Bon Appetit!

Food blogs globally number more the 700,000 (Simunaniemi,2011)(Norén, Laura. 2012) Food blogs are often more trusted by the general public then official information sites (Simunaniemi, 2011). They photos, real emotional connection and language make them more personable then government sites and therefore more appealing. Individuals presenting themselves as food or nutrition experts can have a profound effect whether intentionally or not. Politics, social movements and personal experiences can all be influenced. Food blogs often reaffirm unhealthy lifestyles and recipes . With individuals suggesting everything from near starvation (Lynch, 2010, 2012) to lavish entries with a full day’s fat and calories content in one serving (Schneider, 2013). Corporations and organizations masquerading as individuals, or enticing individuals with money and other repayments, are influencing the blog community. Restaurants, food manufactures and even human milk substitute producers endorse individual food bloggers to influence public opinion or circumvent global trade policies(Abrams, 2012). Food blogs can provide many benefits to both producer and audience. Bloggers gain higher social integration, reliable alliance and friendship satisfaction (Baker, 2008). The social support from like minded individuals and the opportunity for self expression especially appeal to the potential food bloggers. An audience that responds, whether to reaffirm an unpopular lifestyle (Lynch, 2010) or to be motivated into change (Simunaniemi,2011), is important to many. The possible monetary or other material gains are real but most bloggers make less then one thousand dollars a year (Higgins, 2014). One surprising possible benefit, weight loss, is caused by satiation through over stimulation. Psychologists have demonstrated constant evaluation of a food decreases your enjoyment of similar foods (Larsen, 2013).

 

So let us all stare at cake:

Florida Blueberry Cheesecake

Posted April 3, 2014 in Desserts

Blueberry Topped Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole cheesecake (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 pints Florida blueberries, rinsed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup natural Florida sugar
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pot, combine 2 pints blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and water.
  2. Place sauce pot over medium high heat.
  3. Stir contents of pot as it comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Cook blueberry mixture for 20 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Strain blueberry sauce through a sieve if desired.
  6. Let blueberry sauce cool to room temperature, and store in the refrigerator until needed.
  7. Top the cheesecake with some of the cooled blueberry sauce, leaving extra for garnish.
  8. Place fresh leftover blueberries on top of the cheesecake and garnish with fresh mint.
  9. Serve the blueberry topped cheesecake with extra blueberry sauce.

– See more at: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Recipes/Desserts/Florida-Blueberry-Cheesecake#sthash.CFrhVF2x.dpuf

 

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