Thursday, May 6, 2010

Everything that Exists is Bad for You.

Anyone who knows me well would tell you I don't cook.

They'd be wrong.  I used to not cook, but now I do.  Maybe not well, but when you have 1 year old twins, not cooking = not optional.

Now that I do cook, I actually really like it.  We even bought a souped up fancy grill and have parties on weekends with our friends while the kids run around in the yard, but I'll save that for my mid-life crisis blog.  This blog is about my newly discovered neurosis.  Everything that exists is bad for you. 

All you have to do is google anything.  Guess what you'll learn?  It will kill you.  Everything contains some type of chemical most likely identified only by its initials.  And slowly but surely it is seeping into your skin via the soap you use or through the pots you cook in.

Random fact interspersed into my blog that keeps me awake at night #1 - YoBaby Yogurt, a yogurt marketed toward new moms who are exhausted, barely holding it together, likely not showering on a regular basis, who really love their babies and know they need to give them the right amount of nutrients to help brain development, has 13 grams of sugar ADDED to it.  So, on top of the naturally occurring sugars that exist from the peaches or strawberries or bananas to flavor the yogurt, the people at Stonybrook Farms take out their measuring spoons, reach into a vat of sugar, and add 3 scoops more, plus a pinch for good measure.

We thought it was really cute and amazing how our Thomas would run to the fridge, pull open the door and point to the YoBaby Yogurt frantically saying mo', mo',  mo'.

"He's so smart," we'd brag.  "What a little genius, and such an appetite!"

Actually, no.  The sugar in Thomas' inappropriately named YoBaby yogurt is ruling his brain, very much like that of an addict.  Thank you, Stonybrook Farms, for reminding me that no matter how tired I am, I still must always remember that companies who make products with the word "baby" in them don't necessarily give a shit that I'm actually going to poison my baby with their product.

OK.  So back to my new found love of cooking for the babies.

I own a stainless steel frying pan.  But it takes a bit to clean it.  Scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, french toast - little cooking jobs - turn into a hassle of a clean up because the food sticks.  Yes, the stainless steel distributes the heat more evenly and cooks food better.  That's all well and good when you're cooking chicken ala whatever.  But I just need something in my arsenal for the simpler, cooking 101 tasks.  So I bought a non stick frying pan for these extremely common occasions.

As I walked through my front door with it, I harkened back to a time when I wasn't completely exhausted, and had the vaguest of vague recollections.  I remembered hearing somewhere at some point that non stick pans weren't so good for you.  So I pulled out my iPhone and googled.  What did I find?  Oh, non stick pans kill your pet birds.  But the FDA says they're fine for humans so long as you use medium heat and don't leave them sitting on the flame for too long before cooking your food.  And if the non stick stuff starts to scrape or flake off, well, that's pretty dangerous too.  And autism?  We're not sure what causes it.  Could be the shots.  Or could be the non stick surfaces you cook in.  Or the Johnson and Johnson baby products you clean your kids with that contain chemicals the Europeans don't allow in their products.

And Kristen, one last thing.  You can't get married to the person you love in this country but you need to pay your taxes on time.  Thanks.


Ironically, Good Morning America did a story this morning on non stick vs. stainless steel pots.  For more info. on that story click here.


  1. We use yobaby too. Maybe not for much longer. Hmmm... Just when you think you found a good thing. Time to scrap the non stick too I suppose.

  2. On the heels of today's blog... You must look into Mark Misilli's new line of cookware. Cast Iron which adds nutrients to your food while you cook it, the finish is slick and a breeze to clean. It's not a frying pan, but I cook soups, stews, chili, pasta, you name it, in it. I too an not a cook, but Mike is a regular Wolfgang Puck, the right cook ware has been helping me get on the right track. Have you checked out Jessica Seinfeld's "Deceptively Delicious"? It's been written before by many others, but I love the easy nutritious experiments for the kids. Especially ones you can plan ahead and cook on a Sunday for the whole week ahead.

  3. Always love reading your blog. And knowing you, it reads very true to who you are :) XXOO

  4. Since my links a bust, just search MCM on

  5. ok now i'm going to be up all night thinking about all the inadvertent bad things i'm doing to my kids. but i'm also wondering...not that you have time but what is going on with the trailer LOCK!!! i'm hoping to see you guys this weekend in Albany...will you make it? you are keeping me at the edge of my seat with this one.

  6. that is so worrisome. I am wondering what type of pots and pans people use if not nonstick ones. I have been using nonstick unaware of this and just looked it up on line. how can these cmopanies get away with this? thanks for the informative post.

  7. Hey Lisa - I use stainless steel. I have mostly all-clad brand but even have a few things from Ikea. And I can't believe I'm discussing this publicly.

    And Val, that link to Mark's page is not correct. This is the right link. I can't believe Mark did this and I'm just hearing about it! One of my oldest friends on the planet works for QVC and created this line of cookware. Here's the link, check it out. Cast iron and stainless steel are the safest options for cooking, from what I'm reading.

    Here's the link to Mark's product line: