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by in View All Posts, March 22nd, 2011
Duff Goldman: Ace of Ice Cream

Duff’s New Ice Cream: This Ace of Cakes has partnered with Blue Bunny to create four cake-themed ice creams. Here’s the scoop on the new flavors: Chocolate Lovers Triple Chocolate Cake, Strawberries are Forever Shortcake, I Do I Do Wedding Cake and Red Carpet Red Velvet. We’re already screaming for them. [eater.com]

Bolivia’s Quinoa Conundrum: Global demand for quinoa is so high these days those farming it in Bolivia are having to give it up as a dietary staple. As richer countries discover the super food, which is packed “with an exceptional balance of amino acids,” prices for quinoa have skyrocketed, making local consumption dwindle. [nytimes.com]

Alice Waters’ Daughter (Shockingly) Loves Salad: The Wall Street Journal profiles Fanny Singer, daughter of legendary chef Alice Waters, and reveals several noteworthy bites:  her first word was “lobster,” she doesn’t use a microwave and her biggest food indulgence is spending roughly $150 on 12 biodynamic limes. [wsj.com]

Restaurants and Bars Helping Japan: Here in New York, some local restaurants are donating proceeds from special menus to Japan’s relief fund. The New York Times shares a few of these spots, while Grubstreet.com has listed some local bars lending a hand. What establishments in your area are doing the same?

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Unlikely SXSW Stars: Queso Cats

by in Events, March 15th, 2011
Troy the cheese carver (left) of "I Can Has Cheezburger." (Photo by Jack Plunkett)

Sure, Austin has enough melty queso to spread across the great length of Texas, but for a moment at South By Southwest on Saturday night, it was also home to a 640-pound block of cheddar sculpted into famous internet cats. Friskies, celebrating the launch of their new cheese-flavored cat food, Tasty Treasures, tapped the folks at I Can Has Cheezburger and master cheese carver Troy Landwehr to curate and create a monument in the likenesses of YouTube sensations “Standing Cat,” “Nora the Piano Cat,” “Gizmo the Flushing Cat” and “Monorail Cat.”

Friskies Cheese Sculptures at I Can Haz Cheezburger's SXSW Interactive Festival party. (Photo by Jack Plunkett)

Indeed, the whole affair, with four regal kitties chiseled from an unlikely source, looked a little like the Grand Canyon of cats. And, given the precision, you’d never guess it was Landwehr’s first time fashioning felines. “The most interesting part of the carving process was getting to know the cats, getting to understand their ‘cat-dom,’ ” he told us. “Plus, my sister’s cats vouched for [their authenticity], so it was all gouda.”

Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, March 8th, 2011
What music did this bottle listen to?

The Audio Files of One Oenophile: An Austrian winemaker has invented a sound system that plays classical, jazz or electronic music to grapes as they ferment. “The sound waves, he claims, positively influence the maturing process and produce a better tasting wine.” [thehour.com via grubstreet.com] [Food Network Wine]

NYC Restaurants: ‘The Customer Is Not Always Right’ The New York Times takes a look at a few persnickety restaurants whose chefs refuse to make certain adjustments to orders. Want ketchup for your fries? Too bad. Your bagel toasted? Good luck! “Instead of trying to make a menu that’s for everyone, let’s make a menu that works best for what we want to do,” chef David Chang told the Times. [nytimes.com]

Morimoto on the Status of Japanese Cuisine: Speaking of chefs who won’t serve certain popular items in their restaurants, you won’t find over-stuffed maki rolls at a Morimoto establishment. The Chicago Tribune checks in with the Iron Chef, asking him about the progression of Japanese food here in the states. [chicagotribune.com via eater.com]

Color-Correcting Foods at the Store: Grocers are enlisting a new kind of light bulb to show off their foods in the best, well, light. Using digital LED lighting technology, stores can “nearly replicate the true color of the sun’s illumination,” which means berries seem brighter and veggies appear greener. [news.discovery.com via eatocracy.com]

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, March 1st, 2011
Consider Yourself Fueled - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Tacos With a Side of Gasoline: The Wall Street Journal highlights a new trend: the gas station taqueria. From California to Maine, you can fuel up on both tacos and gas at these five spots – so chose your route accordingly. [wsj.com]

New Mexico Chilly On Other Chiles: The state’s chile industry has taken a financial hit from foreign produce exporters to its south. Thus the New Mexico Chile Advertising Act has been proposed, which would make it illegal to advertise any of this heated product as local when it’s not. “This is not so much an issue of policing,” Jaye Hawkins, executive director of the New Mexico Chile Association told the Times. “[It’s about] making sure consumers can be sure they are getting New Mexico chile when that’s what they think they’re buying.” [nytimes.com]

Ben & Jerry’s Newest Flavor: The newest ice cream to be produced by Vermont’s finest is called Late Night Snack, and it’s inspired by comedian Jimmy Fallon. If you’ve ever considered removing your couch cushions and dropping their underlying crumbs into ice cream, then this might be your new favorite flavor. It boasts a creamy vanilla base which is swirled with salted caramel, but the real selling point is the fudge-covered potato chip clusters. [newyork.grubstreet.com]

How to Pose Like a Chef: In more Saturday Night Live-alum news, Portlandia’s Fred Armisen’s stars in this hysterical attempt to pose like a chef for a photo shoot. See what happens when a gallon of milk gets involved. [eater.com]

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, February 22nd, 2011
Mark Bittman - 'I’d rather eat wild cod once a month and sardines once a week than farm-raised salmon, ever.'

A Wish to Never Eat Farmed Salmon Ever: The New York Times’ Mark Bittman is concerned about the future of fish. Given that worldwide consumption of seafood has doubled over the past few decades and the state of the aquaculture industry (wherein wild-caught fish are turned into meal for farmed fish), the sea is being depleted of its stock. One piece of advice? “It would help if the world’s wealthiest fish-eaters (they include us, folks) would broaden their appetites. Mackerel, anyone?” [nytimes.com]

Sandra’s Story: A profile of Sandra Lee was released in the latest issue of Vogue, and it chronicles her rise from a chaotic childhood to becoming the first girlfriend of New York. And, of course, some semi-homemade cooking happened in between.  [vogue.com]

Cookie-Stuffed Cookies: Our minds are imploding at the possibilities for Girl Scout-stuffed Cookies. And at the thought of stuffing a double-stuffed cookie into another cookie. Triple-stuffed? Yes, please.  [seriouseats.com]

Insects: The Future of Meat? The introduction to this article says it all: “Insects are nutritious and easy to raise without harming the environment. They also have a nice nutty taste.” Are you bugging out over this news or are you contemplating how to cook those grasshoppers? [wsj.com]

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, February 15th, 2011
The Whoopie Pie and its Great Divide

What’s the Big Whoop? Pie-minded folks in Pennsylvania are in a heated debate with their compatriots in Maine over which states’ residents created the first whoopie pie. Throwing a wrench into both of their half-baked arguments is a food historian, who tells the Wall Street Journal that the original documented fluffy cookie sandwich is actually from Massachusetts. Will we ever know for sure? [wsj.com]

A Diet of Processed Foods Linked to Lower IQ: A recent study published by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reveals a link between diet in early childhood and IQ. Of the 14,000 children studied, those who consumed a predominately processed food diet before the age of three (the brain grows fastest up to this age) exhibited a lower IQ at the age of 8.5 than those who took a more health-conscious dietary approach. [sciencedaily.com]

Better School Lunches Do Indeed Exist: There’s been a ton of hullabaloo in the news about the non-nutritious state of school lunches, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to see that some educational institutions might be getting it right. Here, the Huffington Post shows how public schools in New York City, Chicago and Atlanta are benefitting from a farm-to-table lunch program. [huffingtonpost.com]

The Food Processor Turns 40: The appliance we’ve grown to know as the food processor was introduced 40 years ago in Paris. It was originally coined the Magimix, and it took about a decade for the machine to catch on. Since then, home cooks have discovered “wicked things” they can make with one, and a few of these appliance-enthusiasts are gushing about it all to the Chicago Sun Times. [suntimes.com]

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, February 1st, 2011
Game Time, Pizza Time - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

The Super Bowl’s Super Food Pizza chains will likely experience a 35% boost in sales this Super Bowl Sunday, the Chicago Breaking Business reports. Will you mix and match toppings that best represent your team? While it might seem like the Cheeseheads have a leg up here, there must be a Pittsburg-friendly pizza version of the Holy Haluski somewhere. [chicagobreakingbusiness.com via eater.com]

The Gov’t: “Enjoy Your Food, But Eat Less” This is the advice federal regulators issued yesterday, addressing the nation’s obesity crisis. Though this recommendation seems obvious, such a statement has never been delivered so directly. “For [officials] to have said ‘eat less’ is really new,” explains Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, to the New York Times. “We should have been saying ‘eat less’ for a decade.” [nytimes.com]

Introducing Drinkable Bagels And that’s just one of the concoctions Dr. Nathan Myhrvold is cooking (er, homogenizing, centrifuging, vacuuming chambering, etc) up. In his science lab cum kitchen outside Seattle, Myhrvold has established a home base for his Modernist Cuisine cookbook project, which is a 2,438-page, 50-lb book of some unbelievable (and David Chang-endorsed) fare. [popsci.com]

Bacon: The ‘Gateway Meat’ for Vegetarians Why do even vegetarians find bacon so tantalizing? It’s science! The connection between odor and emotion makes bacon the prime candidate for turning leaf-eaters into meat enthusiasts, explains scientist Johan Lundstrom to NPR. “Since 90 percent of what we taste is really odor, bacon’s aggressive smell delivers a powerful hit to our sense of how good it will taste.” [npr.org]

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, January 25th, 2011
Everyone Loves Paula

A Super-Scientific Study Reveals Paula is Popular: In a new survey based on Facebook fan count, the Feast finds that today’s most-liked chef is none other than our Queen of Southern Cuisine. With 1,244,012 folks who’ve given her a thumbs-up, Paula beat out Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller and a few other Food Network stars. [thefeast.com] [Cooking with her biggest fan]

Sheryl Crow Pens Cook Book: This Lilith Fair veteran, along with personal chef Chuck White, is readying her compilation of “rock-and-roll flavored,” good-for-you recipes. Plus, it’s named If It Makes You Healthy, so, you know, it can’t be that bad. [eater.com]

Introducing Buffalo: Meet this new favorite meat. Why you should like eating buffalo? It’s part of the grass-fed trend, it’s lower in fat than beef and it’s so expensive it must taste great! [nytimes.com]

162 School Lunches Later: In a Morgan-Spurlock-meets-Jamie-Oliver move, one school employee ate school lunch every day for a year and chronicled it all in her blog. It took 29 days for the cafeteria grub (like “squirts of chicken foam”) to taste “fantastic.” [cnn.com via grubstreet.com]

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Side Dish: More Food on the Web

by in View All Posts, January 11th, 2011
Know Your Cheeses

That’s The Cheddar: Since everything tastes better with cheese, spread the word about how these 8 popular cheeses got their names. [mentalfloss.com via eatocracy.cnn.com]

Food Pyramid Controversy: A nonprofit doctors’ group is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health for failing to recognize a vegetarian alternative to the traditional food pyramid. The organization claims that the pyramid “recommends meat and dairy products despite overwhelming evidence that these foods are unnecessary and unhealthy.” [latimes.com via newyork.grubstreet.com]

Really Really Old Wine Discovered: What’s thought to be the earliest example of a wine-producing facility has been found in Armenia, the BBC reports. Scientists found grapes and dozens of dried vines from 6,000 years ago in one of cave, as well as a basin where workers could stomp the grapes with their feet. [bbc.co.uk]

What All Restaurant Websites Share: Is this the real reason we get so excited to go out to eat? And here we thought it was because it meant no cleanup. [mcsweenys.net]

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by in View All Posts, January 4th, 2011
Today We Celebrate Spaghetti - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Today Is National Spaghetti Day: How will you celebrate? We can think of ways both healthy and classic (okay, and weird.)

New Super Food: Almonds A diet rich in almonds could ward off type 2 diabetes, a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reveals. Good thing dark chocolate and almonds taste so good together – double immunity! [smh.com.au]

Salads Make Millions of Women Laugh: If these salads keep making the ladies laugh so hard, they just might get a fork in them. [thehairpin.com]

Bananas: The Lowest-Hanging Fruit The New Yorker takes a look at the massively-consumed banana. Why do we like these yellow guys so much? They’re cheap, fibrous and full of vitamins. Why we shouldn’t? They lack sustainability here and scientists are now trying to genetically modify them so they’re not prone to a killer fungus. That last part sounds a little bananas, indeed. [newyorker.com via newyork.grubstreet.com]

The Kombucha Craze Hits Home: If making your own health-boosting herbal tea (from a colony of bacteria and yeast) sounds appealing, read on over at the New York Post. We just love that they call it “the booch.” [nypost.com]