This is the second installment of "Eat This List" - a regularly recurring list of things chefs, farmers, writers and other food experts think you ought to know about.
You can't swing a sack of raw kale without seeing a food pundit hold forth about their culinary resolutions for 2013. Sorry for adding to the din, but I promise that none of mine are about encouraging deprivation, Paleo diets, eating weird animal parts (I want all those for myself) or any manner of "cleanse."
This is all about amplifying your level of delight and confidence in the kitchen or at the restaurant table and freeing yourself from expectations of perfection. Perfection tastes boring – kinda like raw kale. Luscious, lopsided, lumpy joy is where it's at.
1. Screw Pinterest and Instagram
Okay, maybe that's a bit drastic - but take a look at how you're using them and how you feel after prolonged exposure. If there's nothing but inspiration and motivation for you in images of artfully iced petit fours and cunning little ramekins full of brûléed food, then congratulations and continue. If, however, it manifests pangs of guilt, frustration or inadequacy in you, STOP.
Starting Thursday, Starbucks customers will have the option to save their planet - and their wallets - a dime at a time. The coffee giant is offering $1 plastic cups, which can be reused for drink purchases at a discount of ten cents.
Jim Hanna, the director of environmental affairs at Starbucks, told USA Today that while the company has sold reusable tumblers for some time and offered the ten cent discount, he expects that the modest price of its new one, available at company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada, will encourage consumers to take action more frequently. The new effort comes largely in response to consumer criticism over the volume of paper coffee cup waste - approximately 4 billion cups globally each year - generated by Starbucks.
Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam luncheon meat, is paying $700 million to buy the Skippy peanut butter brand from consumer products maker Unilever, the companies announced Thursday.
Hormel said Skippy has annual sales of $370 million, nearly $100 million of which comes from outside the United States. Skippy, which was first introduced in 1932, is the leading brand of peanut butter in China and the No. 2 peanut butter brand overall, behind only Jif, which is owned by J.M. Smucker.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Can you smell the excitement stirring? January is National Soup Month.
The cold weather that seems to grip most of the country at this time of year has a way of seeping into your bones to the point where nothing seems to help. And as the winter months wear on, and resolutions are made and broken, it gets harder and harder to find something that’s both warm and nutritious and easy to make. Fear not! I have the perfect solution: soup.
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