Thursday, May 24, 2007

Snopes.com Debunks Margarine Myths

Snopes.com is one of my favorite Web sites out there. If you haven’t heard of it, basically it’s a Web site that debunks common myths. For example, will eating pop rocks and soda at the same time make your stomach explode? Or, will a tooth left in a glass of soda dissolve overnight?

Snopes.com debunks myths of all kind from fraud to old wives’ tales to food myths. They have an entry on the email circulating about margarine. This email contains a significant amount of misinformation, specifically that margarine was made as a turkey fattener and that it is one molecule away from plastic.

Check out what Snopes.com has to say about this myth.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Chocolate Rapsberry Spriz

The combination of raspberry and chocolate is definitely one of my favorites. This recipe is really simple to make, even for a beginner baker. I don't consider myself to be a good baker so if I can make this, you can too!!!

Chocolate Raspberry Spritz*

Instructions:
Yield: 96 servings
1½ Foil-wrapped bars nestle; Bars (3 oz)
¾ cups margarine
1 cups Sugar
½ teaspoon Salt
1 Egg
½ cups Raspberry preserves
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
3 cups All-purpose flour
1 package Nestle tollhouse Morsels (9 oz)

Preheat oven to 350'F. In small saucepan over low heat, melt Nestle unsweetened. In large mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar and salt until creamy. Blend in egg. Bake 8-10 minutes until set. Let stand 1 minute. Remove from cookie sheets.

Makes 8 dozen cookies.

Your Chocolate Raspberry Spritz is ready. Good luck!

*** Recipe courtesy of recipeforall.com

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A Soggy Disposition

I really do love the spring but I’ve got to say that all of this pollen is for the birds…or for the bees I guess. I have been a total grouch at work this week and I think people are ready to call mutiny.

Let me explain. I’m one of those people that needs their eight hours of sleep every night, must eat properly and exercise on a regular basis. Yes, one of the reasons is to maintain the all-important heart health but the other is so that I don’t rage like a total psychopath.

One misstep from my routine and my whole body is thrown off. I haven’t been sleeping well due to my allergies and in turn, haven’t been able to get up and exercise in the mornings. This leads to poor eating habits, which in turn, creates a monster. I yell at people who don’t deserve it, I’m not as productive at work and my head pounds like there’s a little elf with a hammer inside of it all day long.

In order to try to combat my foul mood I made sure to allot plenty of quality sleeping time last night. Luckily, the pollen was a bit better and I finally had the energy to get my lazy body out of bed to exercise this morning. For breakfast, I had a sesame bagel with margarine and low fat cream cheese topped with slices of fresh tomato. It was scrumptious and heart healthy!

Starting today I’m going to stop feeling sorry for myself and get up and do something about my soggy disposition.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Did You Know?

In 1902, 32 states and 80% of the U.S. population lived under margarine color bans. While the Supreme Court upheld such bans, it did strike down forced coloration (pink) which had begun in an effort to get around the ban on yellow coloring. During this period coloring in the home began, with purveyors providing capsules of food coloring to be kneaded into the margarine. This practice continued through World War II.

Amendments to the Federal Margarine Act raised the tax on colored margarine five-fold, but decreased licensing fees for white margarine. But demand for colored margarine remained so strong, that bootleg colored margarine flourished.