Showing posts from December, 2011

Where to buy Olestra Oil (Olean)?

So I'm making my French fries today and something occurs to me. I ponder how great olive oil is, but then wonder why in the year 2014 we can't they produce an oil with no fat? Then I correct myself and say "They do Liv!", and remember the fat-free (Olean) chips I buy. They're fried in Olestra oil but I don't ever recollect seeing bottles of the stuff available at the supermarket. Surely this must be very lucrative for someone, no? If everyone fried in fat-free oil, would it not shed hundreds of millions of pounds of fat from Americans diets? This would set off a series of events resulting in the lifting of the North American Continental Plate, thereby causing a massive earthquake which in turn, reverses rising sea levels caused by global warming? So why in the world don't we have Olestra available to consumers?

So why don't they? I figured now is as good of time as ever to find out. Some quick searching didn't come up with much other than some FD…

Why is Pork and Sauerkraut a New Years Tradition?

Shannon was looking up Welsh New Years traditions the other day and discovered the concept of divination where you take egg whites in water, and they're to spell our the initials of your suitor. Of course we also had mince pies. 

Being also of part German, I remember Grandma saying pork and sauerkraut were good luck. I've always been a big fan of pork kielbasa and sauerkraut personally, and it's a fairly common southern meal here in the south as it's commonly served with macaroni. 

The reason for the luck? Pork from a "fat" pig, means a "abundant" year ahead, and the kraut, being from green cabbage, which resembles money. "ich habe Schwein gehabt," or I have had pig," which means colloquially that: I have had good luck!"

Speaking of the south, I found this tidbit interesting:

African Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries made one of the most enduring contributions to the modern holiday. Starting in the Carolinas but e…

Where to buy rectangle school cafeteria pizza?

People come in and out of our lives, as do foods. Some, like cafeteria food probably should remain as some distant memory, but often like myself and others, you'll reach the age of thirty-something and ask yourself "Whatever happened to that square / rectangle pizza from elementary school?" It might hit as a pregnancy craving, or simply a nostalgia yearning, but when it hits, you'll end up asking "Where can I buy it?"

The interesting thing is you can't. (Unless you can bribe the High School lunch lady.) School pizza is made low-fat, and in bulk, and when I was asked to locate some, you realize that humouring your inner child might be harder than you think. But ultimately I'm here to help, and my crack research staff did turn up some findings.

The square pizza you remember from 1985, while trading Garbage Pail Kids, at the lunch-room table is called Commodity Pizza, and it's made by Tony's. (There are other imitators, but Tony's is the r…

Bassahi Burgers | Horse Meat Recipe

"I'm so hungry, I could eat a... "
Let's talk about horse meat, a common staple of food in Japan (known as Bassahi) and many other countries. While it remains taboo in America, there's not really any rational reason not to eat horse. (Some cultures despise our eating rabbit and cow.) Even if you're disgusted by the idea, the plain fact, is you may have already consumed some. Annually more than 20,000 tons are imported into the U.S., some marketed delicacies to serve those accustomed to the meat, and many others who have a taste for exotic foods; but, some are imported by ways of fillers in sausage and other meat products that are labeled as beef or pork. Indeed, the next time you open a can of your favorite spaghetti sauce, you may be in fact ingesting horse:

NY TIMES - Berlin, July 23 1905 - The considerable increase in the prices of beef, mutton, and pork throughout the empire gives occasion to the trade organ of the German butchers to draw attention to the …

Rawley's Bacon Fried Hot Dogs

Let's be frank, most people have yet to have a fried hot-dog. If they did there would really be no other way to eat them. Sure, occasionally you're going to get a hankering for a dirty water hot-dog from New York, or a Chicago Char-Dog, but the crisped, charred outer skin of a fried hot dog is something all together amazing. You "crunch" into it and the juices squirt, as the flavors explode in your mouth. For years they've been served up in the south, like where I get them, at my concession stand at the local drive-in theater in Eden, NC, but they became somewhat of a national craze when Martha Stewart mentioned Rawley's in Fairfield, Connecticut as her favorite food. Seems a bit uncouth for such a proper woman, but I digress, she did do jail time. Once Martha came out of the closet, several other food celebrities jumped on the band wagon until it was a national craze, and people started making them at home.

Rawley's has been serving up hot-dogs and milk…