Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays Internet!

Today is officially my last day in the office until next year and I've gotta admit, I need a break. A break from the emails, a break from the reports, a break from actually having to focus on anything for more than 20 minutes.

I plan on using the next week and a half to rejuvenate my mind, body and soul. I'll be making lots of healthy dishes for the holidays (of course, with my favorite ingredient, margarine), exercising, reading and logging lots of snoozing hours.

I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Please take the time to smile at just one person you don't know or commit one small act of kindness for someone else today. After all, isn't that what the season is really about?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Allergies Abound

Hey all, so sorry for the lack of posts lately. I am battling a major sinus infection all the while my allergies are going crrrrrazy!!! I sound like Elmer Fudd and look like Santa Claus with his cherry red nose.

I promise, promise I've got some yummy content in store for you tomorrow. For now, all I've got for you is a runny nose and Kleenex in every crevice of my apartment. I really should consider buying stock in Kleenex.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Soft Margarine vs. Butter? The Choice is Simple

An article from the Statesman-Journal recently described the debate of margarine vs. butter as ongoing and inconclusive. What?!!!! I think not.

The article is actually a pretty good one, noting that soft margarines contain less saturated fat and have less trans fat than they used to. However, the author later indicates that the trans fat found in butter is more beneficial to one's health than the minuscule amount of trans fat found in some buttery spreads because the trans fat in butter is natural.

I can understand the confusion when so many health experts out there tell you to do this and then the next expert comes out and says, "No, do this instead."

Scientific studies have proven time and time again that saturated fat is BAD. I'm talking artery-clogging, heart attack bad. Soft margarine products have much less saturated fat than butter.

It's pretty folks, go for the margarine you find in the tub.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Spiced Beef Stew

As I noted yesterday on Twitter (follow me!), cold weather always makes me crave some steaming beef stew...with margarine, duh! This recipe tastes even better a few days later.

Spiced Beef Stew

1/4 cup margarine
2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
1 cup beer
1 onion, sliced into thin rings
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 (15 ounce) can mixed vegetables, drained

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 C).
2.In Dutch oven over medium-high heat, melt butter or margarine. Cook beef in two batches until browned, stirring often. Remove beef from Dutch oven and set aside. Stir in flour.
3.Add broth, beer, onion, garlic, brown sugar, thyme and bay leaf. Heat to boil. Return beef to dish. Cover and bake at 350 degree F(175 C) for 1 1/2 hours.
4.Add mixed vegetables. Cover and bake for 1 hour, or until beef is done. Remove bay leaf and serve.