Subway to the Rescue!

November 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: 6″ Turkey Breast & Black Forest Ham Sub



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I was at the rehab center the biggest part of the day and really didn’t feel like cooking dinner tonight. So it was Subway to the rescue! I had a 6″ Sub on a 9 grain Wheat Bun w/ Provolone, Black Olives, Lettuce, Olive Oil Blend, and Yellow Mustard. The total calories for the sub is 380 calories and 45 carbs. I could have had lowered those totals a bit by going without the Provolone Cheese and Olive Oil Blend but I had a very low calorie and carb count today so I was able to add the extras. I also had a side of Ruffle’s Light Fat Free Potato Chips, 80 calories and 17 carbs per serving (15 Chips). For dessert later tonight a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding, 60 calories and 14 carbs. Enjoy the Weekend Everyone!


Kitchen Hint of the Day

November 30, 2012 at 2:30 PM | Posted in baking, chicken, cooking, turkey | Leave a comment
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Try basting your Chicken or Turkey with a small amount of white zinfandel or vermouth – it will help crisp the skin, and the sugar in the alchol will impart a brown color and glaze to the outside of the meat. Or brush the skin with reduced-sodium soy sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking to produce a beautiful burnished color.

November 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FemmeFIT Physique

Healthy Burger? Yes! I’m not the biggest red meat eater, but I do occasionally enjoy a nice lean steak or a ground buffalo/bison burger. Buffalo is an extremely lean cut of meat that is full of flavor and has a wonderful texture. I purchase grass-fed, organic buffalo meat from my local Whole Foods store, you should also be able to find it at a Fresh Market or other natural, organic foods store.

During the last couple of weeks of my show diet I was so sick of eating boring chicken, so I went wandering around Whole Foods only to find ground buffalo! I had it before and knew of how lean it is so I grabbed a pound and made some burger patties out of the lean meat. I put only salt & pepper on them and they were totally amazing! I felt like I was cheating on my diet, so…

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Cincinnati Food Tours Presented by Daisy Mae’s Market

November 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Experience a foodie trip around the world during this 90-minute guided tour of Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market. Your $15 ticket Taste of the Worldincludes stops and tastings at six specialty merchants. Optional $5 add-on completes your tour with wine tasting at Market Wines.

Taste the World at Findlay Market
You’ll meet at Daisy Mae‘s at the Race Street end of the market house where you’ll hear a brief introduction to Findlay Market. Then we’ll begin our walking tour visiting six merchants. Participating vendors may include: Fresh Table, Churchill’s Fine Teas, Mama Lo Hizo, Dean’s Mediterranean Imports, Dojo Gelato, Gramma Debbie’s Kitchen, Taste of Belgium, Skirtz & Johnston Fine Pastries and Chocolates, Bean Haus, Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices, Market Wines, and Daisy Mae’s. At each stop you’ll meet the merchants, learn their history and products, and sample sips or small bites. If you’ve opted for the $5 add-on, you’ll conclude your tour at Market Wines and enjoy a wine tasting of four varieties from around the world. Or, on select weekends, you may choose to enjoy some local beer in our weekend OTR Biergarten.

Note: Merchant list is not all-inclusive, and stops vary by date and availability. We will post the list of the six participating merchants for each tour on our Facebook page as soon as confirmed.

Upcoming 2012 tours:
Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

2013 Tours:
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Online reservations available soon for 2013 tours. Call 513-602-5602 for information.

Also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

CORPORATE TOURS, PRIVATE GROUPS, AND FIELD TRIPS: We can arrange a private tour for your group of 8 or more. Price is $15 per person. Optional $5 add-on at Market Wines is available for those age 21 and over. Please contact us at least one week in advance to schedule.

KID-FRIENDLY stops, samples, and pricing for field trips. We’ll create a custom tour for you.

For questions or to make a reservation by phone, contact Barb Cooper at 513-602-5602 or

November 30 – National Mousse Day

November 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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National Mousse Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1835 Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was born. American author, pen name Mark Twain, who wrote ‘Tom Sawyer’, ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’, etc. There are many quotes and descriptions about food and dining in his works. An example is: “A man accustomed to American food and American domestic cookery would not starve to death suddenly in Europe, but I think he would gradually waste away, and eventually die.” (From ‘A Tramp Abroad’).
1838 The Great Pastry War.  A brief conflict began between Mexico and France caused by a French pastry cook who claimed that some Mexican Army soldiers had damaged his restaurant. The Mexican government refused to pay for damages. Several other countries had pressed the Mexican government for similar claims in the past due to civil unrest in Mexico.  France decided to do something about it, and…

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Teriyaki Chicken w/ Water Chestnuts, Mini Carrots, Pineapple Chunks, and…

November 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM | Posted in carrots, chicken | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Teriyaki Chicken w/ Water Chestnuts, Mini Carrots, Pineapple Chunks, and Chow Mein Noodles




My Mom has been spending most of the day with my Dad at a Rehab Center so I’ve been trying to make sure she has a hearty and filling dinner waiting on her when she comes home. Last week or so I prepared a La Choy Creations Sweet & Sour and this week I went with the La Choy Teriyaki Chicken. I love these new one-skillet meals from La Choy; they add an Asian flair while also creating a filling and delicious meal in no time!. Each box contains all of the ingredients you need, except for the meat, to create a flavorful meal in just 20 minutes. All you have to do is combine the ingredients with your choice of protein (chicken, beef, shrimp, whatever you choose) in a skillet and any sides you would like to add and your done. When done you have a delicious meal that was easy to prepare and even easier to clean-up! The Teriyaki took 2 pans to prepare it, 1 for the Chicken and Sauce and 1 for the Rice.
First time I prepared this one and it will not be the last! Excellent Chicken Teriyaki! The flavors were incredible and the Teriyaki Sauce was fantastic. I added Sliced Water Chestnuts, Libby’s Skinny Fruits No Sugar Added Pineapple Chunks, Mini Carrots, and China Boy Chow Mein Noodles. I love using Pineapple in dishes especially with Asian style dishes. The Pineapple paired with the Teriyaki Sauce was perfect combo and the Sauce was, oops I already told you how good that was. The La Choy box reads it has 6 servings but you could get more than that out of it. This would go great with Shrimp or Pork also. For dessert later a Jello Sugarless Dark Chocolate Pudding.


La Choy Creations Teriyaki Chicken

La Choy Creations Teriyaki Chicken offers a mouthwatering matchup of red peppers and sesame seeds in a tasty teriyaki sauce, served over rice. All you have to do for this deliciously easy meal is prepare the chicken with the sauce, and then pour the blended mixture over cooked rice.

Teriyaki Chicken Family Meal
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cup prepared (227g)
Servings Per Container about 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 800mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 4% Iron 15%

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM | Posted in chicken, cooking, Food | 1 Comment

Skinning a bird? The easiest way to skin poultry is to partially freeze it first. The skin will come right off the bird with almost no effort.

November 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, low calorie, low carb, spices and herbs | 1 Comment
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Sweet-Cinnamon Ginger Spice Cookies




6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
6 tablespoons I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (Stick)
1 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1 large egg or 1/4 cup Egg Beater’s
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Walnut pieces (Optional). To top the cookies with

Mix together shortening, margarine, Splenda Granulated Sweetener, egg and molasses in a large mixing bowl.
Sift dry ingredients together and add to shortening mixture. Mix thoroughly.
Chill dough in refrigerator until firm (approximately 1-2 hours).
Preheat oven to 350°F .
Form dough into 30 balls, approximately 1 level tablespoons each. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet and pat down gently with fork making a criss-cross pattern.
Top with Walnut pieces (Optional)
Bake cookies in the center of the preheated 350°F (175°C) oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cookies will look chewy when they come out but will become crisp. Cool cookies on wire cooling rack.
Makes 30 cookies.


Nutrition Info Per Serving (1 cookie): Calories 80 | Calories from Fat 45 | Fat 5.0g (sat 1.0g) | Cholesterol 5mg | Sodium 30mg | Carbohydrates 8g | Fiber 0g | Sugars 2g | Protein 1g


*The above Nutrition Info is totals without the added Walnut pieces, and replacement of Eggs and Margarine.

*This recipe was changed from an original Splenda Recipe.

November 29 – National Chocolates Day

November 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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National Chocolates Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1627 John Ray (Wray) was born. A leading 17th century English naturalist and botanist. He contributed to the advancement of taxonomy, and established the species as the basic unit of taxonomy.
1968 The Who release ‘The Who Sell Out.’ One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.
1997 Plastic bags are a serious danger to marine mammals. A 65 foot, 70 ton finback whale died off the coast of Spain. Its digestive tract had been blocked by 30 plastic bags, and several hard plastic objects.
1997 Reports from Chile about giant rats, that had been feeding on the droppings of hormone fattened poultry, were attacking farm animals near Santiago.

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Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/ Baked Parm Toast

November 28, 2012 at 6:35 PM | Posted in Honeysuckle White Turkey Products, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, spaghetti, Turkey meatballs, Whole wheat pasta | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/ Baked Parm Toast

It was SpaghettiI and Meatballs tonight ! used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Spaghetti along with Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs. Topped everything with Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese and Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce (Meat Flavored). Along with the great taste the Sauce is only 70 Calories and 6 Carbs! At the end of the post I left the product description for the Ronzoni Spaghetti and the Bella Vita Pasta Sauce.


I also had healthy Life Whole Grain Bread that I buttered with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and then sprinkled with Shredded Parm Cheese. Then I baked it at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Makes an quick and easy way for a side of Bread for Pasta Dishes. For dessert/snack a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Jolly Time Pop Corn.



Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Nutrition

Here’s something to absorb: One serving of RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST pasta has over 20% of your daily recommended fiber intake – but did you know that fiber is good for you in more ways than just digestion?

People with diets high in fiber have a lower risk for weight gain, obesity, development of insulin resistance and diabetes. Fiber also prevents constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, but it also helps reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases like colon and breast cancer. Fiber may help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. It can also help lower blood sugar to better manage diabetes.

Dietary fiber is the edible part of plants, primarily carbohydrates that are resistant to digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Fiber may be digested by fermentation in the large intestine. By eating high fiber foods you feel fuller, eat less, with fewer absorbed calories.

Fiber comes in two basic forms – soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, seeds, brown rice, oats and barley. It prevents or reduces the absorption of certain substances into the bloodstream. Insoluble fiber is found mainly in whole grains and on the outside of seeds, fruits, legumes, and other foods. It is like a sponge that swells within the intestine to promote more efficient elimination and alleviate some digestive disorders.

Fiber is found only in plant foods and passes through the digestive tract without being completely broken down. Being indigestible, fiber provides no nutrients to the body, which is why for many years it was removed from processed foods like white bread. But, nutritionists have since discovered that fiber performs valuable functions precisely because it is not digested, and it is essential to good health.

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends everyone consume 14 g of fiber for every 1000 calories. Ronzoni Healthy Harvest is an excellent source of fiber, with 5-6 grams of fiber in every 2 oz. serving. Fiber is an integral part of your everyday diet, and RONZONI HEALTHY HARVEST pasta, as an excellent source, is a perfect solution to get more of it onto your family’s plate!

Whole Grain Spaghetti

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 2oz (56g) Dry Uncooked
Servings per Container: About 7

Amount Per Serving

Calories 180 Calories from Fat 10

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 1g 2%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%

Dietary Fiber 6g 23%

Sugars <1g

Protein 7g


Bella Vita
Low Carb Pasta Sauces
Bella Vita (Italian for “Beautiful Life”) is made from succulent, vine-ripened sweet plum tomatoes, and is simmered in extra virgin olive oil.

Bella Vita sauces have only 4g net carbs per serving, are cholesterol free and are OU Kosher Pareve. Now you can enjoy healthy, all natural, low carb pasta dishes with plenty of pleasure…and none of the guilt. Now that’s a beautiful life!

Bella Vita
Low Carb Pasta Sauce, Meat Flavored
26 oz.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1/2 Cup (125g)
Servings Per Container: about 6

Per Serving % Daily

Total Calories 70

Calories From Fat 50

Total Fat 5g 8%

Saturated Fat 1g 4%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0mg

Sodium 590mg 25%

Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%

Dietary Fiber 2g 7%

Sugars 1g

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