Archive for January, 2010

News: Grass-fed beef not automatically safer

Published on: January 25, 2010 at 12 pm

A few years ago, proponents of grass-fed beef brushed off the E. coli threat, saying that grass-fed cows with natural digestive pH levels are not carriers of hardy O157:H7. This no longer appears to be the case.

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Breaking out of a food rut with buffalo

Published on: January 23, 2010 at 9 pm

In the Winter, grocery store vegetables are not fresh or attractive. So you rely on hardy staples like onion, potato, garlic, and frozen meat. Then you repeat. This is a food rut.

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Is this a flour tortilla?

Published on: January 19, 2010 at 2 pm

Food scientists are a creative bunch. They can take almost any set of raw materials and create a product that resembles food in taste and appearance. We only know these products are not food by the ingredient listings on their label; these ingredient lists can be extravagantly long.

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A beef with ammonia

Published on: January 11, 2010 at 8 am

Our industrial food production system, from a free market viewpoint, works very well. Large corporate farms are always looking for a way to add efficiencies. Instead of tossing out scraps, they can be ground and re-sold as pet food. Or, they can be ground and sold as meat filler.

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Delicious cheese dip for Mexican dishes

Published on: January 9, 2010 at 3 pm

Salsa and guacamole are two well-known friends of tortilla chips. Based on recent experience, I believe tortilla chips should be introduced to a third buddy: cheese dip.

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Hop Stoopid: A great double IPA

Published on: January 4, 2010 at 7 pm

While I do not know what exactly goes into a Double IPA, I can tell you how it tastes: awesome. Double IPAs have a strong, medium body and the presence of sweetness (probably derived from the use of more hops). They are, for me, an ideal compromise between bitter, dark beer and light, watery beer.

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