Friday, February 11, 2011

Top Ten Links of the Week: 2/4/11 - 2/10/11

It’s a rough week for working moms, a good week for buying food cheaply, and a terrible week for heavy wine bottles and weak shelving. Read on for the magic.

1) Wise Bread
5 Things Other Grocery Stores Should Steal from Trader Joe's
Best Money Tips - Eat Healthy for Under $5 a Day
Best Money Tips – How to Get Groceries for Free
Sex Up Your Sandwich – Ideas for Budget Conscious Brown Baggers
Not one, not two, not even three, but FOUR way relevant posts from the fine folks at Wise Bread this week. Read ‘em and … well, don’t weep. But enjoy them thoroughly. That’s what they’re there for.

2) The Kitchn
How to Cook Moist and Tender Chicken Breasts
How to Start a Food Storage Plan on $10 a Week
On Cooking Through Your Pantry – Using Up Odds and Ends
Coming in a close second, this trio of super-useful Kitchn posts.

3) Culinate: Eating like monsters - 12 ways to get kids to eat well
Ooo! Dig these creative suggestions for feeding kids, which are so much more constructive than, “Puree vegetables and stick 'em in tastier foods.” I want to live in Laura Grace Weldon’s house at dinnertime.

4) Squawkfox: 1 Chicken, 22 Meals, 49 Bucks
Loved this post, which uses a humanely-raised, all-natural chicken for an experiment similar to CHG’s 1 Chicken, 17 Healthy Meals, $26 Bucks, No Mayo. It can be done healthfully! Includes pictures and a grocery list.

5) Serious Eats: New USDA Report Says You Can Eat Right for $2.50 a Day
While it’s definitely possible to get enough USDA-recommended produce for $2.50 per day, author Leah Douglas raises good points on some missing details in the recent nutrition report. One thing is clear: While progress is being made on what the government considers to be a healthy diet, there’s still a ways to go.

6) Hunter Angler Gardener Cook: Why Salt Matters
Excellent tutorial on artisanal salts accompanied by gorgeous pictures of the same. Read it, then print it out and staple it to your wall.

7) Businessweek: The More Mom Works, the Heavier Her Kids Get - Study
Let’s ignore the fact that men weren’t mentioned until the very end of this article, as if they have little obligation to feed their children. (ANGRY LATENT FEMINIST HULK SMASH!) Instead, we will say that the weight gain coincided with hours worked, as opposed to employment itself, which is somewhat comforting. I guess.

8) Time: Toddlers Junk Food Diet May Lead to Lower IQ
Bad foods consumed at age three can have an adverse effect on intelligence by age eight, a new study finds. The IQ drop isn’t gigantic, but why take the risk? After all, an apple a day keeps your brain ... uh ... very ... yay?

9) Consumerist: Should Restaurant Refund Me For Edamame Appetizer With Free Giant Worm?
Yes. But wait! There’s more!

10) Epicurious: Budget Boosters – 35 Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollars
There is a slim possibility I’ve linked to this before, but I can’t seem to find it, and it’s good enough to deserve a double-mention anyway. It’s a great primer and not a slideshow, so – bonus.


Kalyn’s Kitchen: Five Fun Things on a Friday and My Family Rocks
Love the first craft idea.

Salon: Charting anti-obesity progress
A look back at the year in MObama’s food initiatives.

Salon: Regrets of a Stay-at-Home Mom
Well, this doesn’t terrify me at all. (*enrolls in medical school*)


Urlesque: Watch 100 Wine Bottles Crash to the Floor

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Kalyn said...

Another great list, and thanks for featuring my "family rocks." I'm having so much fun getting photos to go with each rock!

Sally said...

Last year I read the obituary for Theo Albrecht, whose family owned Aldi's and Trader Joe's. He and his brother realized they operate more efficiently by limiting selection.

I was preparing to move at the time and "limiting" my belongings, including the contents of my pantry, was appealing.

I can't say it revolutionized my life, but it certainly hasn't limited my cooking -- or eating. Or anything else, for that matter.

My only complaint about Trader Joe's is that I often have to buy more produce than I need or want.

Kristine said...

As a stay at home mom, I find the articles on that subject interesting. I completely believe the results of the study that showed the kids getting heavier the more mom works. As much as we would like to believe in the equality of the sexes, most dads work, if they're around, and the moms figure out dinner and grocery shopping. What is really disappointing is the article about how mothers should not stay at home. Her kids can pay for their own college, there own fancy gadgets, and you know what? They all will survive. I'll leave it at that, since my rant could go on for pages.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the "don't stay home" article -- she failed to point out that she entered a dying profession (print journalism) wherein there's no guarantee she'd be employed at all, regardless of whether or not she stayed home; and that ALL women, upon divorce, are much, much more likely to end up in poverty. It felt dishonest that the latter point, at least, was not addressed, since it's a serious problem even for working mothers.

And I'd be interested to know how easy or difficult it is to go back to work for women in various professions, not just a single profession that's not just saturated with talent but rapidly dying.

Kris said...

@Anon: I understand your second point, but speaking to the first one - the author entered journalism pre-internet, at a time when writers were given permanent staff jobs, and few forsaw the total collapse of the traditional media business model. It looks like a terrible idea now, but 20 years ago, it was a decent (frequently unionized, depending on what particular industry you were in) career path.

Who knows what industries will be all but forgotten in 20 more years? Remember how law school was a sure bet in the late '90s?

Jeanie said...

I always appreciate the lists. Thanks a bunch.

Jen said...

What irritates me about articles like that is that they never advocate ONE parent, for example, working fewer hours, or note that it's because both parents work that obesity is rising--it's always about the mother, although men can quite as capably plan meals and cook, or face pressures from work to stay for 40+ hours. Instead, the usual sexist line is either explicit or implicit--I mean, look at how the article starts! "As if working moms don't have enough to feel guilty about." Rather than "As if working moms don't already blame themselves," which might be more accurate, the way they put it suggests that there are things that working moms, not working dads, should feel bad about to begin with.

Sorry for the rant. Full disclosure: I teach women's studies :) This week we talked about institutional sexism.