Win $100,000 For Your Best Chicken Recipe – Too Hot To Handle: Exploding Lattes – Omega-3s for Neck and Back Pain -Mexican Chocolate Sundae
The 47th National Chicken Cooking Contest will take place in Birmingham, Alabama on May 4, 2007. If you have created an original chicken recipe that your family and friends just rave about, consider entering it in the contest. (Original is defined as not previously published in the same or substantially the same form. Contestant finalists will be required to certify that the recipe entry is “original.” )
You could win $100,000 if you create the nation’s best chicken recipe. Second place wins $10,000; third place wins $5,000; fourth place wins $2,000 and fifth place wins $1,000.
One person will be chosen from each state and the District of Columbia to compete in the National Chicken Cooking Contest. Someone in South Carolina WILL represent our state so why not YOU! For more information and the rules, go to www.eatchicken.com.
Too Hot To Handle: Exploding Lattes
In 2005, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck licensed his name to WP Beverage Partners for use in marketing 10-ounce cans of latte that are self-heating. Reports are coming in from retailers and consumers that the cans are exploding, melting or overheating in consumer’s hands. Chef Puck has asked that retailers including Kroger and Sam’s Club warehouse stores withdraw the Wolfgang Puck Self-Heating Lattes until a safety assessment can be made of the cans.
Other consumers have complained the lattes failed to reach the proper temperature, leaked or spurted from the can. There have been complaints of spoiled, sour product. One Las Vegas woman, Dee Harris, claims she tried to pick up the can but it was too hot. When she removed her hand, the can exploded. The burns she suffered sent her to the hospital.
San Diego company, OnTech Delaware, developed the technology that relies on a blend of water and quicklime, which is mostly calcium oxide. Consumers push a button on the can and water is released inside a sealed inner cone filled with the chemical. The reaction produces enough heat to warm the latte to 145 degrees in about six minutes. The company reportedly spent $45 million over 11 years to develop the technology. Recently they launched a similar line of self-heating coffee drinks under the Hillside Coffee label.
The company produces self-heating soups, tea and hot chocolate and hopes to expand to other foods including baby foods.
Jonathan Weisz, CEO of OnTech denies that the cans are exploding. To heat up matters further, he says WP Beverage Partners owes his company $1 million and he has teminated their business relationship. OnTech has sued WP Beverage Partners to recover the money. WP Beverage Partners plans to sue OnTech, saying the company began using cheaper plastic in the cans. Stay tune for updates.
Omega-3s for Neck and Back Pain
Over 70 million people receive prescriptions for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Taking such drugs can lead to stomach ulcers, and are a leading cause of mortality related to drugs, according to the FDA. A small US study reports that supplements of omega-3 fatty acids could reduce the incidence of neck and back pain and eliminate the need for medication.
Previous studies have reported that omega-3 fatty acids, from both fish and supplemental sources, could reduce and/or prevent inflammation. The new study, published in the April issue of Surgical Neurology (Vol. 65, pp. 326-331), adds to the evidence.
Researchers worked with 125 people and supplemented their diets with 2400 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids for 2 weeks and 1200 mg daily thereafter. Volunteers were asked to stop their NSAIDs. After one month they filled out a questionnaire to report on their joint and spine pain and level of NSAID discontinuation.
Fifty-nine per cent reported that they had stopped the NSAIDs medication, and 60 per cent said that their overall level of pain had improved since starting the omega-3 supplements.
“Eighty per cent of the respondents stated they were satisfied with their improvement and 88 per cent stated they would continue to take the omega-3 essential fatty acids,” reported the researchers.
According to Joseph Maroon from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, “A fish oil supplement containing EPA and DHA omega-3s is an effective choice with fewer or no side effects.”
He continued, “People should be careful to choose a pharmaceutical-grade fish oil supplement that is fresh and free of potentially harmful heavy metals, such as the mercury, PCBs, and dioxins that can be found in fish,” said Maroon. Most extracted fish oils are molecularly distilled and steam deodorised to remove contaminants. Some industries have started extracting omega-3s from algae.
Mexican Chocolate Sundae
Need a quick dessert for Cinco de Mayo Here is a spicy idea adapted from Tabasco Company. To make quick Mexican Chocolate Sundaes, prepare one (18.25-ounce) box chocolate cake mix but add 2 tablespoons Original TABASCO (R.) brand Pepper Sauce and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon when adding wet ingredients. Bake in two 8-inch pans according to package directions. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool on wire racks. For sundaes, cut each cake layer into quarters; place each one on a dessert plate. Top with ice cream (cinnamon, dulce de leche, chocolate, vanilla), chocolate sauce, whipped cream and cinnamon candies. Serves eight.