August 18, 2012 |
This week's SOS comes from Wenise Wong in Los Angeles: "Just back from some choice New York City restaurants and hoping to replicate in L.A.: Any chance you could get the recipe for the compost cookie from Momofuku ? Thanks for taking requests!" These cookies are like taking every single one of my favorite snacks and packaging them in a simple, compact, magical treat. Chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coffee, graham cracker crust, pretzels and even potato chips are tossed in with a rich cookie dough to turn out something truly inspired.
August 15, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - The founder of the Tel Aviv-based specialty firm raves about his product with the same gusto distillers reserve for their top-notch scotch. He's particularly proud of his "premium" line. Sure, it costs a bit more, but it's targeted at a more discriminating client. Dr. Jacob Ronen is in the sperm business. Among other things, as head of Cryobank Israel, the country's largest private sperm bank, he guarantees that his stable of superior donors includes only tall, twentysomething ex-soldiers whose sperm has passed rigorous genetic testing.
August 10, 2012 |
Cocktails are king at chef Casey Lane's new downtown gastropub, the Parish. Located in the cozy former Angelique Cafe space where Main and Spring streets form a wedge-shaped block, the Parish specializes in small plates of Angeleno-centric food meant to accompany the strong bar program by mixologist John Coltharp. Coltharp has trained with some of the country's top talents, including Milk & Honey's Sam Ross. He worked for years at Cedd Moses' Seven Grand and was also instrumental in helping Moses transform the Doheny into Ca ñ a Rum Bar. Currently there are 10 offerings on the drink list, including a very genteel afternoon offering called Disco Nap that's made with grappa, Aperol, muddled lemon and mint; a delicious pre-dinner drink called the Historic Core Cocktail made with rye, applejack, sweet vermouth, green chartreuse and bitters; and an absolutely decadent number called the Nightshift, which features a dizzying mix of bourbon, Czech Fernet, espresso, Pu-erh tea, chocolate syrup and milk (whew!
August 3, 2012 |
LONDON -- Jessica Hardy emerged from the Olympic pool on Friday, clutching the drink that would aid her in recovering from her performance. Not water. Not Gatorade. Not some special sports drink. Hardy was chugging chocolate milk. "I won't do energy drinks, with my supplement history," Hardy said. "Chocolate milk is as good as it gets. " Hardy qualified for the Olympics four years ago, then withdrew after testing positive for a banned substance. Hardy satisfied arbitrators that a contaminated supplement was to blame, and the International Olympic Committee reinstated her last year.
July 25, 2012 |
California might not be dry as a bone, but with the drought throughout most of the rest of the nation, it might as well be. The drought is pushing up the cost of meat and milk and other dairy products for the state's consumers. That's because the cost of feed for California cattle, poultry and hog farmers is soaring as Midwest farms face a shortage of corn and soybean - key feed ingredients. The higher prices won't hit the grocery shelves for a few months, but when they do, consumers will be paying 10% to 15% more for milk, beef and poultry, farmers and economists said.
July 20, 2012 |
Silymarin, an extract of milk thistle widely used around the world for treating liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus, provides no more benefit than a placebo, researchers reported this week. Some estimates are that as many as a third of the estimated 3.2 million Americans with hepatitis C -- as well as many more millions around the world -- are consuming the drug in an effort to alleviate their symptoms. The new research by a team headed by Dr. Michael W. Fried of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine suggests that they are simply wasting their money.
July 13, 2012 |
Congress wants to ditch the usual subsidies for dairy farmers and replace them with a new type of insurance to protect farmers' bottom lines during hard times. But some California dairymen aren't lapping it up. The measure would replace outright subsidies with a voluntary insurance plan to pay farmers enough to maintain a profit margin when milk prices drop too low. Farms that opt into the insurance plan, however, would be required to produce less milk whenever prices fall below a certain point, based on the idea that a glut of milk forces prices down.
July 6, 2012
A third of kids in U.S. public elementary schools can buy such beverages as sports drinks and full-fat milk at school, according to a study looking at wellness policies in schools. And that's an improvement, the researchers said. “Elementary schools across the country are improving the beverage landscape, showing that change is possible and it's already happening,” the lead author, Lindsey Turner, said in a statement. The work is part of an effort funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; it was published this month in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
June 21, 2012 |
Residues of milk fat on pottery indicate that Africans in what is now the Sahara desert were milking cows and processing the milk into cheese, yogurt and other products 7,000 years ago, European researchers reported Thursday. Ancient rock art throughout the region shows herds of cattle and even people milking them, but dating the art has been a problem. The new evidence provides the first reliable date for how long the practice of dairying has been carried out in the region. The new data were reported in the journal Nature by a team headed by chemist Richard P. Evershed of the University of Bristol in England.