August 1, 2014

Ruth Reichl Skewers FDA on Its Failure to Ban Growth-Promoting Antibiotics for Livestock; Makes Us Want to March on Washington

FDA Fail

Earlier this week, author and former Gourmet Magazine editor Ruth Reichl penned a scathing Op-Ed piece for the New York Times on the failure of the FDA to protect American’s food supply. More specifically, the article took issue with a recent Federal Appeals Court ruling that gives the FDA the power to permit the use of antibiotics in industrial livestock and poultry production even if the agency knows that the drug is unsafe and likely to increase the risk of antibiotic resistance in people.

In the Op-Ed, Reichl makes her points clearly and without unnecessary ornamentation. The truth is that industrial livestock and poultry producers rely on antibiotics primarily to accelerate the times that it takes to fatten up healthy animals. Super-dosing animals with antibiotics also allows producers to constantly “push the envelope” with the conditions at their facilities; because antibiotics help stave off diseases, producers can get away with allowing overcrowded, unsanitary and otherwise substandard living arrangements for the livestock and poultry that the process.

The whole thing should be a nightmare to foodies, and, frankly, to all Americans concerned about the state of the nation’s food supply. Read the rest of this entry »

May 28, 2013

Tips for Perfecting Your Corned Beef Sandwich

Every time my grandparents come into town, I’m spoiled with great food. Friday night it was pizza at California Pizza Kitchen and Sunday it was a home-cooked meal of hummus chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and Culver’s ice cream for dessert. Saturday, the best food day of all, we had corned beef sandwiches for lunch. My mouth waters just thinking about it. My mom only gets corned beef when my grandparents are in town so when I do get the chance to make a corned beef sandwich, it has to be perfect. Now, I’m not usually one to share my food secrets (i’m selfish and like to keep all the savory goodness to myself), but today I’m feeling generous. Read the rest of this entry »

February 28, 2013

Eat What?! Weird Food News

So, as usual, there’s weird news in the world of food. It seems that since last time, things have gotten even stranger. Fear not, friends, we have not stepped into the Twilight Zone, we are still on Earth, and I’m here to sift through all the nonsense in the world of food. Fasten your seat belts and let’s go!  Read the rest of this entry »

December 17, 2012

III Forks? 5 Stars.

3 Forks Filet with sides

I don’t hide my disdain for chain restaurants. I define a chain restaurant as a brand that has at least five locations. I find that the original idea behind a chain may be good, but it becomes tough for the subsequent locations to maintain the food quality. Eventually, chains become synonymous with mediocre food at decent prices. So when I was invited to III Forks to have dinner on Saturday night, you better believe I was worried. III Forks is a steakhouse and seafood restaurant with 3 locations in Texas, 3 locations in Florida, and one location in downtown Chicago. I was preparing myself for a mediocre experience, but what I got is one of the best restaurant experiences that I have ever had.  Read the rest of this entry »

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