No “Pumpkin” in my Pumpkin Pie? Understanding the “Common or Usual” Name for a Food

Everyone knows what a pumpkin is: a roundish gourd with grooves going up and down, and, of course, it's orange. One then uses this produce to make a jack-o'-lantern or, more importantly, a pumpkin pie! The pumpkin pie purests insist that you must use fresh pumpkins to make a pie. These pumpkins have the botanical … Continue reading No “Pumpkin” in my Pumpkin Pie? Understanding the “Common or Usual” Name for a Food

Keeping America Safe for Chocolate Milk

For almost 50 years Mom had an understudy in the kitchen: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This government agency carefully studied her recipes and wrote them down; they even considered her chocolate milk recipe. FDA can establish legally enforceable recipes that food manufacturers must comply with: these are known as "food standards." A food … Continue reading Keeping America Safe for Chocolate Milk

You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Jell-o Ice Cream!?

July is National Ice Cream Month, which dates back to 1984 when President Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation and Congress issued a joint resolution to celebrate this "nutritious and wholesome food." President Reagan wasn't alone in referring to ice cream as a nutritious; several others did too during a Congressional hearing in 1977, which was held in response to … Continue reading You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Jell-o Ice Cream!?