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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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    The Time is Now for Food Safety Legistlation

    The Time is Now for Food Safety Legistlation
    Food safety advocate and attorney Bill Marler spoke today from his office in Seattle on the importance of passing HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. "In 2002, in the middle of the recall of 21,000,000 pounds of E. coli O157:H7-tainted ConAgra beef that sickened 50 Americans and killed one grandmother, I wrote an Op-Ed saying that it was ...
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    House Passes Food Safety Legislation

    House Passes Food Safety Legislation
    The U.S. House approved legislation Thursday intended to give the Food and Drug Administration more muscle to prevent food-borne illnesses. A string of recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses involved peanuts, spinach, hot peppers and other foods, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Journal said the 283-142 vote in favor of the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 came after rural district ...
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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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    UK Health Board Mandates Freezing of Sushi Fish, Chefs Disagree

    UK Health Board Mandates Freezing of Sushi Fish, Chefs Disagree
    TOP Scots sushi chefs have been ordered to stop serving raw fish unless they freeze it first. John Cochrane-Barnett and John Jones were gutted when watchdogs visited their Yatai Japanese Restaurant in Aberdeen to warn them about the law. The EU directive says raw fish must be frozen to at least -20C for more than a day to kill parasites. Few ...
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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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    A Kid's Answer to Where their Food Comes From: The Supermarket

    A Kid's Answer to Where their Food Comes From: The Supermarket
    ASK any child where their food comes from, and the chances are they'll say the supermarket. And most adults don't know a lot more about how food ends up on their plate either. So it's no surprise that farmers who struggle to stay in business get angry when consumers complain about the price of the fruit and veg. But one shopper ...
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    Canned Tuna 2.0

    Canned Tuna 2.0
    I have nothing against canned tuna, but that 'chunk light' stuff is downright fraudulent! I open it up in hopes for a nutritious shot of protein in my busy day only to dump out 50% of its contents in water weight. What I am left with is the soot of something that once was a fin in the sea. I can't ...
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    Butter and the Plight of Dairy Farmers

    Butter and the Plight of Dairy Farmers
    Butter and the price of butter have been on my mind lately. That's because pie baking season is here. I love making pies. I love the start-to-finish experience of dough-making, mixing fillings, crimping edges, putting pies in the oven and pulling them out to critically determine whether the insides bubbled just so and the crust turned that perfect golden color. We ...
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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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    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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    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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    Research Matters...Yield and Food Quality

    Research Matters...Yield and Food Quality
    One element in the debate about the relative merits of organic and conventional systems of growing is the impact they have on food quality. Food quality is notoriously difficult to define but the article below attempts this and reviews the effects of yield and of organic production on food quality. Organic systems generally produce food containing a higher concentration of nutrients ...
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    The Forbidden Fruit: Grapefruit

    The Forbidden Fruit: Grapefruit
    It was Griffith Hughes in 1750, who first described the Grapefruit as the “Forbidden Fruit”, which he found growing in Barbados. Later in 1789, it was reported growing in most parts of Jamaica. In 1823, that Count Odette Phillipe took grapefruit seeds from the Bahama Islands to Safety Harbor near Tampa, Florida where he planted them. Once the trees bared fruit ...
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    The Chef is ALWAYS the Boss.

    The Chef is ALWAYS the Boss.
    In his 2003 memoir, "The Apprentice," chef Jacques Pepin describes how he left his classmates and family at age 13 and became an unpaid kitchen intern. He worked his way up quickly. By his early 20s, Pepin had become chef to French President Charles de Gaulle. He has since become one of the world's best-known French chefs. At this point, it ...
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    Gordon Ramsay Faces His Biggest Crisis

    Gordon Ramsay Faces His Biggest Crisis
    GORDON RAMSAY has an identity crisis. The star of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," now in its sixth season, is the best-known chef in the world, but his cooking empire, which includes 25 restaurants and two additional television series ("Kitchen Nightmares"; "The F Word"), has been under siege. Ramsay sold his Los Angeles restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, to the ...
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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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    Taco Bell Ad Star Gidget the Chihuahua Dies at 15

    Taco Bell Ad Star Gidget the Chihuahua Dies at 15
    LOS ANGELES - Gidget the Chihuahua, the bug-eyed, big-eared star of 1990s Taco Bell commercials who was a diva on and off the screen, has died. She was 15. Gidget suffered a massive stroke late Tuesday night at her trainer's home in Santa Clarita and had to be euthanized, said Karin McElhatton, owner of Studio Animal Services in Castaic, which owned ...
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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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    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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