Comment of the day: Rice as a tie that binds
July 10th, 2011
02:45 PM ET
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Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.

From commenter Kelsey on iReport: Rice – the grain that feeds the planet:

I'm an ESL teacher in South Korea, and in some kindergartens over here, it has taken a lot of time and effort for young students to see similarities between themselves and some of the Indian children also in the classroom. Something that my Korean students and Indian students bonded over? Rice.

My Indian student packs her lunch every day, but that food was one of the first things that students could see was the same between them, even though they speak entirely different languages in their homes and are of different cultural backgrounds. "Teacher, she eats the rice and I eat the rice TOO! Same same!" – something seemingly small, but when acceptance has not been easy for some of them, it's a memorable moment.

Read more about the inextricable bond between food and cultural identity

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Comment of the day: A bovine intervention
June 23rd, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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From our post Does 4-H desensitize kids to killing?:

Momof2 says,

I think children are desensitized more to killing by playing violent video games, but, I do not preach to people about what they expose their own kids to.

We have always believed in being honest with our kids (4&6) about where meat comes from. They know chicken is from real chickens, pork from pigs and beef from cows. My son did question "angel" hair pasta.

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Does 4-H desensitize kids to killing?
June 23rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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4-H stands for "Head, heart, hands, health" and apparently a fifth - for "haters."

To many, 4-H Clubs are all about nurturing sweet little calves, adorable children winning ribbons, urban garden patches and proud future farmers grooming prized pigs for show. To others, it's a calculated system for turning the youth of America into cold, unfeeling animal killers.

When Eatocracy ran a 5@5 feature with chef Kelly Liken on the topic of Five Reasons to Buy from Your Local 4-H earlier this week, we quickly identified within the comments two distinct perceptions of the organization - which was originally set up by the United States Department of Agriculture to train the rural youth of America in hands-on skills like agriculture and raising animals. One was that 4-H promotes responsible animal husbandry and the cultivation of food resources in a responsible, ethical way and the other was that it serves to desensitize children to the suffering of animals.

Here's what our commenters had to say:
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Comment of the day: a mushy moment
June 14th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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In our daily slogs through the mean streets of the internet, it's often easy forget that sometimes things can be, well, nice. When we see them, we like to call 'em out. From comments on our article on North Carolina liver mush:

"Wow. This article brings up the fondest memories I have of my grandmother Mimi. She was born/raised in the south, and I remember many days of my adulthood spent making 'liver pudding' with Mimi and playing cards while it cooked. I love the stuff – the name gives you the wrong idea – it's actually like sausage. All that's in it is liver, pork chops, cornmeal, salt, pepper and cayenne. That's it. She passed away in 2002, but I still have her meat grinder, and from time to time I make the mush with my children and think of my wonderful grandmother." - Buddy from MN

Now don't you feel all nice and mushy inside?

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Deep cuts – from the comments
May 12th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
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In response to yesterday's feature Glue the wound, skip the stitches, a few cringe-inducing anecdotes from chefs, culled from the comments.

As 30-year kitchen veteran, The People's Chef wrote, quoting Jesse Ventura, "It's not a macho thing at all...I ain't got time to bleed."

A round of shots for the kitchen, please!

When you're in the weeds, you have no time to get stitches. You're already pissed at yourself for getting cut, so you just want to get back on the line and keep cooking. My old chef used to joke (i hope he was joking) that whenever he cut himself, he'd just sear the wound on the flattop, cauterizing, and go back to work. Sure, a lot of it is about machismo, but really it comes from not wanting to let the customers, or more importantly, the other kitchen staff down. If I'm gone to get stitches, they're screwed. - Gastrodude

Currently a line cook at a popular neighborhood bistro in Chicago...I can say I will have no hesitation to cauterize a cut with a non-stick or a knife held over the flame. Compared to oil or sugar burns, contact burns don't hurt at all. - Glenn

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SXSW: Quote of the day
March 14th, 2011
10:00 PM ET
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"Ok, kids, listen up. A TACO is the same as a sandwich. A sandwich is ANY bread with your choice of fillings. A TACO, is a tortilla, CORN or FLOUR, with your choice of filling. Got it? Good! Now go and be confused no more." - Tu Mama Mexicana

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February 21st, 2011
11:45 PM ET
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In response to our lunchtime poll about restaurant breakups:

I've broken up with my boyfriend before at Chima, a Brazilian BBQ Buffet. It was really awkward because as I was telling the boy about why we weren't compatible as a couple, the servers kept coming up to us with skewers of meat, breaking my momentum with each interruption.

By the end of the meal, I had offered to pay since I was doing the breaking up, but the guy (with tears in his eyes) said the least he could do was pay for the meal. I think it was really embarrassing for him because we could hear the waiters whispering about us and at this point it was pretty obvious that he was crying.

As we walked outside and waited for a cab, he addressed some of my concerns and agreed to try to work it out instead of abruptly ending our relationship. 3 years later, we're still together but haven't been back to Chima - Julia

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January 18th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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From Lunchtime poll – does authenticity matter to you?

It's nice to know what the "authentic" food does or should taste like. The great thing about cooking is that everyone makes what they make based on availability, freshness, and locale. My grandmothers both made great chocolate chip cookies but they tasted different. One was from the South and one was from the North.

Also, we are too used to eating everything anytime we want. There are true peak seasons and you shouldn't expect to eat a good oyster in January. One cook may use a lime while another uses an orange or lemon. One may use Basil and another Thai Basil. This may happen in the same country for God's sake.

I'm also tired of someone trying to "Patrick" someone else. Patrick is a friend of mine from college who always had a better experience that everyone else. He would say things like "this is good, but it's not as good as the salsa I had in Spain." Also, if you're in Spain, doesn't everything taste a little better anyway? - wasabiguy

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January 12th, 2011
03:26 PM ET
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Whew! Snomageddon averted here in Brooklyn. Yup, plenty of it dumped down overnight, but in a mad burst of sn-overkill for the inadequate response to the Christmas storm that blocked off outer-borough roadways for days, Mayor Mike Bloomberg made sure that plows drove past each resident's home approximately 153 times while they were trying to get some shuteye. (Not that we're complaining. Or that we counted.)

But as for the rest of the country (we know you're out there - we can see your frost breath), things seemed a tad more dire, as evidenced by the blizzard of iReports documenting picked-over supermarkets and snowed-over shopping carts. Plow through the gallery above and shovel down these chilling tales of desperation dining and dealing from our commenters on yesterday's Snowmageddon Supper.
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