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    Ready, Set ... Grill!

    Ready, Set ... Grill!
    The weather may be cooling but don't give up on autumn's final s'mores, as few dishes are more satisfying than those cooked in the great outdoors. Make sure to be prepared for gourmet grilling with a few key tools to keep everything sizzling. We made our list of must-haves, and asked a couple of experts to chime in on their favorite ...
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    Pastry Chef Dalia Jurgensen Pens a Not-So-Sweet Memoir

    Pastry Chef Dalia Jurgensen Pens a Not-So-Sweet Memoir
    If you’ve ever thought it would be sweet to bake for a living, Brooklyn-based dessert maven Dalia Jurgensen may inspire you to consider a career in confectionery. As the executive pastry chef at the Michelin-starred Williamsburg restaurant, Dressler, she spends her days as a culinary artist, creating edible visions from sugar, honey and pastry cream. But her life’s not all sugar ...
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    ConAgra to Cut Sodium in Food Products

    ConAgra to Cut Sodium in Food Products
    MILWAUKEE - ConAgra Foods Inc. will cut sodium from the food it manufactures by 20 percent in the next five years, the maker of Chef Boyardee and Hebrew National said Thursday. CEO Gary Rodkin said the Omaha, Neb.-based food maker wants to make food healthier and lure health-conscious shoppers. Consumers are increasingly shopping with health in mind, even as they are ...
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    Challenges Ahead for Global Hospitality Industry

    Challenges Ahead for Global Hospitality Industry
    Global hotel markets are expected to continue to feel pressure from contracting economies and reduced leisure and business travel across much of the world in 2009. However, despite declines across most major regions of the world in 2008, operating performance in the global hotel industry remained profitable as hoteliers focused on controlling costs and preserving the bottom line, according to a ...
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    Zagat Survey Finds Diners Spending Less But Getting Better Deals

    Zagat Survey Finds Diners Spending Less But Getting Better Deals
    Zagat Survey, the company that publishes grassroots restaurant guides, just sent us the results of a dining survey that may answer a few questions we all have about how restaurants are doing in this down economy. The survey is based on 145,000 local restaurant-goers in 45 U.S. markets. If you look at No. 5, you'll see why I often emphasize service ...
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    New Driver Crashes into Taco Bell

    New Driver Crashes into Taco Bell
    Police in Connecticut said a new driver crashed into a Taco Bell restaurant directly under the "Drive-Thru Open" sign. Sgt. Sandy Ficara said the 20-year-old driver, who just recently received his driver's license, became impatient while waiting in the drive-through lane of the Hartford eatery and decided to park his car instead, the Hartford Courant reported Thursday. Ficara said the driver ...
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    A Child Leads Them to French Cuisine

    A Child Leads Them to French Cuisine
    Voila! Marketers are tapping into the buzz of interest in classic French cuisine, thanks to the popularity of the movie Julie & Julia. The movie, written and directed by Nora Ephron, combines the memoirs of famed chef Julia Child and young fan Julie Powell. Since opening at No. 2 at the box office last weekend behind G.I. Joe, the movie has ...
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    Ancient Purple Carrot Finds New Life Coloring Food

    Ancient Purple Carrot Finds New Life Coloring Food
    FRESNO, California-The ancient purple carrot is returning to its roots, this time to dye processed foods rather than the robes of Afghan royals. Researchers in California are preparing for increased demand for fruits and vegetables that pull double duty as dyes as the deadline approaches for when the European Union will require warning labels on synthetically colored foods. "There's a mad ...
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    From Nose to Tail or How to Butcher a Pig

    From Nose to Tail or How to Butcher a Pig
    From Nose to Tail was the title of the seminar here at the Sante Restaurant Symposium 2009 in Lake George, NY. Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro and the soon to open Copa in Boston, MA was on hand to demonstrate not only the butchering of a pig but also the unique ways to use the whole hog. With the popularity of ...
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    Ethiopian Scientist Wins World Food Prize

    Ethiopian Scientist Wins World Food Prize
    WASHINGTON-An Ethiopian scientist who has helped to feed hundreds of millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa has won this year's World Food Prize. Dr. Gebisa Ejeta was honored at the U.S. State Department Thursday for his breakthroughs in developing drought and disease-resistant forms of sorghum, which is an African diet staple. According to the U.S.-based World Food Prize Foundation, which awards ...
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    Author Offers Advice on Soy Food in Diet

    Author Offers Advice on Soy Food in Diet
    Despite concerns over excessive soy intake, most mainstream organizations say up to two servings per day can be part of a healthy diet. Kaayla Daniel, who holds a doctorate in nutrition and is the author of "The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food," offers the following advice. Oils and ingredients: Avoid soy flour, soy protein isolates, ...
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    Budget Local and Green Food Production and Gardening

    Budget Local and Green Food Production and Gardening
    As a gardener, I’ve always wondered if non-gardeners have a true appreciation for how expensive gardening can be. Most take the green foliage and colorful blooms for granted, but those of us who shop for them know that plants can range from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars and that even small projects are likely to set you back ...
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    Food Wars: Food Caloric Values on Menus

    Food Wars: Food Caloric Values on Menus
    A food fight fight is brewing over legislation in Washington DC that would require restaurants to post calories on menus. Hoping to clean up a patchwork of what it says are unwieldy state and local laws, a restaurant trade group is pushing a federal bill that would require chains to disclose the calorie counts of meals on the menu. But companies ...
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    Top Food Trends of 2009

    Food carts were all the rage in 2009. Will they be next year as well? By the end of 2008, the food industry was bracing itself for the recession to take its toll. Then swine flu hit. And then the Taco Bell chihuahua died. Even as the nation scaled back, people continued to eat out and chefs met their recession-special ...
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    Back to Basic Cocktails

    Back to Basic Cocktails
    In 2009, we went back to basics. We planted gardens, cooked at home and made do with less. The fundamentals also applied to our cocktails. The sweet, fruity, excessive spirits of the past decade were slowly replaced by the simpler drinks of yesterday. "Everything old is new again," explains Marilee Guinan, the bar manager at Park City's High West Distillery. "People ...
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    The Golden Arches Now Makes Mochas and Lattes

    The Golden Arches Now Makes Mochas and Lattes
    Caffeine addicts have a new way to get their McFix. McDonald's is planning to give coffeehouses like Starbucks a run for their money with an array of mochas, lattes and cappuccinos. McCafes will be rolled out nationwide starting in May, offering iced and hot varieties of the espresso-based drinks. The Daily News asked a random sample of New York coffee lovers ...
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    Women Dine, Dash and then Crash into Detroit IHOP

    Women Dine, Dash and then Crash into Detroit IHOP
    DETROIT - Four women trying to skip out on their bill at an International House of Pancakes ended up plowing into the Detroit restaurant as they sped away. No one was injured in the accident Tuesday morning. Restaurant manager Raymond Jefferson told the Detroit Free Press the women ran from the IHOP just after 6 a.m. without paying their bill. Their ...
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    Risky Business for Pros Who Appear on 'Top Chef'

    Risky Business for Pros Who Appear on 'Top Chef'
    Some of the finest rock-star chefs in America came close to losing their five-star ratings on "Top Chef Masters." In last night's premiere, Christopher Lee of Aureole on the East Side came in second place behind Fleur de Lys wizard Hubert Keller, who moves on to the championship round. Why would top chefs such as Lee, Keller and Jonathan Waxman - ...
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    Ada Schools Honored for Nutrition

    Ada Schools Honored for Nutrition
    ADA - Ada schools is making sure pupils eat healthier, and the state is taking notice. The district is one of about 30 schools around the state to be recognized for its use of best practices to promote a healthy school nutrition environment. The district earned an honorable mention award in the Stellar Award program. "It is quite the honor to ...
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    A Value Meal at Starbucks? Coming Right Up

    A Value Meal at Starbucks? Coming Right Up
    The allure of the value meal has long seduced penny-pinchers craving a cheeseburger. Now, as the dismal economy slurps up profits, Starbucks Corp. is hoping to find some sales salvation in its own value meal variety. The tug of war for coffee drinkers has gotten hotter in recent months, with McDonald's Corp. offering new, lower-priced specialty coffee drinks and Dunkin' Donuts ...
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