Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Pumpkin Season!


½ C             Butter
1 C              Sugar
2 C              Flour
1 C              Pumpkin puree
1 C              Golden raisins
1 C              Pecans, chopped
2                  Eggs
2 T               Baking powder
½ tsp           Nutmeg
2 tsp            Cinnamon
¼ tsp           Ginger, ground
1 tsp            Salt

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until soft.  Slowly add the sugar and continue to beat together until light and fluffy.  Beat the eggs lightly then add to the sugar/butter mixture.  Sift the together the flour, baking powder, salt and spices.  Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.  Blend well.  Add the raisins and nuts.  Drop the cookie dough by teaspoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and carefully transfer to a cooling rack.  Make about 4 dozen.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Don't drink the juice!

For years I have had some people taking certain medications tell me that they could not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice.  Medical research has proven that they were correct.  Even if you have a glass of grapefruit juice and wait until much later in that day to take your medications, there is still an effect from the juice.  Grapefruit juice negatively interacts with more than 50 medications, including statins. Because the effects of the citrus juice last more than 24 hours, simply taking your meds at a different time won't solve the problem.
If you are not sure about the effect of grapefruit juice and your medications, consult your doctor.

Hearts of Romaine Recall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 11, 2012 - Charlotte, North Carolina – Fresh Express Incorporated is conducting a voluntary, precautionary recall of a limited quantity of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad with a Use-by Date of October 11 and Product Code of S270A24 due to a possible health risk from Salmonella.

No illnesses or consumer complaints have been reported to Fresh Express at this time in association with this recall. No other Fresh Express products are subject to this recall.

The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a random sample yielded a positive result for Salmonella as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s random sample testing program. Fresh Express is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.

Fresh Express customer service representatives are already contacting relevant retailers to confirm the recalled product has been removed from store shelves and inventories and that none is available for consumer purchase. Customers with questions are instructed to contact their Fresh Express customer service representative. The recalled salads were distributed primarily in the West-Northwest and Midwest regions of the U.S.

Consumers who may have purchased the recalled salad are asked not to eat it, but to throw it out instead. Fresh Express is offering a full refund. Consumers with questions or who would like to secure a refund may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Specific recall information follows:
  • Product Being Recalled: Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine in 18 oz. package
  • Product Code: S270A24 (located in upper right corner on front of package)
  • Use-by Date: October 11 (also located in upper right hand corner of package)
  • Distribution: Primarily in West-Northwest and Midwest regions of the U.S.
·        Salmonella is an organism that may cause fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and possibly bloody diarrhea in healthy individuals. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Consumers with these symptoms should consult their health care provider.

·        Fresh Express Precautionary Salad Recall- 10/11/12 (No other Fresh Express Salads are included in this recall)

·        Fresh ExpressHearts of Romaine SIZE18 oz. UPC 071279-262017

·        Production Code S270A24 Best If Used By Date OCT 11


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Long time!

Sorry, but, it has been a very long time since my last post.  I lost the password and, well, got so busy with summer things and life.  Sad thing is, no one noticed.  Now I have a new password and will be posting again soon. 
If you have any ideas on information you need in a post, now is the time to let me in on the need.  I am going a new direction and want to help as many people as I can with new information.  Health and Wellness and Food Safety will be part of the new direction I am heading.  If you have any information on recipes, product safety or general food facts...let me know.  Thanks for hanging in there with me. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Yes you Can make it low fat!

Low Fat Oatmeal   

2cups     oats, Old Fashioned...Not instant
4cups     water
2 whole  cinnamon sticks
2 tsp       ground cinnamon
1 tsp       vanilla
6 pkts     sweetener, Sweet and Low, Equal, or Tuvia
1/4 cup  Sugar free, Imitation Maple Syrup
1 very small pinch of salt in the water

Put Cinnamon Sticks, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Sweetener and Sugar Free Imitation Maple Syrup in the water and bring to a boil.  Add the 2 cups of oats.  Bring the ingredients back to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium.  Let cook 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.  Top with fresh berries, bananas, apples, or raisins. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Healthy Habits for Good Health

Healthy Habits start with eating a balanced diet and making other lifestyle changes. Some of the things you can do to enhance your health include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Move more. Don't just sit around and be a couch potato.
  • Eat a variety of foods. Not just meat and potatoes.
  • Fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruits.
  • Control your intake of sugars, salt and sodium.
  • Choose fat-free or low-fat milk products.
  • Include more whole grains, fish, beans and nuts in your diet.
  • Put more color into your meats. There is more than just "red" meat.

Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories and provide essential nutrients and dietary fiber that may protect you from chronic diseases. Mix up your diet and enjoy all nature has to your good health.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


4T Butter
1T Frozen Lime Concentrate
1T Frozen Orange Concentrate
1T Blackening Seasoning
1T Sugar

Melt butter in a sauté pan and add Orange and Lime concentrate and sugar. Bring to a simmer and then add the Blackening Seasoning. Remove from heat and use as a glaze on broiled fish, pork or chicken.

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