Thursday, August 30, 2007

Marshmallow Fudge

Lately I've been really into baking. Granted, I'm no Betty Crocker but this Marshmallow Fudge is right up my ally. Even the novice baker could manage it and it really satisfies those chocolate cravings I often seem to have.

Marshmallow Fudge



Instructions:
Yield: 36 servings

1 package Marshmallows (12oz)
1 package Chocolate bits (12oz)
4½ cups Sugar
2 Hershey milk choc bars
1 can Evaporated Milk
½ lb Margarine
2 cups Nuts
1½ teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:
Boil sugar and milk for 12 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour over other ingredients in large bowl, stir until chocolate and marshmellows are dissolved. Add vanilla and nuts, then pour into greased pan.

From the Kitchen of: Mary Jacobson

Your Marshmallow Fudge is ready. Happy cooking!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Many Teens with High Blood Pressure Undiagnosed

Here's an interesting little tidbit...

High blood pressure among children and teens is becoming increasingly prevalent yet is often undiagnosed, suggests a study published in the August 22nd issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is commonly linked to such diseases as juvenile diabetes, kidney disease or heart disease. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland examined the medical records of more than 14,000 children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 and found that of the 507 cases of high blood pressure identified by the researchers, nearly three quarters of that group had not been diagnosed. “If abnormal blood pressure is not identified by a patient’s pediatric clinician, it may be years before the abnormal blood pressure is detected, leading to end-organ damage,” noted the researchers. However, lead researcher Dr. Matthew Hansen and his team offer a possible solution to the problem – hospitals should implement a computer program designed to automatically identify high blood pressure in children based on previous blood pressure readings and patient age, sex and height.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Movin' On Up

I’m moving! Technically speaking I’m only moving about ten minutes away from where I currently live but it will feel like miles away.

My three roommates (count ‘em – three) and I will be moving into a deliciously beautiful house in the Virginia Highlands area in just a few short weeks. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Virginia Highlands, it’s a great part of Atlanta filled with eclectic shops, quaint restaurants and hopping bars. Technically there are six parts, or “villages” in Virginia Highlands, each with its own personality. It’s my favorite area of Atlanta and I’m delighted to be moving there.

After I got over the pure glee of moving, I suddenly remembered something – I abhor moving!!! I hate packing up the loads of crap I’ve accumulated in the past couple of years, dealing with movers, the hard labor and the general pain in the butt process it takes moving into a new place.

So while I’m still excited about my soon-to-be new home I’m dreading all of the miserable details in between. These are the times I wish I was still in college where a simple call to Mom and Dad would remedy the problem. They would be over here in a jiffy for fear that I would mess something up if left to my own devices, which was a completely rational fear for them to have.

This time around they’ve offered to help – at a distance. They will offer insight, advice and listen to me moan and groan but they won’t be lifting a finger. Sigh…

Updates soon to come.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Margarine vs. Butter

This is a really great article on the debate between margarine vs. butter and margarine is the clear winner. Sorry for the short post – I’m so busy today!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Margarine Spill Causes Traffic Jam

I never knew that margarine had the ability to cause a major traffic problem? According to an article from Stuff.co.nz, a truck carrying a load of margarine accidentally spilled its contents on a frequently traveled road in Melbourne.

According to the article, “Workers are at the scene, along with the fire brigade, ambulance, police and two heavy-haulage tow-trucks.” All of the margarine must be removed by hand so it’s a very tedious process.

Who knew my favorite heart healthy spread could cause such a raucous!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Delicious Sirloin Burgers with Tomato Corn Salsa

Annie, over at Mixed Salad Annie, recently made history on her blog and posted her first burger recipe. I often check out her site because she always provides delicious yet fairly simple recipes. Being that I'm not the best cook in the world, I absolutely adore her recipes.

I try to incorporate a little red meat into my diet. One, because every once in a while I crave some read meat. And two, because a little red meat can actually be good for you. Just remember, all things in moderation. Here's her recipe for Sirloin Burgers with Tomato Corn Salsa. Enjoy~

Sirloin Burgers with Tomato Corn Salsa
Salsa:12 cherry tomatoes, finely chopped (I used 1 large organic field tomatoes)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning
1/2 cup cooked fresh corn or thawed frozen corn kernels (I used fresh)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves (I used my own grown Italian parsley)
2 teaspoons olive oil
Additional kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Burgers:
4 - 1/4 pound 93% lean sirloin burgers
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon grill seasoning
Dash of kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

To make the salsa: Toss the tomatoes with the salt and drain in a colander for 15 minutes. Combine the tomatoes, corn, lime juice, garlic, cilantro/parsley, and olive oil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss well.

To make the burgers: Preheat the oven broiler. Season the burgers with the the grill seasoning and salt and pepper. Spray a foil lined baking sheet with the cooking spray and place the burgers on it. Cook for about 3 minutes per side for medium well or to your liking.
Top with salsa and serve immediately.



Mixed Salad Annie

Thursday, August 09, 2007

S-S-S-Stress

Yeah, I don't know what's up with the weird headline of my blog entry - my brain is fried today and I couldn't come up with anything.

Lately I have been stressed with a capital “S.” My job, which I truly love, has been a little crazy and I’m starting to feel its effects, both emotionally and physically.

Yesterday I noticed that my insatiable appetite for all things chocolate had suddenly begun to wane. WHOA!! This is warning sign that something in my life is just not right. Chocolate is an integral part of my everyday life and when I turn it down, I know something is amiss.

Then last night although I was exhausted I tossed and turned all night. The thoughts in my head simply would not turn off no matter how hard I tried. Even my beloved sleep prescription of hot chocolate and an awesomely bad cheesy movie didn’t even do the trick. Sigh…

Today I’m irritable, worn out and just plain tired. I’ve been doing fairly with my eating habits (incorporating margarine into my diet whenever I can, of course!) and I’ve been working out in the morning before work.

To help combat my stress I’m thinking I will now try taking up yoga, which is rumored to help reduce stress by calming the body and mind. I’ll keep you updated as to how it goes.

It’s almost Friday everybody – hang in there!

Monday, August 06, 2007

I Heart Margarine Receives Web Award!

I just found out that my blog was chosen as one of MyHeartCentral.com’s Top Sites. According to their Web site,

“Our 2007 Top Site winners include small websites and individual blogs and were chosen based on their candid and informative content. In giving these awards, we hope to recognize the individuals and organizations who share our vision in providing comprehensive, interactive and vital information on living with heart disease.”

This is very exciting news for me as the purpose in starting in this blog was to provide information about heart disease and how everyone can live a heart healthier life. Thanks so much MyHeartCentral.com!

If you would like to check out the other heart health winners, please visit: http://www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/top-sites.html.