Lucky Dip – Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The more warts, the better the flavour. Why you should be considering funky-looking heirloom pumpkins for your Thanksgiving cooking. [Toronto Star]

The two flavours of hogtown – might meaty and virtuously vegan. [NOW]

Could you eat for just $30  a week? That’s the equivalent that an American on food stamps is working with. [KETV Omaha]

How sweet it is. Mostly from amounts hidden in processed foods, Canadians consume 26 teaspoons of sugar every day. [Globe & Mail]

Foods that should be aphrodisiacs, but aren’t. [Funny or Die]

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Lucky Dip – Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

We happily pay for cookbooks and food magazines – so why do we expect recipes to be available for free online? One woman stands up and asks to be paid for her work developing recipes and gets hit with a tidal wave of backlash. Seriously people, the internets isn’t going to be free forever. [Will Write for Food]

What’s that? Your life is inconvenienced and you have to cook on a hot plate while you renovate your dream kitchen? Boo hoo, life is so unfair to you! [Globe and Mail]

And a reminder – the big fancy kitchen won’t necessarily make you a good cook. [Toronto Star]

Coffeehouse rules – draconian or logical? (Seriously, pre-ground coffee is a bad thing.) [Village Voice: Fork in the Road]

5 things you probably don’t want to hear from your restaurant server. [Eatocracy]

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Lucky Dip – Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

No soda, no candy, no fries. This school year, cafeterias are serving up healthier food. But will the kids eat it? [Toronto Star]

And if they don’t want the healthy cafeteria food, have the little buggers make their own lunch. [National Post: The Appetizer]

Oh, your kids can’t cook, you say? Well why the hell not? Maybe it’s time (okay, not maybe, it really IS time) to bring back Home Ec. – for ALL students. [New York Times]

Chicken and biscuits have Wonder Twin powers. It’s a fact. Plus other awesome breakfast foods. [Bon Appetit]

The Brits are giving the term “gastropub” the boot. Which means it’s okay for us to do the same, right? I don’t mind the term all that much, I’m just sick and tired of it being used to describe every place with upscale comfort food, regardless of whether there’s a pub aspect there or not. [Globe and Mail]

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Should Taxpayers Have a Say in How Food Stamps Get Used?

I came across the following piece when compiling the weekday Food For Thought column, but I’ve got a bit more to say about this than I could fit into a typical line of snark.

In the US, where food stamp use has become prevalent because of the economy, there is much debate over what the stamps should be used for. Experts now want to ban junk food from qualifying for food stamp use. This currently applies to hot prepared food, household products, tobacco, dietary supplements and alcohol (note – this probably varies from state to state). The idea being that food stamps are to be used for healthy nutritious food. Which totally makes sense. Under a junk food ban, food stamps could not be used for pop, chips, chocolate, etc.

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