Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 911

Let us never forget....

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Enough With Organic Hype

Hi my favorite readers! There has been so much hype lately about the pros and cons of eating organic food that I thought it would be wise to provide a first-hand account.

Some claim that the foods "cost too much". It is true that organically grown foods can cost a few dollars more to buy than the nonorganic versions. However, what is the standard of measurement? What are you basing the cost on? What are you comparing it to? What does "too much" mean, anyways? "Too much" compared to what? 

You can buy organically grown produce at your local farmer's markets. The cost is extremely comparable to the nonorganic versions of the same foods found at your local supermarket. Understand that your supermarket - to matter what type of food is sells - has to pay for its shipping, storage, worker salaries, and building overhead and a plethora of other retail-oriented costs. All these expenses are reflected in higher food prices. Take that into consideration. This means that even the cheapest or organic foods can cost higher when purchased at a commercial supermarket.

NOTE: There is something "fishy" about a large supermarket chain getting into organic foods. How do we really know these foods are grown this way? Do we really know the types of fertilizers used? That entire field just does not settle correctly with me. I do not trust big supermarket chains, I don't care how "consumer friendly" they claim to be. Profit is their bottom line, no matter how they try to get around it.

Is a better tasting food worth the so-called extra price? You bet it is. Organically grown food, most notably from farmer's markets, simply tastes better than nonorganic varieties. There is no way someone is going to convince me otherwise. I know this for a fact. Pick a carrot from you or your friend's garden, clean it up and taste it.  Now....peel that store bought, nonorganic carrot and taste it. The non-organic variety will be tasteless. There simply is no comparison.

Getting back to eating true organic foods is really tasting food as originally intended. There are no artificial pesticides, sweeteners, additives or other signs of processing found.

Get your organic items from farmer's markets, food co-ops, local organic gardens or grow your own   for the best deals around. It's easier than you think.

It is sad to hear and read about "experts" claiming that these foods cost too much as a way to justify whatever point they are trying to make. Who are these "experts" anyways? Check your sources.

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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Tasty & Fiberful French Toast

Hi my favorite readers! Who does not enjoy some delicious French toast every now and then? Did you know that you can add some pizzazz by having some wholegrain fiber? The whole grain not only adds some extra texture, but tastes good. How do you do this, you ask? I'm glad you asked...

Here's one of my newest recipes. It's quick, cheap and easy. Enjoy! I call it....

Oatilicious French Toast
serves 2

You will need:
2 aluminum pie pans
1 mixing utensil
1 frying pan
1 spatula

4-6 pieces of your favorite bread
1-2 eggs, depending upon your taste
¼ cup lowfat or fat-free milk, dairy or soy
¼ cup oat bran

Place the milk, eggs and cinnamon in one pie pan. Beat thoroughly. For extra taste, add in some nutmeg.

Place the oat bran in the other pie pan.

Heat the skillet until a drop of water starts bouncing. Add a little oil, if needed. You don't need the oil if you are using a nonstick skillet.

Dip the bread into the milk mixture.
Then, dip the bread slice into the oat bran. Turn and coat other side of bread.

Place bread into skillet and cook until lightly browned. Flip over when needed.

Remove and serve with fresh fruit, syrup, jam or any other favorite topping.

Leftovers can be kept in fridge for a couple of days.

This recipe is particularly delicious with pumpernickel bread. Experiment with your favorites!

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