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Egg Recall 2010 Salmonella Outbreak Update

The Egg recall of 2010 puts half a billion eggs in suspect of being part of the major salmonella outbreak.  What started as a recall of only eggs from Wright County Farms in Galt, Iowa has turned into a recall that has added Hillandale Farms in Iowa as well.

Some of the states affected by the recall are Arkansas, California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

To check your eggs, look for the production code which is found at the end of the carton. These start with P followed by a four digit plant code.  Then, a three digit date code. Look for plant numbers 1026, 1091, 1292, 1413, 1663, 1686, 1686K, 1720, 1860, 1942, 1946, or 1951. Look for date codes between 099 and 230.

If your eggs are part of the recall, simply take them back to the store for a refund. Hey…it’s better than getting salmonella poisoning!

To avoid the risk of salmonella all together, purchase pasteurized eggs.

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Krispy Kreme Cheeseburgers are Available at State Fairs (PHOTO)

Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers are available at state fairs, and it’s no surprise that obesity rates in this country are at an all time high. The latest in fair fare is a Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger, which arguably surfaced on Snopes.com in 2005 as the “Luther Burger” after R&B sensation Luther Vandross who is rumored to love the recipe.

The sandwich is 2 Krispy Kreme donuts with a slab of beef, cheese and bacon in between.  The sticky creation has over 1,000 calories and enough fat to get you through the winter.  You can enjoy your Krispy Kreme cheeseburger with a side of chocolate covered bacon and wash it down with a large Coca-Cola – but do so while en route to the hospital because the recipe is bound to give you a heart attack.

The Wisconsin State Fair sells a reported 3,500 cheeseburgers during the first days of the fair. Many people actually eat the side of chocolate covered bacon.

Of course, sweet and salty does have a lovely combination, but I would be afraid of trying the KKC. Many people say those that try it love it, and I don’t need to fall in love with this toxic treat.

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Pop Tart Restaurant in New York City?

A pop tart restaurant in New York City? Ironically, a pop tart restaurant is opening up in NYC which will sell creations such as marshmallow crème sandwiched between two fudge pop tarts.  Or a cinnamon roll topped with cinnamon pop tart crunches.  Or “pop tart sushi” which is different fruity blends of pop tarts minced together, then wrapped in a fruit roll up.

For those who want to be health(ier)  you can eat “ants on a log” which is celery, peanut butter, with wild grape pop tart sprinkles.
I am not joking.  The heart attack is awaiting New Yorkers, and soon they will be able to taste all these delicious creations.  If I were a dentist, I would be sure to plop up an office right across the road with all the sugar being served up there.

Will you try a dish from the Pop Tart restaurant, or do you think this is just a fad that will boil over?

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7-Eleven Celebrates 7/11 With Free Slurpee Day

Sunday is not only July 11, or 7/11, but it is 7-Eleven Day 2010!  That means free slurpees!

7-Eleven Slurpee

7-Eleven Slurpee

Participating 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. are honoring 7/11 with free slurpees, their signature drink.  Just stop in to a participating 7-Eleven store on Sunday untill 11 p.m. for a free 7.11 oz. slurpee drink, according to their site.

For more details and to find a location, click here.  There is even a Facebook page with fans stating whether or not they will attend Free Slurpee Day (click here).

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Will ‘Shrek’ Glasses Recall Tarnish McDonald’s Reputation?

McDonald’s is recalling 12 million glasses sold as a promotional item for the latest “Shrek” movie because they contain the toxic metal cadmium.  Will this recall tarnish McDonald’s family reputation?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said the designs on the glasses contain cadmium, which can pose health risks with long-term exposure.
"Shrek" glass recall

“Shrek Forever After 3D” Glasses Recalled

The “Shrek Forever After 3D” collectable drinking glass are 16 ounce glasses that came in four designs, Shrek, Fiona, Puss n’ Boots, and Donkey.  They were sold at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide from May 2010 into June 2010 for about $2.

McDonald’s is asking consumers to immediately stop using the glass out of an abundance of caution, the CPSC reported. Visit www.mcdonalds.com for additional instructions on how to obtain a full refund.

No injuries have yet been reported.

The CPSC stated that it was made aware of issues with this product through the Office of Congresswoman Jackie Speier from California. 

There are some reports stating that this recall could tarnish McDonald’s reputation, such as this from The Wall Street Journal (click here for full report):

The voluntary recall is a rare lapse for McDonald’s, which is known for tough oversight of suppliers, and could hurt its standing with families that have driven the fast-food chain’s growth.

What do you think? Sound off below.

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Is Hello Kitty Wine Appropriate?

Hello Kitty wine will soon be available, but there are debates as to whether it is appropriate.

Hello Kitty Wine

Hello Kitty Wine

Some critics say having a cartoon character on a bottle of wine promotes underage drinking. But for others, it is just considered a fun bottle for adults who grew up (mostly in the 1980s) enjoying Hello Kitty products by Sanrio.

In fact, the product’s tagline reads: “Our favorite girl has grown up!”  And so have lots of fans of Hello Kitty.

For those interested, there will be four different types of wine: the Angel and Devil Pinot Neros, Brut Rose, and a demi-sec Sweet Pink sparkling wine. The wines are produced and bottled in Italy, and will be available for purchase on the Hello Kitty Wines website soon (NOTE: site is under construction).  Prices will reportedly range from $19.99 to $29.99.

Do you think it is appropriate to have a cartoon character on a bottle of wine? Share your thoughts below.

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Celebrate First Day of Spring With Free Rita’s Italian Ice

Spring is finally here and fans of Rita’s Italian Ice can get a free treat to mark the first day of spring (also known as spring equinox).

For the past 17 years, Rita’s has been giving away a free, regular size Italian Ice to each and every guest to mark the first day of spring, according to their web site.  This is a sweet date for Italian Ice lovers, as each year, hundreds of thousands of guests visit Rita’s in search of the first taste of spring.

The giveaway is available on Saturday, March 20, 2010, from noon until 10 p.m. at participating stores. To find a store near you, click here.

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St. Patrick’s Day 2010: Fun, Food & Parades to Celebrate

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17, 2010. It is a day that celebrates the life of St. Patrick of Ireland, and although a religious holiday, has in recent times come to be more of a celebration involving parades, and copious amounts of food and drinks.

Here are a few ways to celebrate the day and get the most out of all the fun. Firstly, you must wear green. It’s not compulsory but it would not be St. Patrick’s day without a splash of the Irish color. Another thing that is obligatory is feasting on Irish recipes such as corned beef and cabbage, or Irish stew and of course not forgetting one food that everyone associates with Ireland is the humble potato.

Whatever you do, it’s a good idea to celebrate by sharing a drink or two with your friends, whether it is the Irish Stout beer, or whatever else takes your fancy. Alcohol is certainly not obligatory, however, it’s only enjoyable.

Lastly, of course are the parades, with a five day special in Dublin, Ireland. If you can’t get to the land of blarney, then join in the festivities locally. Many large cities in the U.S. have enormous parades to celebrate, such as New York, Chicago, Boston, and St. Louis. There are also huge parades in London, England and Sydney, Australia. For more information on St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivities, visit gather.com

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What is Paczki Day?

Did you know Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, is also called Paczki Day in parts of the U.S. and world?

Paczki Day

Paczki Day

A Paczki (pronounced poonch-key, and often mis-spelled as “punchki”) is a donut-like pastry filled with custard or jelly (in fruit flavors such as prune, apple, strawberry, lemon, raspberry, and more).  The round ball of dough is also coated in a sugary icing.

Paczkis are a Polish treat, in which Polish immigrants brought the recipe and tradition to the U.S.   Most notably, the city of Hamtramck, Mich., which has a large population of Polish immigrants and their descendants.

Depending on the recipe, most Paczkis contain about 25 grams of fat and 500 calories.  Good thing these tasty treats only come around once a year.

Do you eat Paczkis or another special treat on Fat Tuesday, before Lent begins?  Share your treats and recommendations for others below.

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe and Appetizers for Super Bowl

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe and Appetizers for Super Bowl

Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe and appetizers for Super Bowl are delicious. Buffalo Chicken dip recipe are various, and the sauce you choose depends on the types of flavors that you like.  For some people, Buffalo chicken tastes great with simple ranch dressing.  Others desire delicious receipes, such as the ones that follow:

Ingredients

2 cans chunk chicken, drained

2 packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup Ranch dressing

1/2 cup pepper sauce (such as Frank’s Red Hot®)

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

You can serve this Buffalo chicken dip recipe with crackers, chicken tenders, or vegetable sticks.

Don’t have  a slow cooker? Try this variation:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 3 cans (4-1/2 ounces each) chunk white chicken, drained and shredded
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Corn or tortilla chips

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, hot pepper sauce and salad dressing. Stir in chicken.
  • Spread into an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until heated through. Serve with chips. Yield: 5 cups.

No matter what, your Buffalo chicken dip recipes will be a Super Bowl hit.  Got a great tip for your particular Buffalo chicken dip reciepe?  Leave it below in the comments section.

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