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Squirrels and Acorns

Posted in Food in the news with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by restaurantouring

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An article in the Washington Post caught my eye and has me a little bit worried about the future of our food supply.  It seems that acorns all over North America have seemingly all but disappeared this year.  From white oaks to red oaks to black oaks, it seems these magnificent trees simply aren’t producing acorns, which is very strange and disconcerting.  The cause is still unknown, but one theory says that perhaps it is because of the fairly wet season we had previously, which is causing the trees to not produce any acorns.  This theory seems to be pretty spurious, so hopefully a better theory will emerge.

In the meantime, it seems that many squirrels are starving to death.  In their frantic search for food to fatten up before the coming winter, squirrels are raiding bird feeders and other supplies of food.  Many run frantically out into the street and are killed by passing cars.

I personally have seen many of these squirrels die on my way to work.  They seem to be skinnier than I remember them, and I also have not seen many / any acorns around, even though there are plenty of oak trees in my area.  I’m a bit worried.

A picture taken with a point and shoot camera many, many years ago

A picture taken with a point and shoot camera many, many years ago

As far as our food supply is concerned, I’m actually more concerned about naturally raised hogs fed on acorns than I am about the squirrels, haha.  Squirrels are cute, but pork is delicious.  Pork from naturally raised hogs is supposed to be magnitudes more delicious than commercial pork, and I’ve really been meaning to get my hands on some.  I’m hoping that this acorn famine won’t affect things too much.

In the meantime, go out and buy some nuts or peanut butter, everyone.  These squirrels are starving.  I’ll be smearing what peanut butter I have left in the apartment on a tree tomorrow, and I urge others to try to do the same.  The least we can do is help, until a solution emerges.

Top Chef Season 5 update

Posted in Culinary ruminations and other random thoughts, Food on TV with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2008 by restaurantouring

I don’t mean to post twice in one day, but I think I’m in love with Leah, from season 5 of Top Chef. Her must-have ingredients are SALT, olive oil, gaarrrrrlic, butter (thank you!), and any pork product. PLUS, she loves to make homemade pasta! Oh, I wonder if she’d marry me if I made her a ring from a tortellini?

Seriously, though, Leah rocks. She and Eugene are definitely my top two favorites. I KNEW she rocked that quickfire with the apples and scallops dish!

Okay, sorry for stalking all of you on the Bravo website!

P.S. Jeff works at a beach club called DiLdo DiLido. *snickers*

Wall Street

Posted in Culinary ruminations and other random thoughts, Food in the news with tags , , , , on September 30, 2008 by restaurantouring

Wall Street was first built to help keep wild pigs out of what is now New York.  Funny.  Now, wild pigs run amok on Wall Street.

Eat more pork, everyone.