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Tips : Bake Pastries In Citrus Rinds!

Gather 'round kids, I got a story to tell. One that starts with your local grocery, and ends with probably the best tasting breakfast pastries you've ever tasted.

Your oven temperature will be ar 400 degrees for this one.

First, grab some ready-to-bake biscuits or cinnamon rolls, and give your citrus a flat bottom by slicing the bottom slightly off, like so:

And then, you want to lop the tops off enough to put your round pastries inside.

Carve all the flesh out. Make it a cup to bake, and when you've done that stick your creations in the ovens and bake them 2 minutes over the reccommended time. If you're skeptic like me, babysit them when they hit that time.

Voila! All that's left now is to put the icing on, and you've mastered yet another way to spruce your cooking.



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Recipes : Spaghetti Pie

Ingredients
2 large carrots (peeled and diced)
1/2 pound spaghetti
1 15 oz jar good tomato sauce (I use Roa’s brand)
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 1/4 cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
8 to 10 mini meatballs
1 teaspoon oregano
salt & pepper

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook the spaghetti in a pot of boiling water for 6 minutes. Add carrots and cook for another minute or two. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. (Spaghetti should be al dente.) Stir in tomato sauce, 3/4 cup of mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Stir well so that spaghetti begins to cool before adding the egg. Then add egg, meatballs, oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and pour into a 9 inch pie dish. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and bubbly and pie is set. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Serves 4 to 6.


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Drinks : Retro Black Cat Cocktail

Ingredients
1 shot vodka
1 shot cherry brandy
2 shots cranberry juice (sweetened)
2 shots cherry cola soda pop
cherry to garnish ice

Directions
Pour vodka and brandy into a tom collins glass with ice and stir. Top up with the cranberry juice and cola. Add the cherry and enjoy! MEOW!

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Drinks : Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 cups fresh watermelon puree, strained through a coarse strainer to remove seeds
1/2 cup simple syrup (created by boiling 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar together until sugar is dissolved)
2 cups cold water

Directions
Stir everything together, and serve over ice. Feel free to garnish with lemon or watermelon slices, and/or mint!

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Recipes : Grilled Shrimp & Scallion Kabobs

Ingredients
1 pound 26/30 shrimp
1 pound scallops
3 dozen cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons favorite sweet & spicy dry rub
26-30 thick cut bacon slices

Directions
1. You can pick up any type of dry rub you love. I highly suggest a blend with sweet and spice, so you’ll want to look for a blend that has brown sugar and cayenne. Those are my fave.

2. Soak your kabob sticks for 1 hour in water. Preheat your grill to hold a setting around 400 degrees. For my grill, that’s 2 burners on low and 2 off. Sprinkle all of your seafood with a light coating of dry rub. I used about 2 tablespoons for all 2 pounds.

3. Cut the bacon slices in half so you have 52-60 bacon halves. Cut only as many as you need. You just need one half for each piece of seafood. Start building your kabobs… 1 cherry tomato, 1 shrimp wrapped in a half bacon, one scallop wrapped in a half bacon, cherry tomato and repeat. You’ll end up with 4 cherry tomatoes, 3 bacon wrapped shrimp and 3 bacon wrapped scallops at the end, with a total of approximately 8-10 completed kabobs.

4. Spray your grill with nonstick grill spray and place your kabobs on the burner. Grill approximately 10-15 minutes, or until all seafood is cooked through and bacon is crisp, turning 1-2 times for even grilling. That’s it! Serve them up!!

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News : Is GMO Labeling Helping?

A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients.

The study, presented at the annual conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, held in San Francisco on July 27, relies on five years of data (2003, 2004, 2008, 2014 and 2015) and includes 2,012 responses to a representative, statewide survey of Vermont residents. It focuses on the relationship between two primary questions: whether Vermonters are opposed to GMO's in commercially available food products; and if respondents thought products containing GMO's should be labeled.

Results showed no evidence that attitudes toward GMO's are strengthened in either a positive or negative way due to a desire for labels that indicate the product contains GM ingredients. On average across all five years of the study, 60 percent of Vermonters reported being opposed to the use of GMO technology in food production and 89 percent desire labeling of food products containing GMO ingredients. These numbers have been increasing slightly since 2003. In 2015, the percentages were 63 and 92 percent, respectively.

Responses varied slightly by demographic groups. For example, given a desire for positive GMO labels, opposition to GMO decreased in people with lower levels of education, in single parent households, and those earning the highest incomes. Opposition to GMO increases in men and people in the middle-income category. No changes were larger than three percentage points.

"When you look at consumer opposition to the use of GM technologies in food and account for the label, we found that overall the label has no direct impact on opposition. And it increased support for GM in some demographic groups, " said Jane Kolodinsky, author of the study and professor and chair of the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. "This was not what I hypothesized based on the reasoning behind the introduction of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling bill. We didn't find evidence that the labels will work as a warning."

Study provides new information for policymakers

Proponents of the U.S. Senate-bound bill, which if enacted would nullify Vermont's GMO labeling law that has yet to take effect, argue that mandating labels on foods containing GMOs is misleading, because it suggests to consumers that GMOs are somehow risky to eat. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., co-sponsor of the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, disagrees, saying last week that, "the consumer can decide whether he or she wants to purchase that product. It's the market that ultimately decides."

Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), said the GMO labels that Vermont's law would require were never intended to be a warning, and that Kolodinsky's study demonstrates that they will not act as such. "But they will provide important information so that consumers who have legitimate health or environmental concerns about GMOs can make informed purchasing decisions," he added.

In her presentation in San Francisco, "An Investigation of the Endogeneity of Attitudes Towards Genetic Modification and Demand for GM Food Labels," Kolodinsky said the findings provide evidence, that in Vermont, GMO food labels would provide consumers with information on which to base their purchasing decisions. Consumers who wish to avoid GMO ingredients would do so, she added, and those who either want GMO ingredients or are indifferent can also make that choice. "The label would not signal to consumers that GMO ingredients are inferior to those produced using other agricultural production methods," she said.

"We need more evidence to determine which position is correct," Kolodinsky said at the conference. "This study adds to the GM labeling evidence by showing that, in the only U.S. State that has passed a mandatory positive GM labeling law, the label will not act as a 'warning label.' When only the label is considered, it has no impact on consumer opposition. And there is some evidence that the label will increase consumer confidence in GM technology among certain groups."

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