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Hunger Rates Drop as People Spend Stimulus Money on Groceries

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Give a man a fish…and he and his family might get to eat a nutritious meal finally

We are here to report some breaking news that may come as a shock: Giving people money for food means they can buy food and thus not go hungry. Please take all the time you need to process this revelation.

According to Census data, initiatives to increase access to SNAP benefits and the stimulus payments have shrunk adult hunger rates from 11 percent in March to around eight percent now, the lowest level since the pandemic began. “Money helps,” Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, an economist and director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, told Politico. I’m no economist, but I will also give my two cents: No shit!

The pandemic has spurred unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as people lost jobs or fell ill. Food banks, community fridges, and other … Read more

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting is super moist and delicious with the best coconut cream cheese frosting! This cake will be devoured and loved by all!

I love the sweet nutty flavor of coconut, it can transport me somewhere tropical in minutes! We love coconut in these tried and true recipes, Bread Pudding, Lemon Bars, and Pie!

A slice of coconut cake with frosting and toasted coconut on a plate.

Coconut Cream Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

This coconut cake is a deliciously decadent dessert! One bite and you are going to think you’ve died and gone to tropical heaven. The cake is light and moist, just like a cake should be. Buttermilk adds the unique moisture and texture that is absolutely divine. The flavor of the coconut cream cake is sweet and nutty, with a touch of a rich butter flavor. It will be hard to not just eat the cake by itself. But you will want to … Read more

Easy No Bake Cheesecake with Gelatin

This creamy, fluffy no bake cheesecake with gelatin sets up quickly, and has the flavor balance of cream cheese and sour cream. Always smooth as silk.

How to set a no bake cheesecake with gelatin

The only essential ingredients in a classic, baked cheesecake are cream cheese, sugar, and eggs. You make it a gluten free cheesecake by baking it in a gluten free graham cracker crust, and making sure any starches you add are gluten free.

The eggs in a classic cheesecake provide structure to the cheesecake when they’re baked. They’re what make it into a cake that you can slice.

So how do you set a cheesecake without eggs? Here, we use some powdered gelatin to make a no bake cheesecake that sets even more cleanly than a traditional, baked cheesecake.

All you do is “bloom” the gelatin in some lukewarm water by mixing them together and waiting … Read more

FDA Releases report on foodborne illness risk factors in delis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its report on a study of foodborne illness risk factors in retail food store deli departments. 

This study is part of a 10-year initiative that examines when foodborne illness risk factors, such as employees practicing poor personal hygiene, and food safety practices, like improper handwashing, occur; and their relationship to Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) and Certified Food Protection Managers (CFPM). Data for this study were collected between 2015 and 2016.

The FDA observed that delis with well-developed Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) were more likely to properly control foodborne illness risk factors than delis with less developed FSMS. Also, delis with a Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) who is the person in charge have significantly better developed FSMS than delis that do not have a CFPM.

Analysis of the study data showed that deli departments had the best control over:… Read more

How Muslims Are Rethinking the Future of Ramadan

During the second Ramadan of the pandemic, community groups, like this one in Cairo, are serving iftars to-go. | Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa via Getty Images

Some community organizers are hoping the changes driven by the pandemic will improve Ramadan for years to come 

When I broke my fasts at mosques during pre-pandemic Ramadans, I basked in the unspoken agreement among the strangers in the room that filling everyone’s stomach was an urgent and shared responsibility. Iftar gatherings worldwide take pride in providing copious amounts of food every night for 30 days. At each iftar (the meal eaten at sunset to break fast), every person was guaranteed water, dates, fruit, and if they were lucky, a warm pakora. I’d arrive no later than sunset for the pakoras and stay past twilight for the steaming pots of Palestinian makloubeh, an aromatic rice dish layered with chicken and vegetables.

Community iftars are almost always … Read more