E. Coli outbreak

News is spreading about Chipotle’s new health situation. The popular food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has recently been linked to reported cases of E. Coli (Escherichia Coli). ~8949339E. Coli is a bacteria that generally lives in the lower intestines of humans and animals and is not harmful. However, some strains of E. Coli, in this case Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 A.K.A. “STEC 026”, can cause an intestinal infection. Symptoms of an intestinal infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain. More severe cases have had reported symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, dehydration and sometimes kidney failure. Younger children, older adults, and pregnant women have increased risks of developing complications. E. Coli can be caused by improperly treated food or water, however properly treating food and water, along with good hygiene immensely decrease the risks of getting an intestinal infection.

So far there have been 52 reported cases of E Coli linked to Chipotle. These 52 reported cases are spread out over 9 states. 1 person reported having been infected by STEC 026 in Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. There have been 2 reported cases in Minnesota. California and Ohio both experienced 3 reported cases. In Oregon there have been 13 reported cases. Washington has had the most reported cases with 26. Out of the 52 reported cases there have been zero deaths, however, 20 of the reported cases had to be hospitalized.

47 (90%) of the overall 52 cases, reported to have eaten at Chipotle within a week before they fell ill. Chipotle is working with public health officials to understand the distribution of the food items served at the locations where individuals who contracted STEC 026 ate.

For more information, please go to: http://www.CDC.gov

Questioning SROs’ role in SPPS

GEb9w-6goRndMZxp8_jhQ_D8ROZxy3hHKZ7nrhNaH3nkV8bdTQ8Q491VUISSPzLU3olXNZWZH7AWZ9DLj_u0tRi2mWfs2sA41l1QzWDKz1_8Hkzcuc9-yCT-aztOECA25CASdMOGIn a recent Pioneer Press article, it was stated that chair of Saint Paul Public School Board, Mary Doran had proposed the idea to remove student resource officers from all Saint Paul Public Schools. This proposal created controversy, especially in light of the recent events around SPPS. Just within the past 4 months of the 2015-16 school year, SPPS has faced many dangerous incidents. This includes;

  • A loaded handgun found at Harding High School
  • An officer punched in the face breaking up a fight at Harding High School
  • An outbreak of fights with 10+ students involved at Como Park High School
  • A student at Central High School tasered for refusing to leave class
  • And the most recent event, a staff member hospitalized after trying to break up a fight at Central High School

With the occurrence of these events, many people believe that removing all student resource officers (SROs) would only make schools a more dangerous place to learn. The SRO budget is currently $854,000 to pay for nine resource officers within the district. This money is from the school district budget provided by education funding from the government. Although removing these officers would save money and help with budget cuts, many people believe that their presence within the schools is essential. The removal could elevate the situation and make our schools more dangerous without strong reinforcement present at all times.

One reason Ms. Doran supposedly questioned the presence of SROs in our schools is because earlier this year, an officer at Spring Valley High in South Carolina assaulted a student. Since then there has been much talk about the benefits and disadvantages SROs bring to schools around America.

After contacting Ms. Doran, she claims that the reporter simply misinterpreted her proposal, and that she just meant to start a conversation between students about their opinions of their school officers. She also claims that she does not wish to remove all SROs, and in fact she firmly believes their presence in schools is much needed in light of these recent events.

In the Pioneer Press article, the reporter said, “Evidently, you have some doubts as to whether SROs are a strictly positive presence in St. Paul schools“, but Mrs. Doran claims that nothing she said lead to that conclusion. She also claims these were false assumptions with no evidence. In summary, she believes that officers are important for the safety of students and teachers within the school, and they will not be removed.

Holiday recipes

Holiday Recipes

Here are some delicious, easy recipes for this holiday season!

Homemade Cheesy Potatoes

~b8302093 pounds Russet Potatoes, peeled

4 tablespoons Butter, divided

1/2 cup Yellow Onion, diced small

1 clove Garlic, minced

2-1/2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour

1/2 cup Low-Sodium Chicken Broth

1/2 cup Whole Milk

1 cup Sour Cream

3 Green Onions, sliced

3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper

1 cup grated Sharp Colby Cheese


  1. Peel a pound of potatoes
  2. Slice the potatoes into planks, then strips and dice into cubes. Add the potatoes into a pot of cold water, bring to a boil and cook for 8 minutes. Remove and drain the potatoes and set into a sink. Let the potatoes cool.
  3. In a 10-inch skillet add three tablespoons of butter. Over medium-low melt the butter and then add in the diced onions. Cook until just softened and add in the minced garlic. Cook for one minute.
  4. Add small amount of four in the flour and stir, cooking for 2-3 minutes. While stirring, pour in the 1/2 cup of broth and 1/2 cup of whole milk. Continue to stir until thick, about 5-8 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cup of cold sour cream.
  6. In a large bowl add in the cooled potatoes, onion and sour cream mixture, green onions, salt, pepper and grated Colby cheese. Stir to combine and pour in the prepared pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until bubbly and lightly golden. Let cool for 20-25 minutes before serving.

Green Bean casserole:


  1. 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup  
  2. 1/2 cup  milk
  3. 1 teaspoon  soy sauce
  4. 1 dash  black pepper
  5. 4 cups cooked cut green beans
  6. 1 1/3 cups french fried Onions


  1. Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in a bowl.
  2. Pour into a casserole dish.
  3. Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the casserole is hot and bubbling. Stir casserole and sprinkle with the remaining french fried onions.
  4. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:


  1. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  4. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  5. 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 2 cups semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the flour and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed.
  4. Add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely.



  1. 4 cups milk
  2. 5 whole cloves
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 12 egg yolks


  1. Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy.
  3. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring for 3 minutes, or until the mixture is thick.
  4. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.
  5. Stir in, cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.


Foodies for thought

Sometimes gift giving to foodies can be difficult, but with this gift guide you and a family member can team up and give the best gifts of the holiday season.

~b238728Many coffee lovers know how tiring the same old flavors of boring plain coffee can get, and how it’s hard to replicate a drink from their favorite coffee shop. The Keurig system takes little pods and turns them into hot fresh cups of coffee. There are many different companies who have teamed up with Keurig, such as Starbucks, to bring to you the flavor of their coffee to your own home. The machine itself can run a little pricey but it is worth it when you don’t feel like going out for a cup of coffee. http://www.keurig.com/Brewers/Home/Keurig®-2-0-K550-Brewing-System/p/keurig-2-0-k550-brewing-system

ingredients-nbrxJuicing your food is something that has recently become very popular. Most juicers don’t do your fruits and vegetables justice. The Nutri Bullet RX actually keeps all of the precious fibers that make the fruits and veggies healthy. This makes your juice just as healthy as eating your food in a solid form. Juicers can be very expensive though, for instance if you want the Nutri Bullet RX, but the cheaper the make, the less expensive. https://www.nutribulletrx.com

swm_play_starterkit_white_60lGoing out and buying soda for a party can be pretty pricey at the checkout. The Sodastream uses water and flavor pods and creates soda that tastes exactly like the name brand. Water is something that almost everyone has and it is an ample resource. The flavor pods are costly but it is a convenient way to always have soda on hand. https://www.sodastreamusa.com/play-starter-kit-p591.aspx


Sandwiches are the classic snack whenever you really need a quick bite to eat. Paninis are something that you used to only be able to get at specialty restaurants, but with a panini press you can finally make them yourself! These can run pretty pricy if you want one that tells you when your sandwich is done, but the cheaper models will also get the job done. http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-GR-1-Griddler-Panini-Sandwich/dp/B000CPZXGO

Standalone_1175X1290Using a full size blender can be a hassle when you have little counter space, especially when you’re trying to make lots of sweets for special occasions. This is why a simple hand blender will make any baking job much easier. http://www.qvc.com/KitchenAid-Two-Speed-Hand-Blender.product.K301210.html?sc=K301210-Targeted&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-3-_-K301210&catentryImage=http://images.qvc.com/is/image/k/10/k301210.001?$uslarge$