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    Unhappy Meal? Ireland's YELP

    Unhappy Meal? Ireland's YELP
    WHAT'S THE STORY WITH COMPLAINING IN RESTAURANTS?: THE AMATEUR food critics who post reviews onto websites and blogs would make the most acerbic of pros blush. "The main courses were disgusting. I barely managed a few forkfuls and, although the waiter couldn't have failed to notice this, he didn't even so much as enquire if everything was all right," fumes one ...
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    Culinary Students Brushing Up for National Knowledge Competition

    Culinary Students Brushing Up for National Knowledge Competition
    Do you know the common name of biotin? What about the precise size you have to dice a food for it to be considered a small dice? Culinary students competing in the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl National Competition on July 13 in Orlando, Fla., must study up on answers such as these (vitamin B7; 1/4 inch by 1/4 inch ...
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    Food Cops: Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You?

    Food Cops: Coming Soon to a Restaurant Near You?
    The food cops are back. With liberal Democrats running the two political branches of government, enthusiasts for the Nanny State are coming out of the woodwork. Chicago-and-Harvard law prof Cass Sunstein has been named the Obama administration's regulatory czar. (He replaces Susan Dudley, who came out of George Mason University's Mercatus Center, a free-market think tank.) Sunstein is the co-author of ...
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    Ramsay Profits Fell Almost 90%

    Ramsay Profits Fell Almost 90%
    Profits at Gordon Ramsay's UK restaurants plunged almost 90 per cent in a "turbulent" year in which the celebrity chef was forced to pump his own money into the business. Ramsay's latest company accounts show that the restaurant empire came close to the brink as revenues collapsed while debt and tax bills mounted up. The precarious situation caused the TV chef ...
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    Venetian Culinary Souvenirs: Polpettini & Spritz

    Venetian Culinary Souvenirs: Polpettini & Spritz
    I fell in love with Venice before I ever set foot in the city. I was 19 and an undergraduate at Berkeley, taking Elizabeth Honig’s class on “cities and commerce.” We began with Venice, at the height of its glory, and ended in Amsterdam, following the northward shift of early modern European commerce. I cannot say what made me love Venice. ...
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    Top Chefs Reveal Their Kitchen Secrets

    A little bit ago, I met with former Season 4 Top Chef contestants Ryan Scott, Manuel Trevino, and Mark Simmons as they were prepping a dinner for nine lucky eaters. The dinner had been an auction item in the February 2009 Bay Area Red Cross' annual auction. The initial stages of the meal were prepared in the kitchen of Global ...
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    Are Celebrity Chefs the New Rock Stars?

    Are Celebrity Chefs the New Rock Stars?
    “Celebrity chefs are the new rock stars,” Ryan Scott told me as he was prepping for a meal that night in Global Gourmet Catering Company’s kitchen. That day, I talked with Ryan and three of his fellow Season 4 Top Chef contestants—Stephanie Izard, Mark Simmons, and Manuel Trevino—as they prepared a dinner for a very lucky nine guests. The dinner had ...
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    Frugal Duchess: Organic Savings

    Frugal Duchess: Organic Savings
    My children appreciate the added flavor present in organic fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Unfortunately, organic products, which are grown and packaged without pesticides, artificial coloring or preservatives, are expensive. The following strategies have helped us to purchase organic products while staying on a tight budget. Follow the loss-leaders. Grocery stores and specialty chains typically offer several heavily discounted items each ...
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    Whole Foods Market(R) Partners With Non-GMO Project

     Whole Foods Market(R) Partners With Non-GMO Project
    Whole Foods Market(R) Partners With Non-GMO Project to Label Company's Private Label Food Products Using New Third-Party Standard ; Whole Foods Market Encourages Other Retailers & Branded Product Manufacturers to Make Similar Commitment to Non-GMO Food Supply Chain Whole Foods Market (Nasdaq: WFMI), the leading natural and organic grocer, today announced a commitment to the Non-GMO Project - a non-profit ...
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    America's Fattest States

    America's Fattest States
    Americans are fat and getting fatter. Calling for a national strategy to combat obesity, today the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report detailing America's growing obesity epidemic. F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009 found that obesity did not decline in any state with rates rising in 23 ...
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    A Fourth of July Supper of Salmon and Peas

    A Fourth of July Supper of Salmon and Peas
    Here's a True Fish Story ; A Fourth of July Supper of Salmon and Peas is a Maine Tradition That Was Spawned a Century and a Half Ago. For most people, a brilliant fireworks display is the must-have accompaniment to the Fourth of July. For Brenda and Tanya Athanus, it's a family dinner of salmon and peas. Even after working a ...
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    Honor Freedom With a Beer Can, Chicken

    Honor Freedom With a Beer Can, Chicken
    NOTHING QUITE SAYS 4TH OF JULY - and American independence from unreasonable taxation and those intrusive federal regulations - like a chicken with a beer can stuck up its behind, roasting silently over wood charcoal. Nothing. Cynics may call it a political metaphor. But I call it Kass' Beer Can Chicken. There is no greater honor for a chef than to ...
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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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    Boxed Wine Takes a Stand

    Boxed Wine Takes a Stand
    The conversation of boxed wine has rippled through all media outlets throughout 2009. This simple container has been marketed as inexpensive, convenient, space-saving and ecological. While consumers are getting the hard-sell from mainstream media efforts, boxed wine has been noticed by the “green” eyes of wine industry professionals and environmental advocates alike. Boxed wine, however, has historically had negative associations being ...
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    Mobile Pet Food Bank

    Mobile Pet Food Bank
    Sharon Carmichael was not sure if the trip from her home in Kannapolis to Foster's Grille in Concord on Saturday would be worth it to receive free pet food. "Because of the gas (prices) and (being) unemployed, I am on limited funds," Carmichael said. "But it was well worth it." At the first mobile pet food drive for Petey's Promise at ...
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    Professor-Chef Explores History of Appalachian Cooking

     Professor-Chef Explores History of Appalachian Cooking
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Although Mark Sohn began to garden at the age of 5 and his love of food would later blossom in Paris, he's been particularly fond of Appalachian cooking for the last three decades. "It became big for me because I thought that the food was particularly good," he said. Sohn, a professor of educational psychology at Pikeville College ...
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    A Summer Meal with Honey Apricot Cake

    Tricia Martin | Eating is Art [widget:tricia_martin_articles_2] The summer solstice came and went, but has left behind a wave of energy and lots of things happening with it. That's why it was so wonderful to be able to hang out, cook, and eat with a big group of friends a few nights ago. Leif Hedendal was in town so he, my ...
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    Pig Bit Woman at Restaurant

    Pig Bit Woman at Restaurant
    A Washington state woman claims in a lawsuit against a gourmet restaurant that she suffered injuries at the mouth of one of the establishment's potbellied pigs. The woman said she was dining with her husband at the Herbfarm Restaurant in Woodinville, Wash., and decided to take a restaurant-issued pan of pig food to the eatery's swine, Seattlepi.com reported Thursday. The complaint ...
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    Start Preparation for National Food Safety Education Month

     Start Preparation for National Food Safety Education Month
    The National Restaurant Association encourages restaurant and foodservice operators to begin planning for the 15th annual National Food Safety Education Month. This month-long campaign is held every September and focuses on the importance of food safety education for the restaurant and foodservice industry, while raising the awareness of the industry's commitment to food safety. This year's theme is "Food Safety Thrives ...
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    French Laundry Shortbread

    French Laundry Shortbread
    Editor's note: Katie recently cooked the desserts for her sister's wedding; she baked both the cake as well as 400 shortbread cookies to be parting gifts for wedding guests. Here is Katie's description of baking those 400 cookies! Glorious shortbread cookie! Simple, though no simpleton, the shortbread cookie speaks to its brevity in ingredients. The list is short. I can count ...
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