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!




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


Here are this week’s food headlines… a few interesting tidbits to drop at your Cinco de Drinko Derby party.

Now finish making those Mint Julep Margaritas and I’ll share the news…

Meat melded with Transglutaminase, aka "Meat Glue"

Is the controversy over meat glue going to blow up like pink slime did a few months ago? Meat glue is an enzyme used to hold different kinds of meat together… everything from filet mignon to chicken nuggets to that fake crab you love so much in sushi.

Sir Richard Branson Ice Cube

The billionaire owner of Virgin Atlantic Airlines has found a way to fly with all of his passengers on every single flight: the ice cubes served aboard are now shaped like Sir Richard Branson’s head.

Very disappointing news this week that Type 2 diabetes, the kind linked with obesity, progresses much faster and is harder to treat in children. The bottom line: You can’t medicate your way out of a bad diet!


Image by Marlin E. Rice for Iowa State University

People were all freaked out about the beetles in the Starbucks Strawberry Frappacino. Well, here are some bugs that you’ve probably ingested without even knowing about it. Oh, and the Food and Drug Administration says they’re fine with it.

Finally, an interesting social experiment in this video from CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Have a great weekend (and wait your turn in line for those tequila shots!).

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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: