14 June 2011

Farm-Fresh Favas - Recipes for Health - NYTimes.com

Fava beans of any sort are sometimes hard to find; especially organic. If you do come across some, do try the recipe in the article below.

"Not everyone is enthusiastic about them. They require double peeling, a job you might find tedious. But it goes more quickly than you’d think, especially if you have some company around to help, glasses of rosé in hand. Don’t believe those who tell you that young favas in particular don’t require double peeling; the light green skins that surround the beautiful darker bean have nothing going for them -- they’re bitter and fibrous."

Farm-Fresh Favas - Recipes for Health - NYTimes.com

02 June 2011

Plate replaces pyramid in USDA food guidelines - Yahoo! News

It's official: The plate has replaced the pyramid.



"The Department of Agriculture unveiled its new icon, MyPlate, on Thursday to help guide Americans toward eating balanced meals. The dinner plate is divided into four sections for fruits, vegetables, protein and grains, with a dairy cup beside it."

Plate replaces pyramid in USDA food guidelines - Yahoo! News

Or visit the USDA's MyPlate.


At the National Archives, Life, Liberty and Carp - NYTimes.com

As a prelude to the new food "pyramid" that is to make an appearance, now a "pie", a look at the old in an exhibition, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”, at the National Archives:



Long before the makers of fatty crackers tried to sell Americans on their nutritional value, the government was pushing enriched white bread as a fantastic source of vitamin B1, through public service ads displayed here. The ever-evolving food pyramid was presaged by a nutrition chart that counted butter as its own food group.

At the National Archives, Life, Liberty and Carp - NYTimes.com