11:15 AM, Nov 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It is the pièce de résistance in feast that includes, in my family’s case: smoked turkey with oyster stuffing, Smithfield ham, Brussels sprouts, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and various other basics. For desert there will be pies: pecan, apple, pumpkin, shoo fly, and coconut cream. All manner of good things. But the fried turkey is the star of this show.
It is hard to beat deep fried turkey for pure excess and political incorrectness (food division). And there is the element of risk. How could you not love a main course that both the nutritionists and safety police find objectionable? It is a dish that inspires warnings labels for both coronary and fire hazards. If you indulge, the implied question is: will you perish of a stroke or be scalded to death in boiling lard?
Anecdotal evidence has turkey fryers selling briskly this season. People who purchase this item might also want to order a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
The inspiration for frying turkeys comes from the same culture that gave the world the turducken and if Cajun cuisine is about anything at all, it is excess. Which makes it perfect for Thanksgiving.
Some manufacturers have tried to take the fun out of things by developing devices that can safely fry a turkey. Fair enough. But the righteous method still calls for open flame a few inches from several quarts of hot grease. And as Fox News reports:
Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Here, hold my beer and watch this.
If you choose to fry, then fry prudently. If such a thing is possible.
Enjoy and survive this special day. And don’t forget to discuss Obamacare as you are gathered around the groaning table.
1:41 PM, Oct 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama stopped by Martha's Table food pantry in Washington, D.C. and put on a green apron:
8:21 AM, Oct 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Allentown, Pennsylvania TV station reports that, because of Obamacare, one mother is forced to choose between a "new health plan or putting food on the table":
"One mother tells us the choice for her has come down to selecting a new health plan or putting food on the table," reporter Will Lewis says.
"A small group of people bound together by the need for health insurance, all say they are the people that the Affordable Care Act is not helping."
7:27 AM, Aug 12, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news for foodies. Not that they really need any these days but ... still. As Lauren Salkeld reports on the Epicurious blog, Epilog
3:02 PM, Jul 9, 2013 • By BLAKE HURST
The Grocery Manufacturers Association is hosting a Washington, D.C. summit tomorrow, July 10, inviting over 300 companies to discuss the labeling of genetically modified foods.
11:11 AM, Jul 4, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The hot dog is in decline in America, writes Paul Lukas at Bloomberg, and one thinks, "What isn't?" What institution, anyway. If everything were not in decline, then what would there be for journalists to write about (see Andrew Ferguson on George Packer and Haynes Johnson) and what would politicians have to campaign about?
3:25 PM, Jun 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At the Radisson Blu in Dakar, Senegal, President Obama tried to get reporters to write about issues he believes are important. "[M]illet and maize and fertilizer doesn’t always make for sexy copy, but I very much hope that all the press who were in attendance today generate a story about this," Obama told the press.
The remarks came after a Food Security Expo in the African nation.
Recommends more government regulations and increased government and media pressure anyway.1:14 PM, Jun 21, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday published the results of a study on the effects of nutrition labeling on fast-food menus from 2005 to 2011. Researchers were interested in the impact of locally instituted regulations by various states and municipalities, including New York City, on the overall "healthfulness" of menu offerings.
3:34 PM, Jun 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Two U.S. senators want to build a "special Catfish Office" at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Senator John McCain. The "Catfish Office" would cost $15 million a year.
4:27 PM, Apr 5, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
A restaurant where President Obama took winners of his 2012 campaign’s “Dinner with Barack” contest was forced to close this week because it was cited for failing to comply with Washington, D.C.’s health and sanitation regulations.
Calls for greater "product placement."5:38 PM, Mar 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a speech today at George Washington University, First Lady Michelle Obama laid out her dream for a healthier-eating America. The vision, she said, requires greater "product placement."
1:16 PM, Dec 19, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Or, maybe it is. In which case you should really cheer up. Getting all sulky and down in the dumps isn't going to starting adding days, weeks, months, and years to the Mayan calendar which runs out of tomorrows on the day after tomorrow (December 21, in case you are counting).
12:55 PM, Dec 13, 2012 • By ALEXANDER KAZAM
The FDA is raising hackles over the equivalent of an espresso shot in a bottle: the popular 5-Hour Energy drink that has billions of dollars in sales over the past decade.