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  • [VANITY] I'll be traveling to Austin, Texas in the next few weeks

    05/22/2015 3:00:02 AM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 2 replies
    Lefty-Lie-Spy | 2015-5-23 | Lefty-Lie-Spy
    [VANITY] I'll be traveling to Austin, Texas in the near future and am looking for suggestions for fun, food, history, adventure, and heavy metal, rockabilly, punk, blues, etc.
  • How the Big Green Egg Became a Phenomenon

    05/21/2015 11:25:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Atlanta Magazine ^ | May 20, 2015 | Candice Dyer
    Ed Fisher took an idea from Asia and turned it into a craze as American as apple pie (which the BGE can also handle)The outdoor grill barely quivers, without billowing any eye-watering smoke signals, and it provides the only dash of deep color on this otherwise monochrome gray deck. To someone who hasn’t watched a cooking show or attended an upper-middle-class dinner party during the past decade, it would look distinctly foreign—either prehistoric or futuristic, as if it holds the fetus of a brontosaurus or thrums like some ominous extraterrestrial pod from science fiction. In any case, the Big Green...
  • SIX NOODLE SOUPS THAT AREN'T RAMEN OR PHO — AND WHERE TO GET THEM

    05/21/2015 11:08:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Westword ^ | THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015 | MARK ANTONATION
    Cool, rainy days are still in the forecast, at least through the weekend, and soup is just the right meal to help chase away the blahs, even if a brimming bowl isn't exactly traditional Memorial Day fare. Ramen and pho have been getting all the love lately, but there are plenty of other Asian noodle soups out there waiting to be slurped, with specialties at hip new hangouts and favorite old haunts. Here are six noodle soups guaranteed to warm you up if the weekend proves too soggy to fire up the grill. 1) Vietnamese Bun Bo Hue Wonderbowl Vietnamese...
  • USDA Inspections Offer Glimpse into the Supply Chain for Whole Foods' New Rabbit Meat Pilot Program

    05/21/2015 5:10:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Vicky Nguyen, Liza Meak and Felipe Escamilla
    Consumer demand for rabbit meat and the welfare of the rabbits may not be what Whole Foods has suggested.Whole Foods Market is known for its high quality and high prices, but now some critics question whether the grocery chain is living up to its own high standards in its rabbit meat pilot program. In the summer of 2014, the grocery chain started to offer rabbit meat in select markets across the country, including the Bay area. The Investigative Unit obtained USDA inspection reports for Iowa Rabbit, the farm that supplies Whole Foods Market with its rabbit meat. An analysis of...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/21/2015 3:20:53 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 33 replies
    I grew up with cornbread and spoon bread as meal staples, usually made from mixes. Some years ago my husband and I discovered this recipe for cornbread that we think is the best we've had. The only problem is that while it's wonderful warm out of the oven, it doesn't keep-over well to the next day - it gets heavy and dry, and I've never figured out how to fix that. But perhaps it's true of all cornbread. Anyway, here's the recipe; I cut it from a newspaper or magazine, and can't attribute it; but it was called Extreme Corn...
  • Top reasons beer is actually good for you (Warning: Lockerroom Graphics)

    05/21/2015 1:48:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 96 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2015
    Beer lovers, rejoice! Not only does beer taste great, and make you feel "buzzed" on life, beer is also good for you. Well, in moderation. As pints are poured in bars and restaurants across the country, know that drinking beer has real health benefits.* 1. Decreased incidence of heart disease There are more than 20 well-done, large international studies that all demonstrate the heart benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. One study, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) noted a 20 to 40 percent decrease in coronary artery disease in moderate alcohol drinkers. Now, that doesn’t...
  • Scientists have discovered a way to ‘grow’ meat—and make it cheap and delicious

    05/21/2015 9:16:27 AM PDT · by PROCON · 63 replies
    WAPO ^ | May 21, 2015 | Roberto A. Ferdman
    Meat — despite popular movements to decrease the amount humans consume — is still a central part of diets around the world. People who live in industrial countries (like the United States) eat roughly 210 pounds of it each year. And consumption in the developing world, where people eat closer to 66 pounds each year, is climbing fast. Growth is such that by 2030 the average human is expected to consume just under 100 pounds per year, 10 percent more than today. Our collective affinity for meat likely began out of circumstance — humans that lived inland from the coast...
  • My latest brew: Kölsch

    05/20/2015 5:56:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    5/20/15
    The recipe (5 gallon batch): 7 lbs (64%) 2 row (pale) malt 2 lbs (18%) wheat malt 1 lb (9%) Vienna malt 1/2 lb (4.5%) Rye Malt (yes, rye) 1/2 lb (4.5%) Carapils 1 oz Perle pellets @ 60 minutes (25 IBUs) 1 oz Hallertau leaf @ 5 minutes (3 IBUs) 1 pkg White Labs WLP025 Kölsch yeast This is not mandatory, but if you want a bit more punch, add 2 lbs of Pilsen DME (that will up the ABV from around 5% to 6 - 6.5%) Cooking instructions: I did a 3 step mash with mash out...
  • Ultrasonic production of skimmed milk [Faster Cheese!]

    05/20/2015 8:37:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Acoustical Society of America
    Recently, scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have jointly demonstrated cream separation from natural whole milk at liter-scales for the first time using ultrasonic standing waves—a novel, fast and nondestructive separation technique typically used only in small-scale settings. At the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), being held May 18-22 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the researchers will report the key design and effective operating parameters for milk fat separation in batch and continuous systems. The project, co-funded by the Geoffrey-Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Australian Research...
  • Clever fish around the coast of Mallorca Island

    05/20/2015 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB)
    To avoid overfishing and aid in sustainable exploitation, the status of the fish stocks has to be monitored regularly. In many cases stock assessment is based on fishery-dependent data generated from fish markets or creel surveys. The assumption is: the lower the catches in a certain unit of time, the smaller the stock of fish should be. The scientists Dr. Josep Alós and Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus from the German Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin have now shown that some fish species show enhanced gear-avoidance behaviour in regions with high angling intensity compared...
  • My Long Trek Through Nepal, to Deliver a Stiff Drink

    05/19/2015 11:24:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 19, 2015 | Ellen Barry
    Sometimes the most important thing you do on a reporting trip is not reporting. So it was two Saturdays ago, when I found myself scaling a mountain in Nepal’s Himalayan foothills to deliver a bottle of whiskey to an 80-year-old woman. When we canvassed local drivers in search of someone willing to take us up the road, through 15 miles of villages smashed in by the powerful earthquake of April 25, one candidate emerged: Santosh, a guy in his 20s who had decorated the interior of his truck with images of big-breasted women in recumbent positions. He gave us a...
  • Benton Family Finds Racial Slurs in Pizza Box

    05/19/2015 10:59:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    THV11 ^ | May 19, 2015
    Benton Family Finds Racial Slurs in Pizza Box (Only link can be posted)
  • Saving The Sweetest Watermelon The South Has Ever Known

    05/19/2015 6:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 19 May 2015 | Jill Neimark
    The most luscious watermelon the Deep South has ever produced was once so coveted, 19th-century growers used poison or electrocuting wires to thwart potential thieves, or simply stood guard with guns in the thick of night. The legendary Bradford was delectable — but the melon didn't ship well, and it all but disappeared by the 1920s. Now, eight generations later, a great-great-great-grandson of its creator is bringing it back. The story of the Bradford begins on a prison ship during the American Revolutionary War. It was 1783, and the British had captured an American soldier named John Franklin Lawson and...
  • To fight bee decline, Obama proposes more land to feed bees

    05/19/2015 11:15:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2015 1:29 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The Obama administration hopes to save the bees by feeding them better. A new federal plan aims to reverse America’s declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly, spending millions of dollars more on research and considering the use of fewer pesticides. While putting different type of landscapes along highways, federal housing projects and elsewhere may not sound like much in terms of action, several bee scientists told The Associated Press that this a huge move. They say it may help pollinators that are starving because so much of the American landscape...
  • America's biggest ranch, larger than New York City, goes on sale for $713 million in Texas

    05/19/2015 10:22:22 AM PDT · by dennisw · 51 replies
    @MailOnline ^ | 19 May 2015 | By James Dunn
    America's biggest ranch, which is larger than New York City, goes on sale for $713million in Texas The Waggoner Ranch is the largest contiguous ranch in the United States spanning six counties in Northern Texas Listing marks end of decades-long court battle among heirs of cattle baron W.T. Waggoner who founded it in 1923 The estate includes the 510,000-acre ranch with two main compounds, hundreds of homes and 20 cowboy camps Also included are hundreds of quarter-horses, thousands of cattle, 1,200 oil wells and 30,000 acres of cultivated land It reportedly falls within 'super asset class', akin to selling the...
  • Maurie Berman, founder of Chicago's iconic Superdawg, dies at 89

    05/18/2015 6:54:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 18, 2015 | Meredith Rodriguez
    Several veterans opened food stands to supplement their student incomes on the GI Bill after World War II, but Maurie Berman wanted something different. "He wanted to open something more noteworthy," said his son, Scott Berman, 64. "A building, a tower, something with some identity." So was born the friendly, family-run Northwest Side vintage drive-in Superdawg, with its order booth that looks like an airport control tower and its two 12-foot-tall papier-mache hot dogs designed in 1948 that stand on its roof. Mr. Berman died Sunday, May 17, of heart problems at 89, his son said.
  • Ripon (WI) Cookie Plant Closing, Hundreds to Lose Jobs

    05/18/2015 2:58:38 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 7 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 18 MAY 2015 | WBAY.COM
    A ConAgra cookie plant in Ripon is closing, leaving more than 300 people without a job. Union leader Alex Gillis says the union was notified of the closing of the west plant at 8 a.m. Monday. The plant is expected to close by the end of the year with layoffs happening in four waves, according to Gillis. The closing will include the plant, warehouse and the Ripon Good Cookie Outlet store.
  • First In Fish: 'Fully Warm-Blooded' Moonfish Prowls The Deep Seas

    05/18/2015 12:38:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | 05-15-2015 | Bill Chappell
    Over decades of studying the oceans' fishes, some species have been found to have partial warm-bloodedness. But scientists say the opah, or moonfish, circulates heated blood — and puts it to a competitive advantage. "Nature has a way of surprising us with clever strategies where you least expect them," according to NOAA Fisheries biologist Nicholas Wegner, who works in the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif. In a news release about the finding, Wegner said, "It's hard to stay warm when you're surrounded by cold water but the opah has figured it out." The opah is not a...
  • Food industry braces for Obama trans fat ban

    05/17/2015 6:44:26 AM PDT · by PROCON · 64 replies
    politico ^ | May 16, 2015 | Helena Bottemiller Evich
    The Obama administration is expected to all but ban trans fat in a final ruling that could drop as soon as next week, killing most uses of an ingredient that has been put in everything from frozen pizza to Reese’s Pieces but since deemed harmful to human health. The agency may create some very limited exemptions, but the ruling could force food companies to cut trans fat use beyond the 85 percent reduction already achieved over the past decade — a key piece of the Obama administration’s broader agenda to nudge Americans toward a healthier diet. The food industry believes...
  • The High-End Magic Behind the Best Vodka I’ve Ever Had

    05/15/2015 5:08:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 5/15/15 | Brent Rose
    <p>I do not like vodka. Let me start there. In fact I’ve previously written that a vodka soda is the world’s most dangerous drink because you will fall asleep and choke while drinking it’s so fucking boring. So, when I walked into the Woody Creek vodka distillery near Aspen, Colorado, it was not without a great deal of skepticism.</p>
  • Belcampo Meat Co. Launches Meat Camp

    05/15/2015 5:01:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri, May 15, 2015 | Mary Ladd
    If memories of awkward pre-teen angst and gnarly, grey food on a cafeteria tray are what you remember from camp, the ability to trek to Meat Camps offers an adult chance to at least eat better. Picture grilling over a wood fire and glamping in Shasta Valley with sustainable meat operator Belcampo Meat Co. Belcampo just announced that it would offer two camps for this summer: women’s meat camp (August 6-9) and gay men’s meat camp (August 13-16). Both are billed as a way to “create a community through food,” with how-tos on knife skills, meat cutting, the intriguing sounding...
  • Shop Raid Uncovers Fake Vodka 'Unfit for Human Consumption'

    05/15/2015 4:58:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Nottingham Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | Alexander Britton
    A Hyson Green supermarket could lose its licence next week after a police raid found nearly 8,000 illicit cigarettes and vodka containing "industrial grade solvent". Trading Standards found 399 packets of counterfeit cigarettes at Super Sam's in Gregory Boulevard following the raid on January 6. Six pouches of tobacco were also found in the raid with all the goods seized after being found in a hidden area behind the shelves in the shop. The raid also uncovered Arctic Ice Vodka which contained the solvent so contaminated it was deemed "unfit for human consumption". A report going to the licensing panel...
  • Blue Bell to Cut 1,400, or 37 Percent, of Workforce

    05/15/2015 2:58:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 5/15
    Approximately 1,400 employees to be furloughed -- 37 percent of Blue Bell workforceBlue Bell Creameries says they'll be laying off a third of their workforce due to the extended timeline to return to production after a listeria outbreak forced the company to recall all products and close its plants. "Due to the extended timeline required to ensure the highest quality and safety of Blue Bell’s products when the company resumes production, and because supply and distribution will be limited for some time to come," Blue Bell Creameries CEO and President Paul Kruse said in a news release Friday. Kruse announced,...
  • New Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger has hot dog and chips in it

    05/14/2015 9:53:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are cramming a summer cookout into one burger. The upcoming menu item is made with a beef patty that is topped with a split hot dog. The meaty duo sits on a layer of Lay's potato chips between hamburger buns. Ketchup, mustard, tomato, red onion, pickles and American cheese will be thrown in, too.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues)Thread

    05/14/2015 3:43:34 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 152 replies
    This week we're starting with: Implements, Strange and Wonderful! I'm a sucker for 'gadgets' related to cooking and serving food - I have wonderful tools that I've never even used yet, and acquired quite a few 'Like on TV' failures that went immediately to the trash or to Goodwill. I now have every possible sort of sandwich toaster, for instance - including a couple of the old 'Toast Tite' ones; and yes, I bought that Hamilton Beach breakfast sandwich machine, and the ubiquitous red Quesadilla maker - both of which actually work very well, and get a lot of use!...
  • Almonds Not the State's Worst Water Offender

    05/13/2015 10:01:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/13 | Sam Brock and Rachel Witte
    The California almond is getting a bad reputation. At least that’s what the numbers show. According to an April report released by the Pacific Institute, a non-profit research firm based in Oakland, almonds are not the most water intensive crop grown in the Golden State. In fact, almonds tie with pistachios for fourth place in the ranking of California’s water intensive crops and require on average four acre-feet of water per acre. One acre-foot is approximately 326,000 gallons of water. Alfalfa and rice are the top two water users, averaging five acre-feet of water per acre a piece, though alfalfa...
  • MY BUCKET LIST

    05/13/2015 1:40:25 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 35 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 05/13/2015 | Carlo3b
    MY BUCKET LIST Then I went way back into my memory and brought back stuff I hadn't thought about in years.. That was fun, my older memories are fresher than the new stuff, like did I just take the pill I have to take at..what was the time I was..?? Now, I have plenty of new stories that I recall, that I can share with my kids and grandkids, because it's like bedtime stories, because they still go to sleep shortly after I start them, the little darlings.. Getting back to my BUCKET LIST, I do remember having a special...
  • Online Hawkers Try to Sell Blue Bell Ice Cream Despite Recall

    05/13/2015 11:55:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Food Safety News ^ | MAY 13, 2015 | CATHY SIEGNER
    Despite the recent recall of all Blue Bell ice cream and related products due to the potential risk of Listeria contamination, the company apparently has such a devoted following that some would-be entrepreneurs are attempting to make a quick buck by selling their previously purchased ice cream via online ads. According to an Austin, Texas, TV station, a man in Spicewood, TX, attempted to sell a pint of Blue Bell’s Krazy Kookie Dough ice cream for $10,000 on Craigslist (which works out to $625 per ounce). Blue Bell banana pudding pint“So far the seller has only gotten one offer; that...
  • Why We Can’t Get Enough of Gas-Station Pizza

    05/11/2015 8:36:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    Time ^ | 5/11 | Martha C. White
    The hottest new pizza places are convenience stores Pizza chains these days are watching customers drive right by, then filling up on pizza when they fill up at the gas station. Market research company the NPD Group says that the amount of pizza dough and crust shipped to convenience stores shot up by 27% in only a year. We’re collectively buying 20% more servings of pizza from these outlets than we were a year ago, while servings at traditional carry-out pizza chains are just treading water. Convenience stores have ramped up their food offerings and gotten more aggressive at courting...
  • Which of These "Freaky Fruits" Have You Eaten and How Did They Taste?

    05/11/2015 10:19:54 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 56 replies
    Viralance ^ | May 11, 2015
    Which of these 20 FREAKY FRUITS have you eaten and how did they taste. My inner Andrew Zimmern wants to try them out. The one fruit on the list that I know for sure that I tried is the Pummelo which is like a giant grapefruit and tastes similar to one.
  • Keurig’s K-Cup Screw-Up And How it K-pitulated Wednesday to Angry Consumers

    05/10/2015 9:36:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 111 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 7 | Fred Barbash
    It’s been called the “razor blade business model.” A company sells a product like a battery-operated razor blade handle at a relatively low price in order to sell a complementary consumable product later, like the astoundingly costly Gillette Power Fusion Proglide cartridge, $18 for four blades, which then get thrown away. But it could also be called the Keurig “K-Cup” business model. Once a consumer buys the coffee machine, the coffee drinker may spend as much as $50 to $60 per pound on the coffee contained in the K-Cups, considerably more than the cost of even Starbucks’s breakfast blend, which...
  • Orangutan feeds baby tigers while acting as surrogate mother

    05/10/2015 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 19 replies
    The 30-second film captures the orangutan monkeying around with the cubs before sitting one on her knee and feeding it with a bottle of milk
  • Flint's Giggles the Pig mayor campaign draws global attention

    05/09/2015 1:17:58 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 27 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | May 09, 2015 | Gary Ridley
    FLINT, MI -- What started as a local attorney's way to draw attention to an unusual mayor's election has turned into an international phenomenon as Giggles the Pig makes headlines around the globe. News organizations from Russia and the Netherlands have picked up the story of the small porcine from Flint whose owner is attempting to enter into the mayor's race. Even CNN ran a story Friday, May 8, about Giggles' attempt to take on the Vehicle City's political establishment. Attorney Michael Ewing announced Giggles' campaign on Facebook on May 4 following news this week that no names would appear...
  • Congressman: Fight Poverty With ‘A Salad Bar in Every Single School’ (Tim Ryan, D-OH)

    05/09/2015 7:58:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 8, 2015 | 2:16 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) says a bill will be introduced in the House that will “put a salad bar in every single school in the United States of America.” Speaking at the Religious Action Center’s “Consultation on Conscience” event last month, Ryan told the Washington D.C. audience about efforts that will help “begin to end poverty.” […] “It starts to paint the picture of the kind of system that we want,” Ryan continued. “Now, we have a lot of school districts in Ohio and across the country, 70, 80, 90 percent of the kids in the school will be Medicaid—free...
  • When Russians Stop Drinking, Vodka Sales Plunge

    05/07/2015 8:49:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/6 | Lauren Davidson
    Stricter rules, economic problems and changing social habits mean that Russians are consuming less alcohol, and that's sobering news for the global vodka industryIn good news for Russian life expectancy but sobering news for vodka distilleries, the largest country in the world is turning away from alcohol. Alcohol consumption in Russia, which is believed to have fallen into economic recession, dropped by 6.3pc in 2014 amid ongoing political tension, the collapse in oil prices and a government crackdown on drinking. Russians drank 12pc less vodka last year, according to data from Euromonitor International, dragging down global sales of the clear...
  • Welcome To McDonald’s, Would You Like Kale With That?

    05/07/2015 7:07:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 7, 2015
    McDonald’s may be developing a taste for a new ingredient as it fights to reinvent itself: Kale. The world’s biggest burger chain says it’s testing two breakfast bowls in Southern California, one of which includes the leafy green as an ingredient. The test comes as McDonald’s Corp. works to shake its junk food image, with sales at established U.S. locations declining for six straight quarters. CEO Steve Easterbrook, who stepped into the top spot March 1, has said he want to turn the chain into a “modern, progressive burger company.”
  • We Heart Artichokes Hearts: Castroville's Artichoke Festival Returns

    05/07/2015 6:50:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Thu, May 7, 2015 | Peter Lawrence Kane
    While we love Outside Lands, and the Folsom Street Fair, and maybe even the Ramen Festival for the sheer horror of watching famished people wait three hours for soup, the best fests are the unique ones that only happen once. (Before anybody bristles about how Folsom is totes unique, there’s also Up Your Alley and Folsom East.) Castroville Artichoke Festival The last weekend in May — which is not Memorial Day weekend, but the one after — Castroville throws its Artichoke Food & Wine Festival, which has been running for well over half a century to showcase the Pajaro Valley’s...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/06/2015 6:35:36 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 84 replies
    Fish! (A little early again this week, to get ahead of Mom's Day; but here is your weekly cookin' thread :-) I am not much of a meat-eater; in fact, I was largely a 'veg/fish-itarian' until I met and married my husband. I like a good hamburger now and then, or my husband's barbecued pork chops; and I like chicken pie and chicken and dumplings. But I'm not one to go into a restaurant and order a 'slab o' meat'. Steak, for instance, isn't near the top of my list. But I do love FISH! along with all the other...
  • Producing jet fuel compounds from fungus

    05/06/2015 11:57:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-05-2015 | Provided by Washington State University
    Washington State University researchers have found a way to make jet fuel from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. The researchers hope the process leads to economically viable production of aviation biofuels in the next five years. The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, the chief component of petroleum, similar to those in aviation fuels. Led by Birgitte Ahring, director and Battelle distinguished professor of the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at WSU Tri-cities, the researchers published their work in the April edition of Fungal Biology. The fungus produced the most...
  • Joshua Ozersky, Prolific Food Writer, Is Dead at 47

    05/05/2015 7:26:19 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 4, 2015 | Julia Moskin
    Joshua Ozersky, a food blogger who translated appetite and ambition into columns, books and an international food festival called Meatopia, died on Monday in Chicago, where he was to attend the annual James Beard Awards. He was 47. He was found in his hotel room, the Cook County medical examiner said. An autopsy on Tuesday did not determine the cause of death, the medical examiner’s office said, and more tests were planned.
  • SC College Student Allegedly Caught on Camera Poisoning Roommates' Food

    05/04/2015 11:34:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2015
    A University of South Carolina student is facing felony charges and possible jail time after allegedly being caught on camera spitting and pouring chemicals into her two roommates’ food in early February, police said. Police say Hayley King, 22, can be seen in the video taken by her roommates Feb. 4 spitting into multiple containers of food and pouring Windex into the food in the apartment they shared off campus, according to a Columbia Police Department incident report. King’s two roommates informed authorities they had set up secret cameras in their shared apartment because they were afraid of what King...
  • Scientist: Humans Are Helping the Planet’s Ecology—Carbon Dioxide Is ‘Very Good’ for Plants, Animals

    05/04/2015 3:41:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 4, 2015 | 2:38 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Freeman Dyson, an award-winning British scientist and retired professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, said that the science on climate change isn’t “at all clear,” and in fact, humans are actually helping the planet. […] “Well, what I would like to emphasize is that human actions have very large effects on the ecology which have nothing to do with climate. Carbon dioxide is what we’re producing in big quantities and putting into the atmosphere,” Dyson said. “It happens to be a very good fertilizer for all kinds of vegetation, good for wildlife, good for agricultural production. “So...
  • Ag Secretary Vilsack to announce national conservation work

    05/04/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2015 11:32 AM EDT
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Colorado to announce funding for conservation projects in all 50 states. […] The Department of Agriculture says the projects concern water quality, soil health, wildlife habitat and agricultural viability. …
  • McDonald's to Simplify Structure, Focus on Customers

    05/04/2015 6:10:53 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MAY 4, 2015, 8:55 A.M. E.D.T. | A.P.
    NEW YORK — McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook says he's stripping away layers of bureaucracy so the company can move faster to keep up with changing tastes.During a 23-minute video message posted online Monday, Easterbrook said the company's structure is too "cumbersome" and that it can no longer afford its "legacy structure."
  • Charcoal Grill vs. Gas Grill Throwdown: Let's Settle This Once And For All

    05/03/2015 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 89 replies
    AMAZINGRIBS.COM ^ | 04 MARCH 2013 | MEATHEAD GOLDWYN
    "Gas or Charcoal?" The most frequently asked question since "Chicken or Egg?" The flame war between charcoal purists and gas hotheads burns brighter than the debate between Mac and PC users. You should read some of the slop slung on the barbecue message boards. On second thought, don't. Let me try to sort it out for you with a few inflammatory thoughts.
  • MSG to go with vegan-only menu for upcoming Morrissey show

    05/01/2015 6:44:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | Carl Campanile and Chris Perez
    Carnivorous fans flocking to Madison Square Garden to see rocker Morrissey next month will be forced to go vegan or go hungry — because the arena is giving in to his demands to ban meat at the performance. The former frontman for the British band “The Smiths” — which had a smash-hit album called “Meat is Murder” — is scheduled to perform June 27. Concertgoers craving a burger or hot dog will be asking, “Where’s the beef” after the singer revealed that the Garden had agreed that only strictly vegan foods would be served during the show. So no meat...
  • 'Three Pumpkins' Wine Ready to Hit the Shelves

    04/30/2015 10:31:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Boreal Winery in Warren, east of Sudbury, is trying something new: pumpkin wine. They've used some giant pumpkins grown in Sudbury, and fermented the wine right inside the pumpkins. It was bottled just a few weeks ago, and the winery will start selling it this weekend. Owner of Boreal Winery Greg Meilien said the wine is fantastic. "[We were] quite surprised. We weren't sure what was going to happen but it turned out very, very nice," he said. Meilien said as for the taste, it's something you need to try for yourself, but added it does have a melon mid-palette...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    04/30/2015 4:00:07 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 84 replies
    Panzanella, and other hearty sides! Every year around the first of June, my office has a barbecue party. Thinking of a side dish to take this year, I remembered one that I haven't made in a while. I first had 'Panzanella' - or Tuscan Bread Salad - at the home of a friend, and looked for a recipe of my own. This one is very good: Tuscan Bread Salad 1/2 loaf day-old dense, country-style bread (I always use Italian bread) 3 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced...
  • People love chickens that are “vegetarian fed.” But chickens are not vegetarians.

    04/30/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2015 | Peter Whoriskey
    Many of the largest U.S. sellers of organic eggs boast that their hens are vegetarian, and for an increasingly food-curious public, this may be great advertising. A carton of Eggland’s Best advertises that the company uses “vegetarian fed hens.” Horizon promises that their eggs “come from hens that are fed a 100% organic, vegetarian diet.” Land O Lakes hens have a diet with no animal fat or by-products. Yet for the chickens, who are natural omnivores that readily devour bugs and small animals when they’re available, the forced vegetarianism can be a disaster.
  • Vietnamese foodie guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson dishes about 25 best things to eat in Little Saigon

    04/29/2015 2:38:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 29, 2015 | Brad A. Johnson
    Vietnamese foodie guide: Critic Brad A. Johnson dishes about the 25 best things to eat in Little Saigon The scent of Little Saigon hits me in the face. An intoxicating perfume of jackfruit and bananas and the vanilla-y scent of pandanus leaves wraps itself around me in a warm, tight embrace. It’s a sunny Friday afternoon, and the line to purchase something cold and sweet at Thach Che Hien Khanh in Garden Grove stretches out the front door and down the sidewalk, past a vendor of exotic fruits and knickknacks — chopsticks, paper lanterns, plastic Buddhas, various figurines of the...