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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 […]

Easter Special: The Art of Ukrainian Pysanky

March 21, 2016

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Tired of the same old boring Easter Eggs?  Check out the art of Ukrainian Pysanky at Ann Morasch’s site, LearnPysanky.com.  This is the best website I have yet seen explaining how to make these elaborate decorations, with a great FAQ section for all of your questions. Pysanky are not like our boring, yet generally edible, […]

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 […]

Natural Easter Egg Dyes!

March 30, 2015

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For anyone looking for something a little out of the ordinary, natural, and educational for this holiday weekend, consider experimenting with natural plant dyes for your Easter eggs!  Check out these websites and others for more ideas to put some extra fun and interest into your Easter activities. Here’s just one of many resources explaining […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Horsemeat Scandal in Britain: Why It Matters

February 25, 2013

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So some horsemeat found its way into “beef” products in Britain recently.  Investigations!  Scandals!  Arrests!  Why the uproar?  What’s the problem? Well, if the horses had been raised for meat and sold with a correct label, it shouldn’t have been a problem.  After all, horse is consumed in a number of countries.  When I traveled […]

The Modern Paradox: Cleaner and Better Fed = Sicker

January 24, 2013

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Well, here’s something interesting in the search for the causes of our present-day epidemic of obesity, not only in America but in many other developed countries, as well:  Nicholas Kristof, writing in The New York Times, notes a recent study on mice in which two genetically identical mice in identical environments and on the same […]

Dear Wendy’s, Where’s the Beef??

October 16, 2012

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Wendy’s, I hate to tell you this, but your “revamping” effort is focusing on all the wrong things. Wendy’s used to be one of my favorite fast-food places.  Those big, juicy, oddly square burgers individually assembled for each customer.  The thick fries, crispy outside and piping hot inside.  Those rich chocolate “Frosty” shakes.  I loved […]

Don’t Look Now, But the Nanny Government Just Grabbed Your Boob

August 6, 2012

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Oh, for cripes’ sake.  It just wasn’t enough that NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg had to put his hands all over people’s dinner plates by banning trans-fats in the city, then contemplating a salt ban, eliminating whole milk from schools, and then following that up with a proposal to limit the size of sweet beverages.  No, the […]

Chick-Fil-A Has a Right to Free Speech, But Not Freedom From Consequences

July 30, 2012

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Ironic, isn’t it?  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg won’t let you have your trans-fats or sugar, but you can still get your fast food fix from an anti-gay-marriage fast-food chain.  While the mayors of San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Washington DC have said that Chick-Fil-A, which actively opposes gay marriage, is not welcome in […]

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

July 27, 2012

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Once upon a time, not so very long ago, most families sat down every evening to some kind of home-cooked supper, because, well, that was pretty much the only way to get the evening meal.  Fast food didn’t really exist, or was not conveniently close.  Restaurants were expensive, slow, and required people to dress decently.  […]