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February 2024

Roland Foods, LLC Recalls Roland® Tahini (100% Ground Sesame Seeds) 16 Oz. Because of Possible Health Risk

Roland TahiniRoland Foods, LLC (“Roland Foods”) of New York, New York is recalling a specific production code of Roland® Tahini (100% Ground Sesame Seeds) 16 oz. because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Roland® Tahini (100% Ground Sesame Seeds) 16 oz. was distributed to many states through retail stores and foodservice outlets. The product was distributed by Roland Foods from September 2023 through January 2024.

This recall ONLY APPLIES to Roland® Tahini (100% Ground Sesame Seeds) 16 oz., Batch Number P024581, Production Code X0419, UPC Number 10041224701509, with a Best By Date of October 19, 2024. The product can be identified by the UPC, found under the barcode on the back of the product, or by the Production Code and Best Buy Date printed in black ink on the label near the top of the bottle.

To date, Roland Foods has received no reports of illness related to the recalled product.

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which revealed that the product tested positive for Salmonella. The company has ceased distribution of the product and has initiated an investigation in partnership with the manufacturer as to the root cause of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Roland® Tahini (100% Ground Sesame Seeds) 16 oz. are urged to discard any affected product. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s Recall Hotline at 800-622-1823. The Recall Hotline will be monitored from 9:00 a.m. EST – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Company Contact Information

Roland Foods, LLC.

Popcorn Review: Simply Nature Organic Sea Salt Popcorn

Simply Nature Organic Sea Salt Popcorn
Satisfies that salty, crunchy snack craving.

While chips are my favorite snack, popcorn is my go-to snack.  It's a healthier thing to eat provided you don't load it up with too much butter.  Popcorn can be salty, savory, sweet, and doesn't have nearly the carbs of a traditional chip snack and there are SO many great flavor varieties to choose from with bagged products.  

Today I'm sampling Simply Nature Organic Sea Salt Popcorn.

Simply Nature is an Aldi brand, they make all kinds of snacks, we're talking chips, crackers, crisps, puffs, as well as fruit, nut, and seed snacks.  I'm a fan.  I've sampled quite a few of their products and haven't tried one I don't like or wouldn't buy again.

I kept it simple in choosing the sea salt popcorn, the ingredients:  Organic popcorn, organic sunflower and/or safflower oil, and sea salt.  That's it.  It's not a highly processed food like Nacho Cheese Doritos for example.

Popcorn snack
Only 35 calories per cup!

This popcorn will satisfy any salty snack craving, each bite is robust with a hit of sea salt, and every kernel delivers a nice popcorn crunch.  There was minimal kernel breakage and minimal old maids in the bottom of the bag, and perhaps the best part aside from the clean flavor, it's only 35 calories per cup!

Costing me $2.99 for a 6-ounce bag, I'm giving Simply Nature Organic Sea Salt Popcorn 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.   It's another well done snack by Simply Nature and it's worthy of a repeat buy.  Compare the price to the SkinnyPop Popcorn brand, at $3.49 for a 4.4-ounce bag at the mainstream grocery store.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Potato Chip Review: Clancy's Parmesan Pancetta Wavy Potato Chips

Clancy's Parmesan Pancetta Wavy Potato Chips
Clancy's flavored chips can be hit or miss, this one is a hit.

Out of all the snacks out there available in Food Land, chips are my favorite.  It doesn't really matter what kind of chip, potato, corn, pita, or tortilla.  They could be regular, with ridges, rolled or puffed.  They could be classic, baked, kettle-cooked, or flavored in some fashion.  Chips are no doubt a comfort food, the crunch, the savory flavor, the salt...

I'm always up for trying novelty flavors when it comes to chips and when grocery shopping today, I came across a flavor I've never tried before, Parmesan and Pancetta, made by Clancy's.

Exclusive to Aldi, Clancy's makes a full line of snack foods, with over 40 varieties to choose from.  The brand is kind of hit-and-miss though.  While their regular classic potato chips are good and in my book a smarter buy than over-priced classic Lay's, I've found their stackable chips, a.k.a., "crisps" to be greasy and not a good alternative to Pringles.  Some of their flavored options are quite good, some need to go back to the drawing board, such as their beer flavored offering.

Clancy's Potato Chips
Evenly sized chips, good crunch, robust flavor.

When I opened up the bag, I was immediately hit with the aroma of Parmesan and these chips deliver BIG TIME on crunch with a robust Parmesan bite followed by a subtle smoky note of Pancetta in the finish.  What a great combination of flavors.  I sampled them plain, as well as with a simple dollop of sour cream, fantastic!  A ridged, or 'wavy' chip is my preferred chip for dipping, they hold up better when scooping up dip delights, and with far less breakage.

Costing me $2.19 for a 9.5-ounce bag, I'm giving Clancy's Parmesan Pancetta Wavy Potato Chips 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.   This chip hits all the elements you're looking for in a great chip, crunch, great flavor, and salty.  They're great by themselves, they pair well with dips and I look forward to using some as a crunchy topping for some baked Mac & Cheese, I'm thinking it'll be a great match, creating another layer of flavor and texture to the dish.  These chips are most certainly worthy of a repeat buy!

In a cost comparison, the Lay's Wavy line-up of chips will cost you $4.39 for a 7.5-ounce bag at the mainstream grocery store.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related:  Potato Chip Review: Clancy's Bacon & Cheddar Flavored Potato Chips

FDA, Industry Actions End Sales of PFAS Used in US Food Packaging

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing that grease-proofing materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are no longer being sold for use in food packaging in the U.S. This means the major source of dietary exposure to PFAS from food packaging like fast-food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, take-out paperboard containers and pet food bags is being eliminated. 

PFAS are a diverse group of thousands of chemicals that resist grease, oil, water and heat. The FDA has authorized certain PFAS for limited use in cookware, food packaging and food processing equipment. Exposure to some types of PFAS have been linked to serious health effects. The FDA helps to safeguard the food supply by evaluating the use of chemicals as food ingredients and substances that come into contact with food, such as through food packaging, storage or other handling to ensure these uses are safe.

Today’s announcement marks the fulfillment of a voluntary commitment by manufacturers to not sell food contact substances containing certain PFAS intended for use as grease-proofing agents in the U.S. This FDA-led effort represents a positive step forward as we continue to reevaluate chemicals authorized for use with, and in, food. It underscores an important milestone in the protection of U.S. consumers from potentially harmful food-contact chemicals. 

This ‘win’ for public health is the result of FDA research and leadership, combined with cooperation from industry. In 2020, the FDA engaged companies to cease sales of grease-proofing substances that contain certain types of PFAS following our post-market safety assessment. The research FDA scientists conducted and published played a large part in helping the agency obtain commitments from manufactures to voluntarily phase out the use of these substances containing PFAS in paper and paperboard food packaging products. 

Assessing progress of these efforts takes time. Various parts of the industry are implementing changes and there are lags in data reporting. However, we are encouraged that through collaboration and a shared interest in the health and welfare of the public, together with industry we can achieve positive health outcomes.

The FDA will continue to conduct research and update our evaluations using the most up-to-date science to ensure that our risk determinations continue to be accurate and based on current science. Where appropriate, we will take the steps necessary to protect the health of U.S. consumers as part of our commitment to food chemical safety.


The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Frozen Pizza Review: Mama Cozzi's Stuffed Crust Pizza

Mama Cozzi's Stuffed Crust Pizza
Mama Cozzi's Stuffed Crust Pizza, with pepperoni, Parmesan, and cracked pepper.

Pizza is without question my favorite food.  Burgers come in at #2.  Each has a dedicated category on

Needing a convenience meal when grocery shopping today, I picked up a Mama Cozzi's Stuffed Crust Pizza, with pepperoni, Parmesan, and cracked black pepper.  My go-to crust is usually thin and crispy, but every once in a while, I go for a stuffed crust pie, there's just something enticing about getting a good mozzarella cheese pull when biting into that outer crust.

I've sampled three Mama Cozzi's frozen pizzas before today and they've been unremarkable (review links below), so I hesitated a bit before throwing the pie in the cart.  Hopefully, I thought, that cracked black pepper and doctoring the pizza up with some additional Parmesan cheese would elevate my past "eh" pizza experience.   

Mama Cozzi's Pizza
Just out of the oven, pepperoni and cheese topping pretty much as pictured on the packaging.

Mama Cozzi's is an Aldi Brand.  Offering a full lineup of frozen pizzas, take-and-bake pizzas, calzones, and other pizza-related options, Mama Cozzi's main appeal is price.

In breaking the pizza out of the box, it pretty much looked like the picture on the packaging in terms of pepperoni and cheese topping portions, so no false advertising/marketing there.  It's an adequate portion of pepperoni, yet not exactly generous.  It's a bargain pizza after all, so you don't get pepperoni in every bite. The black pepper notes are pleasantly robust and compensate for lackluster pepperoni which is a bit short on spice, but for those who don't particularly like a lot of black pepper, this may be too pepper-forward for you.  The coverage of the cheese was decent and had a nice melt, the crust was good, with a nice crispy exterior and an airy, fluffy interior.  It absorbed the oils from the pepperoni and the sauce nicely.  The sauce was light in application and "eh" in flavor, needing stronger garlic and herbal notes.  The feature of the pie, the stuffed outer crust, was a bit disappointing.  While it was stuffed well enough, it lacked that good, stringy Mozzarella cheese pull you're looking for in a stuffed-crust pizza. 

Mama Cozzi's Pizza Slice
Decent crust, a bit bready, and the outer stuffed crust lacked a good cheese pull.

Costing me $6.99 for a 30.2 ounce (that's 1 pound, 14.2 ounces for those of you who live in Valley Center) pizza, I'm giving Mama Cozzi's Stuffed Crust Pizza with Pepperoni, Parmesan, and Cracked Pepper Pizza 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap Stars.  This was the last time buying a Mama Cozzi's product for me.  It may be convenient and it's a bargain price, but it just didn't deliver on flavor.  The only doctoring I did with this pizza was grate a bit of fresh Parmesan cheese on it before serving.  More doctoring, such as more pepperoni, perhaps some onion and mushroom is recommended.  The cracked black pepper was good, but otherwise, this was another very "eh" dining experience, just like the other Mama Cozzi's products I've tried.  It may be bargain-priced, but it's a sacrifice in taste and ingredient quality.    

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related: Food Review: Mama Cozzi's Take & Bake Pepperoni Pizza

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Nurture Life Ready-To-Eat Chicken Meal Product Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

Nuture Life Kids MealsWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for Nurture Life’s Chicken Parm with Super Veggie Spaghetti meal products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product’s spaghetti component contains egg white, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers with an allergy to egg are aware that this product should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because the affected product is no longer available for purchase.

The fully cooked, not shelf-stable chicken meals were produced between Dec. 27, 2023, and Feb. 20, 2024. The following product is subject to the public health alert [view labels]:

  • 5.9-oz. tray with sleeve label containing “nurture life KIDS MEALS CHICKEN PARM WITH SUPER VEGGIE SPAGHETTI” with “enjoy by” dates ranging from Jan. 9, 2024, to March 1, 2024.

The chicken meal packaging does not have a USDA mark of inspection. These items were sold online and shipped directly to consumers nationwide.

The problem was discovered when FSIS was notified that the firm discovered that egg was not declared on the label during an internal audit.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume it. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Members of the media with questions about this public health alert can contact Frank Chen, Chief Marketing Officer, Nurture Life, Inc., at 312-517-1888 or email at [email protected]. Consumers with questions about this public health alert can contact Jennifer Chow, Co-Founder, Nurture Life, Inc., at 312-517-1888 or email at [email protected].

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or send a question via email to [email protected]. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at

Brock Purdy naysayers are full of crap

20240203_095135Today's football thought: So in listening to all the talk still going on with sports shows... "Brock Purdy is only good because of the players around him," "Brock Purdy was Mr. Irrelevant," "Brock Purdy is not an elite quarterback." To those talking sports pundits, I say you're full of crap. In order to put up good numbers, you have to execute. In order to be part of the MVP discussion, which Purdy was, you have to be consistent with that execution. Never mind that Purdy quarterbacked the Niners to TWO NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl in his TWO years of being in the league. Oh, and that Mr. Irrelvant thing, the modern draft is only 7 rounds. When the term Mr. Irrelevent was coined in 1976, the draft was 17 rounds long. Put that in your sock of perspective and smoke it, and funny how that little tidbit of information isn't mentioned when "Mr. Irrelevant" is discussed. More perspective: Peyton Manning didn't make it to the playoffs until his second year in the league, losing in the divisional round to the Titans who went on to the Super Bowl. John Elway didn't make it to an AFC Championship Game until his fourth season. I say Brock Purdy belongs in the elite quarterback conversation. To you naysayers, it's only a matter of time until you acknowledge it.

According to StatMuse and just 25 games into his NFL career, Purdy has thrown for 5,654 yards and 44 touchdowns.

~ Mike


Dunkin Glazed Donut SyrupThe iconic Glazed Donut from Dunkin’ is getting some sweet, sweet love this month. Here is a collab we didn’t know we needed, but one that every Dunkin’ fan will surely want to try. Drum roll, please! Coming soon to a grocery store near you is the new Mrs. Butterworth's® x Dunkin’ Glazed Donut Flavored Syrup.

Get your flap jacks ready, this glazed donut-inspired syrup is sure to make your next stack of pancakes unforgettable. The Culinary teams at Mrs. Butterworth’s and Dunkin’ created this sweet syrup, by pairing the syrup Mrs. Butterworths’ fans know and love with the iconic taste of America’s favorite donut. The result – pure deliciousness.

Mrs. Butterworth's x Dunkin’ Glazed Donut Flavored Syrup pours perfectly on pancakes and waffles, but don’t be afraid to get creative by drizzling it onto oatmeal, yogurt, fruit and so much more! Add your favorite cup o’ joe from Dunkin’ to the mix and you’ve got yourself the perfect start to the day.

The Mrs. Butterworths’ x Dunkin’ syrup is available now at participating grocery stores, mass retailers and through ecommerce channels.

Have you tried the Mrs. Butterworth's x Dunkin’ Glazed Donut Flavored Pancake Syrup?  Let us know on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and TikTok.

LQNN, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Banh Ba Xa and Banh Pia Products

Pia CakeLQNN Inc., of Garden Grove, California, is voluntarily recalling Banh Ba Xa and varieties of Banh Pia because they may contain undeclared egg. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The affected products are packaged in various colors of foil bags, with the lot number or best by date printed on the front of the bag. The affected Banh Pia products are under the brand Saigon Gourmet, and all affected products are manufactured by Tan Hue Vien. The twelve (12) affected products are:

Item Name Lot# Universal Product
1 1894 BANH PIA Mung Bean Durian
480g X16 THV 1894
B4.12.23; B6.12.23; B1.11.23;
B2.11.23; B3.11.23;
A8.11.23; A9.11.23; A1.11.23;
A2.11.23; A3.11.23; A4.11.23; C9.10.23; C10.10.23;
C11.10.23; C6.10.23; C7.10.23;
C8.10.23; C2.10.23; C3.10.23;
C4.10.23; C5.10.23; C1.10.23;
B10.10.23; B4.10.23; B5.10.23;
B6.10.23; B7.10.23; B8.10.23;
B1.10.23; B2.10.23; A10.10.23
8 936014 318942 See image below
2 1637 BANH PIA Mung Bean Pumpkin
400g X30 THV 1637
OCT1525 8 936014 316375 See image below
3 5181 BANH PIA Taro Durian
400g X30 THV 5181/1479
DEC0925; NOV1325; OCT1325 8 936014 311479 See image below
4 1897 FRZ CAKE Ba Xa Lady
260g X20 THV 1897
DEC2525; 8 936014 311752 See image below
5 1891 BANH PIA Black Sesame Durian
400g X30 THV 9178/1891
NOV1625; Oct1525; OCT1325;
8 936014 319178 See image below
6 3077 BANH PIA Classic Mung Bean Durian
16.8oz X20 THV 3077
DEC0925; NOV2725; NOV1625;
NOV1325; NOV0425; OCT1325;
8 936014 313077 See image below
7 1794 BANH PIA Mung Bean Durian
275g X24 THV 1794
NOV1625; OCT1525 8 936014 317945 See image below
8 2112 BANH PIA Mung Bean Durian
400g X30 THV 0595/2112
DEC1525; DEC0925; NOV1625;
NOV1325; OCT2525; OCT1325;
8 936014 310595 See image below
9 1934 BANH PIA Mung Bean Pineapple
400g X30 THV 1934
Dec0825; NOV1625; OCT1525 8 936014 319345 See image below
10 1918 BANH PIA Pandan Durian
400g X30 THV 1918
DEC0925; Nov1825; NOV1325;
NOV0425; Oct1325; OCT0225
8 936014 319185 See image below
11 1890 BANH PIA Red Bean Durian
400g X30 THV 8904/1890
DEC1525 8 936014 318904 See image below
12 1638 BANH PIA Liu Sha Pumpkin
480g X20 THV 1638
DEC2025. 8 936014 316603 See image below

The recalled Banh Ba Xa and varieties of Banh Pia were distributed to Canada, and nationwide to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington to wholesalers, markets, retail stores, and on-line websites.

We are working with our distributors to recall the affected products. NO illness has been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the affected products may have been mistakenly had an egg wash applied. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem may have been caused by a mistake in the manufacturer’s production and packaging process.

Distribution of the product has been placed on hold until the company is certain that the product has been corrected. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. We assure you that we are undertaking measured steps to prevent its recurrence.

Consumers who have purchased the above Banh Ba Xa and varieties of Banh Pia are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (714) 949-7870 from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST.

Company Contact Information

LQNN, Inc.

Spring Planting in the Bachelor on the Cheap Garden

Coffee Table 'Garden'
A repurposed coffee table, turned mini raised bed garden.

What a BEAUTIFUL day!

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and it's 72 degrees in my neck of the woods, so I've been playing outside today.

Some early spring plants are starting to come out of hibernation in the yard, such as tulips, periwinkle, and lilies.  Today I added some veggies to the 'getting green' mix, planting peas, carrots, lettuce, onions, and spinach.

According to the Farmer's Almanac, I can get away with planting seeds and sets this early in my neck of the woods.  Here is a list of early spring vegetables that are cold tolerant for USDA Zone 6a for 2024:  Asparagus, beets (Yuck, too 'earthy' tasting for my liking), broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, Swiss chard, and spinach. 

Chair container
Carrots planted, Black Eyed Susan Vine will be planted when the time is right, to grow up the back of the chair.

This year I've decided to make my coffee table planter exclusive to onions, planting a combination of seeds and sets in red, yellow, and white onion varieties.  The combination of seeds and sets will give me a steady crop of green onions through the summer.  For the last two years, the coffee table planter has been a 'salad bar.'  A mini raised bed garden, it's situated close to my grilling area.  Along with some other strategically placed containers, to include herbs, I'll be able to pick items needed for a grilled meal, as I grill.  It doesn't get any fresher than that!

OK, the writing break is over, it's time to go plant some taters and rake up some leaves for the compost pile!

Related: Creating a "Salad Bar" with an old coffee table

Related: Growing your own potatoes in a grow bag is super easy!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike