Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Delayed Pot Pie

While I am still searching online and my cookbook collection, I have yet to find a recipe that tickles my fancy. However, I just realized, this Sunday is SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! My favorite finger food/snacky-pooh holiday. Unlike Christmas and Thanksgiving, Super bowl Sunday is all about grabbing a bit of this or that and watching the game. It’s not fussy. No decorations, no presents, no big meal to prepare, no table setting. Just grab a bunch of stuff for folks to graze on. If you’re lucky enough to be the host(ess), you get to keep all the extra libations. I usually only catch the half-time show. Plus The Boy will be in tow, which means I'll be watching someone, fuzzy and red.

Mr. Edd (lolol-I couldn't resist) is planning a tailgate party complete with “…meatballs, ribs and plenty of brew!” I am sure there will be other stuff, but I stopped listening after "ribs and beer."

Sunday, January 27, 2008

ISO: Chicken Pot Pie

Last weekend, the family and I went to E&M’s housewarming. I love this type of social occasion! You get treated ‘all VIP’, cocktails, yummy treats and meeting new people. I rediscovered Bailey’s and coffee. The sweet creamy texture mixed with the strong flavor of dark roast. Delicious! Even had a bit of Jameson on the rocks. It wasn’t totally horrible but it won’t replace my KoKo’s Margarita anytime soon.

I was able to meet M’s mum, Mama-Cumberland, and her sister, the Preacher Lady. The boy was entertained by their little peanut, Baby J. There were plenty of TJ (trader joe) treasures to nibble on since M doesn’t do too much ‘kitchen switchin’.

Her mum and I had a delightful discussion about Chicken Pot Pie.

Homemade pot pie like baked whole chicken is one of those illusive and magical things to me. Yes, I just learned how to cook a whole chicken in 2007. Thanks Leslie! I attempted it several times before with disastrous results.

While we had a lot of homemade meals growing up, chicken pot pie was not on the radar. We often had the single serve 3 for $1 variety. I can’t remember the brand. They came in chicken, beef and turkey flavor. The turkey pie tasted rubbery and the pie with beef was tangy. The chicken was just right. Banquet? Swanson? Gosh I can’t remember! Sigh…anyhoo, they were tasty. I just hated that it took 45 minutes to bake in the oven. This was before microwave cooking was popular. You knew you were supposed to wait 5-10 minutes for it to cool. However, you were so greedy to eat it after watching it bake/bubble; you took the tongue burn. I could have just eaten the warm salty soupy-creamy filling and the crust.

Mama Cumberland and M collaborated on a homemade pot pie for our main course. M new to cooking was all about following the Joy of Cooking recipe. Mama Cumberland is old school using “a pinch of this and a pinch of that.”
The collaboration yielded a fair result. I prefer more crust and creamier filling.

Mama Cumberland and I agreed, while you can add leftover or frozen will do, fresh veggies sautéed and seasoned are best. She grows her own veggies. My best attempt at growing my own garden was potted herbs in the window ceil. After about a week they were all dead. Living in the city, I fear if I grow a garden it will become a smorgasbord for the super-sized rats! I wasn’t blessed with the green thumb; plus I hate bugs! This is why I leave the farming to the farmers. Thank God for the farmers market!

Mama Cumberland recommended I use a whole chicken. This way I can use the stock to make soup as well as a pot pie. A two-fer! Gotta love that!
Now I think she want a little too far suggesting I have to make the crust from scratch.
I am sure TJ or whole foods has it.

This week in addition to viewing Martha’s Baking Secrets on Netflix; I am researching pot pie recipes. Next Sunday, main course homemade chicken pot pie and possibly revisit the Red Velvet Cake.

Unlike when I was seeking the perfect sweet potato pie recipe, I won’t test 4-6 different recipes. I swear I had sweet potato pie coming outta my hoo-ha! I think I made 14 plus pies over the holiday season. I’ll have to post that experience soon.

If you have any leads e-mail me at or post it in the comments.

I wonder if Julia Child has a recipe? Loved her! As kids, my sis and I just to watch her show on public television. Yes we were strange kids.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

yeah...anyone up for an adventure? lol

My hubby sent this to me. My first thought was WTF! I mean really…deep fried Oreos?
What’s really going on? I will admit, I tried a deep fried Twinkie last summer at the Fells Point Festival. I initially heard about it from the Food Network. So the warning should have been the –we cook everything in this grease. It was tar black. They cooked the Twinkies, HoHos, funnel cake, corn dogs, fries…everything came outta the same grease. The texture of the Twinkie was greasy and slimy at the same time. It was super sweet. I wouldn’t say it was good, but it wasn’t horrible either. I don’t think my body has digested it yet!! Needless to say, after 2 few bites, I dumped it and opted for my usual -- funnel cake.

If anyone tries this recipe, please post your experience in the comments.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

HFCS and Fast Food Joints

The boy, Purple Princess and I went to Chikfila this past weekend. We were supposed to have a proper lunch/dinner with Aunt Kiki and Nana but they were off doing their thing. I like the one in Crofton because it has that playpalace. I figured I'd do the healthy thing and order a salad with a low-fat dressing. Well imagine my surprise, as I am shoveling salad down my throat, when I read the salad dressing not only has "transfats" but "sugar, high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup." WTF!

Check out Ken's most awesome list


Fat Free Italian Dressing
Honey Wheat Bread
Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
Raspberry Vinaigrette
Santa Fe Ranch Dressing
Spicy Brown Honey Mustard


Blue Cheese Dressing
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Cinnamon Roll
Fat Free Italian Dressing
Fudge Brownie
Honey French Dressing
Marbled Rye Roll
Mustard Potato Salad
Potato Salad
Sweet Peppers
Thousand Island Dressing

Burger King

Breakfast Syrup
Buffalo Sauce
Chocolate Shake Syrup
Coca Cola Classic
Corn Dusted Buns
Croissant (Croissan'wich)
Dr Pepper
Dutch Apple Pie
Hershey'S Sundae Pie
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Honey Mustard Spread
Icee - Coca Cola Classic
Icee - Minute Maid Cherry
Milk Shake
Milk, 1% Lowfat Chocolate
Mott's Strawberry Flavored Applesauce
Sesame Seed Buns
Specialty Buns
Steak Sauce
Strawberry Shake Syrup
Tartar Sauce


Barbecue Sauce
Blue Cheese Dressing
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Carrot & Raisin Salad
Carrot & Raisin Salad
Chicken Salad Cup
Chick-fil-A Southwest Chargrilled Salad
Chocolate syrup ingredients
Dr Pepper
Fat Free Honey Mustard Dressing
Fudge Nut Brownie
Garlic and Butter Croutons
Honey Mustard Sauce
Honey Roasted BBQ Sauce
Honey Roasted Sunflower Kernels
Polynesian Sauce
Reduced Fat Raspberry Vinaigrette
Sunflower Multigrain Bagel
Thousand Island Dressing
Yeast rolls

Dairy Queen

Chocolate Cold Fudge

Jack in the Box

Asian Sesame Dressing
Barbecue Dipping Sauce
Barq's Root Beer
Bittersweet Chocolate Syrup
Blueberry French Toast Sticks
Chocolate Syrup
Croutons, Gourmet Seasoned
Dr. Pepper
Fanta Orange Syrup
Fanta Strawberry
Grape Jelly
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Log Cabin Syrup
Low Fat Balsamic Dressing
Mayo-Onion Sauce
Minute Maid Lemonade
Oreo Cookie Crumbs
Original French Toast Sticks
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Secret Sauce
Sourdough Bread, Grilled
Strawberry Syrup
Strawberry/Banana Syrup
Sweet 'N Sour Dipping Sauce
Tartar Sauce


Potato Salad
Apple Pie Slice
Cherry Cheesecake Parfait
Lemon Meringue Pie
Lil' Bucket Chocolate Crème
Lil' Bucket Fudge Brownie
Lil' Bucket Lemon Crème
Lil' Bucket Strawberry Short Cake
Strawberry Crème Pie Slice
Apple Pie Mini's
Mott's Apple Sauce


1% Low Fat Chocolate Milk Jug
Baked Apple Pie
Barbeque Sauce
Big Mac Bun
Big Mac Sauce
Butter Garlic Croutons
Chocolate Triple Thick Shake
Coca-Cola Classic
Deluxe Warm Cinnamon Roll
English Muffin
Hi-C Orange Lavaburst
Honey Wheat Roll
Hot Caramel Sundae
Hot Mustard Sauce
Low Fat Caramel Dip (for Apple Dippers)
McDonaldland Cookies
McFlurry with Oreo Cookies
Newman's Own Cobb Dressing
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
POWERade Mountain Blast
Regular Bun
Sesame Seed Bun
Southwestern Chipotle Barbeque Sauce
Strawberry Sundae
Strawberry Triple Thick Shake
Sweet 'N Sour Sauce


Chicken Strips, Teriyaki Glazed
Chipotle Soutwest Sauce
Chocolate Chunk Cookie
Deli Style Roll
Fat Free Honey Mustard
Peanut Butter
Sourdough Bread
Wheat Bread

Taco Bell

Caramel Apple Empanada
Citrus Salsa
Pizza Sauce


Apple Turnover, Fried
Bread, Texas Toast Enriched
Buns, Wheat
Buns, White
Crackers, Keebler Original Club
Croutons, Njoy Seasoned
Dressing, Low Fat Ranch
Dressing, Low Fat Vinaigrette
Dressing, Thousand Island
Jam, Strawberry
Jelly, Grape
Milkshake, Malt Syrup
Milkshake, Chocolate
Milkshake, Strawberry
Pancake Syrup
Salad Dressing
Syrup, Cherry Coke Fountain
Syrup, Coca-Cola Classic Fountain
Syrup, Dr Pepper Fountain
Syrup, Fanta Strawberry Fountain
Syrup, Barq’s Root Beer Fountain
Syrup, Minute Maid Lemonade Fountain
Syrup, Minute Maid Orange Soda Fountain
Syrup, POWERaDE Fruit Punch Fountain
Syrup, Sprite Fountain
Tartar Sauce

Just Shameful!

I've been reading about the evilness of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). If anyone is a fan of Dr. Oz (often appearing on Oprah) we know HFCS is in the Food Hall of Shame.

What is it?
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is corn syrup that has been modified to increase the level of fructose. It has become a popular topic in the discussion of obesity in America. The reason for concern, is that HFCS consumption has increased dramatically since the 1970s when it was developed and so has obesity. The average American consumes more than 60 pounds of this stuff per year!

Why you should care? (Straight from
Although they taste sweet, Dr. Oz says food products that contain high fructose corn syrup should be avoided. Dr. Oz says the body processes the sugar in high-fructose corn syrup differently than it does old-fashioned cane or beet sugar, which in turn alters your body's natural ability to regulate appetite. "It blocks the ability of a chemical called leptin, which is the way your fat tells your brain it's there," says Dr. Oz. "It's not so much the 150 calories in the soda pop—it's the fact at that same meal you will normally consume an extra hundred calories of food than you would have."

Bottomline, looks like we are going to have to go "old skool." Actually cooking and eating real food. If we care to stay healthy.

Feel free to do a google search. I found a few articles for you to look at:

I found this list on Accidental Hedonist and FoodFacts

Baking and Cooking ingredients

Kellogg's® Corn Flake Crumbs
Nabisco Oreo Cookie Crumbs
Shake n Bake - Tangy Honey Glaze
Shake n Bake - Honey Mustard Glaze
Stove Top Stuffing - Chicken
Stove Top Stuffing - Cornbread
Stove Top Stuffing - Homestyle Herb
Stove Top Stuffing - Pork
Stove Top Stuffing - Turkey


A&W Root Beer
Capri-Sun Iced Tea
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Fruit Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Grape
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Lemonade
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Mountain Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Orange
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Pacific Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Red Berry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Splash Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Strawberry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Surfer Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Tropical Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink - Wild Cherry
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Orange Dragonfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Rasberry Passionfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Refreshers - Tropical Fruit
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Berry Ice
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Clear Cherry Chill
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Light Speed Lemon Lime
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Orange Edge
Capri-Sun Sport Drink - Thunder Punch
Darigold Chocolate Milk
Hanson's All-Natural Soda (all flavors)
Hanson's Tonic Water
Jones Soda
Newman's Own Pink Lemonade
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Snapple -Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink
Starbucks' Frappuccino
Thomas Kemper Soda's
Tropicana OrangeAde
Tropicana Smoothies
Village Lemonade


Brownberry Breads
Pepperidge Farm's line of 100% whole grain breads
Sara Lee Heart Healthy Whole Grain Bread.
Thomas English Muffins

Breakfast Cereals

Kellogg's Frosted Rice Krispies®
Kellogg's Tony's Cinnamon Krunchersâ„¢
Kellogg's Corn Flakes®
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg's Smorz®
Kellogg's Special K® Red Berries
Kellogg's All-Bran® Bran Buds®
Kellogg's All-Bran® Extra Fiber
Kellogg's All-Bran® Original
Kellogg's Apple Jacks®
Kellogg's Cinnamon Crunch Crispixâ„¢
Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg's Complete® Oat Bran Flakes
Kellogg's Complete® Wheat Bran Flakes
Kellogg's Fruit Harvestâ„¢ Strawberry Blueberry
Kellogg's Honey Crunch Corn Flakes®
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Just Right® Fruit & Nut
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blendsâ„¢ Low Fat Granola without Raisins
Kellogg's Kellogg's Crunchy Blendsâ„¢ Low Fat Granola With Raisins
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Frosted Bite Size
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Frosted Original
Kellogg's Mini-Wheats® Strawberry
Kellogg's Crunchy Blends™ Mueslix® with Raisins, Dates & Almonds
Kellogg's Product 19®
Kellogg's Raisin Bran
Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch®
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Cereal
Kellogg's Rice Krispies®
Kellogg's Smart Start® Antioxidants
Kellogg's Smart Start® Soy Protein
Kellogg's Special K®
Kellogg's Special K® Vanilla Almond
Kellogg's Fruit Harvestâ„¢ Peach Strawberry
Kellogg's SpongeBob SquarePantsâ„¢ Cereal
Kellogg's Corn Flakes® with Real Bananas
Kellogg's Spider-manâ„¢ Spidey-Berry Cereal
Kellogg's Kellogg's Frosted Flakes® 1/3 Less Sugar
Kellogg's Special K® low carb lifestyle
Kellogg's Fruit Harvestâ„¢ Banana Berry
Kellogg's Disney Pixar Finding Nemoâ„¢ Cereal
Kellogg's All-Branâ„¢ Bars Honey Oat
Kellogg's All-Branâ„¢ Bars Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Disney Pixar The Incrediblesâ„¢
Kellogg's Tiger Power
Kellogg's Smart Start® Healthy Heart
Kellogg's Disney Lilo & Stitchâ„¢
Kellogg's Special K® Fruit & Yogurt
Kellogg's Mini Swirlzâ„¢ Fudge Ripple
Kellogg's Toasted Honey Crunchâ„¢
Kellogg's Cran-Vanilla Crunchâ„¢
Post Blueberry Morning Cereal

Breakfast Pastries

Eggo® Pancakes Buttermilk
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Blueberry
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Strawberry

Candy Bars:

Hershey's Watchamacallit
Lifesavers - Butter Rum
Lifesavers - Chill-o-mints
Lifesavers - Cryst-o-mint
Lifesavers - Five Flavor Value Pack
Lifesavers - Hard Candy Sours
Lifesavers - Sours
Lifesavers - Tropical Fruits
Lifesavers - Wild Berries
Lifesavers - Wild Cherry
Optimum Opti-Pro Meal Lite Bar


Heinz 57 Sauce
Heinz Ketchup
Hunt's Catsup
Miracle Whip

Cookies and Cakes:

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Caramel Chocolatey Chunk
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Original
Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Rainbow
Kellogg's Cereal & Milk Bars Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg's Cereal & Milk Bars Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Hot Fudge Sundae
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Spider-man™ Spidey-Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Apple Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cherry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Vanilla Creme
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Grape
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Raspberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted S'Mores
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Wild Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Star Wars™ Frosted Lava Berry Explosion
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Caramel Chocolate
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cookies & Creme
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Cinnamon Roll
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Blueberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Strawberry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® French Toast
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® SpongeBob SquarePants™ Wild Bubble-Berry
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts® The Incredibles Incrediberry Blast
Nabisco Barnum's Animal Crackers
Nabsico Chips Ahoy
Nabisco Fig Newtons
Nabisco Fig Newtons - Fat Free
Nabisco Fig Newtons - Whole Grain
Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Nabisco Lorna Dornes
Nabisco Nilla Wafers
Nabisco Nutter Butter
Nabisco Mallomars
Nabisco Oreo Cookies
Nabisco Snackwells - Creme Sandwich
Nabisco Teddy Grahams
Nutri-Grain Twistsâ„¢ Apple Cobbler
Nutri-Grain Twistsâ„¢ Cappuccino & Creme
Nutri-Grain Twistsâ„¢ Strawberry Cheesecake
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Banana
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Cinnamon Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Apple Cinnamon
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Cherry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Mixed Berry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Raspberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Honey Oat & Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Chocolatey Chunk
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Chocolatey Chip
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Strawberry Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Vanilla Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Caramel Nut Crunch
Grandma's Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies

Cough Syrups:

Delsym 12 Hour Cough Suppressant for Children, Orange
Delsym 12 Hour Cough Suppressant, Orange
Delsym Cough Suppressant
Children's Dimetapp Decongestant Infant Drops
Children's Dimetapp Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops
Robitussin Infant Cough DM
Robitussin Infant Cough & Cold CF
Robitussin DM Cough Relief Infant Drops, Fruit Punch
Robitussin Pediatric Cough & Cold Formula
Robitussin Pediatric Cough Long-Acting
Robitussin Pediatric Cough & Cold Long-Acting
Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough & Cold
Robitussin Head & Chest Congestion PE
Robitussin Cough DM
Robitussin PE Nasal Decongestant and Expectorant
Robitussin Cough, Cold & Flu Nighttime
Robitussin Chest Congestion Guaifenesin Syrup, USP
Robitussin Cough & Congestion
Robitussin Cough Long-Acting
Robitussin Honey Cough Natural Cough Drops, Honey Center
Vicks NyQuil multi-symptom - original
Vicks NyQuil multi-symptom - cherry
Vicks NyQuil Cough
Vicks Formula 44 Cough
Vicks Formula 44 Expectorant
Vicks Formula 44 Decongestant
Vicks Formula 44 Mult-symptom
Pediatric Vicks 44E Cough & Congestion
Pediatric Vicks 44M Cough & Cold
Vicks Casero


Kraft Cheese Nips
Nabisco Harvest Crisps - Wheat Thins 5 Grain
Nabisco Ritz Bits - Peanut Butter
Nabisco Ritz Bits - Graham Cracker S'mores
Nabisco Ritz Chips - Cheddar - Oven-Toasted Crunch
Nabisco Ritz Crackers
Nabisco Ritz Crackers - Low Sodium
Nabisco Sociables
Nabisco Wheat Thins
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Baked
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Low Sodium
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Multi-Grain
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Ranch
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Reduced Fat


Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings - Peach
Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings - Pineapple
Breyer's Yogurt -Fruit on the Bottom - Strawberry Lowfat
Cool Whip
Cool Whip - Extra-Creamy
Cool Whip - Lite
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Peach)
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Pineapple)
Knudsen - Cottage Double (Strawberry)
Yoplait Yogurts

Drink Mixers:
Saratoga Salsa Bloody Mare Mix (spelling is correct)
El Paso Chili Key Lime Margarita Mix

Frozen Foods:

Fruits and Vegetables:

B&M Original Baked Beans
Contadina Tomato Paste
Claussen Pickles - Bread and Butter Chips
Claussen Pickles - Kosher Dill Burger Slices
Claussen Pickles - Sweet Gherkins
Claussen Pickle Relish
Del Monte canned petite diced tomatoes with italian seasonings
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Red Grapefruit
Heinz Pickle Relish
Mott's Applesauce
Mt. Olive Sweet Relish
Mt. Olive Bread and Butter Pickles
Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Ice Creams

Ben & Jerry's - Chubby Hubby (HFCS and Transfat!) - Should we call it Very Chubby Hubby?
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia
Ben & Jerry's - Neapolitan Dynamite
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Body & Soul
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Pints
Ben & Jerry's - Cherry Garcia Original Ice Cream Singles
Dreyer's - Girl Scouts Samoas Cookie Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Almond Praline Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cherry Chocolate Chip Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cherry Vanilla Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Cookies 'N Cream Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Dulce de Leche Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Nestle Toll House Cookie Swirl Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Spumoni Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Toffee Bar Crunch Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Turtle Sundae Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer's - Ultimate Caramel Cup Grand Ice Cream

Jams, Jellies, and Syrups

Eggoâ„¢ Syrup Original Syrup
Eggoâ„¢ Syrup Buttery Syrup
Eggoâ„¢ Syrup Lite Syrup
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
Knott's Boysenberry preserves
Smucker's Grape Jelly


Oscar Meyer Pickle and Pimento Loaf


Nabisco Nilla Wafer Pie Crust
Nabisco Oreo Pie Crust
Jello No-Bake - Chips Ahoy
Jello No-Bake - Oreo
Pepperidge Farm's Puff Pastry sheets

Salad Dressings:

Emeril's Italian Vinegrette
Kraft Salad Dressing - Light done Right Creamy French
Kraft Salad Dressing - Thousand Island Fat Free
Maple Grove Farms Caesar Fat Free
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Hot n Spicy
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Light
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Light Super Easy Squeeze
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Non-fat
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing - Super Easy Squeeze
Wishbone Ranch Dressing
Wish-Bone Classic Caesar


A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Cajun
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Chicago
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade - Teriyaki
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Honey Smoke
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Smokehouse Hickory
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Sweet Hickory Smoke
Bull's Eye BBQ Sauce - Texas Style Mesquite
Crazy Jerry's Alotta Bull BBQ Sauce - Torrid Toro (Hot
Holy Smoke - Sticky Wings Glaze
Holy Smoke - Bar B Q Glaze
Jim Beam Steak Sauce
Jim Beam Herb & Garlic Gourmet Marinade
Jim Beam Lemon & Herb Gourmet Marinade
Kraft Barbecue Sauce
Penn State Nittany Lions Lime Grilling Sauce
Pork Rubbers Original Competition BBQ Sauce
Tuttorosso Marinara
Tuttorosso Three Cheese
Tuttorosso Traditional
Tuttorosso Flavored With Meat
Tuttorosso Mushroom
Tuttorosso Tomato & Basil
Tuttorosso Tomato, Olive & Garlic
Virginia Gentleman Bourbon BBQ Sauce


Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Chocolate covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - All Star Burgers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - All-star Hot Dogs
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Chicken Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Chicken Strips
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Cracker Stackers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Nachos
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Peanut Butter Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Stix
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Pizza Swirls
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - Tacos

Campbells Vegatable soup (in microwaveable bowl)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

It's that time . . .

It's restaurant week in Baltimore. Family, where are we eatting ?

I've peeked at some of the menus...and I gotta tell ya...I'm not impressed.

Seems to be a whole lotta roasted chicken and flank steak. Free range or's still chicken!
Where’s the innovative stuff? Geez! Real snore menus this go ‘round.

I hate to go to restaurant and feel like…”I make this on Wednesday night.”

Bicycles Restaurant (in FedHill) is already booked. If someone has an “in” let me know… I am coming to eat with you.

I hope Tio Pepe decides to go participate this year. I hear the lamb chops are divine.
You know Ms. Charleston’s won’t even give up a dang lunch special. Yes, I am bitter about it. Doesn’t Cindy know I am on a budget?

My co-workers and I are still deciding …anyone tried Xanadu? Folks are leaning toward it.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

What's for dinner?

Baked Turkey Legs (you know, the captain cave man style)
Steamed White Rice flavored with Chicken broth
Green beans
and my ole' standby...cornbread with LOTS of real sweet creamy butter.

whatcha having?

Just another byline...

Women of Spirit:Raising a Cheer for Charity by Natasha OrtizFortier
Published November 2007 Woman's Scope Newspaper (Food & Wine section)

The reception area was a buzz with professionals sampling Belgian Endive with Blue Cheese, Tuna Tartare with diced tomatoes and avacado and Jumbo Lump Crabcakes. The hor’doves were served with a Rioja Blanca 2006 (Spain) and Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Arbodela (Chile). Downed in a corporate blue suit, Monyka Berrocosa casually enters the in private dining room at Mortons in downtown Baltimore with confidence and elegance. She was selected as Baltimore’s “Women of Spirit” by Morton’s The Steakhouse in partnership with the American Red Cross to recognize women in the wine and spirit industry at exclusive wine dinners to be held at Morton’s restaurants in 38 cities from coast to coast. The event seeks to honor women in their local community who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and community service.

Ms. Berrocosa holds many titles to include serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, single mom, small business advocate and author to name a few. Ms. Berrocosa explained that while she’s being honored, tonight wasn’t about her. “I feel almost uncomfortable with the focus on me. I have the opportunity to shine the light on a greater purpose. The American Red Cross is like your parents. You don’t appreciate them as much as you should but there are always there when you really need them.”

In 2000, Ms. Berrocosa founded The Women’s Wine and Dine® as an opportunity for busy professional women to come together and network in a comfortable relaxed environment. Following the credo instilled by her mother “ to whom much is given, much is expected,” from the beginning a portion of each Wine and Dine event proceeds supported women, children and family focused charities. “Monyka embodies the qualities of Morton’s Women of Spirit,” said Judi DiGioia, sales and marketing manager of Morton’s The Steakhouse in Baltimore. “Her commitment to local nonprofit organizations that need and deserve support is unparalleled. Each of her business and personal ventures is designed to also serve our community
and nonprofits.”

Her initial wine club started with 17 women has grown into a network of 7, 000. Owning several businesses has it’s ups and down. Ms. Berrocosa takes it in stride. “Every failure brings you a step closer to success. It’s important to provide perspective. It lets you know there’s still more work to do.”

She encourages women who want to start their own business to examine carefully their motivation. She believes people focus solely on the financial gain and flexible schedule. What they don’t consider is that “when you are sick or don’t make that sales call or your are not continuously working, you don’t get paid.” She offers this advice “really find something you can do where you are not counting the hours of the day” until quitting time.

Tylor Field, Morton’s vice president of wine and spirits, has secured America’s top female winemakers, sommeliers and proprietors for each of these Women of Spirit dinners. The Baltimore event hosted Odila Galer Noel, Vice President of Frederick Wildman & Sons, Importer, as the expert for the wine dinner in Baltimore.

Ms. Galer Noel chose wines for the evening to include the Western side of Spain and Chile. The wine retail ranges from $9 to $80 per bottle. During the course of the evening, she shared her personal philosophy on wine, discussed some of her own achievements in the highly competitive –male dominated wine industry. Ms. Galer Noel has been with Wildman & Sons for nearly 12 years. She’s worked in the wine industry for more than 25 years.

After finishing college with a degree in French and no desire to teach, she landed a job promoting food and wine for the French government. As Vice President, she is responsible for the public relations, sales development and brand management of nearly 50 brands Wildman distributes. “ l love my job. I get to eat, drink and get paid for it!”

A chef friend once told her that only 11% of the population get to do what they love for a living, “I am lucky to be one of those people.”Her advice on tasting wine are as follows: “Swirl to mix the aromas together; Sniff for subtle nuances; Taste with the entire tongue. After a minute, a well-balanced wine will come into full effect.”Ms. Galer Noel plans to continue in the wine industry. She believes if you are going to spend 3/4’s of your life doing a job “you better make it a fun ride.”

A hostess of several wine-centered events, Ms. Berrocosa recommends “stick with a style of wine you like and expand from there.” For example if you like Zinfandels from the Napa Valley try one from another region to compare and contrast the taste, aroma and vintage.The Rioja Rosado 2006 (Spain) while initially paired with the salad course was a perfect compliment to the chocolate covered strawberries. Ms. Galer Noel’s was especially excited about the Sena 2003 (Spain) and Carmenére , the first icon wine of Chile, 2005 Abroleda (Chile).

In 2005, the Sena will be the first biodynamic wine with the Wildman portfolio. Biodynamics, a farming technique that raises organic agriculture to a higher plan.The 38-city wine dinner tour will conclude in late September with an “all-star” gala event honoring America’s “Women of Spirit” and the American Red Cross, to be held in Washington, DC, at the Morton’s in Georgetown, which will also be celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Natasha OrtizFortíer is a writer, educator and creative marketing
communications consultant living in Baltimore City.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

fyi-more organic drama

i just bought two half gallons of horizon too...sigh:-(
I don't buy organic everything but I expect the organics I buy to be compliant!

While USDA bureaucrats drag their feet on closing key loopholes in national organic organic standards, retailers, wholesalers and major “organic” brands are continuing to sell milk and dairy products labeled as "USDA Organic, even though most or all of their milk is coming from factory farm feedlots where the animals have been brought in from conventional farms and are kept in intensive confinement, with little or no access to pasture.

The Organic Consumers Association is expanding its boycott of Horizon and Aurora organic dairy products to include five national "private label" organic milk brands supplied by Aurora, as well as two leading organic soy products, Silk and White Wave, owned by Horizon's parent company, Dean Foods. Its time to turn up the heat on the "Shameless Seven.
While thousands of organic consumers and a number of natural food stores and cooperatives have joined the boycott, major national large grocery retailers have ignored the boycott.

Aurora Organic supplies milk for several private label organic milk brands, including Costco's "Kirkland Signature," Safeway’s "O" organics brand, Publix’s “High Meadows,”Giant's "Natures Promise," and Wild Oats’ organic milk. Aurora Organic received a failing grade from the Cornucopia Institute's survey of organic dairies for its practice of intensive confinement of dairy cows. For pictures of Aurora Organic's operations, follow this link. The Cornucopia Institute recently blew the whistle on Aurora Organic's greenwashing and its bogus certification of animal welfare.

Additionally, its been revealed that much of the soy for Dean Food's White Wave tofu and Silk soymilk products are sourced abroad, primarily from Brazil and China. Environmental standards and workers' rights are routinely violated in these two countries.

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Raise that cup of mocha-java-triple-non-fat, light whip-extra hot cup of coffee, fancy fiji bottled water, bluemoon (H-i know u have an orange slice:-), or whatever libation is near for a toast...a toast to Y-O-U!
Have a happy, healthy, abundant and successful beyond your imagination 2008!

I thought of a whole bunch "to-do" list type things for my new year resolutions. However, I know me, by the end of the month (hell maybe next week) I will have forgotten it. Life has a way of jumping right up in your face. One less cigarette, reading more or losing 10lbs goes to the back burner when your boss if on your last nerve, your cat dumps coffee on your new laptop or your toddler is going berserk in Blockbuster because he wants "ELMO!"

You feel me?

This year, I chose a word. "Release." It's what I will strive for in 2008! Release excess clutter, toxic relationships, fear, self-doubt, unrealistic expectations, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Hmmm, this may spill over into '09. lol.

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Read the Dec. 28, 2007 entry "Resolution Revolution: A Better Way to Start Your Year"
She has some real inspirational stuff on her blog.