I Nearly Set My House on Fire Trying to Make the Lightning Mushroom From ‘Ratatouille’

My less-than-well-thought-out plan to recreate my favorite scene from Pixar’s rat-infested classic

Because the opening of the Ratatouille ride at Walt Disney World on October 1 is as good a reason as any, here now, a weeklong exploration of the 2006 rat-infested classic, Ratatouille.


It is my opinion that ratatouille sucks. Not the movie, or Remy the rat of all my dreams, but the actual French vegetable stew. I’m sure there’s a version out there that will prove my tastebuds wrong, but every time I’ve attempted to make it, the summer vegetables have all cooked down watery and muddled. Why am I eating this hot salad? This is why the denouement of Ratatouille has never quite hit me. I just cannot believe anyone, even a rat genius, could wow with an artful pile of zucchini.

But mostly, I was hoping Remy would put a previous experiment on the menu … Read more

California raw milk dairyman is nonplussed about recall and quarantine

Valley Milk Simply Bottled is the California raw milk that’s been quarantined and ordered recalled four times since 2019, most recently last week.

The Modesto Bee just paid a visit to the dairy, which is located six miles west of the City of Modesto. The local dairy newspaper reports finding dairyman Joe Bento “unfazed.”  

 “Even though we’re going through stuff like this, I still enjoy it,” Bento told the Bee.

When he says “stuff like this, “ Bento means the recent report by the California Department of Health about illegal levels of Campylobacter jejuni found by the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture in raw cow milk produced and bottled by his company. 

A mandatory recall and quarantine resulted from “stuff like this.”

Bento told the Bee that he is looking forward to getting back to selling raw, unpasteurized milk directly to consumers.  With the recall and quarantine,  the … Read more

The 5 Fanciest Wine Glasses You Haven’t Heard Of

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For a well-designed glass that promises to make wine taste better, look to these brands

Today’s modern wine drinker is positively awash with choice in the glass department. Want to enjoy a crisp white? A stem that’s tall with a relatively narrow bowl will help keep your riesling or chardonnay cool and concentrate the delicate aromas. Looking to knock back some big-deal Burgundy? A wider bowl is your friend, so you can really get your nose in there and appreciate the pinot funk. And for enjoying bubbly, should you invest in some Champagne flutes? There’s no straight answer, but plenty of opinions — so it goes with just about every topic in the world of wine.

But for the aspiring wine connoisseur, seeking out a well-designed glass — one that allows you to expertly swirl, sip, and appreciate — is worth wading through the morass … Read more

30 sick in Salmonella outbreak in Sweden

Swedish officials are trying to find the source of a national outbreak of Salmonella that has affected more than 30 people.

From late August up to mid-September, 31 people across the country have fallen sick with Salmonella Coeln infections.

The source of infection is suspected to be a food with a wide distribution in Sweden.

Whole genome sequencing has shown patients had the same type of Salmonella Coeln, which means it is likely they were infected by a common source.

Those sick range in age from 0 to 85 years old with a median age of 28. They live in 12 different regions in Sweden and 18 are men.

Local infection control units and municipalities are involved in the outbreak investigation with the Swedish Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) and Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten).

The number of people affected by Salmonella Coeln in Sweden in 2020 and 2019 was in … Read more

McDonald’s Promised Us a Veggie Burger, So Where the Hell Is It?

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Not only would it make me happy, it would also cut down on the fast-food titan’s destruction of our planet

At the end of 2020, Ian Borden, International President of McDonald’s, announced that the fast food chain would be introducing a proprietary plant-based burger called the “McPlant” in 2021. And here we are now, almost in October, and the McPlant is still nowhere to be found on U.S. menus. To bastardize a slogan from another fast food chain (that actually offers a veggie burger), where’s the (fake) beef?

As the world crumbles or drowns or burns around us, McDonald’s is steadily rolling out new initiatives to curb its carbon footprint and keep us spending money, or whatever will count as currency after the fall of civilization, at its restaurants. In 2018, its corporate office unveiled an ambitious plan to reduce emissions by 36 percent by 2030, and the … Read more