I’d like to introduce a new section to the blog called “Five Friday Favorites.” These posts will feature news articles from the food world, recipes which look amazing, or anything I find interesting, want to share, or think my readers might like too.
Leave a comment and tell me what you think!
1. Trader Joe’s adopts sustainable seafood standards:
Trader Joe’s announced this week that they will sell only sustainably sourced seafood by the end of 2012.
From the Washington Post: “In announcement posted on its Web site, the grocery chain would remove species condemned by environmental groups from its shelves, establish a transparent sourcing policy and leverage its buying power to change the seafood industry. The phase-out applies to all fresh, frozen and canned seafood.”
Why is this relevant? Because Trader Joe’s is no longer the small grocery chain which started here in Southern California selling exotic foodstuffs from all over the world. They now have they have 330 stores all over the country. This is going to have a big impact on helping to make people aware of seafood sustainability issues and on the seafood supply chain.
2. Traditional Italian Easter Rice Pie:
If I was cooking Easter dinner this year, I’d be making this Rice Pie for sure. In fact, I may just make it anyway since my mother has offered to take this as payment for doing my taxes.
3. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
If you are a formerchef facebook fan then you may have seen my posts about this new TV show. I really like the message here that America’s kids deserve better than the food they are being given for school meals. The food profiled on the show is nothing short of shocking in how unhealthful it is and it’s not an isolated incident. Most US public schools serve this type of food and it’s up to the parents and the public to insist they have fresh, healthy food. Ok, off my soapbox.
Please sign the petition if you have not done so yet. The show is on Friday nights on ABC.
4. Tomato Plant Yield Raised by 60%:
I’m not sure how I feel about this article which states: A hybrid tomato plant that gives a bumper crop of sweeter tomatoes has been created by scientists, by cross-breeding from two parent plants.
The hybrid produces about 60 per cent more tomatoes than the average tomato plant, and the sugar content of the fruit is also higher than normal, the scientists said. It carries a mutation in a single gene that controls the timing of flower formation.
The discovery could be applied to other valuable food crops such as potatoes, peppers and aubergines, the geneticists hope. The crop-boosting mutation is seen as a potentially valuable tool to increase global food production in the coming decades. I know I grow “hybrid” tomatoes every year so why does the word “mutation” bother me so much?
5. Home Made Cookie Stamps: Aren’t these just adorable? Next time you make cookies, you can let everyone know you made them yourself with these Home Made Cookie Stamps. These would work great with this Lemon Cookie recipe.
Bonus for those living in Southern California:
The LA Weekly published a great article this week on the Top 10 LA Cooking Supply Stores. I can’t wait to check out some of these places.