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    Acclaimed Chef Agrees to a Spot on Reality TV

    Acclaimed Chef Agrees to a Spot on Reality TV
    Earlier this year, Bravo TV producers invited Holly Smith, of Cafe Juanita in Kirkland, to compete on "Top Chef Masters," a dream for most chefs. For Smith? Nope. Not her thing, she said. A month later, the Food Network made the same call to try to land her for "The Next Iron Chef." They wouldn't take no for an answer. They ...
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    Documentary 'Food, Inc' Slices and Dices What America Puts into Its Mouth

    Documentary 'Food, Inc' Slices and Dices What America Puts into Its Mouth
    Most people don't pay much attention to where the stuff we eat comes from, much less spend time pondering the politics of food production. In recent years, though, food writers and activists have increasingly questioned the consequences of how the typical American meal is produced. And now average Americans may begin to get the message in a bigger way. A new ...
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    Italian Vending Machine Tops Them All

    Italian Vending Machine Tops Them All
    A MACHINE that makes and delivers pizza in three minutes will make its appearance in offices and factories around Italy from next week. The tomato-red machine, called Lets Pizza, prepares the dish from scratch. A window in the front allows customers to watch as the flour is kneaded, the pizza disc formed, tomato paste and other ingredients spread on top and ...
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    Moulard Duck, a Unique Specialty in French Region

    Moulard Duck, a Unique Specialty in French Region
    I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Aquitaine region in the southwestern part of France. It's a unique and beautiful place that oozes a rich and fierce history. There are 12th- and 13th- century castles that dot the banks of the Dordogne River and quaint villages and "bastides" (walled towns) that boast incredible outdoor markets brimming with local culinary specialties ...
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    The Scotch and How We’re Sold It: A Balvenie Tasting.

    The Scotch and How We’re Sold It: A Balvenie Tasting.
    I don’t like wearing suits to industry tastings. From top to toe the beverage industry is riddled with bro-deals and glad-handing; besides, sporting a suit makes me feel like a broker, when, ostensibly at least, I’ve come to assess and appreciate the aesthetic qualities of the subject at hand—the subject usually being wine. I stroll in with scuffed leather boots and ...
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    Goat Meat: The New Beef?

    Goat Meat: The New Beef?
    Q. Is goat meat a healthier choice than other meats? A. Goat meat, long popular in the Caribbean and parts of Latin America and Asia, was named by Time magazine as one of the Top 10 Food Trends of 2008. It is lean meat, with saturated fat content comparable to that of skinless roast chicken. However, its composition classifies it as ...
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    Cooking Draws Folks Together

    Cooking Draws Folks Together
    In the entrepreneurial world, necessity is the father of invention. Such was the case for Paula Lambert in 1982, the year she founded The Mozzarella Company. Lambert had just returned from Italy and missed the availability of fresh mozzarella cheese. With the library as her source of information, Lambert began to make her own. She is now the owner of her ...
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    What's Cooking at the White House

    What's Cooking at the White House
    WASHINGTON - Not long after arriving at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama led reporters and culinary students through its cramped, stainless steel kitchen, enthusing, "This is where the magic happens." The food at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is fresh, seasonal and gathered from across America, as far away as the rivers of Alaska and as close as the first lady's ...
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    Matzoh Pizza Gets Kids in on the Act

    Matzoh Pizza Gets Kids in on the Act
    In a small auditorium at the Miami Children's Museum, two dozen kids crowded around chef Michael Jacobs. "Can we all say matzoh?" he asked, holding up a piece of the cracker-like flatbread Jews eat in lieu of leavened bread during Passover. "Matzooooh!" the youngsters cheered. But with only two ingredients - water and flour - matzoh can be a hard sell ...
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    Garlic Cookies Take the Prize at the Gilroy Garlic Festival

    Garlic Cookies Take the Prize at the Gilroy Garlic Festival
    What do 10 tons of beef, four tons of calamari and two tons of fresh garlic have in common? They were the featured attractions at last weekend's Gilroy Garlic Festival, a three-day extravaganza of garlic-infused food, arts and crafts, live music and cooking demos. Set against the backdrop of Christmas Hill Park, this year's garlic gala drew more than 108,000 spectators ...
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    Chew on Food-Safety Reform

    Chew on Food-Safety Reform
    Recalls of toxic or potentially toxic food products have become so routine that many of us barely pay attention unless we have just purchased some of the suspect substance. Food-borne illness is a by-product of mass agricultural production, rapid worldwide trade and the inability of regulatory agencies to sample any significant portion of the products headed to our dinner tables. Only ...
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    Maple Gingerbread for a Winter Holiday

    Maple Gingerbread for a Winter Holiday
    On Friday, I sat at my desk and watched fat puffs of snow fall from an all-white sky. Ordinarily it would not be such an occurrence for me to be distracted by drifting snow on December 4th. But last Friday, I was really, really mesmerized. At times, completely lost in a faraway fantasy, which may also have had something to do ...
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    Reichl: Sadness, Support Follow Gourmet's Closing

    Reichl: Sadness, Support Follow Gourmet's Closing
    Don't tell former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl this week's closing of the venerable food magazine reflects any sort of judgment on the food elite. "It's one of the things that drives me crazy," Reichl said in a phone interview Thursday from Kansas City, Mo., where she was promoting the now-shuttered magazine's latest cookbook, "Gourmet Today." "People keep talking about it as ...
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    Dummy's Guide to Ordering First Date Wine

    Dummy's Guide to Ordering First Date Wine
    First dates are very fragile affairs. They are about two individuals testing the waters to decide if they are compatible enough or if it is worthwhile spending your gunpowder in a relationship with the other person. On a first date you would probably have many things to worry about, but if I were you I would certainly make sure that ordering ...
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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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    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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    Ohio Eatery Offers Discount for Sandwich Tattoos

    Ohio Eatery Offers Discount for Sandwich Tattoos
    LAKEWOOD, Ohio - An Ohio restaurant is offering lifetime discounts to people willing to make an indelible display of their love for grilled cheese sandwiches. Melt Bar & Grilled in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood specializes in spins on the grilled cheese and says anyone with a tattoo of the classic sandwich will get 25 percent off. The restaurant has hooked ...
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    Beer of the Month: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

    Beer of the Month: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
    When the weather cools down, malty brown ales really come into their own, and malt is mostly what this one is about. For the interest of beer geeks, the label lists all the ingredients, and they include eight varieties of malt and just two of hops. That proportion gives a pretty good picture of flavor - just enough hops to cut ...
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    The 45th Parallel: A World of Change in Winemaking

    The 45th Parallel: A World of Change in Winemaking
    Wine drinkers are thirsty. Whether it's an $8 glass of 2006 Brooks Riesling from Oregon raised in a toast at a wine bar in Chicago, a $15 bottle of French rosé named the "Pink Criquet" and tossed back on a Californian porch, or a $2,125 bottle of Gaja's 1978 Italian Barbaresco, sipped respectfully at one of New York City's prime tables, ...
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