November 26, 2014

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Elyria students lose the pink cookie

A tray of pink cookies are seen at Elyria Schools. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

A tray of pink cookies are seen at Elyria Schools. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Students no longer will eat the traditional Elyria pink cookie — the soft, buttery-sweet confection found only in school cafeterias across the city.

The federal government saw to that. Its edict calling for school districts to provide more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains to students along with fewer calories, fat and cholesterol has resulted in the loss of the pink cookie.

“We can’t have them in the cafeteria for sale, period,” said Scott Teaman, food services director with Sodexo Inc., the district’s contracted food provider. “The guidelines for snacks are very strict, and there is no wiggle room.”

It’s not surprising the pink cookie does not meet the revamped food guidelines. Much about it hasn’t changed in nearly four decades — that’s how long the pink cookie was on the menu.

“We could modify the recipe by changing the size, using whole-grain flour or putting on less icing, but in doing that you are not making the same cookies,” Teaman said. “There is only one way to do the pink cookie, and to do it any other way would not do it justice.”

The cookies have a made-fresh-from-grandma’s-kitchen taste for good reason. Original baker Jean Gawlik, the former food production manager for Elyria Schools, patterned the treats after the personal recipe of her mother, the late Marie Smith, of Amherst.

Over the years, the cookies have developed a cult following. The cookies even were dubbed the “Best Cafeteria Cookie” by Cleveland magazine in 2009.

Teaman said district bakers will fire up the ovens for special orders. Orders will be taken during the week and available for pickup on Fridays.

The pink cookie may be gone, but that doesn’t mean students will have nothing appetizing to eat.

New this year, the district offers a full salad bar at the middle schools and mini-versions at the elementary schools. Students at the high school still will have a salad bar, sandwich bar and pasta bar at lunch, but in hopes of encouraging more breakfast eaters a yogurt bar, cereal bar and Subway-esque sandwich bar with a variety of meats, cheese, vegetables and egg patties will be added to the selections.

“The idea is if (the students) make it, there is a better chance they will eat it,” Teaman said. “It’s different than someone just putting it on your plate and not giving you an option. They will be able to come up with their own thing at breakfast and lunch, which is completely new to school meal programs.”

Meal prices remain the same: $2.75 for a full-price lunch and 40 cents for a reduced-price lunch.

In 2013, more than 1.5 million breakfasts and lunches were served to students.

All changes take effect Monday, the first day of school for Elyria students.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

FYI

  • Elyrians can order pink cookies from the district for special events, available for pickup on Fridays. The cookies cost $5 a dozen. Order by calling (440) 284-8287 or (440) 284-5213.

Recipe

The Elyria pink cookie

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup Crisco
11/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons sour cream
3 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix butter (or margarine), Crisco and sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time. In separate bowl, mix baking soda and sour cream until baking soda is completely dissolved. Add to butter mixture. In separate bowl, sift flour and salt together. Add to wet batter and mix well. Dough will be sticky and can then be used as drop dough, if desired. If too sticky, add more flour until it can be rolled  ¼-inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

FROSTING
1 pound of margarine or butter
6 cups of powdered sugar
1/8 cup of water
Red food coloring

Beat margarine or butter until soft and creamy. Sift powdered sugar and then beat into the margarine/butter a cup at a time until creamy. Beat in water and a few drops of food coloring until smooth. Will frost about 3 dozen cookies.


  • oldruss

    First, not having gone to Elyria schools, (I’m an out of state blow-in), I’ve never had a pink cookie. That said, it is just plain wrong that the FEDERAL government is meddling in our local schools, and dictating the kinds of cookies that can be served. Sure, nutrition is a good thing, and too many kids today get too much cholesterol, sugar, and trans-fat in their diets. But, if the local schools want to make the pink cookie, or anything else for that matter, available to the kids in the district, the local schools surely should be able to do so.

    • Otter

      When you take the governments money, they get to make the rules.

      • Starryeyes

        And another perfect example of Government over reach.

      • jz

        I,m trying to make sure I understand your comment. Yes, we do accept federal funding. Nevertheless, the governments money is our money. We are the government. However, more and more we are becoming an Oligarchy after allowing ourselves to becoming a bureaucratic nanny state first. Ridiculous that the federal government has totally trounced states rights and broken down not only the ‘spirit” of our constitution, but they actually dictate what kind of cookies can be given to our kids in our local schools. Perhaps after we become so desensitized to a bureaucratic nanny state we are now ripe for the for the pickin of the coming Oligarchy.

        • Otter

          Just stating the facts, (not my opinion) schools that choose to take grant money, have to follow the guidelines, if they don’t want to, they can pass on the cash.

          • jz

            Got it. I printed out the recipe and asked my wife to make some. Ha Ha.

          • oldruss

            Or, maybe OUR government, Dept. of Education, Michelle Obama notwithstanding, ought to change the “guidelines”.

          • Lotus Dream

            They are taking the money people handed to the government via taxes. The people get to make the rules not 1 Michelle Obama. If the locals want to keep the cookie, they get to keep the cookie. Problem is they don’t realize that. If the government threatens them less funding they can in mass with hold paying taxes until an agreement has been made. Government is a service industry so to speak. If it no longer serves then it should no longer be paid.

          • Otter

            As I said before, schools can choose to take the money, and follow the guidelines, which allows them to charge $2.75 to some, and $.40 to others, or they can choose not to take the money, and have their pink cookie back.
            I am curious, what “people” get to make the rules? I don’t recall getting to make any, because if I did, people on WIC would not be allowed to buy things like shrimp.

          • Starryeyes

            People On “WIC” can not buy shrimp ( only canned tuna in water and canned pink salmon) : http://www.odh.ohio.gov/~/media/ODH/ASSETS/Files/ns/wic%20nutrition/AFL%20Brochure%209-2013-10-2015%20Final.ashx

          • Otter

            Saw it happen, with my own 4 eyes, at Sam’s.

          • Smira

            maybe you confused it with “SNAP” KNOW IT ALL.

          • Otter

            Perhaps it was, I only know what I saw, and what was said to me by the girl who was working there. I will amend my comment to say I don’t think anyone who receives government assistance, for food, should be able to spend it on things like shrimp.
            Apparently, I have triggered a nerve, I apologize for that.
            No need to yell, and name call.

          • Smira

            And with your infinite wisdom what should they be
            able to buy? Oddly enough I agree with you but unfortunately they
            will not change things. The big companies like Coke, Hostess, Swanson,
            Lays & Pepsi have powerful lobbyist. I have less of a problem with
            raw shrimp than I do expensive processed foods and junk
            foods.

          • Otter

            I am not a “know it all”, and I do not have “infinite wisdom” Never claimed to, never will. I like many others here expressed my opinion, you apparently have some kind of issues with that, your issues, not mine. I respectfully request that you ignore all further post of mine, and I will do the same with yours.

          • Smira

            How
            about if you want a cookie full price not make it NOT eligible under
            the reduced prices??? Why punish those paying full price?

        • Sis Delish

          The Organized Labor groups representing the educators are entrenched on Capitol Hill and within this administration… They are the authors of all the Fed guidelines… and, they are out of control.

      • Kelli Swinney

        our government has no money…. the money the government thinks belongs to them… actually is the American taxpayers’ money. THe government is spending my money.. your money.etc..

        • Pablo Jones

          Is it, or was it really your money? If it truly is your money you would have a say in where you money goes. But you don’t. Up to 70% of your money goes to the government in some way or another. Once it is in their coffers don’t fool yourself to think it is your money.

        • Otter

          If I “give ” you money, is it your money, or my money?

          • Starryeyes

            But the Guvment takes it………

          • Otter

            Duh, therefore the quotation marks.

        • oldruss

          And, a big chunk of whatever the federal government spends is BORROWED money, including money borrowed from the Peoples Republic of China, for example.

          • Pablo Jones

            Well it’s not like China is spending it on their people. Or that we will pay them back.

          • chris1776

            Maybe the Chinese should be making the lunch rules?!??!?!?! :-)

      • Lotus Dream

        It is the tax payer’s money and no, the government does not make the rules. Only a Dictatorship gets to make the rules.

        • Otter

          Ever hear of a little thing called congress?

      • robertsgunshop

        The only money the government has is the money they take from the taxpayers. They take our money and send a little of it back. It’s theft of the highest order. And just what office was the mooch elected too that she can dictate what schools do?

      • Bruce Tennant

        I agree with that statement as far as it goes.Ultimately it’s our money and our government (theoretically, really it’s the corporations and special interests government that spends out money). But votes still register with representatives so maybe we should get our representatives involved….this is an easy publicity op

  • Sis Delish

    Good Riddance! Pink is such a polarizing color for little school boys. ’bout time!

    • dave

      Are you even remotely serious?

      • Sis Delish

        Actually, in an era of Too Many Remotes, which adds to Obesity since the operator of The Remote doesn’t have to get up from their Cheetos and Soda Pops to change the channel, I am Serious.

    • luvmytoaster

      Seriously? Are you for real?

      • Sis Delish

        As Real as a ToasterPop or other Calorie-laden breakfast substitutes inhaled by kids who’s Mom’s cannot cook a healthy breakfast.

    • Scout

      Touche`

  • michelle

    You could look at it this way……this is a learning environment. So they are learning to eat healthier.

    • dave

      No, they’re being forced to comply with a ridiculous Federal law that Michelle Antoinette thrust upon the country.

      • michelle

        What I find ridiculous is the crap they are being fed, and the people like you who complain about the govt. trying to improve health standards for children.

    • Guest

      You could look at it this way……this is a learning environment. So they are learning to eat healthier.

      Or, you could look at it this way……this is a learning environment. So they are learning that unelected government bureaucrats will control the most minute aspects of their lives, down to what they may eat for lunch.

  • Aaron Weaver

    While I don’t agree with reducing fat in anyone’s diet (we should be focusing on GOOD fats in good quantity), taking away a source of harmful sugar is a positive thing. There’s no shortage of sugary garbage that kids have access to. School should be a positive teaching environment in all aspects.

  • Really?

    Well now I know why the gov’t gave the county that military assault vehicle. So they can control the students when they riot over their lunches. Brilliant!

    • B4CE

      Except they will have a hard time finding anyone to drive the vehicle considering top military commanders have declared obesity to be the number one recruiting obstacle. Fat kids will soon be a national security risk!
      Let them eat cookies at home, school lunches, provided by the government, should be healthy and promote a well balanced diet.

  • therest_ofthestory

    Welcome to Big Brother…

    • B4CE

      Big brother bought most of those lunches, he can decide what he provides

      • oldruss

        With all due apologies to Pogo, “we have seen the enemy, and he is us.”

      • Joe Smith

        I pretty sure us taxpayers are the ones who paid for that, Big Brother has never made a dime of that money

        • B4CE

          Obviously you are correct. And you as an individual have a right to decide how your money is spent when you drive to the voting booth on publicly funded roads, and vote in the publicly funded building and put your publicly funded education to use.
          Big Brother may not make a dime, but he enables us, through public works, to make a living.
          Feel free to use the above recipe to make some pink cookies.

          • Joe Smith

            Enables us to make a living? I say they hinder us by over regulation and over taxation.
            Just because they give us a portion or OUR money does not make them the job providers.
            If they did not work so inefficiently there would be plenty of OUR money to go around.
            Feel free to have some more Kool-Aid.

          • B4CE

            Conveniently left out the “through public works” part of my quote. I’d expect nothing less from a CON.
            Personally, I like the paved roads, sewer, fresh clean water, police & fire protection, and my food being safe. Including my Kool aid that no longer has food coloring that kills you in it.
            It’s not kool aid that I’m drinking, but the cool crisp tap water that I realize I wouldn’t be able to enjoy without the collective chipping in to build the facilities to purify it. The difference between you and me, is I’m a realist. I know The taxes we pay provide a good many of the modern necessities that we take for granted. And I’m ok with paying my fair share

          • Joe Smith

            Since I pay about $35 grand a year in Fed taxes alone, I pay my share also, I just don’t like the economy choked by over regulation pushing jobs out of the country and the tax dollars being flushed down the toilet but I don’t know what that has to do with my original posts intent about letting a kid have a cookie and where its not the gov job to tell us what our kids eat for lunch and the fact they really pay for nothing, we do.
            Are you saying this cookie has a deadly dye in it is the reason they banned it?
            I am the bigger realist as while I know some good comes out of what our taxes go for , I also know most of it is wasted and mismanaged and could be done better at a local level and that a freaking cookie is not what they should be concentrating on when kids are getting out of school without being able to read. But being a LIB is about what feels good rather than what makes sense.

          • B4CE

            I did respond to your “original post”, you replied to my response to ” the rest of us”.
            35k in federal taxes? Holy cow! And you still have time to post on silly websites? Good for you!
            You speak of making sense , but have delibertly twisted my last two posts to make yourself feel good about your position.
            I certainly don’t see why eating healthy and learning to read are mutually exclusive. Fortunately, the kids can have as many cookies as their large butts would like… At home. That should make your conservative heart leap with joy.

          • Joe Smith

            What was twisted? If was not on purpose.
            Eating and learning are not exclusive, just not the gov biz to put their nose in it, it should be voted on and controlled at a local level and yes, any freedom does my heart good.

          • Sparky5253

            Michelle Obama, as the Fascist dictator of this program, can eat all the cookies her large butt would like, too. She obviously has no control of her eating habits as her backside is huge !

            Quite the role model, wouldn’t you say. Typical Fascist where it is do as I say, not as I do world.

          • Pablo Jones

            I take the opposite stance. My fair share of taxes would be to pay as little as possible. I will take every credit, deduction, and allowance I legally or marginally legally can. And it will still cover infrastructure costs.

            How much federal tax money flows out from Elyria or even most cities and never comes back. Most cities could probably pay for most of their projects if the money wasn’t taken in the first place.

          • Joe Smith

            ” I also know most of it is wasted and mismanaged and could be done better at a local level”

            I think we on the same side, not opposite

          • Starryeyes

            Yeah the folks in Toledo are getting clean water…….

          • Pablo Jones

            I have never seen a report of someone dying from food coloring. Do you have a report of someone dying from food coloring? You would think that since nearly everything has food coloring they would be dropping like flies. Ok enough about food coloring.

            How has clean water been working out for Toledo? Those government workers 16 bio-chemical scientists that each are paid well over $60,000 plus benefits only test for a known toxin once a week. Even though the B/G algae blooms that produce the toxin were sitting right above their water intake.

            Or the public waste treatment plants that have had 30 years to improve their systems and stop dumping over flow waste into the water system. If a private company did that just once they would be severely fined, but not the government they dump waste every time it rains.

            The vast majority of people don’t mind paying for the public infrastructure. What they do mind is the government waste of what they do pay. Only a small fraction goes to support infrastructure. Personally I would rather my federal taxes stay in my neck of the woods instead of going somewhere else.

          • Starryeyes

            yeah and don’t forget for every $1.00 .40 cents we borrow from China.

          • Oneday67

            Let me guess. YOU built my business? You’re a joke.

          • AFITgrad86

            You didn’t build that … starting to sound very Obamaish … just saying.

          • B4CE

            ” Just sayin”?- you’re sounding like a valley girl ! Leave the silly phrases to the kids. Try to sound like you really did graduate in 86, not like your 6th grade daughter

          • AFITgrad86

            Actually I graduated from EHS in ’66. The AFIT was a Masters Program in 86. The expression “Just saying” is simply a means of pointing out a (self evident) fact without intending it to be confrontational or disparaging.

            The intent of the comment was the marked similarity between your comment and those by the President which inferred people did not or could not accomplish the great feats of this nation without the guiding hand of government — an assertion I strongly challenge.

          • B4CE

            Nice ! So you’re an educated elderly adult that speaks like a teenager. That makes it worse

          • AFITgrad86

            Some words used by my children and grandchildren are most expressive and useful. For example I went through most of my life thinking Trolls were creatures who lurked under bridges in fairy tales. Never in my wildest dream did I ever think I would actually correspond with one!

          • B4CE

            I guess That’s what I don’t understand. Why would a “hip” educated grandmother waste her time engaging a so called “troll”? Obviously you wanted a reaction or reply, or you wouldn’t have commented on my post. Ask your grand kid to explain the whole troll thing to you. I think you have an idea, but don’t grasp the entire concept. “Juss sayin Boo!”

          • AFITgrad86

            That would be Grandpa … get your assumptions straight

          • B4CE

            Certainly you can understand my confusion with your choice of phrases to end your original trolling reply to a post of mine that did not address you. Apologies . In the future, you may want to you phrases that an educated ,grown man uses, not a teen girl. This will limit confusion

      • Sparky5253

        The taxpayer bought the lunches.

  • Ashforth
    • dinska

      That article is addressing Bake Sales, not cafeteria desserts. Sorry, try again.

      • Ashforth

        It also includes a link to the guidelines themselves. Did you read them, or should you try again?

        • dinska

          That’s adorable. Why not actually post the link instead of misleading people?

  • C.a. Newton

    oh like a salad bar is healthily when you will have all those kids spreading germs when they touch everything -you know they will! i would take a pink cookie over germ salad any day!

  • John Davidson

    Our government at it’s finest. What will the Obummers and their followers come up with next. No wounder people are starting to finally say enough is enough.

    • Adam Beckett

      Dont blame President Obama for nonsense that has existed long before he came into office, you people who want to blame the Democratically elected president for everything wrong in this country is just sad

      • John Davidson

        OH, I meant to say Mrs. Obummer. She is the one behind moat of what we are allowed to serve in our schools. Maybe the students can bring their own cookies to school.

  • Bob

    It’s about time these kids got something taken away. They have everything else handed to them.

  • SniperFire

    Cute story.

    Hey, C-T. I didn’t see your follow up expose on the Ferguson story where you set the record straight now that it is known that your earlier stories on this topic were misguiding the public, and that this ‘innocent black teen’ was in fact, a stoned thug. I am sure it was just an oversight so we wait anxiously for you to correct the public record!

    ‘FERGUSON, Mo. – Many news media services already had begun packing tents and television transmission vehicles as word circulated through the Ferguson community of further evidence that the black teen shot and killed by a police officer was the aggressor, resisting arrest after his suspected role in a convenience store robbery.’

    • John Davidson

      Of course the cop had a reason to shoot. 99.9% of the time they have a good reason. It just take time for the true story to come out.

  • disqus_n2JFAV9wjl

    Blame it all on the food nazi, the 1st lady…..

  • dinska

    Thank you for being thoughtful enough to actually post the recipe, especially nice for curious out-of-towners like myself who just stumbled across this article. I remember loving the sugar cookies at my own school cafeteria, what harm is there in allowing one dessert item down the line?

  • Joe Smith

    Its only 40 years of tradition, not like that is important.
    Let them have a stupid cookie

  • bpbatista

    I’m guessing that the majority of voters in Elyria support the Food Nazi Party. And they want to turn over even more control of our lives and businesses to the Food Nazis. You reap what you sow.

  • Becky

    Why don’t they just make the cookie smaller, same recipe? Like chips ahoy size or something? Seems like an easy fix to me…or maybe they care more about making a political statement than actually keeping the cookie. I don’t believe in this kind of control over school cafeterias but if you care about the cookie, you do what you gotta do! Without changing recipe of course.

    • Joe Smith

      Or let the parents decide what their kids are allowed to eat

  • Adam Vant

    Lorain County voted for Barack Obama and his busybody wife. You lost your pink cookie through your own dumb decisions. Next time don’t vote for Mrs. Kravitz. Tough cookies!

    • AFITgrad86

      If you are an Elyrian then the correct response is “Tough Buns Granny” per EHS Science teacher extraordinaire Mr. Allen … c 1966.

  • Pablo Jones
  • Joe

    A lot cheaper and probably more efficient than “The War on Drugs” just say no B.S

  • Lolaga

    That’s what we should ALL want. The stinking federal government telling us what we’re *allowed* to eat and what we’re not allowed to eat. But don’t fear, the rules don’t apply to those that make the rules for us plebes. I can’t count the times I’ve seen Barack and his wife stuffing their faces with a mountain of “unhealthy food.”

  • Sparky5253

    Hasn’t anyone in America got the courage to tell Michelle Obama where to stuff her food program? She stuffs her face ad nauseum with unhealthy, high calorie food, but a 40yr old tradition must stop because her obese highness says so. Would you jump off a cliff just because the first harridan says you must?

  • TK

    Cut the weight of each cookie by 50% and guess what? The calories are reduced by 50%. That formula works for any % one puts in. Amazing thing, mathematics. Too bad they are not teaching that subject anymore in Elyria schools or a tradition could be upheld.

  • stargazer2012

    Make the cookie half the size, thereby cutting calories of one cookie in half and then give them two!

  • Jobelle Collie

    Can anyone share the recipe of the pink cookie? That way we can bake them at home and enjoy freedom?

    • Starryeyes

      it’s in the article.

  • Lazaro Sol

    As an Elyria High School student this upsets me a great deal. For many reasons this will not even put a dent in the childhood obesity epidemic anywhere, I will give two for the same of time. Kids are not getting fat because of school choices, kids get fat because their parents feed them unhealthy foods. If you change the foods at schools you can only give healthy options, that most students will never choose. The second reason is that a mandate that has already been made has failed entirely, requiring that students take a fruit of vegetable when getting a meal has only lead to more thrown away food, not more eaten healthy food.

    • Sis Delish

      Kids get fat because why?

      • Lazaro Sol

        Because parents feed their kids fattening foods.

        • Joe Smith

          And kids set on their butts with their video games and cellphones instead of playing outside like we did as kids.

          • Sis Delish

            Probably a good game to bridge the two would be to take the child’s SmartPhone, iPad or Xbox Controllers, hide them in the woods over 1/2 mile from the house.

            Make ‘em run to and from the woods… only water to drink.

    • snowalkermaster

      Kids gain weight from sitting in school desks 40 hours a week!!!!Kids gain weight from reducing gym/physical education/sports programs. Kids gain weight because of unbalanced LIVES…..We all gain weight because of the preprocessed/unnatural ingredients in food items. We all gain weight because few people cook from scratch and land up eating MORE preprocessed/over processed food products………….We all gain weight because food is available and the body doesn’t know that there will not be a time of famine…it just keeps storing the reserve. There are so many reasons why an individual will gain weight HOWEVER IT IS NONE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S BUSINESS WHAT AN INDIVIDUAL EATS OR WEIGHS!!!!!! OH WAIT…They already tell us that we MUST HAVE LOW FLUSH TOILETS, EXPENSIVE LIGHT BULBS, ETHANOL GAS, ECT.

  • Bob

    Keep bowing to The Federal Overlords. They are much wiser than the peons who must be led by the nose. The Fed is so smart we are only Trillions in debt. Try and imagine how much worse we would be if we had morons running our Government.

  • HankKwah

    What a crock.

  • Rational_Db8

    THANK YOU Chronicle for providing the recipe, including frosting!!

  • Center

    So sad…

    • Starryeyes

      Recipe

      The Elyria pink cookie

      1/2 cup butter or margarine
      1/2 cup Crisco
      11/2 cup sugar
      2 eggs
      1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      3 tablespoons sour cream
      3 cups sifted flour
      1/2 teaspoon salt

      Mix butter (or margarine), Crisco and sugar until creamy. Add eggs one at a time. In separate bowl, mix baking soda and sour cream until baking soda is completely dissolved. Add to butter mixture. In separate bowl, sift flour and salt together. Add to wet batter and mix well. Dough will be sticky and can then be used as drop dough, if desired. If too sticky, add more flour until it can be rolled  ¼-inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

      FROSTING
      1 pound of margarine or butter
      6 cups of powdered sugar
      1/8 cup of water
      Red food coloring

      Beat margarine or butter until soft and creamy. Sift powdered sugar and then beat into the margarine/butter a cup at a time until creamy. Beat in water and a few drops of food coloring until smooth. Will frost about 3 dozen cookies.

  • badgirle

    Once again, here she comes, the Queen of healthy eating!! Mrs Obama should use her so-called skills to work at helping kids eat in general. Did she ever think of helping the kids that have nothing to eat all weekend??? The last thing a child might have to eat is that “pink cookie” until school starts again on Monday!! While her family sits down with personal chefs planning their meals, eating the best beef and lobster money can buy. You can’t tell me that there is no sugar in her home!! I am plenty sure her daughters have sugary treats whether mommy realizes it or not!!! Millions and millions of dollars spent on luxurious vacations which involve the best of drinks and food but NO SUGAR!!!!! Yeah right!! Everything in moderation is the key. I just can not believe that she would go after a 40 year old recipe that a town has held sacred to their hearts and history of the town itself. You make me sick Michelle. Why don’t you go spend some time with the veterans of this country and give them and their families a hand. Why don’t you go buy a boat load of pink cookies and hand them out to the shelters for children that never get a “cookie”!!!! Unless they are diabetic we have no problems. Last time I checked “American is suppose to be the land of the free and home of the brave!! Free to make our own choices, I am glad they gave the recipe because I am “free” to and I am going to make that “pink cookie” .

    • Scout

      Can you imagine if one or both of her children should end up a bit heavy? Egads-she would have their jaws wired shut and sucking celery juice thru a straw…..

  • HughGKnutts

    “”schools that take the attached federal money under the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act must adhere to new Smart Snacks standards created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

    Pretty simple. If you want federal funding, you have to follow the law that has been already passed by the senate and the house.

    Hey Republicans, as usual, don’t like it? Then change the law. But whatever you do, please stop whining, we’re all tired of hearing it.

    • Otter

      Nope, they just don’t get it….sad really, since they are (probably) allowed to vote, and drive cars.

      • Smira

        Is it in the law? or in the regulations written by UNELECTED commitees????

    • j95lee

      It’s obviously not easy to change the law, because the busy bodies who enact these stupid laws are firmly in power. Federal nutritional guidelines are a disaster, and students hate the meager portions they’re given at school.

      It’s funny to hear democrats suddenly coming to the defense of the law. Should we end federal subsidies, funding, or tax breaks to every corporation that employ illegal aliens?

      Polls find that Americans (not just Republicans) are not in favor of the government meddling in their dietary choices. Voters usually strike down Soda taxes.

    • Smira

      ” Smart Snacks standards created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” Yes the STANARDS are created by unelected officials appointed by this adminastration………..you can’t fight the regulations.

  • lightningbug54

    Wow
    — did you see the recipe for these???? Crisco (i didn’t know anyone
    even used Crisco anymore — at least not in anything you would eat!!!!),
    lots of sugar, white flour, more fat added — these cookies are a
    nutritional train wreck!!!! It would not be hard to modify this recipe
    into something that tastes good and would have some nutritional
    redemption, but it sounds like they just want to act victimized and
    complain!!!!!! Parents should demand some better quality food for their
    kids — nutrition is important!!!!! Maybe the government is heeding the wishes of caring parents who have been requesting more nutritious food!!! The choose and make your own salad, sandwich, and pasta bars sound like a workable idea!!! Good for them!!!!!

    • Lazaro Sol

      That’s not the point of this matter though, the point is the federal government stepping in to do something it really never should have done and will ultimately yield no results whatsoever.

      • lightningbug54

        Lazaro — i do see where you are coming from there, but here is another
        way to look at this. The government is supposed to be working for us –
        and protecting our kids is one good use of governmental authority. For
        once, they are using their power for good. Improving school lunches so
        that they are not heart attacks waiting to happen is a good thing —
        far from the dismal prediction that they “will ultimately yield no
        results whatsoever”. It will take a great deal of effort from all of us to keep the ball rolling in the right direction — but how important are our kids to us? It is worth the trouble.

        • Lazaro Sol

          I have another comment regarding my opinion on this post. And I see where you’re coming from. But the federal government is telling you what to do. They are mandateing what a school can sell. That is going closer and closer to a totalitarian state. Where do we as the American people draw the line on infringing on our rights. It may start out with a “noble cause” but the next step may be banning advertisement because “it conflicts with our ideals”. It’s a slippery slope.

          • Sis Delish

            What time does High School Start? You are posting after 8:30 in the a.m. on a Monday and you say you are a Student?

          • Lazaro Sol

            First day and I had a study hall.

          • Sis Delish

            And, you post after 10 p.m. on a School Night?

            Case Closed… unless the kids are separated from their Gizmos (i.e. Technology), they won’t get any rest.

        • reallyoldfarts

          “Our Father, who art in Washington, hallowed be thy name….”

          • Scout

            Oh laughing out loud ……..

      • Scout

        There ya go….

    • Joe Smith

      How about the kids who don’t want them just not pick one up and stick it in their mouth instead of taking it away from the people who are smart enough not to eat ten of them?

      It is not the govs role to control our every move, have the parents control their kids instead like they are supposed to rather than rely on the gov like the lazy parents they are.

    • rlaycock

      They’re cookies you idiot! If you knew anything about baking you wouldn’t question the use shortening or even lard in baked goods.

      Typical BS from a self-righteous ignoramus.

    • Scout

      Lightiningbug54- maybe parents should just send food to the school, and the schools take the cafaterias out to save money. Then the kids can get what they want to eat and the school doesn’t have to listen to all the complaints. It’s obvious that whatever they do is not going to please someone and we will hear about it.

  • CM

    I guess they know what they are going to be selling for fund raisers.

  • backntheday

    America?? More like living in Russia. Pretty soon we will be told how much food we can consume, and what we can drink. Thank God for the back in the days middle school cherry pie, buttery 2 pack cookies, and hello. I can even remember when we could get an extra fluffy tall flour non wheat biscuit back in the elementary. Not knowing what we were going to get, but walking thru the cafeteria doors being in a straight line hands to your side made a big difference and sudden change if you saw hamburger and French fries, and damm don’t let it be chicken. Bumm rushing and cutting!!! Let the kids EAT!!!

  • AFITgrad86

    That this story has made the national press and placed our little city in the forefront of the debate over government overreach is amazing. Let’s be clear … it’s not the little pink cookie at issue here. The issue is the ‘line in the sand’ drawn by the Constitution of the United States defining what powers are given (by the people) to the Federal Government and which powers are reserved to the states .. That would be the 10th Amendment.

    The simple truth is the Founders would roll over in their graves at the very thought of such a pervasive and micro-managing federal government. Their intent was a Federal Republic with only minimal power vested in the central government with the majority of day-to-day issues reserved for the individual state (and local) governments.

    • Scout

      10th Amendment? That went out the window with the rest of the Constitution during this administration.

  • JoAnn Hullman Porter

    How much of this healthy food in our schools is being thrown away by the students? My kids tell me they serve the lowest grade of food someone can by. I counted on not having to budget in breakfast and lunch but my kids just will not eat school lunch. Thus having me to budget in their lunches. I just wonder how many students are hungry through out the school day ? I don’t think having hungry students is a good idea.

    • Sis Delish

      You obviously either have Internet, a Smartphone or both to post here. Which is more important: You children’s Breakfast/Lunch, or your ability to blog about it?

      I guess that ’bout sums-it-up for arguments such as yours, no?

    • Joe Smith

      One, if you can afford the lunch you should be paying for it and two, if you can’t afford the lunch don’t pack one so the kids learn a lesson on being picky when you can’t afford it or make them do some work to pay for their lunch if they are going to be picky about it. Either way they would learn a good lifes lesson. You are just enabling them otherwise.

  • Nicole

    Hang on a second; I have a question. Does anyone know if the salad bar will be accompanied by salad dressings? Dousing your salad in a dressing is also unhealthy. They contain high amounts of fat and sugar.