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 They're GMO, but I must admit I'm tempted to try one.  I like the idea of gengineering, it's the execution I often find unethical, my safety standards being much higher.  But an occasional nibble seems unlikely to do serious harm.
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[personal profile] kengr tipped me to the Habanada, a descendant of Habañero without the heat.
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In Terramagne-America, there is a company of several multicultural women that's making packets of crispy chickpeas in different flavors. The Hot Chicks are extra-spicy, the Saucy Chicks are milder, and the Sweet Chicks are sugary. The promotional characters are baby chickens dressed as bikers on the Hot Chicks, while the Saucy Chicks have more eclectic "go out and have fun" outfits, and the Sweet Chicks are dolled up in pink. So cute, I wish I could draw these.

Chickpeas are big rounded legumes. They offer protein, fiber, and other benefits. When roasted, they make a healthy snack that can be flavored in various ways. You can do many other things with them too.

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This is another commercial from Terramagne. Comfort food appears in many of the poems from Polychrome Heroics. So what do you do if you grew up with junk for comfort food? They've got a patch for that ...

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 Superheras for Mother's Day.  I think the first Wonder Woman cake is my favorite.
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Terramagne has all kinds of awesome snacks, mentioned in various poems from the Polychrome Heroics series. Screamin' Squirrel Snacks offer a range of healthy high-energy items.

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Jumble Munch is a popular snack in Terramagne-America, mentioned in several poems from Polychrome Heroics. It's a mix of different ingredients, similar to trail mix or party mix, in a large array of sweet and savory flavors. It comes in small or large bags.

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Here's a selection of mixed drinks from Terramagne, mostly alcoholic although there's a virgin version of one.

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Terramagne-America has a much wider selection of drinks aimed at adults than just alcoholic ones. Their mixed drinks get really interesting. This batch relies on some ingredients -- especially the Aromantic Bitters -- that tend to produce blue to purple drinks.

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Here are some recipes from the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of Polychrome Heroics. Most of these are fairly straightforward American recipes. There are also a few Indian recipes courtesy of Lawrence's friend Chatura.

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These recipes have appeared in the references for the Cuoio and Chiara thread of Polychrome Heroics. They're Mobsters in the classic sense, thus most of these are Italian or Sicilian.

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These are some recipes that appear in the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. The two major clusters are: Pain's Gray makes elaborate pastries, and Thriver cooks comfort food. Most people will not have the skill to make what Pain's Gray makes, but it's fascinating food pr0n. Thriver's recipes are easy enough that most people could make them.

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These are some recipes mentioned in the Officer Pink thread of Polychrome Heroics. Many of these are Southern cooking, some are campfire cooking, a few are Chinese, and then there's a bunch of random stuff. This is typical of the food available in Bluehill, Missouri in Terramagne.

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 Not mine, but a very impressive recipe for Honey Cupcakes decorated with adorable sugar bees.
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This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Clay of Life series.

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We met my parents in Champaign today.  :D  Stopped to shop for spices, and I got the ones I was looking for.  Doug found a new brand of world spice blends that I looked at for 2 seconds and said, "If I start going through those, I will blow $50 and I've already got a sizable order here."  But I definitely plan to go back and do that in the future.

For supper we went to Olive Garden, which had a sample table with their two flavored lemonades: strawberry-passionfruit and kiwi-melon.  Both were utterly fabulous.  I got the strawberry-passionfruit, Doug got the kiwi-melon, and we shared.  :D Both flavors had a top, middle, and bottom note so I will definitely remember that for future reference in fruity lemonades.  It made a huge difference over just strawberry lemonade.

We watched Step Afrika at the Krannert center, which was also brilliant.  They did amazing things with dance, drums, and body music.  Very exuberant, whole-body motions.  The show told the story of the Great Migration from Africa to the South, and then the South to the North.  \o/
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I saw some muscat grapes at the store and decided to try them.  They're yellowish with a pink blush, very sweet and juicy. Doug and I only knew these as wine grapes, but apparently some varieties are table grapes.  They do have the same floral notes that muscat wines are famous for -- almost more like a tropical fruit than regular grape flavor.   Actually, they remind me a bit of other 'blush' fruits I have enjoyed, like the gold raspberries.  These are too soft to cut in half, so if you want them for fruit salad, use them whole.  I imagine they would be awesome for juicing or smoothies though.

I am so buying more of these if I see them!  I like most kinds of grapes, but these are really nice.
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Last time we went shopping, I spied some flavored cottage cheese in snack-size cups.  I grabbed the strawberry; other flavors include peach and pineapple.  I think there was at least one savory flavor, too, but that's all I could find online.

Today I tried the strawberry version, and it was pretty good, although a little odd.  Probably that's just lack of familiarity -- I had a similar experience with Annie's yogurt, which is now my favorite.  It's a surprisingly healthy set of ingredients for a store brand, too.  I didn't even realize the fruit was on the bottom and supposed to be stirred, since strawberry bits were visible on top; I'd expected it to be flavored with puree at best.  Just remember to stir it first.  Also, the label says "small curd" but this looks more like what I've seen sold as "large curd" before; if you're picky about size, be careful.  I happen to like both.  I also enjoy plain cottage cheese, but variety is fun.  As a snack, this has many advantages: individual cups are more portable and convenient for portioning, cottage cheese is nutritious, and it's filling.  :D

Apparently several other companies have their own options:

Honey & Pear, Maple & Vanilla

six fruit flavors

and more!

If you don't eat dairy, you can make coconut cottage cheese.  It's probably just as good with fruit.

Stuff like this is ubiquitous in Terramagne -- plain, sweet, or savory. They have much better access to healthy snacks. When tasty, affordable, nutritious food is readily available then people are more likely to eat that than junk.  A vending village in T-America will typically have half a case of junk if there's only a couple of machines, or one for candy and one for sodas if there are many machines.  The rest will have fruit, sandwiches, granola bars, healthy dairy products, bottled water, fruit juice, and other good-to-great choices.  The higher-tech machines will play little games with you or ask health trivia questions, and you can win discounts or even free food that way.
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