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The Rise and Fall of the Rice Cake, America’s One-Time Favorite Health Snack

Illustration by Goldsuit

Where did they come from and where did they go?

For many American children of the ’80s and ’90s, rice cakes — stacked in a column and kept in long plastic bags — were an omnipresent feature of home kitchens, preschools, and afterschool programs. I can’t remember the first time I held one, but I also can’t remember a time before I did. Palm-sized disks, they’re the same weight as styrofoam with a scant sprinkle of flavor crystals, salt or maybe cinnamon, dusting the top and coating the crevices between each grain of puffy rice. No matter the flavor, they lack marshmallow stickiness and cloying sweetness of Rice Krispies treats, as well as the bake-sale appeal. There was no right way to bite into a rice cake and definitely no good way to contain the stream of crumbs that rained down from the corners of my mouth. … Read more

Absolutely Perfect Pumpkin Bread

This Absolutely Perfect Pumpkin Bread is moist, spiced and will fill your home with the most amazing aroma.  Your friends and family will devour this flavorful bread that screams it’s time for fall.  This is such an easy quick bread, you’ll make it all the time.

I love all the things you can make with pumpkin, it’s so versatile. Try these recipes for some pumpkin  inspiration; Soft and Puffy Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins or this Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake.

Perfectly spiced moist and tender pumpkin bread on a wire rack.

Absolutely Perfect Pumpkin Bread

The hardest thing about this super easy loaf is waiting for it to cool enough so you can eat it. This is so easy to make you’ll want to make it every day. Serve it for breakfast, snack or even dessert. Warm sweet balance of spices makes this irresistible whenever you serve it.

This Pumpkin bread also makes a perfect gift for any occasion. … Read more

Tesco and Asda improve Campylobacter in chicken results

The percentage of chickens at Tesco and Asda testing positive for Campylobacter at the top level of contamination in the second quarter of 2020 has fallen below the FSA target.

The two supermarkets had recorded levels above the Food Standards Agency (FSA) threshold of 7 percent of birds with more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (CFU/g) of Campylobacter in the first quarter of this year.

Tesco reported 9 percent of 132 samples in 1Q 2020 had the highest level of Campylobacter contamination while Asda recorded 9.2 percent.

The figures for 2Q from April to June show Tesco had 3 percent and Asda had 3.6 percent above the top level of contamination.

Results from other retailers
Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the United Kingdom and the infectious dose can be as low as a few hundred cells.

FSA used to compile figures from … Read more

Recipes Using Pink Kidney Beans

Summer is coming and so is the hot climate. Mrs. Rog had been urging her daughter to assist her with the task for quite a while, it turned out, and had even been writing down recipes and stories on sheets of authorized paper. Dice the cooked sweet potato. Pansies aren’t solely used as garnishes for food and drinks. They are additionally an added ingredient to appetizers, omelets, soups, salads, pasta, fish, chicken and desserts. Yes, the whole cooking time for these gradual cooked turkey wings is seven to 9 hours. Slow cookers allow for simple cleanup and minimal supervision, so you’ll be able to go away your slow cooked turkey wings meal cooking and go about doing other issues. Your regular chocolate cake will get a healthy makeover. Ragi flour is substituted in a standard chocolate cake recipe to reach at this equally delicious but healthy model that is also … Read more

What Was Your Middle School’s Status Snack?

Photo by David Tonelson/Shutterstock; logo by Goldsuit

These are the chips, cookies, and candy we begged for and bragged about way back when

There was a time in many of our lives when snacks did more than appease the usual afternoon hunger pangs — when a bag of chips, some prepackaged cookies, or other sugar-laden treat held real power. That time was middle school.

In those years when the food we ate was determined by some mix of personal preference, parental influence, and pocket change, the right snack could curry favor with peers, act as a bartering tool, or prove gastrointestinal bravery. The phenomenon, I’m told, continues, even as the snacks change. Takis and Toxic Waste are for this generation what Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Warheads were for millennials. And many years later, even if we forget the names of our algebra teachers, we remember the name of the … Read more