Food News


Today I just have a couple of food news items for you.

Another Lemonade Stand Shut Down By Local Government

The first news item is from the There They Go Again Files.

Another child’s Lemonade Stand was shut down by givernment authorities.  But this time the children involved had last names like Marriott (Yes, those Marriotts!) and Augustines (Of Lockheed-Martin.)

Seems there was this little golf tournament. Some of you may have heard about it. It was the U.S. Open in Montgomery County Maryland. Many of the prestigious home owners in the area of the golf course opened their lawns to parking for a very hefty fee of $60 a day or more. They did purchase $300 Permits from the county to do so. Nevertheless, in any other neighborhood these exorbitant fees would have been called scalping.  But that is another story.

Back to the kid’s lemonade stand. The kids were donating some of the proceeds of their stand to pediatric cancer research. They did not purchase a $300 permit. So they were cited and told they would have to pay a $500 fee. (Since all the hullabaloo, the fee has been waived.)

But this happens all over America every summer it seems.

Have we gone daft?

Are cities so cash-strapped that they have to go after kids exerting a little entrepreneurship and gumption to go out and do something positive and enterprising instead of playing computer games and texting all day long?

What a fun way to spend a couple of days. Getting $0.50 from idiots willing to pay $60 a day for parking.

Give me a break!!!

You can watch a video from a local TV station about the entire incident here: VideoLinkHere.

Olive Oil Secret Health Weapon Found?

In other food news today a new study from the Yale University School of Medicine and as reported at Wine Spectator, has identified oleuropein, a component in olive oil, as being the compound that makes olive oil heart healthy.

Scientists tested the effects of oleuropein on Smooth Muscles Cells (SMC.) These “cells make up the muscles in blood vessels that regulate blood pressure.”

These SMCs are damaged by high LDL or so called “bad” cholesterols. However, this does not occur when oleuropein is present.

“The scientists found that the more oleuropein they added, the less SMC developed. Growth decreased by as much as 92 percent when the team administered a high dose of oleuropein. The team concluded that oleuropein in olive oil restricts SMC from proliferating and therefore could be protective against heart failure.”

For those so inclined, you can read the entire article by clicking the following link: Olive oil.

The research was done with cow cells so much more research needs to done. But the research on the benefits of olive oil continue to accumulate.

What are the practical applications for us?

For us this simply means that cooking with olive oil is a probably a good thing.

Featured Recipe    Dr. Pepper Baked Beans

I can hardly believe it. Where has 2011 gone? In only nine days it will be July 4th.

On this Fourth of July we will be celebrating the 235th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America with parades, speeches, BBQ’s, picnics, and fireworks.

I love picnics. I mean a ‘take a blanket and spread it by a creek or a lake and nibble on home made foods,’ kind of picnic. Maybe read a novel or some poetry and just laze the day away dipping toes in the cold waters.

For me a picnic is not complete without baked beans. I shared my all time fave Baked Bean recipe with you several months ago. You can revisit it by clicking this link: Baked Beans.

But there are literally millions of baked beans recipes. The one I am sharing with you today is a little fancier and much sweeter than the one I shared before as it uses Dr. Pepper. I hope you like it.

Baked Beans are wonderful on picnics and at BBQ’s, so this recipe is the first in a series of July 4th themed recipes I will be sharing with you over the next week.

The recipe comes from the cookbook, Square Meals, by Janet and Michael Stern; Knopf, 1984. This is one COOL cookbook. It has recipes from the 1950’s and 1960’s. It is more than a cookbook. It chronicles an entire era by looking at the foods of those years. It is a delightful trip down Memory Lane.

This is what you will need for 4-6 people:

1 – 28 ounce can of pork and beans

1 onion

1 green pepper*

1 tomato

½ cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup Dr. Pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


Here is what you do:

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

NOTE: You can buy ground cloves. However, I have whole cloves in my spice cabinet. So I grind my own in a mortar with a pestle. Take out any large pieces that do not get ground, usually the hard stem.

Chop the onion, the green pepper, and the tomato into a fine dice.

*NOTE: I used only half a green pepper and it was the leftovers from Pork Chops Creole from the last post.  I often use less green pepper than a recipe calls for; personal taste. 

Drain the liquid from the pork and beans. Pour into a baking dish.

Gently mix in the chopped onion, pepper, and tomato.

Combine sugar, Dr. Pepper, and cloves and mix until the sugar dissolves. 

Pour evenly over the bean mixture.

Bake covered  for 30 minutes.

Hot out of the oven.

Serve with some chopped onions on top.

Bon Appetit!!!


1 – 28 oz, can pork & beans              $0.99

1 onion                                            $0.69

1 green pepper                                 $0.43

1 tomato                                          $0.79

½ cup dark brown sugar                   $0.44

1/3 cup Dr. Pepper                           $0.13

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves              $0.20

Total cost = $3.67
Cost per person for 4 = $0.92
Cost per person for 6 = $0.61


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J.H Vincent


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2 comments to Food News

  • I remember having a kool-aid stand with my brother when I was a kid. We didn’t make much money and my mother complained we were using all her sugar, but I remember it being lots of fun. I always stop when I see a lemonade stand because kids learn from experiences like these.

    Any local government that needs taxes paid by an 8-year old is doing it wrong. Kick them out and start over.

    I haven’t had baked beans in a long time. These do look a bit sweet and we don’t have Dr. Pepper so I’m off to check your other recipe. 🙂

  • Friend with a job

    The kids in my neighborhood often set up a table and sell lemonade and I find myself sometimes in too big a hurry to stop. The comment above has reminded me to take a little time out of my day and enjoy the small pleasures while giving these burgeoning entrepreneurs some positive reinforcement!