Make it milk: Fun snacks for kids

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This Tiramisu Parfait is easy enough for children to put together, and it packs lots of nutritious calcium from milk. (Photos courtesy California Milk Processor Board)

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Chef Gino Campagna offers these recipes for kid-friendly snacks and more at

March is National Nutrition Month, and the California Milk Processor Board is partnering with former Disney Chef Gino Campagna to create kid-friendly — and healthful — snack ideas that youngsters can put together themselves. Kids love snacks, but not all snacks are created equal, especially in terms of nutrition. These recipes were developed to give kids plenty of calcium in each serving. The National Institutes of Child Health report that almost 90 percent of girls and more than 80 percent of boys ages 9-13 aren’t getting enough calcium, needed for strong bones.

“We need to engage our kids in grocery shopping and cooking at a young age so that healthy habits stick with them through life,” says Chef Gino, Master Chef at Piccolo Chef, an award-winning Continue reading


Pesto for St. Patrick’s Day

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Nothing says green like a pesto sauce! The brilliant emerald color comes from cilantro leaves instead of basil. (Photos by Laura Groch 2014)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You won’t find a recipe for corned beef or Irish soda bread here today, but I do have a recipe that’s very green. And it’s also kind of Italian, which checks off St. Joseph’s Day (March 19), and it’s meatless, so it works for Lenten Friday meals too.

But I have to warn you, it’s not for everyone. This recipe is for a flavorful pesto Continue reading

Don’t forget the CLIF drawing! Get your comments in

Reminder: If you’d like to enter the drawing for free CLIF bars, the deadline is end of day Saturday, March 15. The CLIF folks are publicizing their new Sierra Trail Mix bars by offering gift packs to three lucky winners. To enter,

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Don’t forget to add a comment on the blog for a chance to win free CLIF bars!

just leave a comment on the original blogpost at to be entered in the drawing for a free pack of CLIF energy bars! Three winners will be chosen. Good luck!

Stoked about stochasticity: Grapefruit Slam IPA

The label on The Stochasticity Project's Grapefruit Slam IPA.

The label on The Stochasticity Project’s Grapefruit Slam IPA.

Grapefruit Slam IPA. Sounds like something those folks at Stone Brewing in Escondido would do, doesn’t it? This beer, released Feb. 10 in 22-ounce bottles, comes from “The Stochasticity Project,”, and if you like bitter, you’ll probably like this new release. (Check out the label from a distance — see if you see anything familiar in the gridlike pattern on the bottle. Hint: It will be very familiar to drinkers of Stone brews.) The Stone folks seem to be running the publicity, but the beer is registered under Koochenvagner Brewing Company. (Hm. Stone was founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner. Just sayin’.)

Grapefruit Slam IPA. Step back a bit and look at the image in the center of the label. Recognize anyone? (Photos courtesy Stochasticity Project)

Grapefruit Slam IPA. Step back a bit and look at the image in the center of the label. Recognize anyone? (Photos courtesy Stochasticity Project)

Anyway, the Project’s web page ( describes the beer as a big-bodied pale ale “marrying hand-zested grapefruit peel with the inherent citrusy biterness of Centennial hops” —  “an intensely citrusy brew.” You should be able to find it at liquor stores all over San Diego County.

The Project answered a few questions via email:

Unusual name, Stochasticity. Where’d it come from?

Stochastic is defined as: random; specifically involving a random variable; involving chance or probability. We didn’t want to limit the beers coming from the Stochasticity Project to any one particular style of beer or specific characteristic. All of the releases will definitely involve a random variable whether it is timing of the beer release, ingredients, or the areas the beer will be available.

Who are the people behind/in charge of the Stochasticity Project? 

Everyone that makes up a brewery — brewers, beer scientists, quality assurance engineers, management, administration etc. Their goal is to develop beer recipes by exploring the science of beer, cutting edge theories and other ideas that govern the direction of this ongoing program.

Why grapefruit, and why such pride in such a bitter beer?  

The essential oils and monoterpenoids, like geraniol and citronellol, which are found in hops often provide aromatic components that are described in professional sensory panels as “citrusy.” Flavors like grapefruit, lemon and/or lime for example. The potential synergy of specific hop varieties with citrus fruit is something that brewers who research unique ingredients, and who focus on combining the art of brewing with science, have been experimenting with for a while.

You say your website is not going to be a forum for passive enthusiasts. What exactly are you going for here, then?

The website shares insight into the science behind boundary-pushing beers and features a plethora of information on how science is furthering the development of craft beer. This website isn’t for the average person just looking for a thirst quenching beverage, it’s for someone (who) wants to learn how the beverage was created and conceptualized.

(c) Laura Groch 2014