Posts Tagged ‘food’

The Chef’s Menu: Bugs, Plants, Forage

May 2, 2022

James Beard-nominated chef Bun Lai closed Miya’s, his renowned sustainable seafood restaurant in New Haven, to focus on living off nature as a food source. A short video directed by Edward Columbia.

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Jello

April 28, 2022

Jell-O gelatin was a household staple in the United States throughout the 20th century. Once the star of dinner parties, Jell-O is now served as jello shots to college students. A Business Insider video.

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Horn & Hardart Automats

April 11, 2022

Horn & Hardart Automat cafeterias provided meals without waiters in Philadelphia and New York during the 20th century. Playwright Neil Simon called automats “the Maxim’s of the disenfranchised.” The restaurants looked like they were automated because patrons couldn’t see the dozens of sweating workers preparing their dishes and putting them behind the serving doors.

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Meatless Tuesday

March 26, 2022

“Meatless Tuesday,” a 1943 Walter Lanz “Cartune” featuring Andy Panda and Charlie Chicken. Directed by James Culhane. Note: “Meatless Mondays” were a wartime feature of WI and WWII.

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Groundhog Day

February 2, 2022

Groundhog Day

It’s February 2nd, time to monitor Marmota monax  (on Zoom this year) anddream of winter’s end. Whether or not you believe in woodchuck weathermen, one thing is certain: you can’t have groundhogs if you want a backyard full of fresh garden veggies.

Groundhogs (aka woodchucks, whistlepigs, and marmots) are insecto-vegetarians and confirmed locavores. If you plan to plant this spring, harvest those hairy beasts now. Celebrate Groundhog Day with critter cuisine.

Serving suggestions:

Woodchuck au Vin

Canadian Fried Woodchuck

Groundhog Pie

Woodchuck Recipes from Michigan (Oriental Groundhog,Waco Groundhog in Sour Cream,Woodchuck Stew, Woodchuck Meat Loaf)

More groundhog lore and recipes here and here.

In his book Groundhog Day, Don Yoder reprints a classic  groundhog recipe from Cooking with the Groundhog, published as a fundraiser by a hospital auxiliary in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of the  “official” Groundhog’s Day Festival (there are more than a few others ). A Georgia groundhog is on Twitter.

A dozen years ago, whilst stalking the elusive picture book Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather, we espied an ad for the Range Kleen Preseasoned Cast Iron 10 Inch Fry Pan on the book’s Amazon.com page and cooked up today’s graphic. There’s obviously no “storybook ending” to this post if you’re a groundhog.

Updates:

“Milltown Mel, a celebrity groundhog, dies just before Groundhog Day,” Bill Chappell, NPR News

“Groundhogs Do Not Make Good Meteorologists,” Simran Parwani and Kaleigh Rogers, FiveThirtyEight

Related:

“Eight Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhogs,” Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American blog

“Groundhogs and Ground Squirrels: Winter Prognosticators,”  Sharol Nelson-Embry, Quest

“40 years of groundhog forecasts, mapped,” Kennedy Elliott and Shelly Tan, Washington Post

“Punxsutawney Phil: incompetent — or evil?” Phil Edwards, Vox

“Depressed Groundhog Sees Shadow Of Rodent He Once Was,”The Onion

“Where Did Groundhog Day Come From? ” Mental Floss

“A Short History of Groundhog Day,” Danny Lewis, Smithsonian.com

“Groundhog Day Explained,” CGP Grey (video)

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Image (“Marmot sauté, after John James Audubon”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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The 12 Days of Waffle House Christmas

December 27, 2021

“The 12 Days of Waffle House Christmas,” served up by Sons-N- Britches from round ’bout Kennesaw, Georgia. That’s Christmas in the South, buddy.

Menu (mmm … cheese grits)

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Monster Food Truck Cranberry Muffins

November 19, 2021

Chefs Cookie Monster and Gonger make cranberry muffins, overcoming supply chain issues by driving their food truck straight to the cranberry bog and delivering the finished product by catapult. A dubious small business model, but maybe a pandemic recovery Restaurant Resiliency Program grant is helping out.

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A Million Pounds of Crawfish

November 16, 2021

Mike Frugé of Cajun Crawfish in Louisiana sells 3 million of the tasty crustacean critters every year. He grows a million pounds in his rice fields. An Eater video directed by Connor Reid and hosted by Daniel Geneen.

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Eel Farm

September 21, 2021

Sara Rademaker’s American Unagi is the country’s only glass eel farm. They grow the critters and sell them live to sushi restaurants and chefs and smoked and frozen to consumers. An Eater video directed by Connor Reid and hosted by Daniel Geneen.

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Wheat: Endangered

September 16, 2021

Wheat is consumed by billions of people worldwide. A virulent crop fungus now threatens their food supply. From Undark Magazine.

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