It is time again to bring out The Chicken-Fried Pork Belly Salad, which I created in August 2007 in the midst of my fury at the chief icon of American restaurant food: The Chicken Caesar.  Today’s post was sparked by Sam Sifton’s NYTimes magazine column on the Caesar salad, which addresses the fact that few dishes are truly authentic, and he uses the Caesar salad as an example. For me putting a chicken breast on a perfectly good Caesar is an emblem of American mediocrity, a lack of imagination, and our fear of food (The Shame of the Chicken Caesar Salad). But Sifton, while he makes the unconscionable error of failing to include my Chicken Fried Pork Belly Casear in his list of famous variations, does us a service by telling us a freeing truth: Read On »

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Diesel is getting expensive & small farms are returning to draft power.  Oxen, cattle, donkeys are back in action on farms, via NYT.

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A short history of the mass production of ramen noodles and its popularity in the US, via New York Times.

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The number of young farmers is increasing in the US; there is a lack of land, money, and mentors, but a lot of spirit, via New York Times.

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FDA may create tougher rules on raw milk cheeses or maybe ban them.  Learn more about raw milk cheeses and food safety, via NYT.

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