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    Gin: A Fresh Look on an Old Favourite

    Gin: A Fresh Look on an Old Favourite
    Across from me sits Tom Nichol, distiller of Gordon's Gin, and one of only four people in the world to hold the secret recipe to one of England's oldest spirits. Next to him sits Tom Soden, head barman at Geo Bar in central London. Both are extolling the virtues of gin, but from completely different angles. According to Nichol, the only ...
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    Trying Dry Red Wines With Chocolate

    Trying Dry Red Wines With Chocolate
    When my daughter was small, the moms took the kids trick-or-treating. We fathers stayed home and doled out the candy. Utterly boring - until I discovered by mistake how well a Dewar's on the rocks went with some Hershey's Kisses or a mini-Mr. Goodbar or a bag of peanut M&M's. The pairing of Scotch and chocolate went so well I always ...
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    Minnesota is Now Part of the Nation's Biggest Wine-Growing Region

    Minnesota is Now Part of the Nation's Biggest Wine-Growing Region
    Move over, Napa and Sonoma. Local winemakers are toasting a recent decision in Washington, D.C., to include southeastern Minnesota in the largest wine region in the country - called the Upper Mississippi River Valley. It's 70 times the size of the Napa Valley region, and means the Upper Midwest finally has a high-visibility spot in American wine culture. Wine is hardly ...
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    "Upstairs" at Chez Panisse

    "Upstairs" at Chez Panisse
    Last night, I ate at the Chez Panisse Café (or “upstairs,” as some like to call it) for the first time. For the better part of a decade, I’ve passed by the restaurant’s front doors without entering. I’ve studied the menus, bought the cookbooks, and even patronized restaurants operated by CP alumni but, until last night, I’d never actually eaten at ...
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    Mixed, Fixed and Fresh: Cocktails and Offbeat Lemonades for Summer

    Mixed, Fixed and Fresh:  Cocktails and Offbeat Lemonades for Summer
    Now that it's officially summer (and finally hot!), it's time to think about refreshing lemonades and cool cocktails. "In the world of cocktails, we've been going through a rebirth over the past several years," says mixologist Natalie Bovis-Nelsen, whose Web site www.theliquidmuse.com has recipes and cocktail advice. "People are thinking about cocktails more like chefs do with food. We are looking ...
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    13 Year Old Chef Wonder Is Excluded from Food Events that are 21+

    13 Year Old Chef Wonder Is Excluded from Food Events that are 21+
    Fearlessness for a 14-year-old boy often involves a skateboard and something not meant to be skated on. Or skated off. For 14-year-old Jeffrey Caves, however, fearlessness means preparing squab - something he never had cooked before - without a recipe, in front of strangers. Let us be more specific: squab seasoned with herbs and garlic, served on a bed of sauteed ...
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    How to Start a Kitchen

    How to Start a Kitchen
    Our friends at Foodproof have compiled a list of kitchen essentials. Visit their website for more articles by Lara and other Foodproof members! Considering it's been a good ten years now, I remember the day I moved into my first apartment exceptionally well. I was 19 years old, starting my second year at UC Santa Barbara, and my dad had driven ...
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    What Alice Waters is Missing

    What Alice Waters is Missing
    This article was originally published in the Huffington Post on March 25, 2009. For decades, Alice Waters has commanded attention for her love of the freshest, most local food. Last week, her crusade was the focal point of national attention, as Michelle Obama finally agreed to plant an extensive vegetable garden at the White House. If Ms. Waters is serious about ...
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    Top Chefs on Opening Shop

    Top Chefs on Opening Shop
    So you want to open your own restaurant despite the bad economy? While it may be one of the most rewarding business ventures, it is also one of the riskiest. Conventional wisdom holds that nine out of 10 new restaurants fail during their first year of operation. Although that rate has been debunked, the fact is, opening a restaurant isn't always ...
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    Cilantro, You Either Love It Or Hate It.

    Cilantro, You Either Love It Or Hate It.
    Around 4000 B.C. the Sumerians as well as the Babylonians left a list of herbs used for medicinal purposes on clay tablets. On the list was Coriander. Hippocrates used Coriander as part of his botanical treatments and prescriptions, as an antispasmodic as well as an appetizer and applied it to the flesh for rheumatism or for painful joints. Coriander is probably ...
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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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    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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    10 Things We Didn’t Know About Food

    10 Things We Didn’t Know About Food
    A surprise consequence of writing a book about food was that we lost our appetite. A month in, we realized we had underestimated just how devastating the effects of our industrial food systems are on our health, animal welfare, climate change and the earth’s resources. Thankfully, a few trips to some farmers markets with their good news story of artisan baking, ...
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    Restaurants Find Ways to Buy Farm-Fresh

    Restaurants Find Ways to Buy Farm-Fresh
    The gap between farm and fine dining is narrowing. Though touting the use of local foods has become all but ubiquitous at many of the nation's better restaurants, finding and getting those brag-worthy foods can be a hassle for restaurateurs and chefs. That's one reason chef David Swanson started Braise RSA, which stands for "restaurant supported agriculture" and creates a business-to-business ...
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    Maple Walnut Carrot Cake

    Maple Walnut Carrot Cake
    I am predisposed to love Fall There’s no better season than the onset of fall, I say, with its cool currents slipping in under the warm air; the sound of geese squeaking in the morning, shuttering in their bulbous bodies before they decide to fly away. And nothing beats wild grapes along the side of the road—I love their sweet, sour ...
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    One Day's Eating: A 24-Hour Project

    I'm Mitch, and here's the project: Keep track of every food you eat and drink you drink in one day, because knowing is actually awesome and entertaining. I did this a week or so ago. I spent the day tailgating at the Oakland Coliseum with my good friends, and partied with them again later that evening on the Rock Block. It ...
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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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    100 Best Foods For Boosting Productivity

    100 Best Foods For Boosting Productivity
    Foodproof.com has gone and put together the best list Chef's Blade could have ever imagined. Not only does it relate to, well, food, it also relates to career advancement! Their list culls together the 100 best food for boosting productivity, dividing the food groups into Digestion and Sleep, Energy and Brain Foods, General Productivity Boosters, and Eyesight. Below you'll find a ...
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    Boston Chef Survives `Hell's Kitchen'

    Boston Chef Survives `Hell's Kitchen'
    "Hell's Kitchen" contestant Andy Husbands had no concerns about being on the receiving end of the invective spewed by potty-mouthed British chef Gordon Ramsay. The Boston chef/owner of Tremont 647 worked on Block Island for a guy who called him the "worst names ever," and Husbands learned to block it out. And he had worked for hard-nosed taskmasters before. "I just ...
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    Chauffeur Accuses Celebrity Chef of Assault

    Chauffeur Accuses Celebrity Chef of Assault
    Culinary whiz David Burke pounded his chauffeur like a veal cutlet, punching him in the face and slamming a car trunk on his head after the driver asked to go home for his wife's birthday, according to his alleged victim and a police report. Whipping- post wheelman Thomas Heiser filed an affidavit in Fort Lee, NJ, Municipal Court alleging his former ...
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