Cooking and Eating

Entenmanns-Orowheat bakery outlets – save bread on buying bread

Posted on October 7, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, San Francisco Bay Area, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

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Free tea tastings and education

Posted on September 11, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Entertainment, Health & Beauty, Travel & Leisure | Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday, I wrote about going to the de Young museum in San Francisco with a friend of mine  last Sunday and how I received free general admission with my Bank of America card.  Kathryn and I were at the museum from about 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. We weren’t ready to end our visit, so we decided to go get coffee. Kathryn suggested checking out Clement street which isn’t far from the museum or her apartment in the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco.


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Recipes for Healthy Homemade Dog Treats

Posted on August 7, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Pets | Tags: , , |

My sister, Kirsten, grew tired of the ups and downs of the high tech and telecom industry and about five years ago decided to open her own business. She owns and operates 4LeggedFriendzee, a very successful doggie daycare, boarding kennel and dog grooming business in southern Maine.

Kirsten and her husband Bruce, have four labrador retrievers of their own. Here are her recipes for money saving, healthy, homemade special treats enjoyed by Porter, Bella, Maya and Truman, the 4 resident Lab’s at 4LeggedFriendzee – they love to share them with their friends on special occasions and holidays!

Soft Banana Strips
1 egg 1c fast-cook oats
1/2 banana 1/3c milk
1/2c flour (white or whole wheat)
1/8c rice

Squash bananas, and beat the egg. Mix all ingredients then spread evenly on a plate. Next, heat in microwave for 3 and 1/2 minutes. when done, let them cool. Then cut and serve. The rice can be pre-cooked or un-cooked for xtra crunch!

1 Quart fruit juice
1 banana, mashed
1/2 cup yogurt

Mix ingredients together thoroughly, then freeze. These can be eaten by people too!

Banana Bites
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1 egg
1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 beef bullion cube dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
1 tbsp. brown sugar

Mix all ingredients until will blended. Knead for 2 minutes on a floured surface. Roll to 1/4 ” thickness. Use a 2 1/2″ bone shaped cookie cutter (or any one you prefer). Bake for 30 minutes in a 300 degrees oven on un-greased cookie pans.

Carob Crunchies
2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup HOT water
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. molasses
Carob chips (about 1 cup)

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Knead dough two minutes on a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/4″ thickness. Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet for 30 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Cool. Melt carob chips in microwave or saucepan. Dip cool biscuits in carob or lay on a flat surface and brush carob over the biscuits with a pastry brush. Let cool.

Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats
1-32oz. container of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of peanut butter

1. Put the peanut butter in a microwave safe dish and microwave until melted.
2. Mix the yogurt and the melted peanut butter in a bowl.
3. Pour mixture into cupcake papers and freeze.

Banana Pupcakes
2 cups water
2 bananas
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour (white or whole wheat)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 egg
3 tbsp honey

Heat oven 350 degrees. Mash bananas In bowl mix all ingredients WELL pour into cupcake pans. Bake 20 minutes. Great for birthdays! Some carob chips can be melted for frosting.

Feel free to add other mixers such as sunflower seeds (without the shell), nuts, carob chips, shredded carrot or apple. Crunchy peanut butter can be used instead of smooth. Whole wheat flour is always better than white. Extra treats or double batches can be frozen for future use.

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.99 cent Frozen Yogurt Waffle Cone Wednesdays at TCBY!

Posted on August 5, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Travel & Leisure, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

TCBY is proud to announce Waffle Cone Wednesday!

Every humpday, now throughout the summer at participating locations, you can get a ginormous frozen yogurt waffle cone for only 99 cents, instead of the usual $3 or so. Try a different flavor every week chosen from their expansive menu. A few faves: White Chocolate Mousse, Cheesecake, Dulce de Leche, and they have a new Blueberry flavor.

TCBY yogurt is loaded with probiotics – live active cultures that enhance your immune system and help regulate digestion. So not only does it taste good, it’s good for you. Some flavors are fat-free and/or have no added sugar.

I just wish there were a TCBY closer than 20 miles to me!

Find a TCBY near you. Offer ends unknown.

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King Arthur Flour lowers the price grocery retailers pay for their flours

Posted on August 2, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

Baker’s Banter, the King Arthur corporate blog, posted a letter yesterday from Michael Bittel, their senior VP and general manager of the Flour division at King Arthur Flour, announcing an immediate price decrease on flour.

The company is lowering the prices it charges to retailers on it’s Unbleached All Purpose, Unbleached Bread, and Traditional 100% Whole Wheat Flours. So look for lower prices in your local supermarket, and if you don’t see them, don’t blame King Arthur. You should be able to save some dough buying their flour to make your dough.

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Frugal Foodies: a cool idea started in the Bay area that could spread

Posted on July 10, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Entertainment, San Francisco Bay Area, Travel & Leisure | Tags: , , , , |

I am not a vegetarian and I probably never will be. However, I do have my vegetarian “days” at least a few times a week. Frugal Foodies is a great way to try new cuisines, learn new recipes, meet new and interesting people, and have a four course vegetarian, mostly organic meal for only $8.00! Sort of like a healthy, cheap, epicurean group blind date!

How Frugal Foodies Works:
Each and every week, on several nights and in several locations, about 10-20 people will get together to cook a mostly organic and entirely vegetarian meal, eat, clean-up, and connect with one another. This is not an exclusive club so there will never be the same group of people on any given Tuesday or Wednesday, and that’s a good thing.

Each week, the Frugal Foodies host will buy fresh ingredients for the meal that will be ready for your arrival. The meal that we prepare will always feature four or more dishes but what those dishes are will depend on the particular event’s theme. This is not about gourmet so much as it is learning about good new meals and cooking as a group.

I will be signing up for one of the weekly Wednesday night events in San Jose this month. It’s just going to be hard to decide which one… Thai food, Soul food, breakfast for dinner, red wine tour night, or magical mystery night?

When I asked Frugal Foodies founder Moses Ceaser, about his plans for events beyond the two San Jose and Berkeley locations, he said,
“We’re hoping to grow Frugal Foodies all over, but aren’t quite set up for total global expansion yet. But it’s exciting to now have two locations, and folks are having a good time with it, so I expect lots of further growth.”

Occasionally, Frugal Foodies will also give back with a benefit night for a local non-profit, such as the Greatest Hits themed dinner coming up in Berkeley on Tuesday, July 29th.

I first heard about Frugal Foodies in this recent San Jose Mercury News article:

A la carte: Roommates invite strangers into their home to cook dinner
By Aleta Watson
Mercury News
Article Launched: 06/25/2008 01:31:33 AM PDT

Every Tuesday night for three years, Moses Ceaser has invited a dozen strangers to help cook an inexpensive vegetarian meal in his Berkeley home. He calls the ever-changing group Frugal Foodies.

This month, the concept expanded to downtown San Jose, where a group of housemates has designated Wednesday as Frugal Foodie night. The first event was a pineapple-themed dinner last week that started with a rice casserole and ended with a cake.

“I know no one who arrived at our house to cook,” says Daniel Rodriguez, who shares the bungalow and its big organic garden with Jaclyn Carillo and Melissa Ramirez. “It was great.”

The organizers pick theme, select the recipes and buy the ingredients. The guests divide into teams and share the cooking. The cost is $8.

This week the theme is breakfast foods – fritattas, crepes, French toast, coffee and smoothies. Future themes are still in the works.

Information about the cooking group and how to preregister for dinners can be found at

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Posted on July 3, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Health & Beauty, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I know it’s not the only one out there, but along with 2.2 million other members, I really like FitDay. FitDay is a free online diet journal that allows you to track your foods, exercises, weight loss, and goals. FitDay also has a PC version of the fitness journal for $29.95, but the free online version suits me just fine.

You can use your free online account to enter your daily foods and exercise. FitDay analyzes all your information and shows you:

– Daily Calorie Counts
– Carbs, Fat, and Protein
– Weight Loss and Goals
– Detailed Nutrition for 1,000’s of foods
– Long Term Diet Analysis
and much more…

It takes time initially to input any and everything you have eaten in a day, but once the data is in there, FitDay stores the info in a “recently eaten” list so it can be re-used. You can also create customized foods. For example, I don’t need to look up 1 cup steel cut oatmeal with 1/2 a granny smith apple or 1/2 cup of blueberries and 1 tsp of cinnamon every time I eat that for breakfast (a few times a week). I just need to select and enter it from my recently eaten list.

The detailed info and charts on nutrition show you how close you came in a day (or a week) or what you’re missing as the day progresses in meeting the FDA daily recommended allowances for vitamins and minerals. I take a multi-vitamin every day, so maybe it’s my personality, but now that I am tracking what I eat, I want the most bang for the buck or, in this case, calorie. FitDay certainly helps me really think about what I am putting in my mouth. I now find myself making better choices to lower consumption of “empty” calories while increasing my choices of things like nutrient rich “superfoods”. Kale has suddenly become part of my culinary repertoire, a first for me.

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