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Food Freedom Update

 

Remember a few months ago when I ranted and raved against the new federal guidelines that regulate the kinds and amounts of foods school cafeterias can provide for students in the post, Give Me Liberty?

Well funny thing about that……..

As reported in the previous post many students were complaining they were hungry. Students in Kansas created and posted a video on You Tube stating their position on this issue with clarity, creativity, and humor.

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Bravo!!! Well done students. Well done!

Seems there were also a lot of other complaints and outrage from a lot of parents and lawmakers too.

It all made a difference.

According to Diana Duel at examiner.com, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsak wrote to members of Congress recently that the department would, “scrap daily and weekly maximums for grains and meat.” School districts now have more leeway and can serve larger portions of meat and grains without any penalty, at least for now.

Even though there has been some relaxation of the rules and regulations, I stand by my original premise: The government of the United States of America has no business telling a free people what they can eat due to the rights granted to us in the Constitution !

I am heartened that students, parents, and legislators stood up for their rights. I hope it continues…….and not just in our nation’s schools.

As Patrick Henry said:

“The Constitution is NOT an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is a instrument for the people to restrain the government…”  [Emphasis mine.]

 Amen.
Featured Recipe    Green Onion and Pineapple Cheese Ball

This cheese ball is great any time: Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Super Bowl, Easter, birthdays, graduations, anytime or place people get together for fun. You name it this cheese ball is perfect for any occasion.

This is a recipe I have had since my teaching days. Teachers love to have parties and share recipes. Half of the dips I have in my homemade cook book I got at a teacher party. When I as a starving student I used to eat a lot of dips.

Today’s recipe is another such recipe.

Be forewarned….it will disappear very quickly.

The only ‘bad’ thing about this recipe these days is the cost of pecans these days. They have gone through the stratosphere. Sticker Shock!!!!!!!

This is what you will need:

2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese softened

¼ cup green onions minced (I justt used the entire bunch.)

1 – 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple* drained

2 teaspoons seasoned salt

2 cups chopped pecans divided in half

* You can see from the picture I have way more than an 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple. That is because this size was the only size the store had. And I did not have time to run to more stores looking for an 8 ouncer. But not to worry! I have some vanilla ice cream in the freezer and I can make ice cream sundaes with the left over pineapple.

The cook’s life is a hard one, but we are up to the challenge. J

Here is what you do:

Mince the green onions, and drain the pineapple.  The colors green and yellow go together so prettily! It is so cheery. Reminds me of early spring.

Soften the cream cheese by leaving out of the fridge for about an hour. If that does not soften the cheese enough place in a  bowl and put in the  microwave for 15 seconds for each 8 ounce package.

Then mix the first four ingredients and 1 cup of the pecans into the softened cream cheese. I find it easier to mix 1 ingredient at a time: First the onions and salt…….

then the pineapple……..

and last the nuts. Mix it all together very well.

Place in the refrigerator until chilled, about 1 hour. Do NOT cover.

Remove the mixture and shape into a ball. There is only way to do this that I know of…..get your hands messy and shape it by hand.

Roll the ball in the remaining pecans. I spread the rest of the chopped nuts on waxed paper ( Sorry. No picture. When I get involved in cooking sometimes I just forget to take the pictures.) and then just roll the ball in the nuts. Gently pat the nuts on to the ball so they stick.

 Serve on crackers or with assorted crudités.

Prepare for compliments galore!!!!

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

2 – 8 oz pck cream cheese               $2.00

¼ cup green onions minced             $0.54

1 – 8 oz can crushed pineapple        $0.60

2 teaspoons seasoned salt               $0.08

2 cups chopped pecans                   $7.29

Total cost = $10.51

Quote of the Day

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.

Thomas Jefferson

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4 comments to Food Freedom Update

  • Barb (@iamwritermom)

    We had the same issue in our high school. The varsity athletes in particular were furious this fall that the portion sizes had been reduced to such teeny tiny meals. It’s fine for kids who are going home after school but not for healthy, muscular athletes that need to go play a 80 minute soccer game or tennis or run cross country. It was nuts. These kids were not getting the protein and other nutrients needed to fuel them to perform at their best capabilities. FINALLY got some changes implemented after a ton of complaints by students and parents. I still think for our school an “Athletes” line in the cafeteria would be a great idea. Most of us parents would be willing to pay a bit more in lunch money if our kids could get the meals they need before games and practices without having to run out to Subway for a sandwich.

    • Roberta

      Thanks for weighing in, Barb. It is always good to get confirmation from real folks I know that what I am reading in the paper and on the internet is indeed true. It is easy to create a one-size-fits-all regulation. Thing is one-size reg does not fit every child’s needs.

  • Oh yum! I love cheese balls and this one looks so great, especially with the pineapple! Hugs