup to the Community Food Bank. So far this year they have donated $2,000 which translates into $18,000 of food that the food bank can buy. Amazing! Tucson New Years Eve Janos/JBar/JBall Tucson wouldn’t be Tucson without the year-end festivities created by Janos Wilder. Where does he get his energy? Bottle it! I want
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Crab Rangoon

Image via Wikipedia Looking for a QUICK EASY recipe for the holidays. This recipe is not only fun to make, but doesn’t take too long. It looks great and would be a wonderful appetizer for a New Year’s party! Crab Rangoon is an Asian inspired appetizer with fried dough filled with a crab mixture. Many people have not tried this before, but it is a real treat. Even some of my friends who hate crab love it because the cream cheese is the overpowering flavor. So here’s the recipe and you can give it a shot! Go to the grocery
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Happy New Year: Circa 2000

Image via Wikipedia Remember Y2K? Remember ten years ago when 1999 was turning to 2000, we thought it was going to be the end of the world? Remember how we thought all the computers were going to explode or be defunct? Remember how we were warned to take money out of the ATM because they were not going to work on 1-1-2000? I remember. I remember as the world was turning 2000 and all day long countries around the globe in various time zones were saluting that phenomenon with massive celebrations captured on TV. Oh, those Russians in St. Petersburg
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Nibbles & Bites: Foodie Resolutions

It’s that time of year, folks, when we look back at the year that was (and wonder where it went so quickly!) and contemplate the year ahead (and what we’re going to do differently). As much as I dislike the word “resolutions”–it sounds so official and ominous and unyielding–it is what most people call their intentions (my preferred word, leaves some necessary wiggle room) that they set. Do you have any that are food-related? No, no, no, I don’t mean the usual big-d-Diet ones. I mean little-d-diet ones, the everyday practices that we have, the getting out of ruts or
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