Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with a delicious honey cake from The Exceptional Brownie. Claire Sauerhoff bakes her cakes with premium honey, heart healthy canola oil and dancing spices. Certified kosher (OU Pareve), the very moist cakes are available in a mini loaf (8 ounces) and a large loaf (serves 12, 24 ounces), packaged in beautiful gold and brown molds. Your choice: the package with four mini loaf cakes and rich custom-ground French Roast coffee (reg. or decaf); or the two large loaf cake packages with coffee. Four mini loaves or one large loaf are packaged with a pound of regular or decaf ground French Roast coffee for $40.00. Purchase at ExceptionalBrownie.com. They’re not just for the holidays—buy them for yourself or as gifts any time. And treat yourself to some brownies, too. Read our review.
The Piccadilly cocktail, above, substitutes
gin for Tequila in the popular Tequila
Sunrise. Gin is a versatile spirit that can
be enjoyed in cocktails far beyond the
Gin and Tonic or Martini.
The Gin & Tonic is the archetypal British cocktail, but gin is as adaptable to different recipes as any other spirit. For your next cocktail party, offer guests a menu of gin cocktails. Here are some favorites from Beefeater Gin.
Beefeater, named after a slang term for the Yeomen Warders who guard the Tower of London (shown on Beefeater Gin’s bottle label, below), is the only international gin still distilled in London. Its recipe, developed in the early 1860s, includes botanicals such as juniper, angelica roots and seeds, coriander seeds, licorice, almonds, orris root, Seville oranges and lemon peel. Each gin has its own recipe and distinctive flavor. Beefeater has a floral palate with hints of citrus. Learn how each botanical contributes to the blend at BeefeaterGin.com.
Our favorite chain restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory, has added to its popular Weight Management menu category with the addition of a Weight Management Grilled Chicken, a lightly-pounded chicken breast, charbroiled and topped with a tomato and arugula salad. The plate is garnished with steamed white rice (tell them to hold the rice—too bad they didn’t make it brown rice, since white rice is largely empty calories) and asparagus. The Grilled Chicken entrée is less than 590 total calories, making it the perfect light summer fare. The piece of limited-edition 30th Anniversary Chocolate Cake Cheesecake you can have for dessert will easily match those calories. The four-layer anniversary cheesecake combines two layers of Original Cheesecake and two layers of Chocolate Fudge Cake, filled with chocolate cream and finished with crunchy pearls of Valrhona chocolate. Share a piece with two or three friends. The first Cheesecake Factory restaurant opened in Beverly Hills, California in 1978.
Start your day with a bowl of organic
breakfast cereal. Organic food
production does not create greenhouse
gases. If every American converted 10%
of our foods to organic, it would be the
equivalent of taking 2 million car off the
road each year.
Measure your carbon footprint with the Ecological Footprint Calculator. It’s eye-opening—and fun. Earth Day Network has created the tool to combat climate change. You create your three-dimensional avatar and tour your virtual neighborhood as you answer a series of questions about your eating habits, energy use, mode of transportation, type of residence, recycling commitment and consumer consumption. The Foodprint Calculator then tells you how many “planets” would be necessary to sustain human life if everyone lived just like you, and how many acres of land and tons of carbon necessary to sustain your lifestyle. If you want, you can find out how to reduce your carbon footprint. We were shocked at our results: We don’t eat meat, don’t own a car and take public transportation a short distance to work, although we do take a few airplane trips a year. Our result: It takes 4.3 planet Earths to sustain just one of us!
You have to supply an email address to start the quiz, but it’s well worth it. Take the next step at http://www.earthday.net/footprint/index.html. (Note: The Footprint Calculator currently has measures for the United States and Australia only, but expects to have more countries by the end of the year.)
Some people look to the Gallup, Zogby and Harris polls to gauge the presidential preference of the American public. But chocolatier B.T. McElrath is measuring public opinion on a “gut” level: chocolate sales. “Campaign Buttons,” round dark chocolate melt-a-ways that have been selling like—hotcakes?—since early June. They feature cocoa butter images of Democrat or Republican vintage campaign buttons. They’re available at specialty food and gift retailers nationwide, as well as directly available at www.btmcelrath.com. Since August 15, the company has begun issuing weekly postings on the political temperament of the country based on chocolate sales. The current numbers have the Democrats with a slight lead, 51% to 49%. However, this is a poll where you can vote as many times as you like! Five pieces in 60% cacao semisweet chocolate are $10.70.