Food Realities; Watching New Stars “Rise” and Shine

I am a huge fan of a list of reality shows. I have become obsessed with the shows about food. All of them. Some of my favorites include shows that involve a gaming aspect to them. And now I have a new favorite star after Brian Torchin showed me Carla Hall.

As I was watching the show “Top Chef”, my first impression of Carla was that, she definitely knew her way around a kitchen, but awkwardly. I am a faithful viewer of the Food Network Channel and I have watched a number of the food competitions. I have to admit that I was rather unsure of her future in the competition. But, she kept on powering through and squashing my doubts with her conquering every challenge brought to her.

Competing on a food competition show is only a portion of the cookie jar that Carla has her hands into. She has been a delightful presence on the food talk show “The Chew”, and she recently has taken on her latest and greatest accomplishment yet. To start up a restaurant in New York City. This takes a lot of “dough”, and Carla was able campaign to raise over $250,000 to get it started. Her biggest win yet!

Get Ready for Halloween With These “Healthier” Candies

Halloween is a time for dressing up, scary movies, fun decorations and candy. Most of all, Halloween is about candy, right? Most parents grab a few bags of the brand name candy that is set up at the end of the grocery store aisles for their families and trick-or-treaters. But if you’re someone who regularly does that, think again this year.

Most candies are unhealthy in general. This includes the so-called healthy brands that you’ll see below. The difference here is that these candies do not contain GMOs or genetically modified organisms. GMOs are linked to serious health problems. They are also organic and for the most part, gluten free.

First, try Surf Sweets candies. These include yummy gummy bears, gummy worms, watermelon rings and more. All of the Surf Sweets Candies are non-GMO, organic and gluten free. Next, try OCHO Candy Bars if you’re in the mood for something with some chocolate. These candy bars taste just as good as the brand name bars you know, but they are organic and non-GMO. Try flavors with coffee, peppermint, caramel and peanut butter! Finally, Go Naturally Organic Hard Candy Drops are flavored with authentic organic honey. They even have fun Halloween themed flavors!

Many people forget about their health goals and the health responsibilities they have to their children when the holidays come around. Halloween may be Marnie Bennett’s favorite holiday, but we need to remember this is just the start to the holiday season, and the onslaught of candies, cookies, snacks and fatty meals will only continue. Take care of your health and your children’s health by implementing these healthier candies into your Halloween routine. It will start a positive cycle of healthy choices for the festivities ahead.

Mystery Fish Stuns Party into Silence and More

Near the end of a sumptuous meal, people have found it difficult to move. Gorging themselves on a myriad of culinary delights, the air of satisfaction was often well worth. Now to encounter this before the end of the meal is unusual and should be a cause for concern. What exactly happened at a family gathering in Brazil to make headlines all around the world?

The Catch of the Day

For the most part, fresh is directly related to the word good. The flavors tend to come alive when fish are just taken from the sea. With that attitude in mind, what was caught in the nets was haphazardly prepared from the soup portion of the festivities. Unbeknownst to the family and Sultan Alhokair, one of the caught creatures was the notorious pufferfish. This is the same delicacy that requires chefs from the orient to train for two years before tackling. Instead, it was lumped with the other ingredients and served to the party.

The dish was known as peixada and some strange sensations started to follow. The fortunate started vomiting as their systems fought the toxins coursing through it. Others started having various muscle groups go into a paralysis. Faces numb, it spread to other limbs with medical attention soon to be sought. The tasty dish caused people to be carried to ambulances. The rush to meet the dinner bell will never be as rushed for this unfortunate family again.

Politics! How Sweet It Is!

It is not just the “Land of Sun and Surf and Smoke” these days. It is not the land of “bronzed skin” and healthy bodies lying on the beach. California is a battleground. It is a case of “bureaucrats” versus “fizz.” Those California “health addicts” are not concerned with maryjane. It is sugar that is driving the politicians and health officials. Sounds like a “sweet” battle! Berkley will be voting on a penny tax on soft drinks.

San Francisco will be getting its two cents worth, doubling the suggested tax for its citizens. Yes, Jared Haftel and other Stanford voters will be choosing whether to tax each ounce of sugary beverage. Not only that, but the California economy in the Bay Area is thriving with about $9 million being spent by the beverage industry and a little less than half a million by proposal supporters to promote or protest the “wicked” taxes. For details, check out

Homemade Dog Food Recipes That Are Healthier For Your Pup

it’s important for pet owners to realize that dog food isn’t always the healthiest thing for your dog. These foods aren’t as widely regulated as human food. Which means there’s a lot of junk that goes in the bag, and that can be bad for your pup’s long term health.

I have a friend, Igor Cornelsen who has had trouble in the past. His dog was one of the ones that incurred health problems because of the bad food being shipped out of Chinese factories a few years back.

That’s why the best thing that you can actually do is take an interest in your dog, and find healthy alternatives that are ideal for them to eat. Here are a few recipes that don’t take a ton of prep, but that still enable you to keep your doggie healthier and happier, and also living longer.

Better Oils For Cooking and Frying

After looking up a new recipe while surfing the internet on FreedomPop from the train, I’m always raring to go by the time I get home. However, there are a ton of recipes that require some form of oil for me to be able to cook and eat.

So which oils are healthier, and which are to be avoided? Well essentially, you want to avoid anything that comes from an animal. These are always high in bad saturated fat, and are not something that you want to put into your body. If you want to avoid heart disease that is.

But of course, it’s also important to realize that no oil is truly healthy. They are all providing fats that can contribute to heart disease. But there are plenty that are healthier for you than others.

For example, Olive Oil is a godsend, when it comes to baking and some types of cooking. Although OO has a very low smoke point, so it’s not ideal for frying. If you try to fry with Olive Oil, you’re going to end up with a massive smoke detector problem really quick.

For that, peanut oil is your best friend. Nice high smoke point, and plenty of great benefits through their oils, this is a much better alternative than animal based, or vegetable oils. Both of which contain an uncomfortably high level of bad saturated fats.

Prepping For Deer Fat Season

Now that hunting season is about to be in full swing throughout the Midwest, it’s important to know what to do with your deer fat. The way that venison needs to be prepared is a little bit different than a lot of other types of meats.

While in some cases, deer fat can actually be better for you than other animal fats, it’s vital to realize that it’s much more saturated than most animals. Venison fat is more saturated than pork, or beef. So it doesn’t break down or melt as easily as either two, and should be removed from the cooking process as much as possible.

Plus, it’s important to realize which fat you can use, and which you want to avoid. There are some deer, depending upon where they are, in which the fat will probably be too saturated to be used for almost anything. Sagebrush, and deer from sketchy areas should be avoided, as far as fat is concerned. But deer that are mostly grassfed should be okay.

As Marnie Bennett can tell you, they are typically healthier, and also the fat is richer in omega 3’s, instead of the bad saturated fat that can be found in town deer.

The suet in almost all cases is probably better off just tossed. Too hard to convert or break down to use in anything that people are going to eat. Although it can be saved for candles, soap and even for feeding the birds.