Food Monopoly, High Prices, Less Choices

Choices. Choices. Why does the supermarket have so many choices? How many kinds of mustard, margarine and mayo do we really want need? The problem is while there are 600,000 different items in the average supermarket — only a handful of multi-national corporations produce these products. Who else can afford shelf space? Think about it: Products are marketed by value, by the sanctity of a brand handed down through generations, by perceived quality or lifestyle. According to FinancesOnline.com, a 2013 study by the U.S. consumer rights group, Food and Water Watch, examined the market share of 100 common grocery items
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FED UP, the Movie – 10 Day Ban Sugar Challenge

Yesterday I saw the movie FED UP, a well done documentary about childhood obesity and why kids (and adults) cannot lose weight and keep it off. From the movie: For the past 30 years, everything we thought we knew about food and exercise is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see; from Katie Couric, Laurie David, and director Stephanie Soechtig. The culprit is sugar, fructose, brown sugar, agave, maltose, dextrose, brown sugar, turbinado sugar, honey, molasses, sucralose, and fake sugar like Splenda, Stevia, etc. The movie says by 2050, 1 in 3
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When Inspiration Strikes: Pork Cutlets Cristo

Todd and I take turns each week setting the menu, grocery shopping, and cooking supper. We’ve been doing it this way since we first moved in together and I am continually grateful to has a husband that enjoys cooking as much as I do. Sometimes my menus are very specific (especially if I’m working on a new cookbook review) while other times they can be pretty vague: just stating the primary protein, starch, and vegetable for the meal. Keeping a good variety of spices and condiments on hand means I can improvise at will without needing to make a special trip
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Don’t Skimp on Those Spices

Planning a menu on a restricted diet–be it the Low-FODMAP protocol or otherwise–means a lot of the same. With broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, various beans and peas all on the trigger list that leaves a lot of repetition of spinach, green beans, and carrots (not to mention the ubiquitous green salad) as side dishes. Of course there are more options available seasonally, but these are our core components. Even the proteins can get a bit repetitive without a helping hand from the spice rack. Whether you’re following a recipe or experimenting on your own, a careful perusal of the spice blends
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Tucson: A Cause for Applause at La Cocina

It’s a marvelous night for a party, a celebration, a 5th anniversary celebration called A Cause for Applause. The applause is for Beading Divas to the Rescue who have raised $100,000 for animal charities mostly in Tucson and a few beyond. It’s these beautiful one of a kind bracelets that raise the funds. Accessories for a Cause This fabulous party happens May 6 from 6 to 9 pm at La Cocina, located at 201 N. Court Ave in the Old Town Artisans Courtyard with its dazzling lights and cooling breezes. There is no admission but guests are encouraged to eat
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