California voters consider Proposition 37

The vegetables above all look beautiful, but do we know if they’re genetically modified. Do you know when you’re picking fruit and vegetables at the local grocery store? The answer is no, but that might start to change of the voters of California approve Proposition 37. The proposed law would require that food manufacturers appropriately label all food, whether raw or processed, that contain ingredients made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). That term refers to scientific procedures that have altered the genetic material in various organisms.

The idea is the consumers have a right to know what kinds of food they are buying and eating, while opponents argue that it would be too burdensome or costly. These initiatives have failed many times in other states, but California often leads the nation on these issues.

Tons of money is being spent by opponents of the law. Both sides are running commercials and spending money on mailers, but the food companies and their allies are spending like crazy. They can afford slick commercials. Yet the proponents have passionate supporters of these regulations. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Home improvement sales are booming – time to redo that kitchen!

We’ve been in a very long rut regarding home sales, as home values plummeted with the recession and the mortgage crisis. In some parts of the country home values and sales are increasing, while other areas like Las Vegas remain stagnant.

There is a boom, however, in home improvement spending as sales from stores like Home Depot, hardware stores and furniture stores are going through the roof. This probably reflects the fact that many families have given up on the idea of trading up for a bigger house, as that’s much more difficult in this part of the cycle. Also, with mortgage rates so ridiculously low, more people are refinancing, and often that also frees up cash for home improvement purchases.

So if you’re looking to finally upgrade that kitchen or redecorate some rooms, now might be a great time. You can do big things like putting in new cabinets or new counters, or you can make more modest changes by picking out a new piece of furniture or hanging art on the walls with new picture frames.

Everyone loves a refreshed home, so think about what works best for you!

Carmelina’s in Little Italy Boston, MA!

Carmelina’s in Boston’s North End was an absolute treat after spending a sunny Saturday afternoon moving my “little Freshman” into her college dorm!

Checking out the menu in silence!

Little Italy in Boston’s North End

Ready for lunch.

Thanks Dad!

Mussels in White Wine

Wild Mushroom Rissotto.

More Rissotto

Japanese Eggplant

Warm Crusty Bread.

Table of food.

Catch of the day on Broccoli Rabe.

Rissotto with Seafood.

More “fruits of the sea”

Angel Hair Pasta

Arugula with shaved Parmesan.

Gorgeous Salad!

Tuna with Fusilli.

Yummy 1

Yummy 2

Yummy3!

Every Last….

Bite!

This meal was delicious and it was the perfect time of day to consume copious calories.

Believe it or not, not long after this meal we walked down the street to the Caffe Paradiso for the world’s best ( no hyperbole ) tiramisu and coffee.

As close to an authentic Italian experience as one could find on this side of the Atlantic.

An emotional weekend fueled by olive oil and mascarpone cheese, you can be sure that I will be visiting often for many reasons!

Chronic Poison! Dwarf Wheat Is The Devil!

I don’t know how much more we need to know about this crudely genetically modified grain before we all stop consuming it.

It is linked to a myriad of health problems and is addictive to boot.

From Type 2 Diabetes to metabolic syndrome, this dwarf wheat has been blamed for many of the chronic ills of society.

This is not the wheat of your grandmother.

Created 50 years ago this new wheat has double the genetic information as the original Einkorn variety eaten for millennia without problems.

Vegan Raspberry Mango Muffins With Pistachios

My eldest daughter isn’t leaving for college for another 5 weeks and already she is teaching me things.

She made these incredibly moist and delicious muffins and gave me the recipe.

She substituted raspberries for blackberries and I would switch out the wheat flour for coconut flour.

just a few ideas.

In any case, these were delicious!

She has taught me about Chia seeds which are wonderful; Extremely healthy and a great ingredient for vegan chefs to add texture, heft and “egg white” qualities to baked goods.

Blackberry Mango Muffins

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. Chia seed
1 1/4 Cup Warm Water
2 Cups Mango, No Skin/seed and Mashed
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
2/3 Cup Organic Sugar
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
3 1/2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbsp. Ground Allspice
1 tsp. Salt
1 Cup Fresh Blackberries
1 Cup Salted, Shelled Pistachios

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and get 24 cupcake liners ready in a baking sheet.

Stir the chia seed and warm water together and set aside for a few minutes until it is gelatinous.

In a small bowl, stir together the coconut oil, mango, sugar, ACV, vanilla extract and the chia seed mixture.

Using a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, Allspice, and salt.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir together until there are not dry chunks and it is smooth.

Fold the blackberries and salted pistachios into the batter. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners until it almost reaches the top.
Bake for 23-27 minutes, check to see if they are done baking with a toothpick to see if it draws clear. Place on cooling rack for 10 minutes.

Enjoy and Share!