Why Be Mad at Your Instacart Shopper When You Could Be Mad at Instacart?

He probably got the order WRONG because he’s a GUY | Shutterstock

Blame the company offering you cheap rates by underpaying its workers, not the underpaid workers

*pinches bridge of nose* Look, everyone is still getting used to some new normals, one of which is the proliferation of grocery delivery services like Instacart. On the surface it seems great — someone else brings your groceries to you! But, as with any service that relies on the folly of humans, there are setbacks and mistakes. Maybe you asked for low-fat mayonnaise, and the store was out, so the person bought you Miracle Whip. Maybe there are a few bruises on your apples, or maybe they couldn’t find the apples so they swapped them out for something else, maybe even something ridiculously un-apple-like, such as onions. Annoying, yes! Maybe even ridiculous, yet still people should roll with it, understanding that mistakes happen, … Read more

California Spaghetti Salad

California Spaghetti Salad is a delicious pasta salad filled with fresh veggies and covered in a zesty Italian dressing.  With all those flavors and colors making one beautiful and tasty side dish, there is no doubt this will be the hit of your next gathering!

I love delicious, cool salads in Spring and Summer like Creamy Pea, Cauliflower Broccoli, and Cucumber Tomato Salad. Enjoy your salad at your next BBQ!

California spaghetti salad in a gray bowl with olives, tomatoes and fresh vegetables.

Easy California Spaghetti Salad

As the weather begins to change and warm up in the Spring, I find myself looking for recipes with a fresher and lighter feel.  I especially love quick and easy cold pasta salads! This one only took 15 minutes to make and it was amazing!  It is vegan-friendly so it is great to bring to a potluck!  It is also super versatile! Have fun choosing colorful, fresh fruits and veggies you love to add in! I … Read more

Federal report focuses on ongoing pathogen threat from raw flour

Warnings are now appearing on the flaps of flour packages. “Cook before sneaking a taste,” says one. Another says “Flour is raw. Please cook fully before enjoying.”

And the April 23 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) turned its “Note from the Field” section to a closer look at outbreaks involving flour. “Multistate Outbreak of Escherichia coli O26 infections linked to Raw Flour — the United States, 2019” examines one such instance.

Here’s how it came down, according to the MMWR authors:

PulseNet, the molecular subtyping network for foodborne disease surveillance, on Feb. 20, 2019, identified six Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O26:H11 infections with the same pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern combination. 

The PFGE pattern combination matched that of infections from a July 2018 outbreak associated with ground beef. In response, CDC initiated an investigation with federal, state, and local partners to identify the outbreak source and Read more

The 23 Essential Maui Restaurants

Dry mein at Sam Sato’s | Photo by Bill Addison

Where to eat and drink in one of the most beautiful places on earth

Everything you’ve heard about Maui’s radical beauty is true: the undulation of the mountains and the lowlands, the cream-toned beaches that yield seamlessly to sea and sky, the volcanic rocks slicing through the million shades of green. Maui is larger than O‘ahu, though the forested reserves bookending its eastern and western points mean that its more populous towns are concentrated toward the island’s center — ideal for short, scenic road trips between restaurant-hopping.

Scores of dining rooms take advantage of the natural splendor, overlooking beaches or sitting along foothills or high perches ideal for watching pyrotechnic sunsets. But just as often, seeking out the most righteous meals in Maui means venturing to a plain-faced strip mall. A concise cross section of options defines this list: a … Read more

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Cherry cheesecake brownies are fudgy brownies with cheesecake and premium cherry pie filling swirled on top! These brownies are rich and creamy and have three delicious desserts in one!

If you love brownies as much as I do, you have to try these other fan favorites. Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting, The Best Caramel Brownies, and Gooey Oreo Brownies, YUM!

Cherry Cheesecake brownies stacked on top of each other.

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

I am so excited to be an ambassador this year for Lucky Leaf pie filling! I love working with companies that I love and that I am passionate about their product. Lucky Leaf is a high-quality and easy-to-use dessert product. I love thinking of delicious recipes to create with their premium pie filling. You are going to love lucky because it has no high fructose corn syrup and has more fruit inside and a bunch of different flavors to chose from. It is very convenient and … Read more