CDC offers Cholesterol Website

The Centers for Disease Control has a new website with a collection of information on cholesterol. The website explains the threat of cholesterol, offers fact sheets, prevention steps and proivdes links to publications.


Watts Grocery: Mardi Gras Meal and Help for Friends

At Watts Grocery in Durham, they’re planning for Mardi Gras. Chef Amy Tornquist notes that¬† February 16th is Fat Tuesday.¬† “Watts Grocery will continue our tradition of doing it up right! We will be previewing a few items from our upcoming new menu as well as offering some New Orleans specialties.” Look for:

  • Boudin-stuffed chicken breast
  • James’ Duck Leg, Oyster, and Andouille Gumbo
  • Fried Oysters with Low Country Remoulade
  • King Cake (make sure to watch out for the “baby” inside)

Tornquist calls on folks to shop local. She says that we need to keep up the efforts to support our friends and neighbors in small businesses of all kinds around town.

“I have heard of a few friends closing or selling their businesses and there are many Durhamites still suffering mightily. I know that we are all trying to feel more hopeful about the future and there is much to look forward to. But I worry. I see signs of recovery right along with signs of continuing trouble. We as a company have seen great success this year thanks to our friends and loyal customers. But we have also faced adversity. I see my coworkers working hard and trying their best all day long. But I also see that our health insurance went up 40% as a company this year and we have had to ask more from our folks to even keep this benefit at all. And that feels miserable and truly worrisome. So continue to visit the independent shops along Broad and Ninth Street, shop downtown, and remember that money you spend on local businesses stays here in town.”

She offers a list of local businesses:
Toast (when I’m not at Watts, of course)
Vaguely Reminiscent
Vert and Vogue
Ox and Rabbit
Scratch Baking at the Durham Farmer’s Mkt
The Green Room
Craven Allen
Joe Van Gogh
and all our neighbors!!

Foothills Connect linking western NC farmers

In the latest American Farmland Trust newsletter, there’s an article about Foothills Connect linking the 6,000 small farms in Rutherford County, NC boasts that are finding ways to stay in business. An encouraging number of “new farmers” are turning back to their agricultural roots. Some credit for the regions success in keeping small farms viable is due to the nonprofit organization, Foothills Connect, which is bringing broadband wireless into the community. Tim Wills, executive director, is helping to fill in the gaps for farmers by making it easier for them to connect with consumers. The Foothills Connect developed the Farmers Fresh Market website as a way to connect chefs in nearby Charlotte with fresh food.

Margaux’s offering early bird special

In an e-mailed ad from the News and Observer, Margaux’s is advertising a fixed-price, three-course meal Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 pm. to 6:30 p.m. for $19.95. They say its the same great taste, just earlier and a little lighter on your wallet. After 6:30 p.m., the same meal is offered for $27.95. Margaux’s is at 8111 Creedmore Road, Raleigh. Call them at 846-9846.

Fooducate: ABA sinks soda tax

At the Fooducate, they are explaining in the recent posting “Here’s why Coke is stronger than the Government” that in this great democracy called America, money votes. And through a series of contributions and investments of the American Beverage Association, the proposed tax has been all but buried.

Gaming to teach nutrition

At the USDA blog, Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra in the posting “Seeking Game-Changing Solutions to Childhood Obesity” writes that the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted a workshop to gather insight from leading experts in the fields of gaming and technology to inform the development of a nutrition game-design challenge. For my money, there’s nothing better than Pajama Sam and “You are what you eat from your head to your feet.” What could be better?

Staffing school gardens

At Grist, Sarah Bernardi in the article “To flourish, school gardens need more than photos ops” writes that a school garden program is often still a patchwork of volunteer efforts that need a dedicated individual to transform it into a streamlined resource that every teacher can use to engage her students.