This story is a bit old by now, but flour sits on our shelves for a long time. Apparently E. coli contamination of raw flour is potentially widespread. It had never occurred to me that this was even possible with dry goods.
Out Here, Up Here
Includes the best kitchen tip ever, from Nikki McClure via Orangette: soften butter by wedging it in cleavage.
There's a Price to Pay for Not Eating America's Ugly Seafood
Americans are only comfortable with certain types of familiar seafood, many of which are imported and/or overfished. Meanwhile, other local ocean food resources are wasted or sold overseas. What would buying local look like when it comes to seafood?
Discomfort Food: Using Dinners to Talk About Race, Violence and America
Chef Tunde Wey organizes dinner parties with diverse (but predominantly black) guest lists, to discuss race, social justice, and personal experience. “There was some sort of obscenity to the whole thing, this foodie movement,” he said. “You eat at one of these new restaurants with small plates, and the food tastes good, but it’s not saying anything. What it’s saying is just, ‘Look at me.’ It’s self-referential. That’s where the obscenity comes from: when you can say nothing, surrounded by so much to say.”
Unsponsored opinion: these Fig & Olive Crackers are like one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life. And I got them on sale at Whole Foods for $4.99! (Which seemed like a lot, until I saw that Amazon is selling them for $11.59.)