Recipe | Low-FODMAP Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

One of the biggest challenges for me, starting off this Low-FODMAP Lifestyle (especially since we started just after Thanksgiving so I was facing Christmas without cookies, etc.), was finding high-quality, good-tasting bread products that didn’t include wheat, barley, rye, or any of other high-FODMAP ingredients. Thankfully (though I consider it a bit of a double-edged sword–but that’s a topic for another time), gluten-free foods and products are a lot easier to find these days, and those products are an excellent place to start when you’re going low-FODMAP, but gluten-free doesn’t automatically mean FODMAP-free (or, rather, low-FODMAP–FODMAP-free would be really tough). Many times
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Tucson Dining: Acacia Tequila Dinner

Viva Tequila! from the press release Acacia Tequila Dinner Tucson, Ariz— Chef Albert Hall  will hold his first ever Tequila Dinner at Acacia Real Food & Cocktails on Thursday, February 28th at 6pm.   The high quality of hand – crafted  Pura Vida Tequila impressed him enough to want to pair four special courses with four of their premium tequilas for the upcoming event.  Pura Vida tequilas are triple distilled, tequilas made from 100% agave.  The  Pura Vida Anejo tequila (paired with the dessert course) is aged in American  oak Kentucky bourbon barrels  for exceptionally rich flavor.  Dinner is $60 per
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Celebrate National Margarita Day – February 22

Today is National Margarita Day. It’s also George Washington’s birthday but now his birthday is lumped in with other Presidents on the third Monday of February. Whatever. You still have time to celebrate National Margarita Day. As I write this it’s Friday – 11:30 a.m. in Arizona but it must be cocktail time somewhere. Did you know that the margarita is the best selling cocktail in the United States? So who originated the margarita? According to the article in the New York Daily News, “Like most cocktail lore, there are conflicting sources about the origins of the margarita, but Ford
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AlcoHOLidays | National Margarita Day | The Choco-Rita

The history of the margarita is hotly debated. Sometime in the 1930s or 40s someone concocted it, but whether it was a Texas socialite or one of the two south-of-the-border bartenders that claim the honor, it remains a wonderful drink for warm days. The basic margarita consists of tequila–usually silver, though I prefer gold, lime juice, and orange liqueur. Do not–I repeat, do not–let me catch you using sour mix or triple sec in a margarita; that’s just rude. If you want a sweeter margarita to pair with the salted rim, add a bit of sugar syrup to your shaker but leave the
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Peanut butter executives charged with fraud

Remember the catastrophic peanut butter recall a few years ago where people died and were sickened with salmonella? According to Food Safety News, “former PCA owner and president Stewart Parnell, of Lynchburg, VA, and three other former company leaders, have been charged with mail and wire fraud, the introduction of adulterated and misbranded food into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud or mislead, and conspiracy, according to the Department of Justice.  Stewart Parnell and two others were also charged with obstruction of justice.” Read the Food Safety News story here. Here’s a previous Circle of Food blog post about
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Food Recall: Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries Cereal

In the United States, Kellogg’s has initiated a voluntary recall of three sizes of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal due to the possible presence of glass fragments. They initiated a voluntary recall of three sizes of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries cereal packages due to the possible presence of glass fragments. The food affected by the recall can be identified with the following information: 11.2-ounce package – UPC Code 38000 59923 – Better if Used Before: DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 00:13 through DEC 02 2013 KNC 105 02:30 22.4-ounce twin pack – UPC Code 38000 78356 – Better
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Review | Better Food For Dogs by Bastin, Ashton & Nixon

Honey, tonight we’re eating dog food! And you know what? It wasn’t half bad. Let me back up a second before you think I’ve completely lost my mind. When I picked up Better Food for Dogs (with the oh-so-adorable wrinkly bulldog puppy on its cover), I was expecting a few lists of things dogs should never eat and a lot of recipes for treats, “muttloaf” and things of that nature. What I found was a book full of information that every dog owner can use, including many “Doc’s Doctrine” sidebars from Dr. Grant Nixon, D.V.M., the veterinarian that contributed to the book along with
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AlcoHOLidays | National Battery Day | High Voltage

Got your history caps on? Today’s cocktail comes with a real charge! Unlike the seemingly arbitrary assignment of some holidays (yes, PB&J Day, I’m looking at you), National Battery Day makes perfect sense as it falls on February 18th, the birthday of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery. Volta (from whom we get the word volt–the measure of electrical potential) was a physicist born in Como Italy, who discovered the gas methane in 1778 as well as created what he called a voltaic pile in 1800–an electrochemical cell or, in other words, a battery. With some acidic or brined cloth between them, the
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Review | Savory Pies by Greg Henry

Pies have always had their fans, but it’s a food usually offered as an alternative to cakey goods. One of the main best selling points is the ratio of filling to crust you get in a pie that far outweighs the filling and frosting ratio in a similar cake. But that’s all desserts–what about pie as your meal? Probably the first thing you think of when considering a main-dish or savory pie is quiche, that brunch staple, or else a chicken pot pie might come to mind. I admit an old episode of Emeril and his crawfish cheesecake is also
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Tucson Restaurant: Fat Tuesday at RA Sushi

from the press release Head over to RA Sushi on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 7 p.m. to close to celebrate their version of Fat Tuesday with Mardi RA. Throw on some colorful beads and swim on in to try a variety of Mardi Gras themed food specials. Wash them down with two special cocktails that give a nod to New Orleans. The fun doesn’t stop there. A guest DJ will be spinning the hottest tracks to keep the party going all night long. Mardi RA specials include: FOOD: $9 Beef Kushiyaki $8 Chili Shrimp Roll $7 Spicy Chicken & Shishito
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