Meathead's Ruminations: Thought for Food
"The Internet is full of old growlers, of course, and if you opine on public issues, you'll get anonymous mail calling you a baby killer, torturer, tool of Satan, cat strangler and babbling idiot, which you accept as your due, like the static electricity you collect walking across a carpet. A slight shock, but it doesn't turn on any light bulbs." Garrison Keillor
Food is like sex, only you can talk about it in polite company. My ruminations, I call them "Thought for Food", appear irregularly and covers a wide range of topics, from food, cooking, drink, and barbecue, and occasionally, politics. Don't get me started.
- Trends In Cooking. What's happening now and what's next.
- The Electronic Crybaby. A desperate man's search for something that goes beep in the night.
- Let's Fight Back Against The War On Thanksgiving, A Holiday More All-American Than July 4 Or Christmas.
- New Meat Labeling Standards. Help Or Hindrance?
- What's Risker Than Raw Hamburger? Raw Sprouts!
- New USDA Recommended Temps Change Little and are Still Mindboggling. The USDA has just revised its recommended cooking temps for safety and pay no attention to flavor, texture, and juiciness.
- Who Killed Gourmet Magazine? The beloved 68 year old grande dame of culinaria, died on October 5, 2009. And the obits say I killed her. Here's a thorough autopsy.
- Thirty Years After Three Mile Island, A Lesson For Today's Economists. I remember March 28, 1979 and its lessons vividly. 30 years after the near melt down of a fail-safe nuclear power plant, there are lessons for economists and regulators at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
- Best Hot Dog Gone (as published in the Huffington Post). The best hot dog in the town famous for hot dogs, perhaps the best hot dog in the nation, Best's Kosher Franks, has been chewed up and spit out by the conglomerate that swallowed it whole.
- Save Mr. Beef (as published in the Huffington Post). Another Chicago icon in danger.
- Lessons From Marley. There are two powerful teaching opportunities in the new movie "Marley & Me" and the film gets a PhD in one and flunks the other. Read this if you want to bring kids or if you have an incorrigible dog.
- An Open Letter to Charities (as published in the Chicago Tribune). I give money and time to charities. And I'm fairly generous with both. But when I give money it is on my terms. Click here to read my rant from the Chicago Tribune, "An open letter to charities."
- Italian Culinary Trends (as published in Restaurant Hospitality). I have just returned from two weeks in northern Italy. Since Italian culinary concepts have touched practically every cook in North America, I looked for what was new that might find its way into our repertoires. I was also interested in what is changing in the way Italians dine.
- Just Stay Home If You're That Persnickety (as published in the Chicago Tribune). So the City of Chicago has demanded that the actors in the hit musical Jersey Boys stop smoking on stage, no doubt to remind the world of the time we busted Lenny Bruce for using naughty words and when we fined chefs for serving foie gras.
- What Does The Future Hold For Foodies. Some things you might find at a restaurant in the near future. Or not.
- Food And The Flicks. Give your Netflix account a workout. Here's a compendium of movies with food in a leading role.
- Funny Food At Moto. I have just had some of the most amazing smoked pork I have ever tasted. And it was not at Memphis in May or served on butcher paper south of the Mason Dixon Line. It was at a cutting edge restaurant with a Japanese name in Chicago.
- Meathead Makes The College Football Hall of Fame. Meathead has been named the chief judge of the Kickoff Riboff and he reminisces about his brief career as a linebacker at the University of Florida.
- Fie On Foie Gras Bans. State Representative Robert Molaro (D-21st) has proposed a ban on foie gras in Illinois. Apparently he has not paid attention to the the fallout from a similar ban in Chicago or the facts that have been revealed in the debate surrounding it. He is either gullible or just publicity hungry, in which case, he should not force feed his silliness on the citizens of Illinois.
- Remembering Patrick W. Fegan, a man of wine and a great friend.
- Remembering Josh Ozersky, a man of meat and a real friend.
- Remembering Stuart Miller, the definition of bon vivant.
- Remembering Robert Mondavi, The Art Lover. The thing that always impressed me about Bob was that you could talk to him about anything, art, music, politics. So many winemakers know only winespeak. And, in fact, on the numerous occasions we met, we rarely talked wine.
- Remembering Ernest Gallo: A Conundrum. Ernest Gallo died March 6 at age 97, but when I had dinner with him in 1978 he was at the height of his powers, running the largest wine selling machine in the world, and, after a long dinner, in one telling sentence, he demonstrated why he was such a conundrum, why he was both hallowed and hated.
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