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Joan Larsen’s Warm Welcome: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

November 22, 2017

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It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . .   A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!!       The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house   As the children […]

Dear H.B. Reese, What the Hell Happened to Your Peanut Butter Cups?

May 8, 2017

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Has anyone else out there noticed that Reese’s Cups – formerly one of the most perfect foods ever to grace the planet – have gone somewhat downhill over the past few years? Specifically, I have my doubts on just how much “peanut” is in these things lately. Peanut butter, in its purest form, is just […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

November 23, 2016

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It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . .   A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!!       The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house   As the children […]

In Honor of Columbus Day: That Yummy Columbian Exchange

October 10, 2016

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When I lived in Europe, I once had the chance to stay in one of the older homes in Zurich.  The keystone above the doorway was engraved with “1402.”  “Oh, was this house built in 1402?”  I asked, impressed with its age.  “No,” came the reply, “It was renovated in 1402.”  Wow!  As I lay […]

Food Pouches for Kids: Convenience, But At What Cost?

August 1, 2016

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Just this week, Hubby and Lila were at the grocery store and noted some intriguing ethnic meals packaged in pouches.  The idea is that you cut the pouch open, glop the contents over some rice or noodles, and microwave it.  We’re not much into convenience foods these days, but we are fans of spicy exotic […]

Commercial Food Production and Declining Food Values

July 25, 2016

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The latest:  in tomatoes, commercial breeders have selected varieties with a beautiful red skin to appeal to consumers.  Trouble is, the gene for that trait is linked to lower sugar production in the tomato, and thus, a lot less flavor.  You want great tomato flavor?  Buy the ugly varieties (I have noticed that the typically […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: Woolworth’s

July 11, 2016

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By Lauriate Roly I’ve been fortunate enough to have dined in some of the greatest restaurants. None sticks in my memory more than Woolworth’s. From where I worked to my night school classes was about two miles, and I would have to walk that distance, if I expected to use the money I had on […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

November 25, 2015

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It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . .   A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!!       The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house   As the children […]

Joan Larsen Shares: Amazing Food Art!

January 14, 2015

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  When I was a small child, I can remember “the vegetables” that were gathered in what seemed huge amounts on my plate. Like many of us in those early years, I “schemed” on how – that day – I was going to get rid of them — without actually swallowing the awful things. I […]

Dinner Movie Theater: Nothing Like Dinner Theater

December 19, 2014

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… and I didn’t even really like dinner theater, either. Lila does not often attend live theater, but way back in college, I had occasion to attend a dinner-theater production. It was a formal affair, with coats and ties and crisp tablecloths and candlelight, all very subdued to allow for almost full attention to the […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

November 26, 2014

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It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . .   A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!!       The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house   As the children […]

Dear H.B. Reese, What the Hell Happened to Your Peanut Butter Cups?

November 7, 2014

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Has anyone else out there noticed that Reese’s Cups – formerly one of the most perfect foods ever to grace the planet – have gone somewhat downhill over the past couple of years? Specifically, I have my doubts on just how much “peanut” is in these things lately. Peanut butter, in its purest form, is […]

The Benefits of Cutting Back on Dining Out

October 31, 2014

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Lila and Hubby recently took advantage of a long-languishing gift card for dinner and a movie. We figured we’d better use it up before it expired or we lost it or something. We intentionally chose a weekday on the theory that the theater and the restaurant might be less crowded. We were right about the […]

A Lila-Pause

June 20, 2014

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My more alert readers (more alert than I, to be sure), may have noticed my tardiness this Friday. Lila has been moving furniture all day in 95-degree heat (ah, yes, that is a story in itself), leaving her presently in a form very similar to a limp dishrag. Time for a Lila-Pause! Which reminds me:  […]

Feeding the World: Veggies Alone are NOT the Answer

May 23, 2014

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Instead of figuring out how to feed nine billion people in 2050, we should be figuring out how to not have nine billion in the first place. L.V.Anderson, writing for Slate magazine, conducts a sort of thought experiment: what if the whole world became vegetarian or vegan? What would this mean for the environment, for […]

Lila’s Olive and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

April 14, 2014

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All, if you love olives you will love this. (If not… meh, not so much). It’s also a pretty quick and easy recipe.   8 ounces of rotelle or rotini pasta 12 frozen pre-cooked meatballs of your choice Half an onion About half of a roasted red pepper, from a jar (I like Mezzetta) About […]

Lila’s Guilt-Free Hot Chocolate

March 31, 2014

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Chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon are all loaded with antioxidants and taste great, too.   Lila’s not usually one for hot drinks, but all this cold weather has had some influence.  Here’s a yummy hot chocolate that packs a lot of flavor into just about 100 calories.   Measure out 1 cup of skim milk and […]

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 28, 2013

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All, Happy Thanksgiving.  Joan Larsen forwarded this to me, and it seemed appropriate to the occasion… and very, very applicable to us today, perhaps even more than to the Americans of Washington’s era. For reading and reflection: Thanksgiving Proclamation President George Washington City of New York, October 3, 1789 Whereas it is the duty of […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Thanksgiving at the Lake House

November 27, 2013

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It’s Thanksgiving at the Lake House and the gathering of family is always equated to love overflowing and the feeling of closeness . . .   A warm welcome to our family Thanksgiving!!       The greatest fun is coming early and working together to make decorations for the house   As the children […]

Food Stamps: Example of a Lot That’s Wrong With Government Entitlements

October 17, 2013

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Government handouts of any kind should enable basic emergency survival only, nothing more. When we wrote about “Mountain Dew Mouth,” we touched briefly on one advocate’s efforts to ban the use of food stamps to buy sodas.  I agree, but not because of obesity or dental ramifications; what concerns me is that food stamps – […]

In Honor of Columbus Day: That Yummy Columbian Exchange

October 14, 2013

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When I lived in Europe, I once had the chance to stay in one of the older homes in Zurich.  The keystone above the doorway was engraved with “1402.”  “Oh, was this house built in 1402?”  I asked, impressed with its age.  “No,” came the reply, “It was renovated in 1402.”  Wow!  As I lay […]

Chicken Nuggets: “Parts is Parts”

October 10, 2013

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For the past few days, the headlines have been screaming about the content of fast-food chicken nuggets.  Ever wondered what’s in there?  Well, some enterprising scientists put some under the microscope to find out, and now we’re acting all surprised to find that the mysterious nuggets are less than half meat.  At least, what most […]

Is “Mountain Dew Mouth” Really Caused by Mountain Dew?

September 30, 2013

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First, sodas were blamed for the obesity epidemic.  Now, they’re being blamed for “Mountain Dew Mouth.”  I don’t entirely buy it. Priscilla Harris, of the Appalachian College of Law, has been battling excessive soda consumption in Appalachia since at least 2009, when she wrote a legal brief blaming the region’s poor dental health on sodas, […]

Disembodied Meat: Really, WHY?

August 9, 2013

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After some thought about it, I’m on the “con” side of lab-grown “cultured beef.”  At least for now. On Monday, there was a public taste-test of a $330,000, lab-grown, cultured beef burger.   By all accounts, it did not seem to be revolting, but it was also… lacking.  A little crunchy, a little bland, “almost” like […]

Market Day

July 25, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly Probably No Big Deal In NYC – But Amazing In Belleville. There were two things I wanted at the farmer’s market to-day, so I got up early to go there before the torrid zone heat set in again. I quickly found what I wanted: corn on the cob, and a watermelon. The […]

DC Council Kills the Goose

July 12, 2013

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Or, How the DC Council is Shooting its Poorest Residents in the Foot.  Hey, what do they care?  It’s not their foot. If you have not heard the story of The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs, here is the Cliffs Notes version:  Once upon a time, there was a dumbass who owned a wonderful […]

The Folly of GMOs is Becoming (More) Apparent

July 11, 2013

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Man-made evolution in the form of GMOs is driving natural evolution… and Nature is winning. Tom Philpott of Mother Jones is one of my favorite food journalists.  Not a “foodie” like we find on the Food Network; I mean he talks about food security, Big Agriculture, food-related laws, and global food production.  His latest, “Monsanto […]

When the Low is This Low, the Relationship Isn’t Worth It

July 8, 2013

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A man who throttles his wife in public during an argument can hardly claim he is not an abuser. Well, being rich and famous is no guarantee of domestic bliss.  The “Domestic Goddess,” celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, has just been served with divorce papers by her soon-to-be ex, art collector Charles Saatchi.  Elizabeth Sanderson’s article […]

The Problems With Saying Obesity Is a Disease

July 2, 2013

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Is it or isn’t it?  The American Medical Association and the general public are both sharply divided, but the hotly contested AMA decision to call obesity a “disease” will have far-reaching and as yet unforeseen consequences. As of yesterday, Medpage Today was running an informal survey asking “Is obesity a disease?”  Of 1729 votes when […]

More Misguided Food Fascism

July 1, 2013

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If policymakers were serious about tackling childhood obesity, they would fund our schools appropriately and get rid of the snack machines entirely. Here we go:  the USDA has for the first time issued restrictions on what sorts of snacks schools can sell,  according to Mary Claire Jalonick and Connie Cass for the Associated Press.  Vending […]

Remembering Woolworth’s

April 2, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly I’ve been fortunate enough to have dined in some of the greatest restaurants. None sticks in my memory more than Woolworth’s. From where I worked to my night school classes was about two miles, and I would have to walk that distance, if I expected to use the money I had on […]