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Posted in Coffee on 2011-04-21 16:03:13

I agree with you on the fairtrade thing and any of the fairtrade French Roasts are ONE of my favorites but I have a few that I like and switch around. I probably have up to 3 different fairtrade varieties in my cabinet at any given time. I am also not a fan by any means of the fast food burger joints (BK in a pinch if I am desperate) but I believe MacDonald's is now serving Newman's Own.

Posted in Mac n Cheese on 2011-04-21 15:47:28

Yes, Home baked is the ONLY way. I don't "make" Mac & Cheese I "Build" it. At least 3 or 4 different cheeses. Extra Sharp Cheddar, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, a little Swiss (be careful with Swiss, it makes it really stringy but the added flavor is great), and often shake in the grated version of Parmesan/Romano/Asiago that I buy for spaghetti and such. The sauce is a thick white sauce, maybe a can of Cream of Mushroom Soup (condensed) added and then seasoned with my favorite savory herbs such as sage, thyme and others, some salt (not much as the cheese has salt) and maybe a very little pepper. The true culinary officianados will tell you it should be white pepper but I know what the little black specs are and they don't bother me. I always save out a couple handfuls of the cheese mixture to sprinkle on top about 15 minutes into baking and let it bubble & brown up. One of the ultimate "Feel Good" foods. Sometimes experimenting with added meats or veggies but have come to the conclusion that anything like that is better on the side as a condiment rather than baked in. Enjoy!!!!

Posted in Do you buy Fairtrade products? on 2011-04-21 15:35:07

I buy Fairtrade products whenever possible. Primarily coffee & chocolate. I do buy sugar, fruit, nuts and spices when I can. My honey comes from local apiaries and my brother's farm. The small town I live in actually has a "Sister" town in Nicaragua and the commitee that runs the program has set up a Fairtrade coffee program with them where the beans are shipped here fresh and roasted to a really delicious dark roast by a local gourmet coffee roaster. It is then sold in our locally owned grocery store, pharmacy, mom & pop convenience store and even the local Farm & Grain Store (that also sells local eggs & honey). I also do my very best to buy everything I need from local merchants and the farm stands in season even if it means paying a bit more than traveling to the city and going to malls. Support your neighbors and it WILL come back to you in unforseen benefits and good karma.