Monday, November 22, 2010

Around The Culinary World

Good evening everyone! It's a new week here at Out Of The Culinary - and it's the debut of a new feature on the blog. We've been debating a long time about what to do with our Monday posts. We've tried ingredient lists, special features and recipe lists. Nothing has caught our fancy though, and so we've continued to brainstorm.

Tonight, we're trying out our latest idea - Around The Culinary World - the premise of which is simple. Throughout the week, I read many interesting stories regarding cooking, ingredients, cooking techniques - etc. I've decided that a nice way to share some of these more interesting stories would be to gather up the best of the week and post them on the blog on Mondays.

So, without further ado - here's our first trip 'Around The Culinary World'

The Huffington Post has put together a collection of celebrity chefs' (serving on the Macy's Culinary Council) top picks for Thanksgiving. The article has simple tips and (more importantly) some nice turkey day dishes from some of the culinary world's greatest minds. Our personal favorite? Emeril Lagasse's Caramelized Cane Syrup Sweet Potatoes.

As a bonus - the Huffington Post also has the best Thanksgiving cocktails - for those who like to add a little alcohol to the turkey day table.

Once every five years, Congress convenes to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act. This is the act that determines what goes into school lunches - including what constitutes as a serving size and the requirements that are necessary to a 'healthy meal'. It has been well documented by Jaime Oliver, Rachael Ray and even the First Lady - Michelle Obama - that our current Child Nutrition Act standards are low and do not serve the greater good of children everywhere. Debra Eschmeyer has a great editorial on the Child Nutrition Act, including what needs to happen to start children on the path to healthier lifestyles. More information on this act can be found: HERE

You may remember hearing the stories about Domino's Pizza and the USDA conducting 'government double speak' by promoting a healthy lifestyle, while also promoting Dominos and running ads encouraging the consumption of clogtastic cheese products.  - the worst part? The Dominos ads were being funded with tax payer money! - It had the tea party crowd up in arms - government run amok! turns out that the original author of that article needs to learn a thing or two about fact checking - since the main fact his entire premise relied upon...isn't true. Read the REAL story HERE.

Finally, something a little more entertaining and lighthearted. There is an alcoholic beverage on the market that can help you digest your food after a big meal? Interested? Intrigued? Disgusted? Either way - check out the article originally from HERE.

There you have it dear readers. Our trip 'Around The Culinary World' for Monday, November 22nd. I have to say, this is my favorite Monday feature to date. I think we may have a winner here.

With that begin said - it's time for Maggie and I to sign off for the week. Yes, alas, this is all we will have time to share for the entire week. With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, Maggie and I will be traveling for most of the week and will not be around our kitchen to cook. (I am cooking during the holiday - just not on the blog). Rest assured we will return on Monday, Novemeber 29th with a new set of recipes. Until then, have a happy Thanksgiving and as always,


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