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I didn't have a ton of time to go diving this week, but today when I went, I found some veggie goodness.  The most interesting thing was the box of rainbow papaya that I found. I think the box got tossed due to the recall last week. The papayas I found were from Yaab instead of Maradol so I assume these are fine to eat.

The other fruit I found was cherries and mandarins. The cherries didn't look too good, but one package was worth grabbing to eat. The mandarins had one bad mandarin, and the rest looked good.

A watermelon was in the dumpster as well. It looked good so I'm not sure why it was tossed. I grabbed it and figured that a little watermelon would be good to eat.


There were a few packages of carrots in there as well. I only grabbed one of the packages since they were the big bags.

I also got a couple broccoli heads and an onion. Those are things that work great in omelets.


I found many packages of cheese in the dumpster. Since cheese is already turned, they aren't as susceptible to the heat so I wasn't too worried with them being a little warmer than they normally would be.

Moving soon? Trying to figure out how to move across the country and still be nice to the environment? Well, I'm moving this week so let's see what ideas I've come up with. ...continue reading "How to make your move environmentally friendly"

papaya recallThe FDA has been notified of a Salmonella outbreak across the United States in relation to Mexican papayas. The Mexican Maradol papaya recall has thus far been limited to those papayas of the Caribeña brand. Maradol papayas are green before they ripen and turn yellow, so consumers should not eat Caribeña brand regardless of the color. The states currently involved are IA, KY, LA, MA, MD, MN, NJ, NY, PA, TX, UT and VA. Other states may also be affected. Other brands may also be affected, though Caribeña is the only brand connected thus far.

For more information, check here and here. As this Salmonella outbreak has proven fatal in at least one case, I do not suggest eating these papaya.

This has been a busy week for me so I didn't have many chances to go diving. It was either raining, way too hot, too exhausted, or just not home. Thankfully the few times I went, I got great items that go well with my paleo diet.

As you can see from my pictures, veggies seemed to be the big hit this week. I found two containers of brussel sprouts, a couple yellow squash, and two containers of cauliflower rice for veggies. I really enjoy cauliflower and brussel sprouts have become a new favorite that diving has made me aware of. I tried them the first time after having found brussel sprouts. It was one of those veggies I hadn't tried and figured I could give them a try.

Sweet peppers were also found in the dumpster. I found quite a few, but kept only a few since I haven't been eating a ton of peppers lately.

The yellow squash is something I've been eating and finding a lot of lately. I've been enjoying cooking it in a little bit of fat, and putting salt on it. It's made it quite yummy.

Chocolate and Flowers

While looking in the dumpster, it seemed it was another day of throwing out the chocolate. There were also a lot of roses in the dumpster too. I only took one since that's all I really wanted. Now I have yummy chocolate for dessert.

After watching Food Evolution, I looked up some information on Jeffrey Smith because I was confused by a few of the references. Like the acknowledgement that he is not a doctor, or even a scientist, but people mistake him for one all the time and he doesn't correct them. Who does that? So anyway, here's my take. ...continue reading "Jeffrey Smith: Friend or Fiend?"

chipotle queso dip recallTexas Legend Foods of Austin, TX, is recalling its 16 ounce jars of Silver Star Chipotle Queso Dip because they contain undeclared cheese, milk and eggs. The recalled "Silver Star Chipotle Queso Dip" was distributed nationwide in retail stores. For more information, check here. Unless you have a cheese, milk, or egg allergy, I'd say this queso dip is up for grabs.

This week, it has been quite a trial to find things. So let's see what I did find and the stories I can give you. ...continue reading "Got a Cat? Found some interesting things this week"

After watching Food Evolution, and thinking about some of the other prominent topics these days, I decided that it would be important to talk about confirmation bias. ...continue reading "Confirmation Bias: How do you side?"

It's been an interesting week of dumpster diving. Since Tuesday was a holiday, I had a little more time to dive. I also was visiting my parents, so I knew I had people to eat the food I was finding.


So the most interesting items I found were the five wooden camels with three people who I assume are supposed to be the three wise men. I grabbed these as if nothing else, they will make good firewood. Note in the picture the three little figures in the first camel.


I found a box of apples this week which was great since my parents enjoy apple pies. This amused me as I read the signs that told me to enjoy baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and a sober ride. I was just helping us get food for the apple pie.

Bagels and Bread

I grabbed a bag of bagels this week as well. I showed up to the dumpster as an employee was throwing away donuts. I asked if I could get those, but was told I didn't want them, they were trash. She was right that I didn't want the donuts, but I did want the bag of bagels that was in the dumpster. I assume these spent very little time in the dumpster since they were on top and other bakery items were being thrown out when I arrived.

I also grabbed a few loaves of rye bread since I know my dad likes those. The french bread was gotten to make french toast for breakfast in a couple of days. The cake was in there as well.

Random Veggies

This crate of food was a nice find as it contained a variety of items. As you can see, it has bananas, plantains, cherries, oranges and corn. The nice part about this box is it didn't contain too many of any one item. I also was at the dumpster when this item came out from the store so it didn't even make it into the dumpster.

Other things I found this week in the vegetable department were some broccoli veggie mix and asparagus. Usually asparagus isn't worth grabbing when I find it in the dumpster, but this time it looked like it would be good if I ate it immediately. Since I find asparagus a treat, I'm always happy when I find some worth grabbing.

The other veggie find this week was some precut celery. I enjoy celery, but usually I'm too lazy to cut it up so it was nice that I found some celery already cut up and I could just grab it for my lunches.


Last but not least, I found some cookie thins this week. I only grabbed a few packages, since I don't tend to eat them, but I hope they will be enjoyed.


clif bar recallClif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall of CLIF® BUILDER'S® Bar Chocolate Mint flavor, and CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Mint and CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Chip flavors due to possible presence of undeclared peanuts and some tree nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts and coconuts. The affected products are sold in retail stores and online throughout the U.S. No other varieties have been affected.

If you do not suffer from a peanut or tree nut allergy, go grab these bars. For more information, check here.