Around the Internet Kitchen: The Revolution

I have kind of a man-crush on Jamie Oliver. It’s not just that he cooks good food and campaigns for real food, but he also seems like a genuinely cool guy – someone I’d want to have a pint with – and look at that dreamy stare!

So I’ve been very excited about his new show Food Revolution where he tries to turn a town in West Virginia into a healthy food epicenter by starting with the children. Fix the children in Huntington, West Virginia and you can fix the parents in Huntington, West Virginia and you can fix the world.

And you know what? I think he’s onto something. This might be a shock to you, but I don’t spend a huge amount of time (zero hours a week) in an elementary school, and I really had no idea what the kids are being fed these days. I have to say, I’m fairly shocked. Everything is breaded, fried, and processed – filled with salt, sugar, and fat.

You know what counts as a vegetable in most schools? French fries. I guess that’s technically true, but COME ON PEOPLE. We’re officially living in a bizarro land of food. And I hope that Jamie is real in his desire to help us all eat better and I hope that we all listen. End rant.

The season finale of Food Revolution is on tonight at 9PM EST on ABC. Check it out! You can also catch all of the previous episodes on Hulu if you need to catch up.

And a few links…

Jim Lahey Reviews The New Dominos – You’ve probably seen the ads where Dominos goes around asking people how they feel about their new pizza, but how does someone who really knows pizza and bread feel about it? Jim Lahey reviews the new dominos. I have a feeling that he won’t be redeeming the coupons on his fridge anytime soon. (@ Vimeo)

The Cooking Channel – Food Network is starting a new channel soon that has a newer, more hip lineup. Shows about crazy vending cart makers and exotic young chefs are sprinkled all over the schedule. The idea seems to be to appeal to a younger audience by making some less produced, more off-the-cuff type shows. I generally love the idea, but here’s my question: Where the heck is MY SHOW Food Network? Haha. Just joking. But not really. (@ NY Times)

Carrot Cake with White Ganache Frosting – Ok. So carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes ever (even though I’ve never made one on Macheesmo… adding to list…) I usually love it with a cream cheese frosting but I have to say the ganache frosting in this version looks pretty darn tasty! (@ Vanilla Sugar)

Lemon Honey Salad Dressing – I can’t honestly recall the last time I bought salad dressing, but at the same time I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a salad dressing rut lately. I did however find a delicious light buttermilk dressing (post on Monday), but this one is another alternative that I’m going to try really soon. Also, check out the microgreens in this post. They have some serious color going on! (@ Spinach Tiger)

Have a good weekend everyone!

12 comments on “Around the Internet Kitchen: The Revolution

  1. We have been enjoying watching the Food Revolution. My daughter attends private school and gets hot lunch one day per week. It is a real treat for her. I asked her what her lunch was yesterday and she responded, "a hot dog, nachos & Fruit Gushers." I was appalled. Guess I wasn't paying attention when we ordered lunch. We eat healthy at home (and she is very underweight) so every once in awhile I don't mind if she has junk food, but for a school lunch? Not good!

  2. My husband and I were joking about that- that Fruit Gushers counted as fruit. RIDICULOUS! I don't let my kids eat those at home. Interestingly enough, we moved to the South a few years ago from California. In her school back home, there was NO sugar allowed. Teachers took away sugary treats from kid's lunch that their parents packed. If you brought birthday treats for the class to share it had to be popcorn or ranch dip & veggies. To me, that was just sad. I wanted to bring in cupcakes or homemade cookies for her birthday. At her current school, we can bring whatever we want. I guess there is a balance between the two?

  3. Here's a true story. One day when we were at Whole Foods, my daughter asked if we could buy some tortilla chips for lunch. I said, "oh, you'd like chips with a sandwich or something?" and she said "no, just chips" and I said "we don't eat 'just chips' for lunch!" and she said "Well, at school, there's this meal where, like, the chips *are* the lunch. They have stuff all over them." Hurumph. There're also mozzarella sticks as an entree, and yes, french fries count as a veggie. All this in an upper-crust suburb (public school, granted) of uber-liberal Boston – so the problem is EVERYWHERE.

  4. I definitely love the Food Revolution Jamie Oliver is putting on, but everytime I watch that show I get so mad at the ignorant people that try to put him in a bad light (aka, the head cafeteria lady)… I just don't get how America has been brainwashed like this to think that this food should be good for our children. It really made me curious that I was reading an article on Yahoo! the other day that said the military was saying that school lunches are a security threat (basically, we won't have fit soldiers for the next generation)… which is a shame that the military has to notice something for something to be done.

  5. Hope Jamie's program will continue and expand through out

    nick. All of would surely vote for your food network show

    keep up the good work, maybe they'll film you from CO someday

  6. I grew up in the town across the river from Huntington, WV. My parents were from Huntington. My grandmother still lives there. I went to college there. You know, West Virginians get a bad rap and, sure, the place has its problems, but the epidemic of obesity and poor understanding of basic nutrition is not a problem of just West Virignia, or just Huntington–its a problem of America (and to hear Jamie tell it, across the pond as well!).

    Interestingly enough, a high school chum of mine is now an elementary school teacher in a magnet school in Houston that is centered around two subjects: music and food. Apparently, Houston has the same child obesity epidemic. Every day, the kids, no matter what their grade, take courses in music and food nutrition. They have a garden where they grow their own herbs and vegetables. The have chefs from some of the top restaurants in Houston come to the school to teach the kids how to make meals from their fresh vegetables. She even showed me this awesome classroom where the kids prepare meals. Each station was a kitchen cart. They wore chef jackets. It is possible to make a difference.

    I also have graduate student friends who study agriculture and food delivery systems and they often lament the economic and political conditions that create a situation where a family can afford to eat fast food every night but can't afford to put vegetables on the table for their kids. Big Macs shouldn't cost less than broccoli. The problem isn't just ignorance of proper nutrition. The problem is systemic and arises from the agriculture subsidy system in this country.

    If you want to learn more about the reality of food production in this country, I'd suggest you read any of Michael Pollan's books or watch Food, Inc. Or King Corn. All are eye openers. I have no idea what the answer to this problem is, but I know that it is going to take working it from all sides to undo. Cheers to Jamie Oliver for tackling it at the dinner table (or lunch line). Sure he's got an abrasive approach, but I'll give him an A+ for enthusiasm, passion and effort.

    Plus, he's got that awesome pea outfit. I'll kill for the pea suit.

  7. I watched every episode. Astounding really. But at same time, I wonder what you think about Santa Clara county (in california) trying to pass law to take toy out of the happy meal. I hate it. If they can do this, they will start to ban advertising and I still believe in America. I just wrote a post about it, saying, "make a happier meal." You know one that takes place in home at the table.

    BTW, congrats on the wedding. You did good. Betsy will eat well the rest of her life. :)Does she know you have a man crush on Jamie. hehe

    And, thanks for the shout out.

    1. I agree. At some point you have to put more pressure on consumers to make the correct choices. If people just stopped buying them, they would stop selling them. ;)

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