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Side Dishes: HuffPo enlists Cohen


The Huffington Post may be best known for its politics, but the 5-year-old Internet “publication” has robust food coverage, ranging from commentary on the KFC Double Down to tips on picking the perfect tequila. So it comes as little surprise to learn that HuffPo has asked one of Vermont’s experts on politics and food, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen, to come on board as a blogger.

“The idea is to have an occasional blog. There’s no expectation,” he explains. “They just want to hear from the great ice-cream god up in Vermont.”

His first post, dated April 13, is all about Oreos. The sandwich cookies starred in one of Ben & Jerry’s early flavors, Oreo Mint, which had to be renamed twice at Nabisco’s insistence. In his post, Cohen says he travels with a stack of the snacks to demonstrate the size of the Pentagon’s budget and how he thinks the money could be better used.

Does Cohen have other food-themed blog posts up his sleeve? He says he may use his national platform to discuss “the incredibly good artisan bread we have in Vermont”; and his “feelings about French fries, Al’s [French Frys] and Beansies”; or for “decrying the lack of decent road food between here and Boston.”

Another culinary tip from the ice-cream god: “I’ve been making my own sashimi using steelhead trout,” says Cohen. “It’s low grade, just some run-of-the-mill stuff. It’s $6 a pound, so you can have all you want.”