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Ruminations From Meathead

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Check out the random thoughts and musing of the BBQ whisperer.

Anthony Bourdain, A Tribute

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Meathead

A fan's remembrance of and tribute to Anthony Bourdain.
BBQ Legend Mike Mills

Remembering BBQ Legend Mike Mills

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Meathead

Barbecue Hall of Famer Mike Mills died Tuesday morning December 29, 2020 due to issues unrelated to COVID. I first met Mike and his daughter Amy in October 2005 at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. He was introduced to me as “The Legend.” And he truly is.
audience at the theatre

2008-07-22 Just Stay Home

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Meathead

So the City of Chicago has demanded that the actors in hit musical Jersey Boys stop smoking on stage.

Meathead To Serve As Chief Judge At College Football Hall Of Fame Cookoff

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Meathead

In which we learn about Meathead's unmatched record in the University of Florida Swamp, and why he should be in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Temperature Guide

Temperature Guide

Meat Temperature Guide

2011-05-28 New USDA Cooking Temps Oversimplify, Change Little, and Mindboggle Chefs

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Meathead

The new USDA cooking temperature regulations change little other than pork and they are still out of touch with reality.
new labels

2013-04-04 Analysis: Easier meat labels? My butt.

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Meathead

In April 2013 the meat industry renamed scores of beef and pork products and introduced new labels "to make meat buying easier". And to make more money.

2009-10-20 Who Killed Gourmet Magazine?

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Meathead

The cause of death of Gourmet magazine was complex. It died from many wounds.

2016-10-11 Trends In Cooking

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Meathead

Trends In Cooking And Food

2014-01-23 An Open Letter To Brian Palmer Of Slate: You Got It Very Wrong

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Meathead

Brian Palmer's article in Slate on research about grilling and cancer is wrong on many counts.

Remembering BBQ Legend Mike Mills

By:

Meathead

Barbecue Hall of Famer Mike Mills died Tuesday morning December 29, 2020 due to issues unrelated to COVID. I first met Mike and his daughter Amy in October 2005 at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue. He was introduced to me as “The Legend.” And he truly is.

2008-07-22 Just Stay Home

By:

Meathead

So the City of Chicago has demanded that the actors in hit musical Jersey Boys stop smoking on stage.

Farm to Table

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Christopher Kimball

Farm to table is a buzzword phrase these days. Check out food writer Christopher Kimball's unique take on the term, with the emphasis on farm.

Hypocrisy By Epicurious

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Meathead

The cooking website Epicurious.com, is not publishing any new recipes using beef out of concern for sustainability. This is bullpoop. Find out why.

Temperature Guide

Meat Temperature Guide

Anthony Bourdain, A Tribute

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Meathead

A fan's remembrance of and tribute to Anthony Bourdain.

Sun Wah Chinese Barbecue Wins Beard Award

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Meathead

Sun Wah Bar-B-Q Restaurant has been an Uptown Chicago destination since 1987 and in 2018 was given an America's Classic Award by the James Beard Foundation.

2017-05-06 Remembering Josh Ozersky

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Meathead

Josh Ozersky and I were good friends, not surprising considering out mutual love of meat and Liebling.

Let’s Fight Back Against The War On Thanksgiving

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Meathead

The war is not on Christmas, the war is on Thanksgiving. Fight back!

2008-11-15 Culinary Trends In Italy

Trends in Italian Cooking

2011-05-28 New USDA Cooking Temps Oversimplify, Change Little, and Mindboggle Chefs

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Meathead

The new USDA cooking temperature regulations change little other than pork and they are still out of touch with reality.

2016-10-11 Trends In Cooking

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Meathead

Trends In Cooking And Food

2009-03-25 My Ride In The Wienermobile

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Meathead

Meathead's ride in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile with pictures.

2009-03-24 Thirty years after Three Mile Island, a lesson for today’s economists

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Meathead

Three Mile Island should have taught us about Too Big To Fail.

2008-07-07 Ending the Email Lies

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Meathead

I don't know why otherwise intelligent people are duped by email hoaxes and why they broadcast them to everyone they know.

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Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater


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