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Kellogg Puts Peanut Crackers on Hold Due to Possible Salmonella Outbreak

Posted by rhondascooking on January 17, 2009

Kellogg Company today announced it has taken the precautionary measure of putting a hold on Austin® and Keebler® branded Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers.

FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. PCA is one of several peanut paste suppliers that the company uses in its Austin® and Keebler® branded peanut butter sandwich crackers.

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What are Probiotics?

Posted by rhondascooking on January 17, 2009

I am sure that over the past couple of years you have heard about probiotics and how important they are.  But what are they and how do they differ from antibiotics?  Simply stated, probiotics are living organisms (bacteria or yeast) that are beneficial to the body; they are most often called “the good or friendly bacteria.”  Antibiotics, on the other hand, are “bad bacteria” that are used to destroy all bacteria in the body, both good and bad.  Probiotics are similar to the microorganisms found in the human gut and they attach to the wall of the intestine and fight the bad bacteria, which can increase with the use of antibiotics, a poor diet, stress or infection.1


Probiotics are available through foods (i.e. yogurt, cottage cheese, sauerkraut, etc.) and in dietary supplements.   When purchasing food with probiotics, look for the words, “live active cultures or lactobacillus, acidophilus and/or bifidus in the ingredients or make sure that the dietary supplements contain 10 million species from the lactobacillus or bifidobacteria family per dose.1


Studies have shown that probiotics are good for a number of things, which are listed in Table 1.  To learn more, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has an excellent report that focuses on the basics of probiotics.2


What are Probiotics Used For?

Digesting Food

Absorbing nutrients

Boosting the immune system to fight infections

Reducing the length of intestinal infections

Treating irritable bowel syndrome

Treating diarrhea

Preventing/treating infections of the urinary or reproductive systems

Preventing and managing eczema in children

Table 1. Benefits of Probiotics


1 Glassman, Keri.  “Probiotics.”  Your Health August 2007.

2”Introduction to Probiotics.” National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  Jan 9, 2009. Jan 17, 2009 <http://nccam.nih.gov/health/probiotics/#uses>.   

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Gadget of the Week: Toaster Ovens

Posted by rhondascooking on January 17, 2009

I am always looking for ways to go “green” in the kitchen and cooking in my toaster oven allows me to do just that. Toaster ovens are excellent appliances with multiple usage models—I can warm, defrost, toast and cook atoaster-ovenll with this one appliance! I especially love using it whenever I want to cook something small or when I want to avoid the extra heat during the summer months. Lately I’ve been using my oven to bake sweet potatoes and my desserts! The price of toaster ovens ranges from $30 – $150 depending on the brand and the features. I have had the same Black and Decker toaster oven for over 8 years and it’s still going strong!

You can purchase these ovens at various places—Amazon.com, department stores and even some grocery stores!
Black & Decker TRO964 Toaster Oven, Stainless Steel

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It’s Time in ’09!

Posted by rhondascooking on January 2, 2009

Okay, it truly is time in 2009 to do things differently than you’ve always done. It’s time to stay the course and honor whatever commitments that you have made for 2009 in terms of living a healthier life. It’s time to stop the “lose weight quick diets” only to find that you will gain all of the lost weight back by the next year. Stop the roller coaster weight loss madness and join me and make a commitment to eat healthier and exercise more for 2009. This is truly the best diet that you can ever do in your lifetime! So stop researching the best diet—the water diet or the oatmeal diet or whatever else diet—that can help you lose weight fast, and plan to do something that you and your loved ones can commit to for the long term.

There’s no perfect time to start, you just have to do like Nike says and “Just Do It.” Instead of going to the extreme and eliminating everything, start slow and make small changes to your diet. If you want to join the “It’s Time in ‘09” challenge, please email info@rhondascooking.com to learn more about our programs. For a limited time, we will have several promotional sales.
Fruits & Vegetables

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