Great Depression Cooking: Graham Bread

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At the beginning of 1900, the United States experienced a massive flow of “smart” chemists who found many ways to add unhealthy ingredients, that sometimes were not even supposed to be in food.

Flour was that once ingredient that suffered many transformations before we realized that bleaching it was not a great idea. Food chemists used: Organic peroxides, Calcium peroxide, Nitrogen dioxide, Chlorine, Chlorine dioxide, Azodicarbonamide, Atmospheric oxygen to bleach it. Some of the ingredients above are not allowed to be used in food products un the EU. Now imagine how the stomach would feel like after a good portion of bread made with some of these components?

During Great Depression times people used graham flour: the combination of regular flour, wheat germ, and wheat bran. Most communities were aware of the flour bleaching process and thus used graham flour when possible since it had more fiber and healthy components.

Graham bread was inspired by Sylvester Graham, a 19th-century reformer who argued that a vegetarian diet, anchored by bread that was baked at home from flour that was coarsely milled at home, was part of a healthful lifestyle that could prevent disease.

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Great Depression Cooking: Potato Salad With Homemade Cooked Dressing

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After reading a book about great depression “A square Meal”, I started wondering: “What caused the country to break into pieces? What happened before the great depression? What did the people eat?”.

I stumbled upon a book called “Poison squad” by Pulitzer Prize Winner – Deborah Blum.

This book shocked me to the ends of my hair. I thought the Great Depression was bad but in fact, before, the food in the US was even worse…Generally speaking, people ate embalmed meat filled with poisonous formaldehyde (for preserving), coal tar dye (for color), and borax (also for preservation) without even knowing how much chemicals they consume. Many of the chemicals caused unfortunate lethal circumstances.

The protagonist of this story is Dr. Harvey Whiley who was fighting for the transparency, food purity and general requirements that we see on the packages today. Thanks to Dr.Whiley, every product we consume has a thorough ingredient list and the government has requirements for food processing.

We all know that the best and the purest foods are homemade, so let’s look at an easy potato salad that contain homemade cooked dressing which also goes well with other salads.

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Great Depression Cooking: Banana Bread

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In 1931 a book called “Aunt Sammy’s Radio Recipes” came out and was available nationwide in the bookshops.

Aunt Samy was a fictional character and had her own cooking show called Housekeeper’s Chat. Its target audience was farm wives. She was introduced by the US Dept of Agriculture, Bureau of Home Economics during the Great Depression. Supposedly the wife of Uncle Sam, the character was voiced by different women at each individual radio station, using a standardized script.

The show was broadcast until 1944.

Banana bread recipe supposedly emerged during the great depression since the housewives were unwilling to throw away overripe bananas.

During my trip to Hawaii, I noticed that banana bread is very popular among Maui population and in my opinion it’s because the island has a lot of hiking options and banana bread is great for sustainable energy for such a long activity.

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Weekly News Recap: Oct 15 – Oct 19

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Halloween is just 13 (oooh!) days away and we have some good stuff for you this week!

Traditionally a lot of big and small companies release special seasonal products to match our spooky needs.

Secondly, fall is still around which means more pumpkins and more cozy dishes coming to the table.

Third: only 68 days until Christmas! It’s time to think about trendy table setting ideas and look for great recipes.

Today we are covering some exciting news that happened this week (and maybe last week too:)

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Great Depression Cooking: Cream Of Celery Soup With Spinach Pesto

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During the 1930’s Americans sought to escape the horrors of the Great Depression by listening to the radio or spending a dime to go to the movies. Around 60-80 million people went to the movies every week.

The most popular films during the era were ‘Gone with the Wind’ (1939), ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ (1937), ‘King Kong’ (1933), the ‘Wizard of Oz’ (1939) and ‘Mr. Smith goes to Washington’ (1939) or simply the classic movies is how we remember them by.

Mickey Mouse was an extremely popular character since he first appeared on television right before the great depression in 1928.

Housewives made a lot of “comfort” soups, usually creamed or with canned proteins. Today we are going to make an easy cream of celery soup.

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Weekly News Recap: Oct 1 – Oct 5

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Last week I got buried in research and book for the Great Depression cooking month and we skipped one week full of events that happened in the culinary industry. To make it up to you, today we are going to have a double portion of freshly baked headlines that may have changed the world at some point 🙂

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Great Depression Cooking: Cheese Souffle

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Great Depression struck the United States on October 29th, 1929.

It was a huge segment of history that changed the lives of millions of people who stood in lines in the cold to get supplies to feed their families. Former rich, poor, middle-class families, everyone was there equal as hunger stroke the country.

Even though it was a hard time, homemakers and housewives did everything they could to cook the meals and make them delicious. This only proves one simple thing: no matter how hard the times were, people still loved to eat good and tasty food.

I would like to honor those brave ones who stood strong and kept going, spent hours in lines to get fresh goods and cook meals. I will dedicate this month to the great depression recipes that I have found in books, archives, and old recipe booklets.

I may slightly change the recipes but using the same old products that people used during the 1930’s.

Let’s start with cheese souffle.

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Weekly News Recap Sep 17 – Sep 21

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Previously this blog had a news section before but there are not many truly interesting things happening in the industry every day.

Plus your respected chef (me!) had a full-time daytime job and it is hard to keep up with the news all the time. So I decided to make more of these short notes about stuff that made me excited the most. Here goes our first weekly digest.

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The Site Got a Makeover!

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Hello food lovers and creative recipe seekers! Cookalongblog has been vacating all summer, getting more ideas and content.

I (Tania) created this blog a little over a year ago to store all food stories from my travels, kitchen lifehacks from my culinary past and recipes that I create while making family dinners.

I did not expect people to notice me but the numbers kept growing! Over 3,000 people looked at the website! some of the left comments and dropped me heartwarming emails about how well I am doing. I started to cram out 3-5 hours a week from my full-time job to dedicate myself to the blog.

After three months of thorough editing and curating the lists, Cookalongblog is back with a makeover!

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Now instead of quite unclear categories like “Antipasti, Entrees and Sweet” you got “Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Baking, and Bird”. Apparently, I mostly cook vegetarian and pescetarian and sometimes birds (only on holidays though!).

I also included every recipe with nutritional value and serving size for you athletes, runners, and people who watch their calorie intake.

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The design is more simple and accessible now.

Featured posts are now on the main page!

Enjoy and let me know if something comes to your mind! I am always open for chatting and collaborations!

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Blackberry Thyme and Meyer Lemon Galette


When I explain galettes to the people, I always say “It’s like a giant cookie but with fillings and a lot tastier.” Even French Canadians call it that way, filling their galettes with sweet ingredients.

However, term “galette” comes from the region of Brittany in France and typically made with savory ingredients using buckwheat flour. I got inspired by both ways and did a lot of research before putting my first galette together. I relied on seasonal berries, slightly unusual bitter Meyer lemons and my favorite thyme.

This recipe came out rich, delicious and needed just a splash or rosé to finish up what I started.

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Asparagus, Cherry Tomato, Mushroom and Honeyed Goat Cheese Galette


Hey! May is officially here! It’s time to really use up those spring ingredients because summer is just 1 month away!

During my long-term relationship with asparagus, I ‘ve’learned that many people either love it or hate it. Guess what? I am the one who is deeply in love with this ingredient and can think of a 100 recipes that I can make with asparagus.

Today we are making rather a simple recipe that is good for warm weather and is suitable for family events!

Ladies and gents: Asparagus galette!

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Easy Salmon Patties


Being pescetarian at a BBq party may seem hard: everyone having sausages, ribs, and burgers but you can not eat a gram of this. Since there are not a lot of pescetarian friendly sausages and patties in stores, I came up with this easy recipe of fish patties, that I can bring for myself. They are also great for burgers and smoking.

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Blood Orange Roasted Chicken


Blood Oranges are typically a very winter fruit but it always reminds me of upcoming spring (mainly because of its color). That is why I usually cook dishes with them on first days of March.

I found the similar recipe on Williams Sonoma website but realized that it lacks something and added green olives. It is super simple and blood oranges make the chicken pop in flavor!

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Beet Hummus


Hey everyone! I had some beets left from the previous recipe and decided to make something from leftovers. Since i love hummus a lot, it became my first choice.

Do not hesitate buying a jar of tahini sauce. It can serve you well in other dishes including burgers or even cookies.

If you are hosting a superbowl party this weekend, your guests will highly appreciate this healthy option. This hummus goes incredibly well with pita chips, celery or cucumbers.

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Homemade Syrniki (Ricotta Pies)


As a proud Russian, I sometimes miss my grandma’s comfort food. Syrniki, which entire female population of my family used to make, was my favorite breakfast before school.

My mom usually served it with sour cream, my grandma made it with strawberry preserves and my other grandma made it with apricot jelly. Everyone had the way to make and eat them. Today I would like to introduce you to something that warms my heart and brings warm memories to my head bite by bite.

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The Easiest Lobster Tail Recipe


Remember that one time you ordered lobster at the restaurant and paid an idiotically high price for it? Well, this should stop! The thing is, lobster tails are usually inexpensive and the price range could vary from $8 to $15 depending on the area you live in. Hint: the one who live near the sea or the ocean typically pay a little less. You can find lobster tails in your local supermarket in the raw fish department or frozen in the seafood section.

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Lavender Shortbread


In between vanity and weekends, I usually get really hungry for sweets, but I just can’t let myself buy packaged desserts. It just doesn’t feel right to me. Plus you never know the full list of ingredients and the amount of sugar that the product contains. So obviously there is only one option: spend some amazing time baking lavender shortbreads on this beautiful (wherever you are its always beautiful) day.

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Bread Making Class In San Francisco

Holiday season is slowly flowing into the shops, supermarkets and our hearts.

Winter is probaby the most exciting time of the year. We gather together. We share smiles and thoughts. We eat. Eating is one of those things we do the best on Holidays, that’s why I decided to level up your skill.

I will be throwing a holiday bakeout on December 13 in San Francisco, so do not hesitate to stop by and learn the essentials of bread making and “hugge”.

For tickets and more information click this link.

See you soon!



Homemade Beet Pasta


Purchased pasta with homemade sauce – good. Homemade pasta with homemade sauce – even better!

Pasta making is one of the things that I miss the most after leaving the professional kitchen. This process was a significant stress relief, and I could do it for hours listening to jazz music.

A few days ago I felt down and stressed and thought about refreshing my skill and making some pasta at home. The only obstacle for me was the absence of any pasta machines at home. Since I have never tried making pasta with only a knife and a ruler, I went for it and gave it a try. To my own surprise pasta came out great but needed a little bit of work on the shape. That was nothing comparing to what I expected.

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5 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes For Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Over the course of the past two months, I have been keeping up with my healthy(ish) diet trying to create low carb, low-fat dishes. I followed my cravings and listened to my body, went grocery shopping few times a week to master these recipes and make sure every single bite is worth a try.

I wasn’t a huge pumpkin fan, but since I started creating these recipes, I can admit that seasonal pumpkin craze affected me at some point.

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You Can Now Have Breakfast at Tiffany’s For Real

Almost every single woman I know (including me) watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” movie. It was and still is the most iconic film for many ladies who are dreaming about fancy life and a prince on a white horse.

If you are the one that hasn’t seen the move heres the short storyline: the main character played by Audry Hepbern dresses up nicely and every morning comes up to Tiffany store in New York City, overlooking their window full of jewelery while eating a doughnut with coffee.

Well, guys, behold! There is an actual cafe opening at the Fifth Avenue storefront of Tiffany in NYC.

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The place, called The Blue Box Cafe that will open this Friday will offer meals at pretty reasonable prices. According to Eater, breakfast and lunch will cost around $29 and $39 and include two courses each. Customers can also order tea service for $49.

For special occasions, Tiffany’s cafe will offer a Blue Box Cake that will look exactly like a signature little blue box and will be priced at $36.





Pumpkin Zig Zags With Roasted Pepper Sauce

I am definitely all for the pumpkin season this year, and today I have something special for you.

I found these cute mini zig-zags at Trader Joe’s and could stand buying a package. Since I’m trying to eat healthily and consume more vegetables, zig-zags turned out to be an excellent substitution for actual pasta.

Keep this recipe in your bookmarks if you don’t want to overindulge yourself with turkey and gravy this Thanksgiving 🙂

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Sleepless in Seattle: Why Should I Stand On That Damn Line For Starbucks

After going through the food part of Seattle, the central question remained unknown: what about coffee?

Although the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” is not about coffee at all, the city has a lot to offer. Coffee shops are literary everywhere you go, and every store is unique and provides a good variety of flavors, roasts, and blends.

Let’s briefly discuss why Seattle is the capital of Coffee and see why you should actually visit the first shop.

Spoiler alert: yes, there is Starbucks in here

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You Can Now Purchase Christmas Ornaments Filled With Alcohol

Christmas is only 1.5 months away, and it’s time for us to think about how to decorate the house.

I remember how my parents hung candy around a Christmas tree, and my friends and I were sneaking them into my room and eating before the holidays even started. The last candy was always eaten on the Christmas day at midnight.

The British company Lakes Distillery came up with a similar entertainment for adults. Now anyone can decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments filled with their favorite alcoholic beverages. The assortment includes quite pleasant flavors: vodka with salted caramel, gin flavored with cinnamon and raspberries and whiskey with hints of molasses and fresh fruits.

You can purchase these decorations in Europe, UK, and also arrange delivery to the United States. The cost can vary, and for example, 1 ball will cost about $ 21, while the whole set of six pieces will cost about $42.

The European supermarket chain Aldi came up with the similar idea, creating an advent calendar for adults, filled with tiny bottles of wine.


Napa Valley Wild Fires Update

Midnight October 11th. The smog was around the city of San Francisco all day long, and the sun was shining through the haze in an unhealthy orange color. The wildfires continue to rage in the regions of Napa and Sonoma, and we continue to follow the news and hope that soon everything will be over.

T fires have affected the wine regions of Mendocino and Calistoga, and the nearby regions are evacuated.

Local media provided a list of wineries that suffered partial or complete damage from the wildfires:

Segassia Vineyard, Signorello, Stags’ Leap Winery, White Rock Vineyards, VinRoc, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Paradise Ridge, Frey Vineyards Winery, Oster Wine Cellars.

Some farms have fallen victims of the natural disaster and it is likely that this could have a negative impact on the restaurant industry in the area.

Michelin, which on was supposed to release an annual guide on Monday, postponed the event and made the following statement: “Recognizing the turmoil and tragedy of the fires that are still burning, we understand this is a time for grief and recovery, not celebration. We extend our condolences to all who have been affected.”

In nearby cities such as Oakland and San Francisco, all outdoor school activities were canceled, and in the epicenter of fires are completely closed.

According to the latest data about 20 people were killed and 285 are considered missing.

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Pan Roasted Butternut Squash With Spinach And Parmesan

In the midst of the pumpkin season, I promise to indulge you with such recipes until the end of the fall. It is going to be approximately another 1.5 months 🙂

I spent a long time looking for a lovely recipe from butternut squash, that was neither a pie nor pasta, but the Internet seems to be obsessed with these classics. I’ve heard a lot that many people don’t like pumpkins because they are neither sweet nor savory and in fact are plain and not tasty at all.

I planned to create a recipe that would change your mind.

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Napa Valley Is On Fire

It is very unlikely to become a witness of a raging nature, especially if it is taking your favorite places on its way.

At about 9 pm Pacific time, in the city of San Francisco, I felt a strong smell of the smoke. Many residents called 911 complaining about the smell, but the reason was not established up until 11 pm.

Local news agencies began to report that Napa Valley, located one and a half hours away from the city is in danger – massive wildfires are coming into the region.

By the morning of October 9, the first reports of destroyed wineries began to arrive. Based on information from various Twitter users, the buildings of such wineries as White Rock Vineyards, Signorello (vineyards of this winery remained intact), Nicholson Ranch in Sonoma and Frey Vineyards in Mendocino got completely burned down. The famous Michelin restaurant – French Laundry is safe, but for the time being, it will be closed.

As a result of wildfires, one person died, and more than 20 thousand were evacuated from the region.

Photo is taken from napavalleyregister.com/ website


Harmful Pollutants Are Found In Yellowfin Tuna

No matter how hard you try to buy organic and clean tuna, it probably will not work. In one way or another, almost any fish will contain a certain percentage of polluted substances that penetrate the world ocean with the growing industrialization of the world.

As Food And Wine reports, the scientists from the Institute of Oceanology in San Diego conducted a study, which examined 117 species of yellowfin tuna from different parts of the ocean. Virtually every single fish contained substances that pollute the environment. However, some pollutants varied: the further the fish lived from the shore, the fewer elements were found in its system.

This means that the tuna caught in the waters of North America or Europe contained 36 times more substances than the one that inhabited the waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Also, 90 percent of the yellowfin tuna studied in the waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean contained chemicals that could harm pregnant and lactating women. Slightly fewer species – 60% contained the same substances in the Gulf of Mexico. There are a few chemicals to name: pesticides, fire retardants, and polychlorinated biphenyls.

Scientists have explained that these substances are still not enough to harm the human body, but urged buyers to read the packaging more carefully and pay attention to the origin of the fish.


Opening Of The New Noma Restaurant, Postponed Due To An Ancient Wall

Let’s look into some prehistory first. On December 31, 2016 – one of the best restaurants in the world – Noma closed its doors to the public. Chief Rene Redzepi went on a tour to Mexico with part of his team and opened pop-up there. Another part of the former employees began a temporary place in Copenhagen under the bridge, which they called – Under the Bridge.

But after less than a year of absence, the chef and his legendary team are coming back to their hometown, with the new Noma. According to rumors, the restaurant will be located somewhere near Copenhagen and going to have an entire sustainable farm on the site.

Initially, the launch was planned for the end of December 2017, however, according to the statement on their official website – the opening is postponed. The reason for this is quite compelling – while constructing the restaurant, the workers came across an ancient wall, which all this time was buried underground. According to representatives of Noma, this is a fairly common situation in the city, which is more than 900 years old. Now archaeologists working on the site, and the opening gat moved to the beginning of 2018.

Because of that, Noma employees have extended the work of Under The Bridge for 6 more weeks. If you are planning to visit Copenhagen in the nearest future, you can still reserve a table here.


Why You Should Keep Your Tomatoes Out Of the Fridge

Many of us learned in childhood that fresh foods and vegetables must be stored in the refrigerator, but, as it turned out this is not entirely true.

After working as a chef in the kitchen, you come across many things that you have done all wrong. Many respectful restaurant store tomatoes at a room temperature and not in the refrigerator.

Scientists from the University of Florida found that refrigerated tomatoes and tomatoes at room temperature are actually two different products. They conducted a study and put the tomatoes in the fridge for a week. Then the vegetables were brought to room temperature and examined by the researchers. They found that the cold actually changes the genetic structure of the fruit and kills its taste. The study was conducted on two types of tomatoes, and both lost their natural and rich flavor during the cooling process.

According to the New York Times, a professor of horticultural sciences who conducted the study described this as follows:

“Remove the violins and the woodwinds,.” “You still have noise, but it’s not the same. Add back just the violins, and it still isn’t right. You need that orchestra of 30 or more chemicals in the right balance to give you a good tomato.”Scientists who conducted the same study advise buyers to postpone the use of tomatoes immediately after purchase and allow them to ripen for a couple of days and also stay away from buying them in the winter.

I want to add from myself that tomatoes can be stored at room temperature for about 1.5 – 2 weeks, as they usually are not yet fully ripened.


Volkswagen Is Going To Make Iconic Bus-Inspired Fridges

The company Volkswagen, known for its hippy minivans and cars, decided to change direction a little and will soon start making refrigerators. And not just refrigerators, but almost actual art objects that will decorate your kitchen.

Not so long ago, the company started a collaboration with the Slovenian firm Gorenje, which is popular with its designer refrigerators.

First of all, it is worth noting that the joint creation of Volkswagen and Gorenje will exactly resemble the same hippie-mobile, but only in appearance. The refrigerator itself will be stuffed with the latest technology: the DynamiCooling system will evenly distribute the temperature throughout the fridge, and the IonAir technology will help get rid unpleasant odors, and also preserve all vitamins and minerals in the food.

Refrigerators will go in two colors: baby blue and burgundy.

The exact date of the product’s release on the market is still unknown, as well as the price, but the companies claim that the first refrigerators will go on sale in the UK.

Stick around for announcements, and maybe you will be among those lucky customers to “park” this beauty in your kitchen!


Crispy Salad With Kale, Tomatoes, Yogurt and Eggplant

Some time ago I posted a photo of this salad to my Instagram and considered it a crime not to write the details of this recipe, as it ideally suits the gloomy fall weather.

I used fresh kale, which I slightly roasted in the oven with my favorite tomatoes San Marzano. I flavored the yogurt with cumin, lemon juice, and salt. The combination was just fantastic!

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H&M Just Dropped A New Line Of Kitchenware

While we were talking here about Italian wines, recipes, and tomatoes, the megabrand H&M, that mostly sells clothes just dropped a new collection of kitchen utensils, which is rumored to be madly affordable.

In 2008, the Scandinavian company launched one of the first H&M Home stores where customers could find some furniture pieces, decor items, and kitchenware, but the line was very limited.

Gradually the kitchen line expanded and right now, the website has 312 items in stock (the number may vary in different countries). The new kitchenware collection includes wood and ceramics products that will decorate your fall table and create the “Huge” atmosphere (funny Danish word, which means the ability to appreciate the usual pleasures of life and enjoy the moment.)

Have a look at the new collection; you might spot something for your upcoming Thanksgiving party:

1. Dinnerware set with a cake stand 


2. Wooden cutting boards


3. Wooden measuring spoons and mortar and pestle

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4. Tea set

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5. Ceramic pot and storage containers

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Airbnb Just Launched Restaurant Reservations

If you are an active foodie, then this news is for you: popular apartment rental service – Airbnb just launched restaurant reservations feature (hurray!).

In fact, the update is significant for those who travel mostly for food, not for the sightseeing. The thing is that research for the restaurants in an unfamiliar location could be tough and take many hours, if not days, and the results may not be as good. In other words, most often, the expectation could be shattered on the shore of reality, and you leave the restaurant, that you found the day before the trip in unfortunate feelings.

The company teamed up with Resy, which helps to find the most interesting and top spots in the city to save you a couple of hours on research.
Airbnb offers users a choice of the best restaurants nearby or in the city, and also give an approximate price range per person. You can also check the ratings (it’s unclear what it is based on, but most likely it comes from the Resy), read a brief history, hours of work, address and look at the photos (they deserve special attention!).

Service has already started to operate in 16 cities across the US cities and soon plans to expand.

List of locations: Atlanta, Austin, Charleston (North Carolina), Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Napa, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Portland (Oregon), Raleigh (North Carolina), San Francisco, Seattle, Hampton and Washington DC


California Bans Foie-gras Again

California is probably the only state in the US where foie gras is banned, for both production and import. It became a big hotbed of disputes when, as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill in September 2004, which read: ” “A person may not force feed a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size, or hire another person to do so,” and a “product may not be sold in California if it is the result of force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size.”

It took almost eight years so that the bill entered into force in July 2012. However, almost immediately after the, it was implemented, the foie gras activists filed a lawsuit and quickly got what they wanted back.

However, just last Friday, the 9th US District Court of Appeals rejected this bill, thus restoring the ban on the production of the foie gras.

The lawyer for the plaintiffs said the battle is not over. “The ruling is disappointing, the reasoning is flawed,” attorney Michael Tenenbaum was quoted as saying. But for now, the bird ban appears to be coming back – Food and Wine reports.


Adult Advent Calendar Is Here And We Are So Ready

Some of you will remember those beautiful large boxes from childhood that contained small chocolates. They had to count the days before Christmas and had to be strictly eaten one piece per day (but admit, who ate only one?).

It seems that the network of German supermarkets Aldi came up with a similar idea, but for adults who are very fond of wine. Apparently, they don’t care that the leaves have not turned yellow, and we have not yet enjoyed the pumpkin soup yet, the company announced the release of the Advent calendar, which will contain 24 small bottles with different types of wine. It is expected that there will be a mix of red and white, as well as rose and “bubbles” in the advent box. Most of the wines will be from the regions of France and Spain and will go on sale by November 14 this year in the UK. The box will cost around $67.

Let’s all get one and challenge ourselves, try not to drink all this for one Saturday night 🙂


Merriam Webster Dictionary Just Added 11 Words Related To Food

I should probably start with a few words about the dictionary itself. Merriam Webster dictionary is the most complete and reliable dictionary in the US, created by Noah Webster in the first half of the XIX century. The term “Webster’s Dictionary” also denotes the entire line of dictionaries created by Webster, and sometimes dictionaries created by other authors who added Webster’s name to the names of their dictionaries to give them more authority.

The dictionary is supplemented by concepts that young people first use, and then they go to the public and are used everywhere, it is is a little different with food terms. Food comes from various cultures and is not immediately consolidated in society, but some concepts from Asian culture are included in the latest edition. This time the dictionary includes such words as:

“bibimbap” is a Korean dish,
“California roll” – well, who does not like California roll?
“Callery pear” is a kind of Chinese pear,
“Choux pastry” is a kind of dough from which donuts and profiteroles are made,
“Cordon bleu” – a kind of meat dish with cheese in batter,
“Cross-contamination” – the undesirable contamination of products
“Farmers market” – farmer’s market, apparently
“Froyo” – a shorter version of frozen yogurt
“IPA” –  Indian Pale Ale
“Saigon cinnamon” – Asian seasoning that is kinda like cinnamon, but not
“Sriracha” – is a spicy Asian seasoning, widely spread in America.


According to Food And Wine: “Our work as lexicographers is to follow the development of the language, determining the words that people can face,” says Merriam-Webster editorial assistant Emily Brewster in a statement detailing the new additions. “These new words were added to the dictionary because they are fixed in English and are part of the currently active vocabulary of America.”


Australia Have Just Solved the Avocado Shortage Problem

Avocados became not only one of the most fashionable products consumed by young people but also entered the daily diet of many people around the world. This fruit has become so popular that the agricultural industry simply does not have time to grow it in time. As a result, we get a hard rock avocado on the shelf of the store, which you have to store at room temperature for at least a week before putting it in a salad.

However, scientists have come up with a way to grow a tree faster. A team of researchers from Queensland, which produces 50 percent of the avocados in Australia began to cultivate stem cell tissue.

To grow an avocado tree it takes about 18 months, and this is not counting the fruit. The new method is more environmentally friendly, requires less soil, water, fertilizers, and pesticides, and also helps to grow a tree faster.

Currently, the research center is also working on the creation of avocado trees, which will be more adapted to the hot climate, which will allow them to grow next to bananas and make the Australian fruit and vegetable industry more productive.


Italian Grape Harvest Is Supposedly Down By 30 Percent

September is traditionally considered the month when most regions around the world harvest their grape for wine making.

According to the Food And Wine, the association of Farmers, Coldiretti, suggests that the harvest of grapes in some parts of Italy this year is likely to fall by as much as 30 percent in some regions.

The reason that the yield is not as high as last year is likely in the unusual weather that was detected in some parts of Italy. There was a relatively mild winter, which provoked the early germination of the vine, and then followed the spring frosts and led to its damage. In the summer there was a drought, which was followed by rain and hail and this led to an early harvest.

As a result of difficult weather conditions, in regions such as Chianti, Franciacorta, and Tuscany, grape volumes fell by 20-30 percent.

But despite such unpleasant news, the quality of the wine is expected to be good. Even if production declines, last year Italy produced more than 50 million hectoliters of wine, which suggests that there is no shortage of wine in stores.


Most Of Canned San Marzano Tomatoes Are Fake

Variety of San Marzano, unlike other tomatoes, is distinguished by a stronger taste, it is sweeter and less acidic, which makes them an ideal ingredient for sauces. Quite often they can be found in a bath in their juice, and their price is slightly higher, but as it turned out, not everywhere these tomatoes are real.

Like the Chianti wine, the tomatoes of San Marzano have the right to be called so, only when they are grown in a certain protected region of Italy – Valle De Sarno (Sarno Valley). They are considered one of the only varieties that can be used for traditional Neapolitan pizza – Vera Neapolitana.

As Taste reports, San Marzano variations can be found diced or crushed and for a much lower price, although certified tomatoes with the DOP label are sold in a tin can whole.

They are almost like designer bags that sell on the main tourist streets in the world: if the price is too good to be true, it is most likely a fake.

To distinguish real tomatoes from fake ones, look for DOP or consortium stamps (an association of manufacturing companies whose primary functions are control and quality control of the product), as well as certification number at the bottom of the can.


This New App Will Remind You To Drink Water At the Parties

The golden rule of a healthy lifestyle is to drink about eight glasses of water a day. And this is not counting the gaps, when we exercise, drink alcohol, or allow ourselves an extra piece of that cake. On such days, we need even more hydration.

There is a great variety of apps that help to keep track for every measure: glasses, milliliters or fluid ounces. However, many of them do not take into account our human side and love for parties, delicious wine or cocktails.

But at last, someone invented an app that will help you avoid a hangover the next morning. The application, called Hydrate Now, sends users notifications so that they don’t forget to drink water during the party.
Unlike other similar programs, you tell Hydrate Now when exactly your fun begins and what its scale is going to be from 1 to 5. Depending on some drinks, the application will quite aggressively remind the user to drink “At least one bloody glass of water!”.

If you still decide to replace 2 liters of water, with the same amount of martini, the live video chat function with strangers is built into the application, but still, try not to forget to enjoy alcohol responsibly.392x696bb


There’s a Website That Teaches You to Pair Beer With Food

Those of you who love beer and do not consider it a simple drink, probably often wondered how correctly it can be paired with food.

There are a lot of beers that have come out of small home breweries. Along with the usual light and dark filtered and unfiltered, there are IPA, ales with natural flavors, micro brew and many others, in general, there is plenty of choices.

A website called Craftbeer.com/culinary includes a series of video lectures, as well as a professional guide to almost 100 pages. Video Lectures are paid and will cost users $ 30 for one or 99 for all four.

Food and Wine report that the original manual, which the site had released back in 2014, teaches users how to pair craft beer with food most correctly, talks about ten popular types of drinks and includes five interactive kinds of tasting. There Are also in the tips on planning the menu and recipes.

Among other things, the manual gives practical knowledge about beer, tells the story, explains the styles, and also advises on storage and serving.


Iceland Is Getting Food Delivered By Drones

How little we hear the news from the tiny state of Iceland that in the middle of the Atlantic after the eruption of the volcano with an unpronounceable name.

It turns out that the Icelandic food delivery service AHA began cooperation with the Israeli company Flytrex, which delivers drones to feed hungry people in a matter of minutes.

At the end of August, one route started to operate in Reykjavik, which runs through the Northern Atlantic bay. However, drones do not perform full delivery yet. They only transport the order through the bay, then met by the courier, who then delivers it to the customer. AHA representatives say that this method allows for much faster delivery and takes a few minutes, while earlier drivers needed more than half an hour.

According to The Verge, drones can carry up to 3 kg of weight and fly up to 10 kilometers, which is ideal for delivering sushi, burgers and even beer.

According to the CEO of the Flytrex, Yariv Bash, they hope to expand their partnership with AHA, in the future, to deliver shipments directly by drones, which will use the wire to lower the order directly to the front porch of people’s houses.


Food Theme Park Is Opening In Italy

Finally, the god of food heard the prayers of desperate gourmets! Fantastic news for us all: the very first food theme park to open in Italy.

The park will be called Italy – in honor of the company that opens kind of semi-restaurants semi-markets under one roof around the world. At the moment they are making final touches to finish one of their biggest projects.

There will be 25 restaurants, various shops, as well as farms and gardens located at the park.

The aim of the park will not only be to feed the tourists and visitors, but also to educate them about the cultivation of organic products, starting from the very basics. There will be master classes where guests can learn the craft of growing cattle or food, learn Italian and, of course, learn how to cook.

The project is planned to be completed by November 2017, so pack your bags and see you in Bologna!

Episode 1. Las Vegas

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I got super into the history of the food with the series of my articles about Great Depression cooking and that It got me thinking: why don’t I do the same but about the cities?

Since 2019 has a lot of unexpected turns I am going to be traveling for the most part of the year.

Here is just a slight taste of what you will see on further videos.

Please note that it is the first ever video made by me so no judging 🙂

This video covers a little about how Las Vegas emerged as a city and why food scene in there is so goddamn fancy.

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Great Depression Cooking: Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

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Great Depression was followed by Wolrd War II and the United States needed healthy soldiers badly. The government was hoping for a good amount of strong young boys who can stand out but they got shocked by the stats.

After children starvation during the Great Depression, about 60% of the men did not pass the test. Many of them were too skinny, weak, had multiple decreases caused by lack of nutrition and years of emergency diet.

Some of the states had a food stamp system but it was not enough to feed a family of four.

Caramelized sweet potatoes was a delicacy that appeared on the tables on a thanksgiving day. The recipe is simple and can be treated as a dessert, a side dish and a meal. I usually treat it as both a side and a dessert.

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Great Depression Cooking: Pumpkin Bread Pudding

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When Great depression went in full strength in 1933, some families were struggling. Children were put into a weird diet, got sick very often and had an enormous vitamin deficiency. Some parents refused to let children go to school because they were too weak to study.

The government program launched by Roosevelt allowed many needy school children who could not afford to pay for lunches to have at least some fresh food and enough nutrition to basically live. The schools were using foods which would not otherwise be purchased in the marketplace and farmers would be helped by obtaining an outlet for their products at a reasonable price.

Some families lived off school lunches since they skipped cooking at least one or even two meals. Some children got caught not eating food but instead, putting it into their pockets, napkins, and handbags to bring it home. It was indeed a very dark time. But even then people learned to make delicious meals from pretty much nothing.

Bread pudding is a good example of using stale sandwich bread that you may have in the kitchen.

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