Friday, January 17, 2014

Dangerous Ingredients in our everyday foods.

#10 Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame-K)  also known as Acesulfame K or Ace K is 180-200 times sweeter than table sugar. Health conscious people may think, that it is good news, but processed sweeteners can hamper the metabolism of the body. The human body cannot metabolize these calorie free drinks. During the manufacture of acesulfame potassium, methylene chloride is used as a solvent, which otherwise is used in other commercial applications like paint stripper, degreaser and propellant gas. Exposure to this chemical compound over a prolonged period of time can result in: Headaches, Liver complications, Mental confusion, Cancerous developments, Visual impairment and Renal diseases.

#9 Glyphosphate
What is that you ask? It's an herbicide that kills weeds. Why is it important to know because it is very harmful for us to be around and ingest. How do we ingest it? The plant soak up the herbicide and we eat that plant. Yummy. It can cause diarrhea shortness of breath vomiting and weakness.

#8 Aspartame
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful and Equal-Measure.
Ahhh good ole aspartame. The same chemical that's virtually in everything and is very hard not to eat. Aspartame, an artificial sweetener that is used as a substitute for sugar in many foods and beverages, is considered by some scientists to be a neurotoxin, a substance that is detrimental to the nervous system. Do you need to know anything else? Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death.

#7 Carrageenan
In manufacturing, carrageenan is used as a binder, thickening agent, and as a stabilizer in medications, foods, and toothpaste. Carrageenan is also an ingredient in weight loss products. Sounds good right? Well it can cause gastrointestinal inflammation, lesions, and even colon cancer in animals. Individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease or other gastrointestinal disorders are cautioned to avoid this ingredient as it can make symptoms – and inflammation – even worse.

#6 Ammonium Sulfate
Ammonium sulfate is a fertilizer that’s sometimes used in making homemade explosives. It is used in flame retardant materials. It even activated yeast for your yummy bread to rise. It also is in our vaccines like DTap. So this chemical is a all in one, super chemical. Yippee

#5 Paraben
We've all heard of this. This is another item that's everywhere and hard to avoid. They are used as preservatives.  Parabens can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, deodorant..etc..they are also used as food additives in processed meats such as sausages. Paraben's can mimic the hormone estrogen, which is known to play a role in the development of breast cancers. Do I really have to say more. I think not.

#4 Castoreum
What in the world is this? It is a bitter strong-smelling creamy orange-brown substance that consists of the dried perineal glands of the beaver and their secretion and is used especially by perfumers —called also castor.  Seconds anyone?

#3 Butylated HydroxyAnisole (BHA)
Who doesn't love chips, rice, snacks and cereal? But do you love carcinogen's and cancer? Didn't think so. BHA is generally used to keep fats from becoming rancid. It is used to preserve food odor, color, and flavor. So in order to have your favorite things you have to be prepared to be exposed to BHA.

#2 Titanium Dioxide
This is a component of the element titanium and is used to make foods appear whiter. You have trace elements of a metallic element in your salad dressing, coffee creamer, cupcake and ice cream. Even though they will only rarely make someone sick, it's still nasty to think about.

Last but certainly not least....
#1 Maggots and Mites
The FDA provides an allowance for 19 maggots and 74 mites in a single 3.5 oz. can of mushrooms. Keep that in mind next time you pop open a can to add to your pizza.
open can of sliced mushrooms

I hope you will consider all that you are eating willingly and unwillingly. This list is just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks for reading..Happy Eating.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ramen Noodle Beard And Other Strange Beard Stylings From Isaiah Webb (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post

Isaiah Webb, better known as "Incredibeard,"

This very interesting man morphs his beard into different shapes. He adds food and objects to his surprisingly handsome face. 

 I wonder if he eats the food after it's in his beard....Yuck 
This goes to show you that with a little ingenuity, you too can have your 15 minutes of fame.  

Ramen noodles


Burger, Fries and a Shake


The famous red cups

The Predator

Thursday, September 19, 2013

8 New foods to try.

 Square watermelon
For people that love watermelon but has limited space in their refrigerator.

Sushi Poppers
For sushi on the go.

Lollyphile Lollypops
Blue Cheese Lollipops!Bourbon Lollipops!Maple-Bacon Lollipops!
Blue cheese                            Bourbon          Maple-bacon

Bob's Pickle Pops
For the pickle juice drinker in you.

Alcohol Infused Whipped Cream
26 1oz shots of Cream per 375ml can.


Raspberry CREAMRaspberry Berries and Cream!  Raspberry CREAM is a delicious blend of natural raspberry flavors and a smooth alcohol infused whipped cream.  Try Raspberry CREAM on top of your favorite mixed drinks, shots, martinis, daiquiris and desserts.  Or try CREAM straight up.  Get Whipped™

Vanilla CREAMVanilla

Anything but ordinary! Vanilla CREAM is a delicious combination of natural and artificial vanilla flavors and a smooth alcohol infused whipped cream.  Try Vanilla CREAM on top of your favorite mixed drinks, shots, martinis, daiquiris, desserts or coffees.  Or try CREAM straight up.  Get Whipped™

Chocolate CREAMChocolate

For all you chocolate lovers!  Chocolate CREAM is a delicious blend of natural and artificial chocolate flavors and a smooth alcohol infused whipped cream.  Try Chocolate CREAM on top of your favorite mixed drinks, shots, martinis, desserts or coffees.  Or try CREAM straight up.  Get Whipped™

Cherry CREAMCherry

A Cherry on top! Cherry CREAM is a unique combination of natural and artificial flavors and a smooth alcohol infused whipped cream.  Try Cherry CREAM on top of your favorite mixed drinks, shots, martinis, daiquiris and desserts.  Or try CREAM straight up.  Get Whipped™

Caramel CREAMCaramel

Eat your heart out!  Caramel CREAM is a tempting blend of natural and artificial flavors and a smooth alcohol infused whipped cream.  Try Caramel CREAM on top of your favorite mixed drinks, shots, martinis, desserts, shakes or coffees.  Or try CREAM straight up.  Get Whipped™

Birra Spalmabile
Spreadable beer.

Rose water smells great—How about rose sweat?


It's called Otoko Kaoru, which literally means "men's fragrance," and contains rose and menthol ingredients to keep chewers smelling minty floral fresh right through the rainy season and the scorching days that follow. Apparently, the active ingredients are geraniol and "fragrance micro capsules."

Le Whif

Sniffable chocolate

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mushroom & Cheddar Stuffed Onions

Mushroom & Cheddar Stuffed Onions

Prep: 1 hour | Total Time: 1 1/4 hours
  • large sweet onion, (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon
    unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup
    finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon
    minced garlic
  • 8 ounces
    cremini mushrooms, very finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon
    salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon
    freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup
    dry sherry, or dry white wine
  • 4 teaspoons
    chopped fresh sage, divided
  • 3/4 cup
    shredded extra-sharp Cheddar
  • 3/4 cup
    coarse fresh breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup
    finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    Worcestershire sauce, preferably vegan
  • 1/4 teaspoon
  • 2 teaspoons
    extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Trim the ends off the onion and cut in half lengthwise; peel. Cook the onion halves in the boiling water for 2 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove the 4 largest outer layers from each half. Return the remaining pieces to the pot and boil for 5 minutes more to cook through. Set aside. Using tongs, return the 8 onion layers to the boiling water and cook until soft and pliable, 1 to 4 minutes, pulling each layer out as it’s done. Set aside on a plate.
  3. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook, stirring, until the shallots are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add sherry (or wine); cook, stirring, until almost all the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms form a soft mass, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons sage; cook 30 seconds more. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl; stir in cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley, Worcestershire and Tabasco. Finely chop the reserved onion core; add to the bowl.
  4. To stuff an onion layer, hold it with the curved side cupped in your hand. Spoon 4 to 5 tablespoons of stuffing into the center and gently form it into a football-shaped packet. Lay the packet seam-side down in the baking dish and repeat with the remaining layers. Brush the packets with oil and sprinkle with the remaining 2 teaspoons sage and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cover the dish with foil.
  5. Bake until the onions are bubbling, 15 to 25 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

Tip: To make your own fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. To make fine breadcrumbs, process until very fine. To make dry breadcrumbs, spread coarse or fine breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs or about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. For store-bought coarse dry breadcrumbs we like Ian’s brand, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them at well-stocked supermarkets.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes
  • 1/3 cup
    dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup
    soy sauce, reduced-sodium
  • 2 tablespoons
    brown sugar
  • 1 20-ounce can
    pineapple rings, plus 1/3 cup juice from the can
  • 4 large
    boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 1 1/2 pounds, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon
  1. Whisk sherry, soy sauce, brown sugar and the 1/3 cup pineapple juice in a large bowl. Add pineapple rings and chicken and gently stir to coat. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat grill to medium-high.
  3. Remove the chicken and pineapple from the marinade and pat dry; reserve the marinade. Oil the grill rack. Grill the chicken and pineapple until the chicken is cooked through and the pineapple is marked, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  4. Whisk the reserved marinade and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking, until reduced and thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in butter. Serve the chicken and pineapple drizzled with the sauce.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole
WebMD Recipe

Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 1 hour | Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • 4 cups
    hot mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon
    butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons
    light pancake syrup, or real pancake syrup
  • 1 large
    egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup
    egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup
    low fat, fat free half and half or whole milk
  • 1/3 cup
    pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup
    flaked coconut (sweetened)
  • 1/3 cup
    brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon
    melted butter or margarine

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a 1 1/2 to 2 quart casserole dish with canola cooking spray.
  2. With electric mixer, blend sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon butter, and pancake syrup together. Beat in egg, egg substitute, and milk. Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish.
  3. Combine pecans, coconut, brown sugar, and flour. Stir in a tablespoon of melted butter. Sprinkle mixture over sweet potatoes. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.