Category Archives: food

Jobs that pay over 80k

I read an article that says that there are jobs that pay over 80k and in fact they list 30. This is all well and good. But, the fact is how long does it take to go to school for these and how long did it take to get to this level of pay. Where are they?

OK, I will dump my current education track (Knowledge Management), start back as an undergrad in one of these fields, use another 4 years of time pursuing these career paths, and there you have it. ‘We’re sorry, but all of these job postings got filled 4 years ago’… that is what will be said and you know it. So, who is telling this anyway??? We need jobs NOW! not four years out and it’s kind of nice to have a place to live and have food so doesn’t mean you need some form of income.

Did you notice something that is not DIRECTLY listed? There appears to be nothing about those ‘green’ jobs. By directly listed, I mean something like Wind Turbine Engineers, Hydroelectric Transmission Technicians, Ethanol Plant Supervisor, and on and on.

What do YOU think about this?


Coffee that’s healthy and smart?

I have been trying for some time now to find a ‘healthy’ coffee that will provide energy and be a core to social functions while building an income. Wow coffee that is healthy? Who would ever believe this? I’ve checked this out and came across five reasons why this particular series of coffees and teas may be one of the best social function builders and provide a long term income:

1. There’s the product, of course — an ideal fusion of wellness and deliciousness, health-mindedness and genuine cafe indulgence. From bold black coffee to soothing red tea, luscious hot cocoa to hearty steel-cut oats, Gano Excel’s line of Café 2.0 products are unlike anything the world’s seen. And with the health benefits…well, come on. It’s pretty amazing stuff. We decided that this is what most people love: great products at a reasonable price, and a honest dedication to quality.

The product is also super-easy to market. I mean, we’re not peddling potions, lotions or pricey juices — this is coffee, affordable, delicious coffee.

2. Knowing where the product comes from! Unlike some companies, we have our own plantation in Malaysia, and a high-tech research facility where our Ganoderma-infused products are produced. If you think about it, how many companies like ours can say they control the creation of their product from top-to-bottom? Can any other “healthy coffee” company say that? That’s why Gano Excel is more than healthy coffee — it’s Café 2.0, a totally new idea of what it means to bring wellness-boosting coffee to the people.

3. The comp plan is mind-blowing. It’s like we’ve taken the best parts of every referral marketing plan you’ve seen and brought them together. It’s perfect for people who just want their coffee to pay for itself AND the serious business builder — which is, if we may say so ourselves, awesome.

4. Field and Corporate Synergy. We’re all on one big team here: field and corporate, equal and united! Whether through cool new marketing collateral, functional online tools like your back office, or hosted events and special video presentations, it’s our job to serve you. Our IT guys and our programmers, accountants and customer service reps, vice presidents and creatives, and (of course) our CEO and founder are all here to make your life easier. At out corporate offices, affiliates shares desks with corporate employees: we’re one big team at Gano Excel!

5. PEOPLE! Sorry to be all shout-y about it, but that’s one of the most important things in any company — the people you work with. We get emails from and meet with Canada, Peru, and all over the United States, and we’ve yet to find a Gano Excel affiliate we wouldn’t want to share a cup of coffee with! Our top leaders are friendly and accessible, and our affiliates are fun, people-oriented and (frankly) the best in this industry.

I know this sounds unreal to some. The thought of a healthy coffee that can build an income. Give it a try and see what YOU think!

Coffee Mate Sugar Free Pulled from Shelves – Ruins Test

Well that’s just great. Here I am trying to do a test between alternatives for Hazel Nut Coffees and one of the sources where we were getting a test item from decided to not carry one of the very things we wanted to test. This was the Coffee Mate Hazelnut Cream coffee creamer (liquid) that was sugar free. Mind you, they still have the regular and fat free but have decided to nix the sugar free version.

Now how do you (including the folks at Nestles) expect us to include them when one of our test categories was the ease in finding the product on a regular basis. This is one thing that has shed a bad light on our supplier Safeway at Powers and Constitution ( in Colorado Springs,CO) . Now what to do? I guess we will have to drop this from the list by forfeit. We will continue to test the other alternatives.

By the way we have decided to start the 11 Day Diet program to see if this really works or not. So not only has Coffee Mate been taken away from us in sugar free version. It has been written off the list because of the fact that the fat free version contains sugar.

So any ideeas others than to go to another store? Help…Please?

LED rope lights for the party room and beyond!

I have been trying to figure out how to really brighten up the party room lately. I looked at strobe lights, colored spot light and many more. I just couldn’t find what I really needed. And to think, every one is looking for that ‘green’ category light that will look good and be energy aware at the same time. Maybe something like a LED rope light?

I have one of those crazy spiral shaped bulbs in some of my regular lamps but, that won’t do it simply because they don’t come in colors. What to do, what to do? How can I find a place that provides really neat looking LED rope lights that are energy saving, don’t get hot, and come in different colors? There’s this company called Birddog Distributing that fits the bill! They have these really cool LED Rope Lights that come on spools of 150 feet for a really great price. And the colors. WOW! Every one I looked for. Red,blue,green,yellow,amber,pink,purple and white this is fabulous! Ordering these is even easier once you come to the website. But wait, they not not only have LED rope lighting, they also have a very wide range of LED lighting products that you don’t need to go anywhere else. You really need to check them out.

Corn Allergens and alternatives

After watching the clips below, I thought about what was made from corn or could contain corn in some form. I was floored! Look at this extensive list:

  • Acetic acid
  • Alcohol
  • Alpha tocopherol
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Ascorbates
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Astaxanthin
  • Baking powder
  • Barley malt
  • Bleached flour
  • Blended sugar (sugaridextrose)
  • Brown sugar
  • Calcium citrate
  • Calcium fumarate
  • Calcium gluconate
  • Calcium lactate
  • Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA)
  • Calcium stearate
  • Calcium stearoyl lactylate
  • Caramel and caramel color
  • Carbonmethylcellulose sodium
  • Cellulose microcrystalline
  • Cellulose, methyl
  • Cellulose, powdered
  • Cetearyl glucoside
  • Choline chloride
  • Citric acid
  • Citrus cloud emulsion (CCS)
  • Coco glycerides (cocoglycerides)
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Corn alcohol, corn gluten
  • Corn extract
  • Corn flour
  • Corn oil, corn oil margarine
  • Corn starch
  • Corn sweetener, corn sugar
  • Corn syrup, corn syrup solids
  • Corn, popcorn, cornmeal
  • Cornstarch, cornflour
  • Crosscarmellose sodium
  • Crystalline dextrose
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Cyclodextrin
  • DATUM (a dough conditioner)
  • Decyl glucoside
  • Decyl polyglucose
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose (also found in IV solutions)
  • Dextrose anything (such as monohydrate or anhydrous)
  • d-Gluconic acid
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Drying agent
  • Erythorbic acid
  • Erythritol
  • Ethanol
  • Ethocel 20
  • Ethylcellulose
  • Ethylene
  • Ethyl acetate
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Ethyl lactate
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fibersol-2
  • Flavorings
  • Food starch
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Fumaric acid
  • Germ/germ meal
  • Gluconate
  • Gluconic acid
  • Glucono delta-lactone
  • Gluconolactone
  • Glucosamine
  • Glucose
  • Glucose syrup (also found in IV solutions)
  • Glutamate
  • Gluten
  • Gluten feed/meal
  • Glycerides
  • Glycerin
  • Glycerol
  • Golden syrup
  • Grits
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Hominy
  • Honey
  • Hydrolyzed corn
  • Hydrolyzed corn protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose
  • Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose pthalate (HPMCP)
  • Inositol
  • Invert syrup or sugar
  • Iodized salt
  • Lactate
  • Lactic acid
  • Lauryl glucoside
  • Lecithin
  • Linoleic acid
  • Lysine
  • Magnesium fumarate
  • Maize
  • Malic acid
  • Malonic acid
  • Malt syrup from corn (barley malt is fine)
  • Malt, malt extract
  • Maltitol
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • Methyl gluceth
  • Methyl glucose
  • Methyl glucoside
  • Methylcellulose
  • Microcrystaline cellulose
  • Modified cellulose gum
  • Modified corn starch
  • Modified food starch
  • Molasses (corn syrup may be present; know your product)
  • Mono and di glycerides
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • MSG
  • Natural flavorings
  • Olestra/Olean
  • Polenta
  • Polydextrose
  • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Polysorbates (e.g. Polysorbate 80)
  • Polyvinyl acetate
  • Potassium citrate
  • Potassium fumarate
  • Potassium gluconate
  • Powdered sugar
  • Pregelatinized starch
  • Propionic acid
  • Propylene glycol
  • Propylene glycol monostearate
  • Saccharin
  • Salt (iodized salt)
  • Semolina (unless from wheat)
  • Simethicone
  • Sodium carboxymethylcellulose
  • Sodium citrate
  • Sodium erythorbate
  • Sodium fumarate
  • Sodium lactate
  • Sodium starch glycolate
  • Sodium stearoyl fumarate
  • Sorbate
  • Sorbic acid
  • Sorbitan
  • Sorbitan monooleate
  • Sorbitan tri-oleate
  • Sorbitol
  • Sorghum (not all is bad; the syrup and/or grain CAN be mixed with corn)
  • Starch (any kind that’s not specified)
  • Stearic acid
  • Stearoyls
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar (not identified as cane or beet)
  • Threonine
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
  • Treacle (aka golden syrup)
  • Triethyl citrate
  • Unmodified starch
  • Vanilla, natural flavoring
  • Vanilla, pure or extract
  • Vanillin
  • Vegetable anything that’s not specific
  • Vinegar, distilled white
  • Vinyl acetate
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin E
  • Vitamins
  • Xanthan gum
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast
  • Zea mays
  • Zein

How scary! (?) . This came from the Internet and I think we should know about this. So what to do from here? What would King Corn say about this list? What is even more interesting is that people are starting to have similar problems with soy based products. How do we get away from things that make us sick? Or is there a real way to do that? I also came across this site mentioned in The Daily Table Blog that is called Culinate providing some very interesting ideas on nutrition .


I came across a short series of videos about how much corn we really consume without even knowing it… Does this make sense or not? Why so much?

So what do you think? Are we turning into the next ‘corn fed beef’ ? This is a big concern to me. Another point is that more and more corn is being used to make next generation fuels. This drives up the cost of corn overall. There are alternatives to this using cellulose processing that can make alcohol based fuels from many different sources and does not have to use corn. Leave some comments here on this interesting (and possibly alarming) topic.

Hazelnut coffee, creamer, or syrup ?

The quandary begins! Looking at all the varieties of coffees, creamers and syrups that are hazelnut flavored there are just too many choices! Is this flavor really that popular to block out the actual flavor of the coffee base behind it? What’s the deal here? Why hasn’t there been an actual coffee that tastes this way with the additional ingredients added? Can you actually go buy hazelnuts and grind them into the coffee with using artificial additives?

So, The thing here is that three things will be tested. 1. Artificially flavored Millstone Hazelnut Cream ground coffee 2. Coffee Mate no sugar Hazelnut cream in liquid form 3. Hazel nut flavored syrup. The flavored liquids will be added to Folgers Columbian ground coffee as the base. But here is the kicker, I will try to find hazel nuts that can be ground with a Columbian roast whole bean as the final test!

The contenders:

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Left to right: Millstone Hazelnut Cream flavored coffee, Coffee Mate no sugar Hazelnut flavored Cream (liquid), Torani no sgaur Hazel nut flavored syrup, Folgers Columbian.

This is the test and I will share results at a future time. I will also see if I can find those elusive hazelnuts at a health food store.

Cups up!