Thursday, June 29, 2017

New documentary about GMOs

From a LA Times review of Food Evolution, a new documentary about GMOs:

"But finally the film is more troubled by the erosion of trust in science and by anti-GMO activists like Zen Honeycutt who says on camera that she trusts personal experiences of mothers more than the conclusions of scientists. As writer Lynas says, "If you throw science out, there is nothing."

Though it ultimately sides with the pro-GMO camp, "Food Evolution" makes some fascinating points about human behavior along the way, about how we don't make decisions based on facts as often as we think we do. This documentary may not change your mind, but it will make you consider what caused you to decide in the first place."

I'm putting the film on my must-see list.

Monday, June 19, 2017

LA Times grilled veggie recipes...YUM

The LA Times just posted some of their favorite grilled recipes. Grilled radicchio looks great with our without the prosciutto as do the grilled avocados!  I'm going to be trying some of these sooner rather than later (even if I don't have access to a grill in Colorado where I'm working...).

Good grilling!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Portobello mushrooms with a smoky mayo!

I was at a bar a while ago and ordered a variety of appetizers. One was what must have been a grilled portobello mushroom that was served with a smoky mayo sauce. Last month I got around to trying to recreate it. Easy and delicious.  What I did was to:

1) coat with Olive Oil, 4 portobello mushrooms

2) grill mushrooms on a hot grill (can be done in a broiler or even a hot oven) until they started to shrink (on the grill they get nice grill marks...). When finished, cut into strips or cubes.

3) mix several tablespoons of Kewpie Mayonnaise (a delicious Japanese mayo, you can use any mayo) with liquid smoke to taste. I've recently discovered that it's not always possible to buy liquid smoke.  I probably ended up using a teaspoon or so of it to about 4 Tbs of the mayo...but you should do this to taste.

4) drizzle the smoky mayo over the strips or cubes of portobellos.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Trade offs we all must confront when eating fish...

Kerri Szejda wrote a thoughtful article in The Conversation nicely discusses the trade offs we must all make when selecting fish to eat (omega 3 fatty acids, sustainability, mercury...).  Worth a read (and a discussion) if you eat fish.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Our Throwaway Culture...

Dave Hall writes in the Guardian:

"In 2003, I was told by a restaurant owner on a Thai island that local fishermen used to wrap their lunch in banana leaves, which they would then casually toss overboard when done. That was OK, because the leaves decayed and the fish ate the scraps. But in the past decade, he said, while plastic wrap had rapidly replaced banana leaves, old habits had died hard – and that was why the beach was fringed with a crust of plastic. Beyond the merely unsightly, this plasticcongregates in continent-scale garbage gyres in our oceans, being eaten by plankton, then fish; then quite possibly it’ll reach your plate ..."

Read the rest of Throwaway Culture at the Guardian.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cooler Smarter

I'm fearful for the reduced role that science and evidence are playing in today's policy decisions. Thus, Janice and I decided to join the Union of Concerned Scientists. As a thank you gift they sent me a GREAT book--"Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living."

Filled with concrete things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and ensure that your voice is heard by policy makers. The not so dirty secret is that when you save carbon, you save money so it should be a win-win, right?

It's worthy to get a copy and pass it around at your next dinner party (better than those damn smart phones!) and discuss how each individual's concrete actions can help reduce our carbon footprint.

You can buy the book on Amazon or you can donate to UCS and get it as a gift.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Our Miserable 21st Century

"The abstraction of “inequality” doesn’t matter a lot to ordinary Americans. The reality of economic insecurity does. The Great American Escalator is broken—and it badly needs to be fixed."

So writes Nicholas Eberstadt in the 15 February 2017 issue of Commentary in his article "Our Miserable 21st Century." The depressing article is a worthy read and could form the basis of an interesting dinner party conversation. I found it by reading David Brooks' essay based in part on it in the NY Times.

Both include shocking statistics about unemployment, drug use, and felony convictions. Both paint a picture of a polarized country filled with suffering and blame.

I think that if we are to productively work towards a better future we have to address these issues--the two faces of America--and stop pointing fingers of blame and start working together for solutions.

Ask your guests, what will they do to change our presently disturbing status quo. And, ask yourself too.