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Friday, 14 October, 2011

Man Lives On Roadkill

He's a taxidermist: Meet the man who has survived on a diet of ROADKILL for 30 years.

Rat stir fries and owl curries hardly sound like the stuff you would serve your friends for dinner.

But surprisingly, Jonathan McGowan's exotic roadkill dishes are a big hit with his guests.

The 44-year-old bachelor has lived on a diet of roadkill for the past 30 years to avoid buying meat from the supermarket.

He has shunned pre-packaged meats and instead dined on mice, moles, hedgehogs, pigeons, crows and gulls.

This is probably pretty good:

badger stew

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Canned Pea Carnival

Something you don't see much any more: The Canned Pea Carnival.

There really was a Canned Pea Carnival from October 20 to November 15 in the early 1940s, sponsored by the Canned Pea Marketing Institute. According to a trade magazine called The Progressive Grocer in 1940, the Institute wanted "to move 23,000,000 cases of canned peas."


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Man Visits Heaven

Another one of those stories about a brief visit to heaven: Man believes he is in heaven after finding a free beer truck.

What does heaven look like? To a 46-year-old Deerfield man, it looks like a free beer truck.

The man apparently stumbled across a refrigerated beer trailer Tuesday used by the Schwaben Verein German heritage club and Grove Banquets in Buffalo Grove.

The trailer houses kegs connected to taps on the outside. Realizing he had nearly unlimited access cold beer, the man grabbed a nearby pitcher and began drinking.

At noon, staff at the banquet hall found him and called police. When police showed up, they found the man extremely intoxicated and called an ambulance, Buffalo Grove  Deputy Chief Steve Husak said.

Before being sent to Northwest Community Hospital, he told police he didn’t think he had done anything wrong. He thought he had died and gone to heaven – a free beer truck, Husak said.

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Sunday, 09 October, 2011

Best Cooking Smell

We're taking nominations for the best aroma that comes from the kitchen. I think #1 is the winner, but here are my three nominations:

  1. Garlic cooking in oil (shown here)
  2. Basmati rice
  3. Turkey on Thanksgiving day


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Saturday, 08 October, 2011

Nice Eggs!

I want to try this: Chinese Tea Eggs.

The eggs come out looking like beautiful tie-dyed little treats. The flavor is salty, with a subtle touch of tea and Chinese spice.

Ingredients:  1 dozen eggs,  1 tbsp. salt, 1 black tea bag, 2 whole star anise

Directions: Start by boiling a dozen eggs, drain and cool. Crack the eggs, but don’t remove them from the shells. Place the cracked eggs in a single layer in a large pan. Fill the pan with water until the eggs are 3/4 covered. Add the tea bag, salt and star anise. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Cook uncovered for 2-8 hours, adding warm water to the pan as needed. The longer the eggs steep, the richer the color and flavor. Serve hot or cold.

tea eggs

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Friday, 07 October, 2011

Expect Food Riots

Coming soon: Nestle chief warns of new food riots.

The head of the world’s biggest food company Nestle said on Friday that rising food prices have created conditions “similar” to 2008 when hunger riots took place in many countries.

“The situation is similar (to 2008). This has become the new reality,” the Swiss giant’s chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe told the Salzburger Nachrichten daily in his native Austria in an interview.

“We have reached a level of food prices that is substantially higher than before. It will likely settle down at this level.

“If you live in a developing country and spend 80 percent of your income on food then of course you are going to feel it more than here (in Europe) where it is maybe eight percent.”

Oh, and water shortages too.

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Complimentary Flavors

Here's a hole bunch of diagrams for people who make up recipes on the fly. Taste Buds: Complementary flavors.

For example, if you're cooking bacon you might want to add some mustard and a rabbit.


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Thursday, 06 October, 2011

Improving Poutine

Poutine is the national food of Canada, and most Canadians eat it on a daily basis. Poutine consists of french fries, topped with cheese curds and gravy. Can this food possibly be improved?

Yes: Deep Fried Poutine.

Since just tossing a pile of fries, cheese curds and gravy into my deep fryer wouldn’t do anything besides make a huge mess my first step was to find something that could hold it all together. After looking around the grocery store for a few minutes I came upon some egg roll wrappers and realized that they would work perfectly.

Once I was back at home I got to work filling a few of the wrappers with a layer of French fries, which I then topped with white Cheddar cheese curds before drizzling gravy over everything and rolling them up. I’d never made home made egg rolls before, so I really had no idea how much I could fill them up without having them fall apart when I dropped them in the deep fryer and I think I sort of under-filled them.


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Large Pizza Not Very Large

A question for The Consumerist: How Large Should A Large Pizza Be?

There is no national or international governing body that keeps track of how big a pizza is supposed to be. This is probably just as well, but Todd was still disappointed when he ordered a "Large" pizza from Pizza Hut and received a 13" diameter pie that left his party of three hungry.

Sunday night, I ordered pizza online from Pizza Hut for myself & 2 small children. PH had a coupon online for any pizza, any size, any toppings, $10. Truly, it was $10! ($10.90 with tax, still ok).


That's a medium pizza.

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Monday, 03 October, 2011

Documenting Her Food

Lauren Manning did it: Every Morsel of Food Documented for Two Years.

Manning choose to show the data in 40 different infographs. Here we have chosen 11 of our favorites from her series.


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2-Cent Law Suit

In Pennsylvania: Woman wins 2-cent lawsuit against Wal-Mart.

A judge says Wal-Mart must pay up for overpricing sausages by two cents.

Consumer activist Mary Bach was awarded $100 in damages and $80 in court costs Thursday.

Bach, of Murrysville, says sausages she purchased last month in Delmont were listed at 98 cents, but she was charged $1 at checkout. The clerk refunded the difference and noted the error, Bach says. But when she went back to the store six days later she was again charged $1, though the shelf price was still 98 cents. Bach says the overcharges happen far too often. Wal-Mart says new packaging was to blame.

I did some additional research for this post, and discovered that the sausages were Banquet Brown 'N Serve sausages.


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Tuesday, 27 September, 2011

Mistaken Identity

In Florida: Patrons mistake ice cream shop mascot for KKK robes.

The owners of Ice Cream Family Corner and Sandwiches at the busy intersection of South Pine Avenue and Southwest 17th Street say their two-month-old business is getting creamed because passers-by have mistaken their white-hooded ice cream cone mascot for a KKK protester.

Co-owner Jose Cantres says rumors are swirling on Facebook about the exact nature of the little vanilla cone, and employees heard through word of mouth that potential customers have steered clear of the shop to avoid the character.

Liza Diaz, who manages the store for Cantres and co-owner Jesus Diaz, said an employee at the bank where she does business told her a co-worker was so frightened by the white dollop patrolling the street corner that she called her husband crying and refused to drive through the intersection.

not kkk

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Sunday, 25 September, 2011

Butter-Related Law

In Wisconsin: Legislators seek to end state's butter-only law for restaurants, prisons.

Twelve legislators have decided a decades-old Wisconsin law is spread too thin.

wiconsin butter So they're co-sponsoring a bill to repeal the law that makes it a crime for restaurants, prisons and schools to substitute margarine for butter unless a customer requests it. Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) calls the bill prohibiting margarine substitution for butter "silly, antiquated and anti-free market."

The state could save money by giving prison inmates margarine instead of butter because butter is three times more expensive, the freshman legislator said Monday.


Wisconsin banned margarine that's colored to imitate butter in 1895, prompting an era of margarine smuggling that sent Wisconsinites across state lines. Newspaper photographs from the 1960s show housewives packing boxes of colored margarine into car trunks, often at liquor stores that were part of the oleo black market. Colored margarine not only couldn't be sold in Wisconsin, it also was illegal to use it.

That law was repealed in 1967. Since then, the margarine vs. butter battle has softened. And the law prohibiting margarine substitution for butter in public places hasn't been policed.

Breaking the butter law technically carries a $100 to $500 fine and a jail sentence of up to three months. Subsequent offenses carry a possible fine of $500 to $1,000, or a jail sentence of six months to a year.

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Friday, 23 September, 2011

He Died With A Full Stomach

Was a jar of sour cream worth it? Man wins dumpling eating contest, then dies.

A 77-year-old Ukrainian man won a jar full of sour cream for coming first in a dumpling eating contest and then promptly died, local media reported on Wednesday.

Ivan Mendel ate 10 dumplings in half a minute to win first place and a one-liter jar of sour cream in the contest held in the town of Tokmak in the southeastern Zaporizhya region on September 18, Fakty I Kommentarii newspaper said.

Shortly afterwards, Mendel became unwell and died, according to local news websites.


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Old Biscuit Up For Sale

It's more like a cracker: Sir Ernest Shackleton's 104-year-old biscuit to be sold.

biscuit A 104-year-old biscuit taken by Sir Ernest Shackleton on his Antarctic expedition in 1907 could fetch up to £1,500 at auction, experts have said.

The biscuit, one of those used to sustain men on Shackleton's Nimrod expedition, was made by Reading-based company Huntley & Palmers.

The company had already provided energy biscuits to Captain Scott for his Discovery expedition in 1901.

It will be auctioned by Christie's on 29 September.

Shackleton had ordered the protein biscuits for his Antarctic journey. "The people in the team didn't like the biscuits, but it just about kept them going," said Nick Lambourn, director of exploration and travel at Christie's.

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Sunday, 18 September, 2011

Bratwurst Record

Controversial: 47-foot long bratwurst attempts to set Guinness World Record.

Chefs from Chicago's Berghoff Restaurant lay a massive brat on a grill in hopes of winning for the Guinness World Record for the Midwest's Longest Brat on Thursday, September 15, 2011.


My take on this is that it's not a single bratwurst, and does not qualify as a record. A single brat does not have a twisted casing. What do you think?


The pig that provided the casing was named Chic.

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Saturday, 17 September, 2011

Judging A Restaurant

This seems pretty accurate: Ten Ways To Tell a Restaurant Will Suck Before You Take a Bite.

​10. It's ethnic food, but nobody of that ethnicity is eating there
9. Many diners are wearing t-shirts sporting the name of the town you're in
8. Miller Light paid for the menu
7. Seafood has a large section of the menu, but all of it is shrimp
6. Nobody's eating there when nearby restaurants are full
​5. A sign offers 50% off or some other outrageous price special
4. The floors and tables are dirty
3. Lots of people are seated but few have food
2. The signage is bright and perfect like a fast-food joint
1. A sign says "The locals eat here"

locals eat550

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Tuesday, 13 September, 2011

Man Likes His Beef Rare

In Pennsylvania: Man charged with eating raw beef off of Walmart shelf.

A Carlisle man faces felony charges after police said he was seen eating raw meat from off of the shelf of the Carlisle Walmart Monday afternoon.

Carlisle police said an employee saw Scott T. Shover, 53, opening packages of raw ground beef and raw stew beef in the store and eating some of it at 2:40 p.m. Shover then placed the opened packages back on the shelf to be sold and never paid for them, according to police.

beef eater

It's his fifth retail theft arrest. It doesn't say what he ate during the previous incidents.

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