Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Here are a couple of silly Halloween jokes to brighten your day!

What do ghost add to their morning cereal?
Booberries!

What’s a vampire’s favorite sport?
Casketball!

What is Dracula’s favorite kind of coffee?
Decoffinated.

Where do ghosts mail their letters?
At the ghost office

What is a ghost favorite article of clothing?
Boojeans

I know, I know, they are super cheesy but isn’t that what Halloween’s all about?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

Who doesn’t love ice cream? I mean really, without ice cream my life would be filled with an empty void. Everyone’s got a favorite kind of ice cream. My mom loves plain old vanilla while my dad prefers mint chocolate chip. Me, I adore cookies and cream!

This cookies and cream cheesecake is great to serve at parties because its appearance is posh enough to impress even the snobbiest of guests. However, it often brings out the youthful side of people once they realize the desert tastes like cookies and cream ice cream. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser!

Cookies And Cream Cheesecake
Instructions:

Yield: 8 servings
2 cups Cream-filled Cookies *
6 tablespoon Margarine, Softened
1 Envelope Unflavored Gelatin
¼ cups Cold Water
8 oz Cream Cheese Softened
½ cups Sugar
¾ cups Milk
1 cups Whipping Cream, Whipped
1¼ cups Cream-filled Cookies **
* The cookies (24) should be chocolate cream filled cookies and be
to as fine as can be done.
** These cookies should be chocolate cream-filled cookies and should be
coarsely chopped.


Combine cookie crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9-inch spring form pan. Soften gelatin in water; stir over low heat until dissolved. Combine cream cheese and sugar, mixing at medium speed on an electric mixer until well-blended Gradually add gelatin mixture and milk, mixing until well blended. Chill until mixture is thickened but not set. Fold in whipped cream. Reserve 1½ C cream cheese mixture; pour remaining cream cheese mixture over crust. Top with cookies and reserved cream cheese mixture. Chill until firm.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake

Who doesn’t love ice cream? I mean really, without ice cream my life would be filled with an empty void. Everyone’s got a favorite kind of ice cream. My mom loves plain old vanilla while my dad prefers mint chocolate chip. Me, I adore cookies and cream!

This cookies and cream cheesecake is great to serve at parties because its appearance is posh enough to impress even the snobbiest of guests. However, it often brings out the youthful side of people once they realize the desert tastes like cookies and cream ice cream. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser!

Cookies And Cream Cheesecake
Instructions:

Yield: 8 servings
2 cups Cream-filled Cookies *
6 tablespoon Margarine, Softened
1 Envelope Unflavored Gelatin
¼ cups Cold Water
8 oz Cream Cheese Softened
½ cups Sugar
¾ cups Milk
1 cups Whipping Cream, Whipped
1¼ cups Cream-filled Cookies **
* The cookies (24) should be chocolate cream filled cookies and be
to as fine as can be done.
** These cookies should be chocolate cream-filled cookies and should be
coarsely chopped.

Combine cookie crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9-inch spring form pan. Soften gelatin in water; stir over low heat until dissolved. Combine cream cheese and sugar, mixing at medium speed on an electric mixer until well-blended Gradually add gelatin mixture and milk, mixing until well blended. Chill until mixture is thickened but not set. Fold in whipped cream. Reserve 1½ C cream cheese mixture; pour remaining cream cheese mixture over crust. Top with cookies and reserved cream cheese mixture. Chill until firm.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Can I Take a Vacation From My Vacation?

Phew!!! I had forgotten just how exhausting vacations can be. Between the packing and unpacking, traveling to and from the airport and waiting in ridiculously long lines while actually at the airport, I'm tuckered out!

My trip was wonderful and thank you for all of the birthday wishes. Much fun was had, lots of money was spent and way too much food was consumed. I was pleasantly surprised to see that all of the restuarants I dined at served margarine instead of butter. Perhaps it's because New York City recently banned trans fats at all restuarants.

As I've told you time and time again, most margarines today are low in trans fat and many of them are trans fat free!

I will fill you in more on my adventures in New York but first I've got to take a nap!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!

It’s hard to believe it but my 25th birthday is finally almost here. To celebrate this momentous occasion (ha!) I’m heading to New York City for a couple of days to visit a friend. This will be a much-needed break from a stressful couple of weeks.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I won’t be posting while I’m gone (wipe those tears) but I’ll give you an update on my trip upon my return.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Myth: Margarine is One Molecule Away From Plastic

I get emails from people about this topic all of the time so I will continue to post articles that address the myth that margarine is one molecule away from plastic. Here’s one reporter from the Montreal Gazette’s explanation of the myth:

This is no joke!" As soon as I see that phrase pop up in an email, I know what's coming. I'm going to be warned about some nasty substance that is unravelling the very fabric of society. Like margarine. It is "one molecule away from plastic," a widely circulating email proclaims.

Even flies are smart enough to stay away from it. We also have to be on the lookout for mouldy pancake mix, which apparently is lying in wait to kill us. Sodium benzoate, a common preservative, can trigger Parkinson's disease. And the MMR vaccine for children? Trading in mumps, measles or rubella for autism is not an attractive proposition.

These warnings, often forwarded by good Samaritans looking out for our welfare, are generally based on some sort of misinterpretation of scientific research. But not always. Margarine being "one molecule away from plastic" is just plain nonsense. Plastics are composed of long molecules called polymers, while margarine is a blend of fats and water. There is no chemical similarity between the two. In any case, being "one molecule away" is a totally meaningless expression.

Substances are made of molecules, which in turn are composed of atoms joined together in a specific pattern. I suppose one might say that hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, is one atom away from water, H2O, but even this is meaningless. That extra oxygen atom changes the properties of the substance dramatically. Stick your finger into a bottle of pure hydrogen peroxide and you will quickly experience the effect of that extra oxygen.

Even if margarine had some chemical similarity to plastic, which it does not, its properties could still be dramatically different. Slight alterations in molecular structure can account for very significant changes in properties. As far as flies staying away from margarine goes, I have yet to see a study confirming the allegation. In any case, our dietary decisions should not be based on the dining habits of flies

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Bad Marriage May Kill You

New research from the University College of London indicates a bad marriage might actually kill you! A study of more than 9,000 people revealed those with the worst marriages were 34 percent more likely to have heart attacks or other heart problems than those with good marriages.

“What we add here is that, ‘OK, being married is in general good, but be careful about the kind of person you have married.’ The quality of the relationship matters,” said lead author Roberto De Vogli.

To me, it’s kind of common sense that one would be “careful about the kind of person you have married.” You’re not going to marry someone you think will cause you stress, anxiety and sadness, right? I would certainly hope not!

This study is just further proof to me that the people should truly make sure that they person they marry is the right one. If you’re with someone that might actually increase your risk for heart disease, it’s probable to say they aren’t the right one. Talk about dying for the one you love – WOW!!!

By the way, Congrats to Kim who recently married someone she knows won't increase her risk for heart disease!!! Best of luck to you both!

Monday, October 08, 2007

What's Your Exercise Strategy?

Phew! I am exhausted today. As part of my daily routine, I have been forcing myself to get up and hit the gym before work. Many people think I’m crazy to wake up at 4:45 in the morning and go run on the treadmill. However, I learned long ago that after work there is no way I would ever make it to the gym. I’m exhausted and the last thing I want to do is go exercise. As the clock hits five, I can practically hear my couch calling my name.

Each person must assess their own habits and find a fitness routine that works best for them. Some people are like me and prefer to get it out of the way in the morning. I find that by starting my day with exercise, I’m more likely to continue my healthy habits throughout the day. It helps me make better eating choices and I have more energy to keep me going all day long.

Others feel that a good workout after a long strenuous day is just what the doctor ordered. Breaking a sweat and relieving tension after a workday helps many people leave the stress of the office behind and sleep better at night.

And yet others have different routines such as working out during their lunch break or breaking the exercise into small increments throughout the day. Some people can't stand the thought of the gym and take their exercise outdoors.

Whatever method you prefer, be sure you’re getting some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes five times a week.

Happy Monday everyone!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Garlic Parmesan Pasta

I am a total carb lover and pasta is by far my favorite carb to indulge in. This recipe is easy (as are all the recipes I post on my blog) and hey, anything with garlic is sure to come out delicious, right?!

Garlic Parmesan Pasta
Instructions:

Yield: 4 servings
½ cups Margarine
2 teaspoon Dried Basil; Crushed
2 teaspoon Lemon Juice
1¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder W/Parsley
¾ teaspoon Seasoned Salt
8 oz Fettuccine; Cooked & Drained
1½ cups Broccoli Floweretts; Cooked
3 tablespoon Walnuts; Chopped
½ cups Parmesan Or Romano Cheese

Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the basil, lemon juice, garlic powder and seasoned salt, blending well. Add the fettuccine, broccoli, walnuts and parmesan cheese, blending well and tossing to coat the fettuccine.

PRESENTATION:

Serve with a fresh spinach salad.

Your Garlic Parmesan Pasta is ready. Bon appetit!