Adding on to the Mayor’s NYC Beverage Ban

Keywords: russell simmons, nyc, bloomberg, soda ban

 

Russell Simmons not only supports Mayor Bloomberg’s impending New York City soda ban, but wants to tack more drinks onto the list.  Simmons, a PETA advocate and long time vegan, wants super-sized milk/dairy products banned as well.  In a letter to Dr Thomas Farley, NYC’s health commissioner, the music and business mogul states:

 

“As native New Yorker, I applaud your initiative to combat obesity in our city by proposing a 16-ounce size limit on sugary drinks. Limiting soda is a good step, but to achieve real results, people need to eliminate dairy products, too. Drinking milk and other dairy products can lead to weight gain and other health problems.”

“A 2005 nationwide study led by a Harvard Medical School researcher showed that children who drank more than three 8-ounce servings of cow’s milk per day were 35 percent more likely to become overweight than kids who drank only one or two servings (or a maximum of 16 ounces) per day. The study also found that replacing soda with cow’s milk, which is loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol, provided no weight-loss benefit—none.”

“In light of this information, my friends at PETA and I urge you to include cow’s milk and other dairy-based drinks in your proposed beverage regulations.”

 

I don’t drink soda often, so a ban on super-sized pop doesn’t much affect me ~ but milk?!  Mess with my cookies and milk time, Mr Simmons, and you’re going to have one crazy girl banging on your office door!

 



2 Delicious Recipes To Try!

Keywords: food holidays, peaches and cream, dessert, breakfast

 

If you’re like me, after simply reading the title Peaches and Cream, you’ll be singing the 112 song for the next two hours.  I apologize in advance, and hope you accept these two delicious recipes as a peace offering.

 

This first recipe is simple and delicious – and if you chill it before eating, it’ll be perfect on this sweltering day as a cool down treat!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups sliced & peeled peaches (about 3 medium)

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:

In a small saucepan bring sugar and water to a boil…

 

Reduce heat – cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.

 

Place peaches in two ramekins. Add the sugar syrup you’ve just created… stir gently to coat all the peaches.

 

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until peaches are tender. Chill before serving – and once chilled pour cream over peaches.  {also add raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries for some added flavor!}

 

 

And for a fancier breakfast this morning – try Peaches and Cream stuffed puffed pastry … the name sounds fancy, but it’s simple!

Ingredients:

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry

6 peeled and sliced peaches

8 oz softened cream cheese

7 oz sweetened condensed milk (AKA half a 14 oz can)

1 pint heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

vanilla extract & granulated sugar

Directions:

Thaw puff pastry according to package directions.  Cut sheet of thawed puff pastry into 9 squares and bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Allow pastry to cool.

 

In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese & sweetened condensed milk until smooth.

 

In a seperate bowl, whip together whipping cream, powdered sugar, and a small splash of vanilla, until stiff.

 

For added sweetness toss the sliced peaches with a small amount of granulated sugar, in a third bowl … if you feel your peaches are ripe and sweet enough, or don’t want the added calories just skip this step.

 

Now, to assemble the Puffs: Cut each square of puff pastry in half with a knife {so you’ll have two triangles}. Fill the bottom of the puff with the cream cheese mixture… on top of that place a layer of peach slices… then top the peaches with the whipped cream. Close with the top layer of puffed pastry and lightly dust with powdered sugar!

Enjoy!!



Why must organic cost more????

Keywords: weeatny, pic of the day, organic

It’s sooooo true and soooo frustrating!!  I would love to be able to eat strictly organic foods – but unless I’m growing them myself it gets too expensive.  I understand why, but at the same time why can’t we pay more for the added chemicals and crap and pay less for natural, crap-less foods?  It seems to make more sense that way… sigh.



It’s not Anorexia;  it’s good genes, pilates and a Gluten-Free Diet

Keywords: miley cyrus, anorexic, gluten free diet, pilates

 

On Sunday, Miley Cyrus took to Twitter to squash all Anorexia rumors by saying:  ”For everyone calling me anorexic, I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It’s not about weight — it’s about health. Gluten is crap anyway!”

 

The Miley Cyrus Anorexia bandwagon picked up speed on Sunday night after Miley tweeted a pic of her huffing a bag of Carl’s Jr.along with the text: “I can’t eat it. So I’m just gonna smell the shittttt out of it! My mouth is LITERALLY watering.”

 

No hating from us on Miley at all.   The girl is 19, following a Gluten free diet, doing Pilates, and was clearly blessed with the high metabolism gene, for gods sake- let the girl live!

 

How come when Sports Illustrated Models leave the gym looking identical to Miley in the above pic they’re not labeled as Anorexic?    People seem to forget how easy things were at 19-  you could eat and drink to excess and not gain an ounce(granted this isn’t true for a large chunk of the population nowadays as obesity is kind of hard to run away from,  but some people still got it!)



Our favorite Olympian celebrates his 28th!

Keywords: olympics, london, ryan lochte, jeah

 

 

And to end the week I must, of course, wish our favorite Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!   Here Giuliana Rancic, from E News, presents him with one of his two birthday cakes – the other coming from the TODAY Show on NBC.   Why didn’t anyone ask me to jump out of his cake?  I would have been on the red eye to London last night….

 

{BTW, is that fondant on the cake NBC????  Fondant is barely edible.  Yuck!  That boy deserves buttercream!!}



NO recall? Are you pullin’ our tails??

 

Keywords: dog treats, contamination, recall, nestle, purina, waggin’ train

 

 

HUNDREDS of canine deaths are being linked to contaminated Waggin’ Train Jerky treats – which are produced in China by the Nestle Purina PetCare Co.  The contaminated treats are being associated with kidney failure and other deadly ailments, according to documents from the Food and Drug Administration.  Despite all this, and three warnings released by the FDA since 2007, Nestle Purina has refused to put a recall into affect and maintain their stance behind their products’ safety. An investigation of the company’s production plant in China is underway.  Bottom line… AVOID AVOID AVOID giving these treats to your pets.  When there are food products floating about and their safety is questionable we don’t dish them out to our kids… so let’s not do that to our furbabies either!  Shoot on over to Change.org and sign the petition to have these treats removed from shelves until they can be proven safe ~ the petition was started by Terry Safranek, who sadly lost her 9 year old Fox Terrier after he became violently ill following being fed these treats.



Beers and the Humane Society – my fav things!!

 

Keywords: beer for beasts, animal shelters, humane society, charity

 

Words cannot even describe how near and dear to my heart this is ~ I definitely have the potential to wind up on that Hoarders show with a house overflowing with animals and cooking ingredients {obvi my two loves, dogs & cooking!}.  But in all seriousness there are few topics I am more passionate about than supporting your local animal shelters and anything related to animal welfare.  With that being said I am completely overjoyed to bring you news of this event: Beers For Beasts!  Yay!! Hosted by BeerAdvocate & Sixpoint Brewery and taking place at The Bell House in Brooklyn NY, this event is broken up into two sessions – 1-5pm and 6-10pm. Beer – Food – Entertainment – Charity… an award winning combination! Not to mention all the beers serves are specially crafted for this event – the food is provided from some of NYC’s top vendors – and the entertainment features burlesque performances!  The $60 ticket price gets you in the door and beer and food tastings.  100% of the proceeds go to the Humane Society of New York City – 100% people!!  I must say, I see a lot of flyers and invitations for many charity events – some small and rather unknown and some large scale ones… it’s rare, and I mean rare, that 100% of everything brought in goes right back to where it is needed the most.  I think what BeerAdvocate & Sixpoint Brewery are doing is absolutely phenomenal!  They were able to help hundreds of animals get the care they needed through this sold out event last year.  Check out their website beerforbeasts.com