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Chocolate – Food of the Gods – All About Chocolate

Do you like chocolate? So many do, as it is one of the most widely purchased and consumed delicacies available today. Read more about chocolate and its history.
From the cacao tree comes the base ingredient for chocolate – the cocoa bean. Chocolate has a rich history, steeped in mystery and divine properties, 1435534_18022037throughout the ages as a delicacy, from the Mayan and Aztec societies, whose elite drank an unsweetened cocoa drink, all the way to the modern-day chocolate confection bar that is so common today.

The cacao tree has pods that contain seeds, and it is these seeds that are used to be crushed or pressed to begin the process of making ‘chocolate’, or sometimes at this stage better known as cocoa. These trees were native to the Americas, especially Central America, and this is where the rich history of chocolate seems to begin, over 2000 years ago. Soon, the Spanish conquistadors came and took the seeds back to their country, and the use of cacao seeds to make chocolate type beverages and foods expanded, until, as it is now, chocolate is available in many forms all over the world.

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Simple, Basic, Easy Alfredo Sauce Recipe

photo 3To me, sauces and herbs & spices are the things that make each meal unique. Sauces do that by using herbs and spices, along with the sauce base, to make things taste fantastic and totally change the whole meal. I mean, chicken is chicken is chicken… you can cook it with paprika and lemon, rosemary, garlic, etc. But it’s still just chicken. But if you add a sauce to it, you can transform the dish to something else entirely. I’ve made fruit sauces, savory sauces, spicy sauces, thick sauces and thin sauces. I’ve experimented with some real successful sauces and had a few duds too.

See the picture to the left there? That is paprika and lemon chicken, pasta and asparagus with alfredo sauce–it was my daughter’s first attempt at an alfredo sauce and it turned out pretty good.

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Shucking Whole Corn Easily & Cleanly

I was going to write a tutorial on this, but honestly, this is essentially what I do and it works beautifully:

 

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Michy’s Food Stamp (SNAP) 30-Day Challenge: Week Two, Day One

 

 

<<<Week One Food Stamp (SNAP) Challenge Recap

I’ve learned completely that protein is the way to go in the morning. If I want to make it through the morning to lunchtime without thinking about food constantly, I apparently have to have protein for breakfast. Eggs. Eggs are my savior in this, as I’ve been having a couple every morning. I wish they were my farm-fresh eggs, but the store-bought ones will have to do. They weren’t on sale when I had to have my daughter grab some eggs on the way home the other night. I figured, she was already out and about, so having her grab something on the way home was still true to the challengeIMG_2737-1, versus making someone have to go out for them for a special trip. She picked up eggs, a gallon of milk and some bacon.

So far, we haven’t shopped for our second trip yet, because I’m still trying to go through the stuff we have from the first. If I went shopping right now, I wouldn’t use all the stuff in the fridge, and it would, some of it, waste. I don’t want that, so I’m purposely trying to plan around that part.

I’ve been doing fruit for snacks and eating bananas all day long, ’cause we had so many of them we needed to get rid of before they went bad.

So one morning, I made a banana smoothie, then there was another blueberry bagel morning, but I added eggs to every morning, because the protein is that important to feeling satisfied throughout the day.

Lunch as been leftovers. This works for me, for the most part, because it uses up leftovers, helps prevent waste, and stretches a budget. I add a little fresh raw veggies or a little ‘salad’ to the leftovers to stretch it, or add some fresh fruit to it too.

Dinner is the part that’s the focus, really, and it’s the part that’s hardest to feed a family too. So far, I’ve been doing it, though, and I’ve been pretty pleased with the dishes I’ve come up with.

Michy’s Food Stamp (SNAP) 30-Day Challenge: Week Two, Day One

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Michy’s Food Stamp (SNAP) 30-Day Challenge: Week One Recap & Thoughts

Image10032013041911So we just started the second week of the food stamp challenge, and so far, it’s gone a little better than I expected. I have come in under budget for the first week. My budget was $6 per day per person and I came in at $5.13 per person. This includes my basket of produce I purchased from Bountiful Baskets with the only ‘cash’ I was allowed for the budget of $20. So I’m seriously impressed with that. We’ve eaten well. The food is a little low on the calorie end, but I’ve had carrots, celery, onion, apples, oranges, asparagus, avocado, leaf lettuce, radish, spinach, and then apples, oranges, bananas, mangoes, tomatoes, and grapes. These are all good things that most people say you can’t afford on food stamps. You can, but you have to be careful with it and how you do it. I’ve had green, yellow, red and orange bell (sweet) peppers, fresh garlic cloves and jalapenos, squash and zucchini. Then on the frozen end, I had frozen peas, corn (organic) and edemame (organic soy beans), frozen artichoke hearts, and some really tiny expensive shrimp, some sausage, bacon, chicken and ground beef and ground turkey.

The only processed foods we had were cereal, blueberry bagels and some yogurt, and milk and coconut milk in a can, the noodles, a can of creamed soup, the cans of spaghetti sauce and the meatballs. Well, and I guess technically bacon and meatballs are processed too. So yeah for us, this is a lot more ‘processed’ foods than we’re used to eating, in part because some of this stuff was cheap and/or free on the meal deals.

But for the most part, and particularly compared to the standard American diet, we’ve eaten mostly whole foods, mostly single-ingredient stuff, and we came in under budget. So far, if I were to try to do the diet for just one week, I’d have to say that it’s definitely do-able and definitely able to be done healthily.

But I wanted to point out that this is about so much more than JUST the food, just the diet.

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