Food Guys

The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Pasteurization vs. Ultra Pasteurization

"Tableau Louis Pasteur," by Albert Edelfelt in 1885. Musée d'Orsay, Paris. (CC PD)
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Jon and Greg discuss the two kinds of dairy pasteurization, HTST ("high temperature, short time") and UHT ("ultra high temperature"), or ultra pasteurization. UHT pasteurization developed in the 1960s and allowed the shelf life of dairy products to be extended threefold, a convenience for milk manufacturers. But Jon and Greg aren't buying it. Greg finds that ultra pasteurization strips milk of its flavor, and Jon is suspicious of milk that, according to its packaging, can last up to nine months unopened.  "Something that's nine months old is NOT fresh," he observes.

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The Food Guys
5:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Eat Your Vegetables

Tofu-veggie stir fry. (CC-BY-NC)
Credit CorkandSpoon

6/29/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" In the service of a favorite theme - incorporating more vegetables into your diet - Jon and Greg suggest green salads and Chinese stir-fry dishes. Counting off various vegetables, Greg reveals his secret: "You shouldn't be shy with spinach."

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The Food Guys
6:00 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Paella

Traditional preparation of paella
Credit Jan Harenburg

5/25/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg take up paella, the rice dish from Valencia, Spain. Spanish short-grained bomba rice is added to a paste composed of onion and grated tomato cooked in olive oil, and along with smoked paprika, a pinch of saffron, and chorizo, chicken or shellfish, the paella is cooked in such a way as to form a crust on the bottom of the rice. "Paella" refers to the round, shallow, polished cooking pan itself.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Peanuts

Franz Kohler's botanical drawing of the peanut plant (Arachis hypogaea)
Credit Franz Eugen Köhler, from Köhler's "Medizinal-Pflanzen"

5/18/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Where did peanuts come from? What's the biggest commercial use for peanuts? Who grows the most peanuts?  What's the most prudent way to eat deep-fried peanuts? Greg and Jon dispel myths and reveal surprises about the legume known alternately as "groundnut," "peanut," and "goober pea."

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Eggplant, Baba ghanoush, and Moussaka

Heirloom varieties of eggplants
Credit Phoebe

4/20/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg suggest simple recipes for baba ghanoush and moussaka, which are only two recipes among thousands that Syrians, Turks, Armenians and Indians possess for the mighty eggplant. 

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Physiology of Taste

Credit Chris Spooner

3/23/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Greg and Jon go on for some time about the physiology of taste, and the Silicon Valley of eating.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Carnitine

ball-and-stick model of the Carnitine molecule
Credit Marina Vladivostok

3/16/14: This week on "The Food Guys:" Jon and Greg react to a Wall Street Journal article from April 2013, "New Health Worry in Red Meat," by Melinda Beck. (The article reports on the findings of a recent NIH study linking gut bacteria and carnitine to the formation of a metabolite called TMAO.

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The Food Guys
4:21 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Adding More Vegetables

Credit University of Hartford

January 12th, 2014: Greg and Jon discuss ways to incorporate more vegetables, raw and cooked, into each meal, by structuring breakfast omelets, main dishes and soups around them.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in farm animals
8:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Breeding Bacteria on Factory Farms

Enteritis Salmonella

September 29th, 2013: Jon and Greg discuss a New York Times piece by Mark Bittman on the practice of giving prophylactic doses of antibiotics to livestock, and how it accelerates the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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The Food Guys
8:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Corny Ideas

September 8th, 2013: If an abundance of corn on the cob has left you indifferent to one of summer's highlights, Jon and Greg are ready with suggestions: cornbread, tamale pie, corn soufflé, corn chowder, and corn in salads.

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