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    David Hall: Life after MasterChef

    David Hall: Life after MasterChef
    "Whoever wins, it'll change their life. Cooking doesn't get tougher than this." I love MasterChef. I love the format, the food, failures, successes and over the top banter of the John Torode-Greg Wallace partnership. I believe and admire the fact that the contestants genuinely throw in perfectly good-paying jobs to chase a dream and champion good food. I also believe that ...
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    Latkes and Matzohs: Hanukkah Flavors

    Latkes and Matzohs: Hanukkah Flavors
    Hanukkah lasts eight days, which is great news for kids who like presents and anyone who likes fried food. But for the cooks in the crowd, there's a certain _ how shall we put it? _ holiday-specific challenge to keeping the menus fresh and the ideas flowing. For inspiration, we turned to Jayne Cohen, author of "Jewish Holiday Cooking," who offered ...
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    From Car Crash, To Wine Connoisseurship

    From Car Crash, To Wine Connoisseurship
    Where most wine lovers cite a particular taste or sip as having sparked their interest in the subject, mine truly began with an absence of sensation. At age twenty, after returning home from a hospital where I’d been treated for an auto-related concussion, I found I couldn’t taste the Chinese take-out my parents had bought to celebrate my recovery. Where once ...
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    Are Starbucks and Whole Foods Union Busters?

    Are Starbucks and Whole Foods Union Busters?
    Shortly before the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the manager of a Whole Foods grocery store in the San Francisco Bay Area gathered his employees in a conference room for a chat about labor organizing. “This is not a union-bashing thing whatsoever,” the manager began, adding, however, that he’d called the meeting because Whole Foods believed Obama would sign the Employee ...
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    The Real Beef: Why Serve Grass Fed Beef

    The Real Beef: Why Serve Grass Fed Beef
    Not so long ago—fewer than 100 years—cattle were raised very simply. They roamed freely in pastures, eating grass at will, and remained free of routine drugs. Now, most cows are raised on “factory farms,” large-scale operations that confine them to pens and fatten them quickly for slaughter by feeding them large quantities of grain. Here’s the problem: cows are designed to ...
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    House Passes Food Safety Legislation

    House Passes Food Safety Legislation
    The U.S. House approved legislation Thursday intended to give the Food and Drug Administration more muscle to prevent food-borne illnesses. A string of recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses involved peanuts, spinach, hot peppers and other foods, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Journal said the 283-142 vote in favor of the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 came after rural district ...
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    The Name Game: Restaurant Puns

    The Name Game: Restaurant Puns
    In Lynn Westney's paper "Dew Drop Inn and Lettuce Entertain You: Onomastic Sobriquets in the Food and Beverage Industry," she collected more than 200 punning restaurant names, everything from Grill from Ipanema to Lawrence of Oregano. She says Chicago-area folks demonstrate the most creativity, as evidenced by their dominance of the hot dog category, with spots such as Franks for the ...
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    Homemade Soymilk: Fresh, Hot, Strained

    Homemade Soymilk: Fresh, Hot, Strained
    The strangest thing about this endeavor is that I am allergic to soymilk. Yup. I am Asian, and so I am lactose intolerant. And I am ALSO allergic to soymilk. Yet, I refuse to shy away and head for the rice milk aisle. Christ. Some people are just so good at marketing free stuff. My mother would scoff at the fact ...
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    The Time is Now for Food Safety Legistlation

    The Time is Now for Food Safety Legistlation
    Food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler spoke today from his office in Seattle on the importance of passing HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. "In 2002, in the middle of the recall of 21,000,000 pounds of E. coli O157:H7-tainted ConAgra beef that sickened 50 Americans and killed one grandmother, I wrote an Op-Ed saying that it was ...
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    Senator Seeks 'Strict Testing' for Meat Sent to U.S. Schools

    Senator Seeks 'Strict Testing' for Meat Sent to U.S. Schools
    A senator on the committee overseeing the National School Lunch Program called Monday for the government to raise its standards for meat sent to schools across the nation. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., urged "a strict testing program" for ground beef similar to those "used by industry leaders such as Jack in the Box ...
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    Day of the Dead is a Spirited Affair

    Day of the Dead is a Spirited Affair
    A mug of warm champurrado, a soul-satisfying chocolate drink thickened with masa. Tamales like cornhusk offerings, wrapped gifts for the hungry guests. Sugar-dusted loaves of pan de muerto, the bread decorated with "bones" formed of dough. A plate of turkey smothered in a spicy black mole, as dense and dark and mysterious as the coming night. On the altars and dinner ...
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    Discovered! Finger Lake Wines

    Discovered! Finger Lake Wines
    New York State is one of America’s agricultural centers, maintaining 35,600 farms on 7.55 million acres of land. The state boasts being in the top three in the US production of milk, apples, cauliflower, pumpkin, cabbage, and grapes. Jelly, jams and non-fermented juice notwithstanding, grape farming has helped New York to become the third largest wine producing state in the country, ...
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    What to Look for When Buying Holiday Meats

    What to Look for When Buying Holiday Meats
    Some people think it isn't a major holiday unless turkey is served. For others, a special roast is on the menu. It's best to decide what your holiday entree will be and then special-order it. Beef, pork, and veal have individual qualities that should be considered when purchasing them. As you plan your holiday entrees, select the best product for the ...
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    Family Farmers Fear Being Run Over By Food Safety Juggernaut

     Family Farmers Fear Being Run Over By Food Safety Juggernaut
    CORNUCOPIA, Wis., April 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Momentum is building in Congress for new food safety reforms aimed at addressing the growing cycle of food contamination outbreaks. But concerns are also being raised cautioning legislators not to trample organic farmers, backyard gardeners and consumers of fresh local foods in the rush to fix food safety problems. "There is no question that our ...
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    Still Cooking: Echo Hotel Chef the Same for Most of Its 50 Years

    Still Cooking: Echo Hotel Chef the Same for Most of Its 50 Years
    EDINBURG - The crafty hand that prepares the food at the Echo Hotel has been unchanged for most of the hotel's 50 years in existence. In that time, only the $1.75 price of the Sunday buffet has changed, joked Arnold Yanez as he finished another day in the kitchen. Yanez, the chef who prepares meals for hotel functions and the daily ...
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    Rick Bayless, Under Fire

    Rick Bayless, Under Fire
    Rick Bayless moves without a word from the kitchen of his new restaurant to the counter. He stands before a torta resting in a shallow pool of tomato broth. He leans in, grabs the two halves of the sandwich that has been placed standing on end, and presses on the thick pieces of bread, pushing the carnitas and black beans and ...
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    Local Chefs Join Chicago's Finest to Cook Up a Storm

     Local Chefs Join Chicago's Finest to Cook Up a Storm
    Sixteen of Chicago's finest chefs have swapped the 'Windy City' for a trip to Northern Ireland to take part in this week's Belfast Taste and Music Fest. From Thursday to Sunday, Botanic Gardens will see some of Northern Ireland's finest chefs joining forces with these Chicago ambassador chefs for a cultural exchange like no other - creating the largest al fresco ...
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    Burger King Revamp Aims at Higher-Priced Kin

    Burger King Revamp Aims at Higher-Priced Kin
    CHICAGO - Burger King Corp. plans to swap its generic fast-food feel and bland tiles and tabletops for a vibe that's more sit-down than drive-through. As part of a plan to be revealed Wednesday in Amsterdam, the company will announce a massive effort to overhaul its 12,000 locations worldwide. The sleek interior includes rotating red flame chandeliers, brilliant TV-screen menus and ...
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    Renowned French Chef Hits Deer Valley

    Renowned French Chef Hits Deer Valley
    Park City » Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the world's most respected and accomplished chefs, with dozens of award-winning restaurants from New York to Hawaii and Paris to Shanghai on his résumé. But this formidable restaurateur says his "most spectacular" kitchen is the one inside the J&G Grill, his new eatery in Park City. In New York and other metropolitan ...
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    Fetilizing Your Garden

    Fetilizing Your Garden
    What you feed your plants can make a mighty difference when you come to harvest your vegetables and flowers. And spring is the time to make sure they get enough of the 13 essential mineral elements required for normal growth. Fortunately, most soils contain the micronutrients that vegetable and flowering plants require in small amounts such as boron, manganese, copper, zinc, ...
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