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The Food Almanac: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Food Almanac: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Great Restaurateurs In History
Archie Casbarian was born in Egypt today in 1936. After a career that spanned much of the world and the top of the hotel business in New Orleans, in 1978 he bought Arnaud’s and restored it into the brilliant restaurant it is today. Archie died in 2010, but his restaurant was so strong that after four years it’s as fine as it’s ever been in its long history.

Food Inventions
Today in 1959, Coors began selling its beer in aluminum cans. At the time, and for about twenty years more, Coors was only available in a few western states. That self-imposed rarity gave it a panache of excellence that it didn’t deserve. When, after hearing about it for years, you finally had your first can of Coors, the sleek, light aluminum can enhanced the experience. Or it could have been that Coors was the first beer to achieve what many consumers seem to want: beer that tastes like nearly nothing.

Today’s Flavor
Today is National Gratin Vegetables Day. A couple of weeks ago I jumped the gun on this celebration of small casseroles of various vegetables by making a cauliflower gratin. The cauliflower was surrounded by a matrix of cheese-laced bechamel with a crusty topping of more cheese, baked until the former became rich and lava-like and the latter was crusty and lightly browned.

It is widely reported on the Web that today is also National Blonde Brownie Day. They’re also known as “blondies,” and are another manifestation of white chocolate, that scourge on the chocolate-loving population

Gourmet Gazetteer
Bread Springs, New Mexico is in the rolling, scrubby semi-desert country twelve miles south of Gallup. It’s near the Zuni and Navajo reservations. It’s a small community with a school and a few other public buildings. Not far away are a few places that don’t sound delicious at all: Upper Nutria and Lower Nutria. And Nutria Lake. The nearest restaurants are in Gallup, where the presence of the former Route 66 (and its replacement, I-40) generate a good bit of business. We stopped at Blake’s Lot-A-Burger on our way through in September. I wanted to go to the Roadrunner Cafe instead, but I was outvoted.

Annals Of Food Media
It’s the birthday (1934, London) of Graham Kerr, who in the 1960s had a television cooking show called The Galloping Gourmet. (The name came from a book he did with Australian winemaker Len Evans, in which the pair ate their way around the world in about a month.) Kerr made cooking cool, and inspired many men to take it up as a hobby.

The Frugal Gourmet, Jeff Smith, was born today in 1939. The bearded, bowtie-wearing, slender chef wrote many cookbooks and was a fixture on television talk shows, in addition to hosting his own long-running cooking program. He appeared live on my radio show twice. His career ended abruptly after he was charged with sexual assault by several of his past and present assistants. He died in 2004.

Drinking In The Sky
Today in 1970, the first regularly-scheduled flight of the Boeing 747 took off from New York City on a six-and-a-half-hour flight to London, on PanAm World Airlines. The original design of the 747 had a lounge on the second level. A friend who traveled to France often in those days said that he spent most of the flight time standing at the 747′s bar. Anything would be better than coach, I guess.

Edible Dictionary
tiffin, n.–An English-Indian name for a light meal taken in the middle of the day. The Penguin Companion to Food says that the word probably came from the English word “tiffing,” which meant a meal taken at times other than the traditional ones. The reason the special name came about what to distinguish this limited repast from the enormous feasts that the early British colonizers of India ate in the middle of the day. The word’s meaning has evolved into a something similar to that of brunch. Big for breakfast, light for lunch.

The Old Kitchen Sage Sez:
If you need to grate a cheese that’s so soft that it sticks to the grater (mozzarella and Fontina come to mind), rub the inside and the outside of the grating surface with butter before you start.

Deft Dining Rule #509:
The only au gratin dish worth ordering in a steakhouse is potatoes au gratin. And even that is really just an excuse to eat more cheese.

The Saints
It is the feast day of several saints named Vincent. The one that interests us is St. Vincent of Saragossa, Spain. He is a patron saint of grape growers, and those who make everything from wine to vinegar from those grapes. So it’s the feast day of both Vincent Riccobonos (the one who owns the Peppermill, and the one who owns Mattina Bella), Vincent Catalanotto of the two Vincent’s Italian restaurants, Vincent Manguno, the chef at Porter and Luke, and I’m sure many more.

Food Namesakes
Sir Francis Bacon, the English philosopher and writer who has been claimed to be the “real” Shakespeare, was born today in 1561. The creamy-voiced soul singer Sam Cooke started cooking today in 1931. . Chris Lemmon, actor son of Jack Lemmon, was squeezed out today in 1954. Illinois Congressman Melissa Bean emerged from the pod today in 1962. The Apple Macintosh computer, which made the mouse and the graphical user interface popular, was introduced in commercials during the Super Bowl today in 1984.

Words To Eat By
“A squid, as you know of course, has ten testicles.”–Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet, born today in 1934. Since he was on television, everybody heard and remembered this slip of the tongue.


Eating Nordic Won't Turn You into a Viking, but It Might Transform How You Feel

It might come as a surprise, but Scandinavia doesn’t subsist off of meatballs and Danish butter cookies. In fact, the region that includes Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland has a centuries-old tradition of eating whole and plant-based foods.

The Nordic or Scandinavian diet refers to a modern style of eating based around these traditional foods. The diet is heavy in complex carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats, and light on processed foods, sugar, and red meat. And it also emphasizes choosing food with a smaller environmental footprint.

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A small 2012 study showed that in a Nordic diet eating plan, the majority of your meals will contain foods from the list below. But if you stray from this framework here and there, it’s no biggie.

  • fruit, especially berries
  • leafy greens
  • veggies, especially root veggies
  • seafood and fish
  • low fat dairy
  • legumes
  • nuts and seeds
  • whole grains
  • canola oil

If you’re curious about what this cold climate’s diet can do for you, and how to get started, grab your Viking helmet (and a fork)! It’s time to dig in.

Ready to dive into a Nordic eating plan? Here’s a sample of what a week on the diet might look like.

Monday

  • Breakfast:Blueberry almond butter smoothie
  • Lunch: Mushroom brown rice pilaf
  • Dinner: Salmon with lemon and dill, spinach salad, and a yummy dressing

Tuesday

  • Breakfast:Lemon-raspberry baked oatmeal
  • Lunch: Farro salad with cauliflower and chickpeas
  • Dinner:Baked honey mustard chicken, roasted brussels sprouts, brown rice

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Baked eggs with spinach
  • Lunch: Tuna sandwich on whole-wheat bread, strawberries
  • Dinner:Slow cooker root vegetable stew, multigrain crackers or crisps such as Wasa

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Parfait with low fat skyr, raspberries, and honey
  • Lunch: Roasted red pepper pizza on whole-wheat crust
  • Dinner:One-pan blackened cod, sweet potatoes, and zucchini

Friday

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with blueberries
  • Lunch: Turkey sandwich on rye, apple
  • Dinner:Salmon salad, whole-wheat toast

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Bagel with cream cheese and lox
  • Lunch: Egg scramble with avocado and tomatoes, strawberries
  • Dinner: Lemon pasta with chicken and peas

Sunday

  • Breakfast:Whole-wheat pancakes with skyr and peaches
  • Lunch: Quinoa bowl with shrimp and root vegetables
  • Dinner:Mushroom-barley soup, multigrain Wasa crisps

Eating like a traditional Scandinavian isn’t just appealing for all the fun Swedish words you’ll learn to pronounce — knäckebröd! räksmörgås! pannkakor! — it’s also loaded with foods that can do wonders for your health.

“Most fat-containing foods contain both omega-3 and omega-6 fats, both of which have benefits and are vital in our diets,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Jenna Amos, RDN with Siggi’s Icelandic skyr.

Here are some of the ways that eating Nordic may help your health.

It may improve heart health

We can all probably say we’d like to keep a healthy heart. (After all, it is kind of an important organ.) Adopting Scandinavian eating habits — which, notably, is light in red meat — may help attain this goal.

In a study, replacing red meat with high quality plant protein sources — similar to what you find in the Nordic diet — was associated with “favorable changes in blood lipids and lipoproteins,” i.e. it benefited the cardiovascular system.

Another small 2012 study found that the Nordic diet’s whole grain-rich, high fruit and veggie menu might be beneficial for a healthy heart by improving blood pressure and blood lipid markers.

It may reduce inflammation

A research review found that eating a Nordic diet may have a positive effect on inflammation. Which is great news because tons of chronic conditions and health concerns are associated with inflammation.

In fact, research has found driving down inflammation may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and acne.

A 2015 research review showed that to a large extent, diet determines whether your cells are inflamed or chilled out — and a Nordic diet could play an important role.

According to Amos, curbing inflammation may boil down to eating more of the right kind of fat. “The Nordic diet emphasizes foods like fatty fish, nuts, and seeds that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are shown to reduce inflammation, ” says Amos.

With an emphasis on fiber-rich foods — which Amos says can make you more full — and fewer refined foods and sweetened beverages, eating a Nordic diet could help some people lose weight.

If you do choose to go Nordic in the hopes of slimming down, make sure you do so safely by eating the recommended amount of calories for your age, sex, and how active you are, according to the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


Seven Stills to take over former Almanac taproom in San Francisco's Mission District

1 of 5 Founders Tim Obert, left, and Clint Potter, right, pose at their brewery Seven Stills on Egbert St. with pet dog Tango on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in San Francisco, Calif. Although Seven Stills is only two years old, it's about to open its fourth location in the city. Liz Moughon/The Chronicle Show More Show Less

2 of 5 Tap handles at the Seven Stills brewery on Egbert St. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in San Francisco, Calif. Liz Moughon / The Chronicle Show More Show Less

Seven Stills plans food at its new taproom, like its whiskey flight and beef pairing at its Nob Hill site.

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Kegs of whiskey seen in barrels at Seven Stills. The company is opening a new project in the Mission District.

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5 of 5 Founders Clint Potter, left, and Tim Obert, right, work at their brewery Seven Stills on Egbert St. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in San Francisco, Calif. Although Seven Stills is only two years old, it's about to open its fourth location in the city. Liz Moughon / The Chronicle Show More Show Less

Seven Stills Brewery and Distillery is expanding its San Francisco presence with a new project in the Mission District.

According to Tim Obert, who co-founded the company with Clint Potter in June 2016, Seven Stills is in the process of taking over the former Almanac Beer Co. taproom at 2704 24th St. The new venue could open as soon as July 1.

Obert said the taproom will be &ldquobeer first and food second,&rdquo with an emphasis on smaller bites rather than full entrees. At the helm in the kitchen will be chef Patricio Duffo, who previously worked with San Francisco restaurants Barvale and Coqueta, which both had Spanish influences. As such, Obert said the Seven Stills kitchen will have &ldquoLatin inspiration&rdquo and an emphasis on seafood.


Crimes

Weekly Crime Reports

University of Pennsylvania Police Department Crime Report

Below are the Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Society and Crimes Against Property from the campus report for February 15-21, 2021. View prior weeks' reports. &mdashEd.

This summary is prepared by the Division of Public Safety and includes all criminal incidents reported and made known to the University Police Department for the dates of February 15-21, 2021. The University Police actively patrol from Market St to Baltimore and from the Schuylkill River to 43rd St in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police. In this effort to provide you with a thorough and accurate report on public safety concerns, we hope that your increased awareness will lessen the opportunity for crime. For any concerns or suggestions regarding this report, please call the Division of Public Safety at (215) 898-4482.


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