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Eating Leftovers

August 12, 2014

Eating Leftovers

“Chilaquiles: The best thing you can do with leftover corn tortillas, or one of the best, at least. You fry the tortillas until they are crisp (unless you made chips with them, in which case they are crisp to start with); broil the tomatillos, whizz them in a blender and simmer them; fold the tortillas into the sauce and let them soften; and add chicken, if there is any in the fridge. In my house we eat them for brunch, with a runny egg on top, though not often enough.

I was scraping the last smears of sauce from my bowl when it occurred to me that, though I think of chilaquiles as an odd regional one-off—something that makes Southwestern friends hungry and Yankee ones puzzled—they actually belong to a long tradition: recipes that use old bread, or bread’s local equivalent.

Think about it. In Italy, there’s pappa al pomodoro, a chunky soup of tomatoes, oil and stale bread. In Lebanon, fattoush, a salad of chopped tomato, cucumber, dry shards of pita, sometimes greens. In Thailand—most of Asia, in fact—there’s fried rice, made with previously cooked rice, never fresh; and across the same crescent, there’s okayu or congee or jook, rice porridge. In France, pain perdu, what we think of as French toast. In England, bread pudding.”

– “La Cuisine Des Perdus: The Art of Eating Old Stuff,” Maryn McKenna, National Geographic blog

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Push for Pizza

August 6, 2014

Push for Pizza

And they say American Innovation is dead.

Push For Pizza sounds like something a stoned teenager would come up with while weighing the pros and cons of ordering food late at night: ‘I’m super hungry, but I don’t want to interact with people or decide between a bunch of options. If only there were another way…’”

– “Push For Pizza Is Yo For Food Delivery,” Kyle Russell, Techcrunch

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Mark Bittman Talks Food Policy with Ezra Klein

July 30, 2014

Mark Bittman Talks Food Policy with Ezra Klein

Mark Bittman of the New York Times talks with Ezra Klein of Vox about how Americans are spending less money on food than folks in other countries, but getting less for it.

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Fries & Faith, Burgers & Bibles

July 27, 2014

Fries & Faith, Burgers & Bibles

McDonald’s gives you toys with their fast food; In-N-Out Burger gives you the Bible. They don’t shove it down your throat, they write it on their burger wrappers. Here’s the menu:

Burger and cheeseburger wrappers – Revelation 3:20

Soda cups — John 3:16

Milkshake cups — Proverbs 3:5

Double-Double wrapper — Nahum 1:7

Fry Boat — Proverbs 24:16

So if you need inspiration, drive thru and get a Double-Double and a shake. And if you’re vegetarian or broke, look for the snappy In-N-Out logo in all that roadside litter.

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China: Musty Meat at McDonald’s?

July 21, 2014

China: Musty Meat at McDonald's?

McDonald’s in China has stopped using meat from a local supplier after Shanghai authorities halted the firm’s operations over food safety concerns. The meat processor is suspected of supplying meat well past its due date and mislabeling it. KFC and Pizza Hut in China have also stopped using products from the supplier, Shanghai Husi, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois.

More:

“Yum, McDonald’s in Shanghai food safety investigation,” Engen Tham and Adam Jourdan, Reuters

“KFC, Pizza Hut, and McDonald’s are hit with a new China food scandal: expired meat products,” Lily Kuo, Quartz

“China’s latest fast food scandal: McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut sold expired meat,” Lindsay Abrams, Salon

“China food scandal spreads to Japan as Burger King, Starbucks admit using tainted supplier,” Reuters via South China Post

Updates:

“Five held in China food scandal probe, including head of Shanghai Husi Food,” Brenda Goh and Paul Carsten, Reuters via 7 News/AUNews Yahoo

“Using expired meat in China was allegedly company policy for a US-owned supplier,” Lily Kuo, Quartz

“McDonald’s Japan Stops Sourcing All Chicken From China,” Chang-Ran Kim and Chris Gallagher, Reuters via New York Times

“McDonald’s China plans to continue using scandal-hit meat supplier OSI Group,” Nectar Gan, South China Morning Post

Further Updates:

“McDonald’s Food Supplier OSI Recalls Shanghai Products,” Liza Lin, Bloomberg News

“Some Chinese McDonalds are only selling fries and drinks due to a meat recall,” Lily Kuo, Quartz

“Fast-Food Scandal Revives China’s Food Safety Anxieties,” Anthony Kuhn, NPR

“McDonald’s Pulls Meat From China Restaurants,” Liza Lin, Bloomberg News

“Yum says China food safety scare hurting KFC, Pizza Hut sales,” Sruthi Ramakrishnan, Reuters

“Carving Out New Standards After China’s Fast Food Meat Scandal,” Zhang Yun, Economic Observer via Worldcrunch

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Germany: Wurst Crime Ever

July 20, 2014

Germany: Wurst Crime Ever

Germany’s anti-trust agency (Bundeskartellamt) has fined 21 sausage manufacturers and 33 individuals $460 million for illegal price-fixing over two decades.  Gott im Himmel!

The ring is alleged to have met in Hamburg’s luxurious Hotel Atlantic. Wonder what they ate?

Sausages are central to the German identity, second only to beer. In related German crime news, thieves in the city of Krefeld broke into a warehouse and stole 300,000 liters (80,000 gallons) of beer. Ten truckloads. Worth $3 million. Right before Germany’s big World Cup celebration party.

More:

“German sausage makers in meaty fine over price-fixing,” BBC News

“Bundeskartellamt imposes fines on sausage manufacturers,” press release

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Cupcakes: Over

July 10, 2014

Cupcakes: Over

Way back in 2004 or so, gourmet cupcake shops began to infest America’s cities, proffering paper-wrapped pastries top-heavy with icing, selling single servings for the price of whole supermarket pies. The trend rose with yeasty vigor for over a decade — until now.

The first inkling came in April with the collapse of share prices in Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. “The icing is coming off America’s cupcake craze,” said the Wall Street Journal.

Now the bakery ovens have grown stone cold. Crumbs is closing all its 48 stores in cities across America.

More:

“The rise and fall of Crumbs, America’s first public cupcake company,” Roberto A. Ferdman, Washington Post

“The standard bearer of America’s cupcake boom just ran out of dough,” Adam Pasick, Quartz

“Is the fad over? Cupcake firm Crumbs crumbles and shuts 48 stores,” Noel Young, The Medium

“Downfall of Crumbs Shows Limits of American Cupcake Addiction,” Lauren Coleman-Lochner, Selina Wang and Lindsey Rupp, Bloomberg News

“Why I hate cupcakes,” Meghan DeMaria, The Week

Dissenting opinions:

“Cupcakes not dead!” Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

“Crumbs’s Fate Aside, the Cupcake Still Isn’t Dead,” Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

UPDATE:

“Crumbs Bake Shop nears lifeline from investor group,” Katie Little, CNBC

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Best New York Pizza?

July 7, 2014

Best New York Pizza?

Di Fara Pizza, located in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, might just be New York City’s best pizza. It’s been praised by Anthony Bourdain and named the best pizza in New York by Zagat, the Village Voice, and even New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.”

– “Is This New York City’s Best Pizza?” Melanie Dunea, Yahoo Travel

Pizza is serious stuff in the Big Apple, and opinions differ; Google gives 135,000 million results for Best+NYC+Pizza. Some family pizzerias are being documented by the New York Pizza Project.

More:

“Take a Trip Down Pizza Memory Lane With the New York Pizza Project,” Zachary Feldman, Village Voice

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Nutella at 50

July 5, 2014

Nutella at 50
Sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor. Yum. Nutella turns 50 this year.

More: 

“Nutella: How the world went nuts for a hazelnut spread,” Dany Mitzman, BBC Magazine

“Spreading the Nutella wealth: Italy’s sweet success at 50,” Philippe Ridet, The Guardian

“Mom ‘shocked’ that Nutella isn’t healthy, wins lawsuit,” Melissa Breyer, Mother Nature Network

“8 Things You May Not Know About Nutella,” Jessica Bloustein Marshall, Mental Floss

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The 4th of July. Hot Dog!

July 4, 2014

The 4th of July. Hot Dog!
Many Americans will celebrate this Independence Day by ingesting a batter-like slurry of pork and/or beef meat taken off the bone by advanced meat recovery machinery (AMM) and mixed with potassium lactate, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, corn maltodextrin, sodium nitrate, and paprika extract, then forced into tubes for processing.

Patriotic citizens will heat the slurry-filled tubes over glowing little pillows of carbonized sawdust and petroleum distillates, place them in enriched flour buns moistened with a paste of ground yellow mustard seeds mixed with acetic acid and turmeric, and garnish them with many tiny cubes of chemically preserved cucumber dyed an improbable green with FD&C Yellow #5. Then they’ll eat them.

Yum!

The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council says Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs this summer, 150 million of them on Independence Day. So enjoy our National Food, and have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Read more:

“What’s in Your Wiener? Hot Dog Ingredients Explained,” Katherine Harmon, Scientific American

“Why Americans Are Eating Fewer Hot Dogs,” Paul Lukas,Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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