UPDATE: And in news of the weird: Man bites guard at Buffalo Grove grocery store
I’ve never been one to eat anything special on New Year’s Day although I did indulge in some of the activity when I lived in Japan. Mochi isn’t my thing. There is a reason why one should invest in a very strong and powerful vacuum cleaner if you decide to eat this glutinous rice “treat”. So, for most of the day I “rested” (lazy–wink wink) watching “The Matrix” before scrounging through the ‘fridge to create something “new” for my taste buds–a leftover meatloaf sub with provolone cheese on a lightly toasted soft sub roll. Yummm.
Nevertheless, I’ve surfed the ‘web for interesting reading to kick off some new eating and cooking ways for the year.
NYT: Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned:But government and industry records obtained by The New York Times show that in testing for the school lunch program, E. coli and salmonella pathogens have been found dozens of times in Beef Products meat, challenging claims by the company and the U.S.D.A. about the effectiveness of the treatment. Since 2005, E. coli has been found 3 times and salmonella 48 times, including back-to-back incidents in August in which two 27,000-pound batches were found to be contaminated. The meat was caught before reaching lunch-rooms trays.
NYT: Brooklyn’s Flavor Route to the South:
“A COOK should always say yes when offered something that will “stink up your pot real good. It’s a lesson I learned earlier this month, when James Graham handed me a couple of pieces of seasoning meat from his truck, parked on a stretch of asphalt in Brooklyn.”
Brand X: Food Trends: Coming to a plate near you in 2010: Stop-motion eating Similar to the mobile food courts in Portland, Ore., food trucks will start parking in scouted areasLook at the hunter-gatherers:There’s only so long people will continue to chase their food. Kogi has had a successful residency at the Alibi, and the Ilan Hall’s Ketel One Canteen is staying put just off the Cahuenga corridor. Standard taco trucks have a target location, and soon some of these mobiles may start scouting havens from ticketing law enforcement.
La Times: Making soba noodles the easy way: “Soba, revered in Japan — especially on New Year’s Eve, when it’s eaten as a symbol of longevity — is one notoriously tricky noodle. It’s difficult to make well, so that it’s supple, lustrous and slurpable, resilient and slightly chewy, with the fresh, earthy flavor of buckwheat. But there is hope for beginners….”
Well, whatever you’re doing today, make sure it’s with love, someone you love or just making you feel loved…..Happy New Year!!!