Raspberry Sauce

I got a deal at the local market. 50¢ per pint. There are only so many raspberries you can eat before you get sick of them. Yes, a pie should have been the go to on using these up but they were just on the border of delicious & mush.

I rinsed and air-dried the raspberries.

Placed them into the Food process to blend.

 

Strained into a sauce pan. Tip: use a ladle to push through the strainer.

 

Heated them up with a pinch of salt and Agave Nectar to sweeten just to taste.

Using two tablespoons of cornstarch and some of the puree to blend, to thicken the sauce.

Now what to do?

I used the sauce as a plate garnish, a vinaigrette, to sweeten & color whip cream, creme brulee, chocolate cupcakes. The possibilities are endless.

The sauce can freeze but you will need to bring it back to heat since the cornstarch may chunk up when you thaw it out for use. So freeze it in small batches or use a vacuum seal.

Let me know any of your ideas for raspberry sauce.

Bring Back the Glass Top Mason Jar

Okay perhaps you’re not going to start making preserves or pickled beets anytime soon, but you should.  It seems as though every day an article on health issues regarding something we eat appears.

Guess what!

This is another one.

Canning of food and beverage has been around longer than any of us.

Cans are great. They look cool, stack easy, ship well, cost efficient so what’s the problem?

A few years back people got botulism from bacteria build up in cans. So industry figured a solution, plastic lining. Problem solved.

Great!

Guess what?

A new problem, BPA or Bisphenol A. That was the stuff people talked about a few years ago and it was suggested to not use plastic wrap or containers in the microwave.

Outlawed in Canada and in Europe for use in baby bottles. This product is a polymer that is in all canned foods and thermal paper receipts (unless listed No BPA on the container). It is proven to leach into the food and results show high levels are in our bodies. Linking to obesity, neurological issues, diabetes, health issues during pregnancy and birth defects just to name a few.

Great!

I’ll spare you the details as to why they are still used in the USA and get to the point.

Consume only things that are fresh, organic, free range, minimally processed, no growth hormones, food items packaged in glass or labeled ‘No BPA’, whenever you can.

“But That stuff is expensive” you say.

It is worth the expense. In the 1950’s average US household spent 6% on healthcare and 29.7% on food.†

Guess what?

Today we spend 38% on healthcare* and 19% on food**. Think about that.

Again, I’ll spare you the details as to why.

You body is truly the only thing that you own. No liens, mortgages, notes against.

Stop worrying about buying the best internet connection. It wont save your life.

What you put in your body will.

Check out this blog for some great information

http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/bpa-danger-may-be-greater-from-tin-cans-than-water-bottles.html

† US Bureau of Labor Statistics

* Milliman Research Report, (employer contribution not deducted)

** USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion

Where are you going for New Years eve?

New Years eve is a great night.

You get to look back on last year and hope you don’t repeat the same mistakes. Ha!

So here’s to a Happy New Year!

Okay, want to have a great new years?

Stay home. Yes I said it. Sorry restaurants but it’s amateurs night. As long as You the regular can put up with average at best service, stay away. It is generally a fiasco when it comes to serving a good prefix with a two or three seating. Most of the time the One-timers that don’t come out but once a year get in your way to a perfect dinner at your favorite eatery. They don’t know what good food or service is so they will be happy and drunk while you and yours will be wishing you were some where else.

My peers may give me the WTF but it is reality. If they were not working they wouldn’t go out to dinner on New Years Eve.

Now if you are going out, that is a different story. Perhaps go to your favorite hang for apps and rounds one or two, but move on after that. If you hang around long enough you will get too drunk, spend too much and may get pissed off by those around you having a great 1st night out.

Those of you in the city can walk to a local hang and let it all out at 12 till. Those in the suburbs, don’t get behind the wheel. Stay home enjoy pop acts on TV that you never get a chance to listen to (or may never listen to again).

Here’s to a new year!