Monday, April 16, 2012

Around The Culinary World

Hello again everyone! Welcome back to a new week of recipes and excitement here at Out of the Culinary! We’re chocked full of recipes this week (we have three to share, just like old times!) Just like every week, however, we’ll get things started by sharing what’s up and coming in the culinary news. Let’s dive in!

We were doing so well too… It has been at least a month since our last food contamination recall related story and this week brings TWO (two!) of them.

Moon Marine USA Corp. (MMI) is recalling 58,828 pounds of raw yellowfin tuna following a large outbreak of salmonella poising that is believed to have been caused by their product. The tuna, sold in grocery stores and to restaurants, was labeled Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. While this product was unavailable to consumers for individual purchase – it likely could have been served to consumers via restaurant menu items or a grocery store’s prepared menu items (sushi platters – etc.) Making things a little more complicated – MMI notes that the product may have passed through multiple distributors and may not be clearly marked as to its origin.

So far, the FDA is reporting 116 illnesses believed to be linked to this contaminated tuna ranging from Washington DC to Louisiana. So far there have not been any deaths linked to this contamination and only 12 individuals have had to be hospitalized due to illness. However, the FDA notes that there is usually a 30 day lag between people becoming ill and the illness being reported to the FDA, so these numbers are likely to rise.

With the inability to confirm where this product ended up, it may be in your best interest to avoid raw yellowfin tuna from your favorite sushi place or grocery store for the time being. You can read more on this recall HERE.

Yesterday, Dole foods announced they are recalling over 756 cases of bagged lettuce due to the threat the product could be contaminated with salmonella. The company claims that the (possible) contaminated products were shipped to Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

(In a cruelly ironic twist – a majority of those same states are part of the yellowfin tuna recall too. Talk about a double whammy of contamination!)

The contaminated bags have a ‘Use by’ date of 4/11/2012. So far, no illnesses related to this possible contamination have been reported. For more on this outbreak (including UPC codes for the possible contaminated bags) look HERE.

The popular saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has been around for years. The premise is simple; eating an apple everyday will keep you healthy and out of the doctor’s office. On the surface, it always seemed like this slogan was a simple way to subtly advertise the benefits of healthy eating. It turns out this slogan may not only be true (we’ve known apples are good for you for a long time after all) but it actually may be UNDERSELLING the apple. In fact, the apple seems to be the doctor repelling, weight loss causing super fruit that no one talks about. Check out more (including new research results) on how to eat healthy and lose weight with the simple apple HERE.

Wonder Fruit (Cape optional)

One major candy company was in the need of a brand refresh and decided to take things in an unusual direction; divorce. Check out the full details on how one major brand is tearing up their image and name in order to generate a little buzz HERE. (Somehow, I get the feeling things will all ‘work out’ in the end – but frankly, I don’t really care either way!)

Finally this week, we’ll continue or theme of featuring Kitchen Daily’s “Best Of” lists. We’ve looked at instant coffee, peanut butter, jelly – now the Kitchen Daily spotlight moves over to a favorite late night / movie time dish of many; microwave popcorn. Check out who reigns supreme in their taste tests HERE.

That’s all the news that’s fit to blog about this week. As I mentioned earlier, we’re going back to our “old” format this week (probably for this week only) and featuring three recipes. I’ll be cooking on Tuesday and Thursday and Maggie will bring her recipe to the blog on Wednesday. It’s sure to be a great week of cooking! Stop in tomorrow night to see what I have cooking. Until then,


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