by Amy Reiter in News, September 17th, 2014
by Amy Reiter in News, September 13th, 2014
What do Edna Lewis, Julia Child, James Beard, Felipe Rojas-Lombardi and Joyce Chen have in common? Well, yes, they were all famous chefs. But what else do they have in common?
They’re all getting their faces on stamps! On Sept. 26, the U.S. Postal Service will launch a new, limited-edition series of Celebrity Chefs “Forever” stamps featuring portraits of five late, lamented kitchen luminaries whom USPS Director of Stamp Services Susan McGowan has called “pioneers.”
While food has been featured on stamps since way back in 1995, when letter senders could plaster peaches on their envelopes, it’s the first time food personalities have been so honored, Today.com notes.
by Amy Reiter in News, September 10th, 2014
If you’ve ever had your sandwich or leftover pasta stolen from the company fridge by some scoundrel without a scrap of morals or shred of sympathy for your growling stomach, you’ll want to check out this hilarious series of photos telling the episodic, presumably satirical story of an office sandwich stealer and his hapless, hungry victim, posted on CollegeHumor.com.
Initially, the Internet seemed unsure that the epic exchange of notes hadn’t actually happened, but one commenter did a fine job summing up the most-likely verdict: “Fake, yet based in reality, which helps make it funny.”
by Amy Reiter in News, September 9th, 2014
There’s little with quite the same down-home charm as a lineup of prize-winning pies proudly on display at the local state fair. With one slice removed for the judges to consider, these gleaming, golden-crusted goodies seem to offer a glimpse into a simpler time, when people took it slow and baked things from scratch rather than rushing through their recipes with store-bought shortcuts.
At least, that’s how it’s supposed to be.
This year’s Kentucky State Fair, which ran through last week, was hit with a pie scandal after 67-year-old retired factory worker Linda Horton, who took home the blue ribbon in this year’s buttermilk pie competition, told the Louisville Courier-Journal she used a store-bought crust to make her prize-winning pie, rather than baking her own.
by Amy Reiter in News, September 8th, 2014
Shopping for avocados at the supermarket can bring on sticker shock. But when the guacamole itch strikes, you’ve just got to scratch it, right?
Some sticky-fingered guac lovers in South Australia have apparently taken matters into their own hands, sidestepping the produce aisles and going straight to the source. Authorities say an estimated 1,500 kilograms of Hass avocados were stolen straight off about 22 trees — stripping them bare — on a property in the town of Barmera in South Australia’s Riverland region.
by Amy Reiter in News, September 5th, 2014
Brisket, that slowly cooked, soft-to-slice, sometimes stringy staple of your grandmother’s holiday table, humble and homey as it is, has been known to capture occasional media attention. President Obama serves it every Passover at the White House Seder, after all. Now barbecued brisket, of which the POTUS is also an apparent fan, is enjoying a moment in the spotlight.
New York Times food writer Julia Moskin recently observed that New York food obsessives, currently in the throes of a love affair with barbecued meats like “brisket, beef ribs and spicy beef sausage … turned out in authentic fashion,” are zeroing in “on brisket alone,” and giving it their own city twist by serving it “in untraditional sandwiches or with more up-to-date side dishes.”
by Amy Reiter in News, September 2nd, 2014
Even the most devoted chocophiles among us may not rush to splash out $23,240 on a toilet made of chocolate, but we may be gratified to know that, if the urge struck, we could.
The self-described “chocoholics” behind U.K.-based online retailer Bathrooms.com are offering a 980,000-calorie loo as part of a 100-percent-Belgian-chocolate bathroom suite that also includes a $11,620 chocolate bidet (210,000 calories), $14,940 chocolate sink (210,000 calories) and – the piece de resistance – an $82,990 chocolate bathtub (8 million calories!). They’re all available individually or as a set ($132,790) by special request via Bathroomsweets.com.
by Amy Reiter in News, August 28th, 2014
Rooting around in your sock drawer probably doesn’t make you hungry, but it might if you stocked it with socks that look like sushi.
Yup. Feast your eyes on Sushi Socks. Rolled up, they look remarkably like giant versions of the stuff your local sushi restaurant would present to you on a platter. (Deluxe, natch.) Unrolled, they’re a bit more like sashimi.
Tokyo Otaku Mode Premium Shop, which sells the Japan-manufactured polyester-cotton-blend socks for $5.39 a pair and $28.99 for a six-pair set and ships internationally, touts them as “comfortable and durable,” noting, for those as particular about their socks as they are about their raw fish, that the “sushi detail is knitted into the sock with colored thread instead of being printed.”
by Heather Ramsdell in News, August 28th, 2014
Aside from the regional pizza wars that periodically flare up like the flames of a brick oven and the occasional eating-method controversy, most of us probably don’t pause too often to carefully consider our pizza. We just enjoy it. But a research team has recently taken a good hard look at the various cheeses with which we may top our pies in an attempt to pinpoint — with scientific precision — which of them performs best during baking.
In a new study published in the Journal of Food Science, chemical and materials engineering professor Bryony James and her team at the University of Auckland in New Zealand evaluated the performance of seven different cheeses — mozzarella, cheddar, Colby, Edam, Emmental, Gruyere and provolone — in terms of composition and functionality, using a new technique to assess differences in the way they browned and blistered when baked on pizza.
by Amy Reiter in News, August 27th, 2014
Bologna is coming back. Not even ironically. I know this because when I say “bologna sandwich” within earshot of my colleagues*, a lot of feelings come out. And nothing goes better with feelings than garlicky, pink meat circles.
A recent bologna poll I conducted** yielded nearly unanimous “yays and a bunch of exclamation points.” One colleague said “aw,” as if spying an infant hamster sleeping in a sugar bowl. But just because bologna gives us a distant expression and makes us talk in past tense doesn’t mean it’s stuck back there.
Most of us probably don’t think of lobsters as coming in a variety of ultrabright colors. And, in fact, they usually stick to pretty much the same old muddy olive-brownish palette, at least until they cook up bright red. So imagine the surprise of Maine lobsterman Jay LaPlante and his 14-year-old daughter, Meghan, of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company, when they discovered this 2-pound bright-blue critter in one of their traps on Saturday morning.
Blue lobsters are extremely rare, occurring only about once in every two million lobsters, according to National Geographic. Their peculiar coloration results from a genetic defect that propels the excess production of a particular protein.