On this critical day in the life of American pseudo-food, I am again reminded if a tour I took in the 1980s with Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith. We visited in a Hostess factory in the Greater Boston area. We saw Twinkies being made.
If buying a local wine just isn't local enough for you, then you might consider joining the growing ranks of people making homemade wine this fall.
Some home winemakers make wine with friends for fun, some make wine with family for tradition; some make it "old school," adding nothing, and drink it by Christmas; others do it "new school," adding preservatives, and wait a year or more to bottle.
This is a strange time in the life of corn. The 2012 US corn crop is getting smaller by the hour because of the terrible heat and drought in the Midwest. It's difficult to know what that means, because from a certain perspective, this country produces way too much corn.
What counts as a bad habit? And who should have the power to save us from one? That's a big part of our discussion today.
This week, addictions were all over the news. New Yorkers are facing a ban on sugary drinks, while California chefs repeal a foie gras ban. A Massachusetts teen is looking at a jail sentence for not being able to put down his cell phone.
Lunch here at WNPR is both a sad and a joyous affair.
Those people who work on this show have, of course, almost no time for lunch. We mostly eat at our desks, but then so do most of our co-workers, even the ones on very different schedules.
On the happier side, we have established diplomatic relations with a wide network of cheap takeout providers, and it's not uncommon for ace newsman Jeff Cohen to blow a wooden whistle announcing what we call "the lunch train." (To get on board is to consult that takeout menu and place one's order.)
Today on The Nose, we link together a series of only marginally related stories.
We'll start with the amusing tale of Michael Wolff, a well-known media critic who found himself in a standoff with New York City cops over his attempt to bring his own juice to the movies.He got caught and then turned the whole thing into a Twitter episode.
Twenty years ago, I got interested in those plastic -- usually white plastic -- outdoor chairs. "Resin casual furniture," as they were known in the industry. The most popular design was called a "bucket" chair.
In seventh grade, I had not quite given up on series books. Specifically, the Rick Brant books which I would say were a lot more satisfying (I guess I can't say they were cooler) than the Hardy Boy books, all 43 of which I read in fourth grade.
First of all, it's our official state fish. Second, it's linked to a peculiar fishing culture that barely exists any more. If you've driven down along the lower Connecticut River, you've probably seen those sad shacks and wondered about them. And the Windsor Shad Derby is still a giant event as is the selection of a Shad Derby Queen.
Wow. When I decided to do a show on genetically engineered foods, I had no understanding of the bitterness and distrust that exists on both sides of the issue. This is one of those debates in which pretty much everything is contested, from the credentials of the person talking against your points to the language employed in the discussions.
I cook whenever possible. I experiment a lot with ingredients. But I wouldn't say I had a sharp sense of taste. I'm in the group of "medium tasters" who make up 50 percent of the human eating population.
Lately I've been using pink salt, mainly because a guy at a farmer's market gave me some to try. And I like the look of it. It does seem, even to my unrefined palate, that something a little different happens when I substitute it for more conventional salts.
The Pledge of Allegiance is a 20th century creature. It was written at the end of the 19th century by a Christian socialist minister as part of a general push toward American nationalism, with special regard for the flag. I find people all the time who think it dates back to the founding of the United States. The phrase "under God" was added in the 1950s. There are all kinds of stores about how and why that happened. I think it's fair to sum it up as kind of a Cold War thing. The Soviets were godless. We weren't.
I was in the parking area next to Yale Bowl two Saturdays ago as word spread around the clumps of tailgaters that there had been a fatality in one of the lots. Details were sketchy, but everyone seemed to know that people had been hit by a motor vehicle. And for a lot of us, the shadow of that tragedy hung over the whole day. My son was with me, and he has a knack for summing things up. "Imagine dying because you decided to go to a football game," he said sadly.
On "Battlestar Galactica" the Cylons were a much-despised race of human-like machines made by man, and the ethnic slur for them was "toaster." I think that's because a toaster is such a humdrum and servile machine. Not much of an inner life. Just sitting there, at our disposal, waiting to serve us in a pretty simplistic way.
Canto had been following a version of the supposedly life extending calorie-restricting diet. He looked youthful and alert and healthy. Owen had been eating a reasonably healthy, traditional diet. He looked fat and run-down.
Canto and Owen were the same age. They were also monkeys.
Bill Clinton is a vegan. You'd think that would be a bigger story: one of humankind's most voracious carnivores swiching to the other extreme. For Clinton, it's probably all about heart health, although it may have helped that his daughter Chelsea was already a vegan. Veganism is increasingly popular among some of the bigshot of corporate capitalism. Steve Jobs, Steve Wynn, Mortimer Zuckerman, Russell Simmons.
You're about to meet several people who are mildly unhinged on the subject of hotdogs. One of them is David Pudlin. He used to be the majority leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives. Now he spends a great deal of time thinking about chili dogs, which he knows way too much about.
"I'm from New Britain. What else am I going to know about?" is his answer. "If I had grown up in Rome, I'd probably know a lot about statues and fountains.
Confessions of a Tarot Reader: Practical Advice From This Realm and Beyond
Lessons learned from the cards, and the incomparable Jane Stern
Tarot cards have been used to foretell the future for centuries. In the hands of a sensitive and gifted reader like Jane Stern they can help clarify the decisions we make every day and realign our lives to work more effectively.
In 2009 I moderated a Connecticut Forum panel of chefs made famous by television and radio. When word got out that I was doing this, I was approached by people who wanted -- really wanted -- to meet a particular chef. Sometimes it was Duff Goldman from the TV Show "Ace of Cakes." Sometimes it was Anthony Bourdain or Alice Waters.
There isn't too much Colin McEnroe Show producer Patrick Skahill won't do for his job, and this month that includes giving up meat, dairy and all manner of animal products for an upcoming show on veganism. Follow along as Patrick heats the tofurky and goes through hard-core donut withdrawl. Add your questions, cheers, and complaints in the comments section.
September 8, 2011
Here's a tip - if you don't want to be the center of attention at your neice's first birthday, DON'T announce you've gone vegan.
In the Old West, chili was a sacrament and maybe still is.
Pat Garrett said of Billy the Kid: "Anybody that eats chili cant' be all bad." And the James Brothers repeatedly passed up chances to rob a bank in McKinney Texas, because the chili parlor there was so good they believed the town deserved a break. Kit Carson said, when he died -- and he was about my age -- "I wish I had time for one more bowl of chili."
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Food writer and trained chef Randy Clemens presents 50 palate-expanding recipes that make the most of Sriracha’s savory punch, such as:Spicy Ceviche, Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings, Bacon-Sriracha Cornbread, the Ultimate Sriracha Burger, Peach-Sriracha Sorbet, and more.
Abnormal snowfall this winter may have made the season a pain for many Connecticut residents, but it's shaping up to be a boon for local maple syrup producers. Aea farmers have sap flows they haven't seen in years. Ron Wenzel's sugar house is a little oasis each winter. "My wife calls this my man cave; I'm up here for 10, 12 days," he says.