Jun 17 2015

Childhood Obesity Meets Bad Parenting

What happens when childhood obesity meets bad parenting? You get overweight kids. And at least one bummed out blogger. (That would be me.)

Fat Boys on Vinyl

Check out the lede from this New York Times story:

Not only was the 16-year-old boy 60 pounds overweight, but a blood test showed he might have fatty liver disease. At last, his mother took him to a pediatric weight management clinic in New Haven. But she did not at all like the dietitian’s advice.
“I can’t believe you’re telling me I can’t buy Chips Ahoy! cookies,” said the mother, herself a nurse.

You “can’t believe” it? Lady, according to this story, your kid might have liver disease. And your response is that you “can’t believe” the dietitian is telling you that perhaps the cause is cookie-related? Read more »

Aug 13 2013

Antibiotic Free Meat Is Free Of Antibiotics Unless It Isn’t

This story makes my head hurt.

From ABC/AP, an item about Chipotle Mexican Grill and how they are “considering tweaking its ‘responsibly raised’ meat standards to allow meat from animals that have been given antibiotics to treat illnesses.”

Apparently this was to clarify an earlier story. I don’t know exactly. Read it here if you want to.

This is the part that made me go “hmm.”

Quoting from ABC/AP:

The use of antibiotics to treat sick animals is considered acceptable by some health advocates, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is based in Washington, D.C. Sarah Klein, a senior attorney with the group, said the problem is when animals are fed antibiotics with food on a constant basis to promote growth or prevent disease, which could in turn lead to the growth of antibiotic resistant germs.

But Klein said the “Organic Meat” and “No Antibiotics Administered: USDA Verified” labels found in supermarkets mean the meat wasn’t treated with antibiotics, even if the animal was sick. She noted that there are other labels that aren’t verified by the government, such as “raised without antibiotics.”

“It may be true, but it’s not verified,” she said.

Let’s try that again. “It may be true, but it’s not verified.” Does that mean it’s true or untrue? I guess the answer is “perhaps.” Which doesn’t seem good enough.

If I could, I’d live on a farm. Until then I suppose we’ll take our chances.

via Chipotle Considering Change to Allow Antibiotics – ABC News.

Jul 19 2013

Blueberries For Dinner Poem

I’m drinking my dinner
(it’s not what you think)
I washed off some blueberries
Right in my sink
Made ’em into a smoothie
That did the trick
Cuz the idea of cooking
It just makes me sick.

Because it’s really hot. Have I mentioned that?


Aug 28 2012

Duck Fetus Eating Contest Grosses Us Out

This story about a duck fetus eating contest in Brooklyn makes us nauseous.

We were about to write “But it shouldn’t because we eat eggs so what’s the difference?”

Then we read more of the story.

A word of clarification: they don’t call this food item a “duck fetus” because odds are nobody would eat it. Well, not as many people. The word used is balut.

And now we will explain what a balut is. And why we are, in fact, grossed out by the contest, despite the fact that we eat eggs.

Read more »

Apr 23 2012

Chef Dad On Fuzzy Strawberries

Chef Dad has this to say about fuzzy strawberries:

I hate wasting food but I think these strawberries qualify as a new life form.

This tip is good advice with regard to all foodstuffs of uncertain freshness. “When in doubt, throw it out.”

From this week’s Brett Singer Tweets. Here’s the rest if you missed ’em.

Apr 16 2012

Five Allergy Safe Recipes

Worthington Super Links

I saw this post on Lifehacker about allergy safe recipes and was intrigued. Then I realized you could use recipes for allergic adults with allergic kids. Here is a DaddyTip from Chef Dad to you.

(h/t to Lifehacker and TheKitchn.) Read more »

Apr 04 2012

Food Price Observations

I’m becoming obsessed with the price of food. For example, one supermarket near me sells OJ for 2 dollars more than one 20 blocks away. (OJ the beverage, not the former football player.)
Also grapes. One place has them for over 3 bucks a pound. Street vendors have them for $1.50 a pound.
This is not about food prices, though. While it is possible that these prices are some sort of economic indicator, that’s not why I think I’m noticing them.
I think my becoming obsessed with food prices is a sign that I’m getting old. What’s next? Losing my hair?
(Note: Posted from a cellphone while cooking dinner.)