Friday, July 2, 2010

Top 10 Links of the Week: 6/25/10 – 7/1/10

You guys? I think this is the strongest link roundup ever on CHG. Everybody (EVERBODY), all across the internet (EVERYWHERE) was totally on their games (GAMES). Read on, and have a lovely weekend.

1) New York Times: 101 Fast Recipes for Grilling
Just in time for Independence Day, Mark “The Minimalist” Bittman comes through with a barbecue brainstorm of epic proportions. Read it and weep. Or eat. Or weepeat, which is when you eat and cry at the same time. I’ve done it with blueberries. It wasn’t pretty.

2) Money Saving Mom: How to Start Your Own Produce Co-op
Guest poster Deja Armstrong smashes a home run with this fab post about families going in together to save on produce. Her plan is logically laid out and looks to be quite the money saver. If you have a craving for bananas and a willing neighborhood, it’s a must-read.

3) Casual Kitchen: Why Reducing Food Waste is Harder Than it Looks
Super-interesting take on the relationships between refood borne illness, sell-by dates, and the sheer quantity of wasted food in America. Just a great piece, with a neat follow-up: When Do You Throw Out Food?

4) Lifehacker: Low or No-Heat Meals for Easy Summer Cooking
This tip-and-link-filled post ties in beautifully with CHG’s No-Cook Month. Um, seriously, we might not even need to have it now.

5) Surviving and Thriving: Don’t Hate the Payer, Hate the Game
First, mad props for that title. Second, Donna’s using her coupons, AND she’s going to call the cashier out if the register makes an error, AND she’s occasionally using change to buy something. If you don’t like it, get delivery at home, yo. (Note: I agree with her on all of this.)

6) BuzzFeed: 12 Terrifying Jello Recipes
AUGH! What is this horror? NOOOOOOOOO. Wait. Huh? Oh. Mmm … Tongue Mold.

7) Get Rich Slowly: Slow and Steady – More Thoughts on Physical and Financial Fitness
GRS Staffer April Dykman adapts JD’s 12 core beliefs about money to pertain to weight. And they fit beautifully. My fave: “It’s more important to be happy than to be skinny.” WORD.

8) USA Today: Native Americans embrace tradition to defeat diabetes
Here’s a shocking statistic: 16% of American Indians have diabetes.
Here’s an encouraging solution: A movement is starting. Many communities are changing their diets, buffets, and restaurants to include traditional, produce-heavy dishes. Awareness, she is being raised.

9) Wise Bread: How to Split Food Expenses With a Significant Other
Husband-Elect and I do this: I buy the groceries, keep a record of receipts, and send him an e-mail entitled “Billz” at the end of the month. Then he pays me and we drink wine. How do you guys handle food costs? (Actually, this may be a great post for a later date. What think you?)

10) The Atlantic: How Supermarkets Could Fight Obesity
Wow, this is neat. Grocery stores are starting to address how they can market healthier foods to potential buyers. The key issues: “How can we turn grocers' considerable merchandising skills to help slim us down? With supermarkets' arrays of sampling programs, displays, interactive shopping carts, and shelf signage, can we not more easily capture shoppers' attention to purchase healthier foods?”


The Atlantic: A Wild Foods Library – 11 Books for Foragers
From Hunter Angler Gardener Cook guru Hank Shaw, a collection of books for find-your-own foodies.

Consumerist: How Do UPC Codes Work?
The more you know.

Crop Mob
If you feed hipsters, they will help you harvest your food. (Related: If you build it, he will come.)

Health: The 50 Fattiest Foods in the States
New York is well represented by Nick Tahou’s Garbage Plate, boasting an astounding 93 to 203 grams of fat per order. Holla, Rochester!

Hunter Angler Gardener Cook: Dining on Daylilies
Did you guys know daylilies were edible? I didn’t. (P.S. This blog is generally incredible. If you've never been, make haste!)

The Kitchn
15 Fresh Picnic Salads for the 4th of July
A Roundup of Illustrated Recipes
How Should I Store Leftover Tomato?
Two recipe comps and a good answer to a nagging question.

Mother Jones: Is Washing Out Sandwich Baggies a Waste of Time?
MoJo concludes that it’s worth it, environmentally speaking. Calculations and reasoning inside!

Politics of the Plate: Recession Ends for Organic Dairy Farmers
Diary farmers were hurting badly a year ago. Now they’re on the rebound. Thanks, economy! (Scroll down to see.)

Serious Eats: How to Start Your Own Compost Pile
It’s a little more complicated than chucking food scraps into a big mound. But not much.

This Mama Cooks: Healthy summer salads for Fourth of July – eat your red, white and blues!
Look at all the pretty colors!

Time Out New York: Cheap Eats
My fellow Empire Staters! The issue is out. Grab a fiver and get chomping.

27 Pictures of Clothing Made of Food
Topless Jack Nicholson Eating a Sandwich, Sunning Himself, Becomes a Meme
Link #1: I wasn’t sure if this would be worth, but Cloris Leachman’s leafy green dress is genuinely beautiful, as are many of the following foodie fashions.
Link #2: You want the sandwich? YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE SANDWICH.

Village Voice: Susan Spicer, New Orleans Chef, Sticks It to British Petroleum
The oil spill is wrecking her business, and Chef Spicer wants retribution. Man, I hope she gets it.

Words to Eat By: Christine’s Asian-Inspired Noodle Salad
The recipe looks good, and so do the tips for feeding small children by guest writer Christine Gross-Loh.

Zen Habits: Eating Healthfully – A Long Term Vision
Leo’s site recently made Time’s Best Blogs of 2010 list. And while this is a guest post, it’s still a good example of why readers keep coming back. Thoughtful, calm, and measured, it’s whole-life-long approach to food should become a mantra.


Hyperbole and a Half: This is Why I’ll Never Be an Adult
Suite Judy Blue Eyes, I love this blog. Another winnah from Allie Brosh, who describes my work tendencies exactly and hilariously.

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