Posts Tagged ‘Kristen Suzanne. Food Stamps Cooking Club’

You Aren’t Gonna EAT That, Are You?

December 7th, 2008

It’s holiday time and your family hopes you will fill the house with the aroma of cinnamon and cloves and ginger and all the spices of holiday cookies…

Which is fine, if that’s your thing.  I have a word of caution, though.  PLEASE use sugar and not artificial sweeteners in your baked goods.

I know.  Every magazine ad, every TV commercial, everyone everywhere is cautioning everyone else about the use of sugar.  Once upon a time, it was only your dentist who paid attention to that sort of thing.

Then along came artificial sweeteners.  They are very alluring in their yellow, pink and blue packets.  They are very handy…especially the ones that measure spoonful for spoonful the same as cane or beet sugar.  Here’s the thing:  When aspartame, to cite only one example,  exceeds 86 degrees Farenheit, the wood alcohol in it converts to formaldehyde and that turns into Formic acid, which causes metabolic acidosis.  Formic acid is the poison used by fire ants to kill their victims with their sting!

Can you bake Christmas cookies or any other goodies under 86 degrees Farenheit?  I think NOT.

The toxic methanol condition from Formic acid in a human has the capacity to mimic the symptoms of multiple slerosis, a neurological malady.  There are numerous other bad symptoms I could share but they are so Orwellian that I wish not to frighten you any more than I have.  I just don’t want you to ruin your holidays, let alone your life, by using artificial sweeteners.

If you are serious about learning more about artificial sweeteners you can read this book: “Sweet Poision: How The World’s Most Popular Artificial Sweetener is Killing Us” by Janet Starr Hull.  It was published by New Horizon Press in 1999.

Even though you may be on a budget, there would be no savings from substituting sugar with a non edible, toxic acid product.  We want our club members to be HEALTHY!

For truly healthy food ideas, you can consult with Kristen Suzanne .

To receive more information about food ideas for users of food stamps, food commodities and food pantries, please visit Food Stamps Cooking Club

Connie Baum

Holiday Foods ALREADY?

December 5th, 2008

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, all right.  The garlands and wreaths and decorated trees are lighted and the ads are blaring.  Shoppers are frantic and the merchants are even more frantic over the Christmas preparations… …and we all know that holiday foods on a budget can be daunting. 

 I feel as if I must mention that EXPECTATIONS can increase your stress level.  Don’t allow yourself and your loved ones to fall into that trap.  KEEP THINGS SIMPLE!

 Instead of knocking yourself out with fancy high cost desserts, see how this recipe idea fits into your lifestyle:


Cook 1 cup of rice (organic brown rice is ideal) in three cups of water until tender.  Drain.

Drain 1 small can crushed, tidbits or chunks of pineapple and save the juice.

Drain 1 large can mandarin oranges; save the juice.

Heat one can of coconut milk OR 1 can of evaporated milk and

thicken it with a tablespoon of cornstarch.

*Note: moisten the cornstarch with a bit of cold water and add that slowly to the milk.

 Allow the mixture to thicken.  Combine all ingredients gently.

At serving time, spoon into bowls and sprinkle with sugar to taste.

Served warm or cold, this is a simple, nourishing dessert.  LEFT OVER, it is delicious as a quick breakfast. 

 For variation, you could add a few plump raisins.

The juice you have reserved can be added to breakfast fruit juices or reinvented as salad dressings by combining with a bit of mayo.


Cooking Tip:

  If you have young children who clamor for a snack as you work in your kitchen, but you don’t want to ruin their appetites, let them munch on slices of raw potato or pieces of fresh fruits and get them involved the the tasks of putting the family’s food on the table.  Engage them in conversations about food, where it comes from and chat with them about your favorite foods in order to discourage “picky” little eaters.


There are so many more great ideas, too, for snacks and menu items offered by Kristen Suzanne!  You can receive regular cooking tips by requesting them on Food Stamps Cooking Club .

Connie Baum