Good morning, readers! I’ve got an interesting hodge-podge for you today…
- How many of you couples say to each other what Kent & I do a week or two before Valentines day: “We’re not getting each other anything for Valentines Day, right?” “Righto honey!” Neither of us are very sentimental, and we’re both fairly cheap, so this works for us. 🙂 (Soon I’ll post on my other blog something he did for me recently that was pretty darn sweet, though.) If, however, you like to get your honey a little something, maybe some chocolate, then you’ll want to read this post on chocolates first. The comments there really got cooking and readers brought up a lot more issues that weren’t covered in the post. (Also check out Jenny’s post comparing various brands of dark chocolate: For the Love of Organic Dark Chocolate.)
- Surely you’ve seen the messed up USDA Dietary Guidelines? But this is more like it! Check out the press release from the Weston A. Price Foundation. “As an alternative to the USDA low-fat, high-carbohydrate dietary guidelines, a Washington, DC nutrition foundation proposes a Healthy 4 Life dietary plan in the form of a colorful booklet and poster featuring four food groups: animal foods; grains, legumes and nuts; vegetables and fruits; and healthy fats.” I wish I could be at the Valentines Day press conference in D.C.. Be sure to follow Kimberly’s blog as I’m sure she’ll be there getting all the scoop for us!
- Jeff from the Catholic Foodie asked if I’d join him on his podcast to share what I think about Jamie Oliver last week. We had a nice chat about the good and the not-so-good, and also discussed why Real Food can be so controversial. Listen here. (My interview starts at about 31:55 or so.)
- Well this tid-bit isn’t food or blog related, but get this… If you follow my Facebook page, then you heard me mention a fun email I got from my fellow-blogging friends Gregg & Hallee the Homemaker a couple weeks ago. She was visiting Gregg in Dubai (he’s home for good in a few months!) and wanted my address because they saw something and thought of me, how sweet is that? So look what they sent me! This tub of bright yellow, almost orange (full of nutrients!) ghee, along with a gorgeous scarf. 🙂 Our boys thought this was especially cool because they’re always looking online at the huge buildings in Dubai. Thanks Gregg & Hallee!
- Watch this scary video that Theresa sent me about the “blueberries” in certain products at the grocery store. Can you say, “petro-chemicals”? We should all go to the store expecting foods there to be full of junk, that way we either won’t buy them at all, or we’ll learn to be savvy label readers. What are some other super scary packaged foods that you’ve found at the store?
- Thank you again to Lycette who sent me the links to these great Dr. Oz videos on the benefits of coconut oil! I’m liking that guy more all the time. Did he just say that this saturated fat is good for us? YES HE DID! I was confused and unsure, though, about his experiment in the 2nd video where he showed why to avoid “large-chain” fatty acids (I thought it was “long-chain”?), because I know that some of them are actually good for us… Anyone want to take a stab at clearing that up? I need to research it more. I’ll start here.