Thursday, October 23, 2008

Your Questions Answered: Butter or Margarine?

The name of my blog, I Heart Margarine, gives most of my readers a pretty good indication that I would obviously choose margarine over butter. But, many people send me emails asking, "Why?" Well, let me tell you exactly why I, and most health organizations, believe everyone should choose margarine over butter:

  • Butter contains two cholesterol-raising ingredients: dietary cholesterol and saturated fat.
  • Because butter is high in saturated fat, this increases levels of LDL or the "bad" cholesterol.
  • By substituting a margarine product for butter over a week’s time, you can save yourself a whole day’s worth of saturated fat.
  • Research continues to clearly show that margarine products are the best choice of tablespreads when it comes to biomarkers related to heart health.
  • Margarine, in conjunction with an overall healthy diet, can benefit people on a low cholesterol diet.

In my opinion, it's very clear that margarine is the clear winner here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Turning 26 Has Never Felt This Good

Today is my 26th birthday (getting old, huh?) so I've decided to take the day to do whatever it is that I want. Sure, I've got mountains of work that needs to get done first but once all of that is complete, it's fun Emma time! Here's what I'm hoping to do today:

  • Have lunch with an old friend I haven't seen since high school
  • Hit the gym to burn off the calories I'll be eating later tonight
  • Get a massage
  • Take my dogs to the park
  • Enjoy drinks and a nice dinner with a group of my closest friends

All in all, it sounds like a pretty fantastic day to me. I'm off to tackle one of the 8 million items I need to do for work but then it's play time! Won't you join me?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chocolate Sin Raspberry Truffle Brownies

I’m licking my lips at the thought of making this recipe. Today is a very, dreary day in Houston, TX so I plan to spend it trying to make some of the recipes I’ve had on my “to-do” list for months now. This will definitely be one of them!

Chocolate Sin Raspberry Truffle Brownies

Yield: 9 Servings
1½ cups Semisweet chocolate chips
½ cups Margarine
¾ cups Brown sugar
2 lg Eggs
1 teaspoon Instant coffee; crystals
2 tablespoon Water
½ teaspoon Baking powder
¾ cups All-purpose flour
Raspberry truffle filling:
1 cups Semisweet chocolate chips
¼ teaspoon Instant coffee; crystals
1 package Cream cheese; 8 oz
¼ cups Powdered sugar
1/3 cups Seedless red raspberry
¼ cups Semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon Shortening

Brownies: In saucepan over low heat, melt morsels and margarine; cool slightly. In large mixing bowl, beat sugar and eggs. Add chocolate mixtur and coffee dissolved in water. Mix well. Stir in baking powder and flour; blend well. Spread in greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 350^ for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick tests clean.

Raspberry Truffle Filling: Melt chocolate with coffee in pan over low heat Set aside. In small mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese until fluffy; add powdered sugar and preserves. Beat until fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate mixture until well blended. Spread over cooled browned layer.

Glaze: In small saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and shortening. Drizzle over truffle layer. Chill 1-2 hours. Cut into bars. ~Diana Rattray

Your Chocolate Sin Raspberry Truffle Brownies is ready. Good luck

Friday, October 10, 2008

Margarine Brings One Couple Millions

You know the phrase, "out of something bad often comes something good?" Well, a couple in New Zealand is living proof of that! According to this article, a New Zealand man (name not identified) went to the supermarket in search of a special the store was running on margarine. Much to his dismay, by the time the man arrived at the store, the margarine special was over. Feeling rather disgruntled at missing the margarine special, the man decided to buy a Big Wednesday lottery ticket. He thought nothing of it and returned home to report to his wife that he did not make the margarine special. A few days later the couple was reading the newspaper and discovered they had won "a first division prize package worth $2,997,140 made up of $2 million cash, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, an Audi Q7, a $250,000 American Express platinum card, a $250,000 luxury travel package and a Rayglass Legend 2500 Boat." Now if that's not a reward for missing out on the margarine than I don't know what is.

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy weekend! I'm off to Dallas for the state fair and TX vs. OU game. Hook em horns!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Margarine FAQ

Here's a little margarine FAQ that I've been asked a couple of times. This answer comes from Chef Richard Erskine.

Q: Does whipped margarine weigh as much as regular margarine?

A: Whipped margarine has air whipped into it, so the volume of whipped margarine will be more than un-whipped margarine. But one pound of whipped margarine weighs the same as one pound of margarine solids.

There's your margarine trivia for the day. I'll be back tomorrow with a delicious recipe for Chicken and Black Bean soup that I've been eating literally ALL week. Salud!