Friday Poll: National Junk Food Day

Too Many ‘National’ Days? Yesterday, apparently, was (unofficially) National Junk Food Day.  I didn’t know there was even an unofficial day like that, but there was, and is.  By the time the junk food snack food industry has claimed a day, probably everyone has. Do you think there are too many ‘national’ days?

Friday Poll: Kale-Eating Contest

<a href=””>Kale-Eating Contest</a> Perhaps sensing that conventional food-eating contests (involving hot dogs or other picnic foods) are losing popular support, contest organizers in Buffalo have decided to have a kale-eating contest, billing it as the “world’s healthiest eating championship,” with the slogan, “Kale Yeah!” What do you think?

A Grilling Guide (with Tips for Cooking Burgers)

Over at the New York Times, Sam Sifton has a comprehensive grilling guide, with tips for charcoal or gas grills, and cooking beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables, corn, fruit, pizza, and bread. Inside or out, here are tips for cooking a diner or pub-style burger:

Friday Poll: Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Choice(s)

Some have been grilling all year, but for others this weekend in May represents the beginning of that season. Either way, for those who will be grilling this weekend, what will you choose?  (Multiple selections are possible.) Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Choice(s)

Food: Sandwiches Without Bread

This week on Dining on a Dime, host Lucas Peterson goes to Pilsen, a primarily Mexican neighborhood on the lower west side of Chicago, to visit The Jibarito Stop, a food-truck-turned-restaurant that serves fantastic jibaritos. Using tostones, or fried plantains, in place of bread, the jibarito is crunchy, sweet, and in the running to become…

Food: Meals in a Box?

Across America, there’s a trend toward locally-sourced, fresh ingredients for one’s meals.  For agricultural communities like Whitewater, where many residents have large gardens, or enjoy fresh eggs, that’s not a trend as much as it is a way of life.  But other communities have seen a trend that encourages moving away from frozen meals, for…