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From Childhood Memory to Heart Helper (Mazola) 
Mar. 18, 2014 9:37 pm 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2014 12:32 pm


Hello everyone out there in AR world! 


It has been quite awhile since I last posted here. Life has been a whirlwind for us lately, we don't get much of a break (not that I'm complaining but its been crazy.) As an Allstar, my duties had slowed down during the holidays and I've been playing catch up to everything else. The break was perfectly timed for us but I was ready to get back on the bandwagon and in perfect fashion, so it began again! 


This month, I received Mazola® Corn Oil from Mazola®to kick off the new year with the Allstars. I was absolutely thrilled - this was a blast from the past that I'd completely forgotten about over the years. My mom loved to fry for supper. Chicken, porkchops, cubed steak - all of it floured and fried in Mazola® Corn Oil. I don't recall seeing any other kind of oil in her house - it was all she'd use! 


I moved out 10 years ago and went straight to using vegetable and olive oil. I never thought about the difference it made in using a different typing of cooking oil - but I should have. My husband and I are both overweight. I have asthma and a heart condition that I was born with (it started our as a murmur that would be gone by 3 but here I am at 26 and its still going strong with physical hinderances some days.) I am always wary of it but not as much as I should be. 


Fact is, I love to cook & I love to eat. Fried foods being one thing I really love (I can't help it, its so good!) In the past year, however, I've been on a weight loss journey. I'm currently down 40 pounds from last May - still a long way to go but it's a start. Eating better has been one of the things I've been working on the most during this time period. Its my biggest hinderance & always has been. 


This brings me to why I am so thrilled we were asked to work with Mazola® this month. I never thought about trying other oil brands out there with consideration to what might be a healthier choice for myself and my family. One night after receiving it, I had some free time on my hands and checked out their website. Some of the things I read that surprised me: 

- Mazola® Corn Oil is made of 100% pure oil with no additives.

- Mazola® Corn Oil contains a low level of saturated fat - less than 1 gram per 1 tablespoon (12 gram) serving.

-Mazola® Corn Oil has more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than other cooking oils and 4x more than olive oil.


The last two really jumped out to me due to the conditions listed above. Not only did I see these facts but I also saw some delicious looking dishes that Mazola came up with. While we were given the chance to prepare two this month (see below for photos & links), there are plenty more out there to try. If you're interested, check them out here:

Heart Healthy Recipes


I absolutely loved the two dishes we were given. We added our own little tweaks to them (nothing to make it less healthy, just variances in meats and/or veggies.)  They will both definitely become regulars in our household! 


I will admit since we received the oil, it's half gone already and I only fried one thing in flour (this is seriously an accomplishment for me.) We've been busy trying out lots of new dishes with Mazola® Corn Oil and they have all been a success. They've helped us incorporate more vegetables into our suppers, something we can never have too much of. It works just as good as the vegetable oil but has a much better flavor to us, on top of all the health benefits. We've definitely found our new go-to oil to keep stocked in the house! 


Day by day I'm forming a healthier lifestyle for myself and my family. I appreciate Mazola® and Allrecipes helping in both that aspect as well as reminding me of something that brings back many childhood memories. Here's to a healthy life & a healthy heart :)


Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa


Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce


Mar. 19, 2014 4:44 pm
Nice job, Paith! Love the pictures embedded in the text!
Mar. 19, 2014 4:45 pm
'Scuse the fat fingers, FAITH! I'm gonna quit now...
Mar. 19, 2014 6:24 pm
Thank you! And no worries, I've been called much worse as well as called others much worse, lol ;) *queen of the fat fingering*
Mar. 20, 2014 9:49 pm
Nice blog Faith! Congrats on the weight loss!!!
Mar. 21, 2014 9:48 am
Thanks! :)
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Hello! I'm Faith, a 27 year old work from home mom to two sons (8 & 5.) I'm married to my best friend, Michael. We've been together for almost 11 years now. I'm not sure how he's dealt with me this long! I mainly cook for my family and a few close friends. I love them all for being my willing guinea pigs. I'm not the best by any means but I love to try anything new.
My favorite things to cook
Most of the stuff I cook could be considered comfort food. Not the healthiest method of cooking but if I can substitute something with a healthier alternative I'll do so. Growing up my family's weekly menu was pretty small. Venison, chicken, hamburger, veggies - anything my parents could hunt, grow or make. Growing up on a farm definitely had its ups & downs. A variety of food was not in the "up" category. I always wanted to try something new but their income said otherwise. We couldn't afford to try something we didn't like and didn't finish. Now that I can enjoy both homegrown and purchased ingredients, I am willing to try anything new that sounds good to my family and I.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Two sweet potato pies and a turkey are mandatory at Thanksgiving while white chocolate fudge and a ham is a must during Christmastime.
My cooking triumphs
Barbecue pulled pork, venison meatloaf & homemade butter biscuits.
My cooking tragedies
I will never forget the absolute worst thing I have ever cooked, a Manicotti dish. It was right after we got our own place back in 2005 and I was going to be brave and try something that wasn't Hamburger Helper or grilled cheese sandwiches. It had too much basil, the noodles didn't finish all the way and the sauce blackened at the end. We tried to choke it down but ended up getting takeout. Since then, I think my skills have vastly improved!
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