Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
GARDENING - Jimmy Rockett shows us some great spring color for your garden! Jimmy reminds us that if you plant spring flowers now, remember to protect them if we get a cold snap! Jimmy recommends the organic fertilizer sanctuary 3.3.4 and the liquid hastagro fertilizersas. He says these help build the microbes in the soil for long lasting sustainability. Be sure to read the labels and ask for help so that you don't get the wrong plant for the wrong place. Consider the amount of sun and shade your plant needs and your yard gets. Also, consider if you have deer issues ... you don't want deer to eat your pretty colors! Jimmy recommends you amend the soil each time you plant as some potting soil can dry out over time and lose its ability to retain moisture. For more information, call Jimmy at 205-981-1151, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit jimmyrockett.com.
MAGIC CITY SUNDAY SUPPER - The first-ever Magic City Sunday Supper will be held on Sunday, April 12 in Birmingham, Alabama. Never before have food lovers in Birmingham been able to enjoy celebrated dishes from the city's best restaurants in their own home, while helping end hunger in Central Alabama. That's right… In your own home! A limited number of 50 Magic City Sunday Suppers will be available for home delivery or pickup in Birmingham. Each meal serves six and features the following menu:
House Charcuterie Board, Bottle & Bone
Southern "Hot" Fried Chicken Bites, Galley + Garden
Kale Caesar, Avo
White Wine Braised Pork Shoulder, Little Savannah
Mac & Cheese, Bottega Café
Pain de Mie Pullman Loaves, Brick & Tin
Hummingbird Cake, Edgar's Bakery
Orange Cream Macarons, Magic City Macarons
2 Bottles of Wine, Markham Vineyards
Each meal package will be an intimate in-home experience for six people that includes notes from the chefs, and many other exclusive features that will make the Magic City Sunday Supper a lasting memory. The Magic City Sunday Supper is $500 per delivery. Each package includes 6 meals at $84 per person. The deadline for purchasing tickets is March 31, 2015. Visit magiccitysundaysupper.com for more information and to place your order! Proceeds benefit the Community Food bank of Central Alabama.
MONEY TUESDAY - Last week we began a discussion about the cost of divorce; what type of assets are subject to division; and the use of mediation versus the traditional divorce process where both sides choose an attorney and square off and fight it out… often resulting in higher attorney fees and significant emotional stress. The rules for divorce in Alabama fall under 'equitable distribution' versus 'community property', meaning the judge attempts to divide property based on subjective factors instead of a 50-50 split.
Divorce attorney, Jessica Kirk Drennan, recently spoke on the trends in divorce settlement. She indicated that judges today are much more likely to order joint custody of children resulting in more limited child support. Alimony trends have also changed where judges look to alimony as a financial bridge allowing a non-career spouse time and resources to re-train for entering the workforce.
Most divorce cases are settled prior to going to court but when a case does go to court, we'd like to think we will get a fair hearing and cases with similar facts would receive consistent outcomes. Unfortunately, what is 'equitable' is seen through the eyes of each individual judge and the results vary enough so as to be fairly unpredictable. In other words, who gets what assets can vary widely depending on which judge hears your case.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: You can significantly eliminate this 'guessing game' with a prenuptial agreement which is almost universally recommended in cases of second marriages, particularly where one or both spouses have substantial assets. A prenuptial agreement lays out, ahead of time, how assets will be divided if the marriage fails and can save a lot of time and money if that event occurs. Mrs. Drennan made a strong case for executing a prenuptial agreement even in cases of first marriages where there are few assets starting out. She warned that couples signing a prenuptial agreement should be careful not to run afoul of the 'common law' marriage rules which could void a prenuptial agreement. While postnuptial agreements are more rare, Mrs. Drennan feels they are worthy of consideration. In many cases, a couple decides to have one spouse give up his or her career to be a homemaker. In a later divorce, the non-career spouse often appears to have a disadvantage when it comes to division of property and income settlement. A postnuptial agreement can spell out an equitable solution and a good time to do this is at the time the couple makes the decision for one spouse to quit work.
These are awkward conversations but as Mrs. Drennan says, "People should contemplate things in life that are unpleasant…death, divorce." With divorce hovering around 50% in first marriages, this seems like wise advice. An alternative strategy is to try Collaborative Divorce. For more information visit BirminghamCollaborative.com and welchgroup.com.
BETH K - UAB Nutritionist Dr. Beth Kitchin joined us to discuss some Kraft-y Labeling - Yes, It's American. But is it Cheese? You know things are bad when you are on the receiving end of a Jon Stewart insult on the Daily Show. Unfortunately, the butt of the joke this time is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – the credentialing organization for RDN's - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist - of which Beth is a member. The Academy came under media fire when it allowed the "Kids Eat Right" logo to appear on Kraft American Slices. Kraft is a supporter of the "Kids Eat Right" initiative – and pays for that honor. But while criticism of the Academy is somewhat deserved, the media got a few things wrong, too. The New York Times called A.N.D. a "trade group" but it's a credentialing organization for Beth's profession and academic programs. Many news media headlines stated that the nation's professional nutritionists labeled the Kraft singles healthy. Beth says they did not. The vast majority of nutritionists/dietitians vehemently denounced the organization for this choice. Nutritionists didn't vote on it. If they had voted on it, Beth says we would not be having this conversation. Technically speaking, the Academy did not "endorse" the cheese but just recognized that Kraft is a sponsor of the "Kids Eat Right Initiative". But even if it isn't an official endorsement, it probably looks like one to most consumers.
Now, all that said, what is the big problem with Kraft American Singles? Much of it probably has to do with the description "processed cheese food". As non-nutritional as that sounds, it's not really that bad in the case of Kraft. American cheese is made from milk but can have a lot of other ingredients added like oils, milk fat, and milk whey. They can't call it "cheese" because it is made from several kinds of cheese and has these other ingredients added. They're also formed individually instead of being sliced off a block. Some processed cheeses - like squeezy cheese or Velveeta - really are pretty bad. But Kraft slices are not that far off from natural cheese – at least nutritionally. Taste and texture are different matters. Personally, Beth is more offended as a foodie than as a nutritionist. The bottom line here is that the Academy should be promoting real, natural cheese slices even if Kraft slices aren't that bad. A bigger question for Beth arises from having Kraft as a sponsor in general. Does this mean that Kraft can put its sponsor status on any of its foods – even Kraft Macaroni and Cheese - a truly offensive product for any food lover? Organizations do need money to fund their projects but does industry money bias our recommendations? These are the bigger and more important questions. Yes, we need money but should we be selling thinly disguised endorsements or should we shun commercial ties to maintain our integrity? There is even a group called "Dietitians for Professional Integrity" that is fighting the academy on its industry ties. These are the questions that will likely be discussed out the upcoming Academy meetings.
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live from Birmingham Bread Works - a new bread making company in town. Birmingham Breadworks specializes in finely crafted bread. Baker Corey Hinkel has received some of the highest praise from respected restaurateurs in and around the Southeast as well as all his customers faithfully lining up every Saturday morning at Pepper Place. For more information call 205-933-7517 or visit birminghambreadworks.com.