Archive for July, 2011

Happy Meals “Healthy” Upgrade

July 28, 2011

McDonalds is rolling out supposedly healthy changes to its kid’s Happy Meals. In addition to reducing the portion size of the fries and soda, they are adding fruit, sans the caramel (high fructose corn syrup) dipping sauce along with the requisite plastic toy. A step in the right direction perhaps, but a very small one at that. I think comedian Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers21)  summed it up best on Twitter, when he said: “..the nutritional term for the new fruit in Happy Meals is “virgin in a whorehouse“. Do we really believe that adding a couple of apple slices to a meal that is high in fat and calories and low in nutritional value makes it healthy?

photo + analysis via The New York Times

A Long Time Coming

July 26, 2011

I couldn’t resist posting this photo of the elderly couple who was the first to marry yesterday, when same sex couples were allowed to legally wed in New York. Clearly, this was a long time coming for these ladies, who are 76 and 84 years old respectively. Congratulations to all and may we look forward to a day when we refer to gay marriage as just “a wedding”!

Sites We Love

July 18, 2011

We just stumbled upon this, and we are already obsessed!

A new internet start up features hand picked recipe ideas based on your favorite ingredients, what’s in the fridge, or what you are craving. Gojee, the brainchild of entreprenuer Mike Lavelle, creates personalized menus and shopping lists from the scores of recipes supplied by their contributors. Gorgeous photos provide inspiration and hunger! Check out the site and enjoy!


Unrecipe of the Week

July 13, 2011

This week, I have been making lettuce-less salads for lunch. So far, this is my favorite:

 Cucumber Salad with Mint and Tomatoes

Chop ½ a cucumber, 2 small stalks of celery and a small tomato.

Add a handful of chopped parsely and fresh mint leaves.

Mix in ½ cup beans and 1/8 cup feta cheese crumbles.

Drizzle with olive oil and the juice of one lime.

Season with  sea salt and pepper.

Toss and enjoy!

photo: Glasshouse Images

In partnership with Glasshouse Images

Inspector Gadget

July 11, 2011

The aisles of retail stores are filled with a plethora of kitchen gadgets that are supposed to make our time in the kitchen easier. The truth is, most of them are just making our wallets lighter, and our landfills full of useless plastic. Once you have a well stocked kitchen with the critical appliances (food processor and stand mixer) and tools,( great knives, tongs etc.) not much else is necessary.

There are however, a few things that have become my “go-to“ kitchen tools of choice, enabling me to do things more effortlessly.

Immersion Blender:

This  hand-held stick blender can be inserted right into the pot to blend sauces, puree soups or mash potatoes. It is easy to clean, and eliminates the need to transfer heavy pots of hot liquid into the blender to puree. Simple vegetable soups can be whipped up in no time, with very little mess.

Microplane Graters:

These long narrow graters are hand-held and easy to navigate around the curves of fruits and vegetables. Zesting citrus has never been simpler!

Levered Citrus Juicer:

This hand-held tool allows you to easily squeeze ½ a lemon, lime or orange right into the pan or bowl, while straining out the pulp and seeds. Great for simple salad dressings and sauces! It’s simple, low tech and “easy ,peazy lemon squeezy“ to clean.

Spring Loaded Scoops:

These scoops are for lots more than ice cream! Use a small one for dropping uniform dollops of cookie dough, and a larger one for filling muffin or cupcake tins.

What are some of your favorite kitchen tools that you can’t live without?

Photos: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Images

Big Deal

July 7, 2011

Donna Simpson, the world’s heaviest woman ever to give birth is now trying to gain weight in order to claim the Guinness Book of World Record’s title of “most obese woman“.

Currently weighing in at 700 pounds, the single mother of two is working towards her goal weight of 1008 pounds!

Her 4 year old daughter, who was delivered by a high risk c-section performed by a team of 30 doctors, is helping her sustain a 15,000 calorie per day diet.

A typical menu for Simpson might contain “4 burgers and fries, a loaf of bread with peanut butter and jam, 4 servings of meatloaf and mashed potatoes, a large pizza, an entire chocolate cake with icecream and whipped cream,  a dozen cupcakes, 2 cheesecakes and several fizzy drinks.“

She limits her movement as much as possible, and avoids running after her daughter to prevent unneccessary calorie burn.

She cites that many men find large women very desirable, and has a members only website which features photos of herself.

While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, it is irresponsible for a parent of young children to live in such an unhealthy manner.

We hope that Ms. Simpson can follow in the footsteps of Manuel Uribe, the heaviest man in the world, and begin to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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