Category Archives: Something Else

David Murdock, the pineapple king

While writing my recipe for Carrot Pineapple Jello I experienced the following unusual economic behavior: Unlike almost other canned fruits and vegetables, there was no store-brand alternative available in my local supermarket. Only Dole. Unlike other products which offer a … Continue reading

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Why nitrites are so bad for you. (Or ARE they?)

A while back we examined “uncured” meat products and how they actually are cured, just with different methods than the traditional curing salts. We also talked about how those products can contain just as many nitrites as a package of … Continue reading

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The truth about nitrites and “uncured” meat products

Go to your local Whole Foods or other source of virtuous and carefully vetted nutrition, proceed to the deli or meat section, and you’re likely to find a label that says something like UNCURED DELI HAM NO NITRATES OR NITRITES … Continue reading

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Hotel room kale salad

So I’m staying in a hotel room and needed to bring a dish to a potluck. The solution was a variation on my Wilted Kale Salad using the following improvisations: Step 1: purchased a 1 lb bag of chopped kale … Continue reading

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What’s cooking at CES 2015 in Las Vegas

This is the year of the “internet of things” at the Consumer Electronics Show, but in two days prowling the aisles I did not see many things for the adventurous cook. An exception is the Anova sous vide cooker shown … Continue reading

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Bonehead food idea of 2014 comes from Vermont Maple Syrup

Everybody’s doing end of year “best of” lists so here’s mine. The award for the silliest food-related news of 2014 goes to… Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. We’ll let them explain it in their own words: For years, Vermont maple … Continue reading

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What does Fancy Food Show have against food bloggers?

I have been a fan of the Fancy Food Show ever since I was introduced to it by my client Harry and David in the early 1990s. It’s a strange bird: a trade show appealing half to buyers of high-end … Continue reading

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Tactical Bacon… the perfect holiday gift, but for whom?

Looking for the ideal Christmas gift for the person who has everything but hope? Tactical bacon, or tac-bac, may fit the bill. You get 9 oz in a $20 can which, since it’s already cooked, is in line with supermarket … Continue reading

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Wrapping up Saratoga Restaurant Week 2014

Why do consumer brands put coupons in the newspaper? To get trial from new customers who hopefully will become regular buyers. They know that many shoppers will buy just to get the discounts, and many of those who use the … Continue reading

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Durkee’s Dressing used to be manufactured by a paint company!

Reader Harry posted a comment that really got me going this week: Durkee’s Fine Foods used to be a part of the Glidden Paint Company, and (says he) bottles of Durkee’s were handed out as a souvenir to people who … Continue reading

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