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I Was Just Thinking... 
Mar. 16, 2014 4:51 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2014 6:42 pm
The Allstars have been asked to blog about Mazola this month, and it kind of made me remember some things....

My father-in-law was born into a tiny farm community in western Kentucky, where most folks raised their own food, made their own clothes, wore shoes in the winter and went barefoot in the summer.  Their main modes of travel were by foot and by horse, either with a saddle or a wagon.  During his lifetime, my father-in-law saw horses replaced by automobiles, and dusty lanes replaced by interstate highways.  He attended school in a one room schoolhouse where students wrote on slates with chalk, but he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in agriculture, and learned to "hunt and peck" a typewriter.  In his eighties, my husband introduced him to a personal computer.

After graduation, my father-in-law became a county extension agent.  He purchased a farm in the Pennyroyal region of Kentucky, and his three children now own and run it.  As long as I can remember, the farm produced corn, wheat and soybeans.  Tobacco was once a cash crop, and a few years saw cattle and hogs, but the farm is a grain only operation now.  Also, as long as I can remember, there have been farm conversations about the benefits of this hybrid or that.  I never thought much about it, because cross-pollination to breed for different attributes has historically been an accepted practice.  Nevertheless, my father-in-law saw lots of changes from the days when a farmer walked behind a mule and a plow.

Though my life has not seen this kind of drastic change, there are many things that are different now than they were when I was a child.  There were lots of children on our block, and most of the neighbors knew each other, because we were outdoors a lot in the summertime.  Now, I open the garage door remotely and drive in, waving to other heads in cars, doing the same thing.  Evenings are a mad rush to get ready for the next day.  Growing up, I had a mom who made everything from scratch, and we had lots of wholesome food to eat.  Now, we eat foods prepared by others far too often, and the quality and wholesomeness of the food comes into question, frequently.

There are health claims about many foods, and there are critics, the so-called "food police", who want us to feel badly about our choices if we are not in agreement with them.  My advice to you is to make your way carefully and thoughtfully through the strident voices that vie for your attention and approval.  Do your homework, and try to keep your head.  If high cholesterol is a concern for you, then you may want to look into ways to help you reduce it.  I want to stay off medications as much as possible, so if there are heart-healthy lifestyle changes I can make, then I want the information. 

The makers of Mazola Corn Oil claim that a new study shows it to have cholesterol-lowering qualities.  You can take a look at the report here  I'm not advocating for or against this product.  I only want to tell you that this study exists, because there is an ocean of information out there, and it's important to have a balanced picture.  Actually, I'm beginning to believe that we shouldn't demonize any food, or any category, such as fats, proteins, or carbohydrates, because the body needs them all.  My personal feeling is that if you are looking for health, you are far more likely to find health than if you are looking for disease.  Focus on the positive, and if you practice "moderation in all things", remember that it applies to portion sizes, too!

By the way, if you are looking for recipes from this sponsor, you can find them at this location on the Allrecipes website.  I have tried the Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa, and we thought it was delicious.  #AllstarsMazola

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Mar. 16, 2014 5:43 pm
Bibi, I do believe that was the most reasonable thing I've read about the Mazola deal. Well done! I read somewhere that the study was comissioned by Pepsico which for the life of me doesnt make any sense seeing as how Mazola is owned by Galen Weston and co. But hey, waddoiknow? I agree wholeheartedly with the moderation deal, in all things. Great blogging Bibi
Mar. 16, 2014 5:49 pm
Thanks for the compliment, Raedwulf. If we are all indeed unique, then no ONE person can have all the answers for everyone!
Mar. 16, 2014 6:44 pm
Bibi. Can you hear the roar of applause? You were able to articulate in a way that escaped me. Thank You.
Mar. 16, 2014 6:59 pm
{{{Blushing!}}} B'Nana, thanks for the kind words. I just said what I think, you know.
Mar. 16, 2014 7:24 pm
I totally agree with the above people that commented. Great blog.
Mar. 16, 2014 7:27 pm
Well done! You tip toe very gracefully!
Mar. 16, 2014 7:31 pm
Thanks for stopping by, pelicangal! I appreciate your comments!
Mar. 16, 2014 7:31 pm
BIG SMILE, Bigshotsmom! Thanks for taking a look!
Mar. 16, 2014 8:04 pm
grand slam bibi! I rarely comment on imposed blogs...but your's was well thought out and articulated. I agree there are food cops..i know I had a great one---my mother. your father in law is / was quite a man that many folks should aspire to emulate.
Mar. 16, 2014 8:33 pm
Nice blog Bibi. Thank you
Mar. 16, 2014 10:15 pm
Made this old girl long for the old days....
Mar. 17, 2014 4:09 am
gderr, thanks for your comment. Your mama did well with raising you! I wish you would come and give my guy some cooking lessons. There's nothing so attractive as a man who knows his way around a kitchen!
Mar. 17, 2014 4:10 am
manella, thanks for taking a peek at my blog and sharing a comment. I appreciate you!
Mar. 17, 2014 4:12 am
I return the compliment, Mrs. J., with thanks!
Mar. 17, 2014 4:18 am
mauigirl, garden-fresh vegetables from spring till fall, right out the back door--I really miss that. And somehow, my mom and dad knew everyone around them by name, where they came from, what they did for a living, who their kids were, who was sick and who had something to brag about, even while they worked, were active in church, were busy with extended family, kept the house and yard neatly and raised three kids. I can't seem to manage it all!
Mar. 17, 2014 10:11 am
So well said, Bibi. My family comes from dairy farmers and Lenni Lenape backgrounds. I often wonder what their thoughts would be now. We do the best we can and continue to make informed decisions.
Mar. 17, 2014 10:42 am
Thank you, Bibi, for your insightful and thoughtful blog. I did wonder about the health benefits that were being touted for Mazola but figured I would check them out later. Funny how your opening reminded me of my parents. They grew up about the same. One in town and one on the farm.
Mar. 17, 2014 12:25 pm
What's for dinner, mom?, I can't agree more about informed decisions. Where quality of life is concerned, I choose joy and health, not anxiety and fear of disease. Thanks for your comment!
Mar. 17, 2014 12:33 pm
Cat Hill, there is a lot to be said for the simpler, slower times of our parents. Though my life is rewarding, some days, I really wish I could slow down some. I appreciate your stopping by!
Mar. 17, 2014 3:34 pm
You did a great job. I have not read the Mazola article in question, so am not qualified to discuss or comment. I do tend to shy away from GMO products, myself, but that is my own choice. Some of my best memories are "helping" when my grandparents and relatives canned home grown beef. Somehow it seemed to taste better than what I can get in the supermarket.
Mar. 17, 2014 4:16 pm
Missouri Farm Wife, thanks for your comments. I remember how hard we all worked preparing veggies for the canner or the freezer. We would sit in a circle under the shade trees and shuck corn, or break green beans. Then mom would turn the kitchen into a steam bath, sterilizing jars and putting filled ones into the canner. Hard work, but that was the extent of "processed" foods, for us!
Mar. 18, 2014 11:49 am
Bibi, very written blog. And you’re oh-so-right about the Food Police. Really, why should we make people feel guilty about occasionally using a can of soup, for example, in a casserole which I’ve now heard referred to among community members as the “can of ick.” The Mazola study results are thought provoking, for sure, but I have wonder how they can make definitive statements on the basis of such a small study sample (54 people). Just have to wonder if more testing and research is necessary to define Mazola Corn Oil as cholesterol-lowering. Also, let’s not fail to acknowledge that exercise is as important to a heart-healthy lifestyle as is what one eats every day. Life is crazy hectic these days, most families have both spouses working, and we all know that it’s going to be a challenge to put a heart-healthy meal on the table everyday. But I totally agree with you, moderation is key!
Mar. 18, 2014 3:36 pm
wow!!! wish you could speak for our country:-)
Mar. 18, 2014 7:00 pm
Nice blog, Bibi. Lutzflcat has a good point regarding the study consisting of so few people. Can someone tell me why there is so much hype surrounding Mazola Oil lately? Afterall, it is a GMO, just sayin....
Mar. 19, 2014 7:52 am
Your thoughts on this are a breath of fresh air, Bibi. I agree with everyone else that you tackled this assignment gracefully.
Mar. 19, 2014 8:41 am
lutzflcat, I believe we are soul-mates about some things. Thanks for taking the time to read, and thanks for your comments!
Mar. 19, 2014 8:43 am
Ha, ha, nanny129! I've done many things, but I've never tried to "speak for our country", lol! Would you trust me once I "got into bed" with politics?
Mar. 19, 2014 8:53 am
Lace, you have a sharp eye, just like lutflcat. Perhaps the GMO category is a bit too large to be truly meaningful. In any case, how can there be true transparency of the production of a product after a marketing agency gets it ready for the consumer? Advertising and marketing agencies study new products for months, trying to find the best ways to convince buyers to purchase.
Mar. 19, 2014 9:02 am
Awww, thanks, CC! As you probably know by now, I'm from the south, where FOOD = LOVE, but I think most cooks understand that. So, it's hard talking and researching things like this in an objective way. I believe we should be able to talk to one another and hear each other more if we are not shouting. More than that, I believe there is room in the world for more than just my opinion. Just sayin,.... ^_^
Mar. 19, 2014 12:35 pm
Bibi, I agree 100% that we should indeed be able to share information and opinions in an objective way in this forum as well as nationally and globally. Advertising and marketing does indeed convince buyers to make purchases but in the end it's the big businesses of the food industry that have made unethical decisions to alter our plants and livestock. How does one say that the GMO category is too large to be meaningful? With all due respect, how can genetic modification NOT be meaningful? Nobody knows the effects of GMO's and that in itself is huge stumbling block in assuming that this is a safe practice. This is just my personal opinion, however. I thank you for all your research and insight and also your willingness to discuss this here and entertain others opinions. I always look forward to reading your blogs.
Mar. 19, 2014 2:08 pm
Lace, I think for me there may be a language problem, because when Mendel began studying inheritance characteristics, he experimented with cross-breeding. Granted, he stayed within a species, but it was still genetic modification. Hybrid plants and foods have been genetically modified, and they have been around for a long time. (Genetic modification is how we got the hundreds of varieties of cats and dogs, too.) That's what I meant by saying that the category was too large--that there should be a way to identify UN-natural genetic manipulation of unrelated plants, microbes and even bugs, that can't happen outside of a laboratory. I agree that the long term effects have not been studied well enough, and that once the genie is out of the bottle, genetically speaking, it's hard to put it back.
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My cooking experiences began in the 4th grade Conservation Club. Cooking and Sewing were classes for girls, and my mom agreed to teach them for me and a couple of friends. We began with a blond brownie sort of dessert. After I made it a few times, I began to experiment with the recipe. Mom was a no-recipe cook, and I do that, too, but I usually follow a new recipe the first time. Most of the time, I can tell by looking if we will like it. I have a husband, 2 sons, 1 granddaughter, and one ex-daughter-in-law. I was chosen to be an AllRecipes Allstar Ambassador in 2012, and I am so excited! I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog, "Sweet & Savory". The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, Bibi.
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