Food Safety News loves Michael Taylor – me, not so much

Scanning through my inbox this morning, I found a Food Safety News article of the author’s “naughty and nice” list for 2011. Given the mandate of the publication, it’s not too surprising that the list contains people who, in the author’s opinion, deserve mention – good or bad – concerning their support of the safety of our food supply, or their negative impact on it.

Just goes to show, I guess, how looking through the narrow lens of one topic can skew the results. Here’s the glowing review of “Mike” Taylor:

Mike Taylor
, deputy Food and Drug Administration commissioner for food, is this administration’s go-to guy for information on the FDA’s implementation of the new Food Safety Modernization Act. Continue reading

Cooking the talk (mid-December edition)

I want you to know that I do cook the talk! So here's what was for dinner last night at our house (most ingredients from the farmer's market):

  • Bone-in New York steak (Dey Dey's Best Beef Ever)
  • Weiser Family Farms German Butterball potatoes, quartered, steamed, and finished in a mixture of lard and Pure Indian Foods ghee
  • Homemade red sauerkraut
  • Fennel (Givens Farms), braised in homemade turkey stock with some Springhill butter

Tonight? I'm marinating a small boneless beef chuck roast from Healthy Family Farms (red wine, crumbled bay leaf, freshly ground black pepper, and a splash of red wine vinegar, all organic). I'll be cooking some butternut squash to serve alongside (have not decided how yet, other than that it will include onions), some broccoli, and the last of the sauerkraut (green – time to make more!). I have some apples from last week's market that I need to use up, so looks like I'll be baking them for dessert. Continue reading