Central’s Week in Brief: May 27, 2011

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more.  It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

Image from ChooseMyPlate.gov

Image from ChooseMyPlate.gov

1) Beginning June 2, 2011 the Food Pyramid will be replaced.  The new icon will represent a change from a basic guideline of what and how much to eat to a more balanced program that teaches what steps to take to lead a healthier lifestyle.  Robert C. Post, PhD, deputy director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion told WebMD, “There will be a ‘how-to’ that will resonate with individuals. That is the behavioral part that is needed. We need to transcend information — ‘here’s what the science says’ — and give people the tools and the opportunities to take action.”

2) The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has been motoring around the country for 75 years now.  Since then there have been many upgrades and for this year’s big anniversary the Wienermobile’s latest improvement was a no-brainer: turn it into a food truck.  The newest Wienermobile was unveiled in New York City with Chef Tyler Florence handing out hot dogs, but you can also get in on the action as the new food truck hits the road for a 12 city tour this summer.

3) Many chefs that make a living preparing pork are rejoicing this week, while others may be a little slow to come around to a new pork cooking guideline by the USDA.  Pork now must only reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit versus the previously required 160 degrees.  This change comes as a result of improved hog feeding processes which have decreased (but not eliminated) the risk for trichinosis, a disease caused by eating undercooked meat.

4)  On a sadder (to some) note, this week media icon Oprah Winfrey said good-bye to her talk-show audience for the final time after 25 years on the air.  It’s hard to think of a world without Oprah, but never fear you can always enjoy some of Ms. Winfrey’s favorite foods (from her Favorite Things lists) to help you carry on now that her show is no more.  Here’s a list of just a few favorites: Beecher’s Mac & Cheese, Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbetto, Greenberg Smoked Turkey, Garrett Popcorn’s CarmelCrisp® and CheeseCorn™, Centerville Pie’s Oprah Chicken Pie and Moveable Feast Brownies.

5) And since it’s the 3 day Memorial Day weekend that means it’s a perfect time to break out the grill and get cooking.  But why just make your average run of the mill burgers and hot dogs, why not spice things up a little?   Try this recipe for Devil’s Meatloaf on the Grill from AllRecipes.com, remember to keep an eye on the grill and keep the kids away and if all else fails check out Alton Brown’s must-have for grilling.

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