Colorado’s bill for deregulation of meat sales sent to a joint conference committee

A bill with the Colorado Legislature’s unanimous support for an alternative way of acquiring meat within the state has hit a snag.

Before April 1, it looked like the Colorado General Assembly was about to send Senate Bill 21-079 to the governor for his signature. The new law takes effect immediately with his signature. It would permit Colorado consumers to buy shares of animals for eating that have not been inspected and are from Colorado producers who are not licensed.

The hold-up on the legislation, now going on two weeks, occurs because the Colorado House and Senate passed slightly different versions of SB-21-079.

The Senate did not concur on House amendments but instead requested that the House join them in naming conferees for a conference committee. The conference committee met for the first time Monday and will offer a report today on the Senate Floor.

The House amendments that produced … Read more

Belgian Waffles

Perfect Belgian Waffles that are crisp on the outside and light and fluffy in the middle. This tried and true recipe is our family’s favorite!

Waffles make a fabulous breakfast on their own for sure. But add it to Eggs, Bacon or the Best Breakfast Casserole for an amazing breakfast or brunch.

Stacked belgian waffles with berries and cream.

Authentic Belgian Waffles Recipe

I’ve tried many other homemade waffle recipes over the years—ones I’ve made myself, or eaten at friends’ houses, and I’ve never found a recipe that compares to this one! I’ve made them a thousand times, and I love that they’re now a favorite with my own family.

The trick to making light and fluffy waffles is in separating the egg yolks and whites. The egg whites get beaten separately, till they form stiff peaks. You will then fold into the batter at the end. This creates the fabulous crispy outside and super cloud like … Read more

Vaccines but no ‘compassionate release’ for Parnell brothers prior to May hearings

Ahead of their back-to-back habeas corpus hearings set for the final week of May in Albany, GA, brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell remain in federal custody.

Stewart, 66, and Michael, 62, were unsuccessful with their requests for “compassionate release” under the First Step Act, the federal prison reform act that became law ahead of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports Stewart Parnell remains in custody at the Hazelton Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in West Virginia, and Michael Parnell remains at Fort Dix, NJ. Both are low to medium-security facilities.

Stewart, the former top executive of the defunct Peanut Corporation of American, and his peanut broker brother Michael were convicted by a jury in 2014 and respectively sentenced to 28- and 20-year prison terms in 2015. The Parnell brothers were convicted in relation to a 2013 indictment on 76 federal felony counts. The government filed the indictment after … Read more

How Nonprofits That Train People to Work in Restaurants Navigated COVID-19

For many organizations, the first step in dealing with pandemic shutdowns was just to help their participants and alumni get through the initial weeks

On the evening of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the staff at Café Momentum served only seven diners. The downtown Dallas restaurant was consistently listed as one of the best in the city, but suddenly, fears about an emerging pandemic were keeping folks home. Café Momentum is more than just a restaurant, though. It is also a nonprofit that has spent 30 years training at-risk youth exiting the juvenile detention system to work in hospitality. So the staff and the 15 young people working that night spent most of the evening doing extra training and cleaning to keep busy.

The year had started off strong. In fact, Café Momentum was so successful that it was planning to expand to other cities around the country. Thanks to a … Read more

Sweet and Sour Pork

This sensational Sweet and Sour Pork is everything you want in take out, only better!  You are going to love the succulent chicken combined with the most incredible sauce!

This recipe will take your take out game to a whole new level of yumminess. Pair with Wontons, Egg Rolls and Rice for a restaurant worthy night!

A Bowl of Sweet and Sour Pork.

Skillet Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

Hands down, this is one of my family’s favorite Chinese meals to make at home. It is the most perfect combination of sweet and sour. By using two different vinegars instead of just one you get a complex flavor that combines with the sweet of the sugar and ketchup that is divine. The soy sauce gives it that savory touch it needs to balance it all out. Then you toss the sauce with tender juicy pork, crisp tender vegetables and sweet tart pineapple that is so heavenly. This … Read more