"Burkhard challenged Miller to a 'Cheese Duel'
: Burkhard and Miller would sit at a table, and if Burkhard could cut a piece of Limburger cheese and Miller not wretch, Miller would be forbidden from complaining about Wisconsin and her cheese ever again." [more inside]
This week the FDA announced it will not permit American cheesemakers to age cheese on wooden boards
, potentially destroying the ability to make or import
a wide variety of artisanal cheeses. Despite being legal in the various cheese making states and having been used for hundreds of years, the FDA is cracking down under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
A sampling of cheeses impacted: Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Cabot Clothbound, Marieke Feonegreek, Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar, along with parmesan, aged cheddar and the only American produced Limburger. [more inside]
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become increasingly crowded with branded accounts seeking their attention. Every few seconds, your favorite brands are tweeting at you. But what most people don't know is how much time and effort goes into curating these accounts, writing tweets, and filling your news feed with content people actually want to see. For instance, it can take a team of 13 social media and advertising specialists up to 45 days to plan, create, approve, and publish a corporate social media post.
The story of Huge Inc.
and President Cheese
Milk products and production relationships.
An elaborate, color-coded Wikipedia diagram showing both common pathways such as raw milk
, and more esoteric pathways to products such as quark
, pasta filata
, and schmand
So, you want to eat like a hobbit do you? The big old dragon of Middle-Earth recipes is the charmingly retro 'Middle-Earth Recipes
' (now with a more modern and photo-friendly blog version
) from which NPR's Beth Accomando has complied an all-day feasting menu suitable for marathon watching
(or reading) assorted Lord Of The Rings media while Recipewise sticks to foods served by Bilbo in The Hobbit itself
and explains the Victorian convention of high vs. low tea. (Author Diane Duane's own Hobbit-inspired recipe, Took Family Seed Cake
can be made with poppy rather than caraway seed if that's your thing) Need something to do while digesting? Why not read about the history and meaning of the rural comfort food in Tolkien at Strange Horizons " Well Stocked Larders: Food And Diet Of Hobbits
" by Stephanie Green.
Bacteria from personalities has been used to make human cheese
as part of an exhibition on synthetic biology in Dublin. This included cheeses grown from bacteria from various belly buttons, noses, armpits, tears, mouths and toes. If that's a bit too strong for you, then other exhibits in the show include humans reproducing dolphins for food
, and mice cloned from Elvis Presley's DNA
of "Save the Mimolette!
", the FDA has decided to ban
the sale of the French cheese Mimolette over mites used in the rind. [more inside]
In 1987, alongside another popular first-run syndicated show (perhaps you've heard of it?
), a horror anthology series premiered, and together they spearheaded a massive wave of first-run syndication genre shows including, but by no means limited to, "War of the Worlds
"Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
"Xena: Warrior Princess
", and "Babylon 5
". [more inside]
'The ploughman's lunch
is a UK pub meal who's core components are cheese, chutney, and bread. It can also include such items as boiled eggs, ham, and pickled onions, and is accompanied with beer.' [more inside]
is the playground and folio of interactive developer Tim Holman, where he has posted 15 different projects, both interactive (fizzy cam
; and Image Nodes
) and passive (Meet the Ipsums
, more than 30 text generators, from corporate
; the useless web
; dripping paint
). [more inside]
"During the most recent ice age, milk was essentially a toxin to adults because — unlike children — they could not produce the lactase enzyme required to break down lactose, the main sugar in milk. But as farming started to replace hunting and gathering in the Middle East around 11,000 years ago, cattle herders learned how to reduce lactose in dairy products to tolerable levels by fermenting milk to make cheese or yogurt. Several thousand years later, a genetic mutation spread through Europe that gave people the ability to produce lactase — and drink milk — throughout their lives. That adaptation opened up a rich new source of nutrition that could have sustained communities when harvests failed." - The Milk Revolution - how a single mutation expanded (some) of humanity's diet. (Nature.com)
Iowa State Fair officials have announced 10 new food options
for the 2013 fair, in addition to the eight announced earlier this month. These include maple bacon funnel cake and deep fried prairie oysters, and join old favorites including deep fried butter on a stick
, pork chop on a stick
, and over 60 other foods (on a stick
). [more inside]
The annual cheese-rolling event, now unofficial and unsanctioned, has taken place
at Cooper's Hill. 3,000 people attended this year, watching several races down the steep Gloucestershire hill. After a police warning
to the 86 year old maker of previous cheeses concerning legal liabilities, a foam disc was used as a stand-in cheese. Despite failing to raise funding
for a inspirational documentary, Kenny Rackers, an American cheese racer
, attended and won the first race. [more inside]
If you fancy diversity in cheeses, you might have come across queso Chihuahua, or Chihuahua cheese, a Mexican semi-soft cow milk cheese
. But if you're in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, the cheese is called Queso Menonita or Campresino Menonita, for the Mennonites who first made the cheese in this region. The Mennonites in Mexico
are a small but growing socio-religious pocket of that has retained much of their traditional Dutch and German heritage, despite a series of moves, from Russia to Canada, and finally Mexico
. Mexican photographer Eunice Adorno spent time with Mennonites in Durango
, capturing moments in their lives
. [more inside]
of baseball stadium nachos.
When a lorry transporting 27 tonnes of Norwegian cheese caught fire in the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord, it kept burning for five days
, with the tunnel still closed down for traffic. The cheese in question, Brunost
, is made by slowly boiling (goats) milk, cream and whey together until the water evaporates and the milk sugar caramalises, which gives the cheese its brown colour. As the Norwegian fire services found out the hard way, its high fat and sugar contents also means it burns well. Something that might have come in useful during the Dutch cheese wars between Edam and Woerden, as immortalised in this commercial
; Edammer cheese just couldn't get hot enough.
The hard-core kinky action
inside your slice of Camembert.
mst3k.me shows you random Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes on YouTube. /random gets you a random episode, /joel gets you a random Joel episode, and /mike gets you a random Mike episode. [via mefi projects
India mourns Dr Verghese Kurien who passed away today
at age 90. If you have eaten butter in India, or been able to add a spot of milk to your tea, then you've experienced the impact
of Operation Flood — the largest dairy development program
in the world. Operation Flood helped India become the world's largest milk producer by 2010–11, with close to 17 percent of the global production. Gujarat-based co-operative, the "Anand Milk Union Limited", often called Amul, was the engine behind the success
of the programme. While much more can be said
about Dr Kurien's work with dairy farmers, cooperatives, milk production as well as his awards and honours
, his best known
legacy is perhaps the creation of
the Amul brand. The little girl who knew
just how to poke India's funny bone has her very own Previously
This is the perfect recipe for those of you who like to enjoy a big bowl of macaroni and cheese for dinner and absolutely nothing else. It’s beautifully flavored, creamy, cheesy, and with the smokey bite of crisp salty bacon on top?? Oh man, you guys are in for a treat — I’m not even kidding. It’s amazing. (previously)
In December, food blog Cheese and Champagne announced its first ever Cheese Ball Invitational
. Today it revealed the six finalists
(follow links for recipes). [more inside]
What is Pink Lady
? In Japan they are remembered for a string of pop hits in the 70s, but Americans might remember them either from their disco single "Kiss In The Dark
" or from an attempt to sell them to the US market in 1980 via a short-lived NBC variety show Pink Lady & Jeff
) with comedian Jeff Altman.
). The show featured their Japanese hits, UFO
(a bit more rock and roll
), and SOS
along with US hits like Boogie Wonderland
, McArthur Park
and the occasional guest star.
) Also, Roy Orbison
Sadly, the show failed to break out and the two returned to Japan for a series of farewell concerts and retrospectives. Much, much more available at this charmingly retro, utterly exhaustive fan site devoted to them.
Or just read the recaps. [more inside]
, largely unknown outside of the Southern US, is an important player in the rich culinary tradition of the South. This short (15 min) documentary
explores the history of the dish and gives a glimpse at just how passionate some folks are about their pimento cheese. [more inside]
By now we all know how to pimp our grilled cheese sandwiches
, but maybe that's just not your style. Maybe you're like me, and enjoy the simple pleasure of a melts-just-right Kraft Single, but don't like the long list of unpronounceable ingredients. Well, today is your lucky day: America's Test Kitchen comes up with a recipe for DIY American Cheese
MST3kdbx: Six Degrees of Peter Graves.
Did you know Coleen Gray was in The Leech Woman and The Phantom Planet?
Like the IMDB obsessive cinephile friend you never friend MST3Kdbx indexes and connects together every actor in every movie shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000 [via mefi projects
Sausage pork beef cheese whole milk butter margarine nuts and sausage pork beef cheese whole milk butter margarine nuts and
sausage.... [SLYT, 1:00, looping]
Songs about cheese
[MLYT] are a more popular genre than one might expect. [more inside]
While many government organizations are pushing a healthy lifestyle
complete with a low-fat diet
, one marketing group formed by the USDA, called Dairy Management
, is making a case for more cheese in America's menu items
. [more inside]
will bring back all those memories. '70s home decor
. '80s teen comedies
. Lifestyle magazines from 1977
. And so much more. So very very much more. [more inside]
For years, uneven cheese distribution has plagued
Subway customers, but that will soon change. Today Subway sandwich shops will begin tessellating cheese slices
on their sandwiches. [more inside]
Sit back and enjoy the many Italian recipes Great Chicago Italian Recipes.com
has to offer. This site will provide you with a culinary adventure into the world of Italian food and wine. Choose from poultry
, and sooo much more. Looking to finish off that perfect meal? Try Adriana's Italian Gourmet Cookies. [more inside]
In March of 1978 American radio/TV network CBS celebrated its 50th anniversary with a week-long celebration. CBS: On the Air
kicked off with this remarkable and historic parade of stars
in a classy, if only slightly cheesy, presentation. Perhaps they learned how NOT to do it by watching ABC's silver anniversary special
a couple of months earlier, which included this monstrosity