Food Day T-Shirts…One of Life’s Bargains

Just noticed that Cafe Press has quite the doable tag on Food Day t-shirts, and better yet a portion of sales goes to support Food Day activities.  Take a gander at their site and order the t-shirt, sweatshirt, or hoodie of your choice to celebrate the Day.  Given that we are just one month away, it seems fitting to gift to self [...]

Save The Children

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and the facts are sobering. Some 80% of our children do not eat the recommended five or so servings of fruit or vegetables each day.  About one-third of American children are on the cusp of obese or just simply obese.  Annual medical costs for diet-related diseases, such as high blood [...]

Strips & Kansas City

Multi-aliased Kansas City strip steaks (a/k/a KC strips, strip loins, boneless loins, shell steaks, New York strip steaks, or NY strips) are purloined from the short loin of the bovine.  The short loin is a portion of the hindquarter of beef immediately behind the ribs and before the flank—containing part of the spine which includes [...]

That 5th Flavor — Umami

The ancient Greek philosopher, Democritus, once remarked that when you masticate (preferably with your mouth closed), food eventually breaks into four basic shapes. Sweet morsels are “round and large in their atoms.” Salty fare land as “isosceles triangles” on your tongue. Bitter is typically “spherical, smooth, scalene and small,” while sour is “large in its [...]

Drought Hits Home

Fueled by scorching temperatures, a severe to extreme drought has settled over much of the continental United States. The most brutal heat wave in many decades, readings above 100 F have become commonplace. The Midwest is evolving into a dust bowl, while the Southwest and Rockies are becoming tinder boxes, and lakes and rivers across [...]

Apple Aesthetics

In a country enamored with cosmetics — make-up, plastic surgeries, liposuction, whitened teeth, breast implants, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, collagen laced lips, botox, tinted hair, makeover shows, skin deep aesthetics, anti-aging and wrinkle-free products — just an overall obssesion with youthful appearance, adding “pretty” little fruits to the bushel only makes sense.  A world of little esteem [...]

Mussels On The Wane?

Even though we are smack dab in the middle of this land mass called America, we must always be cognizant of the seas.  This is especially so given that more than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of food, and in 20 years, this number could double. Here is another [...]

Peaches — Get It While You Can

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. ~Alice Walker August is National Peach Month. Prunus persica, a deciduous tree which bears an edible juicy fruit, is native to China, where it was first cultivated several thousand years ago. Peach trees [...]

Meatless Mondays?

The Meatless Mondays campaign, jointly launched by the Johns Hopkins and Columbia University schools of public health in 2003, has gained traction over the last decade or so.  To those who wonder, this simply means to go meatless on Mondays.  Awareness of the program has escalated, influencing decisions to reduce meat intake. The campaign has now [...]

The Reviled & Revered Humble Spud

Potatoes abound in food lore. These subterranean tubers were even the partial cause of a significant global migration, a diaspora of sorts. In the early 19th century, potatoes were grown extensively in northern Europe and certainly in Ireland. It was almost solely relied upon as the Emerald Isle staple owing to low production costs coupled [...]