Cooking News, Talking about Food! August 2018

Here at Loam Ridges we take a lot of time talking about food, thinking about new recipes, and making sure we are producing the highest quality olive oil for you and your family to enjoy.

For all that time, we also know that there are hundreds of foods we’ve never enjoyed. Everyday recipes are created for that we want to try, and news concerning all topics “food”.

So… we had a thought. Let’s write an article every month to talk about food, cooking, and olive oil! In our first “Cooking News” installment, we cover a range of topics from Cow Appreciation Day to a tasty summer salad. Enjoy!


Cow Appreciation Day 2018

Chicken giants Chick-fil-A celebrated their 14th annual Cow Appreciation Day on July 10th. This is a fun celebration in which any patron who dresses in any cow attire will receive a free entrée or a kids meal (Sorry adults, the free kids meals are just for, you guessed it, kids).

We realize that by the time this article is published this day will have come and gone, but we still love the idea. In fact, it’s almost has cool as the “Eat mor Chikin” billboards they continue to produce!

“Mark your calendars: Chick-fil-A is celebrating its 14th annual Cow Appreciation Day on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Restaurants nationwide will offer a free entrée to any customer who visits the restaurant dressed as a cow. Chick-fil-A’s largest single-day customer appreciation event, Cow Appreciation Day, celebrates the company’s iconic “Eat Mor Chikin®” Cows.”

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Chipotle’s legal troubles

Unfortuanatly, Chipotle is back in the news again today facing 2 new lawsuits for a food poisoning scare. These reports came from an event in 2015 where 600 people who ate at a restaurant near Columbus, OH became ill after eating at the location.

The store was closed immediately to implement new safety protocols. While the investigation is ongoing, the initial tests have come back negative for many common foodborne illnesses.

After a spate of foodborne illnesses in 2015 affected restaurants across the country, Chipotle Mexican Grill vowed to clean up its act by implementing new food handling processes in both its restaurants and at the supplier level.


A Tasty Salad Recipe for Summer

One thing about August… It’s hot. Too hot to cook in many, many locales. That being said, we still want to eat healthy, delicious food that will fill us up. Most importantly, it needs to help dull our sweet tooth so we don’t end up going for ice cream (again).

With all that in mind, check out this Peach and Parma Ham Salad! Oh, and just in case you were wondering, we do recommend our Heritage Blend to really help the flavor of the salad pop!



Is a Well-Rounded Diet really good for you?

You want a well-rounded diet, right? We all know that a wide variety of foods will lead to a bunch of different nutrients and is the best way to guarantee you’re getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Not so fast.

The New York Times just published an article that points to a new study that those with the widest variety of food in their diet also tend to have the most junk food in their diet.

A panel of experts with the American Heart Association found that many who have a wide selection of meats, fruits and veggies also tend to each the most sugar process and processed food.

For decades nutrition experts have encouraged Americans to eat a variety of foods to ensure that they consume a nutritionally adequate diet. But this week a panel of experts said that longstanding recommendation might be outdated.

The advice to consume a variety of foods has long been included in the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It is largely based on old studies of low-income populations that found that consuming a broad range of foods helped prevent nutritional deficiencies.

Read more at the New York Times:


Want some Chemicals with your food?

It’s no surprise that having chemicals in our food doesn’t sound like the healthiest idea. Many chemicals that are used in food processing and packaging have been found to potentially harmful to humans. This is an especially big problem when you talk about children.

We’ve highlighted this because a new article on USA Today published 5 of these chemicals, tells you where you can find them, how to avoid them, and how to minimize risk if you do have them in your home and diet.

The chemicals added to food and used in food packaging are potentially harmful to children, a major pediatricians' group says. 

Chemicals used in packaging and in processed meats, among others, can lead to obesity, puberty issues and other health problems, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said. 

The group is calling for "urgently needed reforms" at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a policy statement, the AAP, which represents 67,000 children's doctors, argued for more rigorous testing and regulation of food additives.

Read more at USA Today:


Sam Zien and his Cooking Show

Finally, San Diego cook Sam Zien gets his due (this is a big over exaggeration, he’s got his due long before this!). When he first started 17 years ago, he was a funny guy who simply could not cook. Nowadays, Sam is a legitimate cook who has appear on the Today show as well as winning a ton of local Emmys, and a lucrative YouTube following.

Sam Zien was the worst cook on TV. That was the whole idea of his show, which became a hit in San Diego. What would happen if a tech sector burnout who couldn’t cook worth a damn learned his way around the kitchen while you watched? The idea paid off. His show won a bazillion local Emmys, landed him guest spots cooking on the Today show, and a few weeks ago he opened his own restaurant in Little Italy.

Read More at San Diego Magazine:


Have a topic you’d love to see in the September edition of “Cooking News?” Let us know!