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    Behind the Recipes: Q&A With Ruth Reichl

    Behind the Recipes: Q&A With Ruth Reichl
    Ruth Reichl, former New York Times restaurant critic and current editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine, is considered one of the most influential figures in the food world. Reichl, who has a large female fan base for her five best-selling memoirs, is promoting the new cookbook, "Gourmet Today: More than 1,000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen." Q: You write that ...
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    Luther Burbank, Plums, and CA Horticulture

    Luther Burbank, Plums, and CA Horticulture
    Imagine a plum. Heavy in the hand, when fresh, and full of juice. Imagine that purple-red skin and, beneath, that amber, slightly translucent flesh, sweet with a hint of acid. You are, more likely than not, imagining one of Luther Burbank’s creations. Luther Burbank was a talented horticulturalist who introduced over 700 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants to the ...
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    America's Fattest States

    America's Fattest States
    Americans are fat and getting fatter. Calling for a national strategy to combat obesity, today the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report detailing America's growing obesity epidemic. F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009 found that obesity did not decline in any state with rates rising in 23 ...
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    Ruth Reichl: "Not Becoming My Mother"

    Ruth Reichl: "Not Becoming My Mother"
    NEW YORK – Starving seems an unlikely state for Ruth Reichl, one of the leading ladies of the American food scene. Yet on a recent Friday, the post-lunch fare was slim in the cafeteria of the Conde Nast skyscraper in Times Square – home to Gourmet magazine, which she heads. “I’m starving! Maybe they can make me something in our kitchen?” ...
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    A Summer Meal with Honey Apricot Cake

    Tricia Martin | Eating is Art [widget:tricia_martin_articles_2] The summer solstice came and went, but has left behind a wave of energy and lots of things happening with it. That's why it was so wonderful to be able to hang out, cook, and eat with a big group of friends a few nights ago. Leif Hedendal was in town so he, my ...
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    Michael Pollan Brings His Eat-Locally, Grow-Sustainably Message to Miami

    Michael Pollan Brings His Eat-Locally, Grow-Sustainably Message to Miami
    "I tell stories about our food and how we eat. I show people where their food comes from. I'm something of a food detective, asking where that hamburger and fries come from. I like thinking about things that people take for granted, scratching the surface of everyday life and factoring in history, science and politics." Pollan's 2006 book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, ...
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    Mobile Pet Food Bank

    Mobile Pet Food Bank
    Sharon Carmichael was not sure if the trip from her home in Kannapolis to Foster's Grille in Concord on Saturday would be worth it to receive free pet food. "Because of the gas (prices) and (being) unemployed, I am on limited funds," Carmichael said. "But it was well worth it." At the first mobile pet food drive for Petey's Promise at ...
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    Specialty-Food Makers Searching for Sweet Deals

    Specialty-Food Makers Searching for Sweet Deals
    NEW YORK - Jennifer Korb's hands are going to be tired. After three days of slicing her specialty coffeecakes for potential distributors and retail buyers at the Summer Fancy Food Show, she has yet another task to complete: Handwrite more than 120 notes to those who tasted samples of her cakes and left contact information at her booth. Korb, founder of ...
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    Joe Yee: Seattle's Fishing Patriarch

    Joe Yee: Seattle's Fishing Patriarch
    Fishing author William G. Tapply once wrote: "I've gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water." For more than 60 years, Joe Yee of Seattle has been living that dream by casting a cut-plug herring or a fly into just about every fishing hole one ...
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    Best Meatloaf

    Best Meatloaf
    Experts Share the Steps for Making the Classic Meatloaf This is a tale of two mothers' meatloaves. One meatloaf was born on a chicken bone of an island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, its recipe cobbled by Canadian expats. The origin of the other remains locked in the brain of an elderly woman in Toledo, Ohio. Both meatloaves, however, ...
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    Bakers Make Chicago Cocktail-Bread World Capital

    Bakers Make Chicago Cocktail-Bread World Capital
    We're about to make a bold statement, one that could shake up the food industry for years to come: Chicago is the cocktail bread epicenter of the world! Unless another city comes forward to challenge the claim, we're sticking with it. Long a favorite at holiday gatherings, cocktail bread is the grain version of Colleen Moore's famous Fairy Castle, that miniature ...
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    Top Chefs Reveal Their Kitchen Secrets

    A little bit ago, I met with former Season 4 Top Chef contestants Ryan Scott, Manuel Trevino, and Mark Simmons as they were prepping a dinner for nine lucky eaters. The dinner had been an auction item in the February 2009 Bay Area Red Cross' annual auction. The initial stages of the meal were prepared in the kitchen of Global ...
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    Planning for a Restaurant

    Planning for a Restaurant
    If you’re planning on starting a restaurant, you've got a lot of company. In my experience, more people seek advice on launching a restaurant business than any other type of business. While that doesn't make your task easier, it does mean I can help with some tips. To start, you need to plan your strategy very well. Your restaurant has to ...
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    Culinary Students Brushing Up for National Knowledge Competition

    Culinary Students Brushing Up for National Knowledge Competition
    Do you know the common name of biotin? What about the precise size you have to dice a food for it to be considered a small dice? Culinary students competing in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl National Competition on July 13 in Orlando, Fla., must study up on answers such as these (vitamin B7; 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch ...
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    Use Wine Importers as a Buying Guide

    Use Wine Importers as a Buying Guide
    A day rarely goes by when someone doesn't ask me, "What's your favorite (fill in the blank with a wine type)?" or “What should I be buying?” Even my mother will often call me up and say, "Well, we are having lamb chops and a salad, what should we buy?" Usually this leaves me blank wondering what to say since what ...
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    Several Health Benefits From Dairy Foods

    Several Health Benefits From Dairy Foods
    Consuming the recommended servings of dairy foods daily is a convenient and affordable way to get key nutrients, U.S. researchers said. In a supplement to the current issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, several nutrition researchers weigh in on an updated review of the health benefits of consuming dairy foods. Milk, cheese, and yogurt provide a package ...
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    The Wine Judging Circuit

    The Wine Judging Circuit
    Judging season is upon us and I have been busy judging wines, but the wine competitions themselves have come under fire lately. LA Times writer Jerry Hirsch helped propagate the bad press by calling attention to a study conducted by retired Humboldt State professor Robert Hodgson. It’s not new to challenge the process, but this recent four year study claims that ...
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    Chef's Blade's Thanksgiving Wine Guide

    Chef's Blade's Thanksgiving Wine Guide
    Yep, it’s that time of year. And rather than bore you with yet another Turkey Day post extolling the virtues of gewurztraminer or pinot noir, we’re going to tell it to you like it is. Are you ready? There is no perfect wine match for Thanksgiving meals. It’s something we as retailers have known for years (glorified in amusing detail by ...
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    Jamie Oliver's New Computer Cookbook

    Jamie Oliver's New Computer Cookbook
    I own a signed first edition of Jamie Oliver's debut The Naked Chef which, one day, I thought, ought to be worth a bit of money – perhaps when he's knighted? But these days I'm not so sure. Ten years on, there are Jamie jars of pasta sauce in the supermarket, Jamie pots and pans in John Lewis, Jamie's face on ...
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    When Food Sickens, He Heads for Courthouse

    When Food Sickens, He Heads for Courthouse
    MINNEAPOLIS _ No one really wants to meet Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer from Seattle, because those who do are likely A) critically sickened by contaminated food and in need of legal help, or B) responsible for selling the food. Yet there seems to be no shortage of people who know Marler after several high-profile food illness outbreaks in recent ...
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