Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Politics of Childhood Obesity

An Op/Ed in Sunday's New York Times lamented the fact that an American icon, the cupcake, has "been marched to the front lines of the fat wars, banned from a growing number of classroom birthday parties because of their sugar, fat and “empty calories,” a poster food of the child obesity crisis." As a parent of two and three year old boys, and the husband of the self proclaimed Sugar Queen, this is serious business. Can you imagine kids clambering around the table to grab carrot sticks or edamame (don't get me wrong, there's a time and place for everything)? It goes back to one of my favorite sayings, Moderation in all things. If we all practiced moderation and balance in our food lives, there would be no need for something as draconian as banning cupcakes.

For the full story, click here I LOVE SUGAR And go have a cupcake !

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Nuggets from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

I am reading Barabara Kingsolver's latest book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a chronicle of her family's journey back to their agricultural roots. It's filled with lots of great little nuggets of widsom which I will periodically draw on as I read the book- here's one about the virtues of eating seasonally:

"Waiting for foods to come into season means tasting them when they're good, but waiting is also part of most value equations. Treating foods this way can help move "eating" in the consumer's mind from the Routine Maintenance Department over to the Division of Recreation. It's hard to reduce our modern complex of food choices to unifying principles, but this is one that generally works: eating home-cooked meals from whole, in-season ingredients obtained from the most local source available is eating well, in every sense. Good for the habitat, good for the body."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

When the cheese at home is not enough....

Take it on the road.

This bizzare site profiles Cheese on Tour- yes, you read correctly, this site features pictures of cheese in famous places. So when you are packing for your next trip to the islands, the big city, or even a jaunt down to the Richmond Capitol, don't forget a round of camembert, or a hunk of danish blue, or a slab of morbier. And remember some bread and wine to complete the trinity.