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Todays Food News-5 things servers will not tell you, Michelle Obama’s food message is working, cool celebrity cook book , hate cilantro, and Banning of HFCS.

Posted by chefmax on April 14, 2010



Hello every body…How’s about a little food news

If you hate cilantro it may not be your fault. From the NYT, by Harold Mcgee. A really good reason why you may not like cilantro… your brain thinks you are trying to poison it. According to Professor Mcgee, if you keep trying it in low grade amounts you will develop a taste for it. Makes sense. Remember the first beer you had or fist sip of Cabernet. My brain told me that it sucked then it learned that I was not trying to poison it and allowed me to acquire a taste for the nectar. Ha, the jokes on my brain, it is a form of low grade poison.

A very cool celebrity cook book that I have never seen. Recipes form Helen Keller, Salvador Dali, Katharine Hepburn..Very cool, must find it. From the NYT by Florence Fabricant.

Food company are responding to Michelle Obama’s message of health in food. From Bloomberg, by Kate Anderson Drower. Sugar and sodium contents will be reduced by some of the biggest producers of junk foods. From Pepsico inc. to Kraft Foods Inc. they are responding to the soft pressure of the White House. Good for them. Step by step. Thank you Michelle.

Banning of HFCS in New York, Can it happen? From Food Nav, by Caroline Scott-Thomas. It is a long shot.

New Huffinton post section on food. Good for you Huffpo! From HuffFood, by Divya Gugnani. The 5 things servers will not tell you.

-I agree with the 10 minute walk in at the the end of the night.

-The fruit in the drink was wrong in the places I have worked. We always washed the fruit for garnish. It is true that it is usllay the least talented cook doing the prep on this item.

-Fish on Monday can be true depending on where you live and what kind of restaurant it is. if it is a seafood restaurant near the coast they are getting fresh stuff all the time. It is still fist in first out. Tuesday is a more dangerous day since it is usually the slowest and the Chef may try to get through without new product.

-Restaurant’s do remember you. Tip well. Now with new reservation software they can really remember everything about you.

-Bar nuts. You are on your own with this one. Doesn’t Alcohol kill germs?

Hope you have a great day!

Chef Max

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Todays Food News-High Fructose Corn Syrup and Agave Nectar, Lifestyle ways to fight Cancer, Your Food Environment Atlas

Posted by chefmax on February 23, 2010

Just a couple to touch on today. The HFCS and Agave article is very interseting and full of good info. The food atlas at the FDA is really cool and I could see a real sexy widget being built around this data.

From Dr. David Servan-This is a good article an things you can do to fight Cancer with lifestyle changes. Some common sense items and a very easy read. Change is step by step and

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Agave Nectar. From The Western A. Price Foundation by Sally Fallon Morell and Rami Nagel.  This one is allot of information but is very thorough. The information on Agave Nectar is troubling and it is good to know these findings. Just like all this information, do you own research and do not trust just one resource. Aldo, follow the money to see the sponsors.

Here is a cool new food atlas that the USDA has put together. Tons of information about food production, farms,  and a statisticians nirvana. Very cool site. Your Food Environment Atlas . Keep this one bookmarked.

hope you have a great day,

Chef Max  2-23-10

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Chocolate Souffle with Ginger Caramel Sauce- Happy Valentines Day!

Posted by chefmax on February 13, 2010

Chocolate Souffle

Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 45 min

Servings: Makes 2 to 4 servings.

ingredients

1/3 cup sugar plus additional for sprinkling

5 oz bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped

3 large egg yolks at room temperature

6 large egg whites

Accompaniment: lightly sweetened whipped cream

Special equipment: a 5 1/2- to 6-cup glass or ceramic soufflé dish

preparation

Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously butter soufflé dish and sprinkle with sugar, knocking out excess.

Melt chocolate in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove bowl from heat and stir in yolks (mixture will stiffen).

Beat whites with a pinch of salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until they just hold soft peaks. Add 1/3 cup sugar, a little at a time, continuing to beat at medium speed, then beat at high speed until whites just hold stiff peaks. Stir about 1 cup whites into chocolate mixture to lighten, then add mixture to remaining whites, folding gently but thoroughly.

Spoon into soufflé dish and run the end of your thumb around inside edge of soufflé dish (this will help soufflé rise evenly). Bake in middle of oven until puffed and crusted on top but still jiggly in center, 24 to 26 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cooks’note:

• Soufflé can be assembled up to 30 minutes before baking. Keep, covered with an inverted large bowl (do not let bowl touch soufflé), at room temperature.

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Gingered Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp. corn syrup
  • ½ cup cream
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup crème fraiche
  • 1 tsp. gratedGinger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Method:

1. Stir sugar, water and corn syrup in saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves.  Increase heat and boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber.

2. Remove from heat and whisk in cream, butter and then crème fraiche.  Add ginger, vanilla and salt.  Serve hot.  Can be made ahead and reheated before serving.

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Aphrodisiacs- Happy Valentines Day

Posted by chefmax on February 13, 2010

I first became aware of aphrodisiacs during my time as the Operations Manager of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley. Chef Bill Reynolds used to do a lecture on the symbolism, placebo, and real biological effects of food on the human sex drive. He would enter the lecture carrying the largest root vegetable he could find, usually a white dikon radish that was 2-3 feet long. This always got a big laugh (which is another good aphrodisiac). Since that time at Greystone I have had the opportunity to meet others that have been very interested in the food/sex connection. I have referenced a couple in this article and I am very grateful they have done such great research on this subject. One of my main reasons I wanted to become a Chef was to meet girls and play golf.

Some foods, herbs and spices have always been associated with sex throughout history. The Greeks are where we get the term Aphrodisiac, which was named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Mayans had their drinking chocolate. There have been oysters, figs,

It seems the quest for the perfect love potion has only been slightly behind the quest for everlasting youth. Every culture has a history and lore of herbs, spices, and foods that can be used to stimulate both men and women and to increase or heighten the sexual experience.

What follows below are foods, herbs, spices and some items thought to have been thought to have aphrodisiac properties. Some can be very dangerous and others do not work at all but I have tried to have as complete a list as possible. Some add minerals or stimulants that give us energy. Overall, have fun with it.

*The contents on this page are informational only. Experiment at your own risk.

We take no responsibility the Author, Host, or web-host for misuse.*

Alcohol

Alcohol, is a false aphrodisiac, and just lowers inhibitions. Even alcohol can contribute to erectile dysfunction, according to Karen Boyle, director of Reproductive Medicine and Surgery unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore: “These drugs effect blood flow by their actions on arteries and veins and [negatively] impact testosterone levels, and thus libido.” A few drinks are all right, but relying on alcohol to get in the mood could be a sign of a deeper problem.

Almonds

(Prunus dulcis) have been a symbol of fertility throughout the ages.  The aroma of almonds are thought to induce passionate feelings in a female.

Aniseed

(Pimpinella anisum) Has been a very popular aphrodisiac since the Greek and the Roman times. It is said that just sucking on the seeds can increases your sexual desires.

Areca Nut

(Areca Catechu) is a strong stimulant. Betel seeds are eaten along with Betel leafs, which contain alkaloids that have a stimulating effect on the entire body. Betel seed is a traditional aphrodisiac in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine.

Asafetida

(Ferula assafoetida) This Central Asian spice is also a mild stimulant. Asafetida can be eaten or burned as an incense and is considered the best aphrodisiac from Tibetan Medicine.

Ashwagandha

(Physalis somnifera) is considered the king of herbs and is also India’s most potent hot plant. Used equally by men and women, supposable widely prescribed by physicians for adults with low libido and to improve sexual function. It is also claimed that it improves memory function.

Asparagus

(Asparagus officinalis ) as an aphrodisiac food, asparagus with it’s phallic shape, has been frequently enjoyed. The Vegetarian Society suggests “eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful affect”.

Avocado

(Persea americana) The Aztecs referred to the avocado tree as the “testicle tree”. There is no real proof out side of that to make it an aphrodisiacs.

Bananas

(Musaceae Musa) Banana flowers have a phallic shape and are partially responsible for popularity of the banana as an aphrodisiac food. An early Islamic myth tells the tale that after Adam and Eve succumbed to the “Apple” they started covering their “nudity” with banana leaves rather than fig leaves. Bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, which are necessities for sex hormone production.

Basil

(Ocimum basilicum) 
Is said to stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility. It is also said to produce a general sense of well being for body and mind.

Broccoli Rabe

(Brassica rapa)
The ground seeds of various plants in the brassica family were believed to increase virility. Broccoli rabe may have been more likely a myth that was created to get people to eat this vegetable that can be very bitter.

B-Complex

B vitamins are involve with production of the synthesis of hormones, energy, and metabolism. B vitamins may be the most important nutrient for healthy function of the nerves. A lower level of B vitamins can mean lower levels of female hormones.

Belladonna

(Atropa Belladonna) is known as Nightshade or the “witch’s plant,” The Greek Thessalian witches combine Belladonna root with wine to make powerful love drinks. It is also rumored to be used middle ages, ancient Rome and by Macbeth of Scotland. Fresh berries are eaten, leaves smoked. An overdose will lead to death via respiratory paralysis.

Borrachero

(Culebra Borrachero ) A strong inebriant from Columbia used as an aphrodisiac which is made from the fresh leaves of the plant. All parts of the plant contain highly active tropane alkaloids, with 80% scopolamine. This is being used in South American, mostly Columbia, kidnap/ rape cases. This plant used to be used by Colombian shamans of the Kamsa’ tribe. Very Toxic.

Calamus

(Acorus calamus) A Psychotropic drug used as a sexual stimulant in high doses, but can also be a skin irritant. Calamus oil can be added to tea or even better, a bath to promote erection. Calamus has long been the symbol for male love starting in Greek myth.

Cardamom

(Elettaria , or Amomum ) are a sensual spice considered to have aphrodisiac properties. With a peculiar nature; it cools the body when it is hot, and warms it when it is cold. Cleopatra is said to have used cardamom in her baths.

Carrots

(Daucus carota ) Carrots are believed to be a stimulant for males. The phallus shape has been associated with stimulation since ancient times and is said to have been used by early Middle Eastern royalty to aid in seduction. Carrots are full of high vitamins and beta-carotene.

Cayenne

(Capsicum annuum ) Also known as capsicum, it plays a very large role in blood circulation. When cayenne is ingested, it dilates blood vessels allowing increased blood flow throughout the body, especially in the major organs. The penis benefits greatly from the ingestion of cayenne. It is a widely held belief that cayenne aids in longer lasting erections, with stronger ejaculations and more intense orgasms.

Chile Peppers

(Capsicum ) Their heat releases endorphins, the pleasure enzymes. Just wash your hands very well after cutting them.

Chocolate

Chocolate has phenylethylamine and serotonin, two chemicals that light up pleasure areas in the brain. Chocolate is similar to sex in that it makes you feel good. The Aztecs associated it with their goddess of fertility. We put it in Valentines Day. It may not work, but it is fun trying.

Cistanches

(Cistanche deserticola) One of the more popular and more potent, yin-yang tonic herbs is found in many formulas designed to strengthen sexual function. Cistanches has been widely used to alter the fertility of both sexes, impotence for men and infertility for women. The ancient classics indicate that Cistanches increases both the flow of yang energy and blood flow to the genitals. None of this has been proven scientifically.

Cinnamon

(Cinnamomum zeylanicum) The bark of the tree is used and has a stimulant sensation. This spice is used in cooking or as massage oil. Did you ever wonder why you were feeling romantic at Cinnabun?

Clove

(Eugenia caryophyllata) Used as a stimulant, as spice or oil, that has reported strong antiseptic and stimulating properties.

Cnidium Seeds

(Cnidium monnieri ) A sexual stimulant and longevity herb increases fertility, prevents premature ejaculation and weak sexual potency. Cnidium seed was often used in combination with Cuscuta seed in aphrodisiac formulations, since the two seeds are said to work well when combined.

Coriander

(Coriandrum sativum) Refers to the whole plant but also the seed of the Cilantro plant. This has been used as a stimulant since ancient Egypt and Palestine. They would add coriander to wine to increase the sperm production. They also used to add seawater to the wine to make it more palatable. Sounds like the wine had issues. Use sparingly for some people do not like cilantro at all.

Damiana

(Turnera diffusa) Damiana grows in Mexico, Central America and the southern parts of California and is known to increase the sharpness of a female orgasm. The Mayan Indians and the natives of Mexico have used Damiana leaf for generations. Made into a tea or used in Margaritas instead of triple sec.

Epimedium

(Known as Horny Goat Weed or Yin Yang Huo). Benefits are known to stimulate sexual desire, increases sexual activity, increase sperm production and increase sexual stamina.

Fennel

( Foeniculum vulgare ) Fennel, as an aphrodisiac, dates back to the Egyptian times where it was used as an enhancement for the libido. During the 1930′s fennel was found to be a source of natural plant estrogens.

Figs

(Ficus carica ) Cut a fig in half and it is thought to emulate the female sex organs- Yonic symble. Figs have traditionally been thought of as sexual stimulant.

Garlic

(Allium sativum) Essential oils have antibiotic and cell-activating effects. Used as an aphrodisiac since the Egyptians, the Romans consecrated it to Ceres the goddess of fertility. Make sure you both eat it so the fragrance is balanced.

Ginger

(Zingber officinarum) A root eaten cooked, pickled, or made into tea and used as a stimulant. Ginger has a spicy/hot quality that heats up like fire in the body.

Ginkgo

(Ginkgo Biloba) Aphrodisiac benefits that is said to increased sexual energy. Ginkgo has a circulation enhancer called terpene lactone which increases cerebral and genital blood flow. This enhances the production of dopamine, adrenaline and other neurotransmitters in the brain. This is responsible for improved pleasure arousal and alertness.

Ginseng

(Panax) Studies have suggested that the ginsenoside components including phytoestrogen have an effect on human sexual desire. Native Americans and ancient Chinese medicine have known this for millennia.

Gynostemma

(Gynostemma pentaphyllum) Is widely believed to have age delaying abilities and is great for senility and fatigue. It is also known to increase sexual functions, vigor, and digestion and to reduce oxygen deficiency at high altitudes.

Honey

In Egyptian times honey was used in cures for sterility and impotence.  Medieval seducers plied their partners with Mead, a fermented drink made from honey.  A “Honeymoon” was a time that in-laws would give a months worth of mead, which it was thought to sweeten the marriage.

Horsetail

(Equisetum Myriochaetum) is from Central America and contains mostly silica. Horsetail is used to stimulate immune system and an infusion made out of fresh stalks may improve erections. This can also be very toxic.

Kava-Kava

(Piper methysticum ) A well-known Polynesian invigorator that increases performance. The ritual drink is made from the roots, and fermented which produces psychotropic and aphrodisiac qualities. This also can be very toxic.

Kelp

(Macrocystis pyrifera) Kelp is rich in many vitamins and minerals, among them iodine like oysters, which is necessary for the proper function of the thyroid gland. Low levels of iodine can result in excessive physical fatigue and a low sex drive.

Liquorice Root

(Glycyrrhiza glabra) Liquorice has a very positive effect on the adrenal glands and helps to optimize hormone levels. The adrenal glands produce sex hormones and are needed for a healthy sex drive. A loss of libido produces less energy and poorer sexual responses and may be because of the reduction of these hormones from the adrenal glands. Liquorice root has been used all over the world and is a very positive ingredient. It can be overdone though and become toxic.

Longan

(Dimocarpus longan) This is a an ancient fruit from China that is said to be used to for a fantastic sex tonic.

Lovage

(Levisticum Officinale) is a stimulant that is ingested as a spice. It is said that the fresh roots of lovage are used to prepare a love drink that makes a woman melt. I need to go plant some right now.

L-Tyrosine

Is an amino acid, building block of protein, Tyrosine is believed to decrease reactions to stress, stimulate the sex drive and have aphrodisiac properties. Tyrosine is frequently used to alleviate depression, which can be a major block to normal sexual drive and enjoyment.

Maca

(Lepidium meyenii) A root that has been used for around 2,000 years as a medicine that enhances strength, endurance and an aphrodisiac. Currently being studied as a possible Viagra type medicine.

Mace and Nutmeg

(Myristica fragrans) Asia, Africa, Greece, Eruope. The nutmeg tree is a wide evergreen, native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. It has been used in India as a spice and medicinally as early as 700 BC. Mace and nutmeg are two spices from the same fruit. Nutmeg is the dried kernel, or seed of the tree, and mace the dried shell that surrounds the seed. Nutmeg is sweeter and more aromatic and delicate than mace. Nutmeg is believed to convey strength and enhance sexual dexterity. It has been used in love magic potions. Myristicin, the main component of nutmeg, is used as the base of the “love drug” MDA or ecstasy.

Morning Glory

(Ipomoea aquatica) This plant is only available in Texas because of its toxicity. A strong psychedelic plant of prophecy when seeds are ingested. Used in pre-Columbian times for gynecological problems, divinatory and religious purposes. The seeds contain lysergic acid derivatives that cause uterine contractions.

Musk

(Kasturi) From the musk deer called Kasturi Mriga was used for an immune modulator as equally as it was for an aphrodisiac by ancient physicians. It was considered a medicine of last resort.

Mustard

(brassica nigra) Monks were forbidden to eat mustard because of its simulative, irritant, and promotion of virility.

Oysters

(bivalve mollusks) Several foods such as (asparagus, avocados, bananas, carrots,) have been considered aphrodisiacs because they resemble the penis or testicles. Oysters, as do figs, resemble a vagina.  Romans placed the oyster very high on their list of aphrodisiacs. The legend goes that Casanova would eat 50 raw oysters for breakfast. Oysters are high in zinc, which is necessary for sperm production. Oysters are also high in D-aspartic acid and N-methyl-D-aspartate, which has been shown to increased testosterone levels in one study. In theory increased testosterone levels should lead to increase libido.

Parsley

(Petroselinum crispum) This can be a strong irritant in high doses can cause an abortion, but can be also cause sexually stimulating. The stalk is said to have been used for love magic and the root is mixed into witch ointments intended to induce erotic energy.

Pepper

(Piper nigrum) stimulant, love magic agent, contains alkaloids– has irritating effects on mucous membranes. Cubeb pepper (Piper Cubeba) has substances that stimulate the sex drive.

Pineapple

(Ananas comosus) Used for impotence, pineapple is rich in vitamin C.

Pine Nuts

(Pinaceae Pinus)
Pine nuts a re a great source of Zinc and is a key mineral necessary to maintain male potency.   Pine nuts have said to have been used to stimulate the libido as far back as Medieval times.

Poppy

(Papaver somniferum) A dangerous inebriant, narcotic, that may cause sexual stimulation.

Prickly poppy

(Argemone Mexicana ) A narcotic when smoked it was as an analgesic by the Mayas and Aztecs. The dried leaves and flowers are smoked as an aphrodisiac.

Raspberries

(Rubus strigosus) 
This is a perfect food feeding your lover by hand. Reminiscent of “nipples” and high in vitamin C.

Rhino Horn

Rhino horn has been prized by some as an aphrodisiac, offers no such sexual power; and its illegal.

Chinese medicine has used it for other ailments as well as aphrodisiac but it is very questionable whether it works. The horns look a little like an erect penis but besides that it does nothing.

Rosemary

(Rosmarinus Officinales) has a strong erotic effect upon the skin. Mostly ingested as spice, rosemary can be added to a bath or wine although I would not suggest adding it to your wine. The herb contains essential oils that have a psychotropic effect.

Saffron

(Crocus sativus) Can be a stimulant or inebriant depending on the dosage, sun dried filaments ingested stimulates sexual desires for women. The essential oil can evoke long, distinctive orgasms. In high doses saffron oil is toxic and can be abortive.

Sassafras

(Sassafras Albidium) was the love tree of American Indians and it contains safrole, the basis of modern love drug MDMA and is a mild psychedelic. The empathogen and root cortex was used for brewing love drinks. The oil is used for erotic massage. Do not take more then 100 mg of Sassafras oil!

Saw Palmetto

(Serenoa Serrulata) The fruits can be eaten or the fermented juice has been made into a love drink which promotes circulation in the genitals. Also, contains essential oils, fatty acids, and estrogen-like compounds.

Schizandra Fruit

(Schisandra chinensis) Aphrodisiac that produces abundant sexual fluids, increase sexual endurance, and strengthen the whole body. Used by Chinese royalty and by Daoist masters.

Spanish Fly

(Lytta vesicatoria) Is not a fly but a blister beetle, indigenous to Europe. This is a potentially deadly aphrodisiac. The beetle is ground-up and contains a caustic acid-like juice called cantharidin. When  ingested and eventually excreted, it causes a burning and swelling sensation in the urinary tract misconstrued as sexual stimulation. Cantharidin is toxic, and the victims are usually women who unwittingly consume the powder in a drink. A lot of Spanish Fly sold today is just pepper or something to make you feel hot.

Spirulina

(Arthrospira platensis, and Arthrospira maxima) An algae that is said to effect women sexually giving them more intense sensations

Strawberries

(Fragaria ananassa) Like the raspberry, this is a perfect food feeding your lover by hand. Reminiscent of “nipples” and high in vitamin C.

Sunflower

(Helianthus annus) A stimulant, flower petals that are made into tea which contain chlorogenic acid, and vitamin E. This has a sexually stimulating effect. Some people cook the fresh petals in oil and eat them with salt and pepper.

Truffles

(Fungi tuber) The musky scent of a truffle is said to stimulate and sensitize the skin to touch. Both the Greeks and the Romans considered the Truffle to be an aphrodisiac. The male pig is used to find and dig up truffles in Europe because the truffle sent is similar to a female pig in heat.

Vanilla

(Vanilla planifolia) A stimulant, ingested as a tincture, together with cocoa and arrowroot. Vanilla does increase levels of catecholamines (including epinephrine, more commonly known as adrenaline). This may be the reason it feels like an aphrodisiac.

Wheat

(Triticum aestivum) Is said to strengthen the sexual organs if the wheat germ, oil or sprouts are ingested. Wheat contains estrogen and vitamine E that helps to strengthen the sexual organs.

Wild Rose Shrub

(Rosa) A floral stimulant, especially for women, that is used in love magic in tea or love potions. The oil from the rose is used as perfume. The Wood Rose (Argyreia nervosa) from Hawaii is a vine plant, that is said to have psychodelic seeds. The seeds contain indole alkaloids; lysergic acid amide and ergoline, both of which cause euphoriant and aphrodisiac effect.

Yarrow

(Achillea millefolium) a stimulant, love tonic and an additive for tea or wine. As an aphrodisiac, yarrow is chewed raw or drunk as a tea a few hours before intercourse.

Ylang-ylang

(Cananga Odorata) originates from Asia and is used as an oil. Ylang-ylang can be inhaled or used internally or externally for impotency and frigidity. A highly erotic body lotion  is made when mixed with coconut oil.

Yohimbine

(Pausinystalia Yohimbe) a bark from a West African evergreen tree. Yohimbine is said to improve sexual function in men and can increases proneness to arousal. It can also induce nervousness, anxiety, and too much yohimbe can kill you.

Zinc

(atomic number 30, Zn) A mineral essential for healthy sexual function and the health of the sexual organs. Zinc is involved with production of several hormones involved with genital function and has been used to treat infertility.

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Jamie Oliver’s TED prize wish-Please watch this!

Posted by chefmax on February 13, 2010

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Todays Food News-Anti-Cancer eating rules, What the freek is freekeh, Discounts for healthier foods, School lunches, and Xan chocolates

Posted by chefmax on February 5, 2010

Raining here today so I am thinking about Spring. Want to get back out in the garden,

Hi everyone. Took a little time off and now I am back. I have a new day job as the Auction Director for the V Foundation for cancer resurch along with continuing to build my online company A Flash in the Pan. Everything is moving forward and 2010 is going to be a better year. I will post a more detailed internet post on stuff but here we go back to the daily food news:

New Anti-Cancer eating rules. From  Dr. David Servan-Schreiber A cool list of things to eat and not eat, along with exercise and making life a better experience. Keep this one close.

Alice Waters in the WSJ by Ben Worthen. Some really good questions for Alice. Mixing it up a bit on the multiple restaurant Chefs, “They’ve been seduced by money to do this”-Alice Waters . Cool!

From the Village Voice by By Rebecca Marx.  Is Freekeh the next big grain? What the freek is freekeh? Short and sweet blog post of the grain. It is fun to cook too. Hippy mac an Cheese…

Discounts for healthier foods may help produce better consumption. You think? With our current agbiz farm bill subsidies as an example, i think we have this one figured out We need to pivot the focus of subsidies to healthier foods. From Reuters, By Lynne Peeples. Money drives decisions. Change the incentives and we will change the behavior.

From the NYDAILYTIMES, by Elizabeth Hays. School lunches still failing. There is at least one of these types of articles a month. Just an update for you.

Xan chocolates. From OrangeCounty, By Cathy Thomas. They offer gluten free, dairy free, diebetic friendly chocolates. Great article for your sweet tooth. Or visit their website at Xan Chocolates. Yum…

Talk to you later,

Have a great Weekend,

Chef Max 2-5-2010

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Food News-Monkey Bread, Smart Choices “health washing”, cookie diet, Buddha’s Hands.

Posted by chefmax on October 23, 2009

DSC_0397Lemon Thyme in my garden. Winter is slowly creeping in and the garden is still producing some good things. My peppers are still going strong and I am getting a tomatoe or two every other day. Nice. The rain has caused some of the tomatoes to burst but if I catch them early they are still very flavorful. The arugala is just starting to peak and the carrots are doing great. I will probably have to pull them all out within a week. It has been fun and the girls have liked seeing were food comes from. I highly recommend planting one next year.

Now on to todays food news.

From the LATIMES, By Jenn Garbee, Monkey Bread- The story. Nice history lesson.

The FDA may be stepping up on the front label Smart Choices “health washing” of products that have no nutritional value whatsoever. From FoodNav, By Caroline Scott-Thomas. It is about time that they do something about an industry program that is trying to use a marketing technique that may mislead the customer looking for healthy choices for their families. Nice to have the grownups back in charge instead of the profit driven forces.

The cookie diet, from the NYTIMES, By Abby Ellin. A questionable quick fix diet that is doing really well in profits. Eat 6 special cookies a day and one sensible meal and lose weight. Basically it keeps you around a 1,000 calarie a day consumption rate and therefore you lose weight. What is in the cookie you say? Who cares I can eat cookies and lose weight you say… B level Celebrities have lost weight on this plan and it really does not require any hard work on your part so it must be good for you.

My friend and mentor Catherine Brandel loved Buddha’s Hands. Here is a good article about them in todays LATIMES. By David Karp. Great citrus food.

Have a great weekend and talk to you next week.

Max 10-23-09

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Todays Food News-Gourmet, making of Bao, Bored to tears, gluten-free products, flu season.

Posted by chefmax on October 13, 2009

DSC_0396I am already starting to miss summer. This is what my chives looked like just two weks ago. They are not looking so good today. Oh well. Time to winter garden.

Here are some of todays food related news stories that I found interesting.

From the LATIMES, By Andrea Nguyen. A great article on the making of Bao. This is one of my favorite Chinese dishes and I have always wanted to make them at home. I have made them when I was at the CIA and I eat one every time I go by the Slanted Door in San Francisco (the Vietnamese version) This article has the whole lot of information and technique. It is a good one to keep in your library. Thanks Andrea.

In a question to the some local Chefs in Arizona the ARIZONA REPUBLIC, asked ” What menu item bores you to tears? and why? I think my answer would be the stagnate menu itself. If it is not changing daily I get bored. I love opening restaurants and getting new programs started but I do not like to do the same ting over and over again.

Christopher Kimball has an op-ed article in the NYTIME on the demise of Gourmet magazine. Mr Kimball does a good historic deconstruction of the beginning to the end of the iconic food magazine and seems to enjoy (with what I imagine is a sly smile on his face) the fact that his magazine, Cook’s Magazine, and website are still going strong and Gourmet has gone the way of the dodo. Cook’s was purchased in 1990 by Condé Nast, the publisher of Gourmet, and cannibalized for its subscribers. Mr. Kimball restarted the magazine again in 1993 from the bones discarded by Condé Nast and has had great successes since.  The thesis that Mr. Kimball eludes to in this op-ed is that we need to charge for our intellectual property. Advertising dollars are not focused and free content is pushing several good businesses into bankruptcy. I am dealing with this myself with A Flash in the Pan . We would love to give away all of our great recipes and planning tools but then we will be around 6 months. For a small monthly fee all your dinners are planned and all the tools you need to save time and money are at your fingers. For me, the end of Gourmet is not surprising. I used to love the magazine until I got my monthly issue and there was a perfume ad in it. The last thing I want to smell as I am reading about foie gras is flowery perfume. I hated that so much I canceled my subscription and never went back.

GFF building a united front with food manufactures and marketers on gluten-free products. Great info on GFF from Foodnav, By Caroline Scott-Thomas.

From CNN, By Val Willingham. You are what you eat. Start eating healthy to give yourself a good chance a staying healthy this flu season.

I hope you have a great day.

Chef Max 10-13-09

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Friday Food News-Judith Jones, Avant-garde, market watch, culinary schools, advertise junk-food in schools, Sustainable Innovation.

Posted by chefmax on September 25, 2009

CUESAThere are still a few tickets for the up coming SUNDAY SUPPER on October 4, 2009 . It is 30 of the top bay area Chefs cooking family style with local farmers. Great event. Go to CUESA for information and tickets.

Todays Food news;

From the NYTIMES, By Christine Muhlke. Great article on editor Judith Jones.

Avant-garde or contemporary art? From the Washington Post, By Black Gopnik.

This weeks market watch from the LATIMES, By David Karp. Habanero peppers, Lychees, Peaches, and apples.

The uptick in culinary schools. The economy is helping with job training programs within the bay area culinary non credential classes. From SFGATE, By Carey Sweet. When I worked for the CIA at Greystone, I saw allot of job changers in the backing and pastry classes. The common thought with several of these students was that they wanted to do something easy like cooking. 10 hours on their feet later and…

Food industry is fighting to advertise junk-food in schools. From CSPI. Go figure.

Proctor and Gamble on the other hand has tabbed a billion dollars to Sustainable Innovation Products. From Progressive Grocer. By Meg Major.

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for reading.

Chef Max 9-25-09

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Tuesday Food News-Coconut Rice, food and health, ouch review, Fast food at home, USDA local food programs.

Posted by chefmax on September 22, 2009

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This is a heirloom strawberry pop corn from my garden. Very small bright red kernels and the cob is about 4 inches long. Cute. I have not popped them yet so I will let you know how it taste.

A great article on food and health insurance by Michael Pollan in the New York Times.

From the NYTIMES, By Melissa Clark, a good article on Coconut Rice. I love coconut rice and this is a example of it.

I enjoy a good review as much as the next Chef but the ones that cover a restaurants flop are timeless. I do not take pleasure in other chefs problems and I am the first to want all Chefs to succeed but when you read a bad review there is just something in it that triggers a deep response. First it is probably ” Thank God that is not my review”! Then I usually re-read to see if the critic is being too harsh. This one has some ouch moments-From NYTIMES, By Pete Wells.

From the WashingtonPost, By Sally Sampson. An article on making fast food at home and the cost being cheaper. Sally does a good job here breaking down the cost and portions of the fast food equivalent of home cooked meals. I like her idea and she is correct in the assumption that it just taste better made at home. The biggest problem is people have forgot how to cook.

The USDA program to promote local foods. From SFGATE, By Miriam Morgan.

Have a great day.

Chef Max 9-22-09

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