Even in a crowd of rising food and commodity costs, corn stands out, its price having doubled in less than a year to a record $7.87 per bushel in early June. Booming global demand has overtaken stagnant supply.
I have to either subscribe to the New England Journal of Medicine, or sign up and pay $15 to access the full article connecting potatoes and yogurt to diet, pro and con-ly. In order to read how they describe "eating potatoes," and what constitutes "yogurt."
$15 for 24 hour access to the study. !!!??
Note the spud-o-phobic caricature. (©Disney - PIXAR) W. C. Fields said that everything he liked in life was illegal, immoral or fattening.
The potato is not only a terrific food, it is one that we connect with emotionally. Yogurt? Not so much.
I beg your pardon, Washington Post! OK, I have not read the Harvard study, but that is the most simplistic and erroneous bit of info re the noble spud I can imagine. The piece published yesterday goes on to gush over yogurt, as in "...perhaps the biggest surprise was yogurt, every serving of which kept off nearly a pound over four years."
A serving of your average fruit-laced, high fructose corn syrup-filled commercial yogurt? Or a serving of full fat, plain organic Straus Family Creamery yogurt from happy cows?
So now America's dairy farmers are gloating, and the spud growers are mashing their own heads, and something complex is once more made simplistic, and misleading. And America's diet-crazed women are scooping cartons of Dannon into their carts.
Here's the beginning of a piece just noted today from SeattlePI:
"Pity the poor potato.
First, the anti-carb folks shun it. Now a Harvard study attacks it.
The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine says the spud is making us fat.
To which Chris Voigt says nuts.
"If eating potatoes was so bad for you...I'd be dead by now."
That's not hyperbole. Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, went on a potato-only diet for 60 days last fall to counter the negative publicity against spuds.
It made him briefly famous. It also made him skinny.
He dropped 20 pounds. His cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose were all down. His cholesterol, for example, went from 214 to 147.
"Every health indicator," Voigt said, "was better or the same."
We of The Potato Museum have other stories like this. We continue to think that eating "good" foods like the potato, and a wide range of other foods, in moderation, is still key. ( We have irritated and annoyed the potato industry by stating here and there that French Fries made fresh should be an occasional delicious treat, not a daily staple, and yet fries consumption is on the rise all over, particularly in China, because the commercial industry is all about processed potatoes. So much for our proselytizing...)
But I should read the actual report. Yes.
Planning an upcoming trip, we came across this site, Airline Meals, that details what one can expect to be served on an enormous list of airlines. Food matters, right? Especially on long journeys.
Zowie. This one makes the Best of 2011, week 18, economy meal via Thai Airways.
Full disclosure: I was trying out the Typepad app on my new phone June 20, and just tossed this up, willy-nilly. But today I can add....superb plate of scallops on mixed grains with yellow beets from Artichoke Cafe, Albuquerque. The AC has been excellent for years, but in some ways is beginning to look a tad rough around the edges. Maybe it needs a paintjob. Can't quite put my finger on it. My lunch companion ordered artichoke ravioli, and offered me one, after which there were only 3 ?? left on the plate. That's a bit skimpy, even though the rav were rich.
I gave her a scallop.
It's Eklectica in Moab, within reach of the soaring red rock formations of Arches National Park, an oasis of fresh ingredients, and inventive baked goods like the praline with a center of choc chips....
But--before that, we had tofu w/peanut sauce on saffron basmati rice and a salmon cake with tarragon tartar sauce. Yes!
At right: yet another offering--from what we ate at Eklecticafe, contrapuntal to the USDA plate---
It's a farming technique that has been practiced for centuries as part of a belief that a prosperous life comes through hard work.
Micah Loma'omvaya shares those stories on a tour he leads to the Hopi mesas that rise above the northern Arizona desert, giving visitors a glimpse of Hopi tradition and culture that's rooted in agriculture.
...Ceremonies, songs and cultural activities are tied directly to agriculture with prayers for rain and a fertile harvest. Prayer sticks with feathers hang from stones that support terraced gardens, and Hopi art commonly features rain clouds.
"That's the simplest of pleasures that we forget in our commodity-driven society when we want the latest iPod, vehicle and the best shoes," James Surveyor (the marketing and sales associate at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites on the reservation,) said. "That prayer, that ceremony, that belief is all intertwined with farming because farming is what the people are."
This type of focus on our continent's food heritage delights us, and reminds me to say, "Be Happy, Be Hopi." We'll definitely be signing up for a trip back through Hopi agriculture.
Land is life. It is the basis of livelihoods for peasants and indigenous people across the Third World and is also becoming the most vital asset in the global economy. As the resource demands of globalisation increase, land has emerged as a key source of conflict. In India, 65 per cent of people are dependent on land. At the same time a global economy, driven by speculative finance and limitless consumerism, wants the land for mining and for industry, for towns, highways, and biofuel plantations. The speculative economy of global finance is hundreds of times larger than the value of real goods and services produced in the world.
Is anyone as sick as I am of that phrase uttered these days by grocery store checkout folks? The "find everything ok?" line? I actually answered NO the other day, and went on to describe my frustration at not finding A-- HOT Hatch green chiles in cans, B--Nancy's Cream Cheese ( the best,) and C--garlic not from China.
Did she care? Did she rush to aid me? No. She stood there speechless, grappling with the fact that I had actually responded to her words. That I had heard them, taken them at face value, and answered.
Have a nice day! ( Spoken at 6 pm.)
Whoa! Cruising through the small town of Fruita, CO, today, after changing drivers, on our way from Ouray to Moab, Utah, we began to see bikes everywhere--actual bikes, bike signage, bike sculpture, and finally, a funky-looking bike w/tomato sign for an eatery that simply drew us in. Hot Tomato Cafe.
Then the friendly staffers, the vibrant feel, and the Granny's Pesto Pizza sealed the deal. We bought, we ate, we swooned, we reckoned that the locals, who began to stream in about 5:30, felt the same way.
Turns out Fruita, a town settled as a center for fruit-growing---who knew?---is today a major mountain bike center, and the cafe itself was the inspiration of a biker and a biker/bike photographer.
Did they know that the tomato is a fruit?
Likely they did. They live in Fruita, so yes.
We intended to take the pizza--2 giant slices-- with us on down the road to Moab, for eating later. Having taken it "out," we sniffed the box, opened it, and sat in our parked vehicle, scarfing it down right then and there, offering bits of crust to our eager terrier whose vocabulary includes the words "pizza night."
White House Honey Gastrique
Tuna Tartare with Rye Crisps
Pickled Young Carrots and mustard Oil
Spring Pea Salad
Shaved Ham and Ginger Snaps
With Maryland Crab Ravioli
Golden Raisins and Topfe
Am I wrong or are ramps not always wild? The wild leek? They are lovely to look at, for sure.
Ramp photo and fine info are available via Amy Cotler.
Ah, the bounty of Florida! Fish so fresh it smells like Febreze, new spuds in winter, real-tasting strawberries, plump tomatoes, Cuban cigars and sandwiches, oysters, spiny lobsters, crawfish, tropical fruits like mangoes, starfruit and lychees, and so it goes. It even has Ikea--but, alas, still no Trader Joe's.
So it is with special pleasure that we return to TJ-land here in New Mexico. And this morning we breakfasted on scrambled eggs ( from the growers market) and TJ Whole Wheat Croissants, baked in our fave old countertop convection oven. Flaky, tasty, light, divine.
And healthy as can be, especially with a generous addition of Irish butter and boysenberry jam. Yeah!
For those to whom the breakdown of foods into carbs, fats, calories, proteins, etc., holds a special fascination, take a look at this site that evaluates Trader Joe's products. It's from Livestrong, Lance Armstrong's non profit foundation. ( Did he or didn't he? And do we care?)
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) -- Initial tests have confirmed that bean sprouts grown in northern Germany are the likely cause of an E. coli outbreak that has killed at least 22 people and sickened over 2,200, an agriculture official said Sunday.