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    Victory Gardens vs. The Cheeto Tree

    Victory Gardens vs. The Cheeto Tree
    Do you remember eating Cheetos when you were a kid and thinking they grew on Cheeto trees? You might not, but I do; admittedly, I was a particularly imaginative kid. There were apple trees, orange trees, and money trees; why not Cheeto trees? Now in my mid-twenties, I have thankfully learned that Cheetos not only DON’T grow on trees, but they ...
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    Use Wine Importers as a Buying Guide

    Use Wine Importers as a Buying Guide
    A day rarely goes by when someone doesn't ask me, "What's your favorite (fill in the blank with a wine type)?" or “What should I be buying?” Even my mother will often call me up and say, "Well, we are having lamb chops and a salad, what should we buy?" Usually this leaves me blank wondering what to say since what ...
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    Spoiled Darling Wines

    Spoiled Darling Wines
    I have this sick friend. Sometimes he’s bright and sharp: the life of the party, witty, and profound. Other times he has a lot on his mind: he clams up and he can be downright unpleasant. He has enraged people. Because of this I can’t trust him – but knowing the scope of his potential, I can’t abandon him either. He’s ...
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    USDA Meat-Labeling Rules Raise Concerns Among Cattle Interests

    USDA Meat-Labeling Rules Raise Concerns Among Cattle Interests
    Texas cattle interests are watching who will blink first — the beef industry or the Obama administration, which is asking that packers and retailers go beyond meat-label rules that take effect March 16 and voluntarily spell out the countries where a steer was born, raised and slaughtered. If they don’t go along, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack warned in a Feb. 20 ...
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    Health Scare Closes Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck

    Health Scare Closes Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck
    Tests fail to reveal the origins of the outbreak as restaurant loses business Heston Blumenthal is awaiting test results from an environmental health investigation into the mystery illness that has struck dozens of diners at his Fat Duck restaurant. Laboratory analyses of swabs from cookers and food samples, along with further tests on chefs and waiters, are due to be released ...
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    United States Pizza Team puts on show at Javits Center

    United States Pizza Team puts on show at Javits Center
    Dough flew high and far at the Javits Center on Sunday as members of the United States Pizza Team demonstrated the extreme sport of pizza tossing. Expert pizza flingers twirled chunks of dough behind their backs and between their knees, dazzling crowds at the 2009 International Restaurant and Foodservice Show. The entire front row ducked when one dough spinner leaped from ...
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    "Dry" & "Sweet": How We Ought Not Describe Wine

    "Dry" & "Sweet": How We Ought Not Describe Wine
    In the interest of clearer communication about wine, I’d like to propose the general retirement of the word “dry.” It will be hard to let go. For much of the wine-drinking public, it is a gem of a word - a real cubic zirconia. I would attribute its popularity to the fact that simply using the term demonstrates a brief acknowledgement, ...
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    Foraging, Permaculture, and Dumpster Diving

    Foraging, Permaculture, and Dumpster Diving
    Last weekend, my friends at Forage SF organized a foraged dinner, and, ever since, I have been asked what foraged food actually is. Foraged food, boiled down to the essentials, is food that has been gathered from naturally-occurring places instead of, say, farms. Forage SF is a foraged food co-operative, whose goal is to collect foraged foods both from the urban ...
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    Michael Mondavi: Wine Coach

    Michael Mondavi: Wine Coach
    Wine starts with the earth, the vine and the grape. Simple nature creates an amazing, complex, euphoric drink. So how can something so simple leave us speechless and confused? How does one make sense of wine names? What are the differences between grapes? Why does the region matter? How does a year make a great vintage? When choosing wine, we become ...
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    Beyond Salt: Try Acidic Seasonings

    Beyond Salt: Try Acidic Seasonings
    When most cooks read "season to taste," they automatically reach for the salt shaker. That's not a bad start: A judicious sprinkling with salt will awaken many a dull dish. But if you stop there, many times you'll be missing a key ingredient. Because just as a little salt unlocks flavor, so can a few drops of acidity. Add a shot ...
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    A Woman's Place is in the Kitchen

    A Woman's Place is in the Kitchen
    The other day I was reading a piece in _Time Out New York_ titled "Bitchin Confidential." The article explained that there are many women chefs, but they don't get as much press as their male counterparts, especially in New York City. This, of course, is truly a shame. Even though women are technically on the same playing field as the men, ...
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    A New Cow Urine Based Soft Drink Developed in India

    A New Cow Urine Based Soft Drink Developed in India
    A new soft drink made with bovine urine is under development in India, and if that country's leading Hindu cultural group has its way, the beverage will be marketed as a "healthy" alternative to Coke and Pepsi. The soft drink, called "Gau Jal" – that's Sanskrit for "cow water" - is undergoing lab tests and could be launched "very soon, maybe ...
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    Celebrity Chefs Hit the Jackpot in Vegas

    Celebrity Chefs Hit the Jackpot in Vegas
    Vegas dining once meant buffets and cocktail waitresses. No longer. The fabled desert playground has become one of the world's best places to eat. "Vegas' explosion of superdeluxe hotels and casinos has lured high-roller tourists and the international celebrity chefs who feed them," says Max Jacobson, the city's top dining critic, for Vegas magazine and Las Vegas Weekly. "And as in ...
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    Romance on a Budget

     Romance on a Budget
    Valentine's Day has gotten hit by hard times, and we're not just talking about the recession. Many of us have become cynical about this holiday of love, particularly when it comes to food. No wonder. "Special" restaurant menus often mean price hikes that take advantage of starry-eyed souls staring so intently at their sweethearts that they hardly give a thought to ...
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    Wine Pairing for your Romantic Evening

    Wine Pairing for your Romantic Evening
    If choosing wine on a date is a daunting experience, here are a couple of tips to help you navigate the wine list, while charting a course for romance. While some may wish to cram as much wine encyclopedia knowledge in as possible, the most important clues will come from your date, so don’t waste too much time on studying and ...
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    In Defense of Fish Consumption

    In Defense of Fish Consumption
    Of all the meat-restrictive diets there are, pescatarianism is the one I understand most. Last week, I encouraged you to eat meat, but I do understand why some people don’t eat land creatures such as chicken and cows. Not eating fish, on the other hand, makes a lot less sense to me. Nutritionally, fish is one of the richest foods in ...
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    Tales of the Cocktail is Coming!

    Tales of the Cocktail is Coming!
    Tales of the Cocktail is coming! I may be a bit premature in getting excited about Tales of the Cocktail, but realistically it is time to start spring training to prepare! The 7th anniversary Tales of the Cocktail will be held July 8-12, 2009 in New Orleans so save the date! You can get tickets at www.talesofthecocktail.com in early spring. This ...
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    Winter Blues for Greens

    Winter Blues for Greens
    You’d think, having been born and raised in the Midwest, that I’d have an easier time with the winter. And I try. Oh, do I try. I spent my time as a child, vacillating between farmland wilderness and the hustle and bustle of Chicago. And eventually growing up in Chicago, but spending summers back out in the wild, learning how to ...
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    2009 New American Diner Study Reveals Consumers' Changing Habits

    2009 New American Diner Study Reveals Consumers' Changing Habits
    As concerns about the country’s economic outlook were realized in 2008, consumers made good on their vows to curtail their dining-out spending. Nearly six in 10 respondents (58.7%) to Restaurants & Institutions’ 2009 New American Diner Study report that the economy had some effect on their dining-away-from-home behaviors in the last year. But even as they are forced to make hard, ...
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    Devilishly Good: Q&A with Gordon Ramsay

    Devilishly Good: Q&A with Gordon Ramsay
    With his feverish pace and feisty personality, chef/entrepreneur Gordon Ramsay is one of a kind. The first Scot to earn a Michelin star, he now has more of those stars than anyone in the world except Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse. An outstanding businessman, Ramsay owns the new Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood plus a collection of well-received restaurants ...
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