Ice Cream's been around for a long time, but the ice cream cone has only graced us for 100 years. In 1904 at the St. Louis World's Fair a vendor decided to serve vanilla ice cream in a cone and a star was born. The Chicago Tribune brings us this story on the ice cream cone's centennial.
In D.C., The Washington Post chimes in with Nancy Beggett's story on the first mention of Americans eating ice cream - in 1744. The Post also has a timely article on the difference between grilling and barbecuing and between gas and charcoal. Did you know, by the way, that we're hosting the next Is My Blog Burning? on July 18th? Did you know it's on grilling and barbecuing?
Up in New York, the barbecue the New York Times's Julia Moskin is covering has a Far Eastern flair. Florence Fabricant writes that it can take $1 million to start even a modest restaurant these days. And that's without considering the cost of the cheesie fry maker.
I'd noticed the fruit in the supermarkets is getting downright delicious. Russ Parsons at the Los Angeles Times visits a pair of growers who don't have customers but "apostles" of their lucious produce. Parsons has a second article in the Times today about how to pick the best produce even if you don't join a fruit-centric religion.
Georgeanne Brennan at the San Francisco Chronicles SFGate site puts her nose to the grind(er)-stone with tips for the enthusiast who wants to grind some meat.
Take that meat on the trail and you can have some fine cowboy cooking with the Dallas Morning News's Sharon Hudgins. Dallas is of course the home of Big Oil, Big Cattle and Big Granola. Well the home of granola bars in a pie, at least. OK, so the byline on the story is HOLLYWOOD, but the article is in the Dallas paper. Cut a guy some slack, will you?
We go from Big D to Tall D. Yeah, Tall D. You know, Denver? The Denver Post grew tall and strong by eating all its spinach.
Penelope Corcoran at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer answers a disturbing question - Are just-shucked oysters alive when you slurp them down? I hope so. I ordered fresh! There's a reason they don't shuck cows.
In New Orleans (where they have a French Poodle Parade for Bastille Day), the Times-Picayune has a trio of articles on "Snoballs" which are NOT snow cones, which require a knowledge of the science behind the frozen treat to understand, and which are available in flavors from chocolate to pickle. I don't know it's specifically Vlasic pickle flavor, Meg.
The London Times might be able to recommend a light summer wine under £12 to go with a pickle flavored Snoball.
The Guardian of London might prefer a cup of jo, a hot java, a saucer of bean juice, a nice hot black coffee, but it'd probably come from Starbucks. Speed ball or Thunder thighs, anyone?
I'm late today so I'm cutting the Digest short. Do you have a food section you'd like to see covered? Do you know any good food sections (especially outside the U.S.) that we aren't covering? Mail me (Try not to use the Cheney-word) and let me know.
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