Wrapping Up the Great American Bake Sale

I had a month to plan. I signed up as a team captain, without first asking if anyone else was interested in helping. I reached out to the farmer’s market near my home to hold it there (and after a week of “pestering” got a firm yes). I asked my foodie friends if anyone would be willing to bake for the sale. And, on Saturday, WE raised $216 for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Of the 4 folks who offered to bake, 3 came through. We had 110 “units” when we started and only brought 19 home. My fears of what to do
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Dog Food Recall: Chicken Soup for Pet Lovers Soul – salmonella

Pet food safety: Dog Food Recall – Chicken Soup for Pet Lover’s Soul tests positive for salmonella Diamond Pet Foods is expanding a voluntary recall to include one production run and four production codes of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food. One bag of the product has tested positive for Salmonella, and the recall of the four production codes is being conducted as a precautionary measure, the company says. No dog illnesses have been reported. The products affected are: • Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula—dry dog food, 35
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Cosmic Cocktails | Gemini | Twist of Fate

Depending on which lore you go with, the story of the Gemini is either based on the Green twins Castor and Pollus or the Babylonian friends Gilgamesh and Enkidu–either way, you’re dealing with a mortal and an immortal, a pair of like-minded souls. All mutable signs (signs that cover a change of seasons–in the case of Gemini from Spring Summer) represent at least a little duality or element of change. For The Twins, a common name for Gemini, the idea is very much in there being two, together, and sharing of their twin-ness. Gemini are adept at communication and learning,
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Tucson restaurants: Janos, JBar closing

Wow! Two beloved Tucson restaurants will be closing its doors — Janos & J Bar. I just got off the phone with Janos and the last day for both restaurants will be May 26.  Starting tonight, both restaurants will feature “greatest hits” of menu items. So if these are indeed your favorite places — let your taste buds take a walk down memory lane. As to why they are closing, according to Janos he has had an amicable 15 year relationship with Westin La Paloma and is ready to move on to new things. I admire Janos’ energy and creativity
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Circle of Food Leftovers: chocolate, Agent Orange, salmonella, chicken jerky

Here’s a few leftovers of what I saw around the web this past week: Good news for chocolate lovers A recent study showed that frequent chocolate consumption was associated with lower body mass index (BMI), even when adjusting for calorie intake, saturated fat intake, and mood. Chocolate seems to have many benefits. So glad the study was about chocolate and not Brussel sprouts. Bad news: Agent Orange corn As if our foods don’t have enough pesticides and toxins. Dow Chemical is petitioning the USDA to approve a new GMO Agent Orange corn to tolerate 2,4-D, a main chemical component of
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Blast from the Past: The Mojito

I’m in a bit of a crunch, right now, laying out the pages for What to Feed Your Raiding Party, so our next Cosmic Cocktail will have to wait a week. So as not to start your weekend off dry, here’s a post from my 2009 archives, part of the Alpha-hol Series, about a refreshing drink perfect for the warming temperatures! —————————– The Mojito This Cuban drink is currently experiencing its second wind among the cocktail elite, with good reason. It’s tart, refreshing and nice to look at with the muddled mint swirling around the glass. A Mojito is basically lime, mint and rum topped by
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Tucson Restaurants & Tax Payer Dining Deals

Tucson Restaurants & Tax Payer Dining Deals If you’re like me, the IRS has spit me out, mangled and strangled me. However, a few Tucson restaurants (too few) are offering some good deals on TAX DAY – APRIL 17. Take advantage and help ease the pain…  RA Sushi – Extended happy hour! Who can argue with that? RA Sushi is offering a reward for those who got their taxes done early or a little relief for the procrastinators. RA Sushi has created a “Tax Day Tuesday” special, extending its Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to close at RA Sushi at
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The Allergen 8

For whatever reason (various theories abound), we humans are racking up quite the list of allergens and intolerance in our diet. And I’ve noticed it’s not just humans–have you noticed the rise in allergy issues in your family dog? This has been more on my mind thanks to planning for the Great American Bake Sale, Helper Monkey Style! in 2 weeks. I try to stay conscious of my guests food preferences when I plan a party menu, but when baking for strangers? The word that comes to mind is “vigilance.” We want happy, healthy bake sale customers on the 28th, and one way we
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A Taste of Chocolate – Fundraising Success

A Taste of Chocolate – Rotary Fundraising Event Today along with some other Tucson food writers – Edie Jarolim, Rita Connelly, and Mary Paganelli as well as KOLD-TV reporter Mark Stine, I was honored to be chosen as a “celebrity” judge at the Rincon Rotary event – A Taste of Chocolate – at the Doubletree Hotel ballroom. The Rincon Rotary raises money for local students seeking scholarships and the dictionary project for third graders. Internationally, the Rotary raises money for polio vaccines. According to the gentleman (whose name I don’t recall) said that four countries –Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria
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