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In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

How interesting that "kosher" labeling is increasing and "organic" is decreasing. "Kosher" is a strict, documented process - it definitely has specific meaning, and is maybe seen (by consumers and producers) as more valid and reliable than "organic"

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

Thanks for the ongoing policy updates. The FDA moves are particularly interesting - is there a pattern of more "pro consumer" rulings by the FDA and/or push back on some of the big ag movement in the past? These two, plus the soda restriction, are such narrow responses to very broad problems. I wonder if they are the lead up to broader change or just symbolic moves.

Message font harder to see now.

I agree - I love the new look - it looks like SE "grew up" - a very polished look.......but the font is too thin/small/light against the light background.

Food for Change: 5 Food Groups Doing Great Work

Thanks for sharing information about these groups. It's encouraging to see so many people doing good things around the world!

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

Wow - that Pediatrics article is potentially very interesting. It adds another dimension to our understanding of the impact of food access and health.

First time cooking for the SO

First time I cooked for my SO (now my DH), I can't even tell you what the main meal was, but I did cheesecake for dessert. That was risky - something I hadn't made before - but it was something he loved. It came out great, and was something he/we talked about for a long time afterwards.

Why do the raisins in my wife's cornbread sink to the bottom?

tossing the raisins in flour or corn flour should help them stay where you put them - this works when I add raisins or nuts to banana or zucchini bread. Good luck!

Birthday Present in NYC

I got a "Cheese Class" at Murray's cheeses for a birthday gift and it was so much fun. It was a wine and cheese pairing class, but they have plenty that don't involve drinking. It was fun to learn about different cheeses, and that neighborhood is a fun one to explore.

Food Practical Jokes

Here's the best April Fool's food joke I ever pulled off. I served "cupcakes for dinner". Told my son and husband that we were having dinner backwards for April 1, and they bought it.

What I served was meatloaf baked in muffin tins, topped with mashed potatoes that were soft enough to swirl like frosting. (I had also done a real sweet dessert, so the house smelled like cake). It only took one smell/bite to get the trick but it was a good one!

Serious Reads: A Spoonful of Promises, by T. Susan Chang

I love the "three part" thinking process you describe from this book - what did my mother's and grandmothers' cooking teach me, what am I cooking now, and what will my children carry forward. The influence of heritage, the impact of changing American culture, and the ever-evolving knowledge about food have affected all of these! Thanks for sharing this book.

Serious Reads: On the Future of Food, by the Prince of Wales

How cool. I had no idea that the Prince of Wales had thought, spoken, or written on this subject. Thanks for telling us about the book, and sharing some of his ideas here!

Help Send a Serious Eats Contributor to the White House!

Go Leah!! Spread the word about increased access to healthy, local, sustainable foods!

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

On the "organic" agreement - the article makes it sound like both sets of guidelines are complicated (US and Europe). Will there be any changes to either party's standards, or is this just a blanket agreement? Whose standards are clearer or stricter? Should we trust a EU designation of organic more, or less, than a US designation?

Book Giveaway: Pat the Foodie

Where the Wild Things Are


In the Night Kitchen

Sendak 'gets' kids!

Serious Reads: Breaking Through Concrete, by David Hanson and Edwin Marty

Very cool! You mention "pollution of cities" and I'm wondering if the authors, or the farms they profile, talk about how to address issues of air, soil, and water quality and/or pollution. A school-based farm near us in Queens had to throw away their first year's crop because of soil pollution.

Serious Reads: Neurogastronomy, by Gordon M. Shepard

I"m always interested in how people have different reactions to food smells. To one person the cheese shop is "stinky" and to another it's heaven; fish, cabbage, brussels sprouts - all strong smells that signal a strong taste. Before you've even put a morsel in your mouth, you know whether you'll like how it will taste. Is this related to different sensors in your nose, per se, or is that smell somehow already affecting your taste buds?

Doughnut Soup

This sounds so blech (too sweet and totally bland) that I am not even tempted to try it.

Serious Reads: An Everlasting Meal, by Tamar Adler

I like the idea of a book that teaches cooking, rather than a cookbook that is a collection of recipes. I cook most nights, and seldom use a formal recipe. Cooking is usually getting comfortable with various techniques, and then combining them into tasty dishes. Most people who say they "don't cook" have been intimidated by cookbooks, have never learned some of the basic principles and techniques, and really just need a friend (or grandmother?) to show them the basics.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Donabe Hot Pot and Hot Pot Book

Best Veggie Burger

I don't know the brand, but I got frozen veggie burgers at BJ's Warehouse that were very very good. Not soy burger....veggies! Yum

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

milk and sugar, please!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Recchiuti Chocolate Bars

Dark chocolate covered almonds!

How to store opened peanut butter jar?

Interesting - I keep peanut butter, mustard, AND ketchup in the frig. Never even thought about it. If PB is in the frig it is less likely to re-separate once the oily top has been mixed in. A couple of minutes out of the frig brings it closer to room temp and makes it easy enough to spread.

Serious Reads: Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar, edited by Matt McAllester

Another book I want to read! Thanks for the review.

In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites

Well, "pizza is a vegetable" is short-hand for "dough and lots of cheese are a reasonable trade-off to get kids to eat a scant serving of vegetables". The added fat and calories of the pizza may negate the nutritional value of the tomato paste, or they might, realistically, be the only way to get kids to eat vegetables at all in school lunches. Sure, there are healthier ways to serve vegetables (at home and at school), but no way to make sure kids eat them (and it's more likely that they'd get thrown away)

What's frustrating to me is that the lobbyists for different food groups are not interested AT ALL in the real nutrition being served to kids; they're just interested in keeping their supply chain open.


Is there anything I can do with two huge Daikon radishes, other than grate or chop into salad? This was my CSA mystery of the week. So far SE readers have helped me with Kohlrabi and Celeriac, so I'm hopeful here!

Broccoli overload

This week's CSA had broccoli, chinese broccoli, and broccoli rabe.

I love broccoli, but I need a couple of new ways to cook it - sauteed in EVOO and garlic is good, mixed into stir fry of course; I can even do a pretty good broccoli cheese soup.

But....anything more creative that you SE'ers can come up with?

What *is* SeriousEats?

Today I was in Trader Joe, and whipped out my (beautiful and compact) SeriousEats bag. The checker looked at the bag and said "'s that?"

Of course, I quickly said "the best food website around!" and started telling him all the features on the site.

But then I thought of all you SE'ers. How would YOU answer that question....what IS seriouseats anyway?

Past date yogurt. Safe or not?

Yesterday at work, someone pulled a yogurt container out of the frig. It was an opened container of Plain non-fat yogurt that had been used for a veggie dip some time ago. The 'sell by' date was 12/22/10.

So, the question was "is it OK to eat?"

I said that as long as yogurt isn't moldy, it's safe to eat. It's already sort of "sour", so it doesn't turn bad the way that milk does. It didn't smell "off", it didn't taste "off", so I thought it was fine. I even thought I'd bring it home and use it.

Others in my office were horrified! Eating past date dairy is apparently one of the most life-threatening things you can do. We ended up throwing it out - mostly because I wasn't sure enough of my position to stand up to the collective horror.

What's the consensus SE'ers? Is past dated yogurt safe? How can you tell if yogurt is "bad"?

How can I re-use pickle juice?

My daughter and I just finished two jars of dill pickles. Now I have a dilemma. It seems wasteful to throw out the delicious seasoned "juice" in the jars, but I have no idea of how to re-use it. Any ideas, seriouseaters?

Eating out in Ocean City Maryland?

Any suggestions for good food in Ocean City? I assume that most of the eating is casual and summer-y, and I'd love suggestions for "can't miss" places. But I am going for a special getaway and would love at least one nice dinner.

Lakeside Diner, Stamford CT - hidden gem

A friend took me to lunch yesterday at the Lakeside Diner, and what a pleasant surprise. From the outside, the place is unremarkable; the sort of place you'd easily pass by. Walk inside, though, and you see a warm, homey (crowded) diner with a wall of windows overlooking a small lake.

The food is typical diner food - breakfast and lunch all day - made fresh, served with warmth, and just yummy enough to satisfy. And, don't miss their home-made donuts - the old-fashioned kind, covered in sugar. What a great way to end the meal!

It's just off the Merritt Parkway, at exit 42 (Long Ridge Road), less than a quarter mile north of the parkway. From what people told me, your best bet is to go there a little "off" of peak hours - on the weekends, there are lines to get in for breakfast!

Grad party ideas

Planning a High School graduation party, and I need ideas for apps, dinner, and dessert for a foodie crowd. If it's easy or can be done ahead, that's best. Also, any suggestions for a bakery in Queens that can do a good (not overly sweet or gooey) cake?

Serious Reads: Girl Hunter, by Georgia Pellegrini

When most of us try to improve our diet by eating more locally and sustainably, we start at the grocery store. But author Georgia Pellegrini goes right to the source. In her new book Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time, she details her experiences learning to hunt for her own food. Her travels across the country open her eyes to new communities, the terminology of firearms, and the strategy of hunting everything from doves to deer. More

MELS, an NYC School Where Food Policy Is Part of the Curriculum

I recently heard about a school making the awareness of healthy eating and food production a goal for all of its students. Even my cynical side couldn't find a way to critique the good work at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (MELS) in New York City. In every subject, for six weeks, kids were learning about food through an agricultural, scientific, cultural, and even musical lens. More

Recap: The Next Food Network Star, Season Six Premiere

Finally! The always thrilling Next Food Network Star kicked off another season on Sunday night, beginning our whirlwind adventure of emotional highs and lows as 12 contestants battle it out for their very own Food Network show. On this season, as opposed to previous ones, many of the contestants are professional chefs or have other experience in the industry. Their personalities vary from the hilarious to the endearing. Can you tell we're already a little bit hooked? Without further ado, the show! Warning: spoilers included. More

Providence, Rhode Island: Where to Eat on College Hill

The area surrounding Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design in downtown Providence is dubbed "College Hill." The name primarily references Thayer Street, a main hang-out for local college and high school students. However, good eats can be found in the surrounding areas as well. I've found that students on the Hill are willing to cast their nets far and wide to seek out some good food. Here's just a small selection of some of the best places to eat in this fun college town. More