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Why the Modern Tomato is Flawed: Inside <i>Tomatoland</i>

Why the Modern Tomato is Flawed: Inside Tomatoland

Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 17:11:46 in Home

“I cook everyday and I know what I'm doing. I don't eat tomatoes until the are in season because they suck. That slight greenish hue to it...thats the sign of "artificial ripening". Have you ever seen those perfectly red, seemingly delicious strawberries that are white inside? Same thing. Food engineering is designed to make foods "look" ripe and perfect and delicious so they can sit in a supermarket for weeks but there is no taste and no nutrition. C'mon, this isn't a secret...”

SDLee on Jun 1, 2011 at 20:21:28

“These tomatos are not engineered using the genetic mods people are worried by. Their characteristics are based on food handling requirements for storage, transportation, etc. if you don't like one kind of tomato then pick another. If you think they are all bad then you are simply spoiled.”
Why the Modern Tomato is Flawed: Inside <i>Tomatoland</i>

Why the Modern Tomato is Flawed: Inside Tomatoland

Commented Jun 1, 2011 at 17:11:46 in Home

“I cook everyday and I know what I'm doing. I don't eat tomatoes until the are in season because they suck. That slight greenish hue to it...thats the sign of "artificial ripening". Have you ever seen those perfectly red, seemingly delicious strawberries that are white inside? Same thing. Food engineering is designed to make foods "look" ripe and perfect and delicious so they can sit in a supermarket for weeks but there is no taste and no nutrition. C'mon, this isn't a secret...”

SDLee on Jun 1, 2011 at 20:21:28

“These tomatos are not engineered using the genetic mods people are worried by. Their characteristics are based on food handling requirements for storage, transportation, etc. if you don't like one kind of tomato then pick another. If you think they are all bad then you are simply spoiled.”
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Tornado Dog Crawls Home On Broken Legs Almost 3 Weeks After Deadly Alabama Storm (VIDEO)

Commented May 26, 2011 at 17:08:01 in Green

“Seriously, clearly you don't own a dog...”

mistlesuede on May 26, 2011 at 17:15:13

“Did you mean to respond to me?”
Sandra Lee On Criticism: 'I'm Making Life Better'

Sandra Lee On Criticism: 'I'm Making Life Better'

Commented Apr 26, 2011 at 16:05:11 in New York

“Well said, its not about "if you don't like her, don't watch", yea, don't worry, I don't watch her. That's not the point. The point is that she is on the national stage and she has a voice. She chooses to use that voice to tell people that all they need to do to feed their family is open up some cans and add spices to them so it's "semi-homemade". That's crap, she should use her voice to make a positive change. As you said, we always have a choice, there is either time to cook or time to watch tv. I don't buy the idea that people don't have time to cook. I'll make a delicious meal from scratch in the same time she makes her crap from a can. If she was really talented, she would teach people how to actually cook in an affordable, simple and time saving way...then she could justifiably say she's making life better. Anyone who considers that stance "elitist" is painfully disconnected from reality.”
Sandra Lee On Criticism: 'I'm Making Life Better'

Sandra Lee On Criticism: 'I'm Making Life Better'

Commented Apr 26, 2011 at 14:43:51 in New York

“Her Kwanza cake calls for store bought cake, store bought frosting and store bough apple pie filling...for a Kwanza cake...that is not cooking, it may feed unhealthy families easier but that is not cooking, she doesn't deserve to be on tv and she's delusional if she thinks she is "making life better." The point is not about me having to watch her on TV or make her recipes, its the fact that other people are and it does nothing to solve this country glaring food issues. If you understand the importance of food and food education, you understand that she's not making life better.

www.thefoodfreak.com
Urban Gardens Tainted With Lead, Arsenic

Urban Gardens Tainted With Lead, Arsenic

Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 15:38:25 in Green

“No one said we shouldn't grow in soil. Obviously, that's not going to stop happening. If we need to grow more food (which we do) and we are destroying much of the land we farm on now, urban farming must be in the equation. I dont know where you live, but in New York City, the prospect of urban farms is exciting and is something that makes sense. All I was referring to was, if the soil gets contaminated due to cities, wouldn't the obvious solution for that be growing things in urban environments hydroponically? There is nothing wrong with growing hydroponically either so I dont know what the issue is.”

Hal May on Mar 23, 2011 at 19:10:38

“Too bad hydroponic growing is reliant on petroleum based fertilizers. Not to mention the average person doesn't have the money to invest in a system or have the expertise to you use one. You can grow in soil with a just a few dollars with little horticultural skill.”

EvolveorPerish on Mar 23, 2011 at 15:45:34

“Issue?
I don't have a problem with hydroponics, (more into permaculture myself) I just can't see it on a large scale, especially as clean water is becoming an issue.
We've just got to stop poisoning our environment.”
Urban Gardens Tainted With Lead, Arsenic

Urban Gardens Tainted With Lead, Arsenic

Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 13:52:21 in Green

“If the soil is a issue, why not grow hydroponically?

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brux on Mar 23, 2011 at 20:35:16

“Hydroponics does not have a lot of the nutrients that are in the ground, and if you plant hydroponically you have to pay for everyone.

I used to think hydroponics was cool, but now I like the idea of permaculture.”

jetle25 on Mar 23, 2011 at 15:40:52

“Hydroponics is somewhat useful. But I feel they lack the mycelium and other essential microbe ecosystems that are in very rich fertile soil. You'd have to find a nutrient source for Hydroponics and that is either man made or from fish waste. But then you'd have to feed the fish healthy food. A hydroponic system that is more similar to the natural diverse ecosystem could work. But then why don't we just have everything be natural and stop destroying our world with chemicals and pollution that leads to acid rain and high lead.”

EvolveorPerish on Mar 23, 2011 at 15:27:54

“But lord forbid we should be able to grow thinks in soil. Holy Cows, what are we coming to.”
The 8 Best Ways to Make Someone Fall in Love with You over Breakfast

The 8 Best Ways to Make Someone Fall in Love with You over Breakfast

Commented Feb 16, 2011 at 13:01:51 in Home

“I made my valentine heart shaped pancakes with maple butter and strawberries for breakfast and finished the day with Salmon in a bag (en papillote) with julienne carrots, zucchini, red onion, sliced lemon, wine and truffle oil with some garlicy rice. I didn't care about the garlic because it was already in the bag if you know what I mean ;) - cooking is awesome!

The Food Freak
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Creative Minds 2011: Watch David Chang's Exclusive Interview (VIDEO)

Creative Minds 2011: Watch David Chang's Exclusive Interview (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 17, 2010 at 17:13:19 in Home

“David - You are THE man but will you ever do Iron Chef? If not, why?

P.S. The bluefish sandwich and pork buns at Ssam bar are simply ridiculous. Please give me the bluefish sandwich recipe...

The Food Freak
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San Francisco Bans The Happy Meal

Commented Nov 3, 2010 at 10:43:38 in Home

“This is definitely a parents responsibility...sadly, most parents shove happy meals into their children's faces and the children crave it because they know they get a toy every time they eat it. No one is telling you that you cannot buy your child a burger from McDonald's, you just can't feed them a burger that comes with toys, is that so horrible? You can still get a disgusting burger for $1, so what is the big deal. I'd understand the uproar if SF banned you from eating at all McDonald's. That is something to worry about. That simply banned that deceptive marketing of overtly unhealthy food to children. Those toys suck anyway, buy your kid something he or she will actually value. And let's be reasonable here, if you support this, you are not a sociopath or a fascist. You simply disagree with people that don't support it. And that's perfectly alright.

The Food Freak
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What's Fresh: How to Cook 20 Vegetables

What's Fresh: How to Cook 20 Vegetables

Commented Sep 2, 2010 at 21:04:41 in Home

“Big plump sugar snap peas in the spring are the best things I've ever tasted...but then there are the tomatoes...they blow my mind too. Kale is pretty unbelievable...so is swiss chard. I have a love affair with fresh corn (no gmo of course). I just love vegetables...I guess I'm just a vegetable freak! Nice little post!

The Food Freak
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SusanElizabeth1949 on Sep 4, 2010 at 20:34:14

“One of my favorite light dinners is polenta, first sauteed in olive oil then put on a flat cookie sheet or broiler safe dish dish with a red-pepper or spicy marinara sauce and Fontana cheese, run that under the broiler served with red chard lightly sauteed in olive oil and then drizzled with a good balsamic vinegar.”
Just Say No To

Just Say No To "Certified Organic" Farmed Salmon

Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 15:55:06 in Green

“Jake, if you haven't tried arctic char, you are missing out on a world of deliciousness. If you like salmon and news like this irks you, substitute char for salmon. Its cheaper and ill venture to say it tastes better. If cooked properly, its more buttery and tasty than salmon is in my mind. I recently got into it and haven't looked back. They only other time i heard of Char before trying it was Iron Chef and thought it must be some fancy fish i'll never find but once I tried it, i haven't stopped buying it since.

The Food Freak
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sonoffestus on Aug 28, 2010 at 15:14:32

“X2...........Char by far the better fish. Salmon is WAY overrated however marketing does wonders, think diamonds.”
The Semi-Secret World Of Trader Joe's: The Tasty Bits

The Semi-Secret World Of Trader Joe's: The Tasty Bits

Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 21:04:23 in Home

“haha thats actually pretty funny”
Just Say No To

Just Say No To "Certified Organic" Farmed Salmon

Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 23:04:35 in Green

“Its so typical of people to defend these mind-blowingly ridiculous policies. You're arguing because YOU don't think there are better alternatives that we should continue to eat sh*t? You don't have to eat salmon, you could do some research and learn that you could buy arctic char which is cheaper and more sustainable that farm raised salmon. It actually tastes better too. Instead of defending it you should be questioning it. It scientists are saying its unsustainable that means over time, it won't work. So why do it.”

Neutralino on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:48:24

“If you take a few moments, I think you'll see that HPF is arguing that we need to use fact-based reasoning to address this and other problems.

That's the problem with the whole organic labeling issue. It is a convoluted, irrational, arbitrary way of trying to identify food of higher quality. It is also a complete failure.

HPF is right when she says ideology is the wrong approach. That's what got us into the "certified organic" nightmare that currently exists.”
Just Say No To

Just Say No To "Certified Organic" Farmed Salmon

Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 22:56:09 in Green

“Haha, I know it sucks right, its tough but you gotta suck it up and do what you gotta do.”
The Coolest Trick for Cherry Tomatoes

The Coolest Trick for Cherry Tomatoes

Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 20:24:44 in Home

“He's a chef, my brother's a chef as well, a great one, but he has no grammatical proficiency whatsoever, awful! I make stupid mistakes like that as well, pay attention to the tip he's offering meant to help YOU out, not a trivial mistake. You obviously knew what he meant so why even comment?”

Scarlett PencilPoint on Aug 26, 2010 at 11:32:03

“...because it's published, and as such it should not have grammatical, spelling or usage errors. Such errors reflect poorly on the writer, regardless of whether or not he's a chef. If you're going to write a post and publish it, and you know you're not very good at writing, then have someone edit it for you. That's what editors are for. What if the error were relevant to the technique or recipe? What if a careless chef wrote a recipe calling for a T of something, rather than a t.? Some cooks reading that recipe would know what it meant, but others wouldn't. Mistakes like these are not trivial.”
Ice Cream Truck Fight: Vendor Brawls With Competitor (VIDEO)

Ice Cream Truck Fight: Vendor Brawls With Competitor (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 19, 2010 at 14:24:57 in New York

“really? who doesn't like to see fights break out in the middle of the day? free entertainment!”
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Is Your Favorite Ice Cream Made With Monsanto's Artificial Hormones?

Commented Aug 19, 2010 at 12:43:31 in Healthy Living

“I didn't know the degree of hate that I could feel until I educated myself about Monsanto. If so many of us feel the same way about them. WHY...can't we organize a more concerted effort to rid them from our lives. I'm no fool and I understand they are so integrated into our food system and daily lives that its almost inconceivable to think we could take them down...however, I wont die happy until we do. Thats why I'm going to start a food company called Food Freaks, grow it to be big enough (i'm young enough so i've got some time) to hire hardcore lobbyists to fight against such companies for policies that benefit the masses and not my own business (don't believe it can happen? just watch me do it). That will be my "charity" to this world and I hope it comes through fruition! If your with me, start following my blog www.thefoodfreak.com. The only thing we can do in the meantime is make sure we are smart about our food purchases and the food we put in our bodies. It may cost more up front but would you rather drink the cheapo milk that will give you cancer and then spend all you money later in life paying medical bills or pay a little more now to ensure a healthy future for you and your family? We gotta start doing whats right, not whats easy and convenient!”
What It Takes To Cut It In The <i>MasterChef</i> Kitchen

What It Takes To Cut It In The MasterChef Kitchen

Commented Aug 18, 2010 at 15:16:19 in Home

“He's is an amazing man/chef! Very admirable!”
Five Guys' Burger Bests In-N-Out's In Zagat's 2010 Fast Food Survey; More Highlights

Five Guys' Burger Bests In-N-Out's In Zagat's 2010 Fast Food Survey; More Highlights

Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 14:09:56 in Home

“Is Shake Shack not yet considered a chain? Thats unfortunate...”

MainFleisch on Aug 17, 2010 at 16:14:47

“Maybe they just don't consider it fast enough.”
Grilled Spaghetti? Try this Fired Up Marinara Sauce

Grilled Spaghetti? Try this Fired Up Marinara Sauce

Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 15:22:16 in Home

“I agree simplicity is key in Italian cooking and you may be right that those ingredients may be a bit superfluous, however, I would argue that the carrot is not. Carrots are sweeter than most people realize and usually the acidity of tomatoes require some sweet component to balance it all out. I have posted a recipe for my basic tomato sauce on my blog and it calls for carrots also, http://thefoodfreak.com/2010/07/11/the-best-damn-tomato-sauce/ . I can assure you it is not an odd addition, I have seen Mario Batali use it in his tomato sauces so it can be a bad thing.”
Nancy Pelosi Visits 'Top Chef' Kitchen As Guest Judge: 'A Little Salty'

Nancy Pelosi Visits 'Top Chef' Kitchen As Guest Judge: 'A Little Salty'

Commented Aug 12, 2010 at 18:40:05 in Politics

“You're right, Nancy is the lesser of two evils. Its kind of like voting for the president. It doesn't matter if both the candidates aren't what you're looking for, you just have to settle for one! I dont like that. I just wish real people would occupy Washington instead of all these fake people running the country. A friend of mine works for a senator and he said there is nothing more true that the old saying about D.C., "Everyone who matters doesn't care and everyone who cares doesn't matter." That's coming from inside the Senate. When the people working for the government tell you its f**cked, then you know we got problems!”

xstevejx on Aug 12, 2010 at 18:48:55

“I'd resigned myself to usually voting for the lesser of two (or more) evils ever since I could vote. As horribly disappointing as many seem to be, they're hardly as outright SCARY as most running against them are.”
Chef Speak: Rick Bayless

Chef Speak: Rick Bayless

Commented Aug 11, 2010 at 16:52:02 in Los Angeles

“Anyone need some tips on buying fish, I've got them right here... be a smart shopper! http://thefoodfreak.com/2010/08/05/a-bit-on-buying-fish/
<i>MasterChef</i>: What's Cooking in America's Kitchens

MasterChef: What's Cooking in America's Kitchens

Commented Aug 10, 2010 at 19:56:37 in Home

“YES! I have a green pan and they are they best without a doubt. Fortunately, it was given to me when I moved into the city. I agree! I've got some toys for sure. On my blog I've got some pics of an indoor grill I got as a present. But I've got the basics to work with and I can do some damage in my little 8x8 nyc apt kitchen with what I got. And I'm young and we're in a recession, I haven't gotten a raise in 2 1/2 years and I get paid bottom of the barrel to begin with, especially in the advertising industry. But I'm starting a catering business with my brother and a friend, both Chefs. Food Freaks, Inc., a food management company made up of passionate food freaks, grow it till it becomes big enough to become the anti-corporation, hire lobbyists to descend on washington to fight against corporations (Monsanto) and fight for food policies that benefit the country and not just business (I wont die happy if Monsanto is still in business by the time I go). Once I've done all that, I guarantee you that I will have every damn culinary tool under the sun in my home kitchen. I got big plans Taurus, I gotta be a little cheap right now so I don't have to in the future!!

What were you working on that you were cooking for cameras?”
7 Toxic Seafood Chemicals That You Don't Know About (PHOTOS)

7 Toxic Seafood Chemicals That You Don't Know About (PHOTOS)

Commented Aug 10, 2010 at 17:05:20 in Green

“Have you tried Quinoa? Quinoa is amazing, its a great source of protein and an amazing substitute for rice. Try this recipe, thinly slice shallots and garlic and caramelize them in a small pot with a little oil. Add some Agave nectar if you've got it to help it caramelize a little faster. Once caramelized, add the quinoa and coat with the oil. Add vegetable stock at a 2-1 ratio of stock to quinoa. Bring to the boil, lower to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 minutes. I also have a lot of recipes on my blog www.thefoodfreak.com if you ever need some ideas!”
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