Matzoh mia

Brisket, chicken soup….it’s all been so DONE for the Passover meal. Now, this will liven up the group tonight: Bacon-wrapped matzoh balls and Manischewitz-braised pork belly. See it here.

Food news roundup

Passover starts Monday night, and The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) explores recipes for something I have never tasted, but have heard of: matzoh brei. The Hub described it to me once as French toast without the flavor. But how can something that starts with a big ol’ hunk of butter be all bad? Read more here. It’s in the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer as well, along with the busting of a burger myth.

The tree-rat squirrels kept their nasty paws off my backyard lettuce plants, thanks to a dome of wire I installed to defeat them. Now, it’s salad season, and recipes are in the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal here.

The latest on the Raleigh, N.C. food truck controversy is in the Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) here. And a rodeo is coming up.

It’s not beyond comprehension that people would go to baseball games for the food. That’s the only way you’d get me in one. No, I don’t like baseball – I prefer to take my naps indoors. At a field in Charleston, S.C., fans can feast on The Pickle Dog: Two pickle halves, hollowed out like canoes, which serve as the bun for a hot dog and coleslaw. And that’s not the only creation of the food director’s fevered brain. Read more in the Post and Courier, here.

Speaking of baseball, the winners of the annual Matzoh Bowl matzoh ball contest at a Ft. Lauderdale retirement community are revealed in JanNorris.com. Does the winner get to throw out the first one on Monday night?

Chapel Hill food writer Nancie McDermott takes a pie field trip to New York City, where she finds all the crust is upper. read more here.

In junior high school, a friend and I made butter by accident. We were trying to whip cream in a blender, then we got to talking about whether Deanie and Donnie had broken up AGAIN, and if Judy’s obsession with the Jackson Five would warp her forever. Important matters, which led to a ball of goo stuck to the blades. A more mature cookbook author who possesses the proper equipment (her views on the Jackson Five are unknown) teaches how to make butter in the Kansas City Star and talks about her cookbook, here.

That expiration date on food items – is it a rule or, like the Pirate Code, more like a guideline? The Boston Globe explores the issue here.