Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Recipe for Holiday Fudge - GFCF and Feingold-approved

Holiday Fudge

2 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup Earth Balance margarine
5 ounces canned coconut milk
1 container (7 ounces) Tiny Trapeze Confections marshmallow creme (available at Whole Foods Market)
3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon vanilla
12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips (made with real vanilla - available at Whole Foods Markets as well as some supermarkets)

1- Combine first five ingredients.  Stir over low heat until blended. 

2- Bring to a boil over moderate heat.  Boil slowly, stirring constantly for five minutes.

3- Remove from heat.  Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla unil chocolate is melted.  Pour into a greased 9 inch x 13 inch glass baking dish.  Cool.

I've made two batches of this yummy fudge recipe so far this season, and it truly tastes like "the real thing" - even to the unaware :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

First Snow!

Yesterday morning, we awoke to winter's first snow!

Playing in the Snow!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Eggs: Why Organic?

Last week, The Pure Baby (PB) had a fun - though quite cold! - day at a nearby Audobon nature center and farm!  Among other things, the farm raises chickens and actually sells "free-range" eggs for $4.50/dozen.  The eggs, though, are not "USDA organic" - so we did not take any eggs home with us. 

I think that there is probably lots of confusion regarding "free-range" or "cage-free" versus "USDA organic" and possibly some people may be confused into thinking that "free-range" or "cage-free" is "USDA organic".  The labels of "free-range and "cage-free" are basically unverified claims that any egg producer can claim.  Essentially - and very sadly -, that means that "free-range" and "cage-free" are worthless when one is seeking the healthiest eggs to take home to his or her family.

For our family, buying "USDA organic" eggs is extremely important for the following reasons:
1- "USDA organic" eggs are free of antibiotics  - and -
2- USDA organic" eggs are free of arsenic.

Sadly non-organic eggs are contaminated very much in the same way as non-organic chicken.  Lots of antibiotics and lots of arsenic.  Not what you want to serve your family.