Foodie Alert!

Typo Hunt Across America (www.jeffdeck.com/teal/blog). Apparently I am not the only person who cringes when running across signs that are misspelled or have misplaced apostrophes. My former English teachers drilled those lessons into my head back in the day. When I discovered the “Typo Eradication Advancement League” (TEAL), I knew I wasn’t the only oddball disturbed by poor spelling. It’s unlikely the younger, text-messaging generation would care, or perhaps even notice these things. Yet TEAL has its usefulness, and I hope it attracts more “apostrophe apostles.” The site shows before and after pictures of signs corrected by typo hunters, who are advised to ask permission before making the changes, or in the case of large, corporate signs, to point out to the business’ manager the offending error. Pack a bottle of white-out in your pocket or purse and you can become a TEAL member too.

Food I Fear (www.forrestwalter.com/food). In what would be another buried blog among the millions accessible on the Internet, this young man from Indiana has written a page dedicated to food misadventures. I did not find other parts of his blog very interesting, but when he wrote about his experimental food purchases and likes and dislikes, I kept hoping there would be more to read. His description of squid in cayenne juice, for example, is amusing. Anyone tried that delicacy? Oh, and he does not like hummus, or soy products, or pesto. If you are a meat-and-potatoes fan, you will empathize.

Burnt Food Museum (www.burntfoodmuseum.com). Maybe I missed something, but this site, touted on The View and NPR among other media, does not live up to its hype. Curator Deborah Henson Conant created her “museum” after an incident with apple cider left to boil way too long. She was distracted with a long, chatty phone call and forgot about the brew, boiling and transmogrifying into what became her first museum specimen. The burnt toast specimen, among other charred comestibles, is nothing special. We’ve all done that, right? Maybe this site is to make us all feel okay that we’ve destroyed some foodstuff beyond recognition. But an actual traveling exhibit? Spare me.

Eat Dangerously (http://eatdangerously.com/portal/). You’ll find several cookbooks here. Go first to “The Thorough Good Cook,” which to me, is the most interesting of the bunch. These are recipes from 1896, and if you have time on your hands and a woodstove, you’ll be all set. There is actually a recipe for Pease Pudding—close enough to pease porridge to get my attention. Another goodie is “Braised Lettuce Soup.” Yummy. Other cookbooks you can link to (although they want you to buy them) are: “Your Last Meal Before Dieting,” “Valentines Menu,” “Recession Recipes,” “Thanksgiving Dangerously,” “Eat Dangerously in Braziil,” and “A French K.i.s.s.” By the way, that braised lettuce soup recipe is also in the Recession Recipes cookbook.

Reminiscent Recipes (www.masterstech-home.com/the_kitchen/recipes/). You know those magazines where people write in asking for help finding those long-lost recipes of yesteryear? You might possibly find them here. The Kentucky Derby is now just a memory, but if you want to prepare for next year, there are a bunch of authentic brunch recipes to use. You will also find a good selection of recipes from the 1950’s—some that have seasoned well over the years. On the other hand, who is still making “Checkerboard Square Clam Crunch”?

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on June 11, 2008.

One Response to “Foodie Alert!”

  1. I and the other core TEAL members are in our twenties… we care. 😉

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