Well you know what's been buggin' me for a few years? Olive oil, and the fact that there are no regulations on it. For years I was buying the cheap Wal-Mart brand of olive oil and cooking with it. I heard it was good for you and being health conscious I started using it. Only it tasted awful and I didn't know any better, I just thought it was supposed to taste like that. I watched the cooking shows on TV and saw people going on about how delicious food was when prepared with olive oil and I just thought my unsophisticated palate didn't know delicious flavors. And then I tasted some REAL olive oil at one of those places in the mall and I thought Holy Crap! this is amazing, I could DRINK this stuff, it's awesome! I started buying the better oil and yes, food DOES taste better, I even made some vinaigrettes and started using it for garlic
bread. My friends come over and I'm making them taste test the two oils, and they're skeptical at first like it's all in my imagination, but they taste the cheap oil and they make a face cause they just tasted PAINT and then they get the good oil and their faces light up and they start buying the good oil too!
Then I hear this program on NPR all about how there are no regulations on olive oil and that as long as what's in the bottle contains even a small percentage of olive oil they can label it "Olive Oil". And the terms "Cold Pressed" and "Extra Virgin" are completely meaningless and bear no relation to where the oil came from or how it was prepared. It can even contain rancid oil and that's OK too! This drives me nuts that's it's not illegal to sell people mis-labeled garbage to eat. There was just something in the news regarding grated Parmesan cheese that was mostly cheddar, artificial flavorings and quite a bit of SAWDUST! I'm all for free enterprise and Government Hands Off of business, but C'MON!