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Full Marley

4 Aug

It’s the summer of reggae. A summer of upholding the values of Bob Marley. A summer of love, peace and understanding. A summer for Snoop Dogg to experience a spiritual re-awakening and change his name to Snoop Lion and make a reggae album. (I’ve heard his song La la la on the radio and I’m liking the new Snoop). And a summer to chill out and change the world while enjoying refreshing Marley beverages.

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When I first went to the supermarket I looked at these drinks with puzzlement. It seemed odd to see Bob Marley’s face staring out at me from Giant’s organic, all-natural aisle. (I feel more ostracized than a leper when I walk down that aisle, usually devoid of other shoppers. Why can’t Giant allow organic to mix with the “normal” food?) I passed the bottles by and went on with my shopping. But after I got home, I couldn’t get the Bob Marley beverages out of my head. I jumped back in my car. As usual the organic aisle was deserted. And from within that empty expanse,  they stood out like a beacon of hope and promise. Within minutes, they were mine.

Marley’s Mellow Mood was created in partnership with Bob Marley’s family. The different, delicious teas pay homage to Bob Marley in the promotion of health and stress reduction. Very much like the great man’s music. They come in yummy flavors, like citrus and berry mixed with relaxing herbs, including camomile and valerian root. And of course there’s the super smiling Bob on the front. How can you not want to fill your shopping trolley with them?

http://marleysmellowmood.com/

One Drop is also created in partnership with Bob Marley’s family and is made from gourmet Jamaican coffee. One Drop supports charities that promote sustainable and responsible living through their 1love.org initiative. Great taste and great causes! Why aren’t you at the market already?

http://marleysonedrop.com/

When there’s such refreshing ways to make a difference in the world, I’d have to argue with the phrase “give until it hurts”. I choose “give until it feels good”!

 

You’ve got peanut butter on my…

24 May

It’s the Memorial Day weekend and many of us will be cleaning off the grill and firing it up. But what will you have that you haven’t had last year? And the year before that? Cheeseburgers. But not any cheeseburgers. It’s true, we all love burgers but somewhere, in the dark recesses of our minds, we secretly crave something more. A new twist to an old favorite. And, ironically, its in an old cookbook that I found the answer.

From Good Housekeeping’s Keep Cool Cookbook (published 1971) I found this…

Peanut Butter Burgers

Lean chuck, ground

White-bread slices

Peanut Butter

Cheddar-cheese slices

Shape hamburgers; then grill to desired doneness

Meanwhile, take 2 slices of bread for each hamburger; spread one lightly with peanut butter; top the other with a slice of cheese. When hamburgers are done, put together with hamburger as filling.

Toast sandwich until golden on both side

I used a Trader Joe’s Chicken Burger with my peanut butter this evening and can honestly say I’ll be pb-ing my burgers with consistency this summer.

And, while we’re on the topic of peanut butter, Vermont Peanut Butter is making some amazing pb concoctions. I’m ordering some Good Karma (dark chocolate with pb) at this very minute. Of course they do Creamy and Chunky for those peanut butter purists out there, but for the more adventurous types, you can also get Maple Walnut, White Chocolate or Cinnamon Raisin.

http://www.vtpeanutbutter.com/

Good Karma

Postum is the Most-um!

6 May

Do you remember Postum? Postum was a caffeine-free, roasted grain, coffee substitute produced by Kraft food. Made of wheat bran, wheat, molasses, and corn dextrin, it was considered healthier than coffee, and without the coffee jitters side-effect. It was fat free, sodium free, had only ten calories and was also kosher. What more could any health conscious individual want? I have many happy childhood memories of Postum. One in particular stays in my mind…as a young girl, coming home from midnight mass on Christmas Eve and enjoying a cup of hot Postum with a handful of sugar cookies by the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. For me Postum will always be infused with this warm, cosy, holiday memory.

There are many of us who mourned the end of Postum and who have continued to kindle the hope that it would be back on our supermarket shelves. Imagine my delight then when receiving this email from the new manufacturers of Postum..

We are happy to announce that we have secured production locations, and are heading for commercialization in late spring.   Again, we thank you for your patience – we know that the flavor of Postum has to be right, and our standards for production have caused a longer wait than any of us wanted.

Regards, The POSTUM team at Bridge Industries

The sunshine has come back into my life!

To keep on top of the latest Postum news , click on…

http://postum.com/

I have also saved an old recipe pamphlet entitled

“Recipes Using Instant Postum”

For those of you who may have a jar squirrel away, or those who want to be ready for Postum’s Second Coming, here’s a delightful recipe to go with your morning cuppa…

Chewy Bars

1 c. sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 c. Instant Postum Cereal beverage

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c. chopped pecans

1/3 c. butter

1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla

Sift flour with instant cereal beverage, baking powder, soda and salt. Add pecans and mix well. Melt butter in saucepan; remove from heat. Add the sugars and mix well. Cool slightly. Blend in egg and vanilla. Then add flour mixture, a small amount at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour into greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes-do not overbake. Cool in pan. Cut in small bars. Makes about 2 dozen bars.

A little bit of Postum history…

Since 1945, Postum is a US code name for polonium-210, used in nuclear weapon initiators.

Not exactly what you want in your morning cup 😦

 

update 7/14/12

Postum is officially back and ready to buy online…

http://postum.com/how-to-order/

Oh happy day!!!

 

 

The Adobo Experiment

22 Feb

What if there was one condiment that brought a person luck? I have reason to believe this condiment is Adobo.

A young, strapping Marine had been sent to Iraq as a gunner. All the previous Marines that had done the same job there before him had lost at least a leg. The odds were against him. But, different to the others, our Marine had been sent a steady supply of Goya’s Adobo by his mother. He used it on everything. He did two tours, one right after the other and suffered little injury. Skill? Bravery? Certainly! But was there something else? Something in the Adobo, that gave him the advantage?

I will test my own luck by using Adobo for the next two weeks…

 

Update: My two weeks of Adobo weren’t lifechanging but…I seem to have acquired some unexpected $$$. Coincidence?