Monday, December 22, 2008

Outdated Laws, Gotta Love 'Em!

As promised, here are some other weird, outdated laws that still exist today:

In Texas, you can't carry a concealed ice cream cone.

In Baltimore, you can't take a lion to the theater.

In St. Louis, you can't sit on a curb and drink beer from a bucket.

In Gary, Ind., don't go out in public four hours after eating garlic. It's a public health issue, you know.

Don't speak English in Illinois. "American" is the official language.

Happy holidays people!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Missouri Lawmaker Hopes to End Ban on Yellow Margarine

This article made me chuckle. There are so many crazy laws esblished many years ago (like the example below) that need to be thrown in the trashcan.

"Southwest Missouri lawmaker wants to end a state ban on yellow margarine that hasn't been enforced in years.

Rep. Sara Lampe said Tuesday she plans to file legislation repealing the state's ban on yellow-tinted imitation butter and the other restrictions imposed on the sale, possession or shipment of substitute sandwich spread that is a different hue.

Most of Missouri's butter restrictions date to 1895 and they were last amended in 1939. Although the state no longer enforces its restrictions on imitation butter, the penalties for dealers in contraband dairy product still apply: up to a month in jail and a $100 fine for first-time butter offenders and six months in jail and a $500 fine for repeat offenders.

Enforcement of the law falls to the Agriculture Department, and officials there didn't know when someone was last prosecuted under it. Case records from the late 19th and early 20th century show that Missouri courts upheld the constitutionality of the restrictions in several appeals.
Agriculture Department spokeswoman Misti Preston said it's likely that the Legislature restricted margarine and other imitation butter products to protect Missouri's dairy industry, which was a key business for the state in the early 20th century.

Lampe, D-Springfield, said she intends to keep on the books the existing definition for imitation butter and the prohibition against selling the substitute as real butter. Eliminating those provisions could allow for products to be advertised as butter when they are not, she said.
The 2009 legislative session starts in January, and it is common for lawmakers to announce plans for new laws and constitutional amendments in the weeks before it starts. It's less often that a legislator suggests removing a law that already exists.

Lampe, who likened the butter repeal to cleaning out a closet, said she decided to look for a law that could be removed after asking constituents' ideas on new legislation.

There are things in your closet that you don't wear, and it's important to clean that out so that you know what's there and know what's necessary," Lampe said.

The number of state laws can be intimidating, she said, so it makes sense to pare them down where possible. She said she plans to direct her staff to look for other laws that could be stripped.
Missouri's statutes are broken into more than 700 chapters, contained within 15 volumes and four supplements. The indexes make up an additional six volumes. The butter law is only a tiny portion of a single chapter."

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Onion-Cheddar Bread

Orange juice is a surprising ingredient in this yummy bread. The reason I love this recipe so much is because it's one of the few that doesn't require a breadmaker.

Onion-Cheddar Bread Instructions:
Yield: 4 servings
2½ cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 package Active Dry Yeast
1/3 cups Warm Water (110-115 Degrees)
½ cups Orange Juice ½ cups Water
2 tablespoon Margarine *
1 Env. Onion Soup Mix
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
5 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
* Margarine should be cut into small pieces.

In medium bowl, combine flours and set aside. In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add orange juice, water, butter, onion recipe soup mix, sugar, salt, and 2 cups flour mixture. Mix until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour mixture until soft dough is formed and it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn dough onto lightly floured board, then knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Punch down dough, then turn onto lightly floured board. Press into 10 x 8-inch rectangle; top with 1 cup cheese. roll, starting at 8-inch side, jelly-roll style; pinch ends to seal. Place in 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan, seam side down. Brush with melted butter, then top with remaining cheese. Bake 45 minutes or until bread sound hollow when tapped. Remove to wire rack and cool completely before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Up, Up, and Away!

Hey guys! This past month has been absolutely insane and I’m more than happy to say things are finally calming down…only to start back up again for the holidays. Needless to say, I’ve decided nt to make the huge move to NYC and to remain in Houston, TX with my family, friends and boyfriend. It was a huge decision but in the end, I’m so incredibly happy I made it. Emma here doesn’t do too well being a “cold and broke” kind of girl. I’m much more of a “warm and shopping” kind of gal.

No worries though, I can still deliver you the latest and greatest news related to heart healthy, healthy living and of course my mainstay, margarine! Be on the lookout in coming weeks for lots of updates, delicious recipes and ways to improve your way of living.

Monday, December 01, 2008

I Am One Stuffed Bird

I don't know about you guys but wow, did I stuff myself last week! I just looked down at my stomach and there's a pooch there that I'm 99.9% positive wasn't there before Thursday. Welllll, okay maybe it was there but certainly not as prominent! I'm happy to report that my infamous mashed potatoes, which happen to be fairly healthy by using skim milk and light margarine spread and low-fat cheese, were a huge hit this year. Mashed potatoes are a staple in my house for Thanksgiving and this year was no exception. I made almost five pounds worth of mashed potatoes. Talk about some major carb overload!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Turkey Day and tis the season to be jolly (and fat but who's counting?).