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US store chain cuts back on Chinese food imports

US grocery chain Trader Joe’s said Monday it would stop selling food imported from China due to customers’ concerns about the products’ safety.

“Our customers have voiced concerns about products from this region and we have listened,” Trader Joe’s spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said in a statement.

“All single ingredient food items sourced from mainland China are scheduled to be out of our stores by April 1,” she said.

“We will continue to source products from other regions until our customers feel as confident as we do about the quality and safety of Chinese products.”

A series of consumer scares last year involving harmful products from major exporter China, including seafood, cat food, medicines and toys, led to mass product recalls and the tightening of US safety regulations.

Trader Joe’s, which focuses partly on selling organic food, was founded in California in the 1960s.

February 12, 2008 | By | Reply More

JerryTime – The Gobbler

Jerry has a run-in with a wild turkey. Episode 15 of Its JerryTime, the Emmy winning webseries created by Jerry & Orrin Zucker.

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February 12, 2008 | By | Reply More

Banh Mi Thit Nguoi

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What is Bánh mì?

Bánh mì is a Vietnamese baguette made with wheat and rice flour or a type of sandwich traditionally made with this type of baguette. The sandwich is made up of thinly sliced pickled carrots, daikon, onions, cilantro, and meat or tofu. Popular bánh mì fillings include pork, paté, chicken, and head cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili paste (optional)
  • 1/2 pound carrots, shredded
  • 4 baguettes (or 8 hero rolls)
  • 1/2 pound roast pork or ham
  • 1/2 pound turkey roll (substitute chicken roll)
  • 1 cucumber, quartered lengthwise as for a crudite
  • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 pound pork liver pate
  • Hot chili sauce to taste
  • Hot chili peppers (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix vinegar with water, sugar and, if desired, fish sauce and chili paste.
  2. Marinate carrots in this mixture in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
  3. Halve the baguettes, slice open and top each with a thin slice of roast pork and turkey roll.
  4. Top with carrots, cucumber and coriander.
  5. Spread mayonnaise and pate over bread.
  6. Add chili sauce or peppers to taste.

[NY Daily News & Flickr]

February 9, 2008 | By | Reply More

Anthony Bourdain’s Tips on how to make your dishes look like they were prepared in a restaurant

In the world of food, Anthony Bourdain is a rockstar. In his breakthrough book, “Kitchen Confidential,” he details his roller coaster ride as a chef in New York. He also dispels many commonly held myths about the food industry. In one chapter, he gives the reader many valuable tips about how to prepare their dishes to look as impressive as a 4 star restaurant’s. Here are some of those tips.

  1. Get a decent chef’s knife and learn how to handle it properly. No need to get a million knives for different purposes, one good one will do.
  2. Plastic squeeze bottles. They make a sauce spread look like a work of art. Run toothpicks through the sauce trail at various points for another artistic touch.
  3. Metal ring. For stacking your food into a nice, pretentious presentation.
  4. Mandolins, for perfect waffle cuts.

For more tips and details, as well as the crazy world of the food industry, check out “Kitchen Confidential”.

[Anthony Bourdain]

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Jedi Ginsu Knife

Jedi Ginsu Knife Commercial. Watch more top selected videos about: Uygy, Tru

Wouldn’t it be amazing if this were real?

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