Friday, November 6, 2009

Top 10 Links of the Week: 10/30/09 – 11/5/09

Good roundup this week, with a wide-ranging group of posts that might be the last of their kind before Thanksgivingmania takes over. To the right: Rach's kitteh, an LOLcat in the making.

1) Dark Roasted Blend: Weird Stuff McDonald’s Sells Around the World
McSpaghetti, anyone? How about some seaweed-flavored French fries? Perhaps a Thai Spicy Fish McDipper will entice you? If you’d like to see the food before decide, head over to this really neat roundup of regional Mickey D’s offerings, with lots of pictures, natch.

2) NPR: Taste Test -The Best Apple To Take The Heat
The folks in public radio recently tried to find the best baked apple. Honeycrisp received high marks, as did the Jonathan. A similar Saveur article found that Cortland and Empire apples held up well, while Cook’s Illustrated recommends the more obscure Northern Spy, Idared, and Macoun. The overwhelming loser: Granny Smiths. Who knew?

3) Casual Kitchen: How to Write a Killer Links Post That Everyone Will Want to Read

Makes the Top 10 for two reasons: 1) it’s excellent and 2) it's just so meta having it here. (Thanks, Dan!)

4) Jezebel: Food Racism Isn’t What We Thought it Was

ESPN’s Bob Griese was suspended after joking on-air that a Hispanic NASCAR driver was “out having a taco.” The incident spawned a new media term: food racism. Read the comment section debate for various opinions on its merit.

5) BBC: Depression Linked to Processed Food
This is one of those things you always suspected anyway, but it’s nice to see it confirmed by science. Y’know, like gravity and a heliocentric galaxy and the existence of dryer gnomes.

6) New York Times: A White House Chef Who Wears Two Hats
By day, he steams fish for the Obamas. By night, 29-year-old (hot) chef Sam Kass is one of the administration’s top advisors on food policy. Dude can advise me anytime. Unh. Yeah.

7) MSN Smart Spending: I was 'slow food' when slow food wasn't cool
Donna Freedman doles out some love for her slow cooker, a convenience appliance turned financial lifesaver. Personal and thoughtful, it will make you hug your crockpot.

8) Now That’s Nifty/Wall Street Journal: Why Don’t We Eat Dogs?
The somewhat surprising answer: it’s not because they don’t taste good.

9) New York Times: Someone’s in the Kitchen With Michelle - The Secret Ingredient Is Politics

Mrs. Obama will appear on Iron Chef next season, to drop the secret ingredient on a dream teamup of Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse vs. Bobby Flay and White House Chef Cristeta Comerford. If they added John Cleese between Alton and Michelle in that picture, it would be my fantasy dinner party.

10) The Atlantic: How Families Teach Healthy Eating
On the difficulties of cooking at home and promoting portion control early – sadly, with a clear emphasis on moms’ responsibilities. To which one commenter responds: “My only beef in your article is that you suggest that pregnant women should learn to cook - what about the fathers? Can't they do some work in the kitchen?” Seriously.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

FailBlog: Safeway Fail
Oy. Kids these days.

Hillbilly Housewife: Plan Wisely When Investing In Your Holiday Turkey
Quick and dirty guide to frugal turkey buying.

Money Saving Mom: Freezer Cooking Day
And if that doesn’t make you nuts with envy, check out Fishmama’s list. Whoa.

MSNBC: 7-Eleven plans to sell its own brand of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon
If they make this the same way they make taquitos … god help us all.

New York Times: The Carnivore’s Dilemma
What is the real impact of a meat eater on the environment? And what can we do to lessen it? Good piece that's an honorable mention only due to its general blogosphere ubiquity.

The Kitchn: Proper Etiquette - Can You Kick Guests Out of the Kitchen?
Yes. My mother’s been doing it for decades.

Slashfood: Thanksgiving Prep – Four Weeks to Go
Get a head count and order that turkey, folks. Our National Day of Eating is upon us. Plan ahead so it won’t cost you a fortune.

ZagatBuzz: Ricardo Cardona - Chef to the Champions
A.k.a. What the Yankees Eat. Unmentioned: puppies, kitties, the blood of small children.

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