[Bits and Pieces] A prison cookbook, Obama chili recipe and other food news from the web, 2.6.12


  • Did you watch the Super Bowl? I ate dinner through the first half and slept through the second. I’m disappointed in myself. The Obamas are much cooler than me — they watched the Super Bowl and tweeted about their family chili recipe. (Obama Foodorama)


  • Fact: Lady Gaga’s dad opened a restaurant in New York called Joanne. Opinion: Reviewers hate aforementioned restaurant. (Huffington Post)


  • Last month, Taco Bell started testing a breakfast menu in 800 locations in 14 states (sorry, Kentucky is left out of this). But did you know that they’re teaming with Cinnabon on some of the items? If they piped the Cinnabon smell out of every Taco Bell location, sales will triple. I’m sure of it. (Huffington Post)


  • Eight years ago, a McDonald’s employee just south of Louisville was subjected to a strip search orchestrated by a prank caller pretending to be a police officer. That incident has been turned into a movie, Compliance, that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year without the real-life victim’s knowledge. (Courier-Journal)


  • Six Texas prison inmates have published a cookbook called From the Big House to Your House. Here is some information about their working conditions:

The Texas women — who, in compliance with regulations prohibiting them from profiting from a business while behind bars, are donating proceeds from the book to their publisher — only have their “hot pot,” a coffee pot-like instrument that warms water, but can’t boil it (boiled liquid could become a weapon). Ingredients also are limited mostly to what can be purchased from the prison commissary. They can forget about real milk — they get powder — or real butter, as well as most individual seasonings. Garlic? They squeeze that from garlic vitamin tablets.


Bits and pieces: Pi Day, Lady Gaga and other food news from the web, 3.14.11

*Blogger’s note: Happy birthday, Daddy Eats 🙂

Happy Pi Day. Photo courtesy of karynsig via Flickr.
  • Fellow geeks, rejoice. It’s Pi Day, the day of the year to celebrate the mathematical constant 3.14159265… (it never ends or repeats – amazing). Celebrate by throwing an “e” on pi, having a slice and doing some math. (NPR, Wikipedia)
  • In case you were wondering, Lady Gaga used 40 pounds of meat for that infamous dress she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards. (Esquire)
  • This guy wants to open a Museum of Food and Drink in New York City. I can dig it. (Esquire)
  • Sad story from the Chicago Tribune: “Last year, 51 men and boys were engulfed by grains stored in towering metal structures that dot rural landscapes, and 26 died.” (Chicago Tribune)
  • Coffee is about to get expensive, y’all. Curse you, global warming. (New York Times)

Lady Gaga likes her meat rare – and covering her body

Oh, Gaga.

Only you can wear a meat bikini (a meatkini, perhaps?) and not royally piss off People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Lady Gaga on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan. Photo courtesy Nicolelovelye via Flickr.

PETA seems relatively calm about the meaty cover.

“Lady Gaga’s job is to do outlandish things, and this certainly qualifies as outlandish because meat is something you want to avoid putting on or in your body,” PETA’s President, Ingrid Newkirk, told the New York Daily News.

The pop superstar is not the first person to use meat as a fashion statement.

Back in cycle 10 of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks had her competitors pose in the meat-packing district getting their smize on while wearing cuts of beef.

I love a good steak, but this might be a wee bit too much for the sake of fashion. What do you think?