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What’s In Hot Dogs?

May 29, 2014

What's In Dot Dogs?

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Burnt Offerings

May 24, 2014

Burnt Offerings
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and patriotic citizens honor America’s fallen heroes by incinerating and ingesting meat outdoors. Other observances include mass motorcycle runs, traffic jams, parades of children and pets, and ceremonial retail frenzy.

This weekend will fatten U.S. meat sales and heat up the economy. Citizens who do not eat meat grill veggies; religious Jews grill kosher meat. It might be said that burger burning, bargain-hunting Americans are celebrating the values our fallen heroes were defending, but only if gluttony and consumerism are mistaken for expressions of freedom.

Anyway, have a thoughtful weekend. Observe the traditional moment of silence on Monday at 3:00 PM. And try to avoid the traditional outbreak of Memorial Day motor accidentsboating mishapshouse fires, and food poisoning.

Related:

“National WWII Museum Poll Shows 80 percent of Americans Unfamiliar with Memorial Day’s Real Meaning” (Press Release).

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The Pastrami Is Safe

May 23, 2014

The Pastrami Is Safe

“A water main broke just outside Katz’s Delicatessen this morning, sending thousands of gallons of muddy water into Houston Street. The famed Lower East Side deli reportedly had, at one point, one and a half feet of floodwater in its basement, but it’s back to knishes and corned beef now.”

– “Katz’s Says the Pastrami Is Safe After Massive Houston Street Flood,” Hugh Merwin, Grub Street

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Chobani Commencement

May 20, 2014

Chobani Commencement

Hamdi Ulukaya, the “Turkish king of Greek yogurt” in America, gave the commencement address last Sunday at the State University of  New York at Albany, of which he is an alumnus. Mr. Ulukaya, who built Chobani into a billion-dollar business in five years, has been called “the Steve Jobs of Yogurt.” He’s also been called a yogurt thief by his ex-wife, who says he swiped the Chobani recipe from Fage yogurt.

Related:

“Old Factory, Snap Decision Spawn Greek-Yogurt Craze,” Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal

“How rural Chenango County became Greek yogurt capital: The story behind Chobani yogurt,” Don Cazentre, Syracuse.com 

“Greek Yogurt a Boon for New York State,” William Neuman, New York Times

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Restaurants are Crossing the Line

May 18, 2014

Restaurants are Crossing the Line

“If you think the great equalizer in rank-conscious Washington is the Department of Motor Vehicles or a summons to appear for jury duty, you haven’t been out to eat lately. Thanks to a ravenous appetite for fashionable food served in appetizer-size restaurants — and an abundance of millennial patience — the leveling agent for secretaries and Secretary of State alike boils down to this: More of us are waiting in line for dinner because restaurants aren’t taking reservations.”

– “No reservations? This restaurant trend has become harder to swallow,” Tom Sietsema, Washington Post

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Grocery Bags Carry Unintended Consequences

May 12, 2014

Grocery Bags Carry Unintended Consequences
People who bring their own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store to help the environment are more likely to buy organic items … and then buy ice cream and cookies, according to new research. Hey, those folks saved the environment, they deserve a treat, right?

More:

“How Grocery Bags Manipulate Your Mind,” Carmen Nobel, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

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Seis de Mayo

May 6, 2014

Last night, the 5th of May, millions of people commemorated the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla (1862) with volleys of shots — of tequila — bravura barrages of beer, and murderous margaritas. Unsurprisingly, this morning finds heads held hostage and stomachs seared from nacho napalm. Today’s Spanish vocabulary lesson: crudo means ” hangover.”

If you celebrated Cinco de Mayo with cerveza, celebrate Seis de Mayo this morning with el desayuno de los campeones, the Breakfast of Champions. The traditional Mexican hangover cure is menudo  tripe soup or stew.

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The Macaroons of Moses

April 14, 2014

The Macaroons of Moses

Tonight many Jewish families hold the Seder, the ritual meal celebrating the holiday of Passover. Many Americans are unfamiliar with the customs of this dinner, such as recounting the Exodus story as told in the ancient Maxwell House Haggadah and the obligation to drink four glasses of wine (oh, the sacrifices …).

One seasonal custom puzzling to Gentiles is the appearance of canned Kosher cookies in American supermarkets. Many Jews are puzzled as well, since the cookies are macaroons made with coconut, chocolate, and other ingredients not prominent in the Old Testament.

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Popcorn

April 12, 2014

Popcorn

People pigged-out on popcorn in Peru, thousands of years ago:

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