Was watching the first episode of a new cooking series on PBS today, Avec Eric with Chef Eric Ripert. He grilled a piece of salmon on what appeared to be a ceramic/glass flat top grill. Does anyone have one of those and what exactly was that? It was very cool whatever it was.
There's been concern over the years about the possible health issues with aluminum cookware as it pertains to Alzheimers. I use my pressure cooker often and today realized it's aluminum. I haven't seen any recent stories around- does anyone have any current info or data on the safety of aluminum cookware? Have there been any reliable new studies to back up the old concerns or debunk them? Thought I'd do some research before I go out and invest in a stainless pressure cooker.
The state health department has issued a consumer alert warning about spices used by Asian restaurants manufactured by a Bay Area plant that have been linked to a Salmonella outbreak in Central and Northern California. So far, 42 people in the nation have gotten sick, including 33 in California, according to the California Department of Public Health. Illnesses have occurred in 15 counties in Central and Northern California, the most recent being March 13.
"Consumers should avoid eating spices manufactured by Union International Food Company," the agency's director Dr. Mark Horton said on the department's Web site.
According to the health department, health specialists have linked the Salmonella cases to the plant's white and black pepper products used in Asian restaurants.
Union International Food Company has initiated a voluntary recall of pepper and all other similar spice products repackaged in its facility in Union City in the Bay Area, the health department says.
These products do not bear lot codes and were sold primarily to distributors and restaurants in California and Oregon, the state says.
The products' brand name is Lian How using a red label, the state says. The commercial containers include 10 and 15 pound cardboard boxes with plastic liners that are tied closed; 4 and 5 pound clear semi-hard plastic wide-mouth jars; 5 pound plastic bags, and 2.2 pound foil bags, the state Web site says.
After Lian How brand name, the wording "Packed by Union International Foods" or "Union International Foods" is printed.
These products were included in the recall: white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, chopped onion, onion power, garlic (chopped, minced, powder and granulated), whole black pepper, whole white pepper, curry powder, mustard powder, and wasabi powder.
The state says the department will provide update its Web site, www.cdph.ca.gov
Consumers can call Union International Food Company at (510) 471-6799.
OK....Here's an idea.....what if the TV powers to be (PBS , Food Network, Travel Channel, Fine Living Network-I don't really care) re-ran the old shows from Julia Child, Jeff Smith, Justin Wilson, Marcia Adams, Graham Kerr, Earl Peyroux, Joyce Chen, Madeleine Kamman, Natalie Dupree, the Romagnoli's, Marcel Desaulnieres, Biba Caggiano, Nick Stellino, Mollie Katzen, the 'Great Chef's series', Anne Willan (cooking from LaVarenne) et al.......if for no other reason other than the newbie generation of foodies can experience the kind of cooking shows that paved the way for this current wave of cooking shows? My daughter (in her 30's) has no idea of what a cooking show on TV is other than the crap we see on these reality shows and 'most' Food Network shows.....did I just have an epiphany or will be I be flamed?
You know what? I'm tired as hell as of the new "cooking shows" and I'm not going to take it anymore. I have a remote control. And I can read books
Ran across this variety of dried bean today and bought them having no idea what to expect. I've never seen these before. I have them soaking right now and plan to cook them as I do white Navy Beans in a pressure cooker but I'm curious if anyone has a recipe specific to this type of bean. Do they belong to a specific regional cuisine? I can't find much about these on Google other than they were involved in some sort of trademark fight back in the 90's.
After watching the market near my home being being built all winter I couldn't wait to storm the doors on opening day. I'd read it was owned by the UK giant Tesco's (the UK equivalent of Walmart) and was longing for a new link in my food chain. Yes I can shop at pricey Whole Foods or the Trader Joe's in a rather unsavory area of my town. Yes there are 3 major chain megamarts within a mile of my home. I was still longing for something 'different' maybe even better.
After 3 shopping trips to my new Fresh & Easy I think I'm in love. I've found some very cool items I can't readily find elsewhere- British style bacon, white Stilton, jumbo eggs for $1.97 a dozen, amazing wines at dirt cheap prices. I could go on and on. Maybe pricier than my mega mart for toilet paper----maybe not much of a selection in the prepackaged veggie department and not very photogenic interior, but with 96 cent Pellegrino water, hormone free butter under $2.00 a pound and a slew very affordable cool house brand specialty food items they have my attention for now. It was worth the wait. How do the rest of you feel about your local Fresh & Easy's? Will I be let down when the honeymoon is over?
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Buttery and sandy milk powder cookies....