Kerrygold Irish Butter is the best butter you can find, unless you make it, in most commercial grocery stores including HEB and Whole Foods in San Antonio. It is usually sold among the fine cheeses for around $5 a package. In this package, as you can see by its label, there are 2 conventional butter sticks – 1 cup or 8 oz. total. Kerrygold is pasteurized, but from grass-fed cows, which you will automatically see because of its rich yellow color. The taste will sell the product by itself. The reason I am posting on St. Patrick’s Day is because they are selling it at Costco right now – for the month of March ONLY for $7 and change for THREE of these 8oz. packages. That’s almost half price and makes it just as affordable as conventional butter, and more affordable than organic butter. If you’ve never tried it – now is the time! Get yourself to Costco and get your vitamins from your food instead of from synthetic pills!!
When it comes to eggs, not all are created equal. The bad news is that yes, the conditions the chicken was raised in and the diet it eats really does matter. The good news is that good eggs are well, so good for you, and so economical. I personally buy Gold Circle Farms (red paper label) at HEB for $4 dozen when I can’t get to the Farmer’s Market. There are a lot of people out there who’ll tell you that egg yolks are a bad source of cholesterol. If you think so too, I encourage you to read this. In my mind, logic would say that God created the egg as a wet slimy whole, to be eaten as a whole. If you look at the egg yolk-it’s actually attached to the white with an umbilical cord-looking thing haha this is not sounding very appetizing 🙂 Logic would also tell you that if you see something nutritious that is appealing to the eye, it probably is good to eat. You wouldn’t eat a head of lettuce that was brown and slimy, for example. So, I will give you the easiest way to tell if your eggs are good eggs or bad eggs. What color are the yolks?
A good-for-you egg is deep yellow almost orange and the white is still attached when thrown into a bowl. A less-than egg yolk is light it color and in nutrition. The same is true about butter, by the way. The deeper the color, the more nutritious it is. Notice the white is also more “attached” to it’s yolk?
Finally, if you don’t care much about the nutrition of eggs, say if you don’t eat them often (best breakfast you can have!) you may care about how inhumanely many chickens are treated. Any heart-beating human must have a problem with this: Undercover Investigation: IHOP’s Egg Supplier. Infact, some go vegetarian after watching crap like this! But if you eat eggs, and eat eggs out at a restaurant, it’s a must-watch.
It’s a hot debate in NY and probably everywhere. Do you like your pizza thin-crusted or thick? Cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, canadian bacon, sausage, olives…
Regardless, 75% of pizzas have one thing is common. Marinara sauce. In my opinion, it’s what makes the pizza (or the pasta for that matter). I like both thick and thin pizza because it’s the flavor that counts. Here in San Antonio, try Goomba’s and you can skip your trip to New York. Those guys will even feed your kids free dinner. Love them!
But! We are talking about marinara sauce here. So c’mon, confess. Which one do you buy? Ragu? Progresso? Do you make your own? Which canned tomatoes do you use?
I used to make my own all the time because well, being from NY and growing up on the good stuff, I just couldn’t bring myself to eat marinara with sugar – I mean high fructose corn syrup – in it. Sugar is not for marinara. It’s for the cannoli.
Then I found Rao’s and the delicious world of Italian food away from home was just a trip to HEB away! Rao’s has something on the ingredient list I like: all things I can read and pronounce and cook with myself if I choose. But it’s more than that. It just tastes awesome! So, the next time you make your pizza or pasta at home, spend the extra $5 on a good-quality sauce and watch your family LOVE it.