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Catching Up On the Latest Food News

 

Today I am just going to share an update and a bit of food news you may have missed last week.

1. Update on the Cost of Chocolate.

Last Wednesday when I shared the candy corn bark recipe, I told you all how the cost of chocolate has gone up. And it has.

However, if I had shopped around more than I did I could have gotten chocolate quite a bit cheaper. This past weekend I found a different name brand and a larger (24 ounces Vs 11 ounces) bag of white chocolate morsels for only $3.15.

If I had bought that bag of candy for the candy corn recipe I would have saved $1.35.

Just goes to show you it pays to shop around. Now I can definitely make bark for both Christmas and Valentines. Yea!!!

2. Another Great Budget Halloween Site

In the last 24 hours I found another great Halloween site. Over at Living On a  Dime dot com I found more great inexpensive decorations, costumes and recipes for Halloween. Following is a direct link to their Halloween site: Inexpensive Halloween Party.  

In other news………
3. Peanut Butter Prices Set To Rise in November

If you haven’t heard already this is the very important news for More Thyme readers.

After the worst harvest in 30 years due to last summer’s scorching temperatures, peanut butter prices are set to go way up next month. Expect to see prices rise by 24% to 40%!!!!!

If you were thinking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches would help get you through the recession, think again.

Or stock up. NOW.  I went out Saturday. I now have enough peanut butter in my pantry to last me through 2013, maybe a bit beyond because you can go a little beyond those “Best By” dates.

You can get all of the details by clicking this link: Peanut Butter.

4. Another Health Benefit of Chocolate

Good news for chocolate lovers like me.

From AOL News:

…….a Swedish study has found a link between high chocolate consumption (more than 45 grams a week — about as much as two candy bars ) and a 20 percent decrease in stroke risk among women……

The chocolate in question is dark chocolate. You can read the entire article here: Chocolate.

Hopefully you will keep in mind the qualifiers regarding studies like this from MTTD’s recent post on Understanding Food Studies.

5. Importance of Protein in Your Diet

At long last meat lovers can rejoice!!!! Eating a bit more protein every day can make you feel full longer.

The long and short of this scientific research (not study) and article is that if we do not get enough protein we will not have enough energy throughout the day which may lead to more snacking and thus to more weight gain.

In other words, the body seems to need protein more than it needs carbs, as current U.S.policy and the food police would have you believe.

It was a small research study but it is contributing to a growing body of research that says that fat is not all bad for us. Of course I have been saying that all along here at MTTD.

You can read more about this by clicking either of these links:  or Protein research or Add protein article.

Featured Recipe    Pasta with Tuna Fish and Capers

This is one of my go to recipes when I am in hurry or when the budget is extra tight.

You can add many things into this recipe. It is kind of a clean out the fridge kind of recipe. Today I am just sharing the basic recipe. I personally like simple recipes not cluttered with too many different and competing tastes.

For those of you who like your food spicy hot add some red pepper flakes to the ingredients list.

I do not have hard and fast definitive ingredient amounts. I just kinda throw stuff together for this dish.

This is about what you will need for 4 people:

Pasta of your choice, about 12 ounces

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1-3 cloves garlic or to taste

1-2 cans solid tuna fish in water

Zest of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lemon

Capers

Parsley

Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is what you do:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking drain the tuna, zest the lemon and juice it, chop the parsley, and crush and dice the garlic.

When the pasta is al dente, drain the pasta.  Reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water, in case you need it. To do this I just use a small ladle and put the water in a measuing cup.

Heat the olive oil and the butter over low heat in the same pot as you cooked the pasta.

Add the garlic and sauté stiring a minute or two or until fragrant.

Add the cooked pasta to the pot and toss with tongs to coat the pasta in the butter mixture.

Add the tuna, some capers (about 2 tablespoons or to taste,) the lemon zest and lemon juice and mix well.

Then add  some Parmesan cheese (about 3 tablespoons or to taste)  and some salt and pepper.

If necessary add some of  the reserved pasta water; about 1 small ladle full at a time till you get the consistency you want. You don’t want too dry, nor too wet. I know that is so precise. But believe me, you will be able to tell.

Toss it all together. Place the pasta in a serving bowl, top with more cheese and the chopped parsley.

Serve with a salad and some Italian bread.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

Pasta of your choice                         $1.29  

2-3 tablespoons olive oil                   $0.36

3-4 tbspns unsalted butter                $0.36

1-3 cloves garlic or to taste              $0.12

1-2 cans solid tuna fish                    $3.00

Zest of 1 lemon                               $0.38

Juice of 1 lemon                              ——

Capers (2 tblspn)                           $0.76

Parsley                                          $0.07

Parmesan cheese (3 tbspn)             $0.77

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $7.11
Cost per person = $1.78

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Simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

 

– don Miguel Angel Ruiz

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