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Archive for August, 2011

We knocked on her door not sure what to expect. It was Saturday in July and my hubby and I were sans toddler. For the next 4 hours we were in the hands of Cindy Shipp and we were there  to can. You know it’s going to be a good experience when you sit down to no less than 10 delectable, artisan “dippers” with appropriate accouterments. Cindy, of SB Canning, is an incredibly gracious host and is passionate about sharing both her knowledge of canning and her loot of homemade goodness (we got to try her Cabernet Wine Jelly and Strawberry Margarita Jam. To die for! Ya, ya…I see the booze connection too).
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After a session of A&E’s Horders (why can I not stop watching that show?), my hubby flipped to TLC where the show Extreme Couponing was on. Have you seen this series? If not, here is the quick overview: TLC follows families who uses hundreds of coupons on each grocery trip to get free stuff. Picture 3-4 carts overflowing with boxed food, toiletries and household goods on every visit to the market. Inevitably, you will get to see two things: first, the “magic” at the cash register when the $600 grocery bill turns into a $10 bill after all the coupons and store discounts have been applied. Second, the crazy amount of space required in the basement or garage to store hundreds of tubes of toothpaste, more deodorant than anyone can use in a lifetime, and canned goods with sophisticated methods of can rotation to combat expiration dates.

At first it sounds good. All I have to do is collect coupons and I too can have $1000 worth of groceries for $50? Yes, until you figure out what exactly you are getting for your new part-time job (some spend up to 30 hours a week on coupon collection and management). The short answer: crap. Okay, maybe I’m being a wee bit harsh. A coupon for toilet paper is great. The one for 10 frozen dinners for $10, not so much. When you start to see what these Extreme Couponers are buying, you realize there is no real food to be seen.
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Radio show host, Janeane Bernstein, interviewed Co-Founder of Be Food Smart, Dina Clapinski, on the Momz Rock the House radio show last week. The 49 minute interview aired on OC Talk Radio in Orange County and 90.1FM KBPK in Fullerton. Special thanks for Janeane for inviting us!

Listen to the Be Food Smart Interview here

About The Momz Rock the House Radio Show

The Momz Rock the House Show features well-known women artists and undiscovered talent in music, comedy and the arts. Plus industry experts providing inspiration and insight into issues relevant to women today.  Featured artists and guests have included Kathy Valentine of the Go Gos, Judy Davids of The Mydols, plus-size model and spokeswoman Emme, Comedian Funny Frances, Tish Ciravolo of Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Philly singer/songwriter Deb Chamberlin, Chef Ann author of  ‘Lunch Lessons’, New York Times Best Selling Author Tosca Reno, Jeana Keough of the Real Housewives of Orange County, plus music by Housewives on Prozac, Stacy Robin, Debra Davis, Ren Stewart, Adrina Thorpe, and so many more incredibly talented female artists.

The Momz Rock the House Show is all about inspiring listeners. Janeane sums up the show as follows:
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Stonyfield Organic is running a fun summer promotion called, Summer in a Box. They sent us a preview of the box (yay, free stuff!) which is filled with toiletries, creams and coupons for free frozen yogurt.  Now we get to run a contest on our site and they’ll send the winner their very own Summer in a Box. I know many kids are back to school next week, but these products can be used for months to come. Wondering how you get your hands on this cool loot? Enter to win by answering this question:
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I stumbled across Caren Alpert’s website after Michael Pollan tweeted about her amazing photography, terra cibus. To be honest, I never really thought about what food looks like really, REALLY close up. Curious? Here is how Alpert explains her work:

What’s in our food?

What’s the difference between a bird’s-eye view of a remote vegetable crop and a microscopic swath from a pineapple leaf? How distinct is a pile of table salt from miles and miles of icebergs?

As a food lover and a photographer I answer these questions visually. Using scientific laboratory photo equipment, I journey over the surfaces of both organic and processed foods: my own favorites and America’s over-indulgences. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food and consumers of food (all of us!) as part of a larger eco-system than mere sustenance.

- Caren Alpert’s Artist Statement

Alpert took everyday foods, such as table salt, Oreos, and cauliflower, magnified them anywhere from 15 to 850 times and then photographed them. The result? Breathtaking art.

My personal favorite is the shrimp table. What’s yours?

Image: windy via Flickr

As I walked from my car towards the school grounds, it was like a scene out of a movie. Over a hundred girls in varying heights and coordinated t-shirts,  stood in a semi-circle around a Troop Leader with a bull horn. She was standing next to the American flag spelling out the rules of the Costa de OroInvestigate Your World Day Camp. This was the Santa Barbara Girl Scouts Summer Camp and I was there to present a session on reading food labels.
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When I hear the term Sweet Bread, my mind wanders to a warm bakery on a morning where you can see your breath as you walk. The racks are partially empty as the bakers continually bring steaming-hot baked goods and elaborately decorated petits fours to the front display. There are gooey pastries, sticky buns, crumbly scones, and golden croissants. The smells of baked goods wafting from an oven are enough to make you forget about being “good” and word nutrition kind of goes out the window, doesn’t it?
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