Food news roundup

Germs, germs everywhere. Bwahahaha! Banish the baddies with advice from the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer on how to get a kitchen really clean. And you don’t need a flamethrower, but it does make cleaning more fun. Read more here. It’s in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) as well, where Andrea Weigl admits her failure at dining primarily from her pantry. Gee, thanks for reminding me about all that corn in my freezer.

Wine and basketball? Whoa, is the universe off its axis? The Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) seriously posits the theory that the fruit of the vine can accompany hoops as well as the mash of the hops. Read more here.

The Zenchilada, an eclectic online magazine based in New Mexico, ranges around the country. The new issue has an article by Chapel Hill baker April McGreger on using wild greens.

We have tiger’s blood, tiger mothers and now, “A Tiger in the Kitchen.” The book is about Cheryl Tan’s rediscovery of her family history and cooking of Singapore. Read more in the Sacramento Bee, here.

Another way in which the Chinese are eating our lunch: They can actually carry eggs in a bag, instead of padded and pouched in cartons, as we soft Americans do. Read about that phenomenon and more in TheChinaRogect, a former Raleighite’s adventures in China.

Sure, anyone can tailgate for NASCAR or football in a plain, old car. But it takes someone special to tailgate in a tricked-out garbage truck. See it and other rigs at TailgatingIdeas.

Food news roundup

As someone who has been trying to limit salt intake for many years, I was aware of some of the salt traps noted in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) today. But it’s still shocking to see where salt creeps in unexpectedly (cereal? really?) I hope that, with the new emphasis on reducing sodium in food, that more low- or no-sodium products will appear. Until then (and even after), the best ways to limit salt are the ones mentioned in the article: Avoid processed foods and lunch meats, and cook as much of your own food as you can (including salad dressings, sauces, etc.) Read more here.

An outpost of Cary’s Grand Asia Market has opened in Charlotte, and the Charlotte Observer’s Kathleen Purvis reacts. If you haven’t been, it has everything Asian in food that you could be looking for. And, as is the case in many ethnic groceries, the produce is often cheaper and of better quality than in supermarkets. Read more here.

The Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal writes about Chapel Hill author Jean Anderson’s latest book, “Falling Off the Bone” (Wiley, $29.95). The book is about using less expensive cuts of meat. Read more here.

I’ve been telling y’all, cupcakes have jumped the shark. Look here at these gorgeous macarones in the Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) and tell me you don’t agree.

They’re crazy for quiche over at KitchenScoop.com. Find out why here.

Gluten-free alternatives that let sensitive folks enjoy baked goods are at the San Antonio Express-News. Check out the recipes here.

Tiny versions of big things are just cuter. That’s true of vegetables, too, as the Salt Lake Tribune offers tips for growing your own microgreens and using them in the kitchen – even a recipe for a cocktail. Read more here.

The Chicago Tribune says that four American star chefs will participate at a salute to French dining at Versailles. Who’ll make the Freedom Fries, I wonder? Read more here.

Now that it seems to be free of the Great Firewall of China, I can mention this interesting blog. After being involuntarily separated from his sports writing job, Roger van der Horst decided to leave Raleigh, N.C. and teach in China. He occasionally writes about encounters with Chinese food and dining habits, and one such entry is here.