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Entries from October 2006


October 2nd, 2006 · Comments Off

I’m a little late on collecting links about the spinach E-coli outbreak, but just in case you missed any of these articles being passed around:

The Perishable Pundit has a Spinach Crisis Summary of all his posts on the subject.

Edible Nation has a guest writer/farmer who let’s us know that “It’s the Bag, Stupid!

Alton Brown’s thoughts on the lesson to be learned. “…until we diversify and decentralize our food growing system and learn to eat locally and seasonally, we only open up ourselves for more of the same. ”

Leafy Green Sewage, Nina Planck “Where does this particularly virulent strain come from? It’s not found in the intestinal tracts of cattle raised on their natural diet of grass, hay and other fibrous forage. No, O157 thrives in a new — that is, recent in the history of animal diets — biological niche: the unnaturally acidic stomachs of beef and dairy cattle fed on grain, the typical ration on most industrial farms. It’s the infected manure from these grain-fed cattle that contaminates the groundwater and spreads the bacteria to produce, like spinach, growing on neighboring farms.”

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October 2nd, 2006 · Comments Off

I’m falling behind around here. There’s lots of good stuff coming, but first, some burger porn.

Poochies (3832 Dempster, Skokie) is one of those places where a couple of generations have been bringing their kids. When one can only order one thing at the “Home of the cheddar-burger”, one gets the cheddar burger. Although, if I had remembered Eatchicago’s char salami recommendation, I might have tried it. The cheddar burger is nicely charred, with an interior juicyness just approaching mushy-ness, with Merkt Cheddar.

The fries are hand-cut and the Italian beef (shown is the combo) comes as a two-parter.

Dempster, as it runs through Skokie is scattered with great burger/dog places like this, Herm’s, Hub’s, Hot Dog Island (or whatever the new name of Mage’s is) Ken’s Diner, etc. It’s a wonder that the fast food giants like McDonald’s and Burger King can survive along this stretch of burger treasures.

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