Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Burger Ban Bombs in My Book

Trying saying that headline five times quickly!

I thought this news story was rather interesting and I’m curious to know what others think. In light of the childhood obesity epidemic, San Jose, CA, is considering imposing a one-year moratorium on new fast food restaurants in the area, citing the claim that it is the fast-food establishments that are significantly contributing to childhood obesity rates.

However, the California Restaurant Association has different sentiments, “We just feel that banning one type of restaurant . . . is not the answer to a healthy California," said Lara Diaz Dunbar, the association spokeswoman.

I tend to agree. Banning one kind of food will not only do absolutely nothing to solve the problem, it will make children only want more of this mysterious, forbidden type of food. Instead, and of course this is only my opinion, we should focus on teaching kids to eat in moderation and incorporate all foods into a healthy eating plan.

Anyways, I just thought this was an unusual and controversial approach to solve our “weighty” problems here in the States. What do you think?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"Glazed" Out of Sight

I don't know what it is about the word "glaze" that conjurs up memories from my childhood. Maybe it was the warm cinnamon rolls "glazed" with frosting and fresh out of the oven after school. Or, my grandmother's infamous raisin bread "glazed" with a cinnamon sauce she rbought every holiday. Whatever it is, if you glaze it, I will be waiting with a hungry stomach, licking my lips. Here's a recipe for Glazed Lemon Bread that's sure to satisfy.

Ingredients:
For the bread:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup whole milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted stick margarine

For the glaze:
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar

Directions:
To prepare bread: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, salt, sugar, lemon zest and baking powder in a bowl. Add milk, eggs and butter and stir until batter is well blended. Coat a 9-by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, then pour in the batter. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not remove the bread from the pan.
To prepare glaze: While the bread is baking, stir the lemon juice and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved.

After removing the bread from the oven, use a toothpick to poke holes in the top of the bread while it's still hot. Baste top with glaze several times. Allow time between basting for glaze to set. This will take about 1 hour.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pura Vida en Costa Rica!

Wow, it feels like it's been ages since I last blogged! I just got back from Costa Rica yesterday after a weeklong vacation and I've gotta say, I wish I was still there! The people of Costa Rica are wonderful - very welcoming, open to new cultures and more than happy to help in any way possible. Plus, they helped me brush up on my basic Spanish, which really need some work!

The motto for the country of Costa Rica is "Pura Vida." Translated literally in Spanish it means "pure life" but Costa Ricans use it to mean anything from hello to thank you to your welcome to long time, no see. It's their favorite phrase and it represents the notion of not worrying about the small stuff and enjoying life everyday. They love their lives' because they realize that's really all one has.

So, pura vida to all!