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  • Check list time…a bit early.

    02/08/2012 7:00:55 PM PST · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    Papa's Swamp ^ | 7/25/11
    Time for the monthly rotation checklist. I’ve adapted this from alpharubicon’s site (they have more info than I can ever read). Usually do this the first Friday of every month (you pick best time for you). Some of these actions may only pertain to those living in a moist (and in my case salty) environment. If you have a suggestion of what to add…let me know!
  • The Political Savvy of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Campaign (No, wait, she's serious!)

    02/07/2012 5:47:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 7, 2012 | Professor Marion Nestle
    On the second anniversary of the campaign to fight childhood obesity, reflecting on how smart it was to target school lunch and food deserts. On the occasion of the two-year anniversary of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, it's time to reflect again on what the campaign means for the White House, for childhood obesity, and for the food movement. A year later, I summarized some of the campaign's accomplishments. From the beginning, I've been impressed with its smart choice of targets: to reduce childhood obesity by improving school food and inner city access to healthy foods. I'm reminded of the...
  • Hmmmm … bacon milkshake!!!

    02/07/2012 7:45:33 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    Atlanta Journal Const. ^ | 02/07/2012 | David Markiewicz
    Really, really love bacon? Then this might be the drink for you. That’s drink. Jack in the Box, the sometimes out-there burger chain, has come up with a belly-buster idea to cap it’s “Marry Bacon” advertising campaign. It’s offering a bacon milkshake. Kind of sidesteps the old bacon burger and a shake idea, doesn’t it?
  • You Are What You Eat: Genetically Modified Foods Include “Information”

    02/04/2012 4:00:27 PM PST · by opentalk · 40 replies
    Smart Publications ^ | January 14, 2012 | John Morgenthaler
    Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in our foods, we expect. But information? According to recent research from China’s Nanjing University, when people eat rice, tiny sequences of microRNA from the plant-based food can survive the body’s digestive process and end up absorbed in human tissue where — and here’s the reason why we need to know about this study — plant microRNA may actually affect how our cells behave and function. In the study, Exogenous plant MIR168a specifically targets mammalian LDLRAP1: evidence of cross-kingdom regulation by microRNA, published in the Journal Cell Research, the genetic material from rice showed up...
  • McDonald's to expose everything about its chemical food in Russia.

    01/31/2012 8:56:14 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 7 replies
    Pravda ^ | Jan 16, 2012
    Consumer rights' advocates filed a lawsuit against McDonald's fast food chain in Russia. The lawsuit was filed at Moscow's Tverskoy Court. The plaintiffs intend to oblige the company to indicate the complete list of ingredients on packaging, rather than the content of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Representatives of the Consumer Rights Protection Society claim that concealing the content of products the company violates the status of the retail outlet of finished products, not to mention the fact that it misleads consumers. According to experts, the range of milkshakes, which the chain sells, can not be referred to as "milk" under...
  • Tell Obama to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto

    01/30/2012 6:49:08 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 20 replies
    President Obama, I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor, a former VP and Lobbyist for Monsanto, the widely criticized Genetically Modified (GM) food multinational, as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the FDA. Taylor is the same person who was Food Safety Czar at the FDA when Genetically Modified Organisms were allowed into the US food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty. Taylor was in charge of policy for Monsanto's now-discredited GM Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) which is directly linked to cancer and opposed by many medical and hospital organizations.
  • Last Call for Responsible Drinkers in NYC

    01/30/2012 2:24:58 PM PST · by 92nina · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Cost of Government Center ^ | 2012-01-27 | [Staff]
    Across the country the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been spending millions of ‘Stimulus’ dollars running campaigns and ads attacking tobacco and sugar-sweetened beverages like soda. Health police have also waged overt war on alcoholic beverages. After taxing beverages to no end Big Brother has turned more frequently to regulating away individual choice. Nowhere is the Nanny State more alive and well than in the Big Apple. Under the guise of public health, Mayor Bloomberg is planning a draconian assault on alcoholic beverages, plotting to close a number of drinking establishments and restrict alcohol advertising throughout the city. Initial...
  • USDA To Require Healthier Meals In Schools With Updated Nutrition Standards

    01/27/2012 6:48:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | January 25, 2012 | Allison Aubrey
    Less salt and fat. More whole grains, fruit, veggies and low-fat dairy. This is what kids can expect in the school lunchroom soon, according to new nutrition standards for school meals announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and first lady Michelle Obama. "When we send our kids to school, we expect that they won't be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we try to keep them from eating at home," Obama said in a statement. "We want the food they get at school to be the same kind of food we would serve at our...
  • President Blames Media for Bad Image

    01/22/2012 2:01:41 PM PST · by John Semmens · 30 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    President Obama laid the blame for impressions that he is “cold and aloof” at the feat of what he called “a largely hostile media.” “It’s lonely at the top,” Obama complained. “The average person has plenty of equally situated people who share similar day-to-day experiences. But who shares what I go through on a daily basis? I’m one-of-a-kind. No one is my equal. I can’t hang out with anyone without having to reach down to a lower social strata.” “Instead of praising my magnificence, though, the media foments criticism and complaints,” Obama continued. “A person reading a newspaper or watching...
  • TSA Confiscates Cupcake

    01/17/2012 10:15:15 AM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    Those mocking the Transportation Security Administration for recently confiscating a passenger’s cupcake are missing the point says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. “It’s not that we’re saying that a cupcake, per se, is a dangerous weapon,” Napolitano explained. “But the risk of a random confiscation of any item is a way of throwing a monkey-wrench into a potential terrorist’s plot.” Napolitano also cited the collateral benefit to the TSA from “foraging off the land. You know, Sherman’s march to the sea wouldn’t have been possible if his troops didn’t take opportunities to seize supplies from the inhabitants of Georgia and...
  • Rip Roarin' Crab Soup recalled over allergy worries

    01/12/2012 11:17:28 AM PST · by knittnmom · 19 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 12, 2012 | Ian Simpson
    WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Blount Fine Foods is recalling some of its Rip Roarin' Crab Soup sold in 16-ounce cups because it contains undeclared milk, wheat and crab, the company said. The back label of the crab soup incorrectly identifies the product as Manhattan Clam Chowder, the company said in a statement on the Food and Drug Administration website. The ingredient statement also fails to declare the milk, wheat or crab, which can cause serious or life-threatening reactions to people with allergies.
  • The 'Gay Diet' [Sushi?]

    01/10/2012 9:22:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 68 replies · 1+ views
    The 'Gay Diet' If 'man food' is meat and 'girl food' is salad, what's 'gay food'? Simon Doonan has just written a new book called Gay Men Don't Get Fat. Doonan is less famous here than he is in the States: he's a Reading-born, highly successful window dresser for Barneys, a style columnist for the New York Post and elsewhere, and is married to the designer Jonathan Adler. His title alludes, of course, to the mid-noughties bestseller French Women Don't Get Fat, which did more to raise awareness of the French paradox among the general public than any book before...
  • Great Moments In Hyperbole (Vanity...sorta)

    01/10/2012 7:31:12 PM PST · by Psycho_Bunny · 16 replies
    King County ^ | 12/12/2011 | King County
  • Hands Off My French Fries! A Philosophical Objection to “Nudging” in the Food Industry

    01/04/2012 11:05:27 AM PST · by amylutz4 · 10 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | January 4, 2012 | Amy Lutz
    Every once in a while, I can’t resist indulging in a sleeve of hot, crispy McDonald’s French fries. Not even Michelle Obama can resist the attractive allure of the crispy spuds. However, that doesn’t stop her from trying to curb the desires of her fellow Americans. I can only assume that the First Lady’s stint in office will long be characterized by her perpetual battle against America’s increasing waistline. Her attempt to halt the increasing health concerns of overweight Americans is certainly a noble cause, but her methods (unsurprisingly) are not always acceptable within the confines of a classical liberal...
  • Hands Off My Fries: A Philosophical Objection to "Nudging" in the Food Industry

    01/04/2012 8:34:00 AM PST · by TheCollegeConservative · 17 replies
    The College Conservative ^ | Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 | Amy Lutz
    Every once in a while, I can’t resist indulging in a sleeve of hot, crispy McDonald’s French fries. Not even Michelle Obama can resist the attractive allure of the crispy spuds. However, that doesn’t stop her from trying to curb the desires of her fellow Americans. I can only assume that the First Lady’s stint in office will long be characterized by her perpetual battle against America’s increasing waistline. Her attempt to halt the increasing health concerns of overweight Americans is certainly a noble cause, but her methods (unsurprisingly) are not always acceptable within the confines of a classical liberal...
  • Unofficial Christmas Eve Culinary Traditions Thread

    12/24/2011 12:03:05 PM PST · by traderrob6 · 127 replies
    12/24/11 | traderrob
    If you're one of the many families that has a Christmas Eve eating tradition please give us your best. Personally my wifes family had one when we got married....Oyster stew and rice with raisins, it was vile! Thankfully I got her off that and for 20 years we've had Super Jumbo Atlantic wild caught Shrimp and Jumbo Stone Crab claws MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM gooooooood. Please post what you'll be having
  • The Human Lake

    12/24/2011 8:43:23 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Discover ^ | March 31, 2011 | G. Evelyn Hutchinson,
    I went recently to San Francisco to give a talk to a conference of scientists. The scientists were experts in gathering together mountains of biological data—genome sequences, results of experiments and clinical trials—and figuring out how to make them useful: turning them into new diagnostic tests, for example, or a drug for cancer. The invitation was an honor, but a nerve-wracking one. As a journalist, I had no genome scan to offer the audience. We science writers do have one ace in the hole, though. Instead of being lashed to a lab bench for years, carrying out experiments to illuminate...
  • Barter Items

    12/22/2011 9:30:08 PM PST · by Kartographer · 116 replies · 1+ views ^ | 12/22/11 | ice4safety
    Obviously if you are reading this article you already have a modicum of common sense about the impending changes to our capitalist system or the prophesy about the collapse thereof. Some people who have been out of work and have given up on ever finding another job are no longer counted in the unemployment figures since the change in how they are counted so politicians can justify their piss poor job performance…..the rate currently in reality is something akin to 20% not below 10% as touted. Almost 50 million persons receive food stamps and on the rise. Less than 50%...
  • What alcohol to put in Eggnog.

    12/22/2011 7:31:58 PM PST · by Mmogamer · 99 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity ^ | 12/22/11 | Me
    So am going to get some Eggnog tomorrow. What alcohol do you guys like to put in eggnog?
  • Michelle Obama’s Unsavory School Lunch Flop

    12/22/2011 7:02:59 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | December 22, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    The road to gastric hell is paved with first lady Michelle Obama’s Nanny State intentions. Don’t take my word for it. School kids in Los Angeles have blown the whistle on the east wing chef-in-chief’s healthy lunch diktats. Get your Pepto Bismol ready. The taste of government waste is indigestion-inducing. According to a weekend report by the Los Angeles Times, the city’s “trailblazing introduction of healthful school lunches has been a flop.” In response to the public hectoring and financial inducement of Mrs. Obama’s federally subsidized anti-obesity campaign, the district dropped chicken nuggets, corn dogs and flavored milk from the...
  • Michelle Obama’s Food Pyramid Replacement Failing

    12/20/2011 7:22:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2011
    A graphic interpretation of recent changes to the US dietary guidelines shows that the average American adheres to the national food guide MyPlate just seven days out of the year. Using its National Eating Trends statistics, which have been tracking the eating and drinking habits of US consumers for 30 years, market research company the NPD Group found that only two percent of Americans’ diets -- equal to about seven days a year -- come close to the US Department of Agriculture’s new dietary guidelines launched this summer....
  • Hand Wringing Over Liquor Reforms

    12/20/2011 11:08:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/18/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    The Detroit News this morning published a story about the possibility of reforming the Michigan Liquor Control Code and its related rules. The author correctly notes that some groups and residents in Michigan are “on edge” over what the reforms may bring. One of those quoted, Mike Tobias of the group Michigan Alcohol Policy Promoting Health & Safety, argued that “We (Michigan) have plenty of liquor licenses and plenty of beverages sold over the counter. We know that the more alcohol outlets there are, the more alcohol-related problems and harm there is.” There are two problems with this quote. First,...

    12/09/2011 5:30:06 AM PST · by Kartographer · 75 replies
    Liberty News Online ^ | 12/9/11 |
    Oath Keepers has learned that federal agents recently visited a Later Day Saints (Mormon) Church food storage cannery in Tennessee, demanding customer lists, wanting to know the identity of Americans who are purchasing food storage from the Mormons. This incident was confirmed, in person, by Oath Keepers Tennessee Chapter President, Rand Cardwell. Here is Rand’s report: “A fellow veteran contacted me concerning a new and disturbing development. He had been utilizing a Mormon cannery near his home to purchase bulk food supplies. The man that manages the facility related to him that federal agents had visited the facility and demanded...
  • State Alcohol Control Law Expensive, Unfair, Ineffective

    12/08/2011 11:21:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2011 | Michael LaFaive
    The recent release of Ken Burns’ “Prohibition” documentary has raised many good questions about the subject of alcohol control. For Michigan, the questions are timely. Gov. Rick Snyder’s 21-member Liquor Control Advisory Rules Committee will soon present its ideas for alcohol control reform, and would be wise to think and reform boldly. Michigan’s laws and rules governing alcohol control have been treated like the play things of politicians and powerful special interests for decades. They are not as protective of public safety as neo-prohibitionists want people to believe, and are actually protectionist in many ways, treating different businesses and people...
  • PETA puts its stamp on holidays with veggie celebs

    11/28/2011 9:56:56 AM PST · by LesDowrey · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 28 2011 | Bill Hutchinson
    The 20 most famous vegetarians of all-time will appear on a series of postage stamps — and the folks at PETA are hoping it’s a good way to lick animal abuse. In time for the holiday-card rush, the stamps featuring such meatless celebs as Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres, and Morrissey will be released Tuesday. “These are very influential people, and not everyone knows that these folks are vegetarian,” said Lisa Lange, vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The stamps will also feature hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, actors Woody Harrelson and Natalie Portman, and singers Chrissie Hynde,...
  • Washington Offers Lessons for Michigan Alcohol Law Reform

    11/28/2011 7:54:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/28/2011 | Michelle Minton
    Imagine walking into your local wine, liquor or beer shop and finding all of your favorite brands on sale — permanently. This could be the reality for Washington liquor consumers as the state transitions from a government-run distribution system to a private one as a result of the state’s successful privatization initiative, which voters approved this month. The new system permits liquor producers to sell directly to retailers; something that is generally prohibited under the three-tier distribution system which separates producers from retailers by forcing them to sell their product to a wholesaler who then sells to stores. Freeing the...
  • Anyone have favorite, special recipes for Thanksgiving LEFTOVERS? something different

    11/25/2011 9:16:27 AM PST · by ken5050 · 50 replies
    one man's opinion....
    Many now face the biggest problem post-Thanksgiving..what to do with all the leftovers?..There's always plenty of food left over..and we all it it for a few days..but I'm wondering if anyone has some special, creative recipes for the leftovers.
  • You can't buy that lime... it could be classed as a weapon: Shock for chef shopping at Asda

    11/25/2011 5:36:12 AM PST · by radioone · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11-21-11 | Nadia Gilani
    A chef was stunned to find she was almost banned from buying two limes from a supermarket - because they could be classed as a weapon. Marisa Zoccolan, 31, popped into the new Asda supermarket close to her home in Wallsend, North Tyneside, to pick up some groceries, including the citrus fruits. But when she tried to pay for them at the self-service checkout, the message 'amount exceeded, authorisation required' flashed up. An assistant then came over and told her that more than one lime was deemed a weapon - because the citric acid could be squirted in someone's eye.Marisa,...
  • Survival Sales Jump Amid Worries of “Possible Collapse”

    11/24/2011 12:36:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    SHTF ^ | 11/24/11 | Mac Slavo
    What may be new to most Americans is nothing out of the ordinary for our readers. As the economic, financial and political situation around us becomes more dire by the day, people are realizing that if it hits the fan there will be no safety net to assist them. The government is already overwhelmed with nearly 50 million people on nutritional assistance and an estimated 100 million Americans living in or right on the edge of poverty. In a true emergency, be it economic in nature or an unforeseen outlier, there will simply be no way local or federal officials...
  • America Has Yet More To Be Thankful For

    11/24/2011 10:20:35 AM PST · by Space Patrol Hoppa
    The American Interest ^ | November 24, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    Throughout our history, Americans have benefited from the extraordinary riches and resources of the wealthy land in which we live. Compared to any other country on earth, Americans enjoy more fertile farmland, better internal communications by water, rich and diverse mineral resources, a more favorable climate, a more favorable position in the world’s commerce, and friendlier neighbors: our home truly flows with milk and honey. On this Thanksgiving Day we should reflect in gratitude for the abundance that shaped us as a people and still flows for us today, and see how yet again we are poised to enjoy new...
  • Thanksgiving Recipe Thread

    11/23/2011 3:14:23 PM PST · by traderrob6 · 16 replies
    Opinipundit ^ | 11/23/11 | traderrob
    Okay folks, the third year we have been doing this and it's time yet again. We're having a traditional dinner....a 18# Tom turkey deep fried in peanut oil, yams with brown sugar bacon drippings and multiple spices, green bean casserole, mashed cranberries with sugar and cream, southern style mac and cheese, fresh frozen (Cherokee variety) sweet corn, reduced gravy from the drippings with Idaho Russet mashed potatoes, no dressing :(, wife hates "soggy bread".. For the hardcore meat eaters ....4 racks of Pork Baby Back ribs cooked on the Bradley Smoker starting in about 2 hours. Dessert: Pumpkin Divine....a combination...
  • Thanksgiving jihad? Butterball sells sharia friendly halal turkeys

    11/23/2011 1:28:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 48 replies ^ | November 22, 2011 | Michael Stone
    Thanksgiving jihad? Butterball sells sharia friendly halal turkeys Thanksgiving is turkey time, yet many Americans are unaware that the turkey on the menu may be halal, meaning it is slaughtered according to the dictates of sharia, the religious law of Islam. On Monday, reports began circulating around the web that one of America’s largest producers of thanksgiving turkeys, Butterball, slaughters turkeys according to the dictates of sharia law. And apparently Butterball has confirmed the rumor: all Butterball whole turkeys sold in the U.S. are slaughtered in accord with halal, and thus satisfy sharia, Islamic religious law. Halal is a term...
  • Product review for Preppers (vanity)

    11/23/2011 1:07:28 PM PST · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    First I am in no way connected to Comfort Creek Foods or Crider Corp the Parent company. This is just a personal review of one of their products. I just finish having lunch of a baked potato cover with a can of Comfort Creek Foods Gravy and Roast Beef. I found this product at the local Dollar Tree for you guessed it a dollar. It is a 5 oz. can and though I am not a big buy of food from the Dollar Tree I thought I give this a shot and brought one can. It is made in...
  • CANCER IN CANS: Pringles contain Toxin Acrylamide

    11/23/2011 11:15:53 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 36 replies ^ | 11-23-11 | CleanTV
    Original link: Just when you thought it was safe to grab some munchies in the cupboard, a new study warns of cancer in cans and bags—in cans of Pringles and in bags of a myriad of other potato chips. This disturbing truth about an all-time favorite snack may be forcing food manufacturers to change their processing methods. But can the changes really make a difference? Researchers find that potato chips, among other processed foods, are loaded with the cancer causing chemical, acrylamide (uh-kril-uh-mahyd). The substance forms when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at very high temperatures. Some of the worst...
  • Save A Seat for Uncle Sam at the Thanksgiving Table!

    11/23/2011 10:41:53 AM PST · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-11-20 | Jacob Feldman & Mattie Duppler Corrao
    Thanksgiving is a time for reuniting with friends and family, but the government wants to be part of your celebration too. Whether you stay home or travel for the holiday, government is a significant contributor to the costs of the celebration. Of an identified $10 billion in spending that occurs during Thanksgiving weekend on the wine and beer, the gas and plane tickets, and the meal itself, government taxation composes 35.86 percent of those expenses—approximately $3.6 billion in revenues. Many of these Thanksgiving items are subject to the increased costs of income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate income taxes, and other...
  • Red Skelton on Thanksgiving

    11/23/2011 8:36:09 AM PST · by Amerisrael · 6 replies
    This taken from ”The Thanksgiving Turkey,” an episode of “The Red Skelton Show” where Red Skelton plays his Clem Kaddiddlehopper at the first Thanksgiving. At the very end of the episode, Red Skelton addresses the audience and says: “Now I have a little something to say on behalf of our American home. In the year 1620, a group of hardy, determined people crossed the Atlantic in quest of a land where they might live freely, and worship above a whisper. These Pilgrims found such a home, known as the United States of America, and history tells us that our...
  • Michelle Obama Wants Fat Kids to Eat Steak

    11/22/2011 3:40:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Stir ^ | November 21, 2011 | Jenny Erikson
    While in Asia Hawaii last week, First Lady Michelle Obama sat down for a roundtable discussion with Ma’o Organic Farms. Mrs. Obama has made tackling childhood obesity her issue of choice, and has worked hard to ensure that McDonald’s only puts 14 French fries into each Happy Meal. During the course of the visit, Mrs. Obama revealed that steak and arugula is her favorite meal, and that we should be feeding it to our kids in order to adjust their palates. She said, "People don't have that connection. If they get their palates adjusted to those very interesting flavors, they...
  • CANCER IN CANS: Pringles contain Toxin Acrylamide

    11/20/2011 6:58:35 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 80 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11-20-11 | CleanTV
    More Videos: Just when you thought it was safe to grab some munchies in the cupboard, a new study warns of cancer in cans and bags—in cans of Pringles and in bags of a myriad of other potato chips. This disturbing truth about an all-time favorite snack may be forcing food manufacturers to change their processing methods. But can the changes really make a difference? Researchers find that potato chips, among other processed foods, are loaded with the cancer causing chemical, acrylamide (uh-kril-uh-mahyd). The substance forms when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at very high temperatures. Some of the worst...
  • 'If he's not a hero, I don't know who is'

    11/18/2011 3:43:13 PM PST · by Pelham · 21 replies
    Huntington Beach Independent ^ | October 5, 2011 | Mona Shadia
    runo Serato says his Italian mother is responsible for his good deeds. It started when she spotted a boy eating potato chips at a Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim donation ceremony. When Caterina found out the chips were all that boy and other children at the club were having for dinner, she told her son to cook for them at his restaurant, the Anaheim White House. "I had to say yes because I had to listen to my mom," said Serato, who lives in Huntington Beach. That night — April 18, 2005 — he fed about 70 kids. "I...
  • Smoked Out: Ban Leads to Continued Drop in Bar, Tavern Business

    11/16/2011 7:10:06 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 77 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Pam Lezotte, owner of Buster's Place in Trenton: “I've lost my smoking clientele. Instead of coming here, they're holding house parties, where they can smoke while they drink.” She also said it isn't difficult to distinguish between the effects of the ban and those of the recession. “We (the bar) were packed right up to the day that the smoking ban started,” Lezotte said. “It's clear that the ban chased away regular customers. When we held an outdoor event my smoking customers were back, but they aren't back into the bar. They want to be able to smoke while they...
  • Trenchermen

    11/13/2011 3:06:03 PM PST · by decimon · 4 replies
    Belmont Club ^ | November 13, 2011 | Richard Fernandez
    The activity of dining is so common that it is easy to suppose things have always been as they are. But the history of eating utensils, even if only confined to North America, shows that the way people eat has been changing constantly. Only a few hundred years ago most Europeans ate mostly with the aid of daggers and the spoon. The spoon itself may have originated in prehistoric times from shells and other naturally occurring scoops. Knives, however, were truly artificial contrivances. “Because hosts did not provide cutlery for their guests during the Middle Ages in Europe, most people...
  • Whale nearly swallows kayaker and surfer

    11/11/2011 12:47:00 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 21 replies ^ | 11-11-11 |
    A whale nearly swallowed two people on a kayak and a woman on a surfboard. The humpback whale lunged from out of nowhere just several feet away, forcing thousands of anchovies to the surface, with sea gulls swarming around the scene in search of breakfast. Barbara Roettger filmed the epic near-miss event near Santa Cruz, California where recently a sailboat collided with another humpback whale and at least one kayaker capsized. Oh, and for the record, humpback whales typically are about 50 feet long and weigh 50 tons. That’s a whopping 2000 pounds for every foot of whale. Short be...
  • Commentary: Michigan’s Keg Tracking Won’t Stop Underage Drinking

    11/10/2011 8:49:12 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/10/2011 | Michelle Minton
    Few people will argue against preventing underage drinking. Michigan’s new keg registration law, however, an attempt to trace the buyers of kegs that end up serving underage drinkers, will not accomplish that goal. In fact, keg registration is an invasion of consumers’ privacy and has proven repeatedly to be a waste of time and money. Moreover, it will do nothing to reduce underage drinking and could even make the problem worse. As of Nov. 1, Michigan joined with the nearly 30 other states that have a keg registration law of some type, requiring businesses to affix a sticker or a...
  • Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

    11/07/2011 5:58:38 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 3 replies
    The Tipsy Baker ^ | October 1st, 2011 | Jennifer Reese
    ...This farm was strewn with rusted car parts, overturned boxes of trash, empty soda bottles, crushed cans and downed trees, and through this WALL-E wasteland wandered dozens of chickens, cats, dogs, and three bloated broad-breasted white turkeys. The bearded proprietor ambled through the debris and grabbed up a fat, hiccuping bird that he placed in a laundry bin in the back of our car. "You gonna ... ?" he made a throat slashing motion and grinned. I gave him cash. The turkey may well have ingested STP, Mountain Dew, and crystal meth, but I remain confident that she was never...
  • Election Day Alcohol Tremors?

    11/03/2011 9:05:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/3/2011 | Dr. Angela Logomasini
    If you live in Michigan, you can’t order online from wine retailers in other states, at least not if you want the wine shipped to your door. But action this Election Day far off in Washington State may send tremors across America by cracking open the anti-consumer, anti-competitive alcohol regulations there. Entrenched interests — particularly alcohol wholesalers — appear frightful that they will be the ones to suffer from government withdrawal from the industry. But if enthusiasm for such freedom becomes contagious and spreads to other states, consumers will reap the benefits. Washington state’s initiative strikes at the heart of...
  • SPILLED MILK...Yuk!!

    11/03/2011 4:15:40 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 51 replies
    November 3, 2011 | Me
    This is AWFUL!! I spilled milk in the car and now it smells like something died in there? Does anyone have a hint about how to make this smell go AWAY?? My neighbor thought she was being funny and said, 'buy a new car'.
  • First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Healthy Habits with Toddlers

    11/02/2011 7:02:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The White House Blog ^ | November 2, 2011 | Colleen Curtis
    First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Royal Castle Child Development Center in New Orleans yesterday, where she led the toddlers in some exercises and read them a book that is an Obama family favorite. Mrs. Obama was in New Orleans to highlight the importance of building healthy habits at a very young age, a key component of the Let's Move Child Care initiative, which is designed to get child care centers to promote healthy eating and exercise habits. After she finished a round of stretching, jumping and marching in place, the First Lady read two books to the children and...
  • Customer Outrage Forces necco to put artificial ingredients back into wafers

    10/27/2011 3:12:30 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 34 replies ^ | 26 Oct 2011 | Bill Chappell
    When the people who make Necco Wafers changed their recipe to use natural flavors and colors in 2009, they thought they were doing their customers a favor. But then those customers told the New England Confectionery Company — loudly, and repeatedly — that they preferred artificially enhanced candy. "Our normal mail volume probably went up twenty-fold" after the change, says Necco Vice President of Research and Quality Jeff Green says. "Some positive, and some negative. But a lot of negative." The common theme from Necco's longtime customers, Green tells NPR's Michele Norris, was, "You ruined my product, I will never...
  • Obama Expects Michelle Flack After Wing Joint Dinner (But not for the reason you think)

    10/27/2011 2:52:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    US News and World Report's Washington Whispers ^ | October 25, 2011 | Lauren Fox
    This wouldn't be the first time President Obama has gotten in trouble with his wife Michelle for eating junk out on the campaign trail, but this time health conscious Michelle may be upset for an entirely different reason. When the president stopped by Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in West L.A. Monday night, he confided to manager David Daviston that he was going to catch flack for it back home. But he didn't expect healthy eater in chief Michelle Obama to be bummed because her husband ordered the distinctly unhealthy "No. 9, 'Country Boy,'" which included three wings and...
  • First look: Michelle Obama’s new cookbook ("American Grown")

    10/27/2011 10:09:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | October 27, 2011
    Publishers for US First Lady Michelle Obama’s upcoming cookbook have released an early preview of the book’s cover art and revealed more details about its spring release. American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities, published by Crown Publishers, is Obama’s first cookbook and will be issued in both print and digital editions. The print edition will include photos of the White House garden and Obama throughout the seasons, and include more details about how the First Lady was inspired by her daughters Sasha and Malia to change her family’s eating habits and plant an...