It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

Slow Food USA has information on how you can let the US Department of Justice know what you think about big business controlling our food and farming.

Now is our chance to speak up. For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Justice is on a fact-finding mission looking at how big business controls food and farming—and they want to hear from YOU before December 31st.
Click here to read the full post.


The Atlantic Food Channel has their ten most popular recipes from 2009 done in slide show form. Included in the list is Julie and Julia’s Bruschetta which makes me happy because the other night as I was watching the DVD of Julie & Julia, I saw the bruschetta in the movie and thought I needed to learn to make bruschetta like that.

Click here to see the slide show.


Endless Simmer is looking to discover Who is 2009’s Eater of the Year. They want readers to vote for their favorite eater – some of the nominees include Meryl Streep who made Julia Child sexy, Michelle Obama who made kitchen gardens sexy, and Flexitarians who made eating a lot less meat sexy popular.

As is now tradition, Endless Simmer marks the end of each year by looking back at the chefs, restauranteurs, politicians, talk show hosts, bloggers, and ordinary culinary schmoes who make each year tastier than the one that came before. But unlike certain other publications, we don’t make the final decision ourselves (Ben Bernanke? booooring.) Instead, it’s up to you readers to decide who should join past winners Anthony Bourdain and Hezbollah Tofu in the Endless Eaters Hall of Fame, and more importantly, claim the crown of 2009 Eater of the Year.
Click here to vote.


Tomorrow morning I’ll be braving the predicted snowstorm and heading out to the site where my farmers market is held (it’s closed for the season) to pick up an order of grass-fed beef and some other goodies. One of the vendors at the market is taking orders and delivering to the site in their truck once a month during the off-season. I’m happy because getting reasonably priced grass-fed beef in the winter has been a problem for me until now.

We’ve got the Top 10 reasons to eat grass-fed beef here on MNN. You’ll be able to see why I’m psyched for tomorrow’s delivery.

Enjoy your weekend!

Image: Matt Callow

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.