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10 Fascinating Food Facts

10 Fascinating Food Facts
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Gregs Gypsy Bowtop Caravans - Home 10 ingredients to fancy up your meals Sure, you can follow a recipe and whip up something elaborate when you want to show off. But you don’t do that every day. We don't do that every day. Nobody does that every day. We all look at what in the stores on the way home, or check out the sagging vegetables in the crisper and improvise. That's what professional chefs do, too – when they don't order take-out. Here are 10 things that you can keep around the house to make those dinners you whip up on the fly seem more like restaurant dishes.Sherry vinegar Sometime in the '80s, Americans discovered balsamic vinegar, the sweet and syrupy condiment that Italians had been enjoying for centuries. Pimentón Another Spanish import, pimentón is paprika – but not that tasteless, dusty stuff your mother sprinkled all over the chicken. Smoked sea salt Food geeks are in love with fancy salts: pink sea salt from Hawaiian beaches, hand-gathered grey salt from Brittany. Pancetta Shallots Miso Fish sauce Dried porcini mushrooms Dry vermouth

Things People Said Ordinary people can be drop dead funny. Latest additions: 1/21/11 Human speech is directly responsible for almost every thought and emotion we have throughout life's journey. The complexity of language and the complex messages we use it to communicate leave the possibilities wide open for just about anything. Among other things, people can say things that are funny. We pay good money to see comedians say funny things, and a lot of them come through. This page features humor that bypasses that. Slips and Gaffes Accident Reports -- Descriptions of accidents as written on insurance claim forms. Questions, Suggestions, and Complaints Forest Service Feedback -- City folk suggest improvements to the outdoors. Things Kids Say Kids' Ideas About Love -- 5 to 10 year olds expound on love and marriage. Stupidity Warning Labels -- In today's litigious society, products need ridiculously obvious instructions. Famous People Yogi Berra -- Verbal blunders from one of baseball's legends. RinkWorks

Food Timeline: food history & vintage recipes Farro Salad with Roasted Mushrooms and Parmesan - Recipes - food52 - food community, recipe search and cookbook contests Author Notes: The other week, at a restaurant near me in Brooklyn, I tried a special appetizer of roasted mushrooms and farro. It ended up being more mushroom than farro, and while I might have preferred the opposite, the synthesis of flavors was spot on. The entire dish was perfumed with parmesan, which, instead of being grated, had been crumbled into tiny pebbles. Serves 4 1 cup uncooked farro Salt 1/2 pound wild mushrooms (use a mix of your favorites) Olive oil Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 cup finely chopped or crumbled parmesan (not grated - you want a slightly coarser texture here) 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley Heat the oven to 350 degrees. This recipe is a Community Pick! Popular on Food52 and Provisions

America's Regional Hot Dog Styles As we head into the 4th of July weekend, hot dogs are everywhere. They're on our grill and on our plates. They're on our TVs (the annual hot dog eating contest on ESPN). And this being Serious Eats, they're on our mind. Let's discuss. We bring you Serious Eats' definitive guide to America's regional hot dog styles. Sonorans (Tuscon and Phoenix, Arizona) Photograph from Mr Frosted on Flickr Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are grilled, then nestled in steamed bolillo rolls and topped with pinto beans, chopped tomatoes, onions, mustard, mayo, and jalapeños. Michigan Red Hots (Upstate New York) A favorite that hails from New York's North Country, Michigan red hots are steamed beef franks with a natural casing, served in a steamed split-top bun, and topped with a minced meat chili (no tomatoes or beans), chopped raw onions, and mustard. Clare and Carl's 4729 NY-9, Plattsburgh NY 518-561-1163 New York System (Rhode Island) Olneyville New York System Hot Weiners Slaw Dogs (The South) Nu-Way Red Dogs (Maine)

Infographic: A Cheat Sheet For Grilling Out It’s surprisingly easy to cook a single piece of meat perfectly every time. If you can’t eyeball it, you can simply use a thermometer. But what can get quite a bit more difficult is juggling a few different proteins--bone-in chicken breasts, brats, and burgers--on a jam-packed grill for a bunch of friends. Click to enlarge. Luckily, this infographic by Column Five Media makes grilling as easy as looking at infographics. Rather than focusing on temperatures, it lists your favorite grillables by heat and cook times. But where it gets interesting is in the graphic’s simplicity of quick comparison. Now I know, you’re a big-time grill master. [Image: Joel Gustaffson/Shutterstock]

Low Sodium Sodium Recommendations According to the FDA, a low-sodium food contains 140 mg or less of sodium. Those on low-sodium diets should limit sodium intake to between 500 mg to 1500mg daily. Those watching their sodium intake should also monitor the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol levels they consume. Always be sure to check the Nutrition Facts panel on any products you purchase. Even those that don’t suffer from high blood pressure of hypertension should consider reducing sodium intake. Look below to find ideas for delicious low-sodium meals.

Hot Smoked Salmon, Soba and Asian Greens Salad - Recipes - food52 - food community, recipe search and cookbook contests Author Notes: I got hooked on hot-smoked salmon while living in England where my corner fishmonger sold me some of his personally recommended local stuff. I had to limit myself to buying this only once a week. It was sweet and salty, firm and creamy all at the same time. Food52 Review: Smoking sounds so intimidating and time consuming, right? Serves 4 for a starter and 2 for a main course Hot smoked salmon 1/2 pound fillet of salmon (I used wild caught sockeye, because the color is lovely.) 1/4 cup cup kosher salt 1/3 cup turbinado sugar 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons Chinese Five Spice Cut salmon fillet lengthwise in two even pieces. Soba noodle salad 8 ounces buckwheat soba noodles Juice of one lemon 4 tablespoons Soy Sauce 3 tablespoons Mirin 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger 2 teaspoons white sugar 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1/3 cup warm water, more if necessary. Your Best Salmon Contest Finalist! Popular on Food52 and Provisions Tags: Asian salad

It's Official- Cell Phones are Killing Bees Scientists may have found the cause of the world’s sudden dwindling population of bees – and cell phones may be to blame. Research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland has shown that the signal from cell phones not only confuses bees, but also may lead to their death. Over 83 experiments have yielded the same results. With virtually most of the population of the United States (and the rest of the world) owning cell phones, the impact has been greatly noticeable. Led by researcher Daniel Favre, the alarming study found that bees reacted significantly to cell phones that were placed near or in hives in call-making mode. The bees sensed the signals transmitted when the phones rang, and emitted heavy buzzing noise during the calls. The signals cause the bees to become lost and disoriented. Bees are an integral and necessary part of our agricultural and ecological systems, producing honey, and more importantly pollinating our crops. Via Daily Mail

Buffalo Wild Wings Recipes I’m more of a classic buffalo sauce(Frank’s, butter, and vinegar) man myself, but I had these recipes for my favorite wings at Buffalo Wings Wings, so I thought I would share. Some of these may seem a little labor intensive, but they definitely taste a lot better with fresh ingredients. Enjoy. updated: November 21st, 2009 Parmesan Garlic 1/2 cup butter, melted1 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon onion salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated Spicy Garlic 1 Cup Frank’s cayenne pepper sauce1/3 Cup vegetable oil1 Teaspoon granulated sugar1 Teaspoon garlic powder½ teaspoon course ground black pepper½ teaspoon cayenne pepper½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Medium Wing Sauce 1 cup Frank’s cayenne pepper sauce1/3 cup vegetable oil1 teaspoon granulated sugar1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce1/8 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper Hot Wing Sauce Blazin’ Mango Habanero Asian Zing Carribean Jerk Cooking Instructions:

The History Kitchen | Exploring the fascinating history of food Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon and Pecorino - Recipes - food52 - food community, recipe search and cookbook contests Author Notes: A few weeks ago while having dinner at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, Stone Park Cafe, my husband and I shared one of those rare and wonderful dishes that grabs hold of your taste buds and doesn't let go. It was simplicity itself: delicately shaved raw Brussels sprouts with wisps of red onion, a light, lemony dressing spiked generously with whole grain mustard, and a generous hit of tangy Pecorino. I immediately declared that I would try and replicate it at home, and this was met with great enthusiasm by my husband. I'd serve this as a first course, with a nice, crisp white like Gruner Veltliner. (less)Author Notes: A few weeks ago while having dinner at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, Stone Park Cafe, my husband and I shared one of those rare and won (…more) - Merrill Stubbs Serves 6 This recipe is a Community Pick! Popular on Food52 and Provisions Tags: brussels sprouts, Salads, whole grain mustard