An Open Letter To Ellen DeGeneres


TammyeHoney:

Best Wishes for Sarah and that my readers will also reblog this and pay it forward so that perhaps Ellen Degeneres will see it and it will land on the Ellen Show…

Originally posted on You've Been Hooked!:

Dearest Ellen,

Hello. How are you? That’s great to hear, seriously. Listen, I know you’ve got a full plate in front of you right now (Okay, maybe not literally; you don’t look like you eat that much, to be honest. However, I stand by the statement.), especially considering how many challenges you have to deal with right now.

  • Voicing animated fish is no mean feat. (How do they record your voice underwater anyway?)
  • Arranging for Sofía Vergara to be “accidentally” deported so you can be the reigning CoverGirl has to be a lot of work.
  • Teaching millions of people to dance like no one is watching while hosting a kick-butt talk show must be exhausting. And sweaty, no doubt.

Normally I use this forum to write about my life as a bellman in Niagara Falls, but today I want to write to you from my heart.

I’ve been married to…

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Grocery Store Blacklist And Good News


The Grocery Store Blacklist: 12 Food Companies to Avoid (and 95 Sneaky Aliases)

By Fritz Kreiss

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cheerios-poisonA genetically modified rose by any other name may smell sweet, but may still have frankenthorns© that might independently detach themselves and lop off your finger while you’re smelling it for all you know.  That’s not unlike a trip to the grocery store these days. There are a lot of ugly surprises in pretty, charmingly-named packages.

It seems like no matter how hard you try to avoid them, GMOs and toxic foods creep into your life.

Take for example, the earthily-packaged “natural” foods that are showcased in your grocery store aisles.  They cost twice as much, have obscure brand names, and tout their health benefits and natural sources.  You can almost smell the freshly tilled soil when you pick up the box.

Unfortunately, this is nothing more than corporate sleight-of-hand.

Many of the products that seem so good are actually just subsidiaries of the companies that were most complicit in blocking GMO labeling, aided and abetted by everyone’s favorite purveyor of death, Monsanto. (Monsanto, incidentally, donated $7,100,500.00 to the fight against the labeling of GMO-containing products.)  Don’t forget that Monsanto is now above the law due to the Monsanto Protection Act, a traitorous rider that Senator Roy Blunt managed to attach to a bill that was subsequently signed into law by President Obama. (you know, that guy in the White House, who made the labeling of GMOs one of his 2007 campaign promises?)

nomonsantoI wish I could make a comprehensive list, but there are more stealthily labeled toxins on the shelves every single day.  It all boils down to a these big companies that own nearly all of the foods sold in the United States. Some of the quietly owned subsidiaries may surprise you.  Included is the amount that the company (and its subsidiaries) donated to defeat California Proposition 37 which would have required GMO labeling.

Not every item on this list contains genetically modified ingredients. The list is based on the duplicitous marketing of the companies.  More consumers are trying to make healthy choices at the grocery stores, but it’s difficult when companies push their toxic wares and dress them up as health food. Young people in particular fall victim to these schemes.  You have to give a kid credit for purchasing something called “Vitamin Water” over a soda pop, and it’s infuriating that the kid, trying to make a good choice, has been tricked into the purchase by deceitful advertising and marketing.

Some of the products listed, may in fact be exactly what they are portrayed to be, but I choose not to financially support the corporations behind them.

Protect your health and help starve the beast by avoiding products distributed by these companies and their subsidiaries:

Campbell’s - $250,000.00

  • Healthy Request
  • Wolfgang Puck Soups
  • Pace Foods
  • Pepperidge Farms
  • V-8

Cargill, Inc - $202,229.36

  • Truvia Natural Sweetener
  • Shady Brooks Farms
  • Diamond Crystal Salt
  • Liza
  • Nature Fresh
  • Peter’s Chocolate
  • Wilbur Chocolate
  • Honeysuckle White
  • Rumba Meats
  • Good Nature

Coca Cola -  $1,164,400.00

  • Vitamin Water
  • Smart Water
  • Dasani
  • Nestea
  • Minute Maid
  • Honest Tea
  • Odwalla
  • Vitaminenergy

Con-Agra - $1,076,700.00

  • Orville Redenbacher’s Organic
  • Hunt’s Organic
  • Lightlife
  • Alexia
  • Healthy Choice
  • Hebrew National

Dean Foods -  $253,950.00

  • Horizon
  • Silk
  • White Wave

General Mills - $908,200.00

  • Nature Valley
  • Fiber One
  • Cheerios
  • Cascadian Farm
  • Muir Glen
  • Lärabar
  • Gold Medal Organic
  • Food Should Taste Good

Heinz - $500,000.00

 

Kellogg’s - $632,500.00

  • Kashi
  • Muslix
  • Nutrigrain
  • Bear Naked
  • Morningstar Farms
  • Gardenburger

Kraft - $551,148.25

  • Snapple
  • ReaLemon
  • Triscuit
  • SnackWell’s
  • South Beach
  • Boca
  • Back to Nature
  • Nabisco

Nestle -   $1,169,400.00

  • Pure Life
  • Pelligrino
  • Perrier
  • Poland Spring
  • Gerber
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Tribe Mediterranean
  • Sweet Leaf Tea

PepsiCo $2,249,661.61

  • Miss Vickie’s
  • Sun Chips
  • Aquafina
  • SoBe
  • Harvest Crunch
  • Dole
  • Ocean Spray
  • Tropicana
  • Miranda
  • Tazo
  • Quaker
  • Naked Juice
  • Mother’s

Unilever – $467,000 (source)

  • Salada
  • Knorr
  • Ben & Jerry’s

A little bit of good news…

It isn’t all bad news.  There are a few companies you can still count on – keep in mind that corporate mergers take place every day.  When businesses change hands, there is no obligation to notify the public.  One such cautionary tale took place with the company Dean’s, which acquired Horizon foods.  They quietly phased out the use of organic products without making any changes to the label and used non-organic milk produced under factory farm conditions.  As well, they dropped the quality of their organic soy and began purchasing cheaper harvests from Asia.  Meanwhile, unwitting retailers had no idea that the company had ceased producing the items organically, and continued to promote the products as they had previous to the acquisition.

Right now, these are some labels to look for.

  • 7th Generation
  • Amy’s Kitchens
  • Apple and Eve
  • Applegate
  • Azumaya
  • Blue Diamond
  • Bob’s Red Mill
  • Bossa Nova
  • Cal Organics
  • Cedarlane
  • Cell-nique
  • Choice Organic Teas
  • Clif Bar/ Nectar Fruit
  • Coombs Family Farmers
  • Cosorzio All Natural
  • Country Choice
  • Crystal Geyser Alpine Water
  • Doctor Kracker
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Dr. McDougall’s
  • Dr. Praeger
  • Eat Raw
  • Echo Farms
  • EcoMeal
  • Eddie’s Pasta
  • Eden Foods (The only company NOT
  • using harmful plastic in the lining of their
  • cans as bonding agent!)
  • Edward and Sons
  • Endangered Species Chocolate
  • Ener-G
  • EnvironKiz
  • Fantastic Foods.
  • Giving Nature
  • Golden Temple
  • Go Naturally
  • Greenway Farms
  • Harvest Bay
  • Hawthorne Valley
  • Ian’s Natural Foods
  • Koyo Organics
  • Lakewood
  • Lesser Evil
  • Let’s Do…Organics
  • LifeStream
  • Living Harvest
  • Lundberg Family
  • Madhava
  • Murray’s Chicken
  • Nasoya
  • Native Forest
  • Natural by Nature
  • Nature Factor
  • Nature’s Path
  • Newman’s Own Organic
  • Organic Prarie
  • Organic Valley
  • Pacific Naturals
  • Pamela’s
  • Peace Cereal
  • Petalumi
  • Rapunzel
  • Real Foods
  • Republic of Teas
  • Road’s End Organics
  • San J
  • Sensible Foods
  • Seven Star Farms
  • Sunergia
  • Tasty Bite Indian
  • Terra Nostra
  • Texmati
  • Theo chocolates
  • Think Organic
  • Turtle Mountain Toferky
  • Vermont Mystic Pie
  • Vitasoy
  • Vita Spelt
  • Vivani Chocolate
  • Wizard’s Saucery
  • Woodstock Farms
  • XOXOXO chocolate
  • Yogi Tea
  • Zija
  • Zoe’s Granola

Another way to avoid unscrupulous food producers is through apps such as Buycott.  If you  have an iPhone, it can be used to check a product that you see in the stores to see what corporate links exist with a quick scan (it will be coming to Android soon as well).

Of course, the best way to avoid GMOs and toxic additives is to avoid packaged foods altogether. Raise and preserve your own food, buy organic and local, cook from scratch, and avoid processed foods.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook andTwitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

 Saw this and had to share this information with other readers.

Tennessee Baked Beans


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Tennessee Baked Beans

1 diced green pepper

1 diced onion

3 tbsp minced garlic (I use on in olive oil)

2 lbs ground beef (I use a leaner for less fat)

Place in frying and brown hamburger while sauteing the vegetables.  Cover partially then add

16 oz can of pork and beans

1 24 oz bottle of ketchup

1 21 oz bottle of “Honey” Barbecue Sauce (It does make a difference)

Stir and simmer.

(The irony of this is that I originally came to Bristol TN for a wedding and got the recipe which I took back to New York State and made for a Benefit that I was supposed to cook for.  This made a great size batch as I doubled it and it was all gone in no time…people were eating it like a chili.  Now I live in Tennessee…)

Great Recipe Finds


Today’s Theme as I am checking my emails seems to be all about either Chicken or Bacon.

Starting with one of my favorites http://www.chow.com/ the specialty today was

8 Ways to Cook Chicken and Rice

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One-dish meals ofchicken and ricesimmered with aromatics, spices, and vegetables pop up all over the world, in many different cuisines. Here are eight versions Chowhounds love:

1. Lidia Bastianich’sriso alla pitocca (traditional chicken and rice) is a specialty of Italy’s Lombardy region made with short-grain Arborio rice. –chowser

2. Crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon, and an assortment of toasted nuts give Nigella Lawson’s “lovely and very easy” saffron-scented chicken pilaf a Middle Eastern flavor. –helen_m

3. West African jollof rice is a “fantastic” jambalaya-like dish seasoned with aromatic spices. –Monch

4. The Malaysian staple Hainanese chicken rice is three dishes in one, served side by side: poached chicken with a dipping sauce; rice cooked in the poaching liquid; and poaching liquid served as soup (a squeeze of fresh lime juice really brightens it up!). –sarinaL

5. Daisy Martinez’s arroz con pollo is made with achiote oil and a sofrito of aromatic vegetables, peppers, and herbs, and finished with olives and pimientos. –sparky403

6. This simpler arroz con pollo from America’s Test Kitchen is also “fantastic.” –Davwud

7. Plenty of ancho chile powder spices Rick Bayless’s red chile chicken and rice with black beans. –juliejulez

8. With flavor from tomatoes, onions, and smoky chiles, this spicy chipotle chicken and rice is “really good.” –juliejulez

Discuss: Chicken and Rice recipes?

Photo of CHOW’s Chicken and Smoked Andouille Jambalaya by Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com

So the next spot that I visited was  http://www.recipe4living.com

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: 10 Chicken Favorites

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 2-Step Savory Chicken: This is so simple prepared on top of your stove; in just two easy steps, this recipe shows cooking made simply delicious!

Chicken ‘N Dumplings: The dumplings in this recipe are easily made with refrigerated biscuits.

Pineapple Chicken: This rice and chicken dish is sweet and yummy! It looks great and is very colorful and easy to make.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie: Love the comforting taste of chicken pot pie but don’t want the hassle? Try this recipe for pot pie in a snap!

Chicken and Cheese Casserole: One of our most popular recipes!

Sour Cream Chicken: Slow-cooked chicken is moist and deliciously flavorful.

Crockpot Chicken Stuffing Casserole: Everything you would want in a meal, including healthful broccoli prepared for you in the crockpot.

Chicken and Potatoes: This chicken and potatoes recipe is a one-pan meal everyone enjoys. Just bake, and serve with rice and you’ve got a meal! This is a special budget recipe with approximate prices listed.

Quick & Easy Baked Chicken Soup Casserole
: For a whole meal, you can put this mixture on sandwiches. It is complemented well by potato salad or salad, too.

Chicken Enchiladas Crockpot
: When you want Mexican for  dinner without all the work, this is a great short-cut with the same end results!

Where is the Bacon you ask lol…
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Bacon Wrapped Delights

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 24 pieces

12 spears white asparagus
4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 1/4-inch thick
4 ounces enoki mushrooms
24 slices bacon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch the asparagus until it is barely cooked and still crisp, 2 to 4 minutes. When done, plunge the asparagus into ice water to stop the cooking. When cool, trim the asparagus to 8-inch lengths. Wrap a bundle of 6 asparagus spears with six strips of bacon, side by side, securing each slice with a toothpick. The bacon should be wrapped around twice so that there are two layers.
  3. Trim the enoki mushrooms, and separate into 12 pieces. Stuff each enoki piece with four pieces of shiitake. Wrap each bundle with a slice of bacon, wrapping around twice, and secure with a toothpick. Place the bundles on a wire rack placed over a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in preheated oven for 6 minutes, then flip the bundles over, and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes, until the bacon is brown and crisp.
  5. To serve, remove all 24 toothpicks, and slice the asparagus bundles between the bacon. Drain on paper towels for a moment before serving.

So now you don’t have to ask the age long question of “Where’s the bacon”.

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Happy Cooking Everyone
Tammye Honey

I Can No Longer Be Silent About It


I rarely watch television.

Luckily for me, we do get the Food Network, HGTV and several other channels that are on high band stations.
The Voice  and Touch are two programs that brought me back to the network after I was not so happy with this years American Idol.

Here is what my beef is…pardon the pun…

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http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares/full-episodes/21509699508/

Think of Jerry Springer when you watch the episode…they fight, they argue, they yell at customers, he finds rotten foods, he redoes the menu (No longer shows you how to make them) , they almost do not make it through opening night…then pull it off at the last dramatic second.  They go from hating him to loving him…end of program.

At least Bobby Flay has not gotten like that in his series http://www.foodnetwork.com/throwdown-with-bobby-flay/index.html

This one is one of my favorites cause it features all the famous chefs and where they like to eat:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/the-best-thing-i-ever-ate

Ok so now I will get off of my soap box and head back to my own kitchen to see what I can create…thank you for listening…

What is your concerns with TV Cooking…What are your likes?

Would love to hear from you….

Tammye Honey

12 Cute Cupcake Recipes For You and the Kids


Here are some great ideas for you from http://www.recipe4living.com/articles/12_cute_cupcake_recipes_for_you_and_the_kids.htm/?utm_source=dailyrecipes&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=Daily%2BRecipes

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While a chocolate cake or ice cream cake may seem like the best way to celebrate your kid’s birthday, why not change things up with a whole bunch of delicious cupcakes? They’re big enough so that each kid will be full after one, and small enough that they won’t get a dreaded stomach ache after eating them. Your kids can even join in and help you bake a batch of these sweets too!

  1. Brownie Candy Cupcakes - Kids AND adults will love these easy to make, delicious cupcakes!
  2. Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes - Sprinkles in by far our favorite bakery. We just can’t resist buying their tasty cupcakes by the dozen. Their red velvet cupcake is one of the absolute best cupcakes on the menu.
  3. Lemon-Kissed Cupcakes - These light cakes have a touch of lemon on top – absolutely delicious!
  4. Chocolate Cupcakes - Make completely from scratch, this is an easy batch to whip up for a school snack or whatever other reason.
  5. Black Cat Cupcakes -These adorably cupcakes are easy to make and the kids can help with them too!
  6. Pumpkin Cupcakes - The perfect autumn treat, these festive cupcakes have a delicious cream cheese frosting that makes them absolutely irresistible.
  7. Banana Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Chunks - I made these for my birthday to bring to the office and they were a big hit! The ganache is a cinch to make and totally worth the tiny bit of extra time.
  8. S’More Cupcakes - Don’t trust your little ones (or yourself) near an open flame? Whip up a batch of these cupcakes that taste just like the real thing… without catching on fire.
  9. Warm Chocolate Cupcakes with Molten Centers - Baking these is one of the easiest and tastiest ways I know to make a great impression on your dinner guests. Most recipes, including my own, call for just a few ingredients — chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, and a dash of flour. You combine them very quickly. And the cakes don’t take long to bake — barely more than 10 minutes.
  10. Bursting Flower Cupcakes - Serve these sunny little cakes and watch the smiles bloom! They’re sweet delight with every bite.
  11. Marshmallow Peeps Cupcakes - These festive cupcakes have coconut, Peeps and jelly beans for a sweet Easter treat.
  12. Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes - Not your ordinary cake mix cupcakes, these treats are rich and melt in your mouth.

Just some great ideas for you and your family.

Tammye Honey

Real Women of Philadelphia Culinary Quiz


Calling All Cooking Experts: It’s Time for a Quiz!

Happy Friday!

It’s time for another pop quiz.

Recently, we tested your cooking knowledge by asking: HOW WELL YOU KNOW CULINARY LINGO?

And yes, you ladies know it like the back of your hand!

Since this online cooking community has grown so much over the years thanks to your fabulousRECIPE contributions and the tips and tricks you’ve shared, why not keep growing with more knowledge?

Take the quiz below:

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Speaking of GLAZE, how delicious does this GLAZED FRUIT PO-BOY look? Bananas, berries, powdered sugar—YUM! Get the recipe…

Post your answers below and don’t stop at just ONE word, if you think of more, comment again! Don’t forget to share this with your cooking whiz friends to test their knowledge!