A couple of days ago I ran across an article about PETA writing a letter to Ben and Jerry's wanting them to put human breast milk into their ice cream. Well today I ran across a similar article on treehugger, HERE, and decided it was worth sharing. I figure we can have a Ben and Jerry's update day as I also ran across an article about Ben and Jerry's and climate friendly ice cream coolers, HERE.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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Friday, September 26, 2008
I love Clif Bar, HERE. Delicious food, the environment, and morals a lot of us strive to achieve on a day to day basis (please don't let any scandals break out). HERE is an awesome interview with the founder. HERE is the cool article I found this interview in.
Maybe I should have all the fears people seem to have when it comes to genetically modified foods, the word nuclear, or irradiation, which is what this post is about, but I just don't. I tend to be interested in these things more than anything, and that interest generally keeps any paralyzing fears at bay. Interest generally brings knowledge, and I think fear should have the same effect. So whatever camp you are in on any given topic, I think you should make a point to learn about it. To that end, HERE is a brief article on irradiation. Introducing it to people who don't know anything about it, putting some facts out there to discuss for those who do.
Also, HERE is the wikipedia page. Not too scientific, but everyone love wikipedia.
And if I get three eyed babies because I didn't fear enough, I gladly accept all mockery!
Post Script: That symbol up there, it is called a Radura. Next time you see it, you can impress all your friends. HERE is the Radura wikipedia page.
This past weekend I played the role of house guest. I always like looking in other people's pantries. I think it's interesting to see what other people eat. Luckily, my host was perfectly happy to oblige my curiosity. The thing I found that interested me the most was a box of Whole Grain Pop-Tarts. I was amused. I mean if you're eating Pop-Tarts to begin with, what are the odds you're thinking about your whole grain intake? I realize I shouldn't be so harsh to judge. I'm all about eating things in moderation. I fully believe there is always room to be found for cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies in the diet. But I do get a kick out of "healthy" junk food.
Anyways, I figured it was worth investigating. I mean I enjoy Pop-Tarts, so if there really is a benefit to eating the whole grain kind, and if they taste good, then I'm all for it.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Next time I swing about 20 minutes south of Nashville and find myself in Franklin, Tennessee Curious Gourmet Cupcake Cafe will be one of the first places I go. Check out their write up in the Tennessean HERE. Additionally sweet about the article, which is a brief interview with Executive Pastry Chef Michaela Coffey, is that she mentions Hello! Cupcake, HERE, an excellent book by Alan Richardson and Karen Tack. To add to our cupcake mania, Throwdown with Bobby Flay last night was the cupcake episode. This episode featured Auntie Em's Kitchen, HERE, and from where I was sitting, I think Auntie Em's Terri Wahl should have won. Try out the recipes, found HERE, and be your own judge.
An interesting article mainly about China's elite getting a better food supply than the rest of the country, but with thought provoking references to the same practice elsewhere, HERE.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
While strolling Newbury Street in Boston, my chocoholic friend and I stumbled upon a Teuscher store, HERE, and decided we should do some chocolate sampling. Their chocolate is amazing! The Champagne Truffle, HERE, is their staple and it is fabulous. If you ever happen upon a Teuscher store, found in several large cities, be ready to shell out a couple of dollars per piece, but rest assured you will get what you're paying for.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Not long ago my dear friend from Vermont sent me a care package complete with books, popcorn seasoning, and chocolate...Lake Champlain Chocolates to be exact. I was really excited to try out the chocolate, but decided to wait until I could share the experience with my other friend, who also happens to be my favorite chocoholic. Well, that day was yesterday, and Lake Champlain Chocolates are amazing. HERE is a link to get you started.
But besides having great chocolate, Vermont is also home to the Ben and Jerry's Factory, seen HERE, which is definitely worth your while. I highly suggest taking time out of your day to browse through their website and enjoy the fun of ice cream HERE.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Food and nutrition are very politically active areas. Consumers drive laws and regulations and when something deals with both economics and personal safety, as food does, things tend to happen. I ran across an ARTICLE about genetically modified foods. I know this spectrum of food science is a big issue for a lot of consumers. They're putting fish cells in our tomatoes?!? (HERE for some background information) All that sort of stuff. And yes it is a little unsettling to think about, and there are tons of implications. As a vegetarian do I want to eat those tomatoes anymore? (HERE) But the best thing to do is to stay aware of what is happening, the real facts, and to know how to act if you don't agree with something.
Here are some ways to stay aware:
HERE is a link to the FDA's homepage, you'll see reference to genetically engineered animals right under the news and events section. The FDA plays an important role across the entire food spectrum and is in charge of food additives, including radiation, which is always a hot topic.
HERE is a link to the USDA homepage. The USDA plays an important role in inspection, grading, and meat in general.
Few people realize that our federal government has a "daily newspaper" called the Federal Register and you can access it HERE. Any proposal, amendment, final act...it's all there. HERE is the specific link for the FDA portion, and HERE for the USDA.
HERE is a link to FDA press releases regarding food and nutrition.
And as a refresher in political science 101, it is important to stay abreast of issues and know what is going on. It is important you learn how to contact your representatives in congress, because they are the ones in charge of acts a.k.a laws. Laws are very broad. Once passed, the regulatory agency is response for passing specific regulations. There is always a comment period, so if you know what is happening, you always have time to get your voice heard. HERE is where you can submit comments to the FDA.
Laws and regulations are confusing, but the more you learn and try to understand, the better off everyone is. These lessons come up every four years around this time with the presidential election well underway, but they really should be present all the time.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A great article on functional foods:
Superfood or Monster From the Deep?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Green is my favorite color. I think it is beautiful. But today's post is about neither aesthetics nor muppets. No, today's post is about the environment. More and more people are starting to take notice of Mother Earth, and with her hopefully permanent popularity surge there are more and more cool things to read, learn about, and engage in regarding her.
TREEHUGGER is a thriving and informative website. Their food and health section is awesome. Have you heard about the latest lead problems? Click HERE and now you have. Looking for a link to on how to make an organic margarita? Find it HERE. You get the point. The ARTICLE that inspired today's post is on how to throw a green dinner party. It brought to mind all the small things we can do on a day to day basis to be green. One of my favorite tips made it into the article. How about serving items in bulk instead of individual packages at large gatherings? This includes things like chips and ketchup. It really does help. I also like the unmentioned idea of substituting frisbees for things like paper plates.
However, those things aside, one of the most enjoyable ways I have found to be green is to take my own bags to the grocery store. No more plastic bags here. You can be fashionable and Earth conscious. My grocery bags, pictured above, are from Kitsch*n Glam and I love them!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
In the interest of making the little free time that today offers a little more amusing...
Food Joke #1
Sweden sour is my favorite Chinese meal!
Food Joke #2
A Panda walks into a restaurant and orders the special of the day. He eats the food, gets up and shoots the waitress dead. The Hostess runs over to the Panda and says, "What did you do that for?" The Panda then says,"Look up 'Panda" in the dictionary, and you will see..." And with that, the Panda walked out of the restaurant. The hostess then rushes to a dictionary, looks up 'Panda' and reads..."Panda, n., mammal, eats shoots and leaves."
Food Joke #3
A waitress is explaining to a guest in the restaurant that the specialty of the day is calf tongue in beautiful port wine sauce. The guest shakes his head and says, "I don't want anything that comes from an animal's mouth, just give me some eggs."
HERE you will be able to not only find jokes 2 and 3, but several other gems just like them as well as just a pretty cool sight in general.
For additional food humor I suggest trying FOOD JOKES, your own browsing capabilities, or your own crafty brain!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Let's talk about Blue Ridge Pottery. Best dinnerware ever! (Here I should clarify that it is probably not, in fact, the best dinnerware ever. It is amazing and awesome and beautiful, but best dinnerware ever? Eh. Actually, I would bet $50 dollars that before the end of this year, on this very blog, there is some other plate, spoon, or tea cup that outshines it. So lesson of the day? Sentences ending in ever! should NEVER be taken seriously.)
Around age 15 somewhere deep inside of me I decided eating wasn't necessary and Kate Moss (click HERE for grisly example) had the perfect body. Today I will argue that in fact eating is wonderful and Scarlett Johansson (click HERE only if you promise to come back) has the perfect body. However, I'm slightly older and all the wiser for it. So around 15, food and I became enemies. It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, or so they say, and shortly before turning 16 people started getting hurt and I paid a visit to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where I did a three week stint getting myself back on track.
It's hard to say what caused the eating disorder. I have theories, therapists have theories, my parents probably have their own theories, the true answer is probably a complex combination of them all. The important part is I recovered. At some point during the long days of recovering via hospital bed my Mom, whom we shall refer to as Momma P from here on out, Momma P decided that we would spend our days browsing ebay for cute plates. The idea was that they would entice me to eat. We settled on collecting Blue Ridge pieces. I cannot say if Blue Ridge really helped clear the air between old foe food and I, but I can say I became very attached to them, love them, and love Momma P for buying me probably no less than 100 various pieces of them. These do in fact include the ones currently being used as food and water bowls for my sister's kitten.
So what am I getting at? Well, they aren't for everyone, but if you're looking for a something quaint and full of history to go with your country homestead, or even if your style is a little more Posh and a little less Laura Ingalls Wilder but you're in the mood for a welcome contrast, then you should check them out.
This WEBSITE gives some great background on the pieces, while this WEBSITE is fun to browse, and then there's always good ol' EBAY to go look at.
In some respects, it is a bit high and mighty to blog. To put thoughts, ideas, and information on display assuming somebody, somewhere, will find them interesting enough to read.
But at the same time, to blog is to connect. It is a way to say to family, friends, and strangers, “Here! Look! This is information about things I think are cool…things I think are interesting! Let me know what you think, what you find, and lets all do this together!” And it is that aspect that makes blogging so appealing.
So no, I am not another omnivore. I am a herbivore. To clarify, I am a lacto-ovo-vegetarian. I eat dairy and eggs but no meat or fish. You know the type. We are the oddballs at Thanksgiving. We are the random cousins, nieces, and nephews yelling down the picnic bench to Grandpa for the fifth year in a row why we will not in fact be having a hot dog this forth of July. We are a growing minority.
But this hefty adjective, lacto-ovo vegetarian, this little guy isn’t the only reason I’m blogging. I’m blogging because of the complete picture. I am a recovering anorexic with a strong case of wanderlust on the path to becoming an RD. That’s right. I used to not eat food, I am constantly putting myself in environments that stretch my comfort zone with food, and I want to talk to people about food all day long. I love eating food, cooking food, growing food, food and its relationship to exercise…it’s endless.
And so this is the beginning of my attempt at being a successful food blogger. I’m here to talk about world cuisine as I and other people have experienced it. I’m here to talk about having an intense love for food while sometimes still being in fear of it. I’m here to tell you what it’s like when the ones you love, and are in love with, don’t eat like you do. And finally, I’m here to learn. I’m here to get help and input. To do the research. To write the articles and to post the links. The perfect outcome of this blog would be that we all appreciate and have a healthier relationship with food. But if all that happens is everyone learns just how awesome Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream, courtesy of Ben and Jerry’s, really is…well then so be it!