CK Friday Links--Friday July 10, 2009

Here's yet another selection of particularly interesting links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts and your feedback.

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A Few Lessons at Less is Enough vs. The Conversation Continues at One Dollar Diet Project
There's nothing better than a good smackdown snit between dollar-a-day food bloggers. In one corner is a couple of whining, know-it-all Californians who started with a stocked pantry, ate PB&J sandwiches every day (they didn't discover the inexpensive wonders of soup until day 21), and complained. A lot. In the other corner is a woman who started with nothing but one dollar on day one and succeeded in eating on a dollar a day for 30 days, writing humorously about it along the way. What's your take?

Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus at
A good article debunking the junk science implicit in Body Mass Index calculations. See in particular #2, #3 and #4. Thanks to @bitman for the link.

Feeding a Group on Vacation at Cheap Healthy Good
Kris runs an extremely useful post on how to manage and divide up the costs and responsibilities of cooking on a group vacation. And the more money you save, the more you can spend on sweet liquor.

Behind the Scenes at Le Bernardin at Avec Eric
Le Bernardin's head chef Eric Ripert posts infrequently to his blog, but this post, where he reveals some fascinating trade secrets from his restaurant, is worth the wait.

10 Reasons Why Losing Weight is Hard at 344 Pounds
Tyler shares some of the realities of successful weight loss. I still consider this site to be one of the best examples of how you can use blogging to achieve amazing goals.

Favorite Recipes at For the Love of Cooking
Pam leaves us with a list of her favorite recipes while she's on vacation. A few favorites: Stuffed Bell Peppers, Asian Chicken Breasts and Tilapia with Lemon and Dill.

E. Coli Found in Cookie Dough at Food Politics
Marion asks her usual tough questions and shares several links on the outbreak of e. coli in Nestle's cookie dough. I have mixed feelings on this one: any off-the-shelf product that contains eggs and milk is at risk of spoiling, thus it's not a product a reasonable consumer should assume they could eat raw. Bonus post: sometimes contaminated foods are simply repacked and redistributed.

Chicken Ala Carte at Culture
Watch this six-minute short video and tell me it doesn't put food and hunger into an entirely new perspective. Readers, what do you think?

Overnight Muesli at Kate in the Kitchen
I'm a fan of any breakfast that isn't made from overpriced branded boxed cereal, and Kate gives us an easy muesli recipe that can be a simple base for all sorts of creative variations. Thanks to 30 Bucks a Week for the link. Bonus post: Kate writes an endearing essay about why it can be really depressing to be a blogger sometimes.
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The Diva on a Diet said...

Dan, that NPR article on BMI was fascinating! I learned so much. Thank you! Can't wait to check out these other links. Happy Friday!

cooknkate said...

Thanks for the shout-out. That muesli is so good in the one thinks about chilled cereal, but wow, is it a delight on a warm morning!

The 3yr blogging post was so very hard to write. Thank you for your sentiment on it.

Daniel said...

Diva, really glad you found it useful!

Kate, any time. I think we've all been there at one time or another. Blogging can be awfully hard on the psyche from time to time. You put it well.


Jim Hohl said...

It's really hard to tell which of the two dollar-a-day bloggers you like better. :P Haha.

Thanks for all the links. I only wish I had time to read them all.

Morta Di Fame said...

Thanks so much! I love your collection of links!

Daniel said...

Jim: I'm well known for my subtlety. :)

Morta: Thank you so much for the positive feedback! Glad you enjoy them.


Christopher said...

Thanks for linking to the One Dollar Diet Project!

For the record, we did not start with a stocked pantry. We did work to build a pantry though. We were just trying to see if we could eat on a dollar day, and one of the best ways to do that is to shop by the ounce for the cheapest price.

I don't think we complained all that much, but we're school teachers, so our complaint-meters are less sensitive; we hear teen angst on a daily basis.

I hope you'll take the time to read the whole story about our project, and our continued experiments when the book comes in January!

Thanks again,

Daniel said...

Christopher, I'll definitely be on the lookout for your book and I'll be quite interested in your conclusions. Thanks for the correction.