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Yes, good old oatmeal! Soul of the Highlands! Heart of the Haggis! Curer of many ills! And it might even lower your cholesterol! Oats have been a staple in the northern parts of the British Isles for centuries, simply because no other grain would thrive in their gloomy climate and short growing season.

Sale Signs

Supermarkets and food manufacturers use a number of tricks and techniques to maximize their profits on the fresh and processed foods you buy. Some are old chestnuts that we should all know by now. Others are newer and more insidious. Some can work in your favour!

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Remember Mom’s admonition to clean your plate? Eat up or no desert! What about the starving children in Africa? I once got grounded for a week when I suggested she stick something from my plate (I can’t even remember what, now) in a Tupperware tub and mail it to Nigeria.

A Global News story today says that a recent survey of Canadian Burger outlets and retail grocers confirms that Canadian ground beef in the fast food arena and major supermarkets is entirely free of horse meat.

Well Behvaved Kids discount

I just have to pass this one on to you! An eatery in the Washing state town of Poulsbo is offering a “Well Behaved Kids” discount to family dining groups. Now, that’s just about the most creative restaurant marketing innovation I’ve heard of in years!