the more you know
I’m out of food pictures, people. I was talking with Rachel recently about the difficulty of maintaining regular postings — it makes it hard to just shrug and say “oh, we’ll just order pizza tonight!” because then you haven’t got a new picture, a new recipe, a new post (and then people CALL YOU while you’re SHOPPING at Williams-Sonoma, ironically enough, and DEMAND new posts). I had a backlog for a while — a large batch of food photos taken when I was in sort of a cooking frenzy — but I’m afraid it’s been exhausted, and I haven’t cooked practically at ALL this week, because I’m waiting until Monday to go to the grocery store and the only thing in the refridgerator is some orange juice (good thing we’re not out of vodka!). I did take advantage of my own prior forethought and make the infamous cheesy chicken pasta bake, which served to feed us and our friendly neighborhood starving grad student earlier this week. But other than that? Nothing.
On the other hand, while I haven’t been cooking, I HAVE been reading. My RSS feeder is now chock-full of food-related blogs and websites, and while I was reading through it I came across a really cool factoid by way of Slashfood. Did you know that you can read the stickers on produce at the supermarket? (Yes, you ought to buy local/farmer’s market/other options, but sometimes — like in the winter — it’s just not available and you need an apple, dammit.) Seriously, though — it’s actually really simple. Just remember a couple of things, and you’ll know exactly what you’re getting in the produce section:
- A four-digit number means it was conventionally grown
- A five-digit number beginning in “9” means it is organic
- A five-digit number beginning in “8” means it was genetically modified.
Easy! The two Granny Smiths in my fridge, as it turns out, were conventionally grown. Not as good as a “9”, but not as bad as an “8”!
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