Today I have three good food related news items for you.
1. Here Come ‘Da Judge
Soda Ban Overturned
Just in case you have been living under a rock and did not hear this news, Mayor Bloomberg’s Soda Ban was overturned by New York Judge Milton Tingling, who stopped the city from enforcing the ban one day before it was to take effect.
The judge said the ban was, “arbitrary and capricious.” The judge also said that Mayor Bloomberg and the Board of Health over stepped their bounds and that rules relating to this issue should be handled by a legislative body.
Three Cheers for freedom of choice, consent of the governed, and the Constitution!!!!!
Mayor Bloomberg has said he will appeal the decision.
2. Red, Red Wine
Want To Live Longer?
Your wish may soon come true. According to the website Mail Online:
The new drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol which is found in red wine and is believed to have an anti-ageing effect as it boosts activity of a protein called SIRT1.
Pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline has been testing the medications on patients suffering with medical conditions including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
The work proves that a single anti-ageing enzyme in the body can be targeted, with the potential to prevent age-related diseases and extend lifespans.
They could therefore be used in the same way as statin drugs are commonly prescribed to prevent, instead of simply treating, cardiovascular disease.
In animal models, overweight mice given synthetic resveratrol were able to run twice as far as slim mice and they lived 15 per cent longer.
Professor Sinclair added: ‘Now we are looking at whether there are benefits for those who are already healthy. ‘Things there are also looking promising. We’re finding that ageing isn’t the irreversible affliction that we thought it was. [Emphasis mine.]
‘Some of us could live to 150, but we won’t get there without more research.’
You can read the entire article by clicking this link: Red Wine
3. Olive Oil
Makes You Feel Fuller
There is new research that shows
In short, the researchers looked at the sense of feeling full longer after eating of four types of natural oils: lard, butter fat, rapeseed oil, and olive oil.
Olive oil clearly won out. Researchers discovered it has something to do with the aroma.
If interested you can read the entire article by clicking this link: Olive Oil
Featured Recipe Tomato Soup
One of my favorite meals is one of the simplest – a grilled cheese sandwich and a big, deep, steaming hot bowl of tomato soup.
Why is the combo so comforting; so satisfying? I don’t know. It just is. It is a rule of The Universe.
Today, right now I am in need of comfort.
Why am I in need of comfort you ask? I am tired of this seemingly never-ending winter. We get a day or two of sun and signs of spring and then five or six days of clouds, snow, or rain.
So on this gray and cold day I am going to comfort myself with some tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. This is the grilled cheese sandwich I have in mind ~ with bacon and tomato and two kinds of cheeses. YUM!
Why go to all this trouble of making my own tomato soup when it is so much easier and less expensive (though not by much) than a can of tomato soup?
While I like both the ease and taste of canned tomato soup it does not take that much longer to make my own. Plus my own is richer and thicker and has chunks of tomatoes in it. My own is definitely more filing and creamier. Plus there is the pride in creating my own.
The only thing that would make this soup any better is if I added red wine to it. Then I could live to 150 years old too!!!
This is what you will need for 3 people:
The recipe can be doubled, even tripled.
1 – 6 ounce can tomato paste
2 – 8 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
1 cup cream*
1 stalk of celery
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits for garnish; or what ever garnishes rock your boat.
* Use milk if you do not want a rich, creamy soup or use water if you prefer.
Here is what you do:
Finely dice the celery. How to dice celery. To make the smaller dice cut more and thinner sticks and then cut those into smaller dice or pieces.
Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the diced celery and sauté for a minute or two.
Add the tomato paste and the crushed tomatoes and mix well.
If using, add the salt and pepper now. Other Spices: Although I don’t use any other spice or herb as I love the taste of tomatoes plain, you could add some dried basil or oregano or anything else that floats your boat. It is your soup after all. Make it your own by adding what you like and want!
Add the cream and stir until all the cream is completly mixed into the soup. Continue heating until the soup is hot.
Ladle into bowls. If using any optional toppings add them now.
1 – 6 ounce can tomato paste $0.69
2 – 8 oz cans crushed tomatoes $2.39
1 cup cream* $2.39
1 stalk of celery $0.16
1 tablespoon butter $0.08
Salt and pepper to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese ($0.40) and bacon bits ($0.38) for garnish; or what ever garnishes rock your boat.
Total cost = $5.71
Cost per person = $1.90
Cost with options $6.49 total; $2.13 per person
Quote of the Day
Soup is liquid comfort.