Posts filed under ‘Food’
Wow. I just learned about the film: “GMO OMG.”
“The corn we see growing around here is actually registered as a pesticide?”
“But it’s also a food?”
“Well, that’s debatable.”
Gotta see it. Watch the trailer here.
And then there’s this: The idiots in D.C. want to grant Monsanto immunity from lawsuits stemming from their GMO seeds, kinda like they granted gun manufacturers protection from lawsuits stemming from deaths and injuries caused by their guns:
On Friday, Sept 20th, the House passed a Continuing Resolution (H.J.RES.59) that contains the same Monsanto Protection Act that it passed last spring! We need your help to stop it in the Senate, which will vote this week! While the previous continuing resolution was scheduled to expire on September 30th, the new bill contains the exact same language that offers Monsanto and their GMO crops protection from judicial oversight and forces the USDA to allow the planting of untested GMO crops without proper scientific or regulatory review.
The Bacon Truck just debut in Boston. Probably gonna be a hit.
I love, love, love Swedish meatballs but I don’t make them very often. Lots of fat and calories. That said, I saw a bit of a Food Network show over the weekend about meatballs and voila, all I could think of were meatballs so I made Swedish meatballs for dinner tonight:
A few meatballs, a bunch of “gravy,” some French bread to sop it up and some broccoli to cut the fat (hah! yeah, right) and the hubby and I are set.
The recipe I follow is old. I think it’s from the now-defunct Gourmet magazine but I can’t be sure. It’s taped to a 3 x 5 index card that has food splatters all over it.
I saw this T-shirt the other day and I had to have it:
I think it’s hilarious. Kale, kale, kale! I know people who put kale in virtually everything they eat. It’s as if eating it will protect against pretty much everything and make you live to be at least 100 without any aches or pains or signs of aging. Woo hoo! It’s the miracle food (at least until we discover the new one).
Anyway, I’m going to wear it with a bit of sarcasm and lots of humor, mocking the trend as well as myself because yes (sheepish grin on face), I eat kale too.
This is a very sort promo for tours that are available of the 750-year-old (!) kitchen at Windsor Castle.
I’m adding this to my bucket list.
I’m thinking this kid is going to be famous worldwide after the 4th of July eating contests in roughly 2028.
Get on it Obama:
I know this is totally tacky but being a bacon person, I can’t resist:
Go here to learn how to make this “bacon flag” in “just minutes!”
Yum. Bacon and blue cheese. What could be better?
Check out the photos — here — of the 47 new foods that will be available at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, the place where wild and decadent foods are born. (Some of them look crazy but yummy as hell.)
Here’s the most insane one of the bunch:
Again, go here to see all the pix.
SECOND UPDATE: The Food Network has fired Paula Deen. Wow.
Too vague and generic for me. And she’s acting like she’s the victim.
UPDATE: Weird. The video was up for (only) about 45 minutes but the Deen camp just took it down. Buzzfeed has it here.
I hadn’t really given a whole lot of thought to the news coming out of the discrimination lawsuit filed against Food Network star Paula Deen, though I’d kept abreast of developments in general. I knew Deen seemed to be digging herself a deeper and deeper hole as she “clarified” statements she made in a deposition and that she was beginning to look like a stereotypical southern racist at heart, while simultaneously pretending not to be and hoping we’d believe her.
Now, Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo is out with a very important point:
I must say. I love Paula Deen’s defense. It has the benefit of being both ridiculous and perhaps something her critics could actually agree about. According to the Wall Street Journal, “A representative for Paula Deen says that the 66-year-old celebrity chef used the “N-word” because she has roots in another era.” Or as you might translate this, ‘Look, she’s on the old side and pretty racist.’ Which sounds about right and sort of like the criticism rather than the defense.
Another thing it made me think about though is that these days, in 2013, if you’re in your 60s, you really didn’t grow up in the ‘Old South’. More like you grew up in the Civil Rights Era. Paula Deen was born in 1947. So she was 8 or 9 during the Montgomery bus boycott, sixteen for the March on Washington and twenty-one when Martin Luther King was assassinated.
It’s worth remembering how ingrained these words were for whites from the South from a certain era, not only for people who were fierce opponents of civil rights but even from some of their greatest advocates. The words signal the mental world of Jim Crow.
It would seem Paula Deen wasn’t paying attention during the Civil Rights Era because her mind was already made up and it’s been stuck “in another era” ever since.
One of every three bites of food comes from plants pollinated by honeybees and other pollinators. Yet, major declines in bee populations threaten the availability of many fresh ingredients consumers rely on for their dinner tables.
We better get it together when it comes to halting the bee die-off, and fast.
Uh oh. I love cured meats like salami and prosciutto so this is great news for my taste buds but not for my waistline. I’m gonna have to cut something out of my diet in order to digest (corny huh?) this:
Italian cold cut connoisseurs are eagerly awaiting the arrival of imported salami, pancetta, coppa, and other pork salumi that have not been available in the United States for nearly 50 years.
On May 28, a ban on pork products in effect since 1963 was lifted by the US Department of Agriculture. The ban came about when the first of at least two contagious swine diseases was detected, according to Workabeba Yigzaw, a spokesperson for the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Last month, several Northern Italian regions were declared free of swine vesicular disease and therefore pose a low risk of contaminating pigs in this country, she explains.
Meats cured for less than 400 days from Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, and Piedmont, and the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano should start showing up in this country within two to three months after meat producers are certified, according to Davide Calderone, director of Italy’s Industrial Association of Meat and Cured Meat Products.
Yum yum yummy! I can’t wait to try some of these goodies.
Not a whole lot of guts being shown here but it’s a start:
The Connecticut Senate on Saturday approved a compromise bill that would require special labels on food that contains genetically modified ingredients, so long as other states pass similar legislation.
The compromise legislation, which moves to the House of Representatives for further action, requires food that is entirely or partially genetically engineered to be labeled with the words ‘‘Produced with Genetic Engineering’’ on the packaging. The mandate would take effect after four other states, including one that borders Connecticut, enact a similar law. Also, it requires the aggregate population of any Northeast states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania or New Jersey) that enact such labeling laws to comprise a population of more than 20 million people.
Senate President Donald Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, said if New York, which has a population of about 19 million people, passes a similar labeling requirement, the new Connecticut law would take effect given his state’s population is about 3.5 million people. There have been concerns that Connecticut consumers might face higher prices if the state was the first to require labeling.
The food industry scared the bejesus out of California voters last year by claiming that to put one sentence (like the one above) on their GMO-containing products (cans, plastic bags) would increase the cost of food by hundreds of dollars per family per year. Apparently the Connecticut legislature bought into that bull as well.
Besides, manufacturers change their labeling all the time—anytime their product is “new and improved” or they change a logo or a box design—and those costs are not passed on to the consumer. When the government required nutritional information to be posted on each container, prices didn’t go up because of it.
But hey, it’s a start. As Winston Churchill said: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.” Oy.
I saw this commercial the other day and I literally couldn’t believe my eyes.
I though wow. Bravo to Cherrios for going there; for showing an interracial couple in a television commercial. Hell yeah. Let’s bust through that door too.
But, predictably, not everyone saw it that way:
A nice Cheerios advertisement whose only discernible difference from other Cheerios commercials is that it depicts an interracial family was forced to disable its YouTube comments section today after it became inundated with virulent racism.
Despite the hate, Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios, told us in a statement, “Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.”
Anyway, bravo to Cherrios!
Wow. This is huge:
The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war.
According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (MNRE), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three hours to even meet with Kerry, who had traveled to Moscow on a scheduled diplomatic mission, but then relented so as to not cause an even greater rift between these two nations.
At the center of this dispute between Russia and the US, this MNRE report says, is the “undisputed evidence” that a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically related to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, are destroying our planets bee population, and which if left unchecked could destroy our world’s ability to grow enough food to feed its population.
Most perplexing in all of this, the MRNE says, and which led to Putin’s anger at the US, has been the Obama regimes efforts to protect pesticide-producer profits over the catastrophic damaging being done to the environment, and as the Guardian News Service detailed in their 2 May article titled “US rejects EU claim of insecticide as prime reason for bee colony collapse” and which, in part, says:
“The European Union voted this week for a two-year ban on a class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids, that has been associated with the bees’ collapse. The US government report, in contrast, found multiple causes for the collapse of the honeybees.”
To the “truer” reason for the Obama regimes protection of these bio-tech giants destroying our world, the MRNE says, can be viewed in the report titled “How did Barack Obama become Monsanto’s man in Washington?”
This is beyond shameful. Obama is in the process of establishing an awful legacy for himself.
On Thursday (May 23), my senator, “Democrat” Mark Udall
voted AGAINST a bill that would require:
Thanks to the help provided by Udall, the bill failed.
Udall paints himself as an uber-liberal, hippie trippy guy which at this point is nothing short of hilarious. The guy’s a total fraud.
The folks over at Scientific American have written a tongue-in-cheek article – from the perspective of the food industry — about how it is freaking out at the prospect of Americans becoming more discriminating about the food they eat:
Dear Consumers: A disturbing trend has come to our attention. You, the people, are thinking more about health, and you’re starting to do something about it. This cannot continue.
Sure, there’s always been talk of health in America. We often encourage it. The thing is, we only want you to think about and talk about health in a certain way—equating health with how you look, instead of outcomes like quality of life and reduced disease risk. Your superficial understanding of health has a great influence over your purchasing decisions, and we’re ready for it, whether you choose to go low-calorie, low-fat, gluten-free or inevitably give up and accept the fact that you can’t resist our Little Debbie snacks, potato chips and ice cream novelties.
Whatever the current health trend, we respond by developing and marketing new products. We can also show you how great some of our current products are and always have been. For example, when things were not looking so good for fat, our friends at Welch’s were able to point out that their chewy fruit snacks were a fat free option. Low fat! Healthy! Then the tide turned against carbohydrates. Our friends in meat and dairy were happy to show that their steaks, meats and cheeses were low-carb choices. Low carbs! Healthy!
Of course, we don’t necessarily want you to be unhealthy. It’s just that it’s so much more profitable to provide foods that happen to be unhealthy. We’ve been able to industrialize the food system so that we can produce massive amounts of the cheapest ingredients available, in the cheapest, most efficient way possible.
I can’t figure out what to cut and paste and what not to cut and paste. The whole article is really good. Read the rest of it here.
I’m a bacon person so I can’t wait to get my mitts on some of these!
Putting Baconnaise on them would probably be a bit much, huh?
Gee. I don’t know how much more “low end” Taco Bell can go but okaaay:
Taco Bell is working on a new, low-end menu, chief marketing officer Brian Niccol said.
Niccol made the announcement on a conference call, according to a report by Bloomberg News.
Taco Bell is already known for offering cheap Mexican food. The extensive value menu offers items for 79, 89, and 99 cents.
Get me to the store for some baking potatoes. Now!
Look at this scrumptious-looking beauty:
Yum, yum, yum!
Wow, what an interesting project:
[I'm Kate Green and] I’m on the Big Island of Hawaii right now, but I’m not on vacation. I’m not honeymooning, nor am I attending a conference or visiting relatives.
I’m on the Big Island to find Mars.
Starting next week, I will begin a simulated Mars mission. For 120 days, my five crewmates and I will live on the red, rocky slopes of the Hawaiian volcano called Mauna Loa.
We will eat, sleep, work, exercise and relax inside a two-story dome that offers a little less than 1000 square feet of floor space. When we go outside, we will wear mock spacesuits. There will be very little sunshine, no fresh fruit, and no ocean breeze.
But there will be science.
In fact, the purpose of the Mars simulation, called HI-SEAS (Hawaiian space Exploration Analog and Simulation), is to study astronaut food for long-haul space missions. Developed by Jean Hunter at Cornell University and Kim Binsted at the University of Hawaii and funded by NASA, it boils down to these questions: Does it make sense to provide dehydrated, shelf-stable ingredients to astronauts on a mission to Mars? Does it make sense for astronauts to actually cook some of their meals?
Questions of food are more critical than you might think. On longer missions, astronauts tire of the just-add-water-and-heat meals that squirt out of pouches. They eat fewer calories, and they lose weight. Neither is good for performance and overall health, especially during a dangerous, multi-year trip to the red planet.
Here’s a short video introducing Kate Green and her five fellow “crew” members:
And here is the Hi-SEAS’ website.
I’m going to follow this project!
I’m thinking about going meatless. Not Monday meatless or Friday meatless. Meatless meatless: (WARNING: Graphic.)
I don’t think so:
See more food-themed hair accessories here.
Buzzfeed is at it again, this time with a pictorial on tacos. Here are two I want. Right. Now.
It wasn’t until I put both of these pictures up that I realized they both contain bacon. Yikes. I guess I’m a hardcore bacon person. Okay. There. I said it.
Here’s an interesting little poll from the folks over at Public Policy Polling about American likes and dislikes of some foods and beverages, including food likability differences between Democrats and Republicans. (Guess it must have been a slow day for them.)
Some of the results are pretty funny:
Mexican food (69-22), seafood (74-19), Italian food (85-10), American food (91-6), and Chinese food (71-21) all get favorable marks from voters. Republicans (73-21) like Mexican food more than Democrats (69-21), while Democrats (74-19) like Chinese food more than Republicans (69-26)
Most voters say they would not be willing to eat sushi (43-57). Many more Democrats (52-48) would than Republicans (36-64). There’s also a huge age divide on sushi palatability – younger voters say they’d eat sushi by a 59%-41% margin, and that number drops the older people get – those age 30-45 are split 48%-52% on eating sushi, among those age 46-65 just 40% say they’d eat sushi while 60% say they would not, and among those over age 65 just 29% say they’d eat sushi while 71% say no thanks.
The results are expanded here (pdf).
Memo to Government Officials Everywhere: Want Your Sons to Have Malformed Genitals and Small Penises?
Insofar as most government officials around the world are men, maybe this will get their attention when it comes to dealing with water pollution and food additives:
A new study in Wales has uncovered a disturbing connection between pollution and shrinking penis size in otters. The report, from the Cardiff University Otter Project and Chemicals Health and Environment Department, found that chemicals present in both the environment and the food chain could be altering the hormones of the water mammal, causing a smaller penis bone. Aside from affecting the future spawn of otters, the scientists also worry that these ever-present chemicals could have serious effects on other mammals.
The health of otters is not the only concern in this study, but of male sexual health across the species. The presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the water and environment will affect humans as well, and the study questions the link with EDCs and the increasing number of human males with undescended testicles, low sperm count and malformed genitals.
It would never have occurred to my dad to make so much as one sandwich for me, much less make one for me for five years AND draw something on the bag. In my next life, I want a dad like this!
Since May 2008 I have been drawing on my kids’ sandwich bags with a Sharpie marker. Each drawing is done just after I make the sandwich. I take a picture and post to flickr. My kids don’t see the drawing until it is lunchtime.
The challenges are coming up with an idea and then drawing quickly and directly on the bag, every line counts.
(H/t Carol B.)