A whole host of stuff worthy of noting.
To begin with, and on a completely self-serving note, my food obsession intersects just slightly with my day job. The writing’s a bit heavier than you might get in USA Today or the Post-Gazette. But it’s still neat stuff.
Want to get an up-close look at some local farms? PASA is sponsoring a local farm tour this Saturday!
And it’s been a while for this, but there is a new entry in the Fast Food Abomination of the Week. And it’s a returning champ this time, Quiznos, for its $5 “large deli favorite subs,” the commercials for which proudly proclaim that these subs come with one pound of meat.
Speaking of way too much food – or, perhaps more accurately, calories – Americans continue to get bigger.
From 2005 to 2007, the proportion of adults who were obese (based on self-reported height and weight) increased by 7% to a nationwide average of 25.6%, Deborah Galuska, Ph.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and colleagues reported in the July 18 issue of MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
In three states --
, Alabama , and Mississippi -- almost a third of adults were obese. Tennessee
But it appears that Burger King has gotten part of the message. After close to a year of test marketing, Burger King is taking its apple fries – red delicious apples cut to look like French fries – nationwide.
The nationwide launch coincides with its new BK Positive Steps Nutrition Program and nutritionally balanced kids meal.
The apples are available a la carte for $1.49, said Burger King spokeswoman Heather Krasnow.
The kids’ meal offers a serving of macaroni and cheese, fresh apple fries with a low-fat caramel dipping sauce and a low-fat milk. The meal has a total of 350 calories and less than 25% of calories from fat. It carries a suggested retail price of $3.49.
I’m still not taking my kids there.
And those tainted tomatoes? Psych. But look out for the Ja-Lop-A-Nose!
Federal officials investigating a three-month-old salmonella outbreak have isolated the bacteria in a jalapeño pepper from a small distribution facility in McAllen, Tex., and yesterday warned consumers nationwide to avoid eating raw jalapeños or products that contain them until more is known.
It’s a good thing the jalapenos in our garden, and like four other pepper varieties, are finally starting to appear.
And this takes home gardening to a whole other, kind of snobby, level
That is where Trevor Paque comes in. For a fee, Mr. Paque, who lives in
, will build an organic garden in your backyard, weed it weekly and even harvest the bounty, gently placing a box of vegetables on the back porch when he leaves. … San Francisco
As a result of interest in local food and rising grocery bills, backyard gardens have been enjoying a renaissance across the country, but what might be called the remote-control backyard garden — no planting, no weeding, no dirt under the fingernails — is a twist. “They want to have a garden, they don’t want to garden,” said the cookbook author Deborah Madison, who lives in
Santa Fe, N.M.
I guess if you don’t gain any satisfaction from growing a little of your own food and have the cash to spend on a personal gardener, why not, eh?