Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: Using Yogurt as a Base

Okay, I’m back from an extended, although, unintended break. Planning the posts in this series has been problematic for me. First, I thought following the progression of breakfast, lunch, dinner made sense. Then, I thought about what areas are the easiest to find alternatives for to give instant success and what areas are the most difficult. I’m now at, for me, a difficult area. Mayonnaise, salad dressings, dips and sandwich spreads from the grocery store are rife … Continue reading

Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: Seasoning Mixes

Prepackaged seasoning mixes make meals tasty and predictable. I relied on them for years for tacos, stew, stir-fry, burritos etc. Besides having all the flavor enhancers in one flavor sealed envelope, there are instructions and recipes on the back. You can’t go wrong unless you are in the process of eliminating GM food from your diet. They almost all contain some form of corn and soy along with preservatives aplenty and MSG. Cooking from a recipe … Continue reading

Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: What about Non GMO Corn & Soy?

This is a tough question to answer. There are food companies that make the effort to source non GMO corn and soy for their products. Part of me wants to support their efforts to provide safe food. Another part wonders how long will these non GMO crops remain uncontaminated? Wind and insect pollinators don’t respect organic buffers. Do we know that the ingredients truly are pure? How frequently is analysis done to ascertain that all the soy … Continue reading

Cajeta (Mexican Caramel) – To Stir or Not to Stir…

Perhaps, this dilemma is not imbued with the despondent urgency as Hamlet’s original question. Still, for those of us who love the rich flavor of cajeta but find it hard to devote so much time to making it, the question opens up some possibilities. What happens if we refuse to stir? First Try – Lots of Stirring My first attempt at making cajeta involved a lot of stirring while reducing a gallon of milk over medium low heat. That … Continue reading

Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: These Are Not Your Grandma’s Corn Flakes

A logical place to begin your efforts to purge GM food from your diet is with the first meal of the day. Whether your usual breakfast consists of chocolate Pop Tarts or Quaker Oats Granola, if it’s ready to eat you can bet it contains GMOs. Gone are the days of pouring out a bowl of corn flakes or listening to the snap, crackle, pop of Rice Krispies. Sadly, we must also bid farewell to Rice Krispie Treats. … Continue reading