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Vegan Scallops With Carrot Ginger Caviar

In # 9: Molecular Gastronomy by PhillipLeave a Comment

Molecular gastronomy is a new cutting edge technique used throughout the culinary industry. I watched a lot of cooking competition shows when I was younger. My favorite one growing up was Top Chef. Watching these shows, I was fascinated by all the new techniques used by the chefs. One of the chefs who appeared on the show was Wylie Dufresne. He was one of the first chefs to bring molecular gastronomy into the mainstream part of the industry. He was the person who made me interested in how food could correspond with science. One of the dishes that I found to be the most interesting is vegan scallops with a carrot ginger caviar. This dish uses the process of spherification. This process allows you to make different liquids into small jell spheres. This particular recipe calls for a puree of carrots and ginger. This blend will be the base of the liquid jell spheres on the dish. The process involves pureeing carrots, water, and ginger into a blender. The next step is to strain the mixture to make sure that …

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To What Degree is Food Safe?

In # 8: Food safety: who is responsible? by PhillipLeave a Comment

When someone becomes ill from consuming a food product, the first inclination is to blame the person who actually produced the product. However, this idea of blaming the source is not always the most accurate. Once a product leaves the shelf, the work from the producer is basically done. It is up to the consumers to cook the meat to the proper temperature. There isn’t really anything that the producer can do to make sure that the food is 100% safe. To prevent any type of contamination, the consumer needs to pay close attention to their cooking surfaces and most importantly their cooking process. This is an essential process for anyone who prepares food whether it be for a family or for a busy restaurant dining room. Many restaurants will get complaints about food not being cooked to the customers liking. Sometimes they will say the food is overdone, but the overwhelming issue is with food being underdone or ill prepared. This issue of undercooked food seems to go unnoticed at restaurants all over the country. One of the biggest …

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To Label or Not to Label

In # 5: Labeling GMOs by PhillipLeave a Comment

The debate over GMO labeling has been an ongoing issue within the United States. As our current laws state, GMO labeling is voluntary. This is something that is likely to change however due to the recent laws that are trying to be passed. The whole idea of labeling a genetically modified product scares some people. There are certain consumers who simply do not want to know what exactly they are eating. There are also consumers who have the direct opposite opinion. These consumers are wanting to know every single thing they are eating. Some people do not want to come to terms with that fact that some of their food has been genetically modified. This labeling debate has really divided consumers into two sections.   I personally fall into the category of being okay with not having all my food products labeled as being genetically modified. I think there are definitely quite a few concerns with the whole labeling process. There could be a whole new cost that is being put onto consumers. Labeling all these products will cost money. …

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Organic Is Taking Over The Planet (Or is it?)

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Phillip1 Comment

I have frequented many Whole Foods stores back home in Texas. However, when I am there I am usually looking for something specific. I have certain items on a list and just go to the places needed to find my specific groceries. When we were given the details of this assignment, I really wanted to use it as an opportunity to just explore. I wanted to give myself as much time as I needed so I was not under any time constraint. I wanted to walk in to the store and just find out as much as possible. I didn’t want any of my past experiences at Whole Foods to effect this experience. I wanted it visit the store as if it was my first time ever walking into a Whole Foods. When I first walked into the store, I went straight for the produce section. That is what caught my eye right as I walked in. There has always been something about the produce section at grocery stores that intrigue me. I think it might have something to do …

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You Are What You Eat

In # 1: You are what you eat by Phillip1 Comment

Food is something that has always played a big role in my life. Being from Texas, there is always the stereotype that everything is bigger in Texas. When it comes to food, this statement is very true. There are bigger portions, bigger menus, and frankly, bigger people. San Antonio is listed as one of the top 10 fattest cities in the United States. Growing up, I fit the stereotype relatively well. The culture of Texas played a big role in how I ate as a child. All I wanted to eat was fast food and and it started to show. I was eating too much of the wrong things and not nearly enough carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables. It was fat on fat on fat. I always would joke that my diet would fit in with the kids of the movie “Heavyweights”. Overall, I would say that I had a very easy childhood. I was a bit spoiled and if I wanted fast food, my parents didn’t push too hard against it. They wanted to make me happy and eating those …

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