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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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    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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    Severely Allergic Girl to Share Her Story With Senators

    Severely Allergic Girl to Share Her Story With Senators
    Six years ago, Donna Sadler gave her 18-month-old daughter, Rylee, a taste of her peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spots popped up on the child's face, and within seconds, her eyes swelled shut. Rylee's doctor suspected the cause and testing confirmed her theory: Rylee has a deadly allergy to peanuts, as well as sesame seeds and all tree nuts. Ingestion triggers ...
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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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    Say No to HR 2749, Say Yes to Local Farming

    Say No to HR 2749, Say Yes to Local Farming
    ROCKLAND, Maine - As the nation's eaters grow more and more concerned about where their food comes from, experts say Maine is poised to be a leader in the movement away from industrial farming and toward fresh and local fare. "People say we're backwards in Maine. I think we're very progressive," said Melissa Kelly, executive chef and co-owner of Rockland restaurant ...
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    The Crème Brûlée Cart: Street Food Diaries

    The Crème Brûlée Cart: Street Food Diaries
    A crowd is gathered in an alley that grows darker and colder by the minute as the sun departs from San Francisco’s famed Mission neighborhood. Conversations mingle and fill the air alongside smells unfamiliar to most alleys in this city—that is, favorable, delicious smells that awaken appetites and leave the crowd restless and hungry. But they wait patiently in long lines, ...
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    Environmental Virtue on a Bun: Are You Buying?

    Environmental Virtue on a Bun: Are You Buying?
    PHILADELPHIA - Please welcome Elevation Burger, the latest contender for virtue-burger honors, debuting now in the Philadelphia suburbs. It has single-handedly raised the ante in the (so to speak) greener-meat niche. Elevation Burgers are not merely fresh-ground, or all-beef, or naturally raised; they are - top this! - "100 percent organic, grass-fed, free-range beef." A single patty is about three ounces ...
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    Gut Worms May Protect Against Allergies

    Gut Worms May Protect Against Allergies
    British and Vietnamese scientists say they've discovered parasitic gut worms, such as hookworms, might help prevent and treat asthma and other allergies. Researchers led by Dr. Carsten Flohr of the University of Nottingham, and Dr. Luc Nguyen Tuyen of the Khanh Hoa Provincial Health Service in central Vietnam said their study is the largest double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial to date ...
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    Chefs, Winemakers Capture Tastes of the Local Harvests

    Chefs, Winemakers Capture Tastes of the Local Harvests
    Attend either or both of this weekend's premiere food events - the Taste of the Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail's Harvest Weekend: The Butcher, The Baker and the Winemaker - and you could end up thinking Thanksgiving has arrived early. Although Pilgrims and Indians won't be present, both events will celebrate and serve up a cornucopia's worth of ...
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    Jordan Hotel Owner Agonizes Over What to Feed Pope

    Jordan Hotel Owner Agonizes Over What to Feed Pope
    AMMAN, Jordan-A Jordanian hotel owner preparing a lunch for the pope spent five weeks coming up with a choice of five menus for the upcoming visit and is still agonizing over what could go wrong _ just as he did when John Paul II visited nine years ago. Said Sawalha said the Vatican chose a light meal of beef medallions, vegetables ...
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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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    'Top Chef' Martin Whips Up a Cookbook

    'Top Chef' Martin Whips Up a Cookbook
    TAYLORVILLE - Dave Martin, the chef from season one of Bravo television's "Top Chef" with ties to Taylorville, apparently didn't have enough to do, so he took up writing. Let's take a look. He's still with The Culinary Loft in New York City and just started a new workshop series there each of which feature seasonal, holiday or specific ingredients. He's ...
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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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    Pesticide Suspected in Restaurant Salsa

    Pesticide Suspected in Restaurant Salsa
    Health officials in Kansas said people sickened at a Mexican restaurant in Lenexa the salsa they ate was contaminated with a pesticide. Three groups of people who were sickened after eating at the Mi Ranchito restaurant earlier this year told KSHB-TV, Kansas City, health officials identified the source of their illnesses as the pesticide methomyl. It was reportedly found in the ...
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    Backyard Chickens

    Backyard Chickens
    With Easter in the days ahead, one thing has been on my mind this week: Chickens. We’re short a few chickens, so it seems time to add a few more chicks to our brood. With only six left from last years ten, the coyotes made their dent early on. But lately our six have been hangin’ tough, big breasted, and proud. ...
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    'Top Chef' Meets Top Chefs in Fund-Raiser

    'Top Chef' Meets Top Chefs in Fund-Raiser
    It was one minute until show time as an all-star cast of chefs crowded around a stainless steel table in the kitchen of Bacchus restaurant Wednesday night, poised to plate a porcini-crusted wild Alaskan king salmon dish created by the reigning reality cooking show Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg. "Ok, let's go, guys. These people want to eat. We don't have all ...
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    Harvest at Tres Sabores

    Harvest at Tres Sabores
    This morning is quiet at Tres Sabores. Nestled away in a sultry pocket of the Rutherford Bench, even the bees here seem happier than most. Perhaps it's Julie's commitment to Organic farming, which makes them humm so happily or perhaps it's the smell of manure wafting from the barn. At two months and counting the baby sheep have no idea that ...
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    Trying to Love Lambrusco

    Trying to Love Lambrusco
    So this stuff confuses me. I really want to like it. I've had a bunch of different kinds of it, and a couple of great bottles here and there, but also a lot of crap. It's my understanding that lambrusco was popular back in the 70s, but the market was then flooded by too much poor product, which caused a big ...
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    Fingerprinting Enhances Beer Flavor

    Fingerprinting Enhances Beer Flavor
    International food & beverage companies generally want their brands to consistently taste the same. However, natural variations in ingredients can make this difficult, even without factoring in the impact of variations in process equipment and conditions. Key to achieving consistent flavor is ultimately down to manufacturing products that share the same chemical profile, believes Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL), an independent ...
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    Making Restaurants Safer

    Making Restaurants Safer
    Philadelphia's Health Department is finally taking stronger steps to bolster inspections of restaurants with an eye toward improving food safety and cleanliness. For that, diners who have ever eaten one spoiled mussel should be thankful. Philadelphia has a well-deserved reputation as a fine restaurant city. But for too long, the city has trailed other big cities in the way it handles ...
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