- Apparently if Americans cannot buy enough food for themselves or
their families, according to the USDA, they are "food insecure" rather
than "hungry." The USDA recently released a lengthy report that
contained these items, among many others: ---About 4.7 million of the 13 million food
insecure households in 2007 had very low food security, with household
members skipping meals or taking other steps to reduce the amount they
ate because of a lack of resources. The size of this group and its
share of the overall population have risen steadily over the past
---The number of children with very low food security rose by over 60 percent, to 691,000.
---The number of food insecure seniors living alone rose by 26 percent, to 783,000.
- Farmers in Platteville, Colorado opened their 600 acre spread to "gleaners" this season expecting maybe 5000-10,000 visitors--40,000 people showed up and went away with 600,000 pounds of free potatoes, carrots and leeks. The Miller family was astonished by the numbers but frankly I was amazed that there was that much veggie material left after the harvest.
- Meanwhile, foodies are aquiver over who the Obamas will name as head chef for the White House. ( Most likely NOT Gordon Ramsey...) Chef Cristeta Comerford will probably keep her position in the near term.
- Have I raved as yet about the film Dinner Rush? OK, it's "old," from 2000, but I picked it up at my local library for free, so just relax. Most of the action takes place in an actual restaurant owned by the director, Bob Giraldi, so the feel of the flick is garlic, olive oil and wine saturated. The filmic restaurant is owned by a bookie, the plot thickens, and ends with a twist. Recommended both as a foodie treat, and as a low-key thriller.