Foreign foodie words

Would you love me or hate me if I called you a Feinschmecker? Have you noticed how menus are peppered with words that most people pretend to know because they don’t want to appear stupid. Here’s a fun article that lists some words that you’re bound to know and a few that you don’t but once you learn will be able to impress your friends and the sometimes snooty wait person. I hope you find the article as much as amuse-bouching as I did.        
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Ground Turkey Food Safety: Public Health Salmonella Alert

77 illnesses reported in 26 states from the FDA press release WASHINGTON, July 29, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns about illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg that may be associated with use and consumption of ground turkey. This public health alert was initiated after continuous medical reports, ongoing investigations and testing conducted by various departments of health across the nation determined there is an association between consumption of ground turkey products and an estimated 77 illnesses reported in 26 states. The illnesses were
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Have I Got a Dill For You!

As promised, this week in Alphatinis is a savory sipper perfect for hot summer days. ~~~oOo~~~ I knew, when I (loosely) planned out this series, that D would have something to do with dill. A dill cocktail practically cries out for gin–it all but hops over and into the bottle just to be closer to the already herbalicious spirit. So a dill-infused gin it would be but then! Then I remembered this really nice cucumber-mint mojito with cucumber-infused gin I had once at Bonefish (whose cocktail menu I’ve found lacking in the past)so I decided to throw cucumber into the
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Tucson: 10 year old on national Healthier Generation advisory board

Tucson: 10 year old on national Healthier Generation advisory board from the press release Alliance for a Healthier Generation Selects Haile Thomas for 2011-2012 Youth Advisory Board Marana, Ariz–With a passion to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by inspiring her friends, school, and community to live healthier lives Haile Thomas, 10 years old, along with 19 other outstanding young people nationwide, has been selected to serve on the 2011-2012 Youth Advisory Board for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Youth
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Food Safety: Food Recall – Boneless Beef Products – Florida, Illinois

In a nutshell: Beef products found with de-worming agent (for dogs) found recalled. Another reason to eat local grass-fed beef. from the press release WASHINGTON, July 27, 2011 – Northwestern Meat, Inc., a Miami, Fla. firm, is recalling approximately 6,240 pounds of frozen boneless beef products imported from Honduras that may contain the animal drug Ivermectin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic and is used as a de-worming agent in live animals. (i.e. heartworm medication for dogs) The following products are subject to recall: –60-pound cases of “C&D”
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Food Safety: Salmonella and Papaya

In a nutshell: 99 people are sickened and 10 hospitalized from papaya salmonella from the FDA press release Foodborne outbreak potentially associated with papaya distributed by Agromod Produce, Inc. The papaya may contain Salmonella   Fast Facts The FDA is warning consumers not to eat papayas from Agromod Produce, Inc., a distributor in McAllen,Texas. FDA and CDC are investigating 97 reported cases of Salmonella Agona, including 10 hospitalizations, in 23 states related to the consumption of papayas. Agromod Produce, Inc. voluntarily recalled the papayas after FDA detected Salmonella matching the outbreak strain. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune
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Awesome Food Ideas Wanted

How would you make our food system more awesome? That is the question that the Awesome Foundation wants to know. Starting next month, the Foundation intends to give out $1,000 per month to “further food awesomeness in the universe.” If you get your application in by August 5, you could be the winner of the first round of money. According to the website, the “no-strings attached grant” could fund a variety of projects—everything from “educating the public about DIY farming” to “creating an ad-hoc eatery in a subway car.” Awesome Food is a chapter of the worldwide Awesome Foundation, a
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Fool-Proof Soup

Don’t relegate your soup suppers to late fall and winter, soups make excellent meals year-round, can be made with just about anything and are virtually fool-proof to boot! Often when you hear someone reference soups in summer it’s cold soups they’re talking about: vichyssoise or fruit soups used as an appetizer light lunch with salad. Frankly, cold soups leave me… cold; they often have odd textures and incomplete flavors. Instead, we have hot soups once a week or so, paired with warm rolls, a salad or sandwiches depending on the soup. One of the most common reasons for making soup
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Food Safety: Arsenic Laced Apple Juice

This is disturbing: According to an article in the Food Safety News, Mott’s Apple Juice from China (#&+@ is everything made in China these days?) is laced with more arsenic than our drinking water is allowed to have. According to Food & Water Watch, more than 70 percent of the apple juice consumed in the United States now comes from the People’s Republic of China, where the government has acknowledged a problem enforcing a new food safety law. And The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limits arsenic in public drinking water to 10 parts per billion, a level that has
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Give Me 3 CCs–Stat!

Unlike a goodly portion of human adults, I don’t rely on a cup of coffee or three to start my day (part of it is that whole no-caffeine thing, of course). Sure, I indulge in the occasional Venti Decaf Soy Caramel Macchiatto when I manage to leave the house a little early but, for the most part, my coffee-flavored indulgences happen later in the day. Much later. A good after-dinner coffee drink–with plenty of cream, of course–can only be improved by one thing, in my mind: chocolate. So I offer up this take on the chocolate coffee martini. 3-C Martini
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