For the love of peat, we almost forgot to mention that today is Robert Burns Day!
If you're unaware of the historic greatness of one Mr. Robert Burns, he is the national poet of Scotland.
Still not ringing a bell? If you've ever bid adieu to the previous year with your finest rendition of "Auld Lang Syne," you have become acquainted with one of Burns' most famous works.
So, every January 25, Scottish folks honor the poet's birthday with Burns Night, a celebratory feast typically involving haggis, booze and poetry readings.
School meals will have to offer fruits and vegetables to students every day under standards issued by the United States Department of Agriculture on Wednesday.
The meal programs, which feed about 32 million students in public and private schools, will have to reduce sodium, saturated fat and trans fats. Schools must also offer more whole grains as well as fat-free or low-fat milk varieties.
These standards go into effect July 1 and will be phased in over a three-year period, according to the USDA.
The new nutrition standards are largely based on recommendations by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, as part of efforts to curb childhood obesity. Recent numbers show that about 17% of children in the United States are obese.
Read the full story: "USDA issues new rules for school meals"
It takes a few people to flip a smoking hot hog. That's just plain old physics, but nobody seems to mind. Mostly because if there is indeed fire, a whole pig and at least couple of like-minded individuals tending to such things, there's generally a certain quantity of beer or brown spirits in the vicinity. Just to be social, of course.
Cooking a whole pig down into hunks and strands of sopping, succulent barbecue doesn't just take an hour or two. Sure, you could stick a hunk of pig meat into a microwave for a few minutes, and have some hot meat, but that is as close to whole hog barbecue as a Little Debbie is to Lady Di's wedding cake.
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