On Christmas morning, my parents

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:19 pm

On Christmas morning, my parents and young nephew set off from Missouri to Texas in a new (to them) van. Their route was to take them through Arkansas and Texas. Christmas day, the huge ice storm hit Arkansas and Texas, and my family vanished into it without a trace. After three days, I was a tad bit worried (though not as fazed as some when I’d casually mention that my parents were missing). But all’s better. I just got an email that they’d made it safely to their destination, after having “a wild time.”

Noted for future reference is

Filed under:General — eric @ 4:03 am

Noted for future reference is Georgia Organics, my states official organic farming trade group.

Tired of the processed chemicals

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:44 am

Tired of the processed chemicals found in today’s pre-packaged food products? Then maybe the paleolithic diet is for you. Eat what the hunter/gatherers ate! There’s actually a ton of wonderful links to be found here on foraging, ethnobotany, and natural eating.

The Butter-Margarine Chronicles is an

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:20 am

The Butter-Margarine Chronicles is an interesting historical look at the Butter vs. Margaine debate put together by Don Payne of Iowa State’s Department of English. For example, did you know that the dairy industry successfully lobbied several states to require that margarine be tinted pink or green (”to clearly identify” the sticks, but also to make it rather unappetizing)? Iowa State is a great place for this archive, since in 1943 the chair of the Department of Economics and Sociology resigned after standing up to the national dairy industry who attacked him for printing a wartime dairy pamphlet that contained the phrase oleomargarine “compares favorably with butter both in nutritive value and palatability”. The president of the university bowed to the special interest groups, and the professor couldn’t stay in that environment. He later went on to win the Nobel Prize for economics.

Let’s say you were keenly

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:54 am

Let’s say you were keenly interested in the nuitritional value of certain fats and oils. Like, for instance, you were concerned about the saturated fat levels in traditional cooking oils, such as butter, margarine, and olive oil, compared to an extremely tasty but unfamiliar oil such as goose fat. The first place you’d want to go on your quest for knowledge would be, of course, the internet. Specifically, CyberDiet’s fat and oils nutritional database. Turns out you could do a lot, lot worse than goose fat. Which is good to know, now that I’ve got over a quart in my fridge. (You can find nutritional information on any food you want here.)

Goose is good. I really

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:41 am

Goose is good. I really don’t think you can find a better tasting poultry at the market. And it’s easy to cook. As easy as roast chicken. Easier by far than turkey, and only half the size. Did I mention it’s just good? Next time you’re in the market for a roasted bird, check your market’s freezer case for a goose.