There was an article on SE, from within the past 2 years on how students could use food stamps, and one user discussed being on food stamps, and how they used them to purchase what accounted for 2 rather expensive dinners made from ingredients purchased at a Whole Foods, plus the snack items they got with what was left. The article seems to have disappeared from the SE site, it's no longer retrievable via the search function.. I went looking for it, after I spoke with someone I know who had applied and finally received their EBT (food stamp) card yesterday, and the amount she is allotted on the food stamp card is $34.65 per month. That's right, less than thirty five dollars for an entire month, less than ten dollars per week. She asked why it was so little, as her earnings aren't enough to live on, and was told that the Obama administration had cut a total of $40. per individual, per month from the food stamp program, to pay for Michelle Obama's, 'Let's Move' program, and one other program, since 2010. Programs that don't actually provide nutrition, merely talk about them, from the administration that feasts upon $150.00 per pound wagyu beef, and blows $10 million on parties per year. Let them eat cake seems to be a philosophy this administration embraces, because while obesity is a problem, it is an extremely small problem, the truly major problem has been one for more than a decade, the New England Journal of Medicine has been reporting that the US has larger numbers of malnutrition and anemia than during the Great Depression.
She's single, no kids, is earning under $900. per month, barely able to pay rent, utilities, & bus fare never mind groceries of any kind, so it's rather sick to see this administration giving away food stamps to college students to supplement their college's food plans. The only remaining discussion on SE on food stamps are regarding being able to use them at Costco and at farmer's markets, but for the truly poor they can't afford produce
I started doing some shopping at Trader Joe's when they opened stores in my state, after becoming familiar with the chain after reading such glowing recommendations here on SE. I've become less enchanted considering the lower quality of some of their brand items, but hit the ceiling today after seeing first hand what garbage they accept from the Canadian company who make many of their frozen food items, and the insulting response from TJ's so called, "customer relations" after calling corporate this morning.
My daughter likes to take the occasional frozen dinner with her for lunch at work, as a change from the usual sandwich or leftovers, so I'd picked up some of TJ's frozen entrees last week. My daughter kept complaining of the rubberiness of the chicken, and at times wondered if the meat hadn't been all the way cooked through because of the texture, and she said the same thing about the subsequent TJ frozen entrees she took with her this week. Today, I opened the last package at home, prepared it, as per the directions. I plated the cooked contents, so I could see what the problem might be, and upon cutting in half, each of the minuscule pieces of chicken in the portion, that each and every one (approximately 5 pieces about the size of a quarter each) appeared to be the gristly piece one would find, upon cutting the top piece from a chicken leg, where the muscle/gristle attaches the chicken meat to the bone. It's scrap, what the processor would normally throw away when removing meat from the bones to use in a recipe. Not only is this inedible, it's insulting. I contacted TJ's corporate offices, to report this, I had the package with the UPC and other information ready to provide to them, assuming they would wish to look into the matter, but customer relations refused to take the info and look into it. If this is their attitude, I can't trust their other products. Have any of you had anything similar occur with TJ brand products?
I've been looking for a great Irish soda bread recipe to try out for next week. In the past when I'd try different recipes the result was always just so dry and blah, and thought I'd try asking here so I'm not just going on anything I find online. I feel kind of inspired to try a soda bread again, as I've found real buttermilk at my local Stop and Shop (not the fake cultured stuff), this one's made by the people who make Kate's butter, and my scones have never turned out this good before. Nice and moist with a good crumb and flavor. They were always "ok" but kind of dryish.in the past. So, I'm curious to see if I can pull off a really great soda bread to impress my friends, so if any of you have a recipe you can recommend, I'd really appreciate it.
I wanted to ask if anyone would be interested in purchasing my gently used Viking 5 1/2 quart electric stand mixer, it's black and chrome, which I got last Christmas. I need to get money to help pay my rent as I'm unemployed and savings are depleted. I paid $565.00 for it, plus tax from King Arthur Flour, and am thinking of asking $400. for it, plus shipping, but I'd be interested in hearing any reasonable offers. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. (I still have the shipping container and styrofoam packing inserts to assure it's safe delivery.
I've been looking to buy an electric stand mixer, I'd been thinking about the Kitchenaid Artisan, but some of the reviews have me feeling a bit leery.. comments on amazon.com about oil leaking from the housing, and cheap plastic parts are making me think twice. The Artisan has better reviews than the Professional model. I'd appreciate any suggestions as I'd like to purchase one that I can rely on. I'd use it for a variety of baked goods, including bread dough.
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