Extreme? Part 1

What is extreme?

The two biggest killers in the US right now are cancer and heart disease.   Half of the US population is dying of these two causes of death.  You and a friend go out for coffee.  One of you will die of heart disease or cancer.  That is extreme.

What is extreme?

A bypass surgery involves repairing arteries on and around the heart.  To accomplish this, the surgeon splits your chest in half with a saw, then takes an artery from your leg and uses it for your heart.  That is extreme.

What is extreme?

Cancer treatment is said to be worse than the disease.  Chemotherapy and radiation treatment require the patient to withstand a great deal of pain.  Surgery to remove parts of the body infected with cancer leave lasting effects.  That is extreme.

What is extreme?

Changing our diet.  By becoming more educated on the food we eat, we can significantly reduce the chance of these prior extremes.  There is even evidence now that shows how diet can reverse the progress of cancer and heart disease.  Understanding the strong correlation between diet and these previously stated diseases is not extreme at all.  Nor is it extremely difficult to do.

Return next week and learn what other extreme benefits come from changing our diet.  Read Part 2.

Southern-Style Coleslaw Recipe

T. Bill Lee’s Secret BBQ Sauce provides a Southern charm to coleslaw and a touch of Asia.

Ingredients

Mix the BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, and sesame oil. Pour on the cabbage, carrots and onions. Add sesame seeds as necessary.

I usually don’t eat coleslaw, but I went to interview Gina, the owner of T. Bill Lee’s and she was sampling this recipe. This coleslaw will now be part of all my cookouts!

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Help End Childhood Hunger

A hungry child. The idea of it is a travesty of our society. The more I think about it, the more disturbing it is to me. The wealthiest nation in the world should not allow this to happen.  So, what do we do about it?

About a month ago, a friend in the LA area told me about an organization called Share Our Strength, which makes sure that no child in America grows up hungry.  One of Share Our Strength’s programs is Taste of the Nation, and it gives you a chance to sample the best food and drinks your city has to offer with 100% of ticket sales supporting Share Our Strength.  In researching this organization,  I discovered a creative way to help end childhood hunger. I was so intrigued, I volunteered for the Denver event that occurred yesterday.

Basically, this group organized restaurants, chefs, culinary schools, and even local wineries and breweries to host a party for the public. Guests arrived and tasted samples from a wide variety of local cuisines with the entire cost of their ticket benefiting Share Our Strength. In between my duties of making sure things went smoothly, I was able to sample some of the food offered by my favorite restaurants, as well as new ones.  But what I really enjoyed was how great of an idea this is, because everyone wins. The restaurants win because they get great exposure. The guests win because for a modest price of a ticket, they get to enjoy great food and beverages from their local area, while supporting a worthy cause. And most importantly, our nations hungry children benefit.

In speaking with another volunteer, I learned that not only does Share Our Strength issue out billions of pounds of food, but this volunteer also works  with chefs to teach low income families how to prepare healthier food (rather than chicken nuggets, pizza, and high fructose corn syrup filled foods). They also work with schools to improve school lunches and help incorporate school breakfast programs.

Visiting Share Our Strength’s website, www.strength.org to learn more. I will definitely volunteer to help again, and I highly recommend attending or volunteering.

Starting a Food Business: Become A Successful Entrepreneur

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Do friends and family swarm you when you make your trademark recipe?

Do you know someone with a great product, but they are too intimidated to learn how to produce or sell it?

Are you a successful food entrepreneur interested in giving others advice on how to get started?

According to Entrepreneur magazine, now is the best time to start a small business.

If you have a one-of-a-kind product and a desire to start your own company, or if you know someone who does, visit You Should Sell That.

Learn about starting your own food production company from two industry insiders. Fooducopia’s co-founder Tim Lymberopoulos has worked with dozens of artisan producers. Zen Rabbit Baking Company owner Lori Saitz who sells gourmet cookie gifts through Fooducopia will share her experience of creating a successful company.

You Should Sell That will take you through the step-by-step journey to establishing your own company including:

  • Creating a business structure
  • Funding your business and establishing a budget
  • Purchasing ingredients and determining a shelf life for your products
  • Identifying your target market
  • Developing a pricing and distribution strategy


 

The Perfect Bloody Mary

Ingredients

 

  • 24 oz tomato juice
  • 8 oz of premium vodka
  • 3 Tbs of Bella Forte or Bella Diavolo
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 lemons, juiced
  • 6 lime wedges
  • 4 cups of ice
  • Celery for garnish
  • 6 highball glasses

Instructions

Combine the tomato juice, vodka, and pepper sauce, pepper, salt and lemon juice into a glass pitcher. Stir the contents until thoroughly mixed. Add four cups of ice.

Line up the 6 glasses. Place a trimmed celery stalk in each glass. Fill each glass up with the magic potion.

Add lime wedges and enjoy!

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