{weekend reading} NATIONAL EDITION



San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed, by a large margin, a law that bans restaurants, such as McDonalds, from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat. In addition, restaurants can offer a toy with their meal if it contains fruits and vegetables. The Los Angeles Times has more.

Barry Estabrook reports that “The White House garden may be green and unsullied by agricultural chemicals, but Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just forked over$180,000 to fund an agribusiness-backed smear campaign against the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides,” that includes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of the foods most commonly found to have pesticide residue.”

There is a Federal proposal lingering out in Politics Land that would limit antibiotic use in the meat industry to only when the animals are sick. Of course conventional meat industry is livid, The Washington Post reports.

Mark Bittman has something important to say about taxes on junk food and sodas- go big or go home.

My are there no nutritional information on beer, wine and spirits labels? Marion Nestle answers the question- very interesting!

Marion Nestle explains how she had something to do with the European Food Chair resigning admit some conflict of interest issues.

A great restaurant industry story about the growing number of food allergic people and how to handle the situation.

Professional photographer, Andrew Scrivani, explains how to photograph ugly food. FYI: This is an installment of a continuing series on food photography, a must read.

Check out these Japanese vending machines that grow lettuce.

the kitchn informs us how much milk makes one pound of cheese.

Nutrionist Monica Reinagel MS LD/N gives advice on how to give unsolicited nutrition advice on Self.com

I have to be honest, I have not read this full commentary “The Big Issue with Ultra Processing” from the WorldPubic Health Nutrition Association.

Nut-Free Mom has a nice commentary on last week’s Top Desserts episode which featured a nut-allergic guest to the constestants’ fake bakeries and the (major) issue of cross contamination.

100 cool science experiments in the kitchen for kids & parents. Check it out!

Lastly, Apartment Therapy has a good list of 12 specialty food online stores- just in time for the holidays!


I have to start with this recipe- chili and corn bread baked in a mason canning jar. AMAZING IDEA!

Food for My Family is giving away a free Thanksgiving EBook that a few of her recipes have been featured.

My favorite allergen-free cookbook author, Cybele Pascal, has created a allergen-free baked donut recipe.

Mark at No Recipes has a yummy recipe for honey & sesame glazed sweet potato cubes.

When jelly doesn’t set- Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking has the tale.

Tigress in a Jam has a perfect quince and cranberry preserves, perfect for the holidays.

Check out these gorgeous rainbow fudge bars over at Rasberri Cupcakes- stunning.

For any canner or jam/jelly/preserves maker, you must check out these delicious holiday inspired recipes; Autumn Pear Chutney, Cranberry Rosemary Mustard (!!!) and Lemon Honey Ginger Jelly, on Spectacularly Delicious.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. fivefootwo says:

    Beautiful, beautiful photography. Great food blog as well. I will stop in frequently. Thanks!

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you for the double compliments Five Foot Two! I’ve signed up for your RSS Feed to stay on top of our adventures 🙂

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