The Kitchen Think: All The Food News You Need To Know


Lady Gaga (again!), Mario Batali, Slurpees and Denny’s… just some of the food headlines from this week.

I’ll tell you all about it, but hurry up and finish eating your Grand Slam Breakfast.

For a guy who owns several restaurants, has a cooking show and makes a lot of food-related appearances every day, this must be a REAL challenge. New York-based Chef Mario Batali (and his family) are eating for a week on a food stamp budget to protest proposed government spending cuts. Here’s a surprise…he says he’s hungry.

California produces some of the most glorious strawberries in the world… but at what cost?

Denny’s, home of the pork heavy Grand Slam breakfast, is now saying it will work with suppliers to stop the practice of cramming pregnant pigs into tiny cages.

When you’re eating out and think what you’ve ordered is healthy… think again.



Cage free. Free range. Artisanal. Sustainable. You’ve heard these words, and probably used them… but are they just marketing gimmicks?



Now, here’s the kind of headline Mama really likes… especially now that it’s starting to warm up: 7-Eleven says they’re going to start selling a Slurpee Lite.

Finally, I’m sure the beleaguered folks in the beef industry were over the moon when they saw Lady Gaga’s new dress. I wonder if she held it together with meat glue? Have a great weekend!







Kitchen Think: This Week’s Food News You Need to Know


Interesting and eclectic week in food news… Angelina, Lady Gaga, kashi cereal and the beef industry. How’s that for a wild mix of headlines?

Now finish your Gluten Free pizza and I’ll tell you what you need to know…

Kashi with new Non-GMO labeling

Kellogg scrambled this week to jump on the Non-GMO bandwagon after one of its “natural” cereals was pulled from the shelves of several organic grocers.

2.2.pound bag of Transglutaminase Meat Glue


This hasn’t been a good year for the embattled beef industry… this week they defended so-called “meat glue,” saying they’re unaware of any safety issues.

Looks like the government is giving up efforts to try and control how companies market and sell foods aimed at kids… is this a good or a bad thing?




Most women try to lose weight before the wedding. Well, Angelina Jolie is reportedly is trying to pack on the pounds before the big day (and no, she’s not do it by dining with Brad and the kids at fast food joints).


We're Gluten Free! Not Really!


Domino’s introduced a new pizza that’s gluten free… well, sort of.


Lady Gaga's Teacup

A lipstick-stained teacup used by Lady Gaga one time was auctioned for a mind-blowing price…

Finally, this week Chicago Chef Grant Achatz was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. Achatz’s second restaurant venture, NEXT, won the Foundation’s Best New Restaurant Award for 2012. Here’s a crazy video from his other award winning restaurant, Alinea, which has a dish on the menu with 86 individual components. Have a look and have a great Mother’s Day weekend!




I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: