FDL Book Salon Welcomes Brad Edmondson, Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 1:59 pm

Like many back in the 1980’s I was an early and enthusiastic convert to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The taste was, of course, great and the funky flavors & funny names couldn’t be found anywhere else. I was charmed by the light-hearted fun, in fact, joyous aura around the products and the business. Pretty soon it sunk in that this ice cream wasn’t just a tasty, belt-busting treat but also it was made at a cool, decidedly un-corporate enterprise in bucolic Vermont, by real people who shared a lot of my values. Furthermore they were actually eager to espouse their (& my) values. How bizarre & refreshing was that?!


Most People Claim to Actually Use the Restaurant Nutritional Labels

By: Friday July 11, 2014 5:00 pm

The CDC looked at people in 17 states who visit chain restaurants and have noticed that menu labeling was publicly displayed. Among this group 57.3 percent say they at least sometimes use the information to make their choice.

Sunday Food: Lard!

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 3:45 pm

Is lard healthy or unhealthy? I don’t know. What I do know is that lard was one of the not-so-secret ingredients our parents, grandparents, and so on used to make that wonderfully crisp fried chicken or those oh so flaky biscuits and dinner rolls.

Friday Food for the Fourth

By: Friday July 4, 2014 8:12 am

I myself am not hosting a picnic, I’ll be collecting neighborhood cheeseburgers later this afternoon, but I came across this tasty looking vegetable platter I thought you guys would like: A Farmgirl’s Dabbles’ Miso-Butter Grilled Veggies with Basil-Mint Pesto.

Food Sunday: Butter

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 4:00 pm

I love butter. It is the only thing I add to a baked potato (well salt and pepper but no sour cream.) I cook with butter (scrambled eggs and steak both.) Butter on my toast. Boiled and buttered potatoes. Butter floating on my mashed potatoes. As a kid, my dessert was often a slice of bread with fresh butter and sugar sprinkled on top. A marvelous pastry is a slice of Hawaiian sweet bread, buttered with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on and into the microwave for 15 seconds.

Sunday Food: Tea

By: Sunday June 29, 2014 7:01 am

There are times when tea is perfect.

Sunday Food: Coffee

By: Sunday June 22, 2014 9:00 am

Most of us start off our day with a cup, usually more, of coffee. The health aspects of it aren’t foremost on our minds when we fill the grounds basket and start the pot brewing. It’s a ritual, and the smell of brewing coffee is wonderful, plus without a cuppa there’s an emptiness about the morning.

How Foster Farms Used the USDA, Big Chicken Lobbyists and Lawyers to Avoid a Recall

By: Friday June 20, 2014 6:52 pm

On the surface this story is good news. But read further as I dissect this announcement, the media coverage and wonder what levers were pulled and words tweaked to get there.

And now let this be on your conscience…add it to the tab

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 1:30 am

I have to admit over the years I have bought a lot of large shrimp from CostCo without giving much thought to the process of how they were obtained.

Late Night: Keep Your Stinkin’ Hands Off My Cheese!

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 8:00 pm

If the FDA’s latest incursion into our god(s)-given rights to eat fermented, aged, and bacteria-laden milk, has you cheesed off, you can let the White House know.

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