Food Bloggers Get Ethical, Ethical

Food bloggers Brooke Burton and Leah Greenstein have drafted a "Food Blog Code of Ethics" outlining basic standards of fairness, accountability, and transparency.

 


Unuseless Inventions: Tomatoes That Don't Leak

To much fanfare, the British supermarket chain Tesco has begun selling the world's first "non-leaking tomato." Grown in Holland, the innovation is being pitched as a major discovery and a critical solution to the problem of soggy sandwiches, which is apparently a big issue in the UK.

Leaklesstomato “The arrival of the non-leaking tomato may well be heralded by sarnie fans as the best thing to hit the sandwich world since sliced bread," said Tesco's tomato buyer Emma Pettitt: As one of the most universally used sandwich ingredients the problem is one that affects millions of people every day in the UK."

According to Pettitt, a standard supermarket tomato will leak 12 percent of its moisture into the bread within an hour of the sandwich being made, while the non-leaking version tomato loses only 3 percent of is moisture.

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Bacon Overload

The latest in bacon mashups: bacon-flavored vodka.

 


Drink Wine, Live Longer

A new study has found that men who drink wine live 5 years longer than those who don't.

 


In Praise of Shortcakes

In the Los Angeles Times, Russ Parsons shares his secrets for achieving "shortcake nirvana." Oddly enough, hardboiled egg yolks are involved. Who knew?

 


"Swine Flu": What's in a Name?

"Swine flu" is getting a bad wrap. Concerned with what the term is doing to the image of pigs, the pork lobby is pushing to drop the term and go with H1N1 (its scientific name) or "hybrid flu." What's more, an Israeli health official has derided the name as offensive to Jews and Muslims.

 


The Trayless Cafeteria

The New York Times explores the "trayless" phenomenon at college cafeterias which we wrote about last year.

 


Agenda: Hot Dog Hootenanny, Brooklyn Food, and Cookbook Publishing

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This post is Anna's last as our Events Editor. She's moving on to spend more time on her own web endeavor, Party Remedies. She's done an excellent job here and will be sorely missed. We wish her the very best.

FEATURED EVENT: The 2009 Hot Dog Hootenanny
Serious Eats comes to Astor Center on Sunday, May 3rd, to talk about and celebrate all things hot dog, from sophisticated, high-end wieners to low end dirty water dogs. Guests will sample regional hot dog favorites as well as dogs from participating vendors. The tasting will be followed by a lecture and discussion on the history of the food. Finally, guests are encouraged to submit a haiku with the opportunity of having the poem selected and published on Serious Eats the following day (details).

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British Jam, by Way of France

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Tea Together, a producer of artisanal jams based in northern France, has just opened its first retail store in Millburn, New Jersey.

I caught up with owners Nick and Judith Gifford when the shop opened last month.

The British couple started their business 12 years ago after leaving busy careers in film and television production for country life in the northern French village of  St. Remy au Bois. Before long, they traded film for food and tried their hand as culinary entrepreneurs.

"We wondered what the English could do better than the French" said Judith, and they hit upon British traditions of breakfast and tea time as their angle. "You see," she explained. "The French do everything based on lunch and dinner."

Seizing an opportunity, they started out baking scones (what could be more British?). When they set up shop at the market, the scones attracted a lot of curiosity from the locals, but few sales. Judith recalled that her French customers were bewildered about what to do with them. "'But, when would you eat these?' they would ask." The scones never took off.

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Revive Your Lettuce

Immerse iceberg lettuce leaves in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes to bring back the crisp texture and the moisture they lose on the way from farm to table.