Max hates the brown bag lunch

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful food patrol world of the Dogpound.   The government just announced that they are banning all trans fats in food even though usage has been declining for years; since 2005 the industry has reduced their trans fats use by over 70 percent. The government claims this could save an additional 27,000 deaths from heart attacks and heart disease.  

I often wondered how they come up with those statistics.  I just do not remember seeing any of those CSI shows where they do the autopsy and the doc says, “Ah!  There is the cause of the death.  See that fat around the heart, that is 51 percent trans- fat.  If only he had given up on his daily morning ritual of coffee and a fresh Krispy Kreme doughnut.”  

I am not sure if they can make doughnuts that are worth anything without trans fats, but you can bet your last dollar that if there is an issue the police union will very quickly file for a restraining order.  Continuing on with the topic of food, there was another interesting article about daycare lunches, albeit from Canada, but I am sure this is what we will have to look forward to in the near future.  

Now, back in my day I never went to a daycare, however, when I went to school we had our daily milk breaks and cafeteria lunch servings.  As we got older the milk breaks disappeared, but we continued to eat the school provided lunches or we brown-bagged it.  Per the article, a mother sent her little girl to daycare with a home-made lunch of left over roast beef, potatoes, carrots, an orange and milk.  

Wow!  My home-made lunches were usually a sandwich made with bologna or peanut butter and jelly accompanied by a handfull of chips and, on occasion, a piece of fruit.  So what is the problem?  Well, the family received a note from the day care center along with a $10 charge claiming that their meal did not meet the standards of the Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care regulations which requires the child be provided a milk product, a meat, a grain, and two servings of a fruit and vegetable in their lunch, and if something is missing the daycare must provide a supplement.  Did you find what was missing from the roast beef lunch?  It was missing a grain.  The daycare solution?  A handful of Ritz crackers [who knew they were counted as a grain?].

The good news, after some complaining and support from the government that actually made the rules, the daycare has dropped the charges and has gone to a hot lunch program versus trying to monitor the lunches the parents send from home.

“There has been only one Christmas - the rest are anniversaries.”  
 –  W.J. Cameron

Another warning label...toaster...Do not use to warm slippers or other footwear.

I love Xmas...I receive a lot of wonderful presents I can’t wait to exchange.   –  Henny Youngman.

Christmas is the time kids tell Santa what they want for Xmas and their parents pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want and their kids pay for it.    –Richard Lamm

That is it for now.  I really need to get out and do some Christmas shopping; the economy is counting on me to do my part.  As always, be good, play safe and remember in your heart the true meaning of Christmas.  Merry Xmas from

JR and Max


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