Friday, July 25, 2008


FDA: Avoid jalapenos from Mexico, not US


Only jalapeno peppers grown in Mexico are implicated in the nationwide salmonella outbreak.
The government announced Friday in clearing the U.S. crop.

The Food and Drug Administration urged consumers to avoid raw Mexican jalapenos and the serrano peppers often confused with them, or dishes made with them such as fresh salsa.

But the big question is how those who love hot peppers would know where the chiles came from, especially in restaurant food.
"You're going to have to ask the person you're buying it from," said Dr. David Acheson, the FDA's food safety chief, who is advising restaurants and grocery stores to know their suppliers and pass that information to customers.

The big break in an outbreak that now has sickened nearly 1,300 people came on Monday, when FDA announced it had found the same strain of salmonella responsible for the outbreak on a single Mexican-grown jalapeno in a south Texas produce warehouse.

Tomatoes had been the prime suspect for weeks. And while those now on the market are considered safe to eat, health officials still haven't exonerated them from causing illnesses when the outbreak began in April.
The pepper discovery threatened to paralyze that industry, too.

Chile production is a $500 million crop in New Mexico alone, which produces most of the U.S. crop, state agriculture commissioners wrote the FDA on Thursday.
Friday's move clearing U.S. peppers came because clusters of illnesses around the country all seem to be tracing back to Mexican jalapenos, though not all sold through the McAllen, Texas, produce warehouse, Acheson said.
"Domestically grown products are not tracing back at all to the outbreak," he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"On Monday, we didn't know exactly where they all were coming from. Today we're certain these are coming from Mexico."

FDA inspectors are on the farm that grew the only tainted pepper discovered so far, trying to determine where else it sent a harvest that began in April, Acheson said. The farm is large, but the question now is whether it harvested enough to be responsible for such a geographically large outbreak.

Mexican officials blasted the announcement as premature, saying the fact that no additional salmonella was found in the Texas warehouse doesn't eliminate that site as a suspect.

"Both U.S. and Mexican tomato producers are still dealing with the impact of premature public information given by the FDA in the past, and we expect the FDA to present solid scientific evidence to back today's announcement as soon as possible," said Ricardo Alday, spokesman for the Mexican embassy in Washington.

The news is a relief for U.S. pepper growers.
"It's good news, late in the process.

It's an announcement they should have made some days ago," said John McClung of the Texas Produce Association.
He called the warning still too broad, because many peppers from Mexico are grown on farms in regions not implicated.

At the same time, investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are retracing the probe's early steps to see if jalapenos were missed early on — or if tomatoes did indeed play a role.

Initial reports from the first ill in New Mexico and Texas provided a strong link to tomatoes, but salsa was eaten, too, with less attention paid to its other ingredients.

"We're still very interested in looking at the role tomatoes played in this outbreak given the strong epidemiological association," said CDC's Dr. Ian Williams.

That is "very much part of the active investigation at the moment."
To date, the CDC has confirmed 1,294 people sickened from the outbreak.
It doesn't appear to be over yet, with people falling ill as late as July 10.

*Articles Courtesy of Here
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Thursday, July 24, 2008


Today my babe asked me to make him chocolate chip cookies/bars.
So i choose tollhouse cookies recipe.

And i add some dry shredded coconut about 1 Cup.
Turns out very good, I love it!
It's crunchy on the outside yet soft in the inside, Perfect :)

These legendary bars are based on the first American chocolate chip cookies recipe.

The recipe came from 500 cookies. (I posted the recipe book picture in the "Cookies Anyone?" section)

Makes 1 Dozen.

- 2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/2 Tsp. Salt
- 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Sweet Butter
- 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 Cup Unrefined Light Brown Sugar
- 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Cups (7 oz.) Chopped Pecans
- 1 Cup (5 oz.) Bittersweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C). Grease and line a 9 x 13-in. (23 x 33-cm) pan.

2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.

3. Beat the butter and sugars together with the vanilla extract. Beat in the eggs. Stir the flour mixture, nuts and chocolate chips into the mixture.

4. Spoon the batter into the pan. Bake 25 minutes until golden and firm. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and cut into squares. Remove from the pan and cool on wire rack.

5. Store in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.

*Recipe Courtesy of 500 Cookies pg. 37 By Philippa Vanstone
*Pictures Courtesy of Mysexykitchen

Monday, July 21, 2008


Last Thursday i went to Thai Restaurant with my babe.
And right away i fall in love with this one dish called "Cashew Curry"

Oh boy, I gotta have and search this recipe for sure :)

Whenever i search for a recipe, I always use the google search engine.
I get quick results and voila i found the similar recipe

And for tonight dinner i made this easy yet delicious cashew curry, We both love it for sure :)

Best served with white rice, spicy fried tofu and papaya salad, Yummy-O!

- 1/2 Lb Whole Cashew

- 2 Tbs. Olive Oil or Butter

- 5 Shallots, Thinly sliced (or Green onions)

- 1/4 Cup Red Bell Pepper, Chopped- 1/4 Cup Peas (Optional)

- 1 Tsp. Curry Powder

- 1 Lemon, Zest of (or 2-in piece of Lemongrass)

- 1 Tbs. Coriander

- 1/2 Tsp. Turmeric

- 1/2 Tsp Salt

- 2 Green Chilies, Thinly sliced

- 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced

- 2 Slices Ginger, Thin slices

- 15 Oz Unsweetened Coconut Milk

- 2 Tbs. Cilantro, Chopped

Sauté the shallots, red bell pepper, and peas(if using) in the olive oil or butter, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

2. Add the curry, lemon, turmeric, chilies, garlic, ginger, and salt, and cook until fragrant, 5-10 minutes more.

3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, another 5-10 minutes. Serve with rice. Garnish with more cilantro, if desired.

*Recipe Courtesy of
*Pictures Courtesy of Mysexykitchen

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Today i met with my friends.
And i brought them some cookies.
I made & prep them last night and i bake it this afternoon.
Thank goodness they like it hehehe!

Btw, I have a wonderful evening.
Thanks to you guys, You know who you're :)

The recipe came from 500 Cookies recipe book.
I bought it from Costco only $10, Love the price and the recipe book for sure!

Here's the Peanut Butter Cookies & White Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe:
Peanut Butter Cookies
Makes 2 Dozen

Rich and creamy...
These cookies are a real indulgence for peanut butter fans.


- 1 1/ 2 Cups All Purpose Flour

- 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda

- 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Sweet Butter

- 1/2 Cup Superfine Sugar

- 1/2 Cup Unrefined Light Brown Sugar

- 1 Egg

- 1 Cup (8 oz.) Crunchy Peanut Butter

- Pinch of Salt


1. Sift the flour and baking soda together. In a separate bowl, Beat the butter and sugars until soft and creamy. Combine the egg, flour mixture, peanut butter, and salt. Add the butter and sugar mixture and mix until smooth.

2. Wrap the dough in foil or parchment and refrigerate for at least 2 hrs, Preferably overnight.

3. Preheat the oven to 325 F (160 C). Shape the dough into 1 1/4-in. (3 cm.) balls and place then 2 in.(5 cm.) apart on baking sheets. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake 15 minutes or until golden.

4. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container for up 5 days.


White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes 2 Dozen

For all those white chocolate fans, This one's for you :)


- 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Sweet Butter

- 1 Cup Superfine Sugar

- 1 Egg

- 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

- 1 1/4 Cups All- Purpose Flour

- 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda

- 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder

- 1/4 Tsp. Salt

- 1/4 Cup Oatmeal

- 1 1/2 Cups (8 oz.) Chopped White Chocolate Chunks (I used White Chocolate Chips/Morsels)


1. Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C). Beat the butter and sugar and then add the egg and vanilla.

2. Sift together dry ingredients and stir in the oatmeal. Incorporate the mixed dry ingredients and chocolate into the butter mixture.

3. Roll into balls and use your fingers to flatten onto a non-stick baking sheet 2 in. (5cm.) apart.

4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, Cool 5 minutes. When cool, Store in an airtight container for 4 to 5 days.

*Recipe Courtesy of 500 Cookies pg. 23 & 131 By Philippa Vanstone

*Pictures Courtesy of Mysexykitchen