50 Shots of America–Michigan

On the cruise last January one of the couples we shared our dinner table with was from Michigan. The demonstrated exactly where by holding up their right hand and using it as a visual aid. Apparently this is a regular thing for Michiganders as the lower peninsula does resemble a mitten. (The UP–Upper Peninsula–is sometimes considered the bridge.) Because of this, the name for today’s cocktail came before anything else: Talk to the Hand 4 fresh Cherries, 3 stemmed 3/4 oz Vanilla Vodka 1/4 oz Kirschwasser 1.5 oz Ginger Ale* Muddle the 3 stemmed cherries with the vodka and kirsch
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My Pyramid

Image via Wikipedia Do you follow the traditional food pyramid when picking out your meals? Well, even if you do, you might not be on the right track. Ever since the food pyramid came out, they review the pyramid every 5 years and make changes based on findings. Well the new pyramid looks completely different and would shock some people. The MyPyramid’s new idea is to offer personalized eating plans and different interactive tools to help all different Americans make food choices based on their needs. It makes sense once you go on the website and read more about it,
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Vacation Preview

Image by churl via Flickr Hey everyone I’m leaving for vacation this Sunday and going to Myrtle Beach for 5 days with some friends. I am on a very tight budget so I am planning on cooking most meals, even though this will be rather difficult without a kitchen in the hotel room. I am going to have to be very creative, and I will probably eat out once or twice, but I am going to try and spend the least amount of money possible. Right now, I am budgeting $25 for groceries and $40 for meals out (even though
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A meal fit for Popeye

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Popeye was a great show that was on when I was little, def. an old time favorite. But what made me think of Popeye??… Well of course his signature meal. SPINACH. I feel like that is the only thing he ate on the show and he was always getting stronger.lol But the reason I’m talking about Spinach and Popeye is I have a very simple recipe for wonderful cooked spinach. My brother HATES HATES HATES spinach and he will even eat this. It still is healthy and tastes less leafy (which is a major
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Tucson restaurant news – Chef Chic, Chefs Hall & Baskerville, Santa

Tucson food and restaurant news Too Hot to Cook? According to Wendy Gauthier, an average meal when you dine out for dinner costs $15 to $24 per person. Now you can dine at home for $20 a meal and beat the kitchen heat! Between now and Oct. 1, you can purchase five nights of dinners for two people with sides for $200. The meals are prepared by Chef Chic. (You can purchase meals individually.) Why fire up the kitchen when you are minutes away from a fabulous meal? The menu will be posted every Wednesday by 10 a.m. and orders
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Dinner with Australian winemaker from California. What a Cupcake.

My dinner with an Australian born winemaker now living in California. He’s quite the Cupcake. Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting Adam Richardson who is the winemaker at Cupcake Vineyards in Livermore, Calif. Dinner was at Pastiche Modern Eatery in Tucson and included Edie Jarolim, contributing food editor for Tucson Guide and Bonnie Lewis, Tucson Citizen wine blogger and moi. First Richardson poured a Cupcake Pinot Grigio; it was by far the creamiest pinot grigio I’ve ever tasted. The wine is described as a full wine with flavors of dried apricots, citrus fruits, peaches and cream concluding with a
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Healthy Tip: 5 Best Foods for Your Pre and Post Workout Needs

Image via Wikipedia 5 Best Foods for Your Pre and Post Workout Needs If looking good and feeling great is your personal mantra to a complete life, then you’re probably in the habit of exercising regularly. It’s a good thing to stay active and get your body moving, but are you doing it the smart way? Your body is just like any machine – if you provide it with the right kind of fuel, you can push it to achieve wonders. So if you want your workout to pay rich dividends, you must eat the right kinds of foods, both
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Cats: Iams Veterinary Formula Feline Renal dry cat food recall

From the Proctor & Gamble press release P&G Recalls Two Lots of Prescription Renal Diet Cat Food due to a Possible Health Risk FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — CINCINNATI, July 25, 2010 – The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG), is voluntarily recalling two specific lots of its prescription renal dry cat food as a precautionary measure, as it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The following products are included: Product Name Lot Code UPC Code Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs 01384174B4 0 19014 21405 1 Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs 01384174B2 0 19014 21405
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Artichoke Dip Recipe

Image by Alexandra Moss via Flickr This recipe is one of my favorites. It is quick and easy to make, doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, and guests love it! You can prepare it ahead of time and just pop it in the oven when guests arrive for a quick bake. This recipe is very simple and also amazing! For the recipe you need: 1 lemon 1 jar of light mayo 2 cans of artichoke hearts 1 jar of Parmesan cheese peeper Wheat Thins or comparable crackers First, put the artichoke hearts in a baking dish. Mash them up and
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D’Angelos

Image by Nino.Modugno via Flickr D’Angelos is a upscale Italian restaurant on the border of Hudson and Twinsburg. My family has been going there for many years and we love it! They serve fresh baked bread with oil, cheese and spices to start. They offer gourmet salads, soup, pasta and desserts. One of my favorite items on the menu was the Margarita Pizza, but it was just replaced with a different speciality pizza. 🙁 The other nice thing about D’Angelos besides the wonderful food and the great service is the coupons. They ALWAYS have coupons in the paper for BOGO.
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