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“I got to get this cheese with my crew”*…


Cheese curls (or cheese puffs) have been around for 80 years and have been a staple for over 50 (since 1948, when Cheetos achieved national distribution)… not bad for what was originally the unintended by-product of an animal feed-producing process.

The whole tasty story at: “Junk Food’s Happiest Accident.”

* Snoop Dogg


As we try not to wipe our fingers on our clothes, we might send delicious birthday greetings to Prosper Montagné; he was born on this date in 1865.  Considered (with Georges-Auguste Escoffier) to be one of the two men with the greatest impact on French gastronomy (and thus, on that of the world at large), Montagné was one of the greatest French chefs of all time, and earned a place of honor in gastronomic history by creating Larousse Gastronomique (1938), the basic encyclopaedia of French gastronomy.



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November 14, 2016 at 1:01 am

What could possibly go wrong?…


The AP reports that our friends at Frito-Lay have gotten the message about consumer choice:

The next Lay’s potato chip will taste like chicken and waffles. Or cheesy garlic bread. Or Sriracha, a hot sauce often used in Thai dishes.

Lay’s is letting potato chip lovers decide which one of the three will be its newest flavor. All of them will be sold at retailers nationwide starting next week. After trying them, fans have until May to vote for their favorites. The flavor with the most votes will stay on store shelves…

Lay’s adds about one new potato chip flavor every year. Last year it launched the Lay’s Classic BLT, made to taste like the sandwich. This is the first time in Lay’s 75-year history that it has let U.S. consumers choose the company’s next flavor.

For context, readers might review the New York Times Magazine’s informative piece on “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food“– the pull quote from which (from a Harvard professor of Public Health) is “I feel so sorry for the public.”


As we reach for the baby carrots, we might spare a thought for Neil Arnott; he died on this date in 1874.  A Scottish physician and inventor, he created the Arnott stove (with a self-regulating fire) and the Arnott ventilator.  But he is surely best remembered as the inventor of the waterbed– “Dr Arnott’s Hydrostatic Bed” (1832).






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March 2, 2013 at 1:01 am

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