Sunday, October 18, 2009

A map and my opinion of it

This absolutely disgusts me.  The map above displays the McDonald's restaurants currently operating in the United States.  Really?  Are there THAT many?  Yes.  It turns out that there are over 13,000 McDonald's in the U.S.  I'm pleased to say that I am not one of their customers nor have I been for quite some time.   I know I sound hoity toity, but so be it.  I think they're disgusting, and I do not wish to participate.  
According to Michael Pollan (my personal hero) in his most recent book, In Defense of Food, An Eater's Manifesto, a McDonald's chicken nugget is comprised of no less than 38 ingredients.  Gross.  
I have much more to say on this topic, but at the moment I'm not up for expounding.  It's coming one of these days --- factory farms, corn, the whole bit about processed food in America --- but not today.
I was just reminded to "cop to the fact that my husband will eat a McDonald's hamburger in *snap* nothing flat"(direct quote from Charlie Bennett).  True.  We're working on that.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cocktail Time


I'm a big fan of funky little cocktails, and I found myself in need of a recipe for one at a recent dinner party.  The party had a Greek theme, and as I don't particularly care for ouzo (yuck), didn't want to serve beer, and was generally disinterested in a number of other Greek drink options, I decided to make up a specialty cocktail.  Thus, Persephone's Kiss was born.   There's nothing about this that is actually Greek, but I squeaked by because of the pomegranate.  When in trouble always look to myths and folklore!

Persephone's Kiss

1 oz pomegranate juice
3 oz Champagne 
1 small scoop pomegranate-blueberry ice cream*

Pour pomegranate juice in a champagne saucer.  Top with Champagne and gently in drop ice cream.  
*A melon baller makes small, pretty scoops


I love that these were a little fancy and a little like dessert.  I had seconds.