Ruminations

barbecued turkey on flag
This ran in the Chicago Tribune on the op-ed page as a guest commentary on 11/27/2013, the day before Thanksgiving. Why are we whining about a "War... read more
Meat names are confusing, to say the least, so the announcement on April 4, 2013 that The Beef Checkoff Program, the National Pork Board, and the... read more
Stripsteak medium rare
On 5/24/2011 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), with much fanfare, finally changed its cooking temp recommendations which were waaaay out of... read more
Shish kabab on the grill
What we cook is changing as we learn more about food and as cooking techniques are modernized. Here are some trends I see developing. Thanks to the... read more
Once again I have been overlooked by the membership committee of the College Football Hall of Fame (read the case for my installation below), and,... read more
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... read more
Dear Brian Palmer: You missed the mark by a pretty wide margin in your article in Slate on 1/22/2014 titled "Cooking Up Cancer? It wouldn't be crazy... read more
Josh Ozersky
Josh Ozersky died suddenly at age 47 Monday morning May 4, 2015 after attending events and parties surrounding the James Beard Foundation Awards in... read more
gourmet magazine cover
Gourmet Magazine, the beloved 68 year old grande dame of culinaria, died on October 5, 2009. And the obits say I killed her.   Jennie Yabroff's... read more
Food TV Stars
I dine out a lot and I read and write for restaurant magazines, and I watch the Food Network where the stars remind me of the stars of Gilligan's... read more

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