Blogs with Bite

Blogs With Bite

Blogs with Bite is an occasional omnivorous sampling of food blogs and sites we find particularly tasty. Follow the trail of bread crumbs back to earlier editions, starting here.

Here is a fresh serving of Blogs with Bite:

 A Brief History of Turkey Research at BARC The USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Research Center developed the Beltsville Small White Turkey, the genetic foundation of most turkeys sold today.

MeatHenge Grilled meat, smoked meat, roasted meat and photography. Restaurant and product reviews from across the USA; recipes.

Gastronomer’s Guide – Well-written food blog by New York’s Joseph Erdos.

International Federation of Competitive Eating — IFOCE “supervises and regulates eating contests in their various forms throughout the world” with affiliates in United States, Japan, England, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Thailand and Ukraine.

International School of Pizza — Master Instructor Tony Gemignani offers U.S. students opportunities for Scuola Italiana Pizzaoili certification in Classic Italian Pizza, Roman Style Pizza or Pizza in Teglia (Pan Pizza). There are also courses in Neapolitan, New York, Chicago, California, and New Haven style pizza for professionals and home chefs.

TurkeyFest — Cuero (“rawhide”) Texas was known for cattle drives until a turkey dressing house opened and drovers walked the big birds into town each fall. In 1912 the event became a tourist attraction know as the Turkey Trot. The parade of poultry was replaced by a turkey race in 1972.

Cranberries — Vaccinium macrocarpon, native to North America, is a major crop in the USA and Canada. Online collections of recipes are offered by the Ocean Spray corporation, Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation, Pacific Coast Cranberry Web, and Cranberry Marketing Committee (more recipe links here). There are cranberry museums in Washington State, Wisconsin, and elsewhere.

Dessert Comes First Blog by Manila-based food writer Lori Baltazar.

Tofurky® Reviews — Nick Zaino collected vegetarian turkey substitute reviews, but missed Dave Barry’s.  Faux-ornithological note: The UnTurkey is extinct.

Barf Blog – “Musings about Food Safety and Things That Make You Barf” by Dr. Doug Powell of Kansas State University and friends. Hint: the holidays are coming and Barf Blog has t-shirts.  

Fruit & Vegetable of the Month – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) thinks Fruits and Veggies Matter

The Slow Cook — Ed Bruske tends his well-designed blog and kitchen garden a mile from the White House in Washington, DC.  Recipes, good writing, videos, common sense. — Reviews of bonbons populaires, popular candybars and sweets of many countries for American eaters. Use the left-hand navigation bar. The British equivalent, The Chocolate Review, has right-hand-drive navigation, of course. Oddly, another similar UK blog, Jim’s Chocolate Mission, does not.

Practically Edible – “The World’s Largest Food Encyclopedia.” Includes recipes, cuisines, food calendar, biographies.

History of Pumpkin Pie — Linda Stradley relates the culinary chronology on the What’s Cooking America website. More from The Kitchen Project. Cynthia Bertelsen has a Meditation on Pumpkin Pie.

Beautiful Beer  The British Beer & Pub Association explains why you should drink healthful, refreshing beverages. Learn more from the Beer Academy.


Comments are welcome if they are on-topic, substantive, concise, and not obscene. Comments may be edited for clarity and length.

Image: “Take-Out in the Dining Room, after Paul Signac,” by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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10 Responses to “Blogs with Bite”

  1. LiLu Says:

    I think DC needs their own Turkey Trot!!

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    LiLu wrote: I think DC needs their own Turkey Trot!!

    Some would say you can see one in the halls of Congress every time there is a Quorum Call.

  3. Tinky Weisblat Says:

    So many riches for reading here! Thanks as always………. and happy Thanksgiving of course!

  4. stacey snacks Says:

    Hey Mike,
    Always a good group here!
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Stacey Snacks

  5. BigGirlPhoebz Says:

    If only someone could provide another veggie main option besides tofurky!!

  6. KAB Says:

    Great list, as always! We’re lucky here in Oregon to have Clearwater Cranberries, a collaborative of families in Southern Oregon who are committed to preserving and maintaining the land and are Food Alliance Certified. Hopefully they’re a harbinger of things to come!

  7. Cynthia Bertelsen Says:

    Hi Mike,

    I have been meaning to write to say thanks for the link to “Gherkins & Tomatoes.”

    You sure have a lot of good stuff to work with lately, don’t you!? The gate crashers, etc. …

  8. Mike Licht Says:

    Cynthia Bertelsen wrote: You sure have a lot of good stuff to work with lately, don’t you!? The gate crashers, etc. …

    After all those food-heavy Thanksgiving blog posts, what now passes for news is giving bloggers a good workout.

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