CK Friday Links--Friday January 25, 2013

Links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts.

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Use these safe food handling rules in your home. (Food Woolf)

"Following complicated dietary guidelines--or counting every nutrient I eat--will surely take years off my life." (100 Days of Real Food)

Start a cooking club! (Eating Rules)

Recipe Links:
Perfect for next week's Super Bowl: Bacon Flavored Chicken Wings. (Bibberche)

Straight outta Quebec: A delicious and easy Pouding Chômeur, or Poor Man's Pudding. (Food and Fire)

Off-Topic Links:
You're okay. (Postmasculine)

I write to find out what I think. (The Reformed Broker)

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Sally said...

Though I don't agree with her 100%, I enjoyed the post at 100 Days of Real Food.

I found a recipe for Pouding Chômeur about 20 years ago in a Bon Appetit cookbook. It was slightly different from this in that it didn't include the dried fruits. If you have to buy the dried fruits, it would make it a rich man's pudding! The technique was a little different, too.

I think you could use any dried fruit you have on hand, possibly nuts, and maybe even some fresh fruits (chopped apples come to mind).

I'm also a fan of poverty food.

Daniel said...

Thanks for your thoughts Sally. And yes, I don't agree with everything at 100 Days of Real Food either, but this post resonated with me.

I think many of us, without really realizing it, pick the wrong things to worry about. We can give ourselves grey hairs worrying about pesticides, carbs, BHP (witness the side debate on this week's Ethical Tomatoes post), and so on. The result is we end up costing ourselves in stress, fear and worry more than we gain by endeavoring to eat well.

So I think she's onto something with that post.


Sally said...

I have a love/hate relationship with 100 Days of Real Food. I like a lot of the informational posts, but absolutely hate that there is so much advertising in the posts. I understand that they're now making a living from this, but I still don't like the sponsored posts.

I'm also not happy that you have to be on Facebook to get her menus

Daniel said...

Sally, you're talking about the paragraph at the bottom of her post where she talks about the sprouted grains sponsorship, right?

I'll confess, I struggle with the "monetization issue" too. Obviously, I run ads here, and those plus affiliate platforms like provide income for me here at CK.

But I haven't yet really been able to wrap my mind around doing sponsored posts. Of course, that said, if there's a tasteful way to do them, am I a fool for not considering it? Will readers accommodate a blogger's reasonable efforts to earn income?


Colleen said...

I also struggled with the sponsored links that Amazon offers us to place on our blogs. I just didn't feel comfortable trying to jam something down my readers throats, I get to do enough of that at work. I suppose though that if it were something I used anyway that I might consider it...

Sally said...

Dan, the mention of the sprouted grains sponsorship is one example of many that I'm talking about.

In November she did a post with recipes featuring La Bon Vie cheeses. In the comments she responded to a reader ("Critical Reader") who had concerns about that particular sponsor's product. Part of Lisa's response was "...but sponsors are what help us keep this blog going at no cost to our readers." A couple of readers then wondered if she'd be able to maintain her credibility and how she "might become biased by corporate sponsorship."

I may be wrong, but I've come to believe that every post that mentions a product or service is a sponsored post. There are a lot of them. Six out of her last seventeen posts direct readers to products or services.

Daniel said...

Interesting. I mean, she has a point: her content *is* free to readers, and some of her content has quite a bit of value.

At the same time, there is a line in terms of how many ads or how much sponsor activity is appropriate. I just don't know where that line is though.

Colleen, I haven't tried Amazon's sponsored links program. What specifically did you find bothersome about them?