Would Your Kitchen Pass a Health Inspection?

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I cooked spaghetti carbonara recently for my husband. I washed my hands before and after cracking the eggs and mixing them into the cream. I served the dish with a fresh salad and a crisp Pinot Grigio. Triumphant.

Except that, apparently, I could've gotten us sick. If a health inspector from New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene -- the agency tasked with tracking health violations of the city’s many restaurants -- was rating how clean my kitchen was, I would've failed. For starters, I washed my hands in the kitchen sink, not the bathroom sink. Also, I didn't rinse the bagged lettuce. Both are (to my surprise) major health code violations. (Yes, even though the package says it’s washed.)

To test just how stringent the city's health inspectors are, a New York Times writer invited a health inspector into her home last year. As she cooked and cleaned, the inspector took notes. Forget passing; the inspector told her she wouldn't even eat at her house.

So, do you think your kitchen would pass a health inspection? Click here to take our quiz and find out!

-- Brooke Lea Foster

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