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  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    12/17/2015 4:12:01 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 77 replies
    I've recently discovered a new way of cooking potatoes. We've already done a thread this year on the Potato; but it's a very satisfying and versatile food - sometimes only the Egg seems more so - and I thought we'd revisit it. I had never heard of these before, they seem to be more well-known in Europe: Fondant Potatoes: There appear to be two ways of doing Fondant Potatoes: entirely on top of the range, or fried and browned first, and then put into the oven to finish. Here are links to the two methods: fancy potato dish is...
  • Venezuela's bizarre response to McDonald's running out of french fries

    01/08/2015 3:02:22 PM PST · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Tico Times ^ | 8 Jan 2015 | Roberto A. Ferdman
    Venezuela’s leaders aren’t taking the ongoing McDonald’s french fry shortage in their country too well. Publicly sponsored news outlets, government officials, and even the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, have all responded to McDonald’s unthinkable french fry shortage, which spans all 100 outlets in the country, by publicly criticizing the chain, and its french fries. One of the loudest responses came from Telesur, a state-sponsored news outlet, which wasted no time in getting to what it views as the heart of the issue. The outlet published a story headlined, “McDonald’s joins economic war against Venezuela,” not-so-subtly suggesting that the lack of...
  • McDonald's Japan rations fries as U.S. West Coast port dispute drags on

    12/17/2014 11:48:30 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/15/2014
    TOKYO (Reuters) – McDonald’s Holdings Co (Japan) Ltd has embarked on the emergency measure of only offering small-sized french fries to customers as a protracted labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports has contributed to long delays in imports. The fast-food chain said it was importing more than 1,000 tonnes of frozen fries by air, which began arriving last Monday and had begun routing another 1,600 tonnes through ports on the U.S. East Coast which should begin arriving in late January. Those steps alone, however, are not sufficient to prevent a shortage. “Unfortunately without this sales restriction step, we would...
  • McDonald's Says No to Simplot's GMO Potato

    11/15/2014 3:28:37 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 128 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 15, 2014 | The Associated Press
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't. The fast-food giant says it doesn't use genetically modified potatoes, the Idaho Statesman reported. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices," the company said in a statement.
  • Michelle Obama Won’t Campaign For Democrats Because She’s Mad Over Letter About Potatoes

    10/06/2014 10:43:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10-6-14 | Eric Owens
    First lady Michelle Obama believes that Democrats running for Congress eagerly desire her presence on the campaign trail during the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections. However, she has avoided helping some Senate Democrats because she’s mad at them for failing to show adequate support for her deeply unpopular attempt to change people’s diets. The Daily Caller is not making this up. The New York Times has reported it. The first lady has expressed frustration with Senate Democrats because they didn’t do enough to fight Republican attempts to weaken the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act,” explains the Times. The 2010 law...
  • Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 2:45:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”The remarks by Russia’s ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.The report, released late last month and roughly covering the first half of this year, recorded atrocities by the Assad regime and by...
  • Revenge of The Killer Potatoes: Pelosi Fights Potato ‘Assaults’

    06/16/2014 10:02:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies ^ | June 13, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    Washington’s potato saga continues.While the House considers a bill to include the potato in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food nutrition program, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is echoing First Lady Michelle Obama’s claims that including the potato is an assault on science.“Republicans are even going after the nutrition for pregnant women and children, the WIC program. Mandating the WIC program include more white potatoes. You know, were talking about fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the rest, and they have an amendment that says more white potatoes than nutritionists recommend,” Pelosi said during her Thursday press conference.“These assaults...
  • Michelle Obama's Crazy, Embarrassing Potato Manifesto

    05/31/2014 12:40:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 31, 2014 | By Susan D. Harris
    It was eleven o’clock at night and the lady in front of me in the supermarket line was buying jars of baby food and bottles of Pedialyte. The cashier pulled some of the jars aside and told the lady they weren’t covered under the WIC program. “But you didn’t have the ones I can buy, the shelf is empty. I can’t buy the other ones because he won’t eat them,” the customer said. “I’m sorry, maybe if you call WIC you can get permission to buy these, but I can’t do anything about it,” the cashier responded. -snip- So when...
  • Potato Council Debunks First Lady's 'Science' Claims

    05/30/2014 4:59:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies ^ | May 29, 2014 | Craig Bannister
    Today, the National Potato Council praised the House for considering a bill to include the potato in its WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) food nutrition ("food stamp") program. The Council also debunked First Lady Michelle Obama's claims that including the potato would "override science" and that Americans are already eating enough of them.The Potato Council notes that the First Lady's science is based on old data - not the latest government reports:"Opponents of adding fresh potatoes to the WIC package are picking and choosing the science. Instead of relying on a 2005 report that looks at data from the mid-1990s,...
  • KERRY PASSES OUT IDAHO POTATOES IN PARIS (to Russian Foreign Minister)

    01/14/2014 5:24:58 PM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | january 14, 2014
    US Secretary of State John Kerry presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with potatoes from Idaho before the beginning of talks in Paris. Kerry said that Lavrov and he had spoken to one another several weeks ago and planned to discuss Syria. Then the Secretary of State produced two potatoes from a big cardboard box and gave them to the Russian minister.
  • Kerry Presents Russian Counterpart with a Pair of Potatoes

    01/13/2014 1:57:07 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 66 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 1-13-2014 | Bridget Johnson
    Secretary of State John Kerry presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov not with a reset button at today’s Syria talks in Paris, but with… a pair of potatoes. (snip) At their joint press conference, a confused Russian reporter asked about the gift. “It is a symbolic gift? What does it mean?” “Well, he told me he’s not going to make vodka. He’s going to eat them,” Kerry quipped before changing the subject. “With respect to the potatoes, I really want to clarify: There’s no hidden meaning,” he later said. “There’s no metaphor. There’s no symbolic anything. ......."
  • Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

    10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 124 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | Guy Taylor
    Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homeland’s Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6. The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times...
  • Snake! Woman says she found one in bag of potatoes from Wal-Mart

    06/21/2013 1:08:29 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 21, 2013 | Claudine Zap
    A woman says she got an extra ingredient in a bag of potatoes purchased at Wal-Mart: a three-and-a-half-foot orange-and-white snake. According to a video from WTAE, Bonnie Raygor of North Huntingdon, Pa., bought a bag of potatoes from Wal-Mart about a week ago. The bag remained closed until she got out some of the spuds to cook on Thursday. That’s when she found the snake. “First I saw its underbelly, which is white. I thought I had a bad potato. Instead I had a snake," Raygor told WTAE. "The bag was sealed. ... So I'm assuming it was in there...
  • Stuff Dutch People Like: #19--Mashing Their Food--Stamppot

    11/17/2012 7:18:11 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 54 replies
    Stuff Dutch People Like ^ | January 2012 | Anon
    "Mommy, what's that???" For anyone reading this, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Dutch food has yet to sweep the globe. Although pockets of the Dutch can be found scattering the world, delectable Dutch cuisine never seemed to have caught on. “Fancy I pick up some Dutch food on the way home from work?” or “Wow, you have got to try this new Dutch restaurant in SoHo!” are phrases you will never hear uttered. Isn’t it odd that a nation of traveling, colonizing, patriotic, emigrating folk never managed to sow their own culinary seeds? C’mon, who are we...
  • Potatoes: A Complete Planting Guide

    01/18/2012 10:52:44 AM PST · by orsonwb · 61 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 18, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    A complete planting guide for potatoes including state specific varieties, planting dates, days to harvest, nutrition facts, fertilizing, watering, insect and disease information.
  • Senate blocks Barack Obama's school potato limit

    10/18/2011 5:34:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/18/11 | BBC News
    The US Senate has blocked a proposal by the Obama administration to limit potatoes in school lunches. The lawmakers also backed an amendment which bars putting any limits on serving other vegetables in US schools. The administration's proposal had envisaged that pupils would have no more than two servings a week of potatoes and other starchy vegetables. Government health officials say pupils should have more diverse diets, because they get enough potatoes already.
  • USDA school-food proposal gets under spud industry’s skin

    10/13/2011 7:48:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 7, 2011 | Gracie Ferrell
    French fries may soon be bullied out of school cafeterias if the government gets its way, but Big Tater isn’t backing down. Rallying around school food service professionals and members of Congress, the spud industry is pushing back against a U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to limit starchy vegetables in school meals to just one cup per week. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins picked potatoes as a child. “The rule simply goes too far,” she said during an Oct. 5 luncheon hosted by the National Potato Council. “It makes no sense whatsoever.” While the Obama administration points its finger at...
  • Potatoes are the largest and most affordable source of potassium of any vegetable or fruit

    09/27/2011 5:57:47 AM PDT · by decimon · 52 replies
    Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. ^ | September 27, 2011 | Unknown
    Potato consumption leads to higher overall diet qualitySAN DIEGO, Calif., September 27, 2011 – A frequently expressed concern in the ongoing public health debate is that fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly those that are nutrient dense, are not affordable to the average consumer. Research presented today at the American Dietetic Association's (ADA) Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) demonstrates that potatoes are one of the best nutritional values in the produce department, providing significantly better nutritional value per dollar than most other raw vegetables. Per serving, white potatoes were the largest and most affordable source of potassium of any...
  • Potatoes and Chickens

    05/29/2011 8:40:17 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Some folks think that you dig potatoes our of gravy, and that chicken is something you buy at the grocery store, ready to cook....
  • Pyongyang on its knees: only potatoes to stave off famine

    08/19/2010 9:41:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies ^ | 8/19/10
    The capital's population had grown accustomed to a slightly better diet compared to the rest of the country. But the sanctions, the five-year plans and currency reform are beginning to be felt. And the population shows signs of timid protests against the regime.Seoul (AsiaNews) - The population of Pyongyang, the capital of the Stalinist regime of North Korea, is increasingly frustrated because of the price of basic necessities and lack of basic foods in stores, according to former residents, who have fled to South Korea. They point the finger at the last year’s disastrous currency reform and against the five...
  • Couch Potatoes May Have Shorter Lives

    01/11/2010 6:15:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 848+ views ^ | 1/11/10 | Rachael Rettner
    Lounging in front of the tube not only eats up hours in your day, it may also shorten your life, according to a new study. The study, which looked at the connection between watching TV and death for 8,800 Australian adults, found that each hour of TV-viewing was associated with an 11 percent increased risk of death from any cause, and an 18 percent increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease. These findings held true even after the researchers took into account other factors that could raise the risk of dying, such as age, gender, waist circumference and exercise habits....
  • Potatoes, algae replacing oil in plastics

    12/21/2009 1:16:48 PM PST · by thackney · 22 replies · 611+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | December 21, 2009 | Virginie Montet
    Frederic Scheer is biding his time, convinced that by 2013 the price of oil will be so high that his bio-plastics, made from vegetables and plants, will be highly marketable. Scheer, 55, is the owner of Cereplast, a company that designs and makes sustainable plastics from starches found in tapioca, corn, wheat and potatoes. He has believed for the past 20 years that the price of oil will eventually make petroleum-based plastics obsolete and clear the way for his alternative. "The tipping point for us is 95 dollars a barrel," he said. At that price "our product becomes cheaper" than...
  • Britain rules: Pringles are potato chips

    05/21/2009 1:49:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies · 1,134+ views
    upi ^ | May 21, 2009
    An appeals court in Britain said Wednesday that Procter and Gamble's snack treat Pringles were, technically, potato chips and subject to sales tax. The ruling has a potential to require the company to pay $155 million in back taxes and $31 million per year, but a Procter and Gamble spokesperson said prior arrangements with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs meant there were no back taxes due, The Daily Telegraph reported. Foods are rarely subject to sales tax in Britain, but potato chips happen to be singled out as an exception. The court heard arguments on whether or not Pringles, made...
  • Ban on Misshapen Produce May be Nixed (Disfigured Fruits and Vegetables)

    07/24/2008 8:39:39 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 52 replies · 160+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.25.2008 | UPI
    Disfigured fruits and vegetables could be allowed in stores after most European Union members voted to loosen restrictions on produce, officials say. Misshapen bananas and cucumbers could be in stores by next year if reforms on produce rules are carried out, The Telegraph reported Thursday. The Telegraph said produce standards are so strict, many edible foods are discarded by farmers. European agriculture commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel said she thinks some regulations should also be thrown out for onions, garlic, cauliflower and spinach. In this era of high prices and growing demand, it makes no sense to throw (misshapen fruit and...
  • The Fungus That Conquered Europe

    03/19/2008 11:33:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 68 replies · 1,617+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 17, 2008 | JOHN READER
    THE feast of Ireland’s patron saint has always been an occasion for saluting the beautiful land “where the praties grow,” but it’s also a time to look again at the disaster that established around the world the Irish communities that today celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: the Great Potato Famine of 1845-6. In its wake, the Irish left the old country, with more than half a million settling in United States. The famine and the migrations changed Irish and American history, of course, but they drastically changed Britain too. Americans may think of the disease that destroyed Ireland’s potato crops, late...
  • Steamy kiss-and-tell boosts Finnish PM Matti Vanhanen’s standing

    03/09/2008 10:36:07 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 19 replies · 1,122+ views
    The Times ^ | 3/9/2008 | Marcus Oscarsson
    Finland's prime minister, who accused his former lover of hurting his feelings by writing a steamy kiss-and-tell account of their relationship, lost a court case over the book last week but unexpectedly gained popularity. Matti Vanhanen, 52, prime minister since 2003, has been enjoying a wave of support since the disclosure that he likes to take a sauna before sex and enjoys his favourite meal of beef and baked potatoes afterwards. In her memoir The Prime Minister’s Bride, the spurned lover Susan Ruusunen, 36, wrote: “Once, when he kissed me, he said that I tasted better than oven-baked potato.” A...
  • Amid Shrinking Farmlands, Chinese May Turn To Potatoes

    10/11/2007 7:29:04 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 13 replies · 375+ views
    AFP / Google News ^ | October 10, 2007 | AFP
    (BEIJING) — Potatoes may soon join rice as a staple diet for China's 1.3 billion people as the nation searches for alternative crops to deal with a sharp decline in farmland, state press reported Thursday. China is facing increasing difficulties in feeding its massive population partly due to the widespread conversion of its farming areas into industrial zones and residential areas, as well as the impacts of global warming. Potatoes, which can grow in dry areas not suitable for rice, are now being seriously looked at as a way to get more food from a smaller area, the China Daily...
  • Poland in 11th hour climbdown at summit - (The constitution comes under another name)

    06/23/2007 12:53:52 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 109 replies · 2,234+ views
    Financial Times ^ | June 22 2007 | George Parker, Bertrand Benoit and Daniel Dombey
    Poland on Friday night finally offered to end its fierce battle with Germany for European Union power, paving the way for an 11th-hour deal on a revamped version of the EU’s constitution. Poland’s ruling Kaczynski twins held out until after midnight in tense summit negotiations in Brussels before agreeing to a treaty to modernise the Union, according to EU diplomats. Lech Kaczynski, president, and his brother Jaroslaw, prime minister, agreed to a compromise formula in the face of an ultimatum from Angela Merkel, German chancellor. Ms Merkel, furious over Poland’s repeated references to the second world war during the summit,...
  • It's Thanksgiving Time! Post your PICS!

    11/03/2006 11:36:58 AM PST · by Red Badger · 74 replies · 1,328+ views
    My dark and foreboding mind........... | 11/03/2006 | Red Badger
  • As 'organic' goes mainstream, will standards suffer?

    05/18/2006 6:00:09 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 33 replies · 913+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | Amanda Paulson
    CHICAGO - Buying organic milk these days - or organic apples, eggs, or beef - no longer has to mean an extra trip to a Whole Foods supermarket or the local co-op. Organic products now line the shelves at Safeway and Costco. And Wal-Mart - already the nation's largest organic-milk seller - says it wants to sell more organic food. Large companies including Kraft, General Mills, and Kellogg own sizable organic- and natural-food brands. Now, they are developing organic versions of their own products, too. Still, while some organic-food fans welcome its broadening appeal and availability, others worry that the...
  • Ghazni Farmers Make Profits From Potatoes

    11/28/2005 5:13:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 322+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 28, 2005
    The program aims to deter Afghan farmers from poppy cultivation, and toward developing a more viable and legal source of agricultural commodity. By Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2005 - Afghan farmers in Ghazni are finding it pays to grow potatoes instead of poppies after they recently received 400,000 Afghan dollars from the Coalition Humanitarian Assistance Department. "The program is very successful. We were able to take care of farmers and to distribute food to returnees coming from Pakistan and Pakistan earthquake victims." U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert Meier The Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team met within the...
  • Modern Potato Had Roots in Peru

    10/04/2005 2:00:39 PM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 33 replies · 696+ views
    BBC ^ | 4 Oct 2005 | Staff
    US scientists have found that all modern varieties of potatoes can be traced back to a single source - a spud grown in Peru over 7,000 years ago. It had been believed potatoes had a much wider region of origin, stretching from Peru to northern Argentina. The team, led by Dr David Spooner of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, analysed the DNA of about 360 potatoes, both wild and cultivated. Some 300 million tonnes of potatoes are produced around the world every year. The study was sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture. Dr Spooner, a professor of horticulture, said archaeological...
  • What Were the Best Fries You've Had? (Pure Vanity)

    08/05/2005 10:35:27 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 60 replies · 1,104+ views
    myself | 8/5/2005 | Pyro7480
    I think the best fries I've ever had are from a place in Ocean City, MD and Rehoboth Beach, DE called Thrasher's Fries. They're made from freshly-cut Idaho potatoes, and served without ketchup. Old Bay seasoning, salt, and vinegar are available though. The best large chain restaurant fries I've had are the waffle fries at Chick-fil-A. While they are frozen during shipment, they're still consistently good. In terms of small chains in the area where I live, the best fries I can readily get are at a small chain in northern Virginia (and now in DC) called Five Guys. They...
  • Potato chip maker finds bombs among potatoes

    10/17/2003 9:16:40 AM PDT · by SquirrelKing · 23 replies · 1,117+ views
    The Beaufort (SC) Gazette ^ | Oct 17, 2003 | The Associated Press
    Published Fri, SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Workers at a Kettle Foods potato chip plant were feeding potatoes into a machine that sorts out stones and other debris this week when a 3-pound military bomb popped out. General manager Marc Cramer said the shipment from a Pasco, Wash., farm also contained a second bomb. Each bomb was about 8 inches long and 3 inches wide, cylindrical in shape with fins on one end. Police determined they were dummy military ordnance left over from a time when the military used the farm as a practice bombing range. The bombs had contained a...
  • Brooklyn Tobacco Party: Smoke-Filled Rooms ["Irv, you haven't kissed me in ten years."]

    07/23/2002 8:39:52 AM PDT · by Silly · 26 replies · 710+ views
    The New Yorker / The Talk of the Town ^ | July 22, 2002 | Herb Allen
    SMOKE-FILLED ROOMS BROOKLYN TOBACCO PARTY by Herb Allen Issue of 2002-07-29Posted 2002-07-22 CLASH, which stands for Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, is the only organization dedicated exclusively to protecting the rights of New York City smokers. It was founded two years ago by Audrey Silk, a thirty-eight-year-old police officer in Brooklyn's Sixty-seventh Precinct, who smokes between one and two packs a day and was, she says, "sick and tired of the government telling me how to live my life." Under Silk's leadership, CLASH has opposed the ban on smoking in restaurants, fought proposals to raise the tax on cigarettes, and...