Monday, April 11, 2011

Around The Culinary World

Good morning everyone! Welcome back to another edition of Around The Culinary World - our weekly feature where we scour the headlines and news sites, brining you all of the culinary related stories from the past week.

This week, like many of the past three to four weeks, we're running a little dry on good news material. On one hand, that's good, as most of our stories focus on controversy, recalls or some form of dishonest company and their actions. On the other hand, we also feature fun interesting stories - and there seems to be a dry spell of those as well! That being said, we still managed to turn up a few interesting gems this week. Check out this week's 'water cooler worthy' topics below:

Food recalls have been our top priority on the blog. We want to highlight the issue and keep companies accountable. The USDA this week announced a possible change in the way it inspects food, which could greatly reduce the number of recalls it actually issues. The method, being called 'test and hold' would test fresh cuts of meat for bacteria or other contaminants  before they are shipped off to grocery stores. Currently, producers are allowed to ship directly to grocery stores and then recall their product if something is found to be wrong. I don't know about you - but to me this seems like a 'Well...duh' moment for the USDA. Why exactly hasn't this been the policy from day 1? Either way, it looks like a step in the right direction for food safety. Check out the full story HERE.

With spring here, a major culinary season has begun once again - grilling. If you're fortunate enough to have the means to grill (being in a basement apartment, Maggie and I do not have the means or space to grill) you know all of the advantages that grilling can bring to your summer menu. Today's market is filled with hundreds of options for outdoor grills. From low cost to 'how much!?' there seems to be a outdoor grill for every budget. But what do all of these features mean? What features are worth the money and what are just fluff? What should I be looking for when I go out to buy a grill? Luckily, all of those issues are discussed in this handy 'How To Buy A Grill' guide from the Huffington Post. Check it out HERE.

You don't want to know what the price tag on this one is... 

Last week marked the start of the baseball season. For many, that means lazy afternoons watching the game on TV - and for a few, that means making a trek out to the local ballpark to take in a game in person. What's everyone's favorite thing at any ballpark? The food of course! But who has the best food options? The Daily Meal has created a list of the best ballpark food from around the country. Is your favorite stadium dish on the list? Check it out HERE.

What goes great with stadium food? Beer of course. Did you know you're being ripped off every time you purchase a ballpark brew? Well - of course there is the epic price increase ($6 for a small? Really!?) but I'm talking about being ripped off in a way you don't even realize. The writers over at Yumsugar recently dove into the messy world that is ballpark beer to find out just how big is a 'large' and how close is it to a 'small'. The results may surprise you. Check out the full story HERE.

There you have it folks. All the news that's fit to blog about for this week. Short & sweet, but informative and entertaining (we hope!) As usual, Maggie and I each have a recipe this week. Maggie will be getting us started off on Tuesday, and I'll be closing us out on Thursday. We'll also post a 'recipe flashback' from a classic recipe from prior blogpost. Something you may have missed the first time around. Stop back in tomorrow night to see what Maggie has cooking. Until then,


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