When McDonald's introduced its Fruit & Maple Oatmeal last winter, Vermont was not happy. In order for something to be labeled as "Maple", it must include natural maple syrup. Now it appears that Faux-Maple outrage is growing. Vermont and Maine have teamed up to crack down on fake maple syrup by introducing the (what else) MAPLE Act in the Senate.
I'm okay with this, mainly because maple syrup is yummy, and I was forced to eat some type of chemically flavored corn syrup when I was a child. If you want to incorporate more maple syrup into your diet, how about this for dinner:
1 Butternut Squash
1 Tbsp of butter
2 Tbsp of Maple Syrup
Preheat oven to 350. Slice butternut squash in half the long way from the blossom end to the stem. Remove seeds. Melt butter, and stir in maple syrup. Brush exposed surface of squash with liquid happiness, pouring excess into the seed well. Place on baking sheet for 35-40 minutes, or until squishy. Mash. Enjoy.