{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION

NEWS

Biggest food policy story of the week: Grist reports (Tom Laskaway) that researchers from the University of Southern California decided to test actual brand-name sodas — including Coke, Pepsi, and Sprite — to confirm their exact sugar content and makeup. They found that the High Frutose Corn Syrup (HFCS)  in the vast majority contained far more than the presumed 55 percent fructose: in the case of those three brands, it was actually 65 percent fructose. Study findings here. HFCS advocates have always argued that chemically white sugar and HFCS- having the same roughly the same 50/50 frutose to glucose ratio as white sugar, HFSC has been said to be 55/45 but this research shows that the frutose is much higher. Make sure to read the artist and the comments. The very first comment was written by Audrae Erickson, President, Corn Refiners Association!!!! He states the research is flawed and links to their official press release on the study. Press Release found here.

Marion Nestle has a terrific roundup on the HFCS study findings on her blog. This is also a must read.

This article was all over the blogosphere as it was linked to on many, many blogs. A great article about candy, indulgence and the American psyche all told from the perspective of Dr. Samira Kawash, a former Rutgers professor of American and Gender Studies. She is the Candy Professor, a blog, dedicated to researching the history of candy and the historical and current “baggage” surrounding the treats. This article was linked to on many, many blogs. Great stuff.

Marion Nestle gives The Atlantic readers an update on the Food Manufacture’s favorite ploy, Front of Package Labeling v. Regulation debate. NYTIMES reports the Grocery Manufactures Association’s plan to introduce the labeling system.

Interesting story coming out of our local area. The Time Union reports that a muslim family’s car, belongings and even children’s backpacks were searched at Bowman’s Orchard last week. News of this event coupled with a growing boycott by conservative American bloggers over Campbell’s soup introduction of  halal soups in Canada – made the owner of East Line Book on Route 9 in Clifton Park begin a can soup drive in support of the muslim community. Java Jazz Cafe is also collecting soup. All soup will be donated to Regional Food Back on Northeastern New York on November 17th. http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Orchard-dispute-ingredient-for-soup-drive-747343.php

Tracie McMillian reports on Detroit’s amazing local food movement for the The Atlantic. Awesome stuff going on in that city…

Tom Laskaway at Grist has another great commentary about the school lunch controversity in this county compared to France’s school lunch program via a CBS report. CBS news report embedded in the article.

Check out the amazing, sophisticated pumpkin carvings on Design Sponge- free templates available. Yum.

An interesting commentary on the recent shut-down of two small cheese producers by the FDA and the pending Food Safety legislation stalled in Congress. A must read.

BBC reports on Africa’s new seaweed farmers.

Over at Obama Foodorama, they report that the Halloween cookie theme is still top secret. The President & First Lady will again host trick or treaters to the White House.

On Halloween, Chipotle (and Jamie Oliver) is hosting a processed food costume party. Any costumer who shows up dressed as a processed food item, they get a boorito (burritos) for $2. Those two dollars goes directly to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Program, up to 1 million dollars. Awesome. For those in the food allergic community, they are very allergy friendly. They even have a FAAN sponsored allergy ingredient card to take home with you. Even though they have cheese and sour cream in the line, we eat there at least once a week. They change their gloves and take guac (not made from sour cream but actual avocados) from a fresh batch just to be on the safe side. We have never had a problem. Ever.

Raise Healthy Eaters poses 6 Questions That Will Transform Your Meal Planning

On Grist, author Ashley Braun reports on Marion Nestle’s talk at University of Washington’s Food and Environmental Series.

Nut-Free Mom publishes a fantastic post from last year where she explains why people shouldn’t cook or bake for her food-allergic child.

On Bittman.com, a great essay about putting McDonald’s out of business and one that poses that higher prices for meat is a good idea.

LOCAL NEWS

This piece was published on Saturday, after I had already posted my local news post. Interesting story coming out of our local area. The Time Union reports that a muslim family’s car, all belongings and even children’s backpacks where searched at Bowman’s Orchard last week in search of stolen apples. Bowman’s disputes the claims. News of this event coupled with a growing boycott by conservative American bloggers over Campbell’s soup introduction of  halal soups in Canada – made the owner of East Line Book on Route 9 in Clifton Park and a mom in Halfmoon begin a can soup drive in support of the muslim community. Java Jazz Cafe is also collecting soup. All soup will be donated to Regional Food Back on Northeastern New York on November 17th.

RECIPES

I don’t link to the very blog-famous, The Pioneer Woman, a lot but I like two of her recipes this week: her maple spaghetti squash with  shallots recipe and her favorite turkey brine.

The fantastic non-profit organization, Kids with Food Allergies, is a terrific resource for parents. They have a list, with recipes, of allergy-friendly Halloween treats.

My food-allergy mama pal, Lana, posts pictures of the cutest 2 year old’s Halloween lunch. What’s great about this special “spooky” lunch is that it isn’t fussy, unlike Martha Stewart-everything, she used cookie cutters to make magic. Awesome.

Sugarcrafter makes candy corn from scratch!

Ruhlman talks the tough road of Celiac’s Disease and pizza dough- A must make recipe.

Bittman serves up a recipe for gnochi without potatoes.

Vegan Halloween RoundUp on Healthy Happy Life!

Sarah whip out your apple butter, Marisa at Food In Jars has a recipe for Whole Wheat Spiced Applesauce Bread

Okay, Annie’s Eats is an amazing desert blog. You MUST check out her last minute Halloween roundup. The creativity!

If you need to feed an infant-person, One Hungry Mama has rounded up all her baby food recipes for one post. I’ve made her Chai Oatmeal for me ;) The flavor combinations are amazing that I’ve made a bunch of these recipes for Miles & I.

OMG! Puff pastry and grated cheese turning into amazing bake-at-home (and EASY!) cheese sticks!!! Go Shutterbean, great recipe.

Pithy & Cleaver has a pumpkin & sausage lasagna. Perfect for a fall dinner.

thekitchn has a recipe for vegan fish sauce.

Lastly, Steve Barnes at Table Hopping got a copy of the recipe for the winning Troy chowderfest recipe, Autumn Pear Chowder, by Ryan Huneau, Executive Chef at the Italian Community Center in Troy.

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Author:Christina

Finding her true calling, connecting people to their local foodshed, Christina is the Editor & Founder of From Scratch Club and a proud CSA Member & Market Crew member of Kilpatrick Family Farm. At the homestead, she is the Chef de Cuisine, Master Baker & Head Food Preservationist to her husband Charles and their 2 year old son, Miles Jae. Although always a supporter of local, sustainable, humane and whole foods, Chris is now on a serious mission to bring those principles into her kitchen due to Miles Jae’s multiple food allergy diagnosis, asthma and the rare disease, EE. All of her recipes are dairy, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, gluten/wheat, pea, corn & sesame free.

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2 Comments on “{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION”

  1. November 1, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    You have outdone yourselves with this post… I have so much good reading to do tonight!

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  1. Beer Can Chicken {oh so juicy! oh so fancy!} « FROM SCRATCH club - November 2, 2010

    [...] – fish sauce. No matter how I herb my chicken, I also throw fish sauce over it right before it hits the oven rack for a deeply carmelized & crispy outer skin. The fish sauce flavor evolves, it does not tasty “fishy”. Its my favorite. I linked to a vegan fish sauce recipe on Sunday’s Weekend Reading. [...]

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