Archive for June, 2006

The Great Pyramids in Egypt Have Nothing on This Pyramid

I like to live my life in a structured manner… So much so that my psychological makeup is determined by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and physiologically I live by the FDA’s mighty Food Pyramid. Now, I am not feeling structured enough to go through it here, but I would recommend that you get yourself a refresher on this important hierarchy of necessary foods and their groupings by checking out this site: http://www.lifespan.org/services/nutrition/articles/usda_pyramid.htm

Next week, the mighty Dietary Sphinx!

-h

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“Keep It Simple Stupid” (or “Silly”, for the easily offended)

During my undergraduate days, the KISS method was highly used by my professors.

It was their recommendation to us students.  Being idealistic and bright-eyed, we were all willing to go the extra mile to make the grade.  A lot of the time our efforts were rewarded, yet sometimes we found ourselves trying to take on too much, or just making something difficult for the sake of it seemingly needing to be difficult.

Now that I am a little older and a little wiser (translated: LAZY), I find that I am looking for simplicity in everything.  I am a bit of a gadget hound, and I have 5 components in my living room hooked to my Star-Destroyer class television.  All of them have their own remote.  But, in the attempt to make life easier, I use the universal remote capabilities of one of the devices to program them all to use just one remote.  Simple.

Also, now that I am a little older, I find that health and exercise are more and more at the forefront of my mind.  And isn’t it convenient that the American Heart Association has employed the KISS method in their recommendations on how to limit our fat intake, especially trans fats.  The story is online over at Yahoo! News.  Check it out: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060619/ap_on_sc/diet_guidelines.

.:Chow:.

-h

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Do you like to top your Twinkies with garlic?

Yeah, the very thought of that is something that can make you swear-off mass-produced, cream-filled pastries for good!

But, there is an interesting article I came across in the Journal of Food Safety having to do with preservatives, and how there may be a natural alternative to them – spices.

Research has found that commercially available, powder-form versions of garlic, turmeric and ginger can act as a deterrent to Salmonella in ground beef.  Now, there is a lot of Science-Speak in the journal entry, but it is good reading and really rather interesting.  I suggest you check it out either on the web at http://ift.confex.com/ift/2005/techprogram/paper_30757.htm or in print.  The article reference can be found at the end of this post.  And, you can always find interesting information about Celebrity Foods and our commitment to food safety by visiting Celebrity Foods Safety.

And don’t worry, your Twinkie is safe, for now… but how DO they get that cream filling in there??

Oh yeah, and you can find that article here:

Journal of Food Safety

Vol. 26 Issue 2 Page 115 May 2006 EFFECT OF SPICES ON GROWTH AND SURVIVAL OF SALMONELLA TYPHIMURIUM DT

104 IN GROUND BEEF STORED AT 4 AND 8C
MILAGROS UHART, NICOLE MAKS, SADHANA RAVISHANKAR

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New Food Safety Resource

Good afternoon, kids!

There is a new resource out there that you may want to check out if you have an interest in food safety, or if people ever ask you about food safety. After all, we are in the business and we should be able to speak intelligently. I know that I am going to try harder to act educated on the matter, instead of just making things up the way that I always do.

The site you want to go to can be found at Celebrity Foods Safety.

happy reading.

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Gentlemen… Light Your Grills!

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience."  –James Beard

With the recent Memorial Day holiday, we begin the season of grilling!  What a wonderful time of year.  The weather is pristine with crisp, blue skies, puffy clouds, vibrant green hues of grass, and the wafting smell of a grill filled with steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob.  It is a classic method of cooking that inspires memories in me.

I think back to pool parties with friends – my dad acting as the grill master, as well as master of the 'biggest splash' once the feast was finished!  I remember my mother preparing the meats for grilling, and then the fun that would come from just sitting around the table, laughing and sharing with friends and family.  And what better way to finish up a barbecue than with a slice of cold watermelon?  Doesn't that sound great?

I am sure that you have memories of family barbecues as well.  Food truly is our common ground.  We have all had similar experiences, only the names and faces are different.  Think about a fun barbecue that you hosted, or one that you crashed!  Write it down and share it!  We love love to hear about it.

Until then, happy grilling!

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